What comes next for Samurai Japan?
- The NPB is happy with Yamamoto's work during the WBC. They could extend his contract, which runs through to the end of the month.
- Samurai Japan will probably play some exhibition games in the fall. However, nothing has been set in stone yet. Until the schedule is determined, personnel decisions will not be made.
- The Samurai Japan brand has already secured over one billion yen in sponsorship deals.
- Yamamoto will likely step down as manager of Samurai Japan for the time being.
- Other than some exhibition games in the fall, nothing else has been decided. The NPB will consider all options as it puts together plans for what comes next.
- There are some that are interested in asking Yamamoto to return and he will likely be involved in some capacity.
- Personnel decisions will be held off until the NPB figures out what comes next for Samurai Japan.
Source: Sports Hochi 3/19/2013
- Additional details for the Premium 12 will be decided during an IBAF meeting in Japan on April 14.
- There is a chance Yamamoto will be given a contact extension as manager, however, it may only be in name and until the Premium 12 tournament.
- Personnel decisions will not be made until a schedule is determined.
Shohei Otani and Shintaro Fujinami could make the roster for the next WBC. There is also a good chance that they will participate in the Premium 12 in 2015.
Source: Sponichi 3/19/2013