A's Enter Into Agreement With Japanese Club

The A's began last season in Japan.

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland Athletics and Rakuten Baseball Inc. of Japan have entered into a formal partnership, with the purpose to strengthen both organizations in the areas of baseball operations and management, it was announced today.

Under the agreement, the A's and the Rakuten Eagles will share information pertaining to player development and data analysis, as well as exchange baseball operations staff including coaches, strength and conditioning specialists and medical personnel.

"We view this partnership as an exciting new opportunity for the Oakland Athletics," said Billy Beane, the A's vice president and general manager. "Without question, both organizations will benefit from this agreement, and we look forward to growing this relationship in the future."

"We are very excited to have a working agreement with the Oakland Athletics," said Toru Shimada, owner and president of the Sendai-based Rakuten Eagles, who play professionally in the Pacific League of Japan. "The Athletics are very famous for using their own measurement to evaluate and develop players to create a winning organization. Our goal is very similar and we believe this cooperation between Rakuten Baseball Inc., and the Oakland Athletics will lead to future success for both organizations."

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