Yokohama Bay Stars' update from 12/6/2011:
- Owner Makoto Haruta, rep director Jun Ikeda, and chairman Takao Kaji met with Yokohama City mayor Fumiko Hayashi this morning.
- Masumi Kuwata told reporters he was surprised that the Bay Stars broke off talks with Kimiyasu Kudo because he thought the decision was already made.
- Kudo did meet with Haruta on 12/2 and was apparently presented with a two-year deal.
- Kudo will now focus on his return to baseball.
- The biggest roadblock with Kudo may have been that he wanted the Bay Stars bring Mitsuo Tatsukawa on as head coach. GM Shigeru Takada did not like the idea because he wanted to complement Kudo by bringing in someone other than a former catcher or pitcher.
- Owner Haruta told reporters that he is leaving everything up to GM Takada -- selecting the manager, the coaches, and players.
- Kiyoshi Nakahata (57) appears to be the next frontrunner to land the managerial job (Takada once considered Nakahata a managerial candidate back in 2007 when he was GM of the Fighters; things did not work out because Nakata was doing commercial work for Ito Ham). Daisuke Yamashita (59) could also be a possibility.
- GM Takada has said the team does not have time to wait for Shuichi Murata to make his decision and will move forward with their other plans, like attempting to sign Alex Ramirez, Masaaki Koike, Toshiya Sugiuchi, and Kazunari Tsuruoka.
- Abbreviation for the team: Yokohama DeNA, or just DeNA. When using just one Kanji letter, "横." When using the Latin alphabet, "DB."
UPDATE @ 10:07pm - TBS Holdings president Toshichika Ishihara held his regularly scheduled press conference and told reporters that he was relieved the sale of the Bay Stars was approved at the owner meetings on 12/1. He also said he believed DeNA would do their best to make the team stronger. TBS Holdings still maintains 2.31% of the stock they owned.
Sanspo is carrying the following comments from Takada's press conference yesterday:
You are now the GM...
The owner asked me to do two things: build a strong team and turn this into a GM-centric team.
The team's structure?
My job is to put together a strong team so that the new manager can work towards winning a championship. To be honest, we got a really late start.
What kind of improvements are you thinking about?
The owner and president told me to go out and do the best we can to improve the team. We are looking at a foreign starting pitcher, as well as a fielder.
How are negotiations going with the new manager?
The manager and the GM could not build up enough confidence/trust [in each other]. I spoke to our candidate directly and told him we were calling off talks. I would like to hurry up and choose a finalist out the remaining candidates we have. We can not really move forward until we have a manager.
What about other personnel?
One of the first things the owner asked was that I try to find candidates that were former players, managers, and coaches. I would like to try and find someone that fits that description as well.
Sponichi is carry a slightly different set of comments:
On how you came to be GM...
I think it was back in November when the owner and president approached me and said they wanted to talk a little baseball with me. Then they said they wanted me to be GM because they needed someone that knew baseball and could make decisions to improve the team.
What about the manager?
We spoke to the candidate and what I can say is that the manager and GM could not build up the necessary trust/confidence. I already spoke to the candidate to inform him that we are breaking off from talks.
You decided, when did you talk to him?
Just recently. It just felt off and I thought if we started things when we still did not have trust in each other, that would be bad for the both of us. Well, we spoke this morning and I told him it was not going to work out.
On terminating negotiations.
This is not something we were expecting. Of course, part of this is my fault. I feel bad for what happened. If I was not GM, things may have worked out better for him.
Sanspo is carrying the following comments from Kudo that were taken yesterday:
Talks have broken off...
We spoke today and I heard about that.
What was the reason?
In the end, there was not enough time. I also think timing may have been the issue. When negotiating, time is needed. And we just could not make enough time.
What about your relationship with GM Takada?
I agree [when he said] that we both need to be on the same page. But there was not enough time. We did not have enough time to talk.
What do you mean, you did not have enough time?
It is what it is. I will not be the manager, but there are other candidates. I do not mind because all I want is for them to make the Bay Stars stronger.
Do you feel it was too bad that you did not get the job?
These are about chance encounters. I will do my best to grow in case there is another chance.
What are you plans now?
If possible, I would like to work towards continuing my career as a pitcher.
Were the suggestions/conditions the reason why talks broke down?
There was no one thing. What is done is done. In the end, I think there not enough time.
Was time really the only problem?
Instead of saying anything about that, there are things that I want to do. I also want to see my kids grow. When Yokohama first approached me about this, I kept a positive attitude. I was able to learn a lot. Now I want to take what I learned and turn it into something I can teach my kids.
Do you feel it was too bad that you did not get the job?
I will do my best to grow as a person in case I have another chance.
Finally, is there anything you would like to say to the Bay Stars?
I was not selected as the manager, but there are other candidates. I do not mind as long as the Bay Stars get stronger. I would like to see the Bay Stars work hard and as someone that lives in Yokohama, I will cheer them on.