Thirty-five-year-old Takayuki Terauchi will be retiring this year. He was senryokugai’ed by the Yomiuri Giants earlier this month and did not want to think about playing for another team.
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
KIRISHIMA Sun Marine Stadium Miyazaki
Attendance: 5,397 | Time: 3h3m0 Comments
|Status||Name JPN||Name ENG||Current Position||Notes||Official|
|MOVE||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|
|MOVE||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|
|MOVE||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|
|OUT||川相昌弘||Masahiro Kawai||Ni-gun Manager||[10/07] The Giants announced that Kawai will not be returning next year.||10/7|
|–||高田誠||Makoto Takada||Ni-gun Battery Coach||[10/07] The Giants named Takada interim Ni-gun manager for the Phoenix League.||10/7|
|–||原辰徳||Tatsunori Hara||—||[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|
|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
|Name JPN||Name ENG||Notes||Official|
|與那原大剛||Hirotaka Yonahara||[10/03] He will most likely be offered and agree to an Ikusei contract. Daily Sports 10/3/2018||10/2|
|成瀬功亮||Kosuke Naruse||[10/02] Not planning to attend NPB tryout. Nikkan Sports 10/2/2018||10/2|
|寺内崇幸||Takayuki Terauchi||[10/12] Planning to retire. Yomiuri 10/12/2018 … [10/01] Undecided. Nikkan Sports 10/1/2018||10/2|
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.