Koichi Ogata agreed to a new contract on November 23. He met Hiroshima Carp officials and worked out a deal on a one-year contract worth an estimated 100 million yen (up ten million yen from this year). Next year will be Ogata’s fifth year as manager of the Carp.0 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants held a press conference at Yomiuri Otemachi Hall on October 23 to formally announce that Yoshinobu Takahashi was stepping down as manager and Tatsunori Hara was stepping in as new manager. Hara agreed to a three-year contract and the uniform number 83.
Takahashi will remain with the Giants as a special adviser.
Source: Yomiuri 10/23/20180 Comments
Hatsuhiko Tsuji was in the final year of a two-year contract this season. The Seibu Lions announced on October 21 that Tsuji agreed to a new two-year extension.
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they reached an agreement on one-year extension with Hideki Kuriyama.
Kuriyama will be entering his eighth straight year as the Fighters manager. Only Keiji Osawa has spent more consecutive seasons as manager of the Fighters (nine years between 1976 and 1984).
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 10/15/2018, Sanspo 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 10/16/20180 Comments
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