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JFBL: Hiroshi Nagadomi to be named next Mie manager?

by on Oct.27, 2010 @ 1:57 pm, under Independent
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It appears the Mie Three Arrows, of the Japan Future Baseball League (JFBL), will be hiring former Hiroshima Carp Hiroshi Nagadomi as their next manager.  The two sides are still in the middle of negotiations but a deal appears to be imminent.

Nagadomi retired as a player in 2002 and was employed as a Ni-gun pitching coach for the Daiei Hawks between 2003 and 2006.  He then spent 2 years as a pitching coach for the Ishikawa Million Stars (BC League), beginning in 2007.  In 2009, he took over as manager of the Nagasaki Saints (Island League) and was then let go in April 2010 due to poor team performance.

JFBL: Mie’s interim manager to leave team in October

by on Oct.17, 2010 @ 11:08 pm, under Independent
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The Mie Three Arrows announced earlier today that interim manager Yukio Fujinami was leaving the team when his contract expired at the end of October.  Fujinami's successor has not yet been decided.

Fujinami took over the Mie Three Arrows in July when full-time manager Hiromu Matsuoka first decided to take time off due to health reasons.

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Katsunari Tanaka arrested in connection to JFBL gambling scandal

by on Oct.15, 2010 @ 11:42 pm, under Independent
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Osaka's 4th division investigation unit arrested 22-year old former Osaka Gold Villicane player, Katsunari Tanaka, on suspicion of being the middle-man between the bookmaker and the 7 players on the Gold Villicanes.  According to the arrest report, between the middle of May and the middle of June, Tanaka was allegedly responsible for collecting and paying out on bets.

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JFBL Gambling Scandal

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JFBL holds press conference, league to temporarily shutdown

by on Sep.17, 2010 @ 4:28 pm, under Independent
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9/18/2010 2:47am JST

It seems there is a chance that the JFBL could be shutdown permanently.  A lot would depend on whether or not they can find another team to join the league.  Barring that, I'm guessing the league is as good as done.

It also seems as though Osaka will look into various options and select the best one for the club.  The hope is to keep it going for as long as possible.

9/17/2010 4:28pm JST

The Japan Future Baseball League (JFBL) held a press conference in Osaka earlier today and officially announced that they were temporarily shutting down the league because the Osaka Gold Villicanes could not find enough financial support / backing for the 2011 season.  In the end, it seems the Osaka Gold Villicanes were never able to recover financially after eight of their players (since released) were found to be gambling on baseball games.

The remaining games on the 2010 schedule will be played out.

The Mie Three Arrows (the second of two teams in the JFBL) mentioned that they will attempt to play games against teams in the IL next year.  No word on what exactly will happen to the Osaka Gold Villicanes.

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End of the line for Japan Future Baseball League?

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End of the line for Japan Future Baseball League?

by on Sep.14, 2010 @ 11:26 am, under Independent
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It appears the Japan Future Baseball League (JFBL) will be shutdown indefinitely, after the end of the current season.  Details on why will likely be covered during a press conference on the 17th, even though it wouldn't be too difficult to fathom a guess (gambling ring scandal involving 8 players and general sponsorship problems).

The league got together on Sunday to discuss the future of the league and decided it might be best if the two teams went their separate ways.  Both teams are currently hoping to continue operations next season by latching on with a different league.

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JFBL: Aichi no longer in the mix to join league?

by on Aug.06, 2010 @ 7:09 pm, under Independent
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Aichi was preparing a team to join the Japan Future Baseball League (JFBL) next season, but it seems those plans fell through after the league determined that Aichi wasn't ready yet.  League rep Keiichiro Kabeya told reporters that he hoped Aichi would come up with a more detailed outlook on their management plans.

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