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Hisanobu Watanabe to keep his job

by on Oct.10, 2010 @ 10:38 pm, under NPB

The Seibu Lions' president Shinji Kobayashi met with Hisanobu Watanabe after today's loss to the Chiba Lotte Marines and was told that he will be returning next season to finish out the second year of his two year deal.  Watanabe later told reporters that he felt he had unfinished business and that he felt leaving at this point would be irresponsible of him.

The Lions fell apart towards the end of the season, first dropping out of first place to finish the season in second, and then getting swept out of the playoffs by the Chiba Lotte Marines in the First Stage of the Climax Series.  Watanabe did help steer the Lions to an Nippon Series Championship in his first year as manager (2008).