4/27/2010 4:28pm JST
...Senichi Hoshino was a guest on a radio program on the 26th and it seems he didn't deny anything that has been mentioned in the press since Sunday. In fact, he had more to say that pointed to a return.
"There's a part of me that still wants to put on a uniform one last time and I would be lying if I said I didn't miss the idea of competing. I'm a baseball player so I want to fulfill people's dreams."
He later added:
"I'd like to die wearing a uniform. That might post a problem for those around me though."
4/26/2010 1:23pm JST
Speaking at an event on Sunday, Senichi Hoshino said that he still has aspirations to manage and was hoping to get back into the game at some point.
"I thought I'd like to try one last challenge before the end of my career / life. I still have a fighting spirit. And I don't think anyone can be beat in that department."
At this point, it seems he's open to joining any of the twelve NPB teams. But with Hoshino being one of the faces of the Hanshin Tigers, you have to assume they aren't just going to let him walk. And with Akinobu Mayumi's contract up at the end of the season, Hoshino could be asked to return and take over the helm.
But if Mayumi takes the team to the Climax Series or the Nippon Series, removing him could be a little problematic, unless they convince him (behind the scenes) to step down "voluntarily" so that Hoshino can slide in for his final run.