Motonobu Tanishige and Chunichi Dragons’ President Takao Sasaki held a press conference at Nagoya Dome earlier today. Sasaki told the media he approached Tanishige and asked that he take responsibility for the team’s performance by taking a step back from his duties as manager. The former catcher accepted his request. He is currently in the third year of a four-year contract.
Fielding Coach Takahiro Saeki will also be taking a step back from his duties. Head Coach Shigekazu Mori will take over as interim manager, effective today.