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Bay Stars to begin negotiations with Takao Obana

by on Nov.09, 2009 @ 1:00 pm, under NPB

The Bay Stars could begin moving forward on the Takao Obana front this week.  Obana told the press again on Sunday that the Bay Stars have contacted him and that he has already informed the Giants of the news.

"Have I been contacted by Yokohama?  Yes, I've heard from them.  And I've already spoken to the manager and the ball club about it," said Obana.

He continued, "I've more or less made a decision, but this isn't the place to talk about that.  I don't want to cause a stir and create any problems."

The Giants will not be taking Obana with them to the Japan - Korea Championships on the 14th, a possible indication that he may be joining the Bay Stars shortly.


Bay Stars owner Kiyoshi Wakabayashi visited Giants' owner Takuo Takihana on Monday for permission to hire Obana as their new manager.  The Giants appear to have agreed.

=== UPDATE 11:00PM JST

The Bay Stars will hold a press conference within the next couple of days announcing Obana as their next manager.  After the press conference, Obana will rush off to Okinawa to meet up with his new team for Fall camp.