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Kaoru Okazaki to lead NPB team vs University team on 7/26

by on Apr.27, 2010 @ 5:27 pm, under College, NPB

While the official Fresh All-Star rosters aren't set to be released until 5/10, it seems that Yusei Kikuchi has already been penciled in for a spot.


Yomiuri Giants Ni-gun manager Koaru Okazaki has been selected to manage the NPB team during a match-up of pro and college players on 7/26 at Tokyo Dome.  The NPB team will likely be made up of players from the Fresh All-Star rosters.  Potential players on the NPB team include the aforementioned Kikuchi, Hiroshima Carp Takeru Imamura, and Softbank Hawk Kenta Imamiya.  For the university team, likely players on the roster include Yuki Saito (Waseda), Tatsuya Oishi (Waseda), Hirokazu Sawamura (Chuo), and Yudai Ono (Bukkyo).

The university team will then go on to take part in the 8th World University Championships (7/30 - 8/7).

UPDATE 4/28/2010 1:05am JST: Okazaki will also be managing Team Japan at the Intercontinental Cup in October.