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Around the NPB Horn: Makoto Imaoka given his walking papers

by on Oct.10, 2009 @ 9:08 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...The first task Norfumi Nishimura will have to tackle is retaining key players that can become free agents.  That list includes: Saburo (OF), Kazuya Fukuura (INF), Naoyuki Shimizu (P), Shingo Ono (P), and Tasuku Hashimoto (C).

It also appears that there will be a slight modification to the uniform design for next season.  No details on what though.

Hanshin Tigers

...Calls of "Go home" and "Resign!" rained down on Akinobu Mayumi after the Tigers lost to the Swallows last night.

...The Tigers announced that Makoto Imaoka will not be returning to the team next season.  The team and Imaoka will likely hold a press conference some time later today to make it a official.

Imaoka does still want to play and will try to find a new club to latch onto during the off-season.

...Atsushi Kataoka will be the Tigers' new batting coach next season.

Hiroshima Carp

...Tickets to the Carp's last game of the season have apparently sold out.  The game will also be Yoshinori Ogata's last game of his career (his "retirement" game).

Orix Buffaloes

...The Buffaloes may extend Akinobu Okada an official offer sometime as early as the 11th.  That means there could be an official announcement announcing him as the new manager of the team on the 14th.

The Buffaloes' Ni-gun manager will be Hiromasa Arai.