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Orix Buffaloes: Batting coach Kozo Shoda moves into the front office

by on Aug.27, 2011 @ 2:07 am, under NPB

Batting coach Kozo Shoda stepped down from his post after tonight's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines and moved into a new job (assistant to the GM) in the front office (more or less taking responsibility for the team's 7-game losing streak and for being shutout out 3 times during that stretch).  Ni-gun batting coach Hirofumi Ogawa will take over for Shoda.

UPDATE 8/27 @ 4:00pm - The Buffaloes were also thinking about demoting Shoda to Ni-gun (amongst other things like Shoda walking away altogether).  But after considering his knowledge of coaching and his experiences in the KBO, Orix decided he might be able to help the club by working in the front officeAkinobu Okada also didn't want to see Shoda leave.