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NPB: Some more reactions after Katsuya Nomura’s 1,500th managerial victory

by on Apr.30, 2009 @ 4:42 am, under NPB

I grabbed a few of the more interesting news headlines and put them together here. If anyone sees one they'd like translated, just drop me the link and I'll be more than happy to take a look.

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Comments from Katsuya Nomura's post-game, post-ceremony, informal meeting with the press:

There are so few of you (press). That tells me this isn't really much of a record.

That Tanaka was the pitcher on record...
Could be fate. Kind of feels like it might be.

Any objections to how he pitched?
I'm beginning to feel a little more at ease when he pitches. When he pitches, I don't need to contact the bullpen. You can say that we've developed a certain level of trust. I think you could call him a true ace, no?

On getting the winning ball from him...
Maybe I'll leave it in the Manager's Office for a little while. What's it taste like? It's a career total record, so it doesn't have the same taste as winning a championship. Maybe it's like the difference between salt and soy sauce. I prefer soy sauce. Today's ball is salt.

What's your next goal?
Maybe just short of Shigeru Mizuhara (1586 victories). I'm not really good at calculations, so I can't really count stars.

What about first?
Mihara, Mizuhara, Tsuruoka. You can't get in front of those big-named managers. Please don't compare me with those guys above me.

The team's current performance
We're on a good roll right now, but I still don't feel like we've really gained a lot of strength. If we can get through May alright, then I think we might have a chance.

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Masahiro Tanaka's comments after his start:

On winning 1,500 for Katsuya Nomura...
I wanted to win this game really bad even before it started. But I also tried not to think about it too much. I'm glad that I was ultimately able to give him the winning ball.

On four straight complete game victories...
I don't think it's possible to keep throwing complete games over the course of a full season. Staying away from injuries is much more important.

On striking out 11 batters (seasonal high)...
I wasn't really thinking about the numbers. I'm glad I was able to pick up key strike outs when I needed them.

On giving up the first home run...
It was a mistake pitch. Since it was a solo shot, I was able to put it behind me fairly quickly. But that home run was also a lead-off shot the inning right after my team mates pushed a second run across the plate for me. That right there is something I need to work on.

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The Eagles will be selling limited edition merchandise to commemorate Katsuya Nomura's 1,500th managerial victory. The items will go on sale between May 15th and May 24th. Further details can be found on the team's website. (If anyone would like a translation of the site, just lemme know.)

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Comments from various individuals:

Shigeru Takada, Yakult Swallows Manager
He's been a manager for a long time, so that means he must be that good. Being a manager must be his calling.

Tetsuya Iida, Yakult Swallows Fielding / Base Running Coach
Katsuya Nomura can't live without baseball. I wish him health in his work moving forward.

Takahiro Ikeyama, Rakuten Eagles Batting Coach
Simply amazing. He never really praised me when I played for him, but I do remember him saying "nice home run" to me once; I won't ever forget those words.

Atsunori Inaba, Nippon Ham
Opponent or not, it's a great accomplishment. I just want to congratulate him.

Yoshinori Tanaka
Everyone at Shidax was waiting for this moment. The team doesn't exist anymore, but everyone that has worked with him in the past still stands together as one team, with memories of the red Shidax uniform still strong. Everyone just wants to congratulate him on this great accomplishment.

Nobuo Minami, Hanshin Tigers Team President
I can only say congratulations.

0 comments on “NPB: Some more reactions after Katsuya Nomura’s 1,500th managerial victory

  1. knucklehead7

    It would be nice to see the Eagles make the playoffs this season (hopefully Tanaka’s injury isn’t serious). Thanks for the great quotes from Nomura.

  2. Gwynar

    If Tanaka’s injury is serious, it could be a long summary for the Eagles. If someone else can step up, maybe Hasebe or Rasner, that could go a long way towards helping, but I’m not sure if it’ll be enough.