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[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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[10/6/2018] Masahiro Araki holds press conference to announce retirement

Forty-one-year-old Masahiro Araki held a press conference at Nagoya Dome earlier today and formally announced his decision to retire.

Source: Chunichi 10/6/2018

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2018 Chunichi Dragons Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
小笠原道大 Michihiro Ogasawara Ni-gun Manager [10/12] Ogasawara could be promoted to Ichi-gun head coach or Ichi-gun hitting coach. Nikkan Sports 10/12/2018  
土井正博 Masahiro Doi Hitting Coach [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  
IN 与田剛 Tsuyoshi Yoda Former Rakuten Ni-gun Pitching Coach [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  
伊東勤 Tsutomu Ito [10/06] Could be the front-runner to take over as manager in 2019. Tokyo Sports 10/6/2018, Sanspo 10/7/2018  
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2018 Chunichi Dragons Phoenix League Roster

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 鈴木 翔太 Shota Suzuki
P 阿知羅 拓馬 Takuma Achira
P 福 敬登 Hiroto Fuku
P 三ツ間 卓也 Takuya Mitsuma
P 鈴木 博志 Hiroshi Suzuki
P 山本 拓実 Takumi Yamamoto
P 木下 雄介 Yusuke Kinoshita
P 浜田 智博 Tomohiro Hamada
P 大藏 彰人 Akito Okura
P 石田 健人 マルク Kento Mark Ishida
C 加藤 匠馬 Takuma Kato
C 桂依 央利 Iori Katsura
C マルティネス Ariel Martinez
INF 石川 駿 Shun Ishikawa
INF 石垣 雅海 Masami Ishigaki
INF 三ツ俣 大樹 Taiki Mitsumata
INF 溝脇 隼人 Hayato Mizowaki
OF 友永 翔太 Shota Tomonaga
OF モヤ Steven Moya
OF 伊藤 康祐 Kosuke Ito
OF 近藤 弘基 Hiroki Kondo
OF 渡辺 勝 Masaru Watanabe

Source: Chunichi 10/5/2018

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2018 Chunichi Dragons Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes
吉見一 Kazuki Yoshimi [10/15] Yoshimi is thinking about using his domestic free agent option. Considering his age (thirty-four), this could be his last serious chance to find out if other teams are interested in his services. Sports Hochi 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018
マルティネス Raidel Martínez [10/13] The Dragons may be in the final stages of negotiating a new contract. Sports Hochi 10/13/2018
ビシエド Dayan Viciedo [10/14] The two sides may be close to finalizing a multi-year deal. Viciedo is apparently open to ending his career in Japan. Sports Hochi 10/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018 … [10/13] The Dragons may be in the final stages of negotiating a new contract. Sports Hochi 10/13/2018 … [10/13] Viciedo does like playing for Chunichi (and is grateful for what Shigekazu Mori has done for him), but money is factor. Sponichi 10/13/2018 … [10/04] Final year of a two-year deal. Dragons thinking about offering new contract. Could sign with another team for more. Sanspo 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Daily Sports 10/4/2018, Sports Hochi 10/4/2018
アルモンテ Zoilo Almonte [10/13] The Dragons may be in the final stages of negotiating a new contract. Sports Hochi 10/13/2018 … [10/04] Dragons thinking about offering extensions. Wants to play in Japan, but could sign elsewhere. Sanspo 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Daily Sports 10/4/2018, Sports Hochi 10/4/2018
モヤ Steven Moya [10/13] The Dragons may be in the final stages of negotiating a new contract. Sports Hochi 10/13/2018 … [10/05] Moya is set to attend the Phoenix League. Sponichi 10/5/2018 … [10/04] Interested in staying. Dragons planning to offer extensions. Sanspo 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Daily Sports 10/4/2018, Sports Hochi 10/4/2018
ガルシア Onelki Garcia [10/13] The Dragons may be in the final stages of negotiating a new contract. Sports Hochi 10/13/2018 … [10/04] Interested in staying. Dragons planning to offer extensions. Sanspo 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Daily Sports 10/4/2018, Sports Hochi 10/4/2018
ロドリゲス Joely Rodriguez [10/13] The Dragons may be in the final stages of negotiating a new contract. Sports Hochi 10/13/2018 … [10/05] A number of MLB teams are said to be interested in Rodriguez. Sponichi 10/5/2018 … [10/04] Interested in staying. Dragons planning to offer extensions. Sanspo 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Daily Sports 10/4/2018, Sports Hochi 10/4/2018
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[10/2/2018] Hitoki Iwase announces decision to retire

Forty-three-year-old Hitoki Iwase held a press conference at Nagoya Dome on October 2 to formally announce his decision to retire after the season.

Notes from the interview:

Source: Chunichi 10/2/2018, Sanspo 10/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2018, Sponichi 10/2/2018, Sponichi 10/2/2018, Daily Sports 10/2/2018

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2018 Chunichi Dragons Senryokugai

Name JPN Name ENG Notes Sources
谷哲也 Tetsuya Tani [10/01] No plans to explore options with other teams. Chunichi 10/2/2018, Sponichi 10/1/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/1/2018,
若松駿太 Shunta Wakamatsu [10/01] Wants to keep playing. Chunichi 10/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/1/2018, Sponichi 10/1/2018,
山本雅士 Masashi Yamamoto   Chunichi 10/2/2018,
吉田嵩 Shu Yoshida   Chunichi 10/2/2018,
西浜幹紘 Mikihiro Nishihama   Chunichi 10/2/2018,
       
       
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[9/28/2018] Hitoki Iwase pitches in 1,000th game

Hitoki Iwase entered the game in the ninth inning against the Hanshin Tigers at Nagoya Dome on September 28 and became the first pitcher in NPB history to appear in 1,000 games. He also picked up a save, his third of the year and 407th of his career.

Source: Chunichi 9/28/2018, Daily Sports 9/28/2018, Sponichi 9/28/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/28/2018, Tokyo Sports 9/28/2018

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[9/27/2018] Kei Nomoto to retire after the season

Thirty-four-year-old Kei Nomoto held a press conference at Nagoya Dome on September 27 and announced that he will be retiring after the season. The Chunichi Dragons are planning to hold a retirement game for Nomoto on September 29.

Source: Chunichi 9/27/2018

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[9/26/2018] Hitoki Iwase and Masahiro Araki also planning to retire

According to a report by Tokyo Sports, forty-three-year-old Hitoki Iwase and forty-one-year-old Masahiro Araki are planning to retire at the end of the season. Both players are expected to remain in the organization, Iwase as a pitching coach and Araki as an infield/base coach. The Dragons could schedule a retirement game for Araki some time in March next year during an exhibition game at Nagoya Dome. Iwase’s retirement game will most likely come during the last home game of the season on September 30.

Source: Tokyo Sports 9/26/2018

[UPDATE @ 11:16pm]

Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, and Sanspo have also posted reports about Iwase and Araki retiring after the season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/26/2018, Daily Sports 9/26/2018, Sanspo 9/26/2018

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