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Orix Buffaloes: 2018 Fall Camp

The Orix Buffaloes released some information about fall camp:

Source: Orix 10/12/2018

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2018 Orix Buffaloes Phoenix League Roster

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P K-鈴木 Kohei Suzuki
P 小林 慶祐 Keisuke Kobayashi
P 齋藤 綱記 Koki Saito
P 黒木 優太 Yuta Kuroki
P 榊原 翼 Tsubasa Sakakibara
P 山崎 颯一郎 Soichiro Yamazaki
P 青山 大紀 Daiki Aoyama
P 吉田 凌 Ryo Yoshida
P 鈴木 優 Yu Suzuki
P 岩本 輝 Akira Iwamoto
P 神戸 文也 Fumiya Kanbe
C 高城 俊人 Shuto Takajo
C 西村 凌 Ryo Nishimura
C 稲富 宏樹 Hiroki Inatomi
C フェリペ Felipe Kissu De Souza
INF 宗 佑磨 Yuma Mune
INF 山足 達也 Tatsuya Yamaashi
INF 岡崎 大輔 Daisuke Okazaki
INF 廣澤 伸哉 Shinya Hirosawa
INF 比屋根 彰人 Akihito Hiyane
OF 西浦 颯大 Hayato Nishiura
OF 根本 薫 Kaoru Nemoto
OF 佐野 皓大 Kodai Sano
OF 張 奕 Yaku Cho

Source: Orix 10/5/2018

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[10/5/2018] Norifumi Nishimura to take over as new Orix manager

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.

Source: Orix 10/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Nikkei 10/5/2018, Jiji 10/5/2018

[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.

Source: Daily Sports 10/12/2018, Sports Hochi 10/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2018

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2018 Orix Buffaloes Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
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  
弓岡敬二 Keijiro Yumioka Ni-gun Head Coach [10/09] Yumioka could take over as Ni-gun manager next year. Sports Hochi 10/9/2018  
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
風岡尚幸 Naoyuki Kazaoka Ichi-gun INF/Base Coach [10/06] Expected to take over as head coach. Sanspo 10/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/7/2018  
田口壮 So Taguchi Ni-gun Manager [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  
福良淳一 Junichi Fukura Ichi-gun Manager [10/06] Stepped down as manager and offered position in front office. Sponichi 10/6/2018  
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2018 Orix Buffaloes Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes
マレーロ Chris Marrero [10/08] The Buffaloes might not offer Marrero a new contract. Sanspo 10/8/2018
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
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 [10/15] Norifumi Nishimura met Nishi on October 14 and asked him for help next season. Sports Hochi 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018 … [10/10] The Bay Stars are also looking into Nishi. Sports Hochi 10/10/2018 … [10/06] The Softbank Hawks are interested. Nikkan Sports 10/6/2018 … [10/05] Earned domestic free agent option this year. Planning to consider options, including asking the Buffaloes to post him, after the season. Hanshin Tigers among teams interested if he becomes a free agent. Sanspo 10/5/2018, Sports Hochi 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/5/2018
金子千尋 Chihiro Kaneko [10/15] Norifumi Nishimura met Kaneko on October 14 and asked him for help next season. Sports Hochi 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018 … [10/05] Expected to earn second free agent option via injury exception. Planning to consider all options. Sponichi 10/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/5/2018
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2018 Orix Buffaloes Senryokugai

Name JPN Name ENG Notes Official
本田仁海 Hitomi Honda [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 10/9
塚原頌平 Shohei Tsukahara [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 [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
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[9/28/2018] Yoshinobu Yamamoto taken off active roster

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.

Source: Sponichi 9/28/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/28/2018

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[9/27/2018] Eiichi Koyano to retire after the season

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.

Source: Orix 9/27/2018, Sports Hochi 9/27/2018, Daily Sports 9/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/27/2018, Sponichi 9/27/2018, Sanspo 9/27/2018

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[9/25/2018] Junichi Fukura to step down as Orix manager

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.

Source: Daily Sports 9/25/2018, Daily Sports 9/25/2018, Sports Hochi 9/25/2018, Sponichi 9/25/2018, Sanspo 9/25/2018, Sanspo 9/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/25/2018

[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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/25/2018, Sports Hochi 9/25/2018, Tokyo Sports 9/25/2018

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[9/21/2018] Hitomi Honda has surgery on right elbow

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 9/21/2018

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