Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Furuta to Retire Completely

Tokyo player-manager Atsuya Furuta will resign as manager of the Swallows at the end of this season.

The Mainichi reported that the team had hoped to keep him on as manager, but not allow him to continue as a player. I don't know where the Mainichi is getting its info because it has been an open secret during the second half of the season that other people were being considered for the job.

He is reportedly resigning to take responsibility for Tokyo's last place showing this season. I'm pretty sure that he was either asked to resign, or just decided that he wanted to avoid the embarrassment of not being offered another contract at the end of the season.

So I guess he'll become a baseball commentator for a while, and then he'll manage again in about three or four years.

Don't worry, Mr. Furuta, lots of players turn out to be lousy managers their first time around. Mr. Oh is doing much better with Softbank than he ever did with Yomiuri.

Update: The 8-7 loss on Monday means that Tokyo has been mathematically eliminated from a berth in the playoffs (enticingly known as the "Climax Series").

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