[12/20/2016] GM Hiromitsu Ochiai to part way with Chunichi Dragons after contract ends

The media learned on December 20 that General Manager Hiromitsu Ochiai will be parting ways the Chunichi Dragons after his contract expires at the end of January.

Ochiai recorded four first place finishes as manager of the Dragons between 2004 and 2011. His worst season was in 2008 when the team went 71-68-5 and finished in third place. His return to the organization as general manager after the 2013 season did not go quite as well. Under his watch, the team finished in fourth in 2014, fifth in 2015, and last place this year. The Dragons are not expected to hire a replacement.

Source: Sponichi 12/20/2016

[UPDATE 12/20 @ 11:29pm]

Chunichi Dragons President Takao Sasaki told reporters today that while Ochiai’s insight was helpful, his connection to the organization was going to end when his contract expired at the end of January.

Source: Daily Sports 12/20/2016

[UPDATE 12/21 @ 10:33pm]

Tokyo Sports is reporting that one of the reasons why Ochiai is not returning after his contract expires has to do with a letter he received in August that made him fear for his safety. The paper learned of the letter during an interview with Dragons’ owner Bungo Shirai.

The Dragons took the letter seriously and filed a report with Aichi police. According to Shirai, the author of the letter seemed to know a lot about what was happening within the organization. They have not ruled out the possibility that it was one of their own.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/21/2016

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