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[10/21/2013] Rumors: Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.22, 2013 @ 12:30 am, under NPB

Seibu Lions

The media learned on Monday that Haruki Ihara will, in all likelihood, become the next manager.

Source: Sanspo 10/21/2013

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The Lions are planning to name Softbank's chief of domestic scouting Yoshinori Yamamura their Ichi-gun batting coach.

Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2013

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Takehiro Ishii is a candidate to take over as Ichi-gun pitching coach.  Ishii was a bullpen pitching coach in 2011.  He took on a front office role in 2012 and worked as a coach for the organization's Lions Academy.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2013

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks have offered chief scout Shigeru Ishiwata the Ni-gun manager position.  Ishiwata was Ni-gun manager for Softbank for two years (2007-2008).

Current Ni-gun manager Kazuo Ogawa could join the front office.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Toshiaki Imae on his international FA option:

Lotte brought me up as a player.  Staying here would be best. ... The season just ended.  I would like some time to think about it.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/21/2013