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.
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[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.