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.
[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.0 Comments
|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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|OUT||ローチ||Donn Roach||[11/26] The Buffaloes announced that Roach will not be returning next year. Sanspo 11/27/2018 … [11/23] Roach is not expected to return in 2019. Sports Hochi 11/23/2018|
|OUT||中島宏之||Hiroyuki Nakajima||[11/17] The Giants might be close to signing Nakajima. They might be working on a one-year deal worth about 150 million yen. They might also offer him the uniform number 5. Nikkan Sports 11/17/2018 … [11/14] There is a good chance the Giants will contact Nakajima, most likely with a nod from Hara. Sponichi 11/14/2018, Daily Sports 11/14/2018, Sanspo 11/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2018 … [11/03] The Yomiuri Giants are planning to look into Nakajima. There is the WBC connection between Hara and Nakajima. Daily Sports 11/3/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/3/2018, Sponichi 11/3/2018 … [11/03] The Seibu Lions do not seem interested. They also do not have the room. Tokyo Sports 11/3/2018 … [11/02] According to reports from this morning, Nakajima’s agent asked the Buffaloes for his clients release after negotiations broke down between the two parties. The Buffaloes are expected to place Nakajima on waivers. Daily Sports 11/2/2018, Sports Hochi 11/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/2/2018, Sponichi 11/2/2018, Daily Sports 11/2/2018 … [10/29] Nakajima could end up becoming a free agent. His options might be to either take a significant cut in salary or become a free agent. Nakajima finished off a three-year contract last season. An option was exercised and his salary remained at an estimated 350 million yen this year. Nikkan Sports 10/29/2018||11/02|
|STAY||マレーロ||Chris Marrero||[11/26] The Buffaloes announced that they signed Marrero to a contract for the 2019 season. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 600,000 US dollars. Sanspo 11/27/2018, Sponichi 11/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/26/2018 … [11/23] Marrero might end up returning to Orix next year. Sports Hochi 11/23/2018 … [10/23] The Hanshin Tigers could be interested. Sponichi 10/23/2018 … [10/08] The Buffaloes might not offer Marrero a new contract. Sanspo 10/8/2018||11/26|
|STAY||ディクソン||Brandon Dickson||[10/08] Dickson will be in the second year of a two-year contract next season. Sanspo 10/8/2018|
|STAY||ロメロ||Stefen Romero||[10/06] Romero will be in the second year of a three-year contract next year. Nikkan Sports 10/6/2018|
|–||西勇輝||Yuki Nishi||Yuki Nishi 2018 Off-season Updates|
|–||金子千尋||Chihiro Kaneko||Chihiro Kaneko 2018 Off-season Updates|
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|佐藤達也||Tatsuya Sato||[10/29] Sato is planning to retire and could take a job in the front office. Sanspo 10/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/29/2018||10/29|
|大山暁史||Satoshi Oyama||[10/29] Oyama wants to keep playing. He is open to attending the NPB tryouts. Sanspo 10/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/29/2018||10/29|
|本田仁海||Hitomi Honda||[11/20] The Buffaloes announced that they signed Honda to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated five million yen (no change from this season). He was assigned the uniform number 124. Nikkan Sports 11/20/2018, Sports Hochi 11/20/2018 … [10/09] Had surgery to treat a stress fracture in his right elbow in September. Expected to re-sign Ikusei contract. Daily Sports 10/9/2018||11/20
|塚原頌平||Shohei Tsukahara||[11/22] The Buffaloes signed Tsukahara to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated eight million yen (down 14.50 million yen from this year). His uniform number will change from 28 to 125. Tsukahara is working his way back from right elbow surgery. Daily Sports 11/22/2018 … [10/04] Expected to re-sign Ikusei contract. Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018||10/4|
|佐藤世那||Sena Sato||[10/04] Wants to keep playing. Open to attending NPB tryout. Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018||10/4|
|戸田亮||Ryo Toda||[10/04] Considering retirement. Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018||10/4|
|縞田拓弥||Takuya Shimada||[10/04] Undecided. Offered job to stay in organization. Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Sanspo 10/4/2018||10/4|
|園部聡||Satoshi Sonobe||[01/21] JX-ENEOS announced that Sonobe will be joining them for the 2019 season. Daily Sports 1/21/2019 … [10/04] Undecided. Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018||10/4|
|坂本一将||Kazumasa Sakamoto||[10/04] Planning to retire. Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018||10/4|
|吉田雄人||Yuto Yoshida||[10/04] Undecided. Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018||10/4|
Yoshinobu Yamamoto felt some discomfort near his left side while playing catch during pre-game practices on September 27. Yamamoto was examined at a hospital in Osaka and diagnosed with an injury in his left internal oblique muscle. He was taken off the active roster on September 28.0 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes announced today that thirty-seven-year-old Eiichi Koyano will be retiring after the season. According to media reports, the Buffaloes received and accepted Koyano’s decision to retire on September 26. The veteran told reporters that his body was no longer responding the way he wanted it to and that a gap developed between mind and body.0 Comments
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.
[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.0 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes announced on September 21 that Hitomi Honda had surgery to treat a fatigue fracture in his right elbow at a hospital in Osaka. He should be able to start a throwing program in about three months.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/21/20180 Comments
Takahiro Matsuba felt discomfort near his right hip while playing defense in the fourth inning of a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Kyocera Dome on September 18. He was removed from the game after he finished out the fifth inning. An examination at a hospital in Osaka did not reveal any abnormalities.0 Comments
Hitomi Honda will have surgery on his right elbow (fatigue fracture) at a hospital in Osaka some time early next week. Honda felt discomfort in the elbow during an outing in August. The fatigue fracture was discovered during an examination. He should be able to resume throwing practices before the end of the year.
Source: Daily Sports 9/14/20180 Comments