Sanspo is carrying an article this morning on the managing situation out of Chiba.
Bobby's successor! Hideo Nomo's name surfaces as a possibility to lead Lotte
Nomo is currently a Technicaly Advisor with the team. A person connected to the team said, "Hideo Nomo became a pioneer when he went to the Majors and has plenty of experience. He has a great personality and we thinking highly of him."
Other possible names include Norifumi Nishimura (current Marines' Head Coach) and Tsuyoshi Yoda (ex-Marines pitcher, baseball analyst, and WBC Pitching Coach). Suguru Egawa, first reported as a possibility by the media, is apparently not on the list of possible candidates.
Nomo would certainly be an interesting option. And since he's been working with the team this season, albeit on and off, he'll already have a fair amount of information on the player's he would be managing.