A couple of quick updates on the Rakuten Eagles - Senichi Hoshino situation:
The Rakuten Eagles are apparently hoping to have their manager position filled by the time the Nippon Series starts.
As of yesterday, Hoshino was scheduled to meet with team owner Shinya Sakai at some point today.
Speaking on his own radio program, Hoshino mentioned that he was dining buddies with Rakuten chairperson Hiroshi Mikitani. He also said that he didn't want to meet with the Eagles until after the Climax Series. Hoshino added that he felt the Eagles were really serious about him when learned about Mikitani's meeting with Sakai.
Hoshino was scheduled to be a guest TV commentator for Tokyo Big 6 games on the 16th, but he canceled because he was concerned that he might become a distraction.