...The Swallows announced earlier today that they hired Takao Ise to be a batting adviser for the team. Ise will be allowed to continue his work as a baseball analyst while doling out hitting advice. He'll then likely become a full-time coach in August. Ise's contract is good for the length of the current season and is estimated to be worth about 10M yen.
Not wanting to waste any time, Ise attended team practice today to get a better feel for where all the players are. Seems he also spent some time watching Jamie D'Antona and Aaron Guiel.