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2018 Chunichi Dragons Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
立石充男 Mitsuo Tateishi Former Rakuten Coach [10/26] Tateishi could join the staff as a coach. Sports Hochi 10/26/2018  
荒木雅博 Masahiro Araki Retiring [10/24] Araki could get a job as a Ni-gun infield/base coach. Sponichi 10/24/2018  
浅尾拓也 Takuya Asao Retiring [10/23] Asao could join the staff as a coach, possibly Ni-gun pitching coach. Daily Sports 10/23/2018, Sports Hochi 10/23/2018  
工藤隆人 Takahito Kudo Retiring [10/23] Kudo could join the staff as a coach, possibly an outfield/base coach. Sponichi 10/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/23/2018  
早川和夫 Kazuo Hayakawa Ni-gun Pos Player Coach [10/22] Hayakawa will not return next year. Sports Hochi 10/22/2018  
赤堀元之 Motoyuki Akahori Former Yakult Coach [10/24] Akahori could become the next Ichi-gun pitching coach. Sports Hochi 10/24/2018 … [10/20] The Dragons could make Akahori an offer. Nikkan Sports 10/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2018  
阿波野秀幸 Hideyuki Awano Former Yomiuri Coach [10/24] Awano could get a job as Ichi-gun pitching coach. Sports Hochi 10/24/2018 … [10/20] The Dragons are thinking about offering Awano a coaching job. Sponichi 10/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2018  
伊東勤 Tsutomu Ito [10/19] The Dragons are planning to offer Ito a job as head coach. Nikkan Sports 10/19/2018 … [10/06] Could be the front-runner to take over as manager in 2019. Tokyo Sports 10/6/2018, Sanspo 10/7/2018  
OUT 朝倉健太 Kenta Asakura Pitching Coach [10/18] The Dragons announced they will not offer Asakura a contract for 2018. … [10/17] Chunichi is not planning to offer Asakura a contract for 2018. Sponichi 10/18/2018 10/18
OUT 近藤真市 Shinichi Kondo Pitching Coach [10/18] The Dragons announced they will not offer Kondo a contract for 2018. … [10/17] Chunichi is not planning to offer Kondo a contract for 2018. Sports Hochi 10/18/2018, Sponichi 10/18/2018 10/18
OUT 長嶋清幸 Kiyoyuki Nagashima OF/Base Coach [10/18] The Dragons announced they will not offer Nagashima a contract for 2018. … [10/17] Chunichi is not planning to offer Nagashima a contract for 2018. Sports Hochi 10/18/2018, Sponichi 10/18/2018 10/18
OUT 森脇浩司 Hiroshi Moriwaki Pos Player Chief Coach [10/18] The Dragons announced they will not offer Moriwaki a contract for 2018. … [10/17] Chunichi is not planning to offer Moriwaki a contract for 2018. Sports Hochi 10/18/2018, Sponichi 10/18/2018 10/18
井上一樹 Kazuki Inoue [10/17] Chunichi could offer Inoue a job as an Ichi-gun coach. Sponichi 10/17/2018  
中村武志 Takeshi Nakamura [10/17] Chunichi could offer Nakamura a job as an Ichi-gun coach. Sponichi 10/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2018  
小笠原道大 Michihiro Ogasawara Ni-gun Manager [10/28] Ogasawara is expected to keep his job as Ni-gun manager next year. Nikkan Sports 10/28/2018 … [10/12] Ogasawara could be promoted to Ichi-gun head coach or Ichi-gun hitting coach. Nikkan Sports 10/12/2018  
OUT 土井正博 Masahiro Doi Hitting Coach [10/18] The Dragons announced they will not offer Doi a contract for 2018. … [10/08] Doi is in the final year of a two-year contract. He is not expected to return next year. Sanspo 10/8/2018, Sponichi 10/8/2018, Sports Hochi 10/18/2018, Sponichi 10/18/2018 10/18
IN 与田剛 Tsuyoshi Yoda Former Rakuten Ni-gun Pitching Coach [10/18] Yoda’s uniform number will be 92, the reverse of the number he wore when he played for the Dragons. Sports Hochi 10/18/2018 … [10/15] The Dragons announced that Yoda will take over their new manager. … [10/13] Yoda may have agreed to a three-year contract. Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018 … [10/11] The Dragons are planning to hold a press conference on October 15. Sponichi 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018 … [10/11] Yoda is expected to take over as manager. The Dragons could make an announcement some time on or after October 16 (after the First Stage of the Climax Series). Yoda reportedly met with representatives from the team on October 10 and accepted an offer to become manager of the Dragons. Sanspo 10/11/2018, Sanspo 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Sports Hochi 10/11/2018 … [10/10] Owner Bungo Shirai told reporters on October 9 that the organization was still split on which candidate to choose and that they still had to hold a meeting to finalize a decision. Shirai also admitted that Yoda was a candidate they were considering. Sponichi 10/10/2018, Sports Hochi 10/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2018 … [10/09] The Dragons could be in the final stages of approving Yoda. Nikkan Sports 10/9/2018 … [10/07] Could be the front-runner to take over as manager. Sponichi 10/7/2018, Sanspo 10/7/2018 10/15
MV 森繁和 Shigekazu Mori Ichi-gun Manager [10/16] Mori will become a senior director. Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018 … [10/11] Mori will step down as manager after the last game of the regular season and move in to a position in the front office. Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Sports Hochi 10/11/2018 … [10/08] The Dragons are looking at candidates to replace Mori. A final decision might be coming soon. Mori may have submitted his resignation in September. Nikkan Sports 10/8/2018 … [10/06] Could step down and take a job in the front office, possibly as general manage or senior direct. Tokyo Sports 10/6/2018 … [09/29] Dragons considering options, including moving Mori to the front office. Nikkan Sports 9/29/2018  
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2018 Rakuten Eagles Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
NEW 光山英和 Hidekazu Mitsuyama Former Yokohama Coach [10/31] The Eagles announced that they added Mitsuyama to their staff as Ichi-gun battery/fielding strategy coach. … [10/24] Mitsuyama could get the Ichi-gun battery coach job. Sports Hochi 10/24/2018 10/31
上原茂行 Shigeyuki Uehara Toyama Coach [10/17] The Eagles could offer Uehara a job as battery coach. Sanspo 10/17/2018  
OUT 清水雅治 Masaji Shimizu Ichi-gun OF/Base Coach [10/16] The Eagles announced that Shimizu will not return next year. 10/16
佐藤義則 Yoshinori Sato Pitching Coach [10/14] The Eagles want Sato to shift over to Ichi-gun/Ni-gun roving pitching coach next year. Daily Sports 10/14/2018  
OUT 古久保健二 Kenji Furukubo Ichi-gun Battery Coach [10/14] The Eagles announced that Furukubo will not return next year. 10/14
真喜志康永 Yasunaga Makishi Ichi-gun INF/Base Coach [10/12] Expected to be named Ichi-gun head coach. Nikkan Sports 10/12/2018  
NEW 金森栄治 Eiji Kanamori Lotte Ichi-gun Hitting Coach [10/31] The Eagles announced that they added Kanamori to their staff as Ichi-gun hitting chief coach. … [10/12] Rakuten is thinking about making Kanamori an offer. Nikkan Sports 10/12/2018, Sanspo 10/14/2018 10/31
NEW 野村克則 Katsunori Nomura Yakult Ni-gun Battery Coach [10/31] The Eagles announced that they added Nomura to their staff as Ni-gun battery/fielding strategy coach. … [10/08] The Eagles might offer Nomura a job as Ni-gun battery coach. Daily Sports 10/8/2018, Sanspo 10/14/2018 10/31
NEW 苫篠誠治 Seiji Tomashino [10/16] Tomashino was named Ichi-gun outfield/base coach. … [10/08] Could be offered a job as Ichi-gun Outfield/Base Coach. Sponichi 10/8/2018 10/16
NEW 後藤武敏 Taketoshi Goto Yokohama (Retiring) [10/16] Goto was named Ni-gun hitting coach. … [10/07] Could be offered job as Ni-gun hitting coach. Sanspo 10/7/2018 10/16
NEW 鉄平 Teppei Tsuchiya [10/07] The Eagles announced that they added Teppei to their staff as an Ni-gun Outfield/Base Coach. He was assigned the uniform number 96. … [10/07] Could be named Ni-gun OF/Base coach. Nikkan Sports 10/7/2018, Sanspo 10/7/2018 10/7
NEW 三木肇 Hajime Miki Yakult Ni-gun Chief Coach [10/31] The Eagles announced that they added Miki to their staff as Ni-gun manager. … [10/07] Could be offered job as Ni-gun manager. Sponichi 10/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/7/2018, Sanspo 10/7/2018 10/31
NEW 小谷野栄一 Eiichi Koyano Orix (Retiring) [10/16] Koyano was named Ichi-gun hitting coach. … [10/07] Could be offered job as coach. Sports Hochi 10/7/2018 10/16
NEW 石井貴 Takashi Ishii Tokushima Manager [10/31] The Eagles announced that they added Ishii to the staff as Ni-gun pitching coach. … [10/07] Could be offered job as Ichi-gun pitching coach. Sanspo 10/7/2018 … [10/06] Could be offered job as coach. Sports Hochi 10/6/2018, Sponichi 10/6/2018 10/31
NEW 伊藤智仁 Tomohito Ito Toyama Manager [10/31] The Eagles announced that they added Ito to their staff as Ichi-gun pitching chief coach. … [10/06] Could be offered job as coach. Sports Hochi 10/6/2018 10/31
STAY 平石洋介 Yosuke Hiraishi Interim Manager [10/05] GM Kazuhisa Ishii told reporters Hiraishi accepted their offer to make him their new full-time manager. Daily Sports 10/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Jiji 10/5/2018  
OUT 池山隆寛 Takahiro Ikeyama Ni-gun Manager [10/05] Will not return next year. 10/5
OUT 大石知宜 Tomoyoshi Oishi Ni-gun Head Coach [10/05] Will not return next year. 10/5
OUT 河野亮 Ryo Kawano Ni-gun Hitting Coach [10/05] Will not return next year. 10/5
OUT 杉本正 Tadashi Sugimoto Ichi/Ni-gun Roving Pitching Coach [10/05] Will not return next year. 10/5
OUT 与田剛 Tsuyoshi Yoda Ni-gun Pitching Coach [10/05] Will not return next year. 10/5
OUT 柳沢裕一 Yuichi Yanagisawa Ni-gun Battery Coach [10/05] Will not return next year. 10/5
OUT 森山周 Makoto Moriyama Ni-gun OF/Base Coach [10/05] Will not return next year. 10/5
OUT 立石充男 Mitsuo Tateishi Ikusei Coach [10/05] Will not return next year. 10/5
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[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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2018 Yokohama Bay Stars Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
永池恭男 Yasuo Nagaike Ichi-gun INF / Base Coach [10/21] Nagaike was a third base coach this season. He is set to move over to first next year. Daily Sports 10/21/2018, Sponichi 10/21/2018  
上田佳範 Yoshinori Ueda Ichi-gun OF / Base Coach [10/21] Ueda was a first base coach this season. He is set to move over to third next year. Daily Sports 10/21/2018, Sponichi 10/21/2018  
NEW 鶴岡一成 Kazunari Tsuruoka Former Lotte Ni-gun Coach [10/26] The Bay Stars announced that they added Tsuruoka to their coaching staff. … [10/17] Yokohama could offer Tsuruoka a job as Ichi-gun battery coach. Daily Sports 10/17/2018 10/26
進藤達哉 Tatsuya Shindo GM Assistant/Manager of Operations [10/12] Shindo will focus all his efforts on Manager of Operations. Sanspo 10/12/2018  
吉田孝司 Takashi Yoshida GM Assistant/Chief Scout [10/12] Yoshida was named Team Rep Assistant/Chief scout. Sanspo 10/12/2018  
OUT 小川博文 Hirofumi Ogawa Ichi-gun hitting coach [10/11] Yokohama announced that Ogawa will not return next year. 10/11
篠原貴行 Takayuki Shinohara Ichi-gun pitching coach [10/10] Shinohara is not expected to return next year. Sports Hochi 10/11/2018  
MV 三浦大輔 Daisuke Miura Special Adviser [10/23] The Bay Stars announced that Miura will join their coaching staff in 2019. … [10/10] Yokohama is planning to offer Miura a job as a pitching coach. Sponichi 10/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2018, Sanspo 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Sports Hochi 10/11/2018 10/23
OUT 光山英和 Hidekazu Mitsuyama Battery Coach [10/11] The Bay Stars announced that Mitsuyama will not be returning next year. … [10/10] Mitsuyama is planning to step down after the season. He was apparently asked to stay, but he still decided it was time to leave. Sports Hochi 10/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2018, Sanspo 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018 10/11
NEW 田代富雄 Tomio Tashiro Former Yomiuri Coach [10/23] The Bay Stars announced that Tashiro will join their coaching staff in 2019. … [10/16] Tashiro is slated to become an Ichi-gun hitting coach. Sponichi 10/18/2018 … [10/08] Tashiro could return to Yokohama as a hitting coach next season. Sanspo 10/8/2018, Sports Hochi 10/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/8/2018 10/23
OUT 高田繁 Shigeru Takada General Manager [10/11] The Bay Stars announced that Takada stepped down from his post as general manager and will remain with the team as an adviser. [10/08] Takada could remain in the organization as an adviser. Team Representative Kazuaki Mihara and Executive Manager Tatsuhiro Hagiwara are possible candidates to replace Takada. Sanspo 10/8/2018, Sports Hochi 10/8/2018, Sponichi 10/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/8/2018 … [10/07] Takada is planning to step down at the end of the season. Nikkan Sports 10/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/7/2018 10/11
STAY ラミレス Alex Ramirez Ichi-gun Manager [10/11] Yokohama announced that Ramirez will return next year. … [10/10] Ramirez accepted an offer to remain as manger for another year after the last game of the regular season. Sanspo 10/10/2018, Sanspo 10/11/2018, Sports Hochi 10/10/2018, Sports Hochi 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/10/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/10/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018 … [10/08] Yokohama could formally offer Ramirez an extension after their last game of the season on October 10. A one-year deal seems likely. Sanspo 10/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/8/2018 … [10/07] Yokohama expected to ask Ramirez to return next year. Daily Sports 10/7/2018, Sponichi 10/7/2018 10/11
OUT 福原峰夫 Mineo Fukuhara Ni-gun INF/Base Coach [10/05] Yokohama received and accepted resignation. 10/5
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2018 Softbank Hawks Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
MV 飯田哲也 Tetsuya Iida Ni-gun hitting coach [11/08] The Hawks announced that Iida will be a San-gun outfield/base coach next year. … [11/07] Iida is expected to become a San-gun outfield/base coach. Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018 11/08
MV 佐久本昌広 Masahiro Sakumoto Ni-gun pitching coach [11/08] The Hawks announced that Sakumoto will be a farm roving pitching coach next year. … [11/07] Kurano is expected to become a farm roving coach. Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018 11/08
MV 若田部健一 Kenichi Wakatabe Ichi-gun pitching coach [11/08] The Hawks announced that Wakatabe will be a Ni-gun pitching coach next year. … [11/07] Kurano is expected to become a Ni-gun pitching coach. Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018 11/08
MV 倉野信次 Shinji Kurano Ichi-gun general pitching coach [11/08] The Hawks announced that Kurano will be an Ichi-gun pitching coach next year. … [11/07] Kurano is expected to become a chief pitching coach. Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018 11/08
MV 藤本博史 Hiroshi Fujimoto Ichi-gun hitting coach [11/08] The Hawks announced that Fujimoto will take over as San-gun manager. … [11/07] Fujimoto is expected to become a San-gun manager. Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018 11/08
MV 関川浩一 Koichi Sekikawa San-gun manager [11/08] The Hawks announced that Sekikawa will be an Ichi-gun hitting coach next year. … [11/07] Sekikawa is expected to become an Ichi-gun hitting coach. Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018 11/08
MV 森浩之 Hiroyuki Mori Strategy/Battery Coach [11/08] The Hawks announced that Mori will take over as head coach. … [11/07] Mori is expected to become a head coach. Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018 11/08
IN 新井宏昌 Hiromasa Arai [11/08] The Hawks announced that they added Arai to their staff as a Ni-gun hitting coach. … [11/07] The Hawks are planning to offer Arai a job as Ni-gun hitting coach. Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018, Sponichi 11/7/2018 11/08
OUT 高波文一 Fumikazu Takanami San-gun OF/Base Coach [11/05] Takanami will not return next year. 11/05
松山秀明 Hideaki Matsuyama Ni-gun INF/Base Coach [11/04] Matsuyama could be reassigned to the Ichi-gun staff. Sports Hochi 11/4/2018  
IN 本多雄一 Yuichi Honda Retiring [11/08] The Hawks announced that they added Honda to their staff as an Ichi-gun infield/base coach. … [11/04] Honda is expected to join the staff as an Ichi-gun or Ni-gun infield/base coach. Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018, Sports Hochi 11/4/2018, Sponichi 11/4/2018 11/08
STAY 工藤公康 Kimiyasu Kudo Ichi-gun Manager [11/04] Kudo was in the second year of a three-year contract this season. Sports Hochi 11/4/2018  
OUT 達川光男 Mitsuo Tatsukawa Head Coach [11/04] The Softbank Hawks received and accepted Tatsukawa’s resignation after the team failed to win the Pacific League pennant. Daily Sports 11/4/2018 11/04
OUT 水上善雄 Yoshio Mizukami Ichi-gun INF/Base Coach [11/04] Mizukami will not return next year. 11/04
OUT 藤田学 Manabu Fujita Pro Scout Advisor [10/03] Fujita will not return next year. 10/03
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2018 Hanshin Tigers Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
谷中真二 Shinji Taninaka [10/12] The Tigers are looking to add Taninaka as an advance scout. Sponichi 10/22/2018  
MV 香田勲男 Isao Koda Ichi-gun Pitching Coach [10/22] Koda was named Ni-gun pitching coach. … [10/17] Koda will be reassigned to Ni-gun. Sports Hochi 10/18/2018 10/22
MV 高代延博 Nobuhiro Takashiro Ichi-gun Strategy/General Coach [10/22] Takashiro was named Ni-gun chief coach. … [10/17] Takashiro will be reassigned to Ni-gun. Sports Hochi 10/18/2018 10/22
MV 日高剛 Takeshi Hidaka Staff [10/22] The Tigers announced that Hidaka will be an Ikusei / analyst coach next year. … [10/17] Hidaka is expected to get a job as Ni-gun hitting coach. Sports Hochi 10/18/2018 10/22
狩野恵輔 Keisuke Kano [10/17] Kano could join the staff as a Ni-gun hitting coach. Sponichi 10/17/2018  
MV 新井良太 Ryota Arai Ikusei Coach [10/22] Arai was named Ni-gun hitting coach. … [10/17] Arai will be reassigned to Ni-gun hitting coach. Sponichi 10/17/2018 10/22
NEW 藤原崇起 Takaoki Fujiwara Owner Proxy [10/16] Fujiwara will take over as owner on December 1. 10/16
NEW 清水雅治 Masaji Shimizu Rakuten coach [10/22] The Tigers announced that they added Shimizu to their coaching staff as head coach. … [10/16] Shimizu is not expected to return to Rakuten next year. The Tigers could offer him a job as Ichi-gun head coach. Sanspo 10/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018, Sports Hochi 10/16/2018, Daily Sports 10/16/2018 10/22
MV 平田勝男 Katsuo Hirata Ichi-gun Chief/Def/Base Coach [10/22] Hirata was named Ni-gun manager. … [10/16] Could be reassigned to Ni-gun manager. Sanspo 10/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018, Sports Hochi 10/16/2018, Daily Sports 10/16/2018 10/22
MV 浜中治 Osamu Hamanaka Ni-gun Hitting Coach [10/22] Hamanaka was named Ichi-gun hitting coach. … [10/16] Hamanaka could be promoted to Ichi-gun hitting coach. Daily Sports 10/16/2018 10/22
MV 藤本敦士 Atsushi Fujimoto Ni-gun INF/Base Coach [10/22] Fujimoto was named Ichi-gun infield/base coach. … [10/13] Could be promoted to Ichi-gun. Sanspo 10/13/2018, Sanspo 10/13/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018 10/22
MV 藤井彰人 Akihito Fujii Ni-gun Battery Coach [10/22] Fujii was named Ichi-gun battery coach. … [10/13] Could be promoted to Ichi-gun. Sanspo 10/13/2018, Sanspo 10/13/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018 10/22
MV 福原忍 Shinobu Fukuhara Ni-gun Pitching Coach [10/22] Fukuhara was named Ichi-gun pitching coach. … [10/13] Could be promoted to Ichi-gun. Sanspo 10/13/2018, Sanspo 10/13/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018 10/22
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  
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
MV 矢野燿大 Akihiro Yano Ni-gun Manager [10/18] Yano reportedly agreed to a three-year contract and the uniform number 88. Sponichi 10/18/2018, Sports Hochi 10/18/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/18/2018 … [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
STAY 掛布雅之 Masayuki Kakefu Senior Executive Adviser [10/22] The Tigers announced that Kakefu agreed to a one-year extension (from November 1). Daily Sports 10/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/22/2018 … [10/16] The Tigers are planning to ask Kakefu to return under the same title next year. Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018 … [10/12] Managerial candidate. Daily Sports 10/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2018, Sanspo 10/12/2018  
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  
岡田彰布 Akinobu Okada [10/12] Managerial candidate. Daily Sports 10/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2018, Sanspo 10/12/2018  
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2018 Yomiuri Giants Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
MV 木佐貫洋 Hiroshi Kisanuki Scout [10/23] Kisanuki was named farm pitching coach. … [10/20] Kisanuki could be reassigned to a coaching position. Sponichi 10/20/2018 10/23
MV 古城茂幸 Shigeyuki Furuki Scout [10/23] Furuki was named farm hitting/fielding coach. … [10/20] Furuki could be reassigned to a coaching position. Sponichi 10/20/2018 10/23
MV 井上真二 Shinji Inoue Chief Scout [10/23] Inoue was named San-gun manager. … [10/20] Inoue could be named the new San-gun manager. Sponichi 10/20/2018 10/23
NEW 杉内俊哉 Toshiya Sugiuchi Retiring [10/23] Sugiuchi was named farm pitching coach. … [10/20] Sugiuchi could be offered a job as a pitching coach. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018, Sponichi 10/20/2018, Daily Sports 10/20/2018 10/23
NEW 村田修一 Shuichi Murata Retiring [10/23] Murata was named farm hitting coach. … [10/20] Murata could be offered a job as a hitting coach. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018, Sponichi 10/20/2018, Daily Sports 10/20/2018 10/23
NEW 後藤孝志 Koji Goto Doosan Coach [10/23] Goto was named Ichi-gun hitting coach. … [10/20] Goto is expected to join the staff as an outfield / base coach. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018, Sponichi 10/20/2018 10/23
NEW 相川亮二 Ryoji Aikawa [10/23] Aikawa was named Ichi-gun battery coach. … [10/20] Aikawa is expected to join the staff as a battery coach. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018, Sponichi 10/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2018, Daily Sports 10/20/2018 10/23
NEW 宮本和知 Kazutomo Miyamoto [10/23] Miyamoto was named Ichi-gun general pitching coach. … [10/20] Miyamoto could be offered a job as a pitching coach. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018, Sponichi 10/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2018, Daily Sports 10/20/2018 10/23
NEW 水野雄仁 Katsuhito Mizuno [10/23] Mizuno was named Ichi-gun pitching coach. … [10/20] Mizuno could be offered a job as a pitching coach. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018, Sponichi 10/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2018, Daily Sports 10/20/2018 10/23
NEW 元木大介 Daisuke Motoki [10/23] Motoki was named Ichi-gun infield / base coach. … [10/21] Motoki admitted that he received an offer from the Giants during a Nippon Hoso radio program on October 21. Sponichi 10/21/2018, Daily Sports 10/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/21/2018 … [10/20] Motoki could join the staff as a hitting coach. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018, Sponichi 10/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2018, Daily Sports 10/20/2018 10/23
OUT 村田真一 Shinichi Murata Ichi-gun Head / Battery Coach [10/22] The Giants announced Murata will not be returning next year. … [10/20] Murata is not expected to return next year. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2018 10/22
OUT 斎藤雅樹 Masaki Saito Ichi-gun Pitching Coach [10/22] The Giants announced Saito will not be returning next year. … [10/20] Saito is not expected to return next year. He has apparently submitted an intent to resign. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2018 10/22
OUT 豊田清 Kiyoshi Toyoda Ichi-gun Pitching Coach [10/22] The Giants announced Toyoda not be returning next year. 10/22
OUT 二岡智宏 Tomohiro Nioka Ichi-gun Hitting Coach [10/22] The Giants announced Nioka will not be returning next year. … [10/20] Nioka is not expected to return next year. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018 10/22
OUT 小関竜也 Tatsuya Ozeki Ichi-gun Hitting Coach [10/22] The Giants announced Ozeki will not be returning next year. 10/22
OUT 井端弘和 Hirokazu Ibata Ichi-gun INF / Base Coach [10/22] The Giants announced Ibata will not be returning next year. … [10/20] The Giants want Ibata to return, but he is thinking about stepping down. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018, Chunichi Sports 10/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2018 10/22
OUT 大西崇之 Takayuki Onishi Ichi-gun OF / Base Coach [10/22] The Giants announced Onishi will not be returning next year. 10/22
OUT 伊藤博 Hiroshi Ito Ichi-gun Training Coach [10/22] The Giants announced Ito will not be returning next year. 10/22
OUT 江藤 智 Akira Eto San-gun Manager [10/22] The Giants announced Eto will not be returning next year. 10/22
OUT 阿波野秀幸 Hideyuki Awano San-gun Pitching Coach [10/22] The Giants announced Awano will not be returning next year. 10/22
OUT 円谷英俊 Hidetoshi Tsuburaya San-gun Infield Coach [10/22] The Giants announced Tsuburaya will not be returning next year. 10/22
OUT 内藤重人 Shigeto Naito Training Coach [10/22] The Giants announced Naito will not be returning next year. 10/22
MV 大塚淳弘 Atsuhiro Otsuka Business Division Deputy GM/Manager Game Operations [10/11] Otsuka will become Scouting Department Deputy/Manager Game Operations. Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018  
MV 長谷川国利 Kunitoshi Hasegawa Assessment Manager [10/11] Hasegawa will also take on the role of chief scout. Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018  
MV 岡崎郁 Okazaki Kaoru Chief Scout [10/11] Transferred to a different position. Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/11/2018  
篠塚和典 Kazunori Shinozuka [10/08] Yomiuri could offer Shinozuka a job as Ni-gun manager. Sponichi 10/8/2018  
OUT 田代富雄 Tomio Tashiro Ni-gun Hitting Coach [10/07] The Giants announced that Tashiro will not be returning next year. 10/7
MV 川相昌弘 Masahiro Kawai Ni-gun Manager [10/23] The Giants announced that Kawai will take over as Yomiuri Shimbun Sports Adviser, effective November 1. Daily Sports 10/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/23/2018, Sponichi 10/23/2018 … [10/07] The Giants announced that Kawai will not be returning next year. 10/7
MV 高田誠 Makoto Takada Ni-gun Battery Coach [10/23] Takada was named Ni-gun manager. … [10/20] Takada could take over as full-time Ni-gun manager. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018, Sponichi 10/20/2018 … [10/07] The Giants named Takada interim Ni-gun manager for the Phoenix League. 10/23
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NEW 原辰徳 Tatsunori Hara [10/23] Hara was named Ichi-gun manager. … [10/10] Hara received a formal offer to take over as manager from Team Owner Toshikazu Yamaguchi on October 10. He told the Giants he was interested but wanted more time to think. If Hara accepts, his first job will be the upcoming draft. Sanspo 10/10/2018, Sanspo 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/10/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/10/2018, Daily Sports 10/10/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/10/2018 … [10/05] If the Giants get rid of the GM position, they could give the responsibilities to Hara. Tokyo Sports 10/5/2018 … [10/05] Reportedly offered job as Ichi-gun manager. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Sanspo 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/5/2018 10/23
OUT 鹿取義隆 Yoshitaka Katori General Manager [10/11] The Giants announced that Katori stepped down as general manager. … [10/05] Giants to consider all options, including whether or not they need a GM right now. Sponichi 10/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018 10/11
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2018 Orix Buffaloes Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
MV 勝呂寿統 Hironori Suguro Ni-gun INF/Base Coach [10/22] Suguro was named Ichi-gun infield/base coach. … [10/19] Suguro could be reassigned to Ichi-gun infield/base coach. Sponichi 10/19/2018 10/22
MV 藤井康雄 Yasuo Fujii Ichi-gun Hitting Coach [10/22] Fujii was named Ni-gun hitting coach. … [10/19] Fujii will most likely be reassigned to Ni-gun hitting coach. Sponichi 10/19/2018 10/22
OUT 川端崇義 Takayoshi Kawabata Ikusei Coach [10/15] The Orix Buffaloes announced that they received and accepted Kawabata’s request to step down. 10/15
福原峰夫 Mineo Fukuhara Former Yokohama Ni-gun Coach [10/09] The Buffaloes could offer Fukuhara a job as Ni-gun Infield/Base coach. Sports Hochi 10/9/2018  
MV 弓岡敬二 Keijiro Yumioka Ni-gun Head Coach [10/22] Yumioka was named Ikuse chief coach. … [10/09] Yumioka could take over as Ni-gun manager next year. Sports Hochi 10/9/2018 10/22
MV 西村徳文 Norifumi Nishimura Ichi-gun Head Coach [10/05] The Buffaloes announced that Nishimura will take over as the new manager. … [10/05] Offered job as Ichi-gun manager. Announcement could come as soon as the season ends. Sanspo 10/5/2018, Sports Hochi 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/5/2018 10/5
MV 風岡尚幸 Naoyuki Kazaoka Ichi-gun INF/Base Coach [10/22] Kazaoka was named head coach. … [10/06] Expected to take over as head coach. Sanspo 10/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/7/2018, Daily Sports 10/18/2018 10/22
MV 田口壮 So Taguchi Ni-gun Manager [10/22] Taguchi was named Ichi-gun pos. player/hitting coach. … [10/19] Taguchi is expected to become an Ichi-gun pos. player coach/hitting coach. Sponichi 10/19/2018 … [10/06] Expected to take over as Ichi-gun General Position Player Coach. Sanspo 10/6/2018 … [10/05] Offered job as Ichi-gun head coach. Sanspo 10/5/2018 10/22
MV 福良淳一 Junichi Fukura Ichi-gun Manager [10/22] The Bufalloes announced that Fukura will take over as player development general manager. … [10/22] Fukura will take over as a player development general manager in 2019. Sports Hochi 10/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/22/2018 … [10/06] Stepped down as manager and offered position in front office. Sponichi 10/6/2018 10/22

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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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Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
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Rakuten 143 77 63 3
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