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World Baseball Classic News and Notes: September 6, 2012

by on Sep.06, 2012 @ 2:18 pm, under WBC

Koji Yamamoto appears to be the current front runner to manage Samurai Japan because NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato does not want to apply any unnecessary pressure on active managers.  Hisashi Yamada and Tsutomu Ito are also under consideration.  Source: Nikkan Sports 9/6/2012

Koji Akiyama once again told reporters on Wednesday that he thought the burden of managing Samurai Japan might be too much for active managers to handle.  Source: Sanspo 9/6/2012

Kato will also be relying on input from his special advisor, Sadaharu Oh.  Source: Daily Sports 9/6/2012

He may also put out feelers to see what other feel before he finalizes his decision.  Source: Sports Hochi 9/6/2012


NPB commissioner Kato told reports that he is currently looking into Miyazaki for mini camp.  Source: Sanspo 9/6/2012


It appears the Brewers will allow Norichika Aoki to participate in the WBC.  Source: Sponichi 9/6/2012


Hiroki Kuroda may turn down an invite to play because of fatigue and age.  Source: Sanspo 9/6/2012

2 comments on “World Baseball Classic News and Notes: September 6, 2012

    1. Gen Post author

      I thought Kuroda signed a one-year deal with the Yanks? I suppose he is a good candidate to return to the Bronx, in which case I’m sure they will discourage him.

      Ichiro is another player that might get asked. Don’t know if the Yanks will try to re-sign him or not.

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