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Names that have been dropped for the Eagles’ job

by on Sep.30, 2010 @ 2:30 pm, under NPB
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3:20pm JST

A Sponichi report drops Senichi Hoshino's name as a potential candidate.  Said Hoshino, "I haven't heard anything about [the Eagles wanting me], but I guess that means people haven't forgotten about me yet.  That's a good thing."

2:30pm JST

A number of names have been mentioned in the media as possible candidates for the managing position with the Rakuten Eagles.  Those names include:

Pitching coach Yoshinori Sato

Ni-gun manager Toru Nimura

Former Seibu Lions manager Osamu Higashio

Former pitcher Masumi Kuwata

Among these four, Nikkan Sports provides reasons for why Higashio and Kuwata might make sense:

Higashio won two league titles while with the Seibu Lions and was also one of the finalists for the Rakuten managing job last year.  Higashio also has a connection to Kazuo Matsui.  If the Eagles are really serious about Kaz, they might look to Higashio for help.

Kuwata has both MLB and NPB experience.  He's also a name that a lot of people know and has also dropped hints along the way that he's interested in teaching / coaching.  But he could also be a little more difficult to sign than Higashio.

In the end, the Eagles are looking for manager that can mold a young team into a long-term contender.

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Marty Brown: the next Eagles Manager?

by on Oct.05, 2009 @ 11:10 pm, under NPB
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Not much has recently been mentioned about who will take over for the team next season...  Until today.

At one point earlier on in the year, there were rumors that Osamu Higashio was a strong candidate to replace Katsuya Nomura as the new face of the Eagles in 2010.  But at 59 years of age, he actually would only be about 15 years younger than Nomura.

And so the front office started looking around for younger alternatives.  And I guess when it became official that Marty Brown wasn't going to be around in Hiroshima for the 2010 season, they turned their sights toward the 46 year-old-manager.

According to Nikkan Sports, the Eagles were actually fairly certain about hiring Higashio to be their next manager and had already begun making preparations for his arrival.  But sometime in late September (the article mentions the 25th), ownership suddenly switched gears and asked that the team look into other options.

In Brown, the Eagles apparently feel they can get a manager that's not only much younger than Nomura, but also perhaps just as dynamic.

IMHO, Brown i's definitely an upgrade over Higasahio, but he's still no Nomura.  And while I have nothing against Brown, but if the team really wants a young manager, why not Atsuya Furuta?  Now he'd be an interesting option.