The Seibu Lions announced today that Micheal Nakamura (36) and Hiroyuki Oshima (31) will be retiring after the season.
I have mixed emotions right now, but retirement is something I was thinking about for some time now. I have decided to retire.
I was not feeling very emotional, but my feelings started to well up a little today after I spoke to the players, manager, coaches, and staff.
[The reason why I decided to retire is because] I was no longer performing at a consistent level. That I was not playing well the Ichi-gun level last year and this year were also factors in my decision.
My fondest memory is standing on the mound for the last game of the 2006 Nippon Series and winning. I think that is my best memory.
I plan to return to Australia and the take a year. I will also watch some baseball. I played baseball for about twenty-seven years and held a baseball for most of that time. I think a one-year would be nice.
To the fans, I have only gratitude. I have not always pitched well and the fans still supported me when I let them down. I am thankful to all the fans.
I think it impossible to say that I have no regrets, but I was lucky to have had a chance to play for the Seibu Lions for thirteen years.
I am not an everyday kind of player, but I did my best to become a necessary part of the team. I felt that was becoming a little difficult and decided on retirement.
When I graduated from high school and started out at Ni-gun, I could not hit at all. I was worried, but then I recorded my first pro hit in my third year. That made me think I could make it.
I graduated from a local high school, joined a local team, and received a lot of support from fans. I only wish I could have done more to live up to the cheers.
Source: official announcement