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[10/9/2013] Chunichi Dragons: Tanishige named player/manager, Ochiai general manager

by on Oct.09, 2013 @ 12:00 pm, under NPB

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)

Source: Daily Sports 10/9/2013, Daily Sports 10/9/2013, Daily Sports 10/9/2013Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013, Asahi 10/9/2013, Chunichi Shimbun 10/9/2013

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

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013, Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013

UPDATE @ 8:54pm -

The Dragons will hold a press conference for Tanishige on Thursday.

Source: Daily Sports 10/9/2013