According to a report by Sponichi, the search for the next World Baseball Classic (WBC) manager has begun. A source close to the discussions says that a decision will have be made by May.
As for possible candidates, pulling active NPB managers for WBC duties could be difficult because of the timing of the tournament. This could limit the decision to former managers, like Hiromitsu Ochiai.
There is also talk about scheduling international exhibition games after this year's Asia Series.