Now that the Hanshin Tigers are no longer a part of Climax Series play, the Rakuten Eagles are "free" to formally offer Senichi Hoshino a contract. Sanspo feels that that could happen as early as today, since both sides took the same stance of not making any moves while the Tigers were still a part of Climax Series play. Interestingly enough, Sanspo also includes a quote from Eagles' club rep Jun Yoneda suggesting that the Eagles won't be making any moves so soon after the Tigers' elimination out of consideration for the club.
Nikkan Sports mentions the 19th as a possibility and adds that the Eagles will likely try to push negotiations along so that they'll have something ready for the end of October.
And Sponichi is carrying two articles on Takeshi Yamasaki speaking about the possibility of Hoshino becoming the next manager of the Eagles.
In one of the articles, Yamasaki questions why the team even made a departure away from Katsuya Nomura at the end of the 2009 season when they only ended up firing his replacement, Marty Brown, after just one season.
In the other, Yamasaki talks about three fundamental rules he plans on teaching some of the younger players in order to help make their transition over to the new manager quicker and easier. The three rules: be a stickler for details; be quick and clear with your replies; be sure to eat breakfast every day. Yamasaki knows Hoshino since they were both a part of the Dragons organization in the 90s -- Yamasaki as a player and Hoshino as a manager.