The Yomiuri Giants announced that Yoshitaka Katori stepped down as general manager, effective today.
I decided to step down because I want to take responsibility for not being able to win a championship. Since taking over as general manager in June last year, I have tried to work closely with the coaches and staff. I did my best to support Yoshinobu Takahashi, but in the end, it was not enough. I hope the team, under Takahashi, can rally together and advance through the Climax Series.
Source: Yomiuri 10/11/20180 Comments
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|Status||Name JPN||Name ENG||Current Position||Notes||Official|
|MV||木佐貫洋||Hiroshi Kisanuki||Scout||[10/23] Kisanuki was named farm pitching coach. … [10/20] Kisanuki could be reassigned to a coaching position. Sponichi 10/20/2018||10/23|
|MV||古城茂幸||Shigeyuki Furuki||Scout||[10/23] Furuki was named farm hitting/fielding coach. … [10/20] Furuki could be reassigned to a coaching position. Sponichi 10/20/2018||10/23|
|MV||井上真二||Shinji Inoue||Chief Scout||[10/23] Inoue was named San-gun manager. … [10/20] Inoue could be named the new San-gun manager. Sponichi 10/20/2018||10/23|
|NEW||杉内俊哉||Toshiya Sugiuchi||Retiring||[10/23] Sugiuchi was named farm pitching coach. … [10/20] Sugiuchi could be offered a job as a pitching coach. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018, Sponichi 10/20/2018, Daily Sports 10/20/2018||10/23|
|NEW||村田修一||Shuichi Murata||Retiring||[10/23] Murata was named farm hitting coach. … [10/20] Murata could be offered a job as a hitting coach. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018, Sponichi 10/20/2018, Daily Sports 10/20/2018||10/23|
|NEW||後藤孝志||Koji Goto||Doosan Coach||[10/23] Goto was named Ichi-gun hitting coach. … [10/20] Goto is expected to join the staff as an outfield / base coach. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018, Sponichi 10/20/2018||10/23|
|NEW||相川亮二||Ryoji Aikawa||—||[10/23] Aikawa was named Ichi-gun battery coach. … [10/20] Aikawa is expected to join the staff as a battery coach. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018, Sponichi 10/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2018, Daily Sports 10/20/2018||10/23|
|NEW||宮本和知||Kazutomo Miyamoto||—||[10/23] Miyamoto was named Ichi-gun general pitching coach. … [10/20] Miyamoto could be offered a job as a pitching coach. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018, Sponichi 10/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2018, Daily Sports 10/20/2018||10/23|
|NEW||水野雄仁||Katsuhito Mizuno||—||[10/23] Mizuno was named Ichi-gun pitching coach. … [10/20] Mizuno could be offered a job as a pitching coach. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018, Sponichi 10/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2018, Daily Sports 10/20/2018||10/23|
|NEW||元木大介||Daisuke Motoki||—||[10/23] Motoki was named Ichi-gun infield / base coach. … [10/21] Motoki admitted that he received an offer from the Giants during a Nippon Hoso radio program on October 21. Sponichi 10/21/2018, Daily Sports 10/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/21/2018 … [10/20] Motoki could join the staff as a hitting coach. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018, Sponichi 10/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2018, Daily Sports 10/20/2018||10/23|
|OUT||村田真一||Shinichi Murata||Ichi-gun Head / Battery Coach||[10/22] The Giants announced Murata will not be returning next year. … [10/20] Murata is not expected to return next year. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2018||10/22|
|OUT||斎藤雅樹||Masaki Saito||Ichi-gun Pitching Coach||[10/22] The Giants announced Saito will not be returning next year. … [10/20] Saito is not expected to return next year. He has apparently submitted an intent to resign. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2018||10/22|
|OUT||豊田清||Kiyoshi Toyoda||Ichi-gun Pitching Coach||[10/22] The Giants announced Toyoda not be returning next year.||10/22|
|OUT||二岡智宏||Tomohiro Nioka||Ichi-gun Hitting Coach||[10/22] The Giants announced Nioka will not be returning next year. … [10/20] Nioka is not expected to return next year. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018||10/22|
|OUT||小関竜也||Tatsuya Ozeki||Ichi-gun Hitting Coach||[10/22] The Giants announced Ozeki will not be returning next year.||10/22|
|OUT||井端弘和||Hirokazu Ibata||Ichi-gun INF / Base Coach||[10/22] The Giants announced Ibata will not be returning next year. … [10/20] The Giants want Ibata to return, but he is thinking about stepping down. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018, Chunichi Sports 10/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2018||10/22|
|OUT||大西崇之||Takayuki Onishi||Ichi-gun OF / Base Coach||[10/22] The Giants announced Onishi will not be returning next year.||10/22|
|OUT||伊藤博||Hiroshi Ito||Ichi-gun Training Coach||[10/22] The Giants announced Ito will not be returning next year.||10/22|
|OUT||江藤 智||Akira Eto||San-gun Manager||[10/22] The Giants announced Eto will not be returning next year.||10/22|
|OUT||阿波野秀幸||Hideyuki Awano||San-gun Pitching Coach||[10/22] The Giants announced Awano will not be returning next year.||10/22|
|OUT||円谷英俊||Hidetoshi Tsuburaya||San-gun Infield Coach||[10/22] The Giants announced Tsuburaya will not be returning next year.||10/22|
|OUT||内藤重人||Shigeto Naito||Training Coach||[10/22] The Giants announced Naito will not be returning next year.||10/22|
|MV||大塚淳弘||Atsuhiro Otsuka||Business Division Deputy GM/Manager Game Operations||[10/11] Otsuka will become Scouting Department Deputy/Manager Game Operations. Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018|
|MV||長谷川国利||Kunitoshi Hasegawa||Assessment Manager||[10/11] Hasegawa will also take on the role of chief scout. Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018|
|MV||岡崎郁||Okazaki Kaoru||Chief Scout||[10/11] Transferred to a different position. Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/11/2018|
|–||篠塚和典||Kazunori Shinozuka||—||[10/08] Yomiuri could offer Shinozuka a job as Ni-gun manager. Sponichi 10/8/2018|
|OUT||田代富雄||Tomio Tashiro||Ni-gun Hitting Coach||[10/07] The Giants announced that Tashiro will not be returning next year.||10/7|
|MV||川相昌弘||Masahiro Kawai||Ni-gun Manager||[10/23] The Giants announced that Kawai will take over as Yomiuri Shimbun Sports Adviser, effective November 1. Daily Sports 10/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/23/2018, Sponichi 10/23/2018 … [10/07] The Giants announced that Kawai will not be returning next year.||10/7|
|MV||高田誠||Makoto Takada||Ni-gun Battery Coach||[10/23] Takada was named Ni-gun manager. … [10/20] Takada could take over as full-time Ni-gun manager. Tokyo Sports 10/20/2018, Sponichi 10/20/2018 … [10/07] The Giants named Takada interim Ni-gun manager for the Phoenix League.||10/23
|NEW||原辰徳||Tatsunori Hara||—||[10/23] Hara was named Ichi-gun manager. … [10/10] Hara received a formal offer to take over as manager from Team Owner Toshikazu Yamaguchi on October 10. He told the Giants he was interested but wanted more time to think. If Hara accepts, his first job will be the upcoming draft. Sanspo 10/10/2018, Sanspo 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/10/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/10/2018, Daily Sports 10/10/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/10/2018 … [10/05] If the Giants get rid of the GM position, they could give the responsibilities to Hara. Tokyo Sports 10/5/2018 … [10/05] Reportedly offered job as Ichi-gun manager. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Sanspo 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/5/2018||10/23|
|OUT||鹿取義隆||Yoshitaka Katori||General Manager||[10/11] The Giants announced that Katori stepped down as general manager. … [10/05] Giants to consider all options, including whether or not they need a GM right now. Sponichi 10/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018||10/11|
Thirty-four-year-old Tetsuya Yamauchi is planning to retire at the end of the season. A press conference is expected within the next few days.
Yamaguchi told reporters that he wanted to end his career with the Giants. He also told reporters his shoulder had been giving him problems the last few years.
[UPDATE 10/6 @ 6:43am]
Yamaguchi held a press conference at a hotel in Tokyo on October 5. He told the media that he decided to retire because he was never called up to Ichi-gun this season and because he hurt his left shoulder in September. He also told the media he never thought he would have a career that lasted over ten years and felt there was nothing else for him to accomplish.
Tetsuya Utsumi, Hisayoshi Chono, Hayato Sakamoto, Hirokazu Sawamura, Tomoyuki Sugano, Ryosuke Miyaguni, Toshiya Sugiuchi, and Shuichi Murata made appearances at the end of the press conference. They gave Yamaguchi flowers.
Source: Yomiuri 10/5/20180 Comments
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.
Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2018, Daily Sports 10/3/2018, Daily Sports 10/3/2018, Sponichi 10/3/2018, Sponichi 10/3/2018, Sponichi 10/3/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/3/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/3/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/3/2018, Sanspo 10/3/2018
[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.0 Comments
The media learned on October 2 that thirty-three-year-old Kentaro Nishimura is planning to retire. An announcement and press conference is expected some time within the next few days.
Nishimura struggled with right elbow problems and had two surgeries earlier in his career, one in 2009 and another in 2015. He also bounced back and forth between the bullpen and starting rotation and pitched in a career-high seventy-one games in 2013.
Nishimura suffered a dislocated right shoulder earlier this year in July. He decided to retire because he was not making sufficient progress in his rehab.
[UPDATE 10/4 @ 12:55am]
Nishimura held a press conference at the Giants’ offices in Otemachi on October 3. He told reporters he decided to retire because he was not sure if he would be able to pitch next year after he dislocated his shoulder earlier this year in July. He also told reporters he had no regrets because he was able to win his share of championships and titles over his fifteen-year career.
Source: Yomiuri 10/3/20180 Comments
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|篠原慎平||Shinpei Shinohara||[10/28] Shinohara is planning to attend the NPB tryouts. Nikkan Sports 10/28/2018||10/26|
|廖任磊||Jen-Lei Liao||[11/28] The Lions announced that they reached an agreement with Liao. Seibu 11/28/2018 … [11/16] The Seibu Lions are interested. Sponichi 11/16/2018 … [10/28] Liao is interested in continuing to play. Nikkan Sports 10/28/2018||10/26|
|河野元貴||Genki Kawano||[10/28] Kawano is planning to attend the NPB tryouts. Nikkan Sports 10/28/2018||10/26|
|中井大介||Daisuke Nakai||[11/20] The Bay Stars announced that they reached an agreement with Nakai. Yokohama 11/20/2018 … [11/17] The Bay Stars could be close to making an announcement about signing Nakai. Daily Sports 11/17/2018, Sponichi 11/17/2018 … [11/14] The media learned that the Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in Nakai. Things they like: he is right-handed, has some pop, and can play multiple positions. He is also still young at twenty-eight. They could make a formal offer soon. Sponichi 11/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2018 … [10/28] Nakai is interested in continuing to play. Nikkan Sports 10/28/2018||10/26|
|田中大輝||Daiki Tanaka||[10/28] Undecided. Nikkan Sports 10/28/2018||10/26|
|與那原大剛||Hirotaka Yonahara||[11/19] The Giants signed Yonahara to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated 5.1 million yen (down 700,000 from this season). He is working his way back from TJ surgery and is currently able to play catch at a distance of about forty meters. Sanspo 11/19/2018, Sponichi 11/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/19/2018 … [10/03] He will most likely be offered and agree to an Ikusei contract. Daily Sports 10/3/2018||10/02|
|成瀬功亮||Kosuke Naruse||[10/02] Not planning to attend NPB tryout. Nikkan Sports 10/2/2018||10/02|
|寺内崇幸||Takayuki Terauchi||[12/19] Terauchi accepted a job as manager of the BC League’s Tochigi Golden Braves. Tochigi 12/19/2018 … [10/12] Planning to retire. … [10/01] Undecided. Nikkan Sports 10/1/2018||10/12
|青山誠||Makoto Aoyama||[01/21] JX-ENEOS announced that Aoyama will be joining them for the 2019 season. Daily Sports 1/21/2019||10/02|
The Yomiuri Giants topped three million in attendance in their final home game of the season (seventy-second game). They reached three million for the fifth time (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018) since attendance figures became public in 2005.
Source: Yomiuri 9/30/20180 Comments
Thirty-six-year-old Ryota Wakiya held a press conference at Tokyo Dome on September 19 and announced his decision to retire after the season.
September 17 vs Chunichi at Tokyo Dome – Yoh entered the game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and blasted the 100th home run of his career off Daisuke Sobue.
Relationships & Family
December 14 – The Yomiuri Giants announced that Yoh’s wife gave birth to the couple’s third child, a boy, at a hospital in Taiwan.0 Comments