The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that thirty-three-year-old Kenji Otonari and thirty-four-year-old Yoshifumi Okada will retire at the end of the season. The Marines released the following statements from the two players.
Thank you for all the support you provided over my twelve-year career. It was not easy career, but I was able to get through it with the help and support from various people. I am really grateful. Thank you very much.
Ten years was a short time, but I had a good baseball career. The Chiba Lotte Marines selected me during the Ikusei draft and they gave me an opportunity to play baseball. I hope to use what I learned during the next part of my life. I have no regrets. I feel I was able to have such a fulfilling career because of all the support the fans provided. Thank you for cheering for me.
Source: Lotte 9/25/2018
[UPDATE 9/28 @ 3:37am]
The Marines announced that they will hold retirement ceremony for Okada after a Softbank game on October 8.
Source: Lotte 9/28/20180 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that thirty-seven-year-old Yuya Ishii will retire after the season. They also posted the following statement from Ishii:
I am grateful for the opportunity to be a professional baseball player for fourteen years. I learned about mental strength and perseverance through tough practices while playing for the Chunichi Dragons, under people like Hiromitsu Ochiai, Shigekazu Mori, and others.
After the Bay Stars, I became a members of the Fighters. I was impressed by the warm fans. Their cheers became my strength. I am grateful to Hideki Kuriyama because even in difficult jams, he had faith in me and kept playing me. I was lucky to have a lot of great people around me and I was happy to be a member of the Fighters.
Thank you for the fourteen years.
[UPDATE 11/1 @ 3:10pm]
The Fighters are planning to add Ishii to their staff as a batting practice pitcher.
Source: Sponichi 11/1/2018
[UPDATE 11/13 @ 12:27pm]
The Fighters announced that they added Ishii to their staff as a batting practice pitcher.
Source: Nippon Ham 11/12/20180 Comments
Thirty-six-year-old Ryota Wakiya held a press conference at Tokyo Dome on September 19 and announced his decision to retire after the season.
Thirty-seven-year-old Toshiya Sugiuchi held a press conference at the Tokyo Dome Hotel on September 12 to announce his decision to retire at the end of the season.
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The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they received and accepted a request to retire from Shigeru Kaga.
More than the happy memories or the fun memories, I remember the difficult rehab I had to go through because of my injury. I was able to get this far with the support of the trainers and everyone else that supported me. There were times I received critical comments from the fans, but their warm support during my appearances helped push me over the top.
Thank you for the nine years. I am really grateful for being able to have a happy baseball life.
The team is fighting for a chance to make the Climax Series. I believe we will make the Climax Series and become champions this year. The Bay Stars have a lot of young players so please continue to support them!
Source: Yokohama 9/10/2018
[UPDATE 9/18 @ 4:18pm]
The Bay Stars announced that they will hold a retirement ceremony for Kaga after a game against the Chunichi Dragons on September 21 (Friday).
Source: Yokohama 9/18/20180 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that Taketoshi Goto will retire after the current season.
I joined the Lions in 2002, became a member of the Bay Stars in 2012, and for sixteen years received a lot of support. Thank you.
I am very sorry that this personal announcement comes at a time when the team is fighting for a chance to make the Climax Series. The biggest reason why I decided to retire is because my body is no longer responding in the way that I want it to and I am no longer feeling satisfied with my hitting. I feel I have done all that I can because I don’t feel like there is anything more that I can do and because I have no regrets.
The loud cheering at Yokohama Stadium gave me goosebumps every time I got called in as a pinch-hitter. There is no doubt the DeNA Bay Stars cheering is number one among the twelve NPB teams. Thank you for everything.
Source: Yokohama 9/10/2018
[UPDATE 9/18 @ 4:20pm]
The Bay Stars announced that they will hold a retirement ceremony for Goto after a game against the Chunichi Dragons on September 22 (Saturday).
Source: Yokohama 9/18/20180 Comments
Forty-one-year-old Takahiro Arai held a press conference at Mazda Stadium earlier today to announce his plans to retire after the season. Points taken from his press conference:
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Thirty-seven-year-old Shuichi Murata is planning to retire after the 2018 season. He is expected to make a statement during a press conference on August 1.
Murata was released by the Yomiuri Giants after the 2017 season. He signed with the BC League’s Tochigi Golden Braves with hopes of a possible return to the NPB this year. However, the trade deadline ended on July 31 with no offers.
In forty-two games with Tochigi so far this year (through July 31), Murata is 51-for-145 (.352 batting average) with nine home runs and forty-four RBI.
[UPDATE 8/1 @ 2:07pm]
Murata held a press conference at a hotel in Tochigi earlier today to talk about his thoughts after the trade deadline.
[UPDATE 9/10 @ 3:10pm]
Murata got the start a third and batted clean-up during his retirement game on September 9. He went 1-for-5 (Fo2, F9, Ks, 1B8, G3) at the plate. Over 6,000 fans were in attendance. During a post-game ceremony, he told fans that he was retiring.0 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced on June 23 that they received and approved a request for retirement from twenty-six-year-old Shota Omine. According to media reports, Omine decided to retire because of financial problems that, according to a Lotte representative, started about two-and-a-half years ago.
In a statement released by Lotte, Omine explained he borrowed money from people and was unable to pay them back. He said he wanted a change of pace and decided retirement was his best option. He then apologized to staff and fans for letting them down.
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The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that Shota Kurosawa will retire this year and become a member of their staff beginning in January 2018. Kurosawa decided to retire because he felt there was nothing more for him to accomplish as a player and he remained with Lotte because he wanted to give back to the organization that gave him a chance to play professionally.
Kurosawa started his professional career when the Marines selected him in the first round of the 2010 Ikusei draft. He made the seventy-man roster in 2013 and went on to pitch in fourteen Ichi-gun games between 2013 and 2017.
Source: Lotte 12/22/20170 Comments