Nikkan Sports is carrying notes from the press conference. Below is my translation:
On leaving the Hanshin Tigers:
I've been involved with baseball all my life. And the last year or two I felt a huge desire to play baseball again. I felt that I was really a baseball man at heart. I want to play baseball again. I want to run towards my new life in baseball.
On the future:
Today's press conference is about thanking the fans for their support.
On returning to Koshien:
A return would be nice. I will return to Koshien. By way of the Nippon Series. It would be wonderful to return for the Nippon Series. It might be a long shot of a dream, but I'd really like that. Inter-league play means nothing.
On worries or concerns about new challenges that await:
I know it's going to be a tough road ahead. But as long as there's a road, I need to follow it. I need to battle it out.
On your memories with Hanshin:
I still remember what it felt like to be tossed into the air (after winning the CL in 2003). The support from the fans in right field was amazing. I wouldn't be lying if I said i was sad. I only have words of gratitude for the fans.
Sanspo also has a version of their notes from the press conference up at their site as well. I've provided translations for parts that didn't show up in the Nikkan Sports version.
On how you came to leaving the club:
...I told the owner and the president, "I really want to play baseball." There was a lot of consideration on both sides and it came down to respecting my wishes. I'm really grateful to those two.
On the owner's response:
He had a troubled look on his face, but ultimately said, "I will support whatever path you choose. That's basically what he said to me.
On how much the Tigers changed since he joined the club:
The people above me asked that I bring back the tradition of Hanshin vs. Yomiuri since that rivalry was starting to die out. And now, the two teams are a good match and I feel the great battles that have played out between the two teams is because of how hard the front office and the coaches have worked.
Tomoaki Kanemoto told reporters yesterday that if not for Hoshino, he probably wouldn't have joined the Hanshin Tigers.
The Tigers are considering former Tiger manager Katsuhiro Nakamura as a potential replacement for Hoshino. Nakamura was the general manager of the Buffaloes between 2003 - 2005. In 2006, he was named manager of the Buffaloes, only to step down after just one season. Nakamura spent 2007 as the Buffaloes' senior advisor. And between 2008 and 2009, he was a Buffaloes' director.