The Chiba Lotte Marines announced yesterday that they were not going to sign Keiichi Yabu after giving him a 2-day tryout. Seems there was some concern about being able to use him on back-to-back days after his velocity went from 146km/h on his first day to 136km/h on his second day.
But that might spell good news for the Hanshin Tigers -- they also have interest in Yabu, but not as a player. It seems the Tigers might be ready to offer Yabu a position in the front office should he decide to call it quits. The Tigers like the experience Yabu has racked up over the years, both as a player in the Majors and in the NPB, and feel he has the ability to help the club out from the front office.