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Senichi Hoshino announces his departure from the Hanshin Tigers

by on Oct.19, 2010 @ 4:04 pm, under NPB

Senichi Hoshino held a press conference in Osaka to formally announce his decision to step down as Senior Director of the Hanshin Tigers.

"All I have for Hanshin Tigers' fans are words of gratitude," said Hoshino.  "My feelings for wanting to [manage] grew strong again.  I'm hoping to run full speed towards my new life."

On leaving the team:

I am sad about leaving, but over the last year or two, I really felt like returning to baseball.  I realized that I'm a baseball person at heart.

On the Eagles:

Today is about saying goodbye to Tigers' fans, so I'd like to make this a press conference about my gratitude and appreciation. ... I do intend to return to Koshien.  In the Nippon Series.

In closing:

Thank you for everything over the years.  I'm grateful for for everyone continuing to support me even after I stopped being a manager.  The fans in the right field stands were amazing and wonderful, and I think they really did a great job supporting us.