2017 Rakuten Eagles Coaching Staff Rumors

The media learned that Rakuten offered Tadashi Sugimoto a job as Ni-gun pitching coach.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2016

The Eagles are planning to promote Ni-gun Outfield/Base Coach Makoto Moriyama to Ichi-gun. Current Ichi-gun Outfield/Base Coach Osamu Yonemura will be reassigned to Ni-gun.

Source: Daily Sorts 10/17/2016

Rakuten are planning to go without a head coach next year. Team official Senichi Hoshino believes there is no need for a head coach since Masataka Nashida is not having any problems communicating with coaches and players. They also opted to go with a number of roving coaches to improve the connection between the Ichi-gun and Ni-gun levels.

Former Head Coach Toru Nimura is expected to stay in the organization as a scout.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2016

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