[8/20/2018] Kazuhisa Ishii joins Rakuten Eagles as General Manager

The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they hired forty-four-year-old Kazuhisa Ishii to be their general manager, effective September 1. Ishii will become the first former player with MLB experience to become a general manager in the NPB. A press conference is scheduled for the 27th.

Source: Rakuten 8/20/2018, Sports Hochi 8/20/2018, Sponichi 8/20/2018, Rakuten 8/20/2018, Daily Sports 8/20/2018

[UPDATE 10/2 @ 2:56pm]

The Rakuten Eagles announced on October 2 that Ishii was named director during a special stockholders meeting on October 1. His official title will be direct/general manager.

Source: Rakuten 10/2/2018

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