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Names that have been dropped for the Eagles’ job

by on Sep.30, 2010 @ 2:30 pm, under NPB

3:20pm JST

A Sponichi report drops Senichi Hoshino's name as a potential candidate.  Said Hoshino, "I haven't heard anything about [the Eagles wanting me], but I guess that means people haven't forgotten about me yet.  That's a good thing."

2:30pm JST

A number of names have been mentioned in the media as possible candidates for the managing position with the Rakuten Eagles.  Those names include:

Pitching coach Yoshinori Sato

Ni-gun manager Toru Nimura

Former Seibu Lions manager Osamu Higashio

Former pitcher Masumi Kuwata

Among these four, Nikkan Sports provides reasons for why Higashio and Kuwata might make sense:

Higashio won two league titles while with the Seibu Lions and was also one of the finalists for the Rakuten managing job last year.  Higashio also has a connection to Kazuo Matsui.  If the Eagles are really serious about Kaz, they might look to Higashio for help.

Kuwata has both MLB and NPB experience.  He's also a name that a lot of people know and has also dropped hints along the way that he's interested in teaching / coaching.  But he could also be a little more difficult to sign than Higashio.

In the end, the Eagles are looking for manager that can mold a young team into a long-term contender.