Chunichi Dragons (中日ドラゴンズ)

[11/17/2017] Chiba Lotte Marines to add Trackman to their facilities

The Chiba Lotte Marines are planning to install Trackman systems at ZOZO Marine and Lotte Urawa. They are the last team in the Pacific League to add Trackmans to their facilities.

The Chunichi Dragons are testing the Rapsodo system during fall camp. The Dragons are still considering the Trackman system.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017


[11/8/2017] Chunichi Dragons: Keisuke Tanimoto to stay put

Keisuke Tanimoto held a press conference today and announced that he decided not to use his free agent option. The Dragons posted the following comment from Tanimoto:

I have decided not to use my FA option and will stay with the Dragons. I thought about this for a long time and I feel satisfied with my decision.

I was traded during the season and even though I had an FA option, the Dragons told me they needed me and that struck a chord and became a deciding factor.

It has only been three or four months since the trade. It would not necessarily be true if I said I was able to properly do my job during that. I feel bad about betraying the fans expectations and will do my best to do well next year.

The team also had a disappointing season this year. I will do what I can to help make a strong team that can make a winner out of Shigekazu Mori next year. I look forward to your passionate cheers next year.

Tanimoto told the media during his press conference that when he thought about where he wanted to retire, he felt being close to home was important.

Source: Chunichi 11/8/2017, Tokyo Sports 11/8/2017, ZakZak 11/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2017, Sports Hochi 11/8/2017, Daily Sports 11/8/2017, Sponichi 11/8/2017

[UPDATE 11/18 @ 2:16am]

The Dragons announced that they signed Tanimoto to a new contract. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a two-year deal. Tanimoto’s salary next season will be an estimated eighty-five million yen (down fifteen million yen from this season).

Source: Chunichi 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017, Sports Hochi 11/17/2017

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[11/3/2017] Keisuke Tanimoto still on the fence about FA option

Keisuke Tanimoto earned his domestic free agent option this year. The Chunichi Dragons submitted their offer during a meeting on October 27. They also informed him that they are okay with him exercising his option and remaining with the team.

Tanimoto felt wanted during negotiations, but is also curious about what other teams might offer him. He is slated to meet the Dragons again soon.

Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2017

[UPDATE 11/4 @ 1:52pm]

Tanimoto first met the Dragons on October 28. He is scheduled to meet with them again within the next day or so. The Dragons would like him to stay (they knew he had an option but still traded for him because they wanted to add him to their team) and will leave the door open for him even if he exercises his option. They are not planning to set a hard deadline for his decision.

Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2017, Sponichi 11/4/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2017

[UPDATE 11/6 @ 3:31pm]

Tanimoto may now be leaning toward staying with the Dragons. Team Representative Kazuo Nishiyama told reporters on November 5 that negotiations were going well and that a decision might be coming some time soon.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/6/2017


2018 Chunichi Dragons Coaching Staff

Coaching Staff

Position Name JPN Name ENG Uni Age
Manager 森 繁和 Mori, Shigekazu 80 62
Ni-gun Manager 小笠原 道大 Ogasawara, Michihiro 82 44
Hitting Coach 土井 正博 Doi, Masahiro 90 73
Hitting Coach 石井 昭男 Ishii, Akio 79 62
Hitting Coach 波留 敏夫 Haru, Toshio 71 47
Hitting Coach 森野 将彦 Morino, Masahiko 75 39
Pitching Coach 都裕 次郎 Miyako, Yujiro 88 58
Pitching Coach 近藤 真市 Kondo, Shinichi 76 49
Player/Pitching Coach 岩瀬 仁紀 Iwase, Hitoki 13 42
Pitching Coach 小笠 原孝 Ogasawara, Takashi 86 40
Pitching Coach 朝倉健太 Asakura, Kenta 81 36
Pitching Coach 岩田 慎司 Iwata, Shinji 87 30
Battery Coach 田村 藤夫 Tamura, Fujio 72 58
Battery Coach 小川 将俊 Ogawa, Masatoshi 73 38
Position Player Coach 早川 和夫 Hayakawa, Kazuo 84 57
Infield/Base Coach 森脇 浩司 Moriwaki, Hiroshi 85 57
Infield/Base Coach 奈良 原浩 Narahara, Hiroshi 83 49
Infield/Base Coach 渡辺 博幸 Watanabe, Hiroyuki 77 47
Player/Infield/Base Coach 荒木 雅博 Araki, Masahiro 2 40
Outfield/Base Coach 長嶋 清幸 Nagashima, Kiyoyuki 78 55
Outfield/Base Coach 英智 Hidenori 89 41
Ikusei Coach 松岡 功祐 Matsuoka, Kosuke 96 74
Conditioning Coach 勝崎 耕世 Katsuzaki, Kose 92 52
Conditioning Coach 宮前 岳巳 Miyamae, Takemi 93 49
Conditioning Coach 塚本 洋 Tsukamoto, Hiroshi 95 42

Source: Chunichi 10/31/2017, Mainichi 10/31/2017, Daily Sports 10/31/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2017


Chunichi Dragons: 2017 Fall Camp

Chunichi Dragons 2017 Fall Camp Details

November 1 (Wed) – November 20 (Mon)
Days Off: November 6 (Mon), 10 (Fri), 15 (Wed)

Venue: Nagoya Stadium



[10/21/2017] Fukuda to be named new Dragons chief player rep

The media learned on October 20 that Nobumasa Fukuda will be named the new Chunichi Dragons’ chief player representative. The change will become official during a player meeting in November.

Fukuda will be taking over for Yudai Ono. Ono has been the Dragons’ chief player representative since 2016.

Source: Sponichi 10/21/2017


[10/20/2017] Chunichi Dragons considering VR and Trackman

The Chunichi Dragons are thinking about purchasing a virtual reality (VR) system. The VR systems, currently used by teams like the Rakuten Eagles and Yokohama Bay Stars, help hitters visualize various deliveries and pitch motions. The Dragons struggled against pitchers they faced for the first time this year — eight of them recorded wins. The system could help their hitters become better prepared against first-time pitchers.

The Dragons are also thinking about purchasing a Trackman system.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2017


[10/20/2017] Shigekazu Mori to spend two weeks overseas

Shigekazu Mori will be traveling overseas for about two weeks in early November. He will be checking on talent and handing off his contacts to Yui Tomori (international scout). Dayan Viciedo and Jordan Norberto are currently the only two foreign players set to return next year. The Chunichi Dragons usually carry six foreign players (three pitchers and three hitters).

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2017

[UPDATE 10/30 @ 9:01pm]

Mori left Japan today to begin his overseas scouting trip. He will most likely spend a bulk of his time in the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2017


[10/11/2017] New turf and LED lights at Nagoya Dome

Nagoya Dome will be undergoing renovations this winter. Construction will take place between January and February 2018. The stadium should be ready for the exhibition game schedule in March.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2017


Chunichi Dragons 1 – Hanshin Tigers 6 (October 10, 2017)

Chunichi Dragons vs Hanshin Tigers @ Koshien Stadium – 18:00
Starters: Norberto, Jordan (CHU) 6-3, 2.30 – Messenger, Randy (HAN) 11-5, 2.46

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chunichi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 0
Hanshin 1 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 X 6 7 0

Attendance: 35748 | Time: 2h57m