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.
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