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Akinori Iwamura, the former big leaguer who plays for and manages the Fukushima Hopes, will retire at the end of the season, his club announced Sunday.

A slugging third baseman for the Central League’s Yakult Swallows, the 38-year-old moved to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (now the Rays) in 2007. Iwamura became a standout at second base the following year, when the Rays won the American League but lost in the World Series.

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