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