The Yokohama Bay Stars have offered the managerial job to 48-year-old Kimiyasu Kudo.
Kudo admitted to reporters today that an offer was made and that he will be make his decision after speaking to his family.
UPDATE 12/3 @ 12:42am - It does not appear as though Kudo is thinking about being a pitcher / manager.
UPDATE 12/3 @ 4:05am - Sanspo is carrying the following comments from Kudo:
Did you receive an offer for the managerial position?
I can not say. I can say that a number of people having been contacting me.
Nothing has come directly from team owner [Makoto] Haruta?
But the team plans on making an announcement early next week.
I am sure more we will know more tomorrow or the day after.
Team owner [Makoto] Haruta has confirmed the offer.
There must be a number of candidates.
We think they have it narrowed down.
So does that mean I am the only one that got contacted?
Do your feel honored?
Well, yes, of course.
Will you continue to pitch?
Am I not allowed to continue pitching?
[Does that mean] you can not provide an answer right away?
No, I can not.
Will you be having a family meeting soon?
I can not really say. It depends on everyone's schedule.
About the offer...
I am grateful. But I need some time to think.