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[11/13/2018] Shota Suzuki to have surgery on right finger

Shota Suzuki is planning to have surgery to treat blood flow issues in his right index finger. Suzuki explained to reporters that the finger started hurting in July. After considering his options, he finally decided to go under the knife because he did not want to head into 2019 season worrying about the pain.

Suzuki will have the surgery some time later this month and should be able to resume throwing practices after about two months.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2018

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Chunichi Dragons 2019 Coaching Staff

Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
  監督
Manager
与田 剛
Tsuyoshi Yoda
  ヘッドコーチ
Head Coach
伊東 勤
Tsutomu Ito
  打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
村上 隆行
Takayuki Murakami
  打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
波留 敏夫
Toshio Haru
  投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
阿波野 秀幸
Hideyuki Awano
  投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
赤堀 元之
Motoyuki Akahori
  バッテリーコーチ
Battery Coach
中村 武志
Takeshi Nakamura
  内野守備走塁コーチ
INF/Base Coach
奈良原 浩
Hiroshi Narahara
  外野守備走塁コーチ
OF/Base Coach
工藤 隆人
Takahito Kudo

Farm Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
  監督
Manager
小笠原 道大
Michihiro Ogasawara
  打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
石井 昭男
Akio Ishii
  打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
森野 将彦
Masahiko Morino
  投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
門倉 健
Ken Kadokura
  投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
小笠原 孝
Takashi Ogasawara
  投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
浅尾 拓也
Takuya Asao
  バッテリーコーチ
Battery Coach
田村 藤夫
Fujio Tamura
  内野守備走塁コーチ
INF/Base Coach
荒木 雅博
Masahiro Araki
  外野守備走塁コーチ
OF/Base Coach
英智
Hidenori
  巡回野手コーチ
Roving Pos Player Coach
立石 充男
Mitsuo Tateishi

Other

Uni Position Name
  コンディショニングコーチ
Conditioning Coach
勝崎 耕世
Kose Katsuzaki
  コンディショニングコーチ
Conditioning Coach
宮前 岳巳
Takemi Miyamae
  コンディショニングコーチ
Conditioning Coach
塚本 洋
Hiroshi Tsukamoto

Source: Chunichi 10/29/2018

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2018 Chunichi Dragons Draft Results

Round Name Pos Team T B Ht Wt DOB NK SA SP SH DS TC
1 根尾 昂
Neo, Akira
INF 大阪桐蔭高
Osaka Toin HS
R L 177 80 2000/04/19 A+ A S A+ A A+
2 梅津 晃大
Umetsu, Kodai
P 東洋大
Toyo U
R R 187 90 1996/10/24 A A A A A A
3 勝野 昌慶
Katsuno, Akiyoshi
P 三菱重工名古屋
Mitsubishi Juko Nagoya
R R 183 89 1997/06/12 B B B B B A
4 石橋 康太
Ishibashi, Kota
C 関東第一高
Kanto Daiichi HS
R R 180 87 2000/12/07 B B B B B A
5 垣越 建伸
Kakikoshi, Kenshin
P 山梨学院高
Yamanashi Gakuin HS
L L 184 96 2000/04/03 B B B C B B
6 滝野 要
Takino, Kaname
OF 大阪商業大
Osaka Shogyo U
R L 185 76 1996/07/08 C B C      

Notes

  • Lottery Ticket Picker: Manager Tsuyoshi Yoda
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[10/22/2018] Takahito Kudo to retire

The Chunichi Dragons announced that thirty-seven-year-old Takahito Kudo is retiring. They released the following comment from Kudo.

I managed to have a fulfilling fourteen-year career.

I was senryokugaied and then picked up by the Chunichi Dragons. I never thought I would get to play five more years.

I was not a lifer, but I still have many memories with this team.

I am grateful to the Chunichi Dragons staff and fans.

Thank you for the fourteen years.

Source: Chunichi 10/22/2018

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[10/16/2018] Tsuyoshi Yoda to take over as new Chunichi manager

The Chunichi Dragons announced that Tsuyoshi Yoda will take over as their new manager. They held a press conference in Nagoya to introduce Yoda to about 100 members of the media.

Former Manager Shigekazu Mori will become senior director of the team.

Source: Chunichi 10/15/2018, Sponichi 10/15/2018, Sponichi 10/16/2018, Sports Hochi 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018, Sanspo 10/15/2018Sanspo 10/15/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/15/2018

[UPDATE 10/17 @ 12:40am]

According to Tokyo Sports, Yoda agreed to a three-year contract worth an estimated 100 million yen a year.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/16/2018

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[10/6/2018] Masahiro Araki holds press conference to announce retirement

Forty-one-year-old Masahiro Araki held a press conference at Nagoya Dome earlier today and formally announced his decision to retire.

  • He first started thinking this might be his last year when he started the season at Ni-gun. The idea grew stronger over time.
  • He feels like he was able to do everything he wanted to over his twenty-three year career.
  • He never thought he was good enough to play at the professional level and still feels the same way. This could be what kept him going for so long.
  • He always gave it his all because he felt that was the only way he could compete at the professional level.
  • Practice made him the player he was/is.
  • He views his former double-player partner (Hirokazu Ibata) as a good rival and motivator. He may not have had a career without him.
  • He takes pride in his stolen bases.
  • He has no regrets, other than perhaps retiring when the team is not doing well.
  • He wants to be in the starting line-up for the last game of his career. He also wants to steal a base.

Source: Chunichi 10/6/2018

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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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2018 Chunichi Dragons Phoenix League Roster

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 鈴木 翔太 Shota Suzuki
P 阿知羅 拓馬 Takuma Achira
P 福 敬登 Hiroto Fuku
P 三ツ間 卓也 Takuya Mitsuma
P 鈴木 博志 Hiroshi Suzuki
P 山本 拓実 Takumi Yamamoto
P 木下 雄介 Yusuke Kinoshita
P 浜田 智博 Tomohiro Hamada
P 大藏 彰人 Akito Okura
P 石田 健人 マルク Kento Mark Ishida
C 加藤 匠馬 Takuma Kato
C 桂依 央利 Iori Katsura
C マルティネス Ariel Martinez
INF 石川 駿 Shun Ishikawa
INF 石垣 雅海 Masami Ishigaki
INF 三ツ俣 大樹 Taiki Mitsumata
INF 溝脇 隼人 Hayato Mizowaki
OF 友永 翔太 Shota Tomonaga
OF モヤ Steven Moya
OF 伊藤 康祐 Kosuke Ito
OF 近藤 弘基 Hiroki Kondo
OF 渡辺 勝 Masaru Watanabe

Source: Chunichi 10/5/2018

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2018 Chunichi Dragons Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes
A. マルティネス Ariel Martinez [10/14] Martinez will return in 2019. Sports Hochi 11/14/2018
STAY 吉見一 Kazuki Yoshimi [11/10] Yoshimi may have agreed to a two-year contract. Daily Sports 11/10/2018 … [11/09] The Dragons announced that Yoshimi decided not to use his free agent option. Chunichi 11/9/2018, Sponichi 11/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/9/2018, Daily Sports 11/9/2018 … [11/07] Yoshimi met Chunichi officials for the fourth time on November 6. Sports Hochi 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018 … [11/06] Yoshimi has already met Chunichi officials three times. He has been offered a multi-year deal, but has so far not been impressed. He is scheduled to meet officials again soon. He told reporters he wanted to feel needed. Sponichi 11/6/2018, Sports Hochi 11/6/2018, Daily Sports 11/6/2018 … [10/15] Yoshimi is thinking about using his domestic free agent option. Considering his age (thirty-four), this could be his last serious chance to find out if other teams are interested in his services. Sports Hochi 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018
マルティネス Raidel Martínez [10/14] Martinez will return in 2019. Sports Hochi 11/14/2018 … [10/13] The Dragons may be in the final stages of negotiating a new contract. Sports Hochi 10/13/2018
ビシエド Dayan Viciedo [10/14] The two sides may be close to finalizing a multi-year deal. Viciedo is apparently open to ending his career in Japan. Sports Hochi 10/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018 … [10/13] The Dragons may be in the final stages of negotiating a new contract. Sports Hochi 10/13/2018 … [10/13] Viciedo does like playing for Chunichi (and is grateful for what Shigekazu Mori has done for him), but money is factor. Sponichi 10/13/2018 … [10/04] Final year of a two-year deal. Dragons thinking about offering new contract. Could sign with another team for more. Sanspo 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Daily Sports 10/4/2018, Sports Hochi 10/4/2018
アルモンテ Zoilo Almonte [10/13] The Dragons may be in the final stages of negotiating a new contract. Sports Hochi 10/13/2018 … [10/04] Dragons thinking about offering extensions. Wants to play in Japan, but could sign elsewhere. Sanspo 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Daily Sports 10/4/2018, Sports Hochi 10/4/2018
モヤ Steven Moya [10/13] The Dragons may be in the final stages of negotiating a new contract. Sports Hochi 10/13/2018 … [10/05] Moya is set to attend the Phoenix League. Sponichi 10/5/2018 … [10/04] Interested in staying. Dragons planning to offer extensions. Sanspo 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Daily Sports 10/4/2018, Sports Hochi 10/4/2018
ガルシア Onelki Garcia [10/13] The Dragons may be in the final stages of negotiating a new contract. Sports Hochi 10/13/2018 … [10/04] Interested in staying. Dragons planning to offer extensions. Sanspo 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Daily Sports 10/4/2018, Sports Hochi 10/4/2018
ロドリゲス Joely Rodriguez [10/13] The Dragons may be in the final stages of negotiating a new contract. Sports Hochi 10/13/2018 … [10/05] A number of MLB teams are said to be interested in Rodriguez. Sponichi 10/5/2018 … [10/04] Interested in staying. Dragons planning to offer extensions. Sanspo 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Daily Sports 10/4/2018, Sports Hochi 10/4/2018
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[10/2/2018] Hitoki Iwase announces decision to retire

Forty-three-year-old Hitoki Iwase held a press conference at Nagoya Dome on October 2 to formally announce his decision to retire after the season.

Notes from the interview:

  • He decided to retire because his numbers dropped from last year and he did not want to burden the team. He talked about retiring if his performance dipped during contract discussions last year.
  • He told Shigekazu Mori he wanted to retire when the manager asked him what he wanted to do last month (September).
  • He waited to make the announcement because he wanted to make it to 1000 games first.
  • He thought about retiring two years ago. But he played last year and this year. He has no regrets.
  • More than any title, he felt the most pride in pitching fifty or more games in fifteen consecutive seasons, beginning with his first year.
  • As a veteran member of the pitching staff, he does feel responsible for the team’s poor performance this year.

Source: Chunichi 10/2/2018, Sanspo 10/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2018, Sponichi 10/2/2018, Sponichi 10/2/2018, Daily Sports 10/2/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
G W L T
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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