According to a Sponichi report posted on Tuesday morning, the Yokohama Bay Stars are planning to hire Daisuke Yamashita (59) as Ni-gun manager. An official announcement will likely be made within the next few days.
After retiring as an active player after the 1988 season, Yamashita worked as a baseball analyst/commentator. In 1993, he returned to Yokohama as a fielding/base-running coach. After a promotion to head coach in 1998, Yamashita made the final leap to manager in 2003. Two last finish place finishes later, Yamashita left Yokohama and spent three season in the Rakuten Eagles' organization. After that, he returned to being an analyst. Yamashita spent his last three seasons as a coach in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.