Tag Archive: 2018 Coaching Staff

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[10/21/2017] 2018 Seibu Lions Coaching Staff News

October 31 @ 22:11 – The Lions are planning to offer former Seibu pitcher Ming-Chieh Hsu a job as Ni-gun pitching coach.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/31/2017


October 25 @ 14:34 – The Lions announced the following addition to their staff on October 25:

  • Kento Sugiyama, pitching coach

Source: Seibu 10/25/2017


October 21 @ 16:48 – The Seibu Lions announced the following changes/additions to their staff:

  • Eiji Kiyokawa – Ni-gun pitching coach > Ikusei coach
  • Toshihiro Iwao – batting practice pitcher
  • Tatsuyuki Uemoto – bullpen catcher
  • Yuji Onizaki – Ikusei coach

Source: Seibu 10/21/2017

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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] Rakuten Eagles Coaching Staff News

November 6 @ 22:06 – The Eagles announced the following additions to their coaching staff:

  • Yosuke Takasu, Ichi-gun hitting coach
  • Yoshinori Sato, Ichi-gun pitching coach
  • Masaji Shimizu, Ichi-gun outfield/base coach
  • Tatsuya Shiokawa, Ichi-gun strategy/infield coach

They also announced the following changes:

  • Yosuke Hiraishi, Ni-gun manager > Ichi-gun head/hitting coach
  • Mitsuo Tateishi, roving infield/base coach > Ichi-gun infield/base coach
  • Takahiro Ikeyama, Ichi-gun chief coach > Ni-gun manager
  • Tsuyoshi Yoda, Ichi-gun pitching coach > Ni-gun pitching coach
  • Yasunaga Makishi, Ichi-gun infield/base coach > Ikusei coach
  • Makoto Moriyama, Ichi-gun outfield/base coach > Ni-gun outfield/base coach
  • Tetsuji Yamaguchi, pitching coach > pro scout group manager

Source: Rakuten 11/6/2017 (additions), Rakuten 11/6/2017 (changes)


November 6 @ 15:24 – Former Softbank coach Yoshinori Sato will most likely rejoin the Eagles’ staff as a pitching coach. Former Yokohama coach Yosuke Takasu will likely join the staff as a hitting coach.

Source: Sponichi 11/6/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/6/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/6/2017

November 4 @ 14:17 – The Eagles are expected to announced that Takahiro Ikeyama (Ichi-gun chief coach) will take over as their new Ni-gun manager next year and that Yosuke Hiraishi (current Ni-gun manager) will be named Ichi-gun head/hitting coach. They are also planning to reassign Tsuyoshi Yoda (Ichi-gun pitching coach) to Ni-gun pitching coach. Shimizu is set to join the staff as an Ichi-gun outfield/base coach.

Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2017

October 25 @ 21:20 – Nashida was formally asked to finish out his contract during a meeting with Owner Hiroshi Mikitani today. His salary will be an estimated 100 million yen.

Source: Daily Sports 10/25/2017


October 23 @ 15:54 – The Eagles announced that the following coach will not be returning next year:

  • Koichi Isobe, Ichi-gun hitting coach

Source: Rakuten 10/23/2017


October 23 @ 15:50 – The Eagles are thinking about offering Masaji Shimizu a job as a coach.

Source: Daily Sports 10/23/2017


October 22 @ 21:40 – The Eagles announced that the following coach will not be returning next year:

  • Osamu Yonemura, Ichi-gun/Ni-gun roving outfield/base coach

Source: Rakuten 10/22/2017


October 20 @ 17:16 – Nashida is set to finish out the final year of his three-year contract next season.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2017

October 16 @ 17:23 – The Eagles are expected to bring back Nashida next year. According to people close to the situation, Nashida’s two-year contract includes a club option for a third year. The Eagles are planning to exercise the option after the end of the postseason.

Source: Daily Sports 10/16/2017, Daily Sports 10/16/2017, Sponichi 10/16/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2017

October 12 @ 01:00 – The Rakuten Eagles are planning to finalize a decision on Masataka Nashida when the Climax Series ends.

Source: Daily Sports 10/11/2017

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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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2018 Yomiuri Giants Coaching Staff

Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Position Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 高橋 由伸 Takahashi, Yoshinobu 42
Head/Battery Coach 村田 真一 Murata, Shinichi 53
Chief Hitting Coach 吉村 禎章 Yoshimura, Sadaaki 54
Chief Pitching Coach 斎藤 雅樹 Saito, Masaki 52
Pitching Coach 豊田  清 Toyoda, Kiyoshi 46
Pitching/Training Coach 木村 龍治 Kimura, Ryuji 47
Hitting Coach 二岡 智宏 Nioka, Tomohiro 41
Hitting Coach 小関 竜也 Ozeki, Tatsuya 41
Infield/Base Coach 井端 弘和 Ibata, Hirokazu 42
Outfield/Base Coach 大西 崇之 Onishi, Takayuki 46
Training Coach 伊藤  博 Ito, Hiroshi 51

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Position Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 川相 昌弘 Kawai, Masahiro 53
Pitching Coach 小谷 正勝 Kotani, Tadakatsu 72
Pitching Coach 三澤 興一 Misawa, Koichi 43
Hitting Coach 内田 順三 Uchida, Junzo 70
Hitting Coach 田代 富雄 Tashiro, Tomio 63
Infield/Base Coach 片岡 治大 Kataoka, Yasuyuki 34
Outfield/Base Coach 金城 龍彦 Kinjo, Tatsuhiko 41
Battery Coach 高田 誠 Takada, Makoto 53
Training Coach ジョン・ターニー Turney, John 45
Training Coach 穴吹 育大 Anabuki, Ikuo 40

San-gun Coaching Staff

Position Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 江藤 智 Eto, Akira 47
Pitching Coach 阿波野 秀幸 Awano, Hideyuki 53
Pitching/Training Coach 会田 有志 Aida, Yushi 33
Infield Supervising Coach 円谷 英俊 Tsuburaya, Hidetoshi 33
Outfield Supervising Coach 松本 哲也 Matsumoto, Tetsuya 33
Battery Coach 吉原 孝介 Yoshihara, Kosuke 48
       
Training Coach 内藤 重人 Naito, Shigeto 51

Source: Yomiuri 10/10/2017, Yomiuri 10/30/2017

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[10/6/2017] Softbank Hawks Coaching Staff News

November 9 @ 23:28 – The Hawks announced today that they added the following coaches to their staff:

  • Yasuo Kubo, Ni-gun pitching coach, uniform 84
  • Hideaki Matsuyama, Ni-gun infield/base coach, uniform 74
  • Ryo Yoshimoto, San-gun hitting coach, uniform 70
  • Ryota Kato, San-gun battery coach, uniform 96

Source: Softbank 11/9/2017


November 7 @ 15:00 – The Hawks are planning to offer former Hanshin coach Yasuo Kubo a job on their staff, possibly as Ni-gun pitching coaching.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2017


November 5 @ 22:30 – The Hawks announced today that the following coaches will not be returning next season:

  • Yoshinori Sato, Ichi-gun pitching coach
  • Yusuke Torigoe, Ichi-gun infield/base coach
  • Masaumi Shimizu, Ichi-gun battery coach

Source: Softbank 11/5/2017


October 6 @ 16:52 – The Softbank Hawks announced that the following two coaches will not be returning next year:

  • Yasuo Fujii, Ni-gun hitting coach
  • Makoto Sasaki, San-gun manager

Source: Softbank 10/6/2017

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[10/5/2017] Hiroshima Carp Coaching Staff News

October 31 @ 14:43 – The Carp announced that they added Jun Hirose to their coaching staff earlier today. A press conference is scheduled for later today.

Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2017


October 5 @ 23:38 – The Carp posted an official announcement at their website about the departures of the following two coaches:

  • Takuro Ishii, hitting coach
  • Yusuke Kawada, outfield/base coach

Source: Hiroshima 10/5/2017


October 5 @ 18:06 – The Hiroshima Carp announced today that forty-seven-year-old Takuro Ishii (hitting coach) and forty-nine-year-old Yusuke Kawada (outfield/base coach) will not be returning next year. The two coaches submitted letters of resignation to the Carp because they want to spend more time with their families in Tokyo. The team has accepted their resignations.

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

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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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[10/4/2017] Yomiuri Giants Coaching Staff News

October 30 @ 22:59 – The Giants announced that the following coach will not be returning next year:

  • Makoto Kosaka, Ni-gun infield base/coach

Source: Yomiuri 10/30/2017


October 28 @ 03:20 – The Giants announced that the following coaches will not be returning next year:

  • Shinji Hata, San-gun battery coach
  • Koji Goto, San-gun outfield/hitting coach

Source: Yomiuri 10/27/2017


October 9 @ 02:28 – The Giants announced the following reassignments on October 8:

  • Takao Obana, pitching coach to baseball operations adviser
  • Yoshinori Murata, hitting coach to advance scout

Source: Yomiuri 10/8/2017


October 6 @ 17:04 – Giants General Manager Yoshitaka Katori has been sitting down with the coaching staff to discuss the past season. He met seven coaches, including Head Coach Shinichi Murata and Pitching Coach Masaki Saito, on October 5. Since Katori became GM after Inter-league play, the meeting may have also allowed him fill in any blanks he might have had from earlier in the year.

Source: Daily Sports 10/6/2017

October 4 @ 23:50 – Ichi-gun Battery Coach Yoshinori Murata will be reassigned to advanced scout next year.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/4/2017

October 4 @ 14:59 – The Giants are planning to offer fifty-four-year-old Sadaaki Yoshimura a job as a coach. He has worked with the Giants in the past. He was an Ichi-gun hitting coach in 2002, Ni-gun manager between 2006 and 2008, and again Ichi-gun hitting coach from 2009 and 2011.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2017, Sponichi 10/4/2017

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[10/3/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters Coaching Staff News

November 2 @ 15:26 – The Fighters announced the following addition to their staff:

  • Yuji Yoshioka – Ni-gun hitting coach

Source: Nippon Ham 11/2/2017


October 31 @ 14:54 – The Fighters announced the following additions to their staff:

  • Satoshi Nakajima – battery/strategy coach
  • Koichi Ogata – position player coach

The Fighters also announced the following reassignments:

  • Noriyuki Takahashi – Ni-gun pitching coach > Ichi-gun pitching coach
  • Makoto Kaneko – hitting coach > infield coach
  • Shinji Takahashi – catcher coaching/hitting coach assistant > Ni-gun battery coach/hitting coach assistant

Source: Nippon Ham 10/31/2017 (additions), Nippon Ham 10/31/2017 (reassignments)


October 30 @ 23:03 – The Fighters announced the following addition to their staff:

  • Yuji Iiyama, Ni-gun infield coach

The Fighters also announced the following reassignments:

  • Takaya Hayashi, Ni-gun hitting coach > amateur scout
  • Takayuki Iwai, Ni-gun infield coach > pro scout

Source: Nippon Ham 10/30/2017 (Iiyama), Nippon Ham 10/30/2017 (Hayashi, Iwai)


October 25 @ 01:43 – The Fighters announced the following addition to their staff on October 24:

  • Daisuke Araki, Ni-gun manager

The Fighters also announced that the following staff will not be returning next year:

  • Yukio Tanaka, Ni-gun manager

Source: Nippon Ham 10/24/2017 (Araki), Nippon Ham 10/24/2017 (Tanaka)


October 11 @ 01:50 – The Fighters are planning to offer Hideki Kuriyama a new contract for the 2018 season.

Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2017

October 10 @ 13:50 – The media learned on October 9 that Yuji Iiyama will remain in the organization after retirement and become a Ni-gun infield/base coach.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2017


October 9 @ 21:00 – The Fighters announced today that the following coach will not be returning next year:

  • Tomohiro Kuroki, Ichi-gun pitching coach

Source: Nippon Ham 10/9/2017


October 8 @ 16:58 – Ichi-gun hitting coach Makoto Kaneko will take over as interim Ni-gun manager.

Source: Daily Sports 10/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/8/2017

October 7 @ 23:42 – The media learned on October 6 that forty-nine-year-old Yukio Tanaka, Ni-gun manager, will be leaving the Fighters. He has spent about thirty years in the organization (player, coach, manager). Tanaka submitted his resignation because has had health issues this season and wanted time to rest and recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2017, Sponichi 10/7/2017, Daily Sports 10/7/2017


October 7 @ 23:32 – The Fighters announced today that the following coach will not be returning next year:

  • Naoki Matoba, Ni-gun battery coach

Source: Nippon Ham 10/7/2017


October 4 @ 23:56 – Players tossed Shirai into the air twelve times after their last home game of the season on October 4.

Source: Sponichi 10/4/2017


October 3 @ 23:34 – The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that the following coach will not be returning next year:

  • Kazuyuki Shirai, infield/base coach 

Source: Nippon Ham 10/3/2017

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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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