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[6/29/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters sign Hideki Kuriyama to one-year extension

by on Jun.29, 2014 @ 8:26 pm, under NPB

The Nippon Ham Fighters held a press conference today at Sapporo Dome to announce that they agreed to a contract extension with Hideki Kuriyama.  He was in the final year of a two-year deal.  The extension will give him one more.

Managerial Record

Year W L T WPCT
2012 74 59 11 .556
2013 64 78 2 .451
2014* 34 35 1 .493

* Through June 29.

Source: official announcement

[UPDATE 6/30 @ 6:20pm]

Kuriyama was offered a multi-year extension, but he prefers to take things one season at a time. Source: Sponichi 6/30/2014

[UPDATE 6/30 @ 9:55pm]

Kuriyama reportedly agreed to the extension with the understanding that he was also thinking about stepping down (based on how the team performs this year). Source: Nikkan Sports 6/30/2014