The Gunma Diamond Pegasus announced today that former Hanshin Tiger Tetsuro Kawajiri (44) will take over as manager of the team next year.
Kawajiri was drafted by Hanshin in 1994 and traded to Orix in 2003. He spent one year in the Orix organization before he was selected by Rakuten in the 2004 expansion draft. He retired in 2005 after pitching in just two Ichi-gun games for the Eagles and spent some time working as a baseball commentator before taking as job as pitching coach for Gunma at the start of the season.
Source: official announcement