Katsuya Nomura's 3-year contract ends at the end of the season. And at 73, he's certainly no spring chicken. But the question on every Eagle's fan's mind right now is simply this: Will Nomura return next season to continue what he has started with the Eagles?
Jiji Press is reporting that Nomura has more or less accepted an extension and that all that remains is ironing out the details. Good news for Eagles fans. And I think part of the reason why he's open to returning next year has to do with how the season has gone this year.
2008 isn't over yet, but at 51-66-2 with 25 games remaining and a 2-8 record over their last 10 games, it would seem more likely that they won't be finishing with a better record than last season (67-75-2). In order to tie what they accomplished last season, they would need to go 16-9 -- 6 games against the Softbank Hawks, 5 against the Seibu Lions, 4 against the Nippon Ham Fighters, 3 against the Lotte Marines, and 2 against the Orix Buffaloes.
Here's how the Eagles have done against the other teams this year:
Teams W L T Nippon Ham Fighters 10 9 1 Softbank Hawks 7 8 0 Orix Buffaloes 8 13 1 Lotte Marines 7 13 0 Seibu Lions 6 12 0
Doesn't look very promising now, does it?
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