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[10/15/2018] Akihiro Yano to take over as new Tigers Ichi-gun Manager

The Hanshin Tigers announced that Akihiro Yano accepted their offer to become their next Ichi-gun manager.

Notes from various reports:

  • Yano struggled with the decision, but ultimately felt it was something he had to do.
  • The Tigers made Yano an official offer to become the next Ichi-gun manager on October 13 in Miyazaki. The Tigers met Yano for a second time at their office after Yano returned to Osaka on October 14. Yano returned home for some time to think and discuss his options with family and friends.
  • Before Tomoaki Kanemoto’s departure (announced on October 11), Yano was slated to become the next head coach.
  • Yano guided the Ni-gun team to a championship this year.
  • According to Tokyo Sports, Yano might have his work cut out for him: the new officials at the top reportedly got Kanemoto to step down and may not be willing to spend a lot on improving the team.

Source: Hanshin 10/15/2018, Sanspo 10/15/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/15/2018, ZakZak 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018, Sponichi 10/15/2018, Sports Hochi 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018

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[10/11/2018] Tomoaki Kanemoto to step down as manager

Tomoaki Kanemoto will be stepping down as manager of the Hanshin Tigers after the season. Kanemoto told reporters today that there will still many things he wanted to do, but felt he had to resign because results were everything. The Tigers asked him to stay after last night’s game, but he declined. Kanemoto was in the first year of a three-year contract.

Notes

  • Kanemoto told Team President Kenji Ageshio about his decision after last night’s game.
  • Kanemoto is stepping down because of the team’s performance.
  • Kanemoto first started thinking about stepping down after the team secured a last place finish.
  • Ageshio suggested Kanemoto try a little more, but he was already set in his decision. The last place finish was a big factor.
  • Team Owner Shinya Sakai is planning to hold a press conference later today.

Managerial Record

Year Place G W L T WPCT GB
2016 4th 143 64 76 3 .457 24.5
2017 2nd 143 78 61 4 .561 10.0
2018 6th 142 61 79 2 .436 20.5

Source: Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Sports Hochi 10/11/2018, Sports Hochi 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018, Sanspo 10/11/2018, Sanspo 10/11/2018, Sanspo 10/11/2018, ZakZak 10/11/2018

[UPDATE 10/11 @ 11:43pm]

Sakai held a press conference today and announced that he plans to relinquish his role as owner of the team. He will retain the position until November 30.

Notes

  • Sakai spent ten years as owner and turned seventy this year. He started thinking about moving on from owner before the start of the regular season. It was somewhat of a coincidence that it happened at the same time Kanemoto decided to step down.
  • Sakai feel responsible for the team’s performance and apologized for not being able to provide with the support he needed. He plans to meet Kanemoto to express his feelings.
  • Sakai took over as owner in 2008. He was responsible for hiring Kanemoto.
  • This is the first time a Hanshin manager and owner stepped down at the same time since 1984.
  • Takaoki Fujiwara is expected to take over as the new owner.

Source: Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018

[UPDATE 10/15 @ 3:46pm]

It seems Kanemoto may have been pressured to step down by officials at the top.

Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/15/2018

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[10/8/2018] Kento Itohara takes foul ball near left eye

Kento Itohara fouled off a pitch in the third inning of a game against the Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium that bounced off the ground and struck him in the face near his left eye. He was pulled from the game and taken to a hospital for tests.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2018, Sports Hochi 10/8/2018, Sanspo 10/8/2018

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2018 Farm Championship: Yomiuri Giants 4 – Hanshin Tigers 8 (October 6, 2018)

KIRISHIMA Sun Marine Stadium Miyazaki

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yomiuri 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 4 7 1
Hanshin 0 0 0 6 0 2 0 0 x 8 7 0

Attendance: 5,397 | Time: 3h3m

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Kairi Shimada: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

October 6 vs Yokohama at Koshien Stadium – Shimada recorded the first walk-off hit of his career (tenth inning, bases loaded, two out, RBI single to right, off Yoshiki Sunada).

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/6/2018

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2018 Hanshin Tigers Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
掛布雅之 Masayuki Kakefu Senior Executive Adviser [10/12] Managerial candidate. Daily Sports 10/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2018, Sanspo 10/12/2018  
岡田彰布 Akinobu Okada [10/12] Managerial candidate. Daily Sports 10/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2018, Sanspo 10/12/2018  
藤本敦士 Atsushi Fujimoto Ni-gun INF/Base Coach [10/13] Could be promoted to Ichi-gun. Sanspo 10/13/2018, Sanspo 10/13/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018  
藤井彰人 Akihito Fujii Ni-gun Battery Coach [10/13] Could be promoted to Ichi-gun. Sanspo 10/13/2018, Sanspo 10/13/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018  
福原忍 Shinobu Fukuhara Ni-gun Pitching Coach [10/13] Could be promoted to Ichi-gun. Sanspo 10/13/2018, Sanspo 10/13/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018  
OUT 金本知憲 Tomoaki Kanemoto Ichi-gun Manager [10/11] Kanemoto announced that he is stepping down as manager. YakyuDB … [10/08] The Tigers dropped their game against Yakult on October 8 and are now slated to finish the year in last place for the first time since 2001. The Tigers are not planning to replace Kanemoto. Daily Sports 10/8/2018, Sanspo 10/8/2018  
和田一浩 Kazuhiro Wada [10/05] Tigers could offer him a job as Ichi-gun hitting coach. Chunichi Sports 10/5/2018, Sports Hochi 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/5/2018  
OUT 片岡篤史 Atsushi Kataoka Ichi-gun Head/Hitting Coach [10/14] The Tigers announced that they received and accepted a letter of resignation from Kataoka. [10/12] Kataoka may not be returning next year. Nikkan Sports 10/12/2018 … [10/05] Could swap places with Ni-gun Manager Yano. Sports Hochi 10/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/7/2018 10/14
PRM 矢野燿大 Akihiro Yano Ni-gun Manager [10/15] The Tigers announced that Yano agreed to become the next Ichi-gun manager. YakyuDB … [10/14] Yano returned to Osaka on October 14 to consider the Tigers offer. This is a difficult decision for Yano, since he is friends with Kanemoto and believes he is also responsible for the team’s performance. He could make a decision by October 15. Nikkan Sports 10/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/14/2018, Sports Hochi 10/14/2018, Sports Hochi 10/14/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018, Sponichi 10/14/2018, Sponichi 10/14/2018, Sanspo 10/14/2018, Sanspo 10/14/2018 … [10/13] The Tigers formally offered Yano the manager position on October 13. Team President Kenji Ageshio met Yano at a hotel in Miyazaki for about ninety minutes. Daily Sports 10/13/2018 … [10/13] Yano was unofficially offered the open manager position, but asked for more time. The Tigers could make a formal offer today. Daily Sports 10/12/2018, Sponichi 10/13/2018, Sanspo 10/13/2018, Sports Hochi 10/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018 … [10/05] Could swap places with Ichi-gun Head/Hitting Coach Kataoka. Sports Hochi 10/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/7/2018 10/15
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2018 Hanshin Tigers Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes
メッセンジャー Randy Messenger [10/13] Nikkan Sports is reporting that Messenger signed a new one-year contract. Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018 … [10/10] The Tigers are planning to make Messenger an offer. According to Nikkan Sports, when asked about next season, Messenger said he hadn’t given it much thought yet and might even end up being in the US instead of Japan. Sports Hochi 10/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2018
上本博紀 Hiroki Uemoto [10/05] Could earn domestic free agent option with injury exception. Considering options. Tigers could have two- or three-year offer on table. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018
ロサリオ Wilin Rosario [10/11] Rosario is interested in returning next year. Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018 … [10/06] Tigers have option to buy out second year. They may be open to signing him to a new contract if he is willing to take a significant cut in base salary (with potential to make up some of the difference with performance bonuses). Sponichi 10/6/2018 … [10/05] May not return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Sports Hochi 10/5/2018
マテオ Marcos Mateo [10/11] According to Sports Hochi, the Tigers are not planning to make Mateo an offer. Sports Hochi 10/11/2018 … [10/10] Mateo is slated to have his right shoulder cleaned out during the upcoming off-season. The Tigers are planning to take him off their reserved list, but have not ruled him out completely. Sponichi 10/10/2018 … [10/05] May not return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Sports Hochi 10/5/2018
モレノ Diego Moreno [10/11] According to Sports Hochi, the Tigers are not planning to make Moreno an offer. Sports Hochi 10/11/2018 … [10/05] May not return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Sports Hochi 10/5/2018
ナバーロ Efren Navarro [10/05] May not return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018
メッセンジャー Randy Messenger [10/05] Will most likely be asked to return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018
ドリス Rafael Dolis [10/05] Will probably be asked to return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018

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2018 Hanshin Tigers Senryokugai

Name JPN Name ENG Notes Official
西田直斗選 Naoto Nishida [10/07] Considering options. Sanspo 10/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/7/2018, Daily Sports 10/7/2018 10/7
今成亮太 Ryota Imanari [10/07] Still wants to play. Open to attending tryouts. Sanspo 10/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/7/2018, Daily Sports 10/7/2018 10/7
横山雄哉 Yuya Yokoyama [10/04] Had left shoulder surgery in August. Tigers could offer Ikusei contract. Sanspo 10/4/2018  
山本翔也 Shoya Yamamoto [10/04] Wants to keep playing. Open to attending NPB tryout. Daily Sports 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018, Sanspo 10/4/2018 10/4
西岡剛 Tsuyoshi Nishioka [10/02] Sponichi 10/2/2018 10/2
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[9/29/2018] Yoshio Itoi taken off active roster with shoulder injury

Yoshio Itoi hurt his left shoulder when he attempted a diving catch during a game against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium on September 21. He played through the pain while getting treatment, but his condition did not improve. He was examined at a hospital in Nagoya and diagnosed with an injury to his left rotator cuff. He was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Tokyo Sports 9/29/2018, Daily Sports 9/29/2018, Sports Hochi 9/29/2018, Sponichi 9/29/2018, Sanspo 9/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/29/2018

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[9/24/2018] Kyuji Fujikawa taken off active roster with elbow pain

Kyuji Fujikawa was taken off the active roster today with pain in his right elbow. The Hanshin Tigers are taking a wait-and-see approach before deciding what step to take next.

Source: Sanspo 9/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/24/2018, Sponichi 9/24/2018, Daily Sports 9/24/2018, Tokyo Sports 9/24/2018

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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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