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Former major leaguer Kensuke Tanaka said Tuesday he will retire at the end of his 20th and final season with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters next year.

“(Next year) is my last year. I’ll give it everything I’ve got until the final ball to be the best in Japan,” Tanaka said after renewing his contract with Nippon Ham for ¥65 million (about $580,000), down ¥10 million from last season.

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