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[10/11/2013] Chunichi Dragons hold a press conference for Hiromitsu Ochiai

by on Oct.11, 2013 @ 11:40 pm, under NPB

The Dragons held a press conference for Hiromitsu Ochiai earlier today.  Mainichi Shimbun posted a number of quotes from the event:

On his job...

If the team does not develop good players, then all of it will be on me.

In speaking about his role to support Motonobu Tanishige...

The person that backs-up Tanishige has to be prepared [for anything] and full of baseball knowledge since they will have to become a protective barrier for him.  There are not many people that can do that.

With regards to how much time Tanishige will have...

At least four years.  The fifth year will depend on how good he is at the time.

On Tanishige being a player/manager...

The first two years, until he breaks [Katsuya] Nomura's games played record.

On Tanishige's potential as a manager...

As a catcher, he has experienced things people like me have not.  The quickest path to success will be to use that knowledge to build his own style of baseball.

On expectations and goals...

You can not get better without practice.  The question is if that held true these last two years. ... There is no point to this job if I cannot build a team that can win a championship.  I want to attract the fans by building a strong Dragons' team.  That will be the quickest way to improve attendance figures.

Source: Mainichi 10/11/2013