Fumiya Nishiguchi held a press conference at the Seibu Lions' team offices in Tokorozawa, Saitama today to announce his decision to retire after the season.
A few notes taken from various sources:
- Baseball was tough sport, but he still managed to enjoy pitching.
- He struggled at Ichi-gun the last few years. He was prepared to retire around the summer and made his final decision in September.
- When he spoke to team officials during the past winter, he said he wanted to try one more year and would quit if things didn't turn out well.
- He never thought about extending his career by becoming a reliever because he considers himself a starter.
- Spent his entire career in the Seibu organization because he like the facilities and felt comfortable there.
- He is ready to pitch at Ichi-gun this season, if called.
- There were three people he owes his career to: former manager Osamu Higashio, former pitching coach Shigekazu Mori, and former catcher Tsutomu Ito.
- He wishes he could have completed at least one of the three failed no-hitters he tossed during his career (he carried two no-hitters into the 9th with two out and lost a perfect game in the 10th inning). At the time, he made himself feel better by saying that it was good he did not waste his luck on the no-hitters. Now he feels it might be okay if the fans enjoyed the games. But all the same, he still wishes he could have completed at least one.
- He also wishes he could have recorded a victory during the Nippon Series.
- He does not regret ending his career eighteen wins shy of 200.
- He has not had a chance to think about what he wants to do after that baseball yet.
- A game he cannot forget: a game against Orix at Green Stadium Kobe on April 14, 1996. He gave up a walk-off home run to Troy Neel in the 11th inning. He threw 177 pitches that game.
[UPDATE 9/28 @ 10:52pm]
Nishiguchi was added to the active roster on September 28. He made his last career appearance against Lotte at Seibu Dome on the same day. He entered the game in the 5th with none on and two out with Seibu down by a run. He walked the one hitter he faced. After the game, teammates tossed him into the air thirteen times.
Source: Sponichi 9/28/2015
[UPDATE 9/29 @ 5:33pm]
Nishiguchi was taken off the active roster on September 29.
[UPDATE 10/2 @ 9:30pm]
The Lions are thinking about offering Nishiguchi a job in the front office.
[UPDATE 10/28 @ 4:34pm]
The Lions announced on October 28 that Fumiguchi will be joining the front office. He will be checking games and practice methods in Taiwan, China, Australia, and the Japanese Independent Leagues. His main focus will be to expand his knowledge of baseball.
Source: official announcement
Seibu posted a YouTube video of parts of his press conference:
- MVP: 1997
- Best Nine: 1997, 1998
- Golden Glove: 1997, 1998, 2002
- Sawamura: 1997
- MVP of the Month: May 1996, August 1998, August 2002, July 2005, April 2007
- All-Star Games: 1996, 1997, 1999, 2005
- Most Wins: 1997, 1998
- Most Strikeouts: 1997, 1998