Masahiro Tanaka signs with Rakuten Golden Eagles, pens farewell to Yankees fans

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Masahiro Tanaka looks left, claps glove
Masahiro Tanaka looks left, claps glove

What has been known for quite some time is now official: Masahiro Tanaka is moving on from the Yankees.

Tanaka announced on Wednesday that he is returning to Japan to pitch for the Rakuten Golden Eagles.

While announcing his return to Japan, Tanaka penned a farewell to Yankees fans:

"To my beloved fans, I hope everybody is keeping safe during these challenging times. I wanted to reach out to you because I have made a decision on where I will be playing this coming season. I have decided to return to Japan and play for the Rakuten Eagles for the 2021 season. I wanted to make sure and touch base with you, and thank you for all the love and support you have given me for the past 7 seasons. I feel extremely fortunate for having the opportunity to take the field as a member of the New York Yankees, and play in front of all you passionate fans. It has been an honor and a privilege! Thank you so much!!"