Monday, 13th September 2010
Baseball star announces retirement
A key Japanese baseball player has announced his intention to retire at the end of this year's season.
Kazuo Fukumori currently plays for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles but a number of injuries in recent years have limited his career's progression.
Fukumori played just twice in March this year and had surgery on his right elbow shortly afterwards in a bid to fix a long-term problem. However, Japan Times reports baseball sources now claim a failure of the elbow to heal correctly has forced him out of the game.
Over his career, the 34-year-old maintained a 41-45 record with a total of 82 saves in 15 years. During that time he played for the Yokohama BayStars, the Kintetsu Buffaloes and the Eagles.
The pitcher also played four major league games in 2008 with the Texas Rangers under a two-year contract.
Founded in 2005, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles are based at the Kleenex Stadium Miyagi.
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