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[9/19/2013] Chiba Lotte Marines: Shingo Ono to retire after the season

by on Sep.19, 2013 @ 12:04 pm, under NPB

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.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 9/19/2013