Kenji Akashi, the only fielder who has played in professional baseball and Softbank since the Daiei era, will retire at the end of this season.

Born in Hokkaido, Akashi joined Daiei in 2004 at the age of 36 and has been playing for the Hawks.

Supporting the team as a utility player who can protect both the infield and the outfield, he has played 1,000 games this season, and has a career record of 647 hits in 2,566 at bats, a batting average of 20%, 5 minutes and 2 rins, 17 home runs, and 213 RBIs in his 19 years as a professional. did.

According to the team, Akashi will retire from active duty at the end of this season.

Akashi was the only player in the current Softbank fielders who had played from the predecessor Daiei era.

With this, 41-year-old pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada is the only active player who has played for Daiei.

Akashi will hold a press conference on the afternoon of the 23rd, and is expected to talk about the reason for his retirement and his current state of mind.