"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.
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.