2017 Chunichi Dragons Coaching Staff Rumors

Hiroshi Narahara could be offered a job as a coach. He spent time in the Chunichi organization as a Ni-gun coach between 2007 and 2011. He was also teammates with Ni-gun manager Michihiro Ogasawara between 1998 and 2006.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/1/2016, Sponichi 10/1/2016

The Dragons are thinking about offering Masanori Taguchi a job.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/2/2016

The media learned on October 2 that the Dragons have offered Masahiro Doi a job as head coach. Seiji Kobayashi might also be offered a coaching job.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2016

Doi’s position could be head/batting coach.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/4/2016, Daily Sports 10/4/2016

The Dragons are planning to reassign Chief Batting/Non-Pitchers Coach Hideji Kato to Ni-gun.

Ichi-gun batting coaches will most likely Doi and Ni-gun Batting Coach Toshio Haru. Ni-gun batting coaches will most likely Kato and Ichi-gun Batting Coach Ikki Shimamura.

Source: Daily Sports 10/5/2016

Shigekazu Mori has asked Roving Coach Omar Linares to help the team scout talent in Cuba. Since Mori will be busy with his new duties as manager, he will also rely on Domingo Martínez to do a lot of the scouting in the Dominican Republic.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/5/2016

Chunichi is thinking about offering Hiroshi Moriwaki a job on their coaching staff. Possible titles include General Position Players Coach, Strategy Coach, or Fielding/Base Coach.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/7/2016, Sponichi 10/7/2016

The Dragons are planning to offer Fujio Tamura a job as Ichi-gun battery coach. He is not new to Chunichi: he spent five years in the organization as a catcher and battery coach between 2007 and 2011.

Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2016

Masahiro Doi is set to join the staff as a hitting coach. Fujio Tamura will join the staff as battery coach. Hiroshi Moriwaki will be an infield/base coach that will also be in charge of position players and strategy. Actual titles have not yet been assigned. An announcement will be made soon.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2016

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