Hisanori Takahashi held a press conference at the Yokohama Bay Stars' team offices in Yokohama earlier today. He formally announced his decision to retire at the end of the season.
A few notes taken from various sources:
- He does have some regrets, but is mostly satisfied with the career he has had.
- He felt refreshed and at ease after making the decision to retire.
- He informed general manager Shigeru Takada about his decision around September 10.
- He started thinking about retiring about two to three years ago. He starting talking about it to his family last year.
- Physically, he could probably pitch for a little longer. Mentally, he felt that he was not into it as much.
- The home run he gave up to Hiroshima's Takahiro Arai on August 16 pushed him toward retirement.
- He regretted not being able to do more for Kiyoshi Nakahata.
- He is interested in becoming a coach.
- A retirement ceremony is slated for October 2.
- Most memorable moment: his first appearances: his first NPB appearance, his first Nippon Series appearance, his first MLB appearance.
- Most memorable hitter: Hideki Matsui.
[UPDATE 10/2 @ 10:55pm]
Takahashi was added to the active roster on October 2. He started the Yomiuri game and faced one hitter (Soichiro Tateoka reached on a catching error by Jose Lopez). His two children and Daisuke Miura presented him with flowers. He was tossed into the air three times by teammates after the game.
[UPDATE 10/3 @ 5:30pm]
Takahashi was taken off the active roster on October 3.