Jim Lefebvre, who manages the China Star at the first Konami Cup Asia Series, will be the manager of Chinese Team in World Baseball Classic and beyond.
Lefebvre, 63, former Lotte Orions player and coach, and Major League manager with the Mariners, Cubs and Brewers, said he originally took the job as the Chinese team field boss in 2002, making a three-month commitment, “just to get things started.” Three years later, he’s still at the helm and is looking forward to working with the team till possible 2008.
Konami cup held on Nov. 10-13 at Tokyo Dome in Japan, and China lost all three games, 0-6 to Taiwan, 3-8 to Samsung (Korea) and 1-3 to Lotte (Japan).
Lefebvre assisted with pitching coach Bruce Hurst, let China become more competitive, the China Stars played solid baseball, offensively and defensively. Although they did not expect to advance through second round at World Baseball Classic, their main goal is 2008 Beijing Olympic games.