Thirty-eight-year-old Shingo Ono has decided to retire after the season. He told reporters of his plans after he tossed a shutout inning in relief against the Ni-gun Rakuten Eagles on Wednesday.
"Not making it up to Ichi-gun this season is a reason. Plus, every year I find it hard to get my shoulder warm. Together with the physical strains, I decided to retire," Ono said.
Ono also provided the Marines with the following statement for the media:
I have decided to retire at the end of the season. I never thought I had what it takes to play in the pros for twenty years. I am extremely grateful to the fans and to everyone that provided me with support and kept me going all these years. I will hold a press conference tomorrow and will talk about things then.