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Nobuhiro Takashiro and Osamu Fukuma to join Orix coaching staff?

by on Sep.27, 2010 @ 8:14 am, under NPB

The Orix Buffaloes are apparently planning on inviting former WBC infield / base-running coach Nobuhiro Takashiro and former Hanshin Tigers coach Osamu Fukuma to be a part of their coaching staff next season.

The Buffaloes feel Takashiro would be a good fit as their head coach.  Takashiro has experience as a head coach from his days with Lotte (2003) and was also a general coach for position players when he worked in the Chunichi origanization (2004-2008).  He was also the infield / base-running coach for the 2009 WBC team.  Takashiro spent 2010 as a coach for the Hanwha Eagles.

Fukuma worked with Akinobu Okada in the past when both were employed by the Hanshin Tigers.

Orix has also asked current chief coach, Shinya Kobayashi, to join the front office.