Chunichi names “Mr. Dragons” Kazuyoshi Tatsunami as new manager
Nagoya – The Chunichi Dragons named former star infielder Kazuyoshi Tatsunami as new supervisor of the Central League membership on Friday.
The 52-year-old, whose membership document 2,480 hits is the eighth-most in NPB, accepted an official supply from the membership, which is trying to shore up its lackluster offense after ending fifth within the CL this yr.
Tatsunami, recognized by followers as “Mr. Dragons,” will maintain a press convention later within the day as he replaces Tsuyoshi Yoda, who’s stepping down on the finish of his three-year contract.
Becoming a member of the Dragons as their prime draft choose in 1988, Tatsunami was named Rookie of the 12 months after incomes a daily spot within the crew. He stayed with the membership for his complete profession, retiring on the finish of the 2009 season.
He served as Japan’s batting coach for the 2013 World Baseball Basic and was named to the Japanese Baseball Corridor of Fame in 2019.
Tatsunami has labored with Dragons gamers as a particular coach throughout spring coaching.
Chunichi will even appoint former Hanshin Tigers participant Atsushi Kataoka, Tatsunami’s classmate at PL Gakuen Excessive College in Osaka Prefecture, as its new second-team supervisor. Former Dragons pitcher Eiji Ochiai can also be set to rejoin the membership as a coach.
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