Life after baseball has already begun for Koji Uehara, and the former major league pitcher is relishing the calm after his abrupt midseason retirement earlier this year and subsequent media tour.

For the first time in 21 years, he is not training in the offseason, and the 44-year-old who dedicated his life to baseball said he is still transitioning from a life of structure to a life of relative normalcy.

"Every day I ask myself what I'm going to do. Right now I'm seeing all the people I was too busy to see in my playing days and making up for lost time," Uehara told Kyodo News in a recent interview.