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[9/29/2013] Yakult Swallows: Junji Ogawa to return next season [UPDATE @ 2:36pm]

by on Sep.29, 2013 @ 1:18 pm, under NPB

The media learned today, based on conversations with a team official, that the Yakult Swallows are planning to ask Junji Ogawa to return next season.  The team official feels Ogawa will accept the request.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2013

UPDATE @ 2:36pm -

According to Sports Hochi, team owner Tsuyoshi Kinugasa has announced that Ogawa will be returning next season.

"It was an unfortunate season and in normal circumstances, it would probably lead to a resignation, but we feel he did a good job for us over the last three years, including the time he was interim manager in 2010.  We hope he can pull everything together next season and approach things with determination," Kinugasa said.

He most likely agreed to a one-year extension.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/29/2013