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From the managers

We had more than our share of interesting takes and rants from managers this week, and I’d thought I share some I collected for your entertainment.

Nippon Ham’s Tsuyoshi Shinjo did and said some weird things, while Yakult’s Shingo Takatsu can’t quite put his finger on what went obviously wrong one day. Giants skipper Tatsunori Hara, meanwhile, wants you to know he has a plan probably even more than he actually wants to have a plan, and Chunichi’s Kazuyoshi Tatsunami did some venting.

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Saves in Japan

On Friday, Shingo Takatsu became the third closer to be elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame, following Tsunemi Tsuda and Kazuhiro Sasaki. Takatsu was, for a time, Japan’s career saves leader, and is now second with 286 behind future Hall of Famer Hitoki Iwase’s 407.

Takatsu’s support has been slowly building over the years, unlike Sasaki, is third all-time and who shot in with relative ease. I mentioned Tsuda, but his selection was a sentimental one, owing more to his tragic death at the age of 32 than the quality of his career.

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