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[10/21/2015] Yokohama Bay Stars: Alex Ramirez’s press conference on October 21

by on Oct.22, 2015 @ 12:06 am, under NPB

The Bay Stars held a press conference at Yokohama hotel earlier today to introduce Alex Ramirez as their newest manager.

Some notes:

  • Over ten television cameras and about 120 members of the media covered the press conference.
  • President Juni Ikeda and general manager Shigeru Takada were also in attendance.
  • He felt the timing of the offer might have been a little early (he imagined gaining more experience through coaching), but is still happy about the opportunity and has confidence he can become a good manager.
  • The oranization expects him to aim for a championship, beginning in his first year. He expects no less from himself and feels no pressure.
  • He likes Yoshitomo Tsutsugo and Takayuki Kajitani and feels he can build a team around them.
  • With all the youth, he wants to build a agressive team. He knows the team has a lot of speed and not a lot of power. He wants to put together a more balances team.
  • He does not plan on doing any of his performances inside the stadium. He would rather see the players continue his tradition. He might do some performances outside of the stadium.
  • He wants to be the kind of manager that spends a lot of time communicating with his players. He also wants to help players build up mental strength.
  • He first started thinking about becoming a manager when he was a member of the Yomiuri Giants. The feelings really grew when he joined the Yokohama Bay Stars because he was able to learn a lot. He also felt, for the first time, that he could make use of his various experiences.
  • He is not too worried about the language barrier because he can speak Japanese fairly well. He does plan to use an interpreter, but only for issues concerning strategy and details.
  • He will be attending the draft on October 22. If the is a draw for the first round draft pick, he will be the one to pull the ticket from the box. He plans to use his right hand because he believes it has powers.
  • He would like to called "Rami-chan kantoku."
  • He has been assigned the uniform number 80.
  • He agreed to a two-year deal with a yearly salary of about seventy miillion yen.

Source: Sponichi 10/21/2015, Sponichi 10/21/2015, Sponichi 10/21/2015, Daily Sports 10/21/2015, Daily Sports 10/21/2015 (questions/answers), Sports Hochi 10/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/21/2015, Tokyo Sports 10/21/2015

Other notes from earlier reports:

  • Head coach Tatsuya Shindo will most likely keep his position. Source: Sanspo 10/21/2015
  • Ramirez has asked the organization to give Akimitsu Ito a job on the staff. Ito was a pitching coach and then a head coach when Ramirez played for the Yakult Swallows. The Swallows have offered Ito a front office position. It is uncertain if he will be available. Source: Sanspo 10/21/2015
  • The Bay Stars selected Ramirez because he understood and accepted the team's direction. They also liked the passion he brought to the table. Source: Sanspo 10/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/21/2015, Sponichi 10/21/2015
  • General manager Shigeru Takada is in charge of selecting the coaching staff. Source: Sanspo 10/21/2015