"I am approaching this as if it were my last [year], or at least that is what I would like to do. I have been prepared to quit since my mid-to-late thirties. The two-year contract I signed ends after the season and I do not think I will have any regrets if I retire," said Miyamoto.
He continued, "I got them to agree to a two-year deal because I was close to 2,000 hits. It is my way to give back to the team. ... I want to reach 2,000 as quickly as possible so the manager does feel pressured to use me. After that, I would like to see the younger players take the starting job from me. If the team can win in that situation, then I can start thinking about whether or not to retire."
"I want to compete for the starting job without any worries. I want to step away knowing things will be ok with the team," said Miyamoto.
Miyamoto is just 25 hits away from reaching the 2,000 hit milestone.