Norio Tanabe would like to step down as manager of the Seibu Lions as a way to take responsibility for the team’s poor performance. He is expected to formally submit a request once the regular season ends.
Tanabe took over as interim manager for Haruki Ihara in June 2014 and became full-time manager at the end of the season.
Rumored names: Tetsuya Shiozaki, Koji Akiyama, Shinya Miyamoto
Note: 2016 season record through August 31.