[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

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[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

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