[9/29/2016] Shigekazu Mori named new Chunichi manager

Head Coach and Interim Manager Shigekazu Mori is expected to become the next Chunichi Dragons manager. An announcement could be made later today.

Ni-gun Manager Michihiro Ogawasara was considered the front runner, but the Dragons were worried the task of rebuilding the team at this stage might be too difficult for him. Nikkan Sports believes he could be promoted to Ichi-gun head coach while Daily Sports believes he will stay put as Ni-gun manager. According to Sponichi, the Dragons are planning to offer Masaru Uno a job on the coaching staff and is a candidate for a number positions, including Ni-gun manager and hitting coach.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/29/2016, Daily Sports 9/29/2016, Daily Sports 9/29/2016, Sports Hochi 9/29/2016, Sports Hochi 9/29/2016, Sponichi 9/29/2016

See also:

[UPDATE 9/30 @ 5:21am]

The Chunichi Dragons announced on September 29 that Mori will take over as manager full time in 2017. The two sides may have agreed to a multi-year deal that has to be renewed each year. The Dragons formally offered the job after the last home game of the season on September 25.

Mori knows the team is in a difficult place right now and understands that his job might be about getting things ready for the next manager.

Source: Chunichi announcement, Daily Sports 9/29/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/29/2016, Sponichi 9/29/2016

[UPDATE 9/30 @ 6:57am]

Mori may have signed a two-year contract worth an estimated 100 million yen a year.

Source: Sanspo 9/30/2016

Leave a Reply

Don't forget to check these out!
NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 89 52 2
Yomiuri 143 71 69 3
Yokohama 143 69 71 3
Hanshin 143 64 76 3
Yakult 143 64 78 1
Chunichi 143 58 82 3
G W L T
Nippon Ham 143 87 53 3
Softbank 143 83 54 6
Lotte 143 72 68 3
Seibu 143 64 76 3
Rakuten 143 62 78 3
Orix 143 57 83 3
Today's Birthdays