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Nippon Ham Fighters to name Kawagoe Higashi manager their next head coach

by on Nov.21, 2012 @ 11:12 pm, under NPB
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The Nippon Ham Fighters have added Kawagoe Higashi High School baseball manager Eijiro Ai to their staff as head coach.  An announcement will be made on the 23rd.  According to the Japan High School Baseball Federation, Ai will be the first former professional baseball player to return to professional baseball as a coach after earning a coaching license and spending time as a high school baseball manager.  Ai is set to officially leave his job at Kawagoe Higashi on December 31.  Source: Sponichi 11/21/2012

Incidentally, under current pro/amateur coaching rules, Ai will not be allowed to coach amateur baseball once he formally signs with the Fighters.  Source: Sponichi 11/21/2012

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