Updates on the Yokohama DeNA Bay Stars, from 12/8/2011:
- Nikkan Sports: Kiyoshi Nakahata has unofficially been selected as the next manager of the team, an official announcement will likely be made soon. Yutaka Takagi is the front-runner for the head coach job. Hiroki Nomura could be named the pitching coach.
- Daily Sports: Takagi and Itaru Ninomiya will be asked to join the staff. Daisuke Yamashita will be hired as head coach and Ni-gun manager Kazuyuki Shirai will be promoted to Ichi-gun.
- Sponichi: Takagi will be offered head coach job. Ni-gun manager Shirai could be promoted to Ichi-gun. Nomura could join as a pitching coach and Ninomiya as an OF/base-running coach.
- Yokohama Stadium chairman Yukio Fujiki apparently does not want to give DeNA permission to the use the stadium next year because of their managerial issues and because they have not really done anything to improve the team.
UPDATE @ 10:03pm - Nakahata confirmed to reporters outside his home that he accepted the managerial job with the Yokohama Bay Stars. A press conference announcing his appointment will be made tomorrow.