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[9/7/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.07, 2014 @ 11:47 pm, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • Senichi Hoshino is expected to return next season for his fifth year as manager of the Eagles. Source: Sports Hochi 9/7/2014 ... Team president Yozo Tachibana told reporters on Sunday that they signed a multi-year deal with Hoshino and that things were proceeding according to the contract. Source: Daily Sports 9/7/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/7/2014
  • The Eagles will be running a batting center at kobo Stadium during home games between September 8 and September 21. It will cost 300 yen for ten pitches, or 200 yen for ten pitches between the 8th and 11th. There will be prizes. Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions have not made any decisions on current interim manager Norio Tanabe. Possible managerial candidates: Ni-gun manager Tetsuya Shiozaki and former manager and current senior director Hisanobu Watanabe. Source: Sponichi 9/7/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani became the first pitcher in the NPB to reach double-digits in victories and home runs. The media in Japan is talking about how he is the first player since Babe Ruth in 1918 to accomplish the feat.

5 comments on “[9/7/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Nippon Ham Fighters

  1. Steve Novosel

    Those articles about Itoh are hilarious. Earlier in the season the talk was “contenders for the PL flag!” and after the season is well and truly over it’s “did we mention this is year 2 of a 3 year rebuilding project? We didn’t, huh?”

    Perhaps if you are actually rebuilding you will give some playing time to hot young players rather than wasting ABs on older guys who clearly are well past their primes…?

    Anyway with 4 shutout losses in the last week, the articles seem well-timed to try to deflect fan anger away from management. Judging by the chorus of boos last night, it’s not working.

    1. Gen Post author

      I do agree. It was a different story at the beginning of the season.

      Out of curiosity, if you could select the next manager, whom would it be?

      1. Steve Novosel

        It’s a question we’ve asked ourselves off an on for a while.

        Within the organization I always thought Hori would be a good choice as a future manager. He still has a relationship with many players as a player, and of course recently as a coach as well.

        1. Gen Post author

          I’ve heard Hori’s name mentioned in the media a few times in the past. Hillman would certainly be an interesting option, but yeah, he might be happy where he is right now.

      2. Steve Novosel

        Incidentally, my friend and our occasional site contributor Keigo thinks we should try to woo Hillman back to Japan, though that might be pretty tough given he’s with the Yankees now.

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