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Hiring 2005 White Sox is the hottest managerial trend in Japan

In Major League Baseball, the hottest managerial trend is hiring guys with no experience, grabbing them out of the front office or broadcast booth to helm World Series contenders.

In Japan, the hottest managerial trend is hiring members of the 2005 White Sox.

Last week, the Yakult Swallows named former White Sox reliever Shingo Takatsu their latest skipper. He joins Tadahito Iguchi as a manager in Japan’s NPB. The former White Sox second baseman managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in each of the last two seasons.

All kidding about White Sox connections aside, obviously these guys have every reason to be managing in their home country. Takatsu pitched for the Swallows for 13 seasons before coming to the U.S. to pitch for the White Sox and another two seasons after returning from the big leagues. He first managed way back in 2012, when he was a player-manager in an independent league in Japan. He spent the past three years as the manager of the Swallows’ farm team.

Somewhere, Ozzie Guillen is wondering if he should consider such a trip….

QLE Posted: October 10, 2019 at 01:16 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: 2005, japanese baseball, white sox

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   1. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: October 10, 2019 at 10:38 AM (#5888796)
Looking at the 2005 White Sox roster, there aren't any non-Japanese players who jump out at you as future manager material. I guess I like the idea of some team I'm not a fan of making A.J. Pierzynski their manager. He knows the game extremely well, and no one on the planet is going to out red ass him. Third base coach Joey Cora was commonly spoken of as a guy who was going to have a managerial career, but so far it hasn't happened. Maybe Don Cooper could've gotten himself hired as a manager somewhere, but he was wise enough to stay in his lane.
   2. JJ1986 Posted: October 10, 2019 at 10:50 AM (#5888806)
I was figuring this was going to be players like Joe Crede and Neal Cotts.
   3. asinwreck Posted: October 10, 2019 at 10:50 AM (#5888807)
I want Mark Buehrle to manage a team just to see if he could speed up pace of play.
   4. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: October 10, 2019 at 10:57 AM (#5888810)
Hell, let's make Mark Buehrle Commissioner.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 10, 2019 at 11:06 AM (#5888817)
Carl Everett as a manager in Japan might be kind of interesting.
   6. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: October 10, 2019 at 11:25 AM (#5888830)
At the very least, Everett won’t be spooked by Godzilla.
   7. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: October 10, 2019 at 07:35 PM (#5889129)
The team the '05 Sox beat in the WS produced at least one manager...unfortunately for the Tigers.

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