The Yakult Swallows held a press conference today and introduced sixty-year-old Junji Ogawa as their new manager. This will be Ogawa’s second tour of duty as manager of the Swallows. He was named interim manager during the 2010 season and took over as official manager in 2011. He stepped down after the 2014 season and remained in the organization and took on the role of senior director.
The two sides agreed to a two-year contract. Ogawa will wear the uniform number 80. He will retain his title as senior director until the end of December.
[UPDATE 10/6 @ 5:09pm]
According to media reports, Ogawa’s annual salary will be an estimated 80 million yen.
* took over as interim manager on May 27, 2010.