• Kyodo


Hanshin Tigers manager Akinobu Mayumi on Wednesday agreed to a new two-year deal with the Central League club.

“As manager it seems he (Mayumi) wanted the deal to be on a year-to-year basis but we have asked him (for two years) and have reached a basic agreement,” said Hanshin club president Nobuo Minami.

The agreement was reached after Mayumi visited Tigers owner Shinya Sakai to file an end-of-season report.

“We want him (Mayumi) to rebuild the team with a new Hanshin strategy and that is something that he will need time to do,” said Sakai.

Hanshin finished second in the CL with a 78-63 win-loss record with three ties and was defeated by the Yomiuri Giants in the first stage of the Climax Series playoffs.

“The only thing I have been left with this season is frustration,” said Mayumi.

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