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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters infielder Atsunori Inaba said Tuesday he will retire at the end of the 2014 season, bringing an end to an illustrious 20-year career.

“I decided to put everything on the line for one year, but the condition of my knee just won’t get any better. I made the decision when I realized that I couldn’t hit anymore,” Inaba said at a news conference at Sapporo Dome.

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