The Seibu Lions announced today that thirty-seven-year-old Shigenobu Shima will be retiring at the end of the season.
Shima contacted team director Haruhiko Suzuki on Tuesday and the two sides met today. He expressed his desire to retire and Suzuki accepted. A press conference is scheduled for Thursday.
Thirty-seven-year-old Shigeyuki Furuki held a press conference at Tokyo Dome today to announce that he will be retiring at the end of the season. He explained that he decided to retire because he was beginning to lose a step on defense.
Source: Daily Sports 10/2/2013