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WBC 2009: Samurai Japan

by on Nov.12, 2008 @ 4:20 am, under WBC

There was a press conference just a few hours ago announcing that Team Japan's catch phrase will be Samurai Japan. The coaching staff was also officially announced.

Manager: Tatsunori Hara 原辰徳

Pitching Coach: Hisashi Yamada 山田久志

Bullpen Coach: Tsuyoshi Yoda 与田剛

Sogo (Bench) Coach: Tsutomu Ito 伊東勤

Batting Coach: Kazunori Shinozuka 篠塚和典

INF Coach: Nobuhiro Takashiro 高代延博

OF Coach: Koichi Ogata 緒方耕一

The media will be watching Yamada closely as they feel he could hold the key in terms of keeping everyone together. Yamada has experiencing managing (Chunichi Dragons: 2002 - 2003) and is also close to Ichiro from his days as pitching coaching with the then Orix Blue Waves. Ito is also thought to be an important piece to the coaching staff as he too also has experience as a manger (Seibu Lions: 2004 - 2007) and knows Matsuzaka. Japan has given Hara a fairly strong cast of coaches to help him throughout his bid to bring home the gold.

Sources:
WBC日本代表:チーム名は「サムライジャパン」 山田、伊東氏らコーチに