[9/4/2016] Tsutomu Ito will most likely return in 2017

Chiba Lotte Marines’ president Shinya Yamamuro is planning to offer Tsutomu Ito an extension for the 2017 season, but he will first have to get approval from acting owner Akio Shigemitsu. One of the requirements for an extension is a third place or better finish. Lotte is currently eight games in front of fourth place team Rakuten. If they finish in third, it will be the first time in thirty-one years the organization recorded third place or better finishes in two consecutive seasons (third place in 2015).

Ito finished a three-year contract last year and signed a one-year deal for the 2016 season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/4/2016, Daily Sports 9/4/2016Sports Hochi 9/4/2016, Sponichi 9/4/2016

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