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[10/10/2013] Samurai Japan: Toshihisa Nishi could be offered a coaching job

by on Oct.10, 2013 @ 7:33 pm, under Samurai Japan
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According to Sports Hochi, Toshihisa Nishi's name is being mentioned as a possible candidate to join the Samurai Japan coaching staff.

After retiring in 2010, Nishi spent some time working as a part-time coach with an independent league team in the US.  He is currently working as a baseball commentator.  He also started the Nishi Baseball Academy and will begin a two-year program in Comprehensive Human Sciences, Health and Sports Sciences at Tsukuba University's Graduate School.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/10/2013

Sponichi adds that Nishi is being considered as an INF/base-running coach.  Other names, like Akihiro Yano as battery coach and Kazuyoshi Tatsunami as batting coach are also mentioned.

Source: Sponichi 10/10/2013

Nikkan Sports notes that Yoshitaka Katori is the top candidate for the pitching coach job.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2013

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Fans to get one last chance to see Yano play at Koshien Stadium?

by on Sep.30, 2010 @ 5:31 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers will be holding a retirement ceremony for Akihiro Yano after tonight's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  And with Yano getting added to the active roster today, it seems he may also get a chance to play with the Ichi-gun roster at Koshien Stadium one last time before he retires at the end of the season.

Of course, depending on the flow of the game, Yano may not get a chance to play -- the Tigers obviously aren't going to risk a possible league title just to get Yano into the game.

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Akihiro Yano gets a mini retirement ceremony after last Ni-gun game

by on Sep.26, 2010 @ 4:40 am, under NPB
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Akihiro Yano (HAN) played in the Hanshin Tigers' final Ni-gun game of the season on Saturday. Yano entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning, with the score tied at 2 and a runner on first and one out, and helped set up the go ahead run with a single to left. In the 9th inning, he got to catch his good friend, Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi, for the last time in his career.  In the end, the Tigers went on to beat the Chunichi Dragons, 3-2.

After the game, the Ni-gun Tigers held a mini retirement ceremony for the 41-year-old catcher.  And both Ni-gun teams tossed Yano up into the air 5 times (Yano started his career with the Dragons).

The Hanshin Tigers also decided on Saturday that they will hold a retirement ceremony for Yano after their final game of the season at Koshien Stadium (9/30 vs Yokohama Bay Stars).

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Akihiro Yano to call it quits

by on Sep.03, 2010 @ 12:38 pm, under NPB
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11:03pm JST

The Tigers held a press conference earlier today to officially announce Yano's retirement.  Sanspo has posted some of what was said at the press conference (in Japanese).

12:38pm JST

Akihiro Yano (HAN) held a meeting with the Tigers yesterday in order to inform them of his desire to retire at the end of the season.  While Yano wanted another chance to play at Ichi-gun again, it seems he felt he was also becoming a burden to the team.  I'm guessing that Yano's right elbow wasn't getting any better and he finally decided to hang them up.

The Tigers would like to hold a retirement ceremony for Yano, but will first need to see how things play out with their pennant chase.

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