The media learned today that the Chunichi Dragons have offered forty-two-year-old Motonobu Tanishige the open manager's job. Additionally, the team has reportedly asked former manager Hiromitsu Ochiai (59) to re-join the organization as general manager. Shigekazu Mori (58) will most likely return for a second go-around as head coach.
Tanishige is not expected to retire as a player and will become the first Chunichi player-manager since Akira Noguchi in 1955 and the first player-manager in the NPB since Yakult's Atsuya Furuta (2006-2007)
UPDATE @ 7:25pm -
A number of personnel changes were approved during a Chunichi Shimbun special stockholder's meeting early today. Among them:
- Takao Sasaki replaces Katsuhiko Sakai as new team representative and acting owner
- Hiromitsu Ochiai - new general manager
- Motonobu Tanishige - new player/manager
UPDATE @ 8:54pm -
The Dragons will hold a press conference for Tanishige on Thursday.
Source: Daily Sports 10/9/2013