Koji Yamamoto was named the manager of Team Japan for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Yamamoto played in the NPB, major league in Japan, from 1969 to 1986 with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. As a 14-time all-star, he won two MVPs (1975 & 1980), a batting title (1975), and 4 home run titles (1978, 1980, 1981, and 1983).
He later went on to manage the Carp to a Central League title in 1991. He last managed in the NPB in 2005.
Yamamoto’s coaching staff will consist of two former managers in Osamu Higashio andMasataka Nashida, along with Koichi Ogata, Tsuyoshi Yoda, Kazuyoshi Tatsunami, Tsuyoshi Yoda, and Nobuhiro Takashiro.
Japan and Yamamoto’s first action will come in an exhibition match against Cuba. The two teams will play a 2 game series on November 16 and 18 in Japan.
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