2017 Yakult Swallows Coaching Staff Rumors

The Yakult Swallows might reassign Ichi-gun Pitching Coach Shingo Takatsu to Ni-gun manager. Takatsu won a championship with the Niigata Albirex Baseball Club as a player/manager in 2012. The Swallows feel he might be able to help improve the team’s development program for pitchers.

Source: Sponichi 10/2/2016

The Swallows are thinking about offering Chikara Onodera a coaching job. At thirty-five years of age, they feel Onodera might have an easier time connecting with some of their younger players.

Source: Sponichi 10/3/2016

Yakult is planning to offer Ryosuke Morioka a job as Ichi-gun Infield/Base Coach Assistant.

Ni-gun Manager Kenji Miyamoto is planning to step down from his post after the Phoenix League. Pitching Coach Shingo Takatsu will most likely take over as new Ni-gun manager.

Source: Sanspo 10/5/2016

The Swallows are thinking about offering Hirotoshi Kitagawa a job on the coaching staff. Most likely Ni-gun batting coach.

Ichi-gun Pitching Coach Shingo Takatsu is expected to be named new Ni-gun manager.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2016

Ni-gun Pitching Coach Hirotoshi Ishii will most likely join Tomohito Ito as Ichi-gun pitching coaches. The Swallows could also add pitching coach to Strategy Coach/Advance Scout Kenichi Oshio’s list of responsibilities.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/17/2016

The Swallows could offer Orlando Roman a job as an international scout in charge of Latin America.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2016

Yakult is planning to name Toshihiro Noguchi their next Ni-gun battery coach.

Source: Sponichi 10/26/2016

Ni-gun Manager Kenji Miyamoto will be reassigned to farm director. Ichi-gun Pitching Coach Shingo Takatsu will take over as Ni-gun manager. Takayuki Saito will step down as Ni-gun Batting Coach and take a job in the front office. Current Farm Director Masanori Matsui will be leaving the organization.

Source: Sponichi 10/26/2016

The Swallows are planning to add Motoyuki Akahori to their staff as a Ni-gun pitching coach.

Source: Sponichi 11/9/2016

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