Meanwhile, Tohoku High School, a strong team, invited former giant Hiroshi Sato to coach last summer and won the autumn Miyagi tournament for the first time in 12 years. He won second place in the Tohoku tournament that followed, and decided to participate in the Senbatsu this spring. What kind of team has Tohoku transformed into after successfully replacing the commander? We visited the 60-year-old new director. (To #1/#2 of all 2 times) *Interviews will be held in mid-January
That’s what I thought when I heard the news that Hiroshi Sato, who was an infielder for the Giants, would be appointed as the manager of his alma mater, Tohoku.
It was over 10 years ago when I heard from Number that he had a unique stance on hosting baseball classes for boys. The information that Sato will take command of a prestigious high school baseball team that has produced many major leaguers such as Yu Darvish (Padres), Kazuhiro Sasaki (former Mariners), Takashi Saito (former Dodgers, etc.) I couldn’t help but feel that
“Honestly, I never thought about becoming a high school baseball coach. For the past 20 years, I’ve been telling people that if things continue like this, baseball won’t be the choice. I can feel it moving.”
Last autumn, Tohoku left behind results that do not seem to have been directed by the director immediately after taking office. Defeating Sendai Ikuei, who has many members who won Koshien in the same year, won the Miyagi tournament for the first time in 12 years. They also achieved second place in the following Tohoku tournament, ensuring their participation in the Senbatsu this spring (formally decided on January 27).
However, thinking calmly, it was also a strange decision that the new director was “60-year-old Sato”.