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[9/20/2013] Yakult Swallows: Junji Ogawa could still return in 2014 (UPDATE 9/21 @ 11:18am)

by on Sep.20, 2013 @ 2:29 pm, under NPB

According to a report by Nikkan Sports, Junji Ogawa will most likely take responsibility of the team's losing season this year by stepping down as manager of the Yakult Swallows.  He is expected to formally submit his resignation when he meets with team officials at the end of the season.

Ogawa took over as interim manager for the Swallows in May 2010.  He signed a two-year deal as manager after the season and guided the team to a second place finish in 2011 and a third place finish in 2012.  He was given a one-year extension before the current season with hopes of another third place or better finish.

The Yakult Swallows are currently in last place with a 51-76-2 record.  They could be eliminated from the Climax Series as early as the 22nd.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2013

UPDATE @ 7:23pm -

Team president Tsuyoshi Kinugasa told reporters nothing would be decided until the end of the season.

"If things were already decided, we would have already told the manager of our intentions.  Staying, going, there is no change to our plans to make the decision when the season ends," Kinugasa said.

Ogawa also spoke to the media today and said, "I have nothing to say.  It is my responsibility to fight until the end of the season."

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2013

UPDATE @ 8:47pm -

Additional quotes from Kinugasa:

He stays, we find someone inside the organization, or find someone out side the organization, all are options.  We will figure it out at the end of the season or some time around then.

It is not quite as easy as he stays because the team is in fifth place and goes because they are in sixth.

I am not sure if the manager and coaches were effective in their efforts.

Source: Sponichi 9/20/2013

UPDATE 9/21 @ 10:48am -

If Ogawa wants to resign but the organization decides they want him back, they might turn his resignation down.

Possible managerial candidates include Ni-gun manager Mitsuru Manaka, Ichi-gun batting coach Takahiro Ikeyama, and former manager Tsutomu Wakamatsu.

Source: Daily Sports 9/21/2013

UPDATE 9/21 @ 11:18am -

Sports Hochi has posted the following quote from Kinugasa:

Finishing in last, being twenty-five games under .500, you could look at these and think of them as reasons to resign.  We could accept, but asking him to stay is not completely out of the question.  We will look at the big picture when thinking about next season.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/21/2013