Baseball: Eagles appoint former big-leaguer Ishii as manager

The Rakuten Eagles have appointed general manager and former major league pitcher Kazuhisa Ishii as their new manager, the Pacific League club said Thursday.Ishii, 47, replaces first-year skipper Hajime Miki, who will return to his role as Rakuten’s farm team manager. Under Miki, 43, the Eagles finished fourth in the Pacific League and missed the playoffs for the second straight year.”My mission has been to make this a winning team since I became the GM,” said Ishii, who took on the role in September 2018. “I’ve always thought it’s important to build a solid team. That stance won’t change even…

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