Tag Archive: Staff Changes

HAN

Hanshin Tigers 2019 Coaching Staff

Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
88 監督
Manager
矢野 燿大
Akihiro Yano
81 ヘッドコーチ
Head Coach
清水 雅治
Masaji Shimizu
85 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
福原 忍
Shinobu Fukuhara
73 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
金村 曉
Satoru Kanemura
89 バッテリーコーチ
Battery Coach
藤井 彰人
Akihito Fujii
79 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
濱中 治
Osamu Hamanaka
76 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
平野 恵一
Keiichi Hirano
71 内野守備走塁コーチ
Infield/Base Coach
久慈 照嘉
Teruyoshi Kuji
74 内野守備走塁コーチ
Infield/Base Coach
藤本 敦士
Atsushi Fujimoto
96 外野守備走塁コーチ
Outfield/Base Coach
筒井 壮
So Tsutsui
91 トレーニングコーチ
Training Coach
伊藤 敦規
Atsunori Ito

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
78 監督
Manager
平田 勝男
Katsuo Hirata
70 チーフコーチ
Chief Coach
高代 延博
Nobuhiro Takashiro
90 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
香田 勲男
Isao Koda
72 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
高橋 建
Ken Takahashi
82 バッテリーコーチ
Battery Coach
山田 勝彦
Katsuhiko Yamada
83 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
新井 良太
Ryota Arai
87 守備走塁コーチ
Fielding/Base Coach
中村 豊
Yutaka Nakamura
86 育成コーチ
Ikusei Coach
安藤 優也
Yuya Ando
84 育成兼分析担当コーチ
Ikusei/Analysis Coach
日高 剛
Takeshi Hidaka

Source: Hanshin 10/22/2018

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ORI

Orix Buffaloes 2019 Coaching Staff

Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
77 監督
Manager
西村徳文
Norifumi Nishimura
76 ヘッドコーチ
Head Coach
風岡尚幸
Naoyuki Kazaoka
81 野手総合兼打撃コーチ
General Pos Player/Hitting Coach
田口壮
So Taguchi
73 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
高山郁夫
Ikuo Takayama
72 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
平井正史
Masafumi Hirai
74 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
下山真二
Shinji Shimoyama
83 内野守備走塁コーチ
Infield/Base Coach
勝呂壽統
Hironori Suguro
75 外野守備走塁コーチ
Outfield/Base Coach
佐竹学
Manabu Satake
82 バッテリーコーチ
Battery Coach
鈴木郁洋
Fumihiro Suzuki
90 ブルペンコーチ
Bullpen Coach
別府修作
Shusaku Beppu

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
78 監督
Manager
中嶋聡
Satoshi Nakajima
86 チーフコーチ兼打撃コーチ
Chief/Hitting Coach
米村理
Osamu Yonemura
89 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
小林宏
Hiroshi Kobayashi
88 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
小松聖
Satoshi Komatsu
71 藤井康雄
Hitting Coach
藤井康雄
Yasuo Fujii
94 内野守備走塁コーチ
Infield/Base Coach
後藤光尊
Mitsutaka Goto
84 外野守備走塁コーチ
Outfield/Base Coach
早川大輔
Daisuke Hayakawa
70 バッテリーコーチ
Battery Coach
三輪隆
Takashi Miwa

Ikusei Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
85 育成チーフコーチ
Ikusei Chief Coach
弓岡敬二郎
Keijiro Yumioka
80 育成コーチ
Ikusei Coach
酒井勉
Tsutomu Sakai
79 育成コーチ
Ikusei Coach
辻竜太郎
Ryutaro Tsuji
87 育成コーチ
Ikusei Coach
斎藤俊雄
Toshio Saito

Source: Orix 10/22/2018

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CHU

[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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HAN

[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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YAK

2018 Yakult Swallows Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
MV 福川将和 Masakazu Fukukawa Staff [10/30] The Swallows announced that they added Hashigami as a Ni-gun battery coach. 10/30
NEW 橋上秀樹 Hideki Hashigami Former Seibu Coach [10/30] The Swallows announced that they added Hashigami as a Ni-gun chief coach. … [10/23] The Swallows could offer Hashigami a job as Ni-gun chief coach. Sponchi 10/23/2018, Sports Hochi 10/23/2018 10/30
OUT 野口寿浩 Toshihiro Noguchi Ichi-gun Battery Coach [10/15] The Swallows announced they will not offer Noguchi a new contract for 2019. … [10/15] Noguchi is not expected to return next year. Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018 10/15
OUT 赤堀元之 Motoyuki Akahori Ni-gun Pitching Coach [10/15] The Swallows announced they will not offer Akahori a new contract for 2019. … [10/15] Akahori is not expected to return next year. Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018 10/15
MV 衣川篤史 Atsushi Kinugawa Scorer [10/22] The Swallows announced that Kinugawa agreed to become an Ichi-gun battery coach next year. … [10/15] The Swallows could offer Kinugawa a job as Ichi-gun battery coach. Sanspo 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018, Sponichi 10/16/2018 10/30
10/22
NEW 松岡健一 Kenichi Matsuoka Retiring [10/30] The Swallows announced that they added Matsuoka as a Ni-gun pitching coach. … [10/15] Matsuoka could remain in the organization as a Ni-gun pitching coach. Sanspo 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018, Sponichi 10/16/2018 10/30
OUT 三木肇 Hajime Miki Ni-gun Chief Coach [10/30] The Swallows announced that they are parting ways with Miki. … [10/15] There is a good chance Miki will not return next year. Sponichi 10/15/2018 10/30
OUT 野村克則 Katsunori Nomura Ni-gun Battery Coach [10/30] The Swallows announced that they are parting ways with Nomura. … [10/15] There is a good chance Nomura will not return next year. Sponichi 10/15/2018 10/30
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LOT

2018 Chiba Lotte Marines Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
NEW 菊地 大祐 Daisuke Kikuchi [11/01] The Marines announced that they added Kikuchi to their staff as a Ni-gun strength coach. 11/1
NEW 吉井理人 Masato Yoshii Former Nippon Ham Coach [11/01] The Marines announced that they added Yoshii to their staff as a pitching coach. … [10/16] The Marines are thinking about offering Yoshii a job as pitching coach. Sports Hochi 10/26/2018 11/1
MV 川越英隆 Hidetaka Kawagoe Ni-gun Pitching Coach [10/16] Reassigned to Ichi-gun pitching coach. 10/16
MV 大村巌 Iwao Omura Ni-gun Hitting Coach [10/16] Reassigned to Ichi-gun hitting coach. 10/16
MV 清水直行 Naoyuki Shimizu Ichi-gun Pitching Coach [10/16] Reassigned to Ni-gun pitching coach. 10/16
MV 堀幸一 Koichi Hori Ni-gun INF/Base Coach [10/16] Reassigned to Ni-gun hitting coach. 10/16
MV 小坂誠 Makoto Kosaka Ichi-gun INF/Base Coach [10/16] Reassigned to Ni-gun infield/base coach. 10/16
野村弘樹 Hiroki Nomura [10/16] The Marines could offer Nomura a job as Ichi-gun pitching coach. Daily Sports 10/16/2018  
IN 河野亮 Ryo Kawano Former Rakuten Coach [10/20] Kawano reportedly agreed to a contract worth an estimated eleven million yen. Daily Sports 10/20/2018 … [10/19] The Marines announced that they added Kawano to their staff as an Ichi-gun hitting coach. … [10/15] The Marines are planning to offer Kawano a job as hitting coach. Daily Sports 10/15/2018, Sponichi 10/15/2018 10/19
OUT 鶴岡一成 Kazunari Tsuruoka Ni-gun Battery Coach [10/15] The Marines announced they will not offer Tsuruoka a new contract for 2019. … [10/15] Tsuruoka is not expected go return next year. Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018 10/15
OUT 福沢洋一 Yoichi Fukuzawa Ni-gun General Coach [10/15] The Marines announced they will not offer Fukuzawa a new contract for 2019. … [10/15] Fukuzawa is not expected go return next year. Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018 10/15
IN 大隣憲司 Kenji Otonari Retiring [10/16] Otonari was named Ni-gun pitching coach. … [10/15] Otonari will become a Ni-gun pitching coach next year. Sponichi 10/15/2018 10/16
IN 根元俊一 Shunichi Nemoto Retiring [10/16] Nemoto was named Ichi-gun infield/base coach. [10/15] Nemoto will become a Ni-gun infield/base coach next year. Sponichi 10/15/2018 10/16
IN 岡田幸文 Yoshifumi Okada Retiring [10/16] Okada was named a coach and assigned to Tochigi. … [10/15] Okada will be assigned a coaching role with the BC League’s Tochigi Golden Braves. Sponichi 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018 10/16
IN 金沢岳 Takeshi Kanazawa Retiring [10/16] Kanazawa was named Ni-gun battery coach. … [10/14] Kanazawa is set to take on the role of Ni-gun battery coach. Nikkan Sports 10/14/2018 10/16
OUT 小林雅英 Masahide Kobayashi Pitching Coach [10/14] The Marines will not offer Kobayashi a new contract. 10/14
OUT 金森栄治 Eiji Kanamori Hitting Coach [10/07] The Marines will not offer Kanamori a new contract. 10/14
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HAM

2018 Nippon Ham Fighters Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
MV 原田豊 Yutaka Harada Scout [11/12] The Fighters announced that Harada was reassigned to Ni-gun general coach. 11/12
MV 伊藤剛 Takeshi Ito Ni-gun General Coach [11/12] The Fighters announced that Ito was reassigned to the front office as a special scout to the general manager. 11/12
IN 鶴岡慎也 Shinya Tsuruoka Catcher [10/29] The Fighters announced that they added Tsuruoka to their staff as a battery coach/catcher. 10/29
IN 木田優夫 Masao Kida GM Assistant [10/29] The Fighters announced that they added Kida to their staff as a pitching coach. 10/29
OUT 中嶋聡 Satoshi Nakajima Battery / Strategy Coach [10/20] The Fighters were planning to offer Nakajima a contract for 2019, but he strongly turned them down. Daily Sports 10/20/2018 … [10/19] The Fighters announced that Nakajima will not be returning next year. 10/19
IN 矢野謙次 Kenji Yano Retiring [11/12] The Fighters announced that they added Yano to their staff as a special coach. … [10/16] The Fighters are thinking about offering Yano a job as a special coach. Daily Sports 10/16/2018 11/12
OUT 吉井理人 Masato Yoshii Pitching Coach [10/16] The Fighters announced that Yoshii will not be returning next year. … [10/16] Yoshii is not expected to return next year. Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018 10/16
STAY 栗山英樹 Hideki Kuriyama Ichi-gun Manager [10/19] The Fighters announced that they signed Kuriyama to a one-year extension. … [10/16] The Fighters are planning to ask Kuriyama to return next year. Daily Sports 10/16/2018, Sponichi 10/16/2018 … [10/12] Kuriyama is expected to return next year. Sanspo 10/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2018 10/19
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YOM

[10/11/2018] Yoshitaka Katori steps down as general manager

The Yomiuri Giants announced that Yoshitaka Katori stepped down as general manager, effective today.

I decided to step down because I want to take responsibility for not being able to win a championship. Since taking over as general manager in June last year, I have tried to work closely with the coaches and staff. I did my best to support Yoshinobu Takahashi, but in the end, it was not enough. I hope the team, under Takahashi, can rally together and advance through the Climax Series.

Source: Yomiuri 10/11/2018

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HAN

[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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SEI

2018 Seibu Lions Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
MV 清川栄治 Eiji Kiyokawa Ni-gun Ikusei Coach [11/04] Kiyokawa will be a Ni-gun roving pitching coach next year. 11/04
黒田哲史 Satoshi Kuroda Ni-gun INF/Base Coach [10/29] Kuroda could be reassigned to Ichi-gun. Tokyo Sports 10/29/2018  
赤田将吾 Shogo Akada Ni-gun Hitting/OF/Base Coach [10/29] Akada could be reassigned to Ichi-gun. Tokyo Sports 10/29/2018  
嶋重宣 Shigenobu Shima Ichi-gun Hitting Coach [10/29] Shima could be reassigned to Ni-gun. Tokyo Sports 10/29/2018  
MV 小野和義 Kazuyoshi Ono Front Office [11/04] The Lions announced that Ono will be an Ichi-gun pitching coach next year. … [10/29] Ono could become pitching coach. Tokyo Sports 10/29/2018 11/04
馬場敏史 Toshifumi Baba INF/Base Coach [10/29] Baba could become head coach. Tokyo Sports 10/29/2018  
MV 土肥義弘 Yoshihiro Doi Ichi-gun Pitching Coach [10/25] Doi will most likely get a job as an overseas scout. Nikkan Sports 10/25/2018 … [10/24] Doi is not expected to return as a pitching coach next year. He could get a job in the front office. Daily Sports 10/24/2018  
NEW 平尾博嗣 Hiroshi Hirao [11/04] The Lions announced that they added Hirao to their staff as a Ni-gun hitting/infield/base coach. … [10/22] The Lions are thinking about offering Hirao a job on the coaching staff, possibly as a Ni-gun hitting coach. Nikkan Sports 10/22/2018 11/04
OUT 鈴木葉留彦 Haruhiko Suzuki Managing Director [10/21] The Lions announced that this will be Suzuki’s last year as president of operations. 10/21
MV 飯田光男 Mitsuo Iida Managing Director [10/21] The Lions announced that Iida will take over as managing director president of operations on January 1, 2019. 10/21
MV 渡辺久信 Hisanobu Watanabe Senior Director / Chief of Operations [10/21] The Lions announced that Watanabe will take over as general manager on January 1, 2019. 10/21
OUT 橋上秀樹 Hideki Hashigami Strategy Coach [10/21] The Lions announced that they are not going to sign Hashigami to a contract for 2019. 10/21
MV 松井稼頭央 Kazuo Matsui Retiring [11/4] The Lions announced that Matsui will take over as Ni-gun manager next year. … [10/22] Matsui is expected to take over as Ni-gun manager. Nikkan Sports 10/22/2018 … [10/07] Could take over as Ni-gun manager in 2019. Daily Sports 10/7/2018 11/04
潮崎哲也 Tetsuya Shiozaki Ni-gun Manager [10/07] Will likely shift to a position in the front office. Daily Sports 10/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/22/2018  
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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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