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Baseball: Eagles announce hiring of Ishii as GM

Kazuhisa Ishii (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Rakuten Eagles announced Monday that former big league pitcher Kazuhisa Ishii will become the Pacific League club's general manager on Sept. 1.

The man who had been in charge of the team's personnel, Hall of Fame manager Senichi Hoshino, died in January. Nippon Professional Baseball's newest club, the Eagles won their only PL and Japan Series championship in 2013. They are now looking to rebuild under Ishii.

The 44-year-old Ishii has a combined career record between Japan and the majors of 182 wins, and 137 losses. The left-hander played most of his career in Japan with the Central League's Yakult Swallows.

He spent four years in the majors, pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets. After returning to Japan, he played for the Swallows and the PL's Seibu Lions.

This year, the Eagles have been in last place since April and manager Masataka Nashida stepped down to take responsibility for the poor results on June 16. Since then, head coach Yosuke Hiraishi has been running the team as interim manager.

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