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:
- move away from the MLB-style of training
- stick to one main line-up
- rely on the data and focus on the intricacies of baseball
- 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.