SoftBank’s Sei1 Uchikawa announced his intention to leave the team on November 1, 7:10 p.m.
Softbank veteran UCHIKAWA Sei1, who has hit a total of 2171 hits, the most in professional baseball, has made it clear that he will leave the team only this season. Uchikawa wants to transfer to another team and continue his active service.
In his 20th year as a professional, 38-year-old Uchikawa has been batting poorly since the start of the season and has been adjusting in the two armies. After the start of the season, the two armies have achieved stable results, such as a temporary batting average of more than 40 percent, but so far they have not played in a single army.
Uchikawa started the final game of the season for the two armies in Chikugo City, Fukuoka Prefecture on the 1st and retired two at-bats, but he picked up a foreball in the third at-bat of the fifth inning and was sent off immediately after.
After the match, he stood in front of the fans and said, “Today is the last time I’m going to wear a Softbank uniform,” and he made it clear that he was leaving.
He has already told SoftBank that he intends to leave the company and hopes to transfer to another team and continue his active service.
Uchikawa told internetnews.way, “I think it’s a good thing that the coach and other leaders didn’t ‘make Uchikawa one army’. But in me, I did everything I could. I have nothing more to do. That’s why I felt like I was going to move on to the next step.”
Uchikawa hit 2171 hits, the most in his career, and has won the title with the most hits and the highest percentage of hits, including the first batter in two innings.
On the 2nd, the baseball team will officially announce the departure of Uchikawa.