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News and Notes on new Lotte manager, Norifumi Nishimura

by on Oct.09, 2009 @ 1:55 pm, under NPB

A few notes on the new manager for the Lotte Marines, Norifumi Nishimura.

- His contract is for 2 years with an annual salary of 50M yen.

- He will wearing the number 78.

- Nishimura will focus on four changes:

  1. move away from the MLB-style of training
  2. stick to one main line-up
  3. rely on the data and focus on the intricacies of baseball
  4. implement a stricter dress code policy

And a brief interview:

Your 28-year career with Lotte and now your chance to manage...

It was a goal of mine to manage at some point in my career.  The previous manager was really popular with the fans.  I can't necessarily be the same as him.  There are a lot of question marks, but I'm not going to try to think about those and just focus on moving forward.

Your uniform will be the same number 78...

I decided that my motto would be fall down 7 times, get up 8 times during my years as a coach.  I have no intention of changing that portion of my thinking.

What kind of baseball do you want your team to play?

I want to reflect on our problems and and I think we need to focus on the minor aspects of the game in order to win.  And then I want to focus on an aggressive style of hitting, running, and fielding.

Where will you begin from?

We need to build-up the players strength and conditioning.  There's a system that has worked for me.  I think the workloads will increase [for everyone].

On making Nishioka the captiain?

He's the most important player on the roster.  We need young players like him to take on more of a leadership type of role.

3 comments on “News and Notes on new Lotte manager, Norifumi Nishimura

  1. Deanna

    Nishioka as captain? One main line-up? Ugh.

    Something tells me I’ll be at Lotte Urawa a lot more than Chiba Marine next year. That makes me kind of torn over things like wanting Hisao Heiuchi (and others) to have a breakout year and at the same time wanting to see him at ni-gun :(

    There is one point I do kind of agree with though — strength and conditioning could certainly help a bunch of Lotte players, especially some of the pitchers.

    1. Gen Post author

      Could be a really long summer next season… But then I think you’ve always enjoyed the Ni-gun games more, no?

  2. Blacklabel

    Nishioka as Captain? that speech of the other week making more sense as the days pass. I still have friends on Lotte though so I cant abandon them entirely, but I think my trips to Marines Stadium will be less as well.

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