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Norifumi Nishimura to manage Marines next season

by on Sep.02, 2009 @ 5:35 am, under NPB

A little late, but here it is:

Sponichi is reporting that the Marines decided on August 31st to go with Norifumi Nishimura (currently the team's head coach) as their next manager. According to a number of people close to the team, the selection has already met with approval from the team owner and a full announcement is planned at the end of the season.

For the first time in 16 years, the team will have a "homegrown" manager. Nishimura spent 16 years with the Marines as a player and has been a coach with the team since 1998 (head coach since 2005).

=== Update 9/2 @ 11:33am JST

The Marines are also looking to tap Michio Aoyama (currently working in the Marine organization but does have experience as a base coach and OF coach) as head coach and Yoshihiko Takahashi (currently the team's batting coach) as Ni-gun manager.

Hideo Nomo was also a consideration, but he turned down the Marines by saying that he had other things he wanted to do.