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Akinobu Mayumi officially asked to manage Tigers

by on Oct.23, 2008 @ 3:51 am, under NPB

The Mainichi Shimbun is reporting that earlier today, Shinya Sakai, owner of the Tigers, asked Akinobu Mayumi if he would be interested in managing the team next season. Word has it that Mayumi accepted and that a formal announcement will take place some time early next week.

The Hanshin Fall practice session is set to begin on the 29th.

Akinobu Mayumi started his pro baseball career in 1973 with the Taiyo Whales. He them moved on to the Crown Lighter Lions (1977-1978) before finally settling with the Tigers (1979-1995). After retiring, Mayumi worked in the broadcast booth for Sun Television and was a reporter for Nikkan Sports. In 2000, he became the hitting coach for the Kintetsu Buffaloes and then left when Kintetsu merged with Orix (2004). He soon returned to the booth in 2005, providing commentary for the Orix Buffaloes.

Sources:
阪神 真弓氏が監督を受諾 「これからだなという気持ち」 Mainichi

0 comments on “Akinobu Mayumi officially asked to manage Tigers

  1. Gwynar

    I think his past connection with the team as a player, along with his experiences / observations from the booth ultimately gave him the edge. It’ll be interesting to see how he does.

    Incidentally, he did manage one game back when he was the batting coach for Kintetsu. The manager at the time got thrown out for one reason or another and Mayumi took over. It was only one game, and it was for a manager that was thrown out, so it’s hardly what I would call experience.