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Atsuya Furuta: Softbank Hawks manager? WBC?

by on Oct.03, 2008 @ 1:00 am, under WBC

UPDATE: I didn't see the article about Koji Akiyama more or less getting the manager's position until after posting this article. The other portions of the article are still pertinent though.

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In a recent radio program, Atsuya Furata (古田 敦也) spoke about the chances of becoming a manager again, this time, perhaps for the Softbank Hawks.

"It's been a year since I took off the uniform. There's is still plenty I need to learn and my schedule is quite full. If there was a request for me to manage, I'm not really sure if I'm at a position to accept."

Koji Akiyama, Chief Coach for the Hawks right now, is another name that has been mentioned as a possible candidate to manage the Hawks next year.

Furuta also said, "Watching the news, I kept wondering if I would be asked to manage, but no such proposals have come."

When asked about the possibitity of managing at the World Baseball Classic: "This is one question I know I won't have to worry about because it won't ever come to that. So it isn't even a question of whether I want to or not. The fact is, the people who have the power to decide won't let it get to that point."

If you'll remember, Furuta was the man that helped lead the player's strike back in 2004, so he's not all that popular amongst the people in power. Tsuneo Watanabe, owner of the Giants at the time, was also quite displeased with Furuta. And since Watanabe basically IS the Yomiuri Shimbun, most don't expect Furuta to even be considered, as the first round of the WBC will be hosted by the newspaper.

"It's true that international games are quite different from national games. Having experience could be beneficial for these tournaments. If they asked me for help, I'd be more than happy to provide it." Furuta was on the team that won the Bronze at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Sources:
鷹監督、WBC監督、衆院選出馬Â…古田“固辞”3連発 (Yukan Fuji)