Forty-one-year-old Masahiro Araki held a press conference at Nagoya Dome earlier today and formally announced his decision to retire.
Source: Chunichi 10/6/20180 Comments
|Status||Name JPN||Name ENG||Current Position||Notes||Official|
|–||小笠原道大||Michihiro Ogasawara||Ni-gun Manager||[10/12] Ogasawara could be promoted to Ichi-gun head coach or Ichi-gun hitting coach. Nikkan Sports 10/12/2018|
|–||土井正博||Masahiro Doi||Hitting Coach||[10/08] Doi is in the final year of a two-year contract. He is not expected to return next year. Sanspo 10/8/2018, Sponichi 10/8/2018|
|–||与田剛||Tsuyoshi Yoda||Former Rakuten Ni-gun Pitching Coach||[10/13] Yoda may have agreed to a three-year contract. Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018 … [10/11] The Dragons are planning to hold a press conference on October 15. Sponichi 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018 … [10/11] Yoda is expected to take over as manager. The Dragons could make an announcement some time on or after October 16 (after the First Stage of the Climax Series). Yoda reportedly met with representatives from the team on October 10 and accepted an offer to become manager of the Dragons. Sanspo 10/11/2018, Sanspo 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Sports Hochi 10/11/2018 … [10/10] Owner Bungo Shirai told reporters on October 9 that the organization was still split on which candidate to choose and that they still had to hold a meeting to finalize a decision. Shirai also admitted that Yoda was a candidate they were considering. Sponichi 10/10/2018, Sports Hochi 10/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2018 … [10/09] The Dragons could be in the final stages of approving Yoda. Nikkan Sports 10/9/2018 … [10/07] Could be the front-runner to take over as manager. Sponichi 10/7/2018, Sanspo 10/7/2018|
|–||伊東勤||Tsutomu Ito||–||[10/06] Could be the front-runner to take over as manager in 2019. Tokyo Sports 10/6/2018, Sanspo 10/7/2018|
|–||森繁和||Shigekazu Mori||Ichi-gun Manager||[10/11] Mori will step down as manager after the last game of the regular season and move in to a position in the front office. Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Sports Hochi 10/11/2018 … [10/08] The Dragons are looking at candidates to replace Mori. A final decision might be coming soon. Mori may have submitted his resignation in September. Nikkan Sports 10/8/2018 … [10/06] Could step down and take a job in the front office, possibly as general manage or senior direct. Tokyo Sports 10/6/2018 … [09/29] Dragons considering options, including moving Mori to the front office. Nikkan Sports 9/29/2018|
|Pos||Name JPN||Name ENG|
|P||鈴木 翔太||Shota Suzuki|
|P||阿知羅 拓馬||Takuma Achira|
|P||福 敬登||Hiroto Fuku|
|P||三ツ間 卓也||Takuya Mitsuma|
|P||鈴木 博志||Hiroshi Suzuki|
|P||山本 拓実||Takumi Yamamoto|
|P||木下 雄介||Yusuke Kinoshita|
|P||浜田 智博||Tomohiro Hamada|
|P||大藏 彰人||Akito Okura|
|P||石田 健人 マルク||Kento Mark Ishida|
|C||加藤 匠馬||Takuma Kato|
|C||桂依 央利||Iori Katsura|
|INF||石川 駿||Shun Ishikawa|
|INF||石垣 雅海||Masami Ishigaki|
|INF||三ツ俣 大樹||Taiki Mitsumata|
|INF||溝脇 隼人||Hayato Mizowaki|
|OF||友永 翔太||Shota Tomonaga|
|OF||伊藤 康祐||Kosuke Ito|
|OF||近藤 弘基||Hiroki Kondo|
|OF||渡辺 勝||Masaru Watanabe|
Source: Chunichi 10/5/20180 Comments
|Status||Name JPN||Name ENG||Notes|
|–||吉見一||Kazuki Yoshimi||[10/15] Yoshimi is thinking about using his domestic free agent option. Considering his age (thirty-four), this could be his last serious chance to find out if other teams are interested in his services. Sports Hochi 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018|
|–||マルティネス||Raidel Martínez||[10/13] The Dragons may be in the final stages of negotiating a new contract. Sports Hochi 10/13/2018|
|–||ビシエド||Dayan Viciedo||[10/14] The two sides may be close to finalizing a multi-year deal. Viciedo is apparently open to ending his career in Japan. Sports Hochi 10/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018 … [10/13] The Dragons may be in the final stages of negotiating a new contract. Sports Hochi 10/13/2018 … [10/13] Viciedo does like playing for Chunichi (and is grateful for what Shigekazu Mori has done for him), but money is factor. Sponichi 10/13/2018 … [10/04] Final year of a two-year deal. Dragons thinking about offering new contract. Could sign with another team for more. Sanspo 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Daily Sports 10/4/2018, Sports Hochi 10/4/2018|
|–||アルモンテ||Zoilo Almonte||[10/13] The Dragons may be in the final stages of negotiating a new contract. Sports Hochi 10/13/2018 … [10/04] Dragons thinking about offering extensions. Wants to play in Japan, but could sign elsewhere. Sanspo 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Daily Sports 10/4/2018, Sports Hochi 10/4/2018|
|–||モヤ||Steven Moya||[10/13] The Dragons may be in the final stages of negotiating a new contract. Sports Hochi 10/13/2018 … [10/05] Moya is set to attend the Phoenix League. Sponichi 10/5/2018 … [10/04] Interested in staying. Dragons planning to offer extensions. Sanspo 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Daily Sports 10/4/2018, Sports Hochi 10/4/2018|
|–||ガルシア||Onelki Garcia||[10/13] The Dragons may be in the final stages of negotiating a new contract. Sports Hochi 10/13/2018 … [10/04] Interested in staying. Dragons planning to offer extensions. Sanspo 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Daily Sports 10/4/2018, Sports Hochi 10/4/2018|
|–||ロドリゲス||Joely Rodriguez||[10/13] The Dragons may be in the final stages of negotiating a new contract. Sports Hochi 10/13/2018 … [10/05] A number of MLB teams are said to be interested in Rodriguez. Sponichi 10/5/2018 … [10/04] Interested in staying. Dragons planning to offer extensions. Sanspo 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Daily Sports 10/4/2018, Sports Hochi 10/4/2018|
Forty-three-year-old Hitoki Iwase held a press conference at Nagoya Dome on October 2 to formally announce his decision to retire after the season.
Notes from the interview:
|Name JPN||Name ENG||Notes||Sources|
|谷哲也||Tetsuya Tani||[10/01] No plans to explore options with other teams.||Chunichi 10/2/2018, Sponichi 10/1/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/1/2018,|
|若松駿太||Shunta Wakamatsu||[10/01] Wants to keep playing.||Chunichi 10/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/1/2018, Sponichi 10/1/2018,|
|山本雅士||Masashi Yamamoto||Chunichi 10/2/2018,|
|吉田嵩||Shu Yoshida||Chunichi 10/2/2018,|
|西浜幹紘||Mikihiro Nishihama||Chunichi 10/2/2018,|
Hitoki Iwase entered the game in the ninth inning against the Hanshin Tigers at Nagoya Dome on September 28 and became the first pitcher in NPB history to appear in 1,000 games. He also picked up a save, his third of the year and 407th of his career.0 Comments
Thirty-four-year-old Kei Nomoto held a press conference at Nagoya Dome on September 27 and announced that he will be retiring after the season. The Chunichi Dragons are planning to hold a retirement game for Nomoto on September 29.
Source: Chunichi 9/27/20180 Comments
According to a report by Tokyo Sports, forty-three-year-old Hitoki Iwase and forty-one-year-old Masahiro Araki are planning to retire at the end of the season. Both players are expected to remain in the organization, Iwase as a pitching coach and Araki as an infield/base coach. The Dragons could schedule a retirement game for Araki some time in March next year during an exhibition game at Nagoya Dome. Iwase’s retirement game will most likely come during the last home game of the season on September 30.
Source: Tokyo Sports 9/26/2018
[UPDATE @ 11:16pm]
Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, and Sanspo have also posted reports about Iwase and Araki retiring after the season.0 Comments
Thirty-three-year-old Takuya Asao is planning to retire at the end of the season. He is expected to hold a press conference later today.
Asao was arguably was one of the best set-up men in the NPB at his peak, particularly in 2010 and 2011, but he started having problems with his right shoulder in 2012 (likely from overwork) and has never been the same since. His fastball, which used to hit the low-150s, was down to the mid-130s.
In an interview with Tokyo Sports posted on August 29, in response to a comment about throwing a lot of off-speed pitches, Asao said he felt his image was changing. When asked about his thoughts on the fastball, he said it was still a very important pitch for him and that even if he could not throw it as hard as he did before, he still wanted to use it, like as a pitch to get batters to hit the ball foul.
Asao was also asked about his thoughts on Hiromitsu Ochiai overworking him and he said that he did not see it that way and instead felt grateful for the opportunities because it made him the pitcher he is today. He also said he had no regrets.
[UPDATE 9/27 @ 12:41am]
Asao held a press conference at Nagoya Dome on September 26.