2017 Seibu Lions Coaching Staff Rumors

The Lions are planning to reassign Ni-gun Battery Coach Kosaku Akimoto to Ichi-gun battery coach. He will take over for Masanori Taguchi.

Among other upcoming changes:

  • Strategy Coach Hideki Hashigami → Ichi-gun head coach
  • Batting coaches Shigenobu Shima and Masahiro Abe will remain as is
  • An infield/base coach will hired from outside the organization

Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2016

The Lions are thinking about offering Toshifumi Baba a job as infield/base coach. Baba is an infield coach for the Hanwha Eagles this season. He is not expected to return to Hanwha next year.

Source: Sponichi 10/5/2016

Seibu could offer Fumiya Nishiguchi a job as Ni-gun pitching coach.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2016, Nikkan Sports 10/7/2016

The Lions are to juggle around some of their current coaches. Ikusei Coach Shogo Akada will become Ni-gun batting coach and Amateur Scout Kosuke Noda will become Ni-gun Battery Coach. Ni-gun Manager Hisanori Yokota will get a job in the front office.

The new coaching staff will be released on October 11.

Source: Daily Sports 10/8/2016

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