Coaching staff news and notes for the Rakuten Eagles:
- Hitting coach Tomio Tashiro plans to take responsibility for the team's sputtering offense this year by stepping down from his post after the season. Source: Sponichi 9/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014
- Possible candidates for Ichi-gun manager, according to ZakZak: Ni-gun manager Hiromoto Okubo, Atsuya Furuta, pitching coach Yoshinori Sato, chief coach Toru Nimura, and Takeshi Yamasaki. Source: ZakZak 9/20/2014 ... Okubo may be the top internal candidate with Furuta the top external candidate. Source: Sports Hochi 9/19/2014 ... Team owner Hiroshi Mikitani told reporters everyone was a candidate, but Okubo may be the front-runner. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014 ... Mikitani reportedly told people close to him that he would like to give Okubo a chance to be a manager. Source: Sponichi 9/19/2014 ... According to Tokyo Sports, Okubo may not be a popular choice among current players and coaches. Source: Tokyo Sports 9/19/2014
- The Eagles would like to be ready to make an announcement as soon as the regular season ends. Source: Sponichi 9/19/2014
News and notes on Senichi Hoshino:
- Sixteen TV cameras and about 100 members of the media covered Hoshino's press conference at kobo Stadium on Thursday.
- The Eagles will most likely offer Hoshino a position in the front office. Mikitani told reporters he imagined Hoshino in an advisory role.
- Hoshino does not plan on managing again.
- Hoshino may have agreed to a three-year deal before the start of the season, but it was more like a a one-year deal with two option years that would kick in if both sides were in agreement.
- Hoshino considered retirement after winning the Nippon Series last year, but agreed to a new deal because he wanted to protect his coaching staff -- he was worried if he stepped down, many of the coaches would be out of a job, something he did not want, especially after winning a Nippon Series.