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Hara expected to manage Japan at WBC

Hara expected to manage Japan at WBC

Yomiuri Giants manager Tatsunori Hara has emerged as the leading candidate to be named manager of Japan's team for the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
"Considering his experience and achievements, we feel Mr. Hara is the best man for the job," Japanese baseball commissioner Ryozo Kato said Monday.
Hara, 50, guided the Giants to the Central League pennant this season and his team will take on the Seibu Lions in the Nov. 1-9 Japan Series.
Japan won the inaugural WBC in 2006. The 2009 tournament begins on March 5 at Tokyo Dome.
Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was critical of Japanese baseball officials for not considering an active manager for the position.
"Earlier we planned to pick a manager who is not a club team manager but it eventually wasn't a practical idea," Kato said.
Senichi Hoshino, the manager when Japan failed to win a medal at the Beijing Olympics, was considered a candidate but has said he doesn't want the job.
Sadaharu Oh, who guided Japan to the title at the inaugural 2006 WBC, stepped down as manager of the Softbank Hawks at the end of the 2008 season because of poor health.
Hara, a former Yomiuri infielder, led the Giants to the Japan Series title in 2002, his first season as manager. He stepped down when the team struggled in 2003 but returned as manager in 2006.


Updated : 2021-04-23 22:57 GMT+08:00