Norihiro Nakamura and his glorious bat flip are retiring

Norihiro Nakamura is calling it a career.
Norihiro Nakamura is calling it a career. (Kyodo)

On Monday, long-time Osaka Buffaloes slugger Norihiro Nakamura announced his retirement from baseball, according to the indispensable Twitter account @NPBinENG. He's planning to study and eventually get into coaching.

Nakamura, 41, played sparingly with the Yokohama BayStars last season and retires as a .266/.352/.469 career hitter with 404 home runs in 2,267 NPB games. Nakamura was with the Dodgers brefly in 2005 and went 5-for-39 (.128) in 17 games. He spent most of that season with their Triple-A affiliate.

As great as his career was in Japan, Nakamura will forever be remembered for his glorious bat flip. Nay, bat throw. That's more appropriate. Check it out:

Now that is how you show off a homer. Godspeed, Norihiro.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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