Tag Archive: 2018 Coaching Staff


[10/2/2017] Orix Buffaloes Coaching Staff News

October 31 @ 23:13 – The Buffaloes announced that Setoyama is leaving the organization, effective October 31.

Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2017

October 25 @ 14:39 – The media learned on October 24 that Ryuzo Setoyama (adviser) will not be returning next year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2017

October 25 @ 03:45 – The Buffaloes will most likely reassign Ni-gun Head Coach Manabu Satake to Ichi-gun outfield/base coach. Ikusei coach Keijiro Yumioka will slide over to Ni-gun head coach. Ikusei coach Takashi Miwa will move to Ni-gun battery coach.

Source: Sanspo 10/24/2017

October 23 @ 16:09 – The Buffaloes are planning to offer former Rakuten coach Osamu Yonemura a job as coach, most likely as a Ni-gun hitting coach. Yonemura was a coach with Orix between 1991 and 2010.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/23/2017, Daily Sports 10/23/2017

October 10 @ 13:25 – The Buffaloes announced today that they were not going to offer the following coaches contracts for the 2018 season:

  • Mitsunobu Takahashi, Ichi-gun hitting coach
  • Issei Nakamura, Ichi-gun outfield/base coach

Source: Orix 10/10/2017

October 10 @ 01:17 – The Buffaloes are interested in Chunichi Ni-gun Pitching Coach Ikuo Takayama and former Softbank Ni-gun Hitting Coach Yasuo Fujii. Both have worked in the Orix organization as coaches in the past: Takayama between 2014 and 2015 and Fujii between 2003 and 2006 and again in 2009.

Source: Daily Sports 10/9/2017

October 9 @ 21:06 – The Buffaloes announced today that they will not be offering Hitting Coach Mitsunobu Takahashi and Outfield/Base Coach Issei Nakamura contracts for the 2018 season. Takahashi was offered another job in the organization. Nakamura will not be returning to the Buffaloes next year.

Source: Daily Sports 10/9/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/9/2017

October 8 @ 16:57 – The Buffaloes are planning to offer Softbank coach Yasuo Fujii a job on their coaching staff, most likely as an Ichi-gun hitting coach.

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

October 3 @ 10:35 – The Buffaloes decided to let go of Hoshino because of health issues. They offered Maeda a new staff position within the organization.

Source: Sponichi 10/3/2017

October 3 @ 12:52 – The Buffaloes announced that they were not going to offer the following coaches contracts for the 2018 season:

  • Nobuyuki Hoshino, Ni-gun pitching coach
  • Daisuke Maeda, Ni-gun battery coach

Source: Orix 10/2/2017


[10/2/2017] Yokohama Bay Stars Coaching Staff News

November 5 @ 11:28 – Takashi Manei (Ichi-gun infield/base coach) will be reassigned to Ni-gun manager. Yasuo Nagaike (Ni-gun infield/base coach) will be reassigned to Ichi-gun infield/base coach.

Source: Sponichi 11/5/2017, Daily Sports 11/5/2017

October 30 @ 22:56 – The Bay Stars announced that they made the following addition to their coaching staff:

  • Ikki Shimamura

Source: Yokohama 10/30/2017

October 7 @ 23:49 – The Bay Stars announced the following addition to the coaching staff:

  • Tomokazu Oka

Source: Yokohama 10/7/2017

October 3 @ 12:49 – The Bay Stars announced on October 2 that the following coaches will not be offered contracts for the 2018 season:

  • Itaru Ninomiya, Ni-gun manager/outfield fielding coach
  • Yosuke Takasu, Ni-gun hitting coach
  • Keishi Asano, Ni-gun pitching coach
  • Kazuhiko Yamashita, Ni-gun battery coach

The Bay Stars also announced that they will sign the following to coaching contracts for the 2018 season:

  • Takeo Kawamura
  • Shigeo Yanagida

Coaching positions will be announced at a later day.

Source: Yokohama 10/2/2017, Yokohama 10/2/2017


[9/24/2017] Chunichi Dragons Coaching Staff News

October 31 @ 22:15 – The Dragons announced that they will invite Fukumoto to fall camp as an instructor. He will begin on November 4.

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

October 27 @ 01:29 – The Dragons are planning to invite Yutaka Fukumoto to fall camp as an instructor.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/26/2017

October 17 @ 01:03 – The Dragons announced that scout Shinji Iwata will be reassigned to Ni-gun pitching coach. He will head to Miyazaki for the Phoenix League on October 17.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/16/2017, Sponichi 10/16/2017

October 15 @ 05:20 – Takayama will leave the team on October 16 and return to Nagoya.

Source: Daily Sports 10/14/2017

October 12 @ 01:59 – The media learned Ikuo Takayama (Ni-gun pitching coach), will not be returning next year. He is expected to take a pitching coach job with the Orix Buffaloes.

Source: Sanspo 10/11/2017

October 4 @ 23:54 – The Dragons announced today that they will not be offering the following coaches contracts for the 2018 season:

  • Hideji Kato, Ni-gun hitting coach
  • Ikki Shimamura, Ni-gun hitting coach

Source: Chunichi 10/4/2017

September 25 @ 01:50 – Dragons’ Owner Bungo Shirai confirmed on September 24 that Shigekazu Mori will continue to manage the team next year. Shirai also said they are planning to make Hitoki Iwase and Masahiro Araki player/coaches next year (Iwase a pitching coach and Araki a fielding/base coach). Masahiko Morino is slated to remain with the Dragons as a hitting coach.

Source: Daily Sports 9/24/2017, Sponichi 9/24/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/24/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/24/2017


[9/20/2017] Junichi Fukura will stay on as manager in 2018

Buffaloes’ President Hiroaki Nishina told reporters today that Junichi Fukura will remain manager of the team in 2018 (they will most likely agree to a one-year contract). Fukura took over as an interim manager during the 2015 season. He became the official manager in 2016. Team officials are not fully satisfied with the team’s performance this year, but like the general direction the team is currently heading. They are not expecting a championship next year, but rather continued improvement (so at least a ticket to the Climax Series).

Source: Sports Hochi 9/20/2017, Daily Sports 9/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/20/2017


[9/12/2017] Hanshin Tigers Coaching Staff News

November 21 @ 12:26 – Batting Practice Pitcher Kazuharu Yamazaki will not be returning in 2018.

Source: Sanspo 11/20/2017

October 25 @ 01:27 – Kakefu’s title could be executive adviser to the owner. His job will most likely begin on January 1, 2018.

Senior Adviser Wada will become a technical adviser, effective November 1, 2017.

Source: Sponichi 10/24/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/24/2017, Daily Sports 10/24/2017

October 23 @ 22:49 – Kakefu is scheduled to meet team officials on October 27 about becoming an adviser to the owner (an official title is still pending). He is expected to accept the job offer. The Tigers will make an official announcement on the same day.

Source: Sanspo 10/23/2017

October 23 @ 21:15 – The Tigers announced the addition of two new coaches to their staff:

  • Yuya Ando – Ikusei coach
  • Ryota Arai – Ikusei coach

Source: Hanshin 10/23/2016 (Ando), Hanshin 10/23/2017 (Arai)

October 23 @ 16:04 – The Tigers held press conferences for Ando and Arai today. Ando was named Ikusei coach and assigned the uniform number 86. Arai was also named Ikusei coach and assigned the uniform number 83.

Source: Sponichi 10/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/23/2017, Daily Sports 10/23/2017, Daily Sports 10/23/2017

October 22 @ 17:20 – The Tigers announced today that they added Yuya Ando and Ryota Arai to their coaching staff. A press conference is scheduled for October 23.

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2017

October 21 @ 16:45 – The Tigers are planning to offer (or may have already offered) Kanemoto a new three-year contract. They are also planning to offer Ryota Arai a job as Ni-gun Ikusei coach (hitting).

Other changes that are expected to be made:

  • Yano – Ichi-gun strategy/battery coach > Ni-gun manager
  • Kataoka – Ichi-gun hitting coach > Ichi-gun head coach/hitting coach
  • Nobuhiro Takashiro – Ichi-gun head coach > strategy coach
  • Shinobu Fukuhara – Ikusei coach > Ni-gun pitching coach
  • Akihito Fujii – Ikusei coach > Ni-gun battery coach

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2017Nikkan Sports 10/18/2017Daily Sports 10/18/2017, Sponichi 10/18/2017

October 12 @ 00:04 – The recently retired Yuya Ando is set to become an Ikusei coach.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/11/2017

October 9 @ 02:06 – The Tigers announced that they will not sign the following coach to a new contract:

  • Makoto Imaoka, Ni-gun hitting/position player coach

Source: Hanshin 10/8/2017

October 8 @ 17:47 – The Tigers officially announced today that they will not sign Ni-gun hitting/position player coach Makoto Imaoka to a contract for the 2018 season.

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

October 4 @ 15:37 – Wada is expected to join the scouting staff.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2017

October 3 @ 23:46 – Senior Adviser Yutaka Wada might be reassigned to a job in the scouting department since Masayuki Kakefu will most likely be given some sort of an adviser role.

Source: Sponichi 10/3/2017

September 30 @ 05:13 – The Tigers announced on September 29 that the following coaches will not be returning next year:

  • Hideo Furuya, Ni-gun chief position player/Ikusei coach
  • Yasuo Kubo, Ni-gun chief pitching coach

They also announced the following reassignment:

  • Katsuhiko Yamada, Ni-gun battery coach -> Ni-gun interim manager

Source: Hanshin 9/29/2017

September 24 @ 16:16 – The media learned on September 23 that Imaoka will be leaving the team after the season. He has already submitted a notice to the Tigers. Imaoka could end up getting a job with the Chiba Lotte Marines.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/24/2017

September 19 @ 12:04 – Kanemoto will continue to have full reign over his coaching staff next year. Candidates for Ni-gun manager include Yano, Imaoka, and Ichi-gun batting coach Atsushi Kataoka. The Tigers are hoping to narrow down their options by the time the Ni-gun team plays its last game of the season on September 28.

Source: Sanspo 9/18/2017

September 12 @ 15:27 – Ichi-gun Strategy / Battery Coach Akihiro Yano and Ni-gun Hitting Coach Makoto Imaoka are candidates for the Ni-gun manager job. Yano might be the front runner based on Tomoaki Kanemoto’s coaching methods.

Source: Tokyo Sports 9/12/2017


[9/4/2017] Yakult Swallows Coaching Staff News

December 1 @ 15:48 – The Toyama GRN Thunderbirds (BC League) announced today that former Yakult Pitching Coach Tomohito Ito will be their new manager.

Source: Toyama 12/1/2017

November 9 @ 15:32 – The Swallows announced today that they added the following two coaches to their staff:

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

Source: Yakult  11/9/2017

November 9 @ 11:10 – The Swallows are planning to make an announcement about adding Ishii and Kawada to their coaching staff some time today. They will join fall camp in Matsuyama on November 11.

Source: Sponichi 11/9/2017

October 25 @ 15:59 – With the Hiroshima Carp season now over, the Swallows are planning to offer jobs to former Hiroshima coaches Takuro Ishii and Yusuke Kawada. Ishii will likely be offered a job as hitting coach and Kawada a job as outfield/base coach.

Source: Sponichi 10/25/2017, Daily Sports 10/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/25/2017

October 25 @ 01:37 – The Swallows announced a number of changes on October 24:

  • Kazuya Tabata, Ichi-gun pitching coach
  • Hajime Miki, Ichi-gun head coach > Ni-gun chief coach
  • Katsunori Nomura, Ichi-gun battery coach > Ni-gun battery coach
  • Ryosuke Morioka, Ichi-gun assistant position player coach > Ni-gun infield/base coach
  • Kazuki Fukuchi, Ichi-gun outfield/base coach > Ni-gun outfield/base coach
  • Shigeru Sugimura, Ichi-gun chief hitting coach > roving coach
  • Toshihiro Noguchi, Ni-gun battery coach > Ichi-gun battery coach

Source: Yakult 10/24/2017

October 12 @ 15:10 – Miyamoto will be assigned the uniform 86. He was given the option to take his old number 6, but decided to go with a new number that included his old number. He wants to keep the number 6 open for players.

The Swallows are interested in Kazuya Tabata (Yomiuri Giants’ advance scout) as a pitching coach. Tabata started the season as an Ichi-gun coach, but was reassigned to advance scout in July.

Source: Sponichi 10/12/2017, Sponichi 10/12/2017

October 7 @ 03:10 – The Swallows announced on October 6 that they added the following coaches to their staff:

  • Shinya Miyamoto, Ichi-gun head coach
  • Katsuyuki Dobashi, Ichi-gun infield/base coach

Source: Yakult 10/6/2017

October 6 @ 17:19 – The Swallows formally offered Miyamoto a job as head coach on October 5. Miyamoto is open to taking the job.

The Swallows are also thinking about offering Hiroshima coaches Takuro Ishii and Yusuke Kawada jobs as coaches. The two will not be return to Hiroshima next year to be closer to their families in Tokyo. The Swallows could offer Kawada a job as outfield/base coach.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/6/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/6/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/6/2017, Daily Sports 10/6/2017, Sports Hochi 10/6/2017

October 5 @ 20:55 – The Swallows announced that the following coaches submitted letters of resignations, which the team accepted:

  • Tomohito Ito, pitching coach
  • Kenichi Oshio, strategy coach/assistant pitching coach

Source: Yakult 10/5/2017

October 4 @ 23:45 – The Swallows announced today that they are going to hold a press conference about their new manager on October 5.

Obana is in the first year of a two-year contract with the Yomiuri Giants. He is expected to meet the Giants and discuss the remaining year on his contract. The Swallows could approach Obana depending on the outcome of his meeting.

Source: Sanpso 10/4/2017, Sanspo 10/4/2017

October 4 @ 15:16 – The Swallows are thinking about offering Takao Obana a job as pitching coach. They might also offer Katsuyuki Dobashi a job on the coaching staff.

Kenichi Oshio (strategy/pitching coach) is expected to leave the organization. Hirotoshi Ishii (pitching coach) and Ryuji Miyade (hitting coach) are expected to remain at Ichi-gun. Kazuki Fukuchi (outfield/base coach), Ryosuke Morioka (assistant position player coach), Hajime Miki (head coach), and Katsunori Nomura (battery coach) will most likely be reassigned to Ni-gun. Shingo Takatsu will remain Ni-gun manager.

Source: Sponichi 10/4/2017Sports Hochi 10/4/2017

October 4 @ 09:44 – Players tossed Pitching Coach Tomohito Ito five times in the air after their last game of the season on October 3.

Source: Sanspo 10/3/2017

October 4 @ 00:39 – The Swallows announced on October 3 that they are not going to sign the following coaches to contracts for the 2018 season:

  • Seiji Tomashino, outfield/base coach
  • Shintaro Mizutani, chief/infield/base coach

Source: Yakult 10/3/2017

October 3 @ 10:30 – The Swallows could make an announcement about Ogawa taking over as manager as early as October 4. Ogawa could begin his first day on October 6.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/3/2017, Sponichi 10/3/2017

September 30 @ 05:21 – The Swallows are thinking about reassigning Ichi-gun Head Coach Hajime Miki to Ni-gun. They are considering Nippon Ham Ichi-gun Hitting Coach Noriyuki Shiroishi for their next Infield Fielding/Base Coach.

The Swallows are also planning to make Chief Hitting Coach Shigeru Sugimura a roving coach and promote Ni-gun Hitting Coach Hirotoshi Kitagawa to Ichi-gun. Battery Coach Katsunori Nomura is expected to get reassigned to Ni-gun. Ni-gun Battery Coach Toshihiro Noguchi is a candidate to take over for Nomura at Ichi-gun.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/30/2017

September 28 @ 11:25 – The media learned on September 27 that Ichi-gun Pitching Coach Tomohito Ito is planning to take responsibility for the pitching staff’s poor performance this year by stepping down from his post at the end of the season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/28/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/28/2017

September 27 @ 16:37 – The Swallows are planning to make an announcement about their new manager a couple days after the season ends. They are hoping to finalize the rest of their coaching staff before the start of fall camp.

Source: Sanspo 9/27/2017

September 26 @ 01:49 – The Swallows are expected to name Ogawa their next manager. Shinya Miyamoto could get a job on his coaching staff, possibly as head coach.

Source: Sponichi 9/25/2017, Daily Sports 9/25/2017, Tokyo Sports 9/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/25/2017

September 21 @ 16:46 – Former Manager and current Senior Director Junji Ogawa might become the front-runner to take over as manager.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/21/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/21/2017

September 6 @ 15:04 – The Swallows are not planning to make an announcement about next year’s manager until after the regular season.

Source: Sanspo 9/6/2017

September 5 @ 12:31 – Internal discussions about managerial candidates are ongoing. The Yakult Swallows are hoping to reach some sort of a decision before the end of the month.

Source: Sponichi 9/4/2017


[8/31/2017] Chiba Lotte Marines Coaching Staff News

December 7 @ 23:31 – The Marines announced the following addition to their coaching staff:

  • Makoto Kosaka – Ni-gun infield/base coach, uniform 74

Source: Lotte 12/7/2017

November 25 @ 02:16 – The Marines announced the following addition to their coaching staff:

  • Kenji Morozumi – Ni-gun outfield/base coach, uniform 83

Source: Lotte 11/24/2017

November 21 @ 22:54 – The Marines announced the following additions to their coaching staff:

  • Masaumi Shimizu – Ichi-gun battery coach, uniform 84
  • Yusuke Torigoe – Ichi-gun head coach/infield base coach, uniform 88

Source: Lotte 11/21/2017 (Shimizu), Lotte 11/21/2017 (Torigoe)

October 31 @ 22:05 – The Marines announced the following addition to their coaching staff:

  • Makoto Imaoka – Ni-gun manager, uniform number 77

The Marines also announced the following reassignments:

  • Koichi Hori – Ichi-gun hitting coach > Ni-gun hitting coach/Ikusei supervisor
  • Takahiko Kusunoki – Ichi-gun training coach > conditioning director
  • Yoichi Fukuzawa – Ni-gun manager > Ni-gun general coach
  • Akira Otsuka – Ni-gun outfield/base coach > Ichi-gun outfield/base coach
  • Junpei Nemoto – Ni-gun training coach > Ichi-gun strength coach

Source: Lotte 10/31/2017 (Imaoka), Lotte 10/31/2017 (reassignments)

October 31 @ 15:00 – The Marines are planning to offer former Yomiuri coach and former Lotte player Makoto Kosaka a job on their coaching staff.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2017

October 28 @ 03:10 – The Marines announced the following addition to their coaching staff:

  • Naoyuki Shimizu, Ichi-gun pitching coach, uniform number 81

Source: Lotte 10/27/2017

October 21 @ 22:06 – Former coach Eiji Ochiai will return to the Samsung Lions for a second stint as a pitching coach.

Source: Sponichi 10/21/2017

October 19 @ 21:06 – The Marines announced the addition of the following coaches today:

  • Eiji Kanamori, Ichi-gun hitting coach, uniform number 71
  • Naoki Matoba, Ichi-gun strategy/battery coach, uniform number 72
  • Kazuya Fukuura, player/hitting coach, uniform number 9

Source: Lotte 10/19/2017 (Kanamori), Lotte 10/19/2017 (Matoba), Lotte 10/19/2017 (Fukuura)

October 12 @ 00:02 – Iguchi may have agreed to a three-year contract and the uniform number 6.

The Marines are planning to offer Eiji Kanamori a job as hitting coach. Kanamori was a coach with the Marines between 2010 and 2012. He also worked with Iguchi in 2003 when he was an advance scout with Daiei. He is currently a North Asia University coach.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/11/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2017

October 11 @ 21:49 – Lotte announced today that they will not be offering new contracts to the following coaches:

  • Eiji Ochiai, pitching coach
  • Masanori Taguchi, battery coach
  • Norihito Yamashita, general position player/hitting coach
  • Hideaki Matsuyama, infield/base coach
  • Masaji Shimizu, outfield/base coach
  • Hiroomi Ishinuki, strategy coach
  • Kenichi Sato, Ni-gun infield/base coach

Source: Lotte 10/11/2017

October 11 @ 01:50 – Lotte is interested in Softbank coach Yusuke Torigoe as a possible head coach.

Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2017

October 10 @ 21:30 – The media learned today that Iguchi will be named the new manager. Lotte is scheduled to make an announcement on October 12. A press conference will take place on October 14.

Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2017

October 10 @ 13:57 – The Marines are planning to hold a press conference to introduce their new manager some time this week.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2017

October 6 @ 16:55 – The Marines are interested in Hiroshi Shibahara as someone that could take over as outfield/base coach.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/6/2017

September 30 @ 05:05 – The Marines are interested in Softbank coach Masaumi Shimizu as a possible battery coach.

Source: Daily Sports 9/29/2017

September 28 @ 20:47 – Lotte is looking at Naoyuki Shimizu as a possible pitching coach candidate.

Source: Daily Sports 9/28/2017

September 24 @ 16:19 – The Marines could offer Makoto Imaoka a job as Ni-gun manager if Iguchi becomes Ichi-gun manager.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/24/2014

September 23 @ 11:01 – The media learned today that the Marines offered Iguchi the managerial job. If he accepts their offer, he will become the first Japanese player with MLB experience to manage a team. Iguchi told reporters he was grateful for the offer and that he considered it a great honor. He also said he planned to take some time to think about it after his retirement ceremony.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/23/2017Daily Sports 9/23/2017, ZakZak 9/23/2017

September 13 @ 08:30 – The media learned on September 12 that the Marines have accepted a formal resignation by Ochiai.

Source: Daily Sports 9/13/2017

September 12 @ 13:08 – The media learned on September 11 that Outfield / Base Coach Masaji Shimizu is also planning to leave after the season. He informed the team that he wanted to take responsibility for his part in the team’s poor performance by stepping down. The Marines have accepted his decision.

Source: Sponichi 9/12/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/12/2017

September 5 @ 13:23 – Pitching Coach Ochiai told the media he is planning to step down at the end of the season. He said he failed to provide the manager with the necessary materials to succeed.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/5/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/5/2017

August 31 @ 17:04 – The media learned that Ichi-gun Pitching Coach Eiji Ochiai will not be returning next season. Ochiai reportedly told the Marines that he wanted to take responsibility for the team’s pitching by stepping down after the season. The team has accepted his decision.

Source: Tokyo Sports 8/31/2017

NPB Standings [Full]
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
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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