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Samurai Japan: Koji Yamamoto unofficially selected as manager

by on Oct.01, 2012 @ 7:26 am, under WBC

The media learned on Sunday that Koji Yamamoto was unofficially selected as manager of Samurai Japan after NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato and Sadaharu Oh likely gave up on Koji Akiyama.  Kato is expected to name Yamamoto as Samurai Japan manager during an executive meeting later today.  An official announcement could follow in the coming days.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/1/2012

Yamamoto participated in a baseball clinic held on Sunday that was by the Meikyukai.  When reporters asked if he had been offered the managerial job for Samurai Japan, he replied, "Not yet."  And when asked if he would accept if he was offered the job, he said, "No comment."

Source: Sponichi 10/1/2012

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Yamamoto managed the Hiroshima Carp between 1989-1993 and again between 2001-2005.  He was also a fielding/base-running coach for the national team that competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics.  As a player, he collected 2,339 hits, hit 536 home runs, and drove in 1,475 runs over 2,284 games (.290/.381/.542).  He was inducted into the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008.

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UPDATE @ 9:39am - To clarify the process: NPB commissioner Kato will most likely name Yamamoto as top choice to manage Samurai Japan during today's executive committee meeting.  Kato will meet Yamamoto once the selection is approved.  An official announcement is planned for the 10th.  Source: Sponichi 10/1/2012

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