The Softbank Hawks announced that Hidenori Tanoue (33) is retiring.
The following comment by Tanoue was provided by the organization via the official team website:
To the fans, thank you for your support over the last twelve years. You really helped me out. The Hawks organization picked me up after I left the Dragons and I wanted this team to be my last. I thought it might be best to leave the game now, instead of waiting until I after I can no longer hit the ball. I hit a home run during my last at bat at the Farm Championships on the 6th. It was not an Ichi-gun game, but I stepped into the batter's box thinking it might be my last official at bat. That I was able to hit a home run in front of the younger players will be my lasting memory. Thank you very much.
Source: official announcement