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Ni-gun batting coach, Mitsuru Manaka, to become Ni-gun manager?

by on Sep.26, 2010 @ 3:50 pm, under NPB

It appears Ni-gun batting coach Mitsuru Manaka could be on his way to becoming Ni-gun manager.

The Yakult Swallows announced yesterday that Ni-gun manager Hiroshige Saruwatari and Ni-gun batting coach Takuji Ota finished out their contracts and were leaving the team.  They also said that Manaka would be taking over the Ni-gun team until the team figured out how to fill the open coaching positions.  Now it seems Manaka may just end up becoming the full-time Ni-gun manager.

But then where does that leave Daisuke Araki?

He's apparently planning on turning down the Ni-gun manager position and could instead return to the team next year as Ichi-gun chief pitching coach.