Seiichi Uchikawa, who won the title of leading hitter in both the Sepa and Sepa professional baseball leagues and plays for the Oita B-Rings of the independent professional baseball league this season, has announced that he will retire from active football at the end of this season.
On the 21st, Uchikawa announced on his Instagram that he would retire from active football at the end of this season.
In it, he continues, "I feel lonely, but at the same time, I honestly feel that I am a little relieved."
Uchikawa is from Oita City and joined Yokohama, the predecessor of DeNA, in 2000 as the No. 1 draft pick from Oita Industry.
Then, in 8, his eighth year as a professional, he became the leading hitter with the highest batting average in history as a right-handed batter of 2008/3/7, and also became the leading hitter at SoftBank, where he transferred as an FA = free agent, becoming the second player in history to become the leading hitter in both the Sepa and Sepa leagues.
He also hit 8,2 hits in 2018.
Uchikawa said, "I wanted to show everyone in Oita how they put on and take off their uniforms at the end," so this season he played for the Oita B-rings, an independent professional baseball league.
Uchikawa played in 45 games, mainly in Oita Prefecture, and has a batting average of 3/4/9.
Uchikawa is scheduled to play in the final match of the season in Usuki City, Oita Prefecture on 24 this month.