Statement from Mariners pitcher Yusei Kikuchi

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Mariners left-handed pitcher Yusei Kikuchi issued the following statement following tonight’s (Saturday, March 30) game in Seattle:

 

 

“I learned today that my father, Yuji Kikuchi, passed away following a long and valiant battle with cancer.

During my recent visit to Japan, my father expressed his desire for me to remain focused on baseball and to help my team win. Although difficult, I will honor his wishes and dedicate the rest of this season to him. 

This statement will be my only comment on this matter, but I will remain available to answer baseball questions beginning tomorrow, Sunday, March 31.

 

Thank you for respecting the love and honor we shared for my father, and our request for privacy moving forward.”

 

–       Yusei Kikuchi

 

本日、かねてより病気療養中であった父・菊池雄治が永眠いたしました。

生前、父は私に野球に専念し、そのままチームの勝利のために頑張って欲しいと言っていました。私は父の願いに敬意を表し、全力で頑張り、残りのシーズンを父に捧げたいと思っています。

この件に関しては、以上が私の唯一の声明になりますが、野球に関する質問は引き続き3月31日の日曜日から受ける予定です。

私の家族へのご配慮に感謝申し上げます。

菊池雄星