The Softbank Hawks held a press conference today and announced that Kimiyasu Kudo (51) will be taking over as the new manager of the team. Team officials Sadaharu Oh and Yoshimitsu Goto were also at the press conference.
Kudo selected the number eighteen for his uniform number. When asked why he selected the number, he replied:
[Koji Akiyama] spent the last six years as manager and developed talent and won two Nippon Series championships. This is my way of acknowledging the succession. I felt it was the best number.
According to a number of reports, Kudo agreed to a three-year deal.