Baseball: Imae among candidates to manage Rakuten Eagles
Rakuten Eagles hitting coach Toshiaki Imae is among the candidates being considered for the club’s next manager, team sources said Friday.
The Eagles, who narrowly missed the three-team Pacific League postseason Climax Series in fourth place, said the previous day former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kazuhisa Ishii will not return as their manager after the end of his three-year contract.
In 2023 as a hitting coach, former Lotte Marines and Eagles third baseman Imae, 40, pulled the Rakuten offense out of a slump after being promoted from the farm team. Imae spent the last four seasons of his 18-...