FEATURE: World Series-winning manager Manuel fervent for NPB return

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09:54 31 Aug 2016

By Jim Allen
TOKYO, Aug. 31, Kyodo

Charlie Manuel has achieved a lot in his ball career, though a World Series-winning manager has his sights on one some-more championship — in Japan.

Long before he managed a Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies, whom he led to a 2008 World Series championship, Manuel was a star in Nippon Professional Baseball. Manuel played here for 10 years, won a 1978 Japan Series with a Central League’s Yakult Swallows and was a Pacific League’s MVP a subsequent year with a Kintetsu Buffaloes, with whom he played in dual true Japan Series.

Currently a comparison confidant with a Phillies, a 72-year-old Manuel travels around, evaluating all a team’s players and their tip pledge breeze candidates. But he is fervent to get behind on a margin and in uniform.

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