2018 Chunichi Dragons Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
立石充男 Mitsuo Tateishi Former Rakuten Coach [10/26] Tateishi could join the staff as a coach. Sports Hochi 10/26/2018  
荒木雅博 Masahiro Araki Retiring [10/24] Araki could get a job as a Ni-gun infield/base coach. Sponichi 10/24/2018  
浅尾拓也 Takuya Asao Retiring [10/23] Asao could join the staff as a coach, possibly Ni-gun pitching coach. Daily Sports 10/23/2018, Sports Hochi 10/23/2018  
工藤隆人 Takahito Kudo Retiring [10/23] Kudo could join the staff as a coach, possibly an outfield/base coach. Sponichi 10/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/23/2018  
早川和夫 Kazuo Hayakawa Ni-gun Pos Player Coach [10/22] Hayakawa will not return next year. Sports Hochi 10/22/2018  
赤堀元之 Motoyuki Akahori Former Yakult Coach [10/24] Akahori could become the next Ichi-gun pitching coach. Sports Hochi 10/24/2018 … [10/20] The Dragons could make Akahori an offer. Nikkan Sports 10/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2018  
阿波野秀幸 Hideyuki Awano Former Yomiuri Coach [10/24] Awano could get a job as Ichi-gun pitching coach. Sports Hochi 10/24/2018 … [10/20] The Dragons are thinking about offering Awano a coaching job. Sponichi 10/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2018  
伊東勤 Tsutomu Ito [10/19] The Dragons are planning to offer Ito a job as head coach. Nikkan Sports 10/19/2018 … [10/06] Could be the front-runner to take over as manager in 2019. Tokyo Sports 10/6/2018, Sanspo 10/7/2018  
OUT 朝倉健太 Kenta Asakura Pitching Coach [10/18] The Dragons announced they will not offer Asakura a contract for 2018. … [10/17] Chunichi is not planning to offer Asakura a contract for 2018. Sponichi 10/18/2018 10/18
OUT 近藤真市 Shinichi Kondo Pitching Coach [10/18] The Dragons announced they will not offer Kondo a contract for 2018. … [10/17] Chunichi is not planning to offer Kondo a contract for 2018. Sports Hochi 10/18/2018, Sponichi 10/18/2018 10/18
OUT 長嶋清幸 Kiyoyuki Nagashima OF/Base Coach [10/18] The Dragons announced they will not offer Nagashima a contract for 2018. … [10/17] Chunichi is not planning to offer Nagashima a contract for 2018. Sports Hochi 10/18/2018, Sponichi 10/18/2018 10/18
OUT 森脇浩司 Hiroshi Moriwaki Pos Player Chief Coach [10/18] The Dragons announced they will not offer Moriwaki a contract for 2018. … [10/17] Chunichi is not planning to offer Moriwaki a contract for 2018. Sports Hochi 10/18/2018, Sponichi 10/18/2018 10/18
井上一樹 Kazuki Inoue [10/17] Chunichi could offer Inoue a job as an Ichi-gun coach. Sponichi 10/17/2018  
中村武志 Takeshi Nakamura [10/17] Chunichi could offer Nakamura a job as an Ichi-gun coach. Sponichi 10/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2018  
小笠原道大 Michihiro Ogasawara Ni-gun Manager [10/28] Ogasawara is expected to keep his job as Ni-gun manager next year. Nikkan Sports 10/28/2018 … [10/12] Ogasawara could be promoted to Ichi-gun head coach or Ichi-gun hitting coach. Nikkan Sports 10/12/2018  
OUT 土井正博 Masahiro Doi Hitting Coach [10/18] The Dragons announced they will not offer Doi a contract for 2018. … [10/08] Doi is in the final year of a two-year contract. He is not expected to return next year. Sanspo 10/8/2018, Sponichi 10/8/2018, Sports Hochi 10/18/2018, Sponichi 10/18/2018 10/18
IN 与田剛 Tsuyoshi Yoda Former Rakuten Ni-gun Pitching Coach [10/18] Yoda’s uniform number will be 92, the reverse of the number he wore when he played for the Dragons. Sports Hochi 10/18/2018 … [10/15] The Dragons announced that Yoda will take over their new manager. … [10/13] Yoda may have agreed to a three-year contract. Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018 … [10/11] The Dragons are planning to hold a press conference on October 15. Sponichi 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018 … [10/11] Yoda is expected to take over as manager. The Dragons could make an announcement some time on or after October 16 (after the First Stage of the Climax Series). Yoda reportedly met with representatives from the team on October 10 and accepted an offer to become manager of the Dragons. Sanspo 10/11/2018, Sanspo 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Sports Hochi 10/11/2018 … [10/10] Owner Bungo Shirai told reporters on October 9 that the organization was still split on which candidate to choose and that they still had to hold a meeting to finalize a decision. Shirai also admitted that Yoda was a candidate they were considering. Sponichi 10/10/2018, Sports Hochi 10/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2018 … [10/09] The Dragons could be in the final stages of approving Yoda. Nikkan Sports 10/9/2018 … [10/07] Could be the front-runner to take over as manager. Sponichi 10/7/2018, Sanspo 10/7/2018 10/15
MV 森繁和 Shigekazu Mori Ichi-gun Manager [10/16] Mori will become a senior director. Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018 … [10/11] Mori will step down as manager after the last game of the regular season and move in to a position in the front office. Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Sports Hochi 10/11/2018 … [10/08] The Dragons are looking at candidates to replace Mori. A final decision might be coming soon. Mori may have submitted his resignation in September. Nikkan Sports 10/8/2018 … [10/06] Could step down and take a job in the front office, possibly as general manage or senior direct. Tokyo Sports 10/6/2018 … [09/29] Dragons considering options, including moving Mori to the front office. Nikkan Sports 9/29/2018  

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