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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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ORI

[10/5/2018] Norifumi Nishimura to take over as new Orix manager

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.

Source: Orix 10/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Nikkei 10/5/2018, Jiji 10/5/2018

[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.

Source: Daily Sports 10/12/2018, Sports Hochi 10/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2018

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[10/3/2018] Yoshinobu Takahashi to step down at the end of the season

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.

Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2018, Daily Sports 10/4/2018, Daily Sports 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018

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[9/25/2018] Junichi Fukura to step down as Orix manager

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.

Source: Daily Sports 9/25/2018, Daily Sports 9/25/2018, Sports Hochi 9/25/2018, Sponichi 9/25/2018, Sanspo 9/25/2018, Sanspo 9/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/25/2018

[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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/25/2018, Sports Hochi 9/25/2018, Tokyo Sports 9/25/2018

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[9/5/2018] Junji Ogawa to finish out contract as planned

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/4/2018, ZakZak 9/4/2018, Daily Sports 9/4/2018, Sports Hochi 9/4/2018

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[11/24/2017] Koichi Ogata signs one-year contract

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.

Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/24/2017

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[10/12/2017] Chiba Lotte Marines name Tadahito Iguchi their next manager

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.

Source: Lotte 10/12/2017, Daily Sports 10/12/2017

[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 10/14/2017

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[10/11/2017] Hideki Kuriyama agrees to one-year deal

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 10/11/2017

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[10/5/2017] Junji Ogawa introduced as new Yakult Swallows manager

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.

Source: Yakult 10/5/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2017

[UPDATE 10/6 @ 5:09pm]

According to media reports, Ogawa’s annual salary will be an estimated 80 million yen.

Source: Sanspo 10/6/2017, Sports Hochi 10/6/2017
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