The Bay Stars announced earlier today that forty-year-old Hisanori Takahashi will be retiring at the end of the season. Takahashi also posted an update on his blog about his decision.
I have decided that this will be my last year.
It is unfortunate that I have to make this kind of announcement at a time when the team is still fighting for a spot to the Climax Series...
After last season ended, I came into this season with the mindset that I would quit if I had a bad year.
I didn't have the kind of year I thought I would, so I decided to retire.
To the fans that have been with me for a long time, thank you for your support.
Your support help me get back up every time I felt like I was coming apart.
These two years with the Bay Stars was really tough...
I may have been a disappointment for Bay Stars fans because things didn't go as planned...
But playing in the wonder city of Yokohama alongside wonderful teammates and in front of excited Bay Stars fans has become a priceless part of my baseball career.
Ten years with the [Yomiuri] Giants, four years in America, and two with the Bay Stars: I was able to enjoy sixteen years of professional baseball.
I am really grateful.
I will spend the remaining moments of my career doing things one-by-one, as I have always done.
A press conference is scheduled for September 18. The Bay Stars are planning a retirement ceremony during the last home game of the season on October 2.