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Tuesday, 9th September 2008
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Hoshino rules out managing national baseball team

Japan's Olympic baseball skipper Senichi Hoshino has ruled out taking charge of the national team for next year's World Baseball Classic.

The 61-year-old revealed his intentions, should he be offered the post, on his official website, reports Japan Today.

Mr Hoshino also said he was aware of public criticism of the way he led the national team in Beijing and is unwilling to undergo further scrutiny in the future.

In their quest for Olympic glory, the Japanese baseball team finished a disappointing fourth.

Japanese commission Ryozo Kato is to lead a professional baseball committee to select a new manage as soon as possible.

During his professional career, Mr Hoshimo - who became known popularly as the Kyojin Killer - played as a pitcher for the Chunichi Dragons.

The next World Baseball Classic tournament is scheduled to take place in March 2009.