Nippon Ham Fighters

The Nippon Ham Fighters found a new life in Sapporo, where they moved in 2004 to take up residence at Sapporo Dome after decades of being co-tenants with the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo's Korakuen Stadium and later Tokyo Dome. The move, which corresponded with a front-office restructuring and the hiring of American Trey Hillman the year before, made the team as competitive as it had ever been. The club became the first in NPB to give the general manager the final say in player personnel decisions and team training and conditioning policies. To some degrees, all Japanese teams are meritocrac

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