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Hanshin Tigers, a friend I respect, Shinjiro Hiyama, 44, was retired today.

Early morning There was a greeting phone.

"Teacher, I've been indebted for many years. I'm going to retire ...

I look forward to working with you. "

Contributed to the Hanshin Tigers championship as the fourth batter in 2003. Although he could not be the best in Japan, he was awarded as Tigers' only sole Japanese Series player.

Thank you for your hard work.

I feel very lonely, but the voice of Hiyama was refreshing.

I hope that Hiyama's remarkable wishes will make him a great leader as well.