The Hanshin Tigers announced that Akihiro Yano accepted their offer to become their next Ichi-gun manager.
Notes from various reports:
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 10/15/20180 Comments
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.
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.
[UPDATE 10/15 @ 3:46pm]
It seems Kanemoto may have been pressured to step down by officials at the top.0 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes announced on October 5 that Head Coach Norifumi Nishimura will take over as their new manager. They Buffaloes selected Nishimura because of his knowledge of the team and of the Pacific League. A press conference is scheduled for October 11.
[UPDATE 10/11 @ 11:22pm]
The Buffaloes held a press conference for Nishimura at a hotel in Osaka on October 11.
Source: Orix 10/11/2018
[UPDATE 10/12 @ 4:51pm]
According to media reports, Nishimura agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated sixty million yen.0 Comments
The media learned on October 3 that Yoshinobu Takahashi will be stepping down at the end of the season. Giants’ Owner Toshikazu Yamaguchi told reporters they were making the announcement now because the season was close to an end and they wanted to have new staff in place for the draft later this month.
Takahashi explained that he accepted the job with the understanding that the manager was responsible for the team’s performance and that it only made sense for him to step down if the team was not doing well. There may have been discussions about him returning next year, but he told the team owner last week he wanted to take responsibility for his failure to lead the Giants to a pennant three years in a row by stepping down.
Takahashi is in the final year of a three-year contract. The Giants went 71-69-3 (second place) during his first year, 72-68-3 (fourth place) last year, and 65-71-5 so far this year.
Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2018, Daily Sports 10/3/2018, Daily Sports 10/3/2018, Sponichi 10/3/2018, Sponichi 10/3/2018, Sponichi 10/3/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/3/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/3/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/3/2018, Sanspo 10/3/2018
[UPDATE 10/4 @ 3:20pm]
Tatsunori Hara might be the current front-runner to replace Takahashi next year.
The Giants are interested in keeping Takahashi in the organization.0 Comments
The media learned on September 24 that Junichi Fukura is planning to step down as manager of the Orix Buffaloes at the end of the season. The organization was interested in bringing him back next year, but Fukura turned them down because of the team’s performance this year.
The Buffaloes reached out to Fukura earlier this month with a request for him to stay (they were pleased with the development of young talent). Initial reports indicated that Fukura asked for more time, but the media learned on September 24 that he turned them down. They two sides met a number of times after that, but nothing changed. Fukura told reporters today that he was taking responsibility for the team’s performance because it was all about the results.
[UPDATE 9/26 @ 4:06am]
Team official Hiroyuki Nagamura spoke to the media at Kyocera Dome on September 25 and told reporters that they received a resignation request from Fukura in early September and accepted his request four to five days ago (they gave him some time, but his feelings never changed). Nagamura also told reporters that they are hoping he accepts their offer to join the front office.0 Comments
The media learned recently that Junji Ogawa will return as manager of the Yakult Swallows in 2019. Ogawa met Team Owner Tsuyoshi Kinugasa on August 2 and accepted the team’s request to finish out the final year of a two-year contract.0 Comments
Koichi Ogata met with the Hiroshima Carp on November 23 and agreed to a new one-year contract. According to Daily Sports, the contract will be worth an estimated ninety million yen (up ten million from this year). Nikkan Sports is reporting that the contract will be worth an estimated eighty million yen plus incentives.
Ogata has been signing one year deals since he first took over as manager in 2015.0 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced through their website earlier today that reached an agreement with their new manager, Tadahito Iguchi. The Marines are scheduled hold a press conference for Iguchi at a hotel in Chiba on October 14.
According to media reports, the two sides likely agreed to a three-year contract worth an estimated eighty million yen a year and the uniform number 6.
[UPDATE 10/15 @ 6:00am]
The Marines held a press conference for Iguchi on October 14. He was assigned the uniform number 6.
Source: Lotte 10/14/20170 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they signed fifty-six-year-old Hideki Kuriyama to a new one-year deal for the 2018 season. Kuriyama has compiled a 437-403-21 record as manager of the Fighters over the last six seasons.
Source: Nippon Ham 10/11/20170 Comments
The Yakult Swallows held a press conference today and introduced sixty-year-old Junji Ogawa as their new manager. This will be Ogawa’s second tour of duty as manager of the Swallows. He was named interim manager during the 2010 season and took over as official manager in 2011. He stepped down after the 2014 season and remained in the organization and took on the role of senior director.
The two sides agreed to a two-year contract. Ogawa will wear the uniform number 80. He will retain his title as senior director until the end of December.
[UPDATE 10/6 @ 5:09pm]
According to media reports, Ogawa’s annual salary will be an estimated 80 million yen.0 Comments