2018 Orix Buffaloes Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
MV 勝呂寿統 Hironori Suguro Ni-gun INF/Base Coach [10/22] Suguro was named Ichi-gun infield/base coach. … [10/19] Suguro could be reassigned to Ichi-gun infield/base coach. Sponichi 10/19/2018 10/22
MV 藤井康雄 Yasuo Fujii Ichi-gun Hitting Coach [10/22] Fujii was named Ni-gun hitting coach. … [10/19] Fujii will most likely be reassigned to Ni-gun hitting coach. Sponichi 10/19/2018 10/22
OUT 川端崇義 Takayoshi Kawabata Ikusei Coach [10/15] The Orix Buffaloes announced that they received and accepted Kawabata’s request to step down. 10/15
福原峰夫 Mineo Fukuhara Former Yokohama Ni-gun Coach [10/09] The Buffaloes could offer Fukuhara a job as Ni-gun Infield/Base coach. Sports Hochi 10/9/2018  
MV 弓岡敬二 Keijiro Yumioka Ni-gun Head Coach [10/22] Yumioka was named Ikuse chief coach. … [10/09] Yumioka could take over as Ni-gun manager next year. Sports Hochi 10/9/2018 10/22
MV 西村徳文 Norifumi Nishimura Ichi-gun Head Coach [10/05] The Buffaloes announced that Nishimura will take over as the new manager. … [10/05] Offered job as Ichi-gun manager. Announcement could come as soon as the season ends. Sanspo 10/5/2018, Sports Hochi 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/5/2018 10/5
MV 風岡尚幸 Naoyuki Kazaoka Ichi-gun INF/Base Coach [10/22] Kazaoka was named head coach. … [10/06] Expected to take over as head coach. Sanspo 10/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/7/2018, Daily Sports 10/18/2018 10/22
MV 田口壮 So Taguchi Ni-gun Manager [10/22] Taguchi was named Ichi-gun pos. player/hitting coach. … [10/19] Taguchi is expected to become an Ichi-gun pos. player coach/hitting coach. Sponichi 10/19/2018 … [10/06] Expected to take over as Ichi-gun General Position Player Coach. Sanspo 10/6/2018 … [10/05] Offered job as Ichi-gun head coach. Sanspo 10/5/2018 10/22
MV 福良淳一 Junichi Fukura Ichi-gun Manager [10/22] The Bufalloes announced that Fukura will take over as player development general manager. … [10/22] Fukura will take over as a player development general manager in 2019. Sports Hochi 10/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/22/2018 … [10/06] Stepped down as manager and offered position in front office. Sponichi 10/6/2018 10/22

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