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[10/4/2013] Chunichi Dragons, Yakult, Swallows, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Oct.05, 2013 @ 5:30 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons are hoping to have their manager situation settled by some time around the end of the Climax Series, if possible.

Source: Sponichi 10/4/2013

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Morimichi Takagi spoke to reporters on Friday and told them he appreciated the organization for giving him an opportunity to manage.  He also said that this was the worst year of his baseball career because he was not able to accomplish anything.

Takagi's final press conference is scheduled for the 8th.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/4/2013

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Six coaches will not be returning next season: Ni-gun manager Takamasa Suzuki, Ni-gun general/batting coach Masaru Uno, Ni-gun pitching coach Michitake Takahashi, Ni-gun batting coach Yonetoshi Kawamata, Ni-gun INF/base-running coach Hiroyuki Maehara, and Ikusei coach Kazuo Hayakawa.

Source: official announcement

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The Dragons were apparently prepared to give Kenshin Kawakami a job as pitching coach next season if he agreed to retire.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2013

Yakult Swallows

Katsunori Nomura could join the Swallows as an Ichi-gun battery coach next year.

Source: Sponichi 10/4/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Shintaro Fujinami could be named to the Under-Twenty-Six Samurai Japan team that is scheduled to play three games against Taiwan in November.  A lot will depend on his condition after the season.

Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2013

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Yutaka Wada will be returning in 2014, regardless of what happens from here on out.  An official announcement is expected at the end of the season.

Source: Sponichi 10/4/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars filed a complaint/request for umpire skill improvement with the NPB on Friday after an umpire ruled Keijiro Matsumoto did not cleanly catch Tsuyoshi Nishioka's fly ball to left in the 3rd inning of Thursday's game against the Hanshin Tigers.  Kiyoshi Nakahata argued the call.  Replays later seemed to reveal that the ball was caught.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/4/2013