Ichiro won't play again in 2018 after joining Mariners front office

Ichiro has likely played his last game as a major leaguer.

The Seattle Mariners announced on Thursday that the baseball legend will immediately join the team’s front office as a “special assistant to the chairman.” Right-handed pitcher Erik Goeddel was selected from Triple-A Tacoma to fill Ichiro’s spot on the roster.

Though the word “retirement” was not used in the release, the Mariners did note that the 44-year-old will not play for the team again in 2018.

Ichiro’s agent John Boggs also told The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal that Ichiro was not retiring.

So what will Ichiro be doing in his new role? He “will continue to be an active presence with the Major League club, both at home in Seattle and on the road,” the team’s release read.

“We want to make sure we capture all of the value that Ichiro brings to this team off the field,” Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto said. “This new role is a way to accomplish that. While it will evolve over time, the key is that Ichiro’s presence in our clubhouse and with our players and staff improves our opportunity to win games. That is our number-one priority and Ichiro’s number-one priority.”

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