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Yokohama Bay Stars: Kimiyasu Kudo’s thoughts on the veteran presence

by on Nov.28, 2011 @ 1:47 am, under NPB

In speaking to reporters on Saturday about the possibility of becoming manager of the Yokohama Bay Stars, Kimiyasu Kudo said, "Having a veteran presence is important.  Just having [veteran players like] [Takeshi] Yamasaki, [Masahiro] Yamamoto, [Tsuyoshi] Shimoyanagi and [Tomoaki] Kanemoto on the team is helpful.  They can continue to play into their 40s because they did what they were supposed to.  I [would] want them to tell the younger players to run [more].  [They should not mind if] another coach is right in front of them.  How [the young players] react will become the difference in their development."

Kudo even so far as to say that teams should not mind paying a veteran 50M yen just to have them around.  He also recounted how he used to round up younger players after practices in order to get them to do some shadow pitching.