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Tsuyoshi Shinjo apparently wouldn’t mind managing for 1 year

by on Sep.03, 2011 @ 7:07 am, under NPB

Tsuyoshi Shinjo is scheduled to appear on a TBS program on 9/8.  For Shinjo, it'll be his first appearance in a Japanese program in 2 years -- he has been living in Bali, Indonesia (house with a pool with 8 motorcycles).

Whether or not it was part of the program, I'm not entirely sure, but Shinjo responded to questions about managing in Japan.  Below are some notes that were posted in a Sanspo article:

"If there's an owner out there with the courage, I'd like to manage 1 year."

"But I'll only manage 1 year.  I'm not even waiting for an offer."

Some points to player selection for games (likely partially tongue-in-cheek): 1) use players that e-mail him asking to be used; 2) look at batting averages over the last 10 days and bat players from best to worst; 3) stress ability to drive in runs over batting average.

UPDATE @ 3:10pm - It seems Shinjo spoke to the media after recording the TV program.  Regarding the TV program, Shinjo said he felt it was an interesting show and decided to accept (he was also already scheduled to shoot some commercials in Japan).  He also said he'd go anywhere to things that interested him.

Nikkan Sports has also posted a more complete interview with Shinjo:

It seems you have your own personal ideas for how to manage to team.

Pro yakyu is about getting together the best players in the country.  It think it might be good to create a team that's used to playing in front of the camera.

And that means...

For me, when the game started and there were no runners on base when I was up to be, I was at about 20%.  But when things were on the line, I pushed that to 80%.  I think it might be good to train like that.

I see...

Imanaka was a completely different.  When there were runners on base his velocity increased and his breaking pitches had a lot of movement.  That's what being a pro is all about.  And it was like 1-for-4 with 3 RBI for me as well.  My batting average may have been at around .250, but I was also competing for the most RBIs on the team.  I think that's the trick to becoming a hero.

Is it easy to become [a player like that]?

When I was with Nippon Ham, Nappa (Atsunori Inaba) said, "Tsu-san, what should I do?  I get nervous when there are runners on base."  I replied, "That's no good.  You need to change.  You need to think you can become a hero if you can hit the ball."  I kept telling him that.  He then went on to bat clean-up for Team Japan.  What you're feeling inside is really important.

If you become a manager, what kind of advice will you give your players?

To be courageous enough to forget.  If they can hit, I'll tell them to go out an have some fun.  When things are going well, they should practice when no one is watching...   To keep that going.  I mean, players do want to make money and they also want to be popular as well.