Sadaharu Oh announced earlier today that he will voluntarily retire as manager of the Softbank Hawks at the end of the season. Oh has spent 44 of his 68 years in baseball, with 19 of those 44 years as manager.
Speaking at a press conference in Fukuoka Prefecture, Oh said, "I've been in pro baseball for 50 years and I've lead a really great life."
Two years ago, Oh underwent laparoscopic surgery and returned last season to manage the Hawks. But this season, things haven't gone quite as smoothly for Oh. On August 18th, he choked on some food and had to skip a game. According to the Hawks, Oh approached the team on the 20th of this month to announce his wish to retire after the season.
Oh speaking at a press conference earlier today