[8/26/2013] Yakult Swallows: Miyamoto holds press conference, formally announces plans to retire after season
Shinya Miyamoto held a press conference at the Yakult Swallow team offices earlier today to formally announce his plans to retire after the season. Sponichi notes that he could be a strong candidate to be named the next Samurai Japan manager.
Footage from the press conference, from Kyodo News:
Audio from the press conference:
Sanspo has posted a portion of Miyamoto's press conference:
When did you decide to retire?
I was already thinking after the year. I was not making the starting line-up as often by the time we got to Inter-league play. I do not feel confident about being able to play another three or five years.
Who influenced you the most?
[Katsuya] Nomura taught me everything I know about how to make it as a pro. He is my number one mentor.
You were a Yakult lifer.
The perfect team was when we were strong. I feel I was able to play for nineteen years because I played for Yakult.
What are your plans after retirement.
I am not sure about the timing or the need, but I do not want to return [to Yakult], I want to study [and improve myself to the point where they] ask me back. I do have a goal to make it as a coach, so I would like to work toward that.
Is there any unfinished business?
Winning another championship. That is the only thing. Nothing else.
Is there anything you would like to tell the younger players?
There are a lot of things they still need to work on. At the very least, I would like to see them become better players than me.
Source: Sanspo 8/26/2013
Sports Navi has posted a more complete version here (in Japanese).
UPDATE 8/27/2013 @ 4:01pm -
- Either TV cameras and over one-hundred members of the media were at Miyamoto's press conference. [Sanspo 8/27/2013]
- Team president and acting owner Tsuyoshi Kinugasa told reporters he could see the organization asking Miyamoto back as a coach in two or three years. He also said he was one of only a few former players that was considered a future managerial candidate. [Sanspo 8/27/2013]
- Miyamoto's retirement ceremony could take place on October 4 (last game of the season at Jingu). [Sanspo 8/27/2013]