• Kyodo


Baseball commentator Daisuke Yamashita said Wednesday he has agreed with the Yokohama BayStars to become the new manager of the Central League club.

The 50-year-old Yamashita takes over from Masaaki Mori, who quit late last month after failing to pull the BayStars from the bottom of the league standings.

“Yokohama accepted my requests on the coaching staff and some other contractual details to a large extent, paving the way for this announcement,” Yamashita said.

Club sources said Yamashita is set to sign a two-year contract after the Yokohama front office gave the nod to his request to have former Yomiuri Giants coach Shozo Eto on his coaching staff.

Four-time All-Star Yamashita played between 1974 and 1987 for the Taiyo Whales, Yokohama’s predecessor, and won the Golden Glove award at shortstop eight times.

He served as a BayStars coach for eight years from 1993 and was head coach of the Japanese national team, which finished third in the Asian Games in South Korea.

His appointment followed the departure of Mori, who became Yokohama manager in 2001 on a three-year contract after steering the Seibu Lions to eight league pennants and six Japan Series titles in nine seasons between 1986 and 1994.

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