Updates on the sale of the Yokohama Bay Stars:
- The media learned on Tuesday (11/8) that DeNA offered former Shigeru Takada a job as GM of the team. According to those close to the situation, the job is basically Takada's so long as DeNA receives final approval from the league.
- Yomiuri Giants GM Tsuneo Watanabe told reporters on Monday he didn't think there were going to be any problems approving DeNA's purchase of the team.
- DeNA chairman Makoto Haruta told reporters on Sunday that he wanted to improve the teams PR department.
- Haruta on his ideal manager: "A forward-thinker that's growing just like DeNA is. A manager that embodies the spirit of the company. Someone bright and happy. Someone that is good at speaking and understands [DeNA's position]. Someone young would be nice. And definitely good at talking."
- Masumi Kuwata currently appears to be the frontrunner for the managerial opening. A DeNA official was quoted as saying "I wonder if [Kuwata] would take the job." And people close to Kuwata are also saying he's itching to return to baseball and could accept the job if offered.
In other team-related news:
"He's the face of Yokohama and we'd like to see him stay, if at all possible. ... Internally, when we started talking about Yokohama players, everyone knew him and [Daisuke] Miura. ... [Seiichi] Uchikawa left [last year] and if [Murata leaves] this year it'll be sad.