At age 41, he was released in November after finishing his third season with the Orix Buffaloes, batting .308 with 22 home runs, 62 RBIs in 295 at-bats in just 84 games.Contemplating what his life will be without baseball, Tuffy talked to Baseball Happenings for an in-depth interview.
Tuffy talks about his career, his accomplishments, what it's like to play in Japan vs the United States, and what he has in store for the future.
Tuffy put up some good numbers in Japan:
He played 13 seasons in Japanese baseball, amassing 464 home runs, 1,269 RBIs and 1,792 hits, all of which are the highest totals ever produced by a foreigner in Japan. He became fluent in Japanese, which added to his popularity during his career. He became such a fan favorite that he could not travel publicly without being besieged with autograph requests.Please check it out, as it is a good interview with a good player, who still wants to. I don't blame him. I would want to keep playing also. Sadly, he won't be able to.
H/T to Baseball Happenings