The Orix Buffaloes announced on July 2 that Kenichi Marumo (26) asked for permission to retire. The organization accepted his request and filed the necessary paperwork. A retirement ceremony will be held at Ni-gun during a game against Hiroshima on July 3. Marumo will take his place on the field on defense in the 1st and will be presented with flowers before the start of the bottom half of the inning.
Marumo took a batted ball off the left side of his head earlier this year during spring camp. He had surgery and was hoping to return to the field. However, when he was told another similar incident could be life-threatening, he decided to retire.
The Buffaloes posted the following statement from Marumo:
After much thought, I decided to retire. I have no regrets and I feel good about the decision. I am full of gratitude toward all the fans, the organization, and everyone else involved. Thank you very much.
Marumo will remain in the organization as a member of the Ni-gun staff.