Strong, decisive manager. Led the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to its first Japan series title
Elected by the Selection Committee for Players
As Dragons' pitcher, he greatly contributed to gaining
the league pennant in 1974. As a manager, he led Dragons to
win 2 league pennants in 1988 and 1999, Tigers to win the
2003 league pennant to end its long drought, and Golden
Eagles to win its first Japan Series title in 2013.