Thorn: Sayonara, Ichiro

From SABR member John Thorn at Our Game on April 1, 2019:

On Friday, March 22, Ichiro Suzuki had made two curtain calls at the Tokyo Dome, once after he left the game at the start of the bottom of the eighth inning, and again after the Mariners’ extra-inning win over the Athletics. He then announced his retirement at an early-morning press conference at the Tokyo Dome Hotel that was not well covered by the English-language press.

My friend Jim Allen (see his bio below) was present and asked a question. He has translated the entire press conference from start to finish and, at his site (, included the original Japanese text. The questions, he acknowledges, “have been mercilessly shortened.”

What follows is his complete English translation of Ichiro’s retirement press conference.

Read the full article here:

Originally published: April 1, 2019. Last Updated: April 1, 2019.