The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they added Saburo Omura to their staff as a special assistant. He will be involved in and provide advice on various projects.
Source: Daily Sports 3/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/30/2017
Saburo held a press conference at QVC Marine Field on September 1 to formally announce his decision to retire.
Some notes from various sources:
- Age played into his decision to retire. But the biggest reason was not being able to contribute at the Ichi-gun level.
- His greatest memory was the Nippon Series championship in 2005.
- He was grateful when fan accepted him when he returned after spending some time with the Yomiuri Giants.
- His goal was to play until he was forty and in that sense, he has no regrets. He is thankful to the organization for allowing him to reach his goal.
- He contacted Lotte on October 29 about his decision.
- He felt bad his two sons had to learn about his decision while watching the news. He wanted to tell them, but could not because he knew they would cry.
- He spent a Lotte of time this year giving younger players advice.
- He has not thought about what he wants to do after retirement. He is open to taking a job in the organization.
The Chiba Lotte Marines are planning to hold a retirement ceremony for Saburo on September 25.
Source: Lotte announcement, Daily Sports 9/1/2016, Sponichi 9/1/2016, Sponichi 9/1/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/1/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/1/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/1/2016
[UPDATE 9/25 @ 10:33pm]
Saburo was tossed into the air ten times during his retirement ceremony after an Orix game at QVC Marine earlier today.
Source: Daily Sports 9/25/2016
According to report by Nikkan Sports, Saburo is scheduled to hold a press conference on September 1 to announce his retirement. He turned forty this year and has spent all of his time at Ni-gun this year. Since his dream was to play until he was forty, he may have decided there was nothing else for him to accomplish.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/31/2016