Japanese to Coach Iranian National Team

There are only about 500 people in Iran who play baseball. For athletic endeavors the sport of choice is either wrestling or soccer. Tomo Irokawa has been asked to coach the Iranian National baseball team, to select the best from that 500 group, the first foreigner asked to take on this task. His experience has included time spent in the United States playing in the Independent Leagues (2010 Marysville Gold Sox of the Horizon Air Summer Series) and playing in various winter leagues in Puerto Rico and Mexico. In 2012 he played in the Kansai League in Japan. A you tube video states he has played for 18 different teams in five countries. He is only 24 years old so he does not have a long resume of baseball experience, but he did bring a Japanese Little League team over to Puerto Rico to play in the Latin American Baseball Classic.

His first big test will be in February 2015 when he takes his team to the West Asia Cup to face the favored 2013 champion Pakistan, as well as other more accomplished teams. You can read more about his experience here:

Japan coach in Iran

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