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[10/5/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters: Manabu Iwadate to retire at the end of the season

by on Oct.05, 2013 @ 3:45 pm, under NPB

Manabu Iwadate (32) held a press conference at Sapporo Dome today to announce his retirement at the end of the season.

Some quotes provided by the Fighters:

I met a lot of people over the last ten years.  I want to thank everyone that gave me warm cheers, even though I am a not a flashy player.

The moment we won the pennant last year and tossed [Hideki] Kuriyama into the air, I felt as though everything I worked on reached the end.

My love for Hokkaido grew.  I cannot imagine wearing another uniform.  I told the manager I wanted to retire because I would not do anything to help him this year.

I am not sure what I am going to do next, but I want to do what I can to help give back to the game.

Source: official announcement