Sasaki regrets not winning title

A strong desire to be near his children led Kaz Sasaki to walk away from $9.5 million next seasin with Seattle.

Originally Published: January 20, 2004
By Mai Yoshikawa | Special to ESPN.com

TOKYO -- Mariners closer Kazuhiro Sasaki spoke with reporters Tuesday, explaining his decision to remain in Japan next season. The following is a translated transcript of the news conference:

Question: When did you reach the decision?

Answer: I started thinking about two years ago I wanted to live with my family, and when my agent told me I may have a chance to leave the Mariners before my contract is up, I decided that continuing my playing career in Japan would be the best thing ...

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