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[9/15/2015] NPB Manager/Coaching Staff Rumor Mill

by on Sep.16, 2015 @ 8:50 am, under NPB

I'll try to keep this page updated with the latest rumors on managers and coaches for the 2016 season. If I miss something, please post it in the comments section below.

(last updated 1/16 @ 1:19pm)

NPB Manager Rumor Mill

Team Manager Latest Update
Yomiuri Hara, Tatsunori
(To step down,
Yoshinobu Takahashi
accepts managerial
job)
[10/21 @ 5:10pm] The Giants offered Yoshinobu Takahashi the managerial job. More coverage [10/19 @ 12:38am] The Giants are not planning to rush into naming their next manager. Candidates could include Suguru Egawa, pitching coach Masaki Saito, and player/coach Yoshinobu Takahashi. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2015 ... Egawa could be the top candidate. Head coach Masahiro Kawai is another possibility. Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2015, Sponichi 10/18/2015 [10/18 @ 1:09am] Hara told team official Tsunekazu Momoi that he planned to resign from his post as manager. More coverage [10/05 @ 11:26pm] Hara met chief adviser Tsuneo Watanabe and team owner Shiraishi at Yomiuri headquarters on October 5 for about an hour. He told reporters they spoke about ways to improve the team. They did not talk about his status for 2016. He also did not ask. Source: Daily Sports 10/5/2015, Tokyo Sports 10/5/2015 [10/05 @ 10:09am] If Hara does not return next season, head coach Masahiro Kawai and Yoshinobu Takahashi could be considered as replacements. Source: Sanspo 10/4/2015 [10/04 @ 6:32pm] Hara could meet with team owner Kojiro Shiraishi as early as October 5 to go over the 2015 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2015, Sponichi 10/4/2015 [10/04 @ 2:20pm] Hara met team chairman Tsunekazu Momoi at Yokohama Stadium before the Yokohama game on October 3. Hara told reporters he apologized for failing to win the CL pennant. Momoi told reporters there was nothing special about the meeting and that they were waiting for the postseason to end before making any personnel decisions. Source: Sponichi 10/3/2015 [10/04 @ 1:07am] The Giants have yet to offer Hara an extension. It could be an indication that the organization has decided to move on to another manager. The Giants are saying they are reserving final judgement until after the postseason. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2015, Daily Sports 10/3/2015, Daily Sports 10/3/2015 [09/28 @ 11:55am] As of September 27, the Giants are still informing the media that they have not made a decision on Hara and that they are waiting to see how the season ends. Source: Sanspo 9/28/2015 [09/26 @ 3:33pm] This could be Hara's last season as manager of the Giants. Team officials have yet to approach him about an extension and it is uncertain what they plan to do if he fails to complete a Central League "four-peat." Suguru Egawa could be a candidate to take over in 2016. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/26/2015 [09/15] Owner Kojiro Shiraishi had positive things to say about Tatsunori Hara's performance this year when he spoke to reporters on September 14. When asked about 2016, he said a decision would be made after looking at the team's overall performance in 2015. Source: Daily Sports 9/15/2015
Hanshin Wada, Yutaka
(stepping down,
Tomoaki Kanemoto
to take over as
new manager)
[10/27 @ 12:48am] Kanemoto could end up with his old uniform number 6. If he does get the number 6, he will become just the second manager in franchise history to wear a single digit number. The other was Yoshio Yoshida. Source: Sports Hochi 10/26/2015 [10/19 @ 10:13am] The addition of Kanemoto as manager could have an economic impact of about 4.2 billion yen over the next year, according to Katsuhiro Miyamoto, professor emeritus at Kansai University. The figure takes into account attendance, spring camp, exhibition games, Kanemoto merchandise, broadcast/commercial revenue, and contracts. Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2015 [10/18 @ 1:07am] Kanemoto contacted the Tigers on October 17 and informed them that he decided to accept their offer. More coverage [10/17 @ 4:00pm] Kanemoto told Daily Sports and Sponichi on October 16 that he was going to give the Tigers his reply on October 17. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2015, Sponichi 10/17/2015 [10/16 @ 3:04pm] The media learned Kanemoto returned to Hiroshima on October 15 to finalize his decision. Source: Sanspo 10/16/2015 [10/16 @ 12:35am] Kanemoto will most likely meet with the Tigers one last time before making his decision. Source: ZakZak 10/15/2015 ... According to Daily Sports, negotiations are done. A little more on what was discussed during the first three meetings: the first two meetings were about both sides exchanging opinions and ideas; actual terms were only discussed during the last meeting on October 12. The Tigers are now just waiting on Kanemoto's answer. Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2015 [10/15 @ 10:30am] Kanemoto spoke to Sankei Sports on October 14 and said that he was planning to give the Tigers his final decision in two or three days. He said he had kept quiet about the negotiations while the team played because he did not want to be a distraction and did not want to disrespect the players or coaches. He felt real negotiations did not start until he met with the team for the third time -- the first two meetings were more like discussions about what the team should do moving forward. Source: Sanspo 10/15/2015 [10/14 @ 10:01pm] Kanemoto told Daily Sports on October 13 that he did not want to drag out negotiations and that he was planning to make a decision by the end of the week. Source: Daily Sports 10/14/2015 [10/14 @ 6:41pm] Kanemoto may have started negotiations thinking that he would turn down Hanshin's offer, but their passion and sincerity may have pushed things to fifty-fifty. Source: ZakZak 10/14/2015 [10/14 @ 1:01am] The media learned the Tigers met Kanemoto for their third meeting in Tokyo after the team's season officially ended on October 12. The two sides appear no closer to an agreement. The organization does not want to rush a decision, but is also working against the clock. Source: Sanspo 10/13/2015, Sports Hochi 10/13/2015, Daily Sports 10/13/2015, Sponichi 10/13/2015 ... Kanemoto may be leaning toward accepting the Tigers' offer. A final decision could be made some time around October 20. [10/11 @ 8:47am] The Tigers would not mind talking to Kanemoto over the phone everyday until their next meeting. Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2015 [10/10 @ 3:59am] The Tigers are currently waiting to hear back from Kanemoto. Source: Chunichi Sports 10/9/2015, Daily Sports 10/9/2015 ... Details still need to be worked out, but Kanemoto might have his decision ready sometime around the end of the Climax Series. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2015 [10/09 @ 8:14am] The Tigers are planning to keep negotiations and plans for 2016 season under wraps until after the postseason, out of respect for the current staff. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2015 ... The Tigers were unable to talk about specifics during their first meeting with Kanemoto. They spent all of the first meeting trying to express their passion and sincerity. Their next meeting will move toward more specific issues, like the coaching staff, team development, and overall terms. Source: Daily Sports 10/8/2015 ... The Tigers met Kanemoto at a hotel in Hyogo on October 8. Their second meeting lasted about five hours. Negotiations are ongoing, still no major developments. Source: Daily Sports 10/9/2015 ... According to a report by Sports Hochi, Kanemoto might try to provide the Tigers with decision before the Climax Series because he should know that every day that goes by means less time for the team to make preparations for 2016, especially important if he chooses to turn down their offer. Source: Sports Hochi 10/8/2015 [10/08 @ 9:12am] If the team is really serious about rebuilding the team with Kanemoto as manager, they might have to offer him more than three years. A complete rebuild will take more than a couple of years and Kanemoto might not feel enough security to sign a three-year deal. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2015 [10/08 @ 9:05am] The parent company could be willing to inject a large amount of money (up to about a billion yen) into the team to show their support for Kanemoto, according to a report by Tokyo Sports. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/7/2015 [10/08 @ 9:03am] The Tigers may set a soft deadline for negotiations -- they could move on to another candidate if they do not receive a decision by their third meeting. Source: ZakZak 10/7/2015 [10/07 @ 7:31am] The Tigers appear to be okay with making significant changes to the coaching staff. They are other making other adjustments to their offer to make sure Kanemoto has the support he feels he needs to succeed. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/6/2015 [10/06 @ 7:11am] There could be be a couple of roadblocks in negotiations. One involves the coaching staff: the Tigers were suggesting a few minor changes to the staff while Kanemoto reportedly wants a complete overhaul with a fresh set of eyes from outside of the organization. Hanshin might not be against the idea of hitting the reset button on the coaching staff, but the cost of hiring from outside the organization might be too much for their budget. The other could involve timing: Kanemoto is wondering if it might still be too soon to take on a managing job. If negotiations between the two sides falter, the Tigers could fall to their back-up candidate: Akinobu Okada. Source: Sanspo 10/5/2015 [10/05 @ 11:40pm] Kanemoto was a guest at a PTA conference for the Tohoku region on October 4. He answered a few questions and talked a little about his thoughts regarding the Tigers' offer. He also said that he still felt like taking things easy because he spent so much of his life living and breathing baseball and that he was enjoying retirement and the extra time he has with his kids. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/5/2015 [10/05 @ 10:15am] The Tigers could meet Kanemoto for a second meeting some time early this week. Source: Sanspo 10/4/2015 [10/04 @ 1:21am] Kanemoto is apparently worried that the job might be too much for him to handle, especially since he has no experience managing or coaching. Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2015 [10/03 @ 1:52am] Team officials met Kanemoto at a hotel in Hyogo for about two hours on October 1. The first meeting was most likely about gauging interest. Whatever the Tigers learned will probably be used to help them figure out what it will take to sign Kanemoto. Source: Daily Sports 10/2/2015, Sponichi 10/2/2015 [10/01 @ 1:40pm] Team officials met for about two hours on September 30 and got the green light to make Kanemoto their top managerial choice. The two sides could meet as early as October 5. The Tigers' offer will most likely be for three or more years. Source: Daily Sports 10/1/2015, Sponichi 10/1/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/1/2015 [10/01 @ 3:50am] The Tigers announced that Wada will be stepping down as manager at the end of the season. Kanemoto is reportedly the top candidate to replace Wada. They could offer him a muti-year deal (as many as five years). Source: Daily Sports 9/30/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/30/2015, Daily Sports 9/30/2015, Sanspo 9/30/2015Tokyo Sports 9/30/2015Asahi Shimbun 9/30/2015 [09/30 @ 7:48am] Officials are scheduled to meet on September 30 to discuss manager/coaching staff changes. The Tigers are expected to make an announced about Wada's decision to step down after the season once the standings become set. Source: Sanspo 9/30/2015 [09/30 @ 1:11am] Kanemoto may currently be the front runner. Top officials are expected to meet within the next few days to finalize the decision. An offer could be made shortly thereafter. Okada is also considered a strong candidate. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2015 ... The Tigers have narrowed down their top candidate to Kanemoto. They see him as a long-term solution and could offer him a three-year deal. Source: Sponichi 9/29/2015 ... Kanemoto is interested in coaching/managing, but he is not sure if the current Hanshin team is the best situation for him. Incidentally, it seems his family is also against the idea of him managing the team because of how difficult things might be. Kanemoto was offered a position last year, but turned it down because he was enjoying his freedom. If he wanted to return to the field, he would have done it last year. Still, he is interested and wants to give back to the team. Source: Tokyo Sports 9/29/2015 [09/29 @ 12:22am] The Tigers are expected to announce that Wada is stepping down as manager as soon as the Central League standings are set. Source: Sponichi 9/28/2015, [09/28 @ 3:22pm] According to Sanspo, Wada is thinking about stepping down as manager at the end of the season. He believes he is responsible for the team's performance. Kanemoto could be the front-runner to replace Wada. The Tigers are interested in rebuilding the team and they feel the former star could help pull things together while keeping fans interested. They could offer him a long-term three-year deal. Source: Sanspo 9/28/2015, Sanspo 9/28/2015 [09/28 @ 7:42am] The Tigers will mostly likely part ways with Wada at this point. They will probably wait to make their final decision until after the standings become set. Once the decision is made, they will quickly work on narrowing down their list of candidates. If the team makes the Climax Series, they will probably keep things quiet out of consideration for the current staff. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/27/2015 [09/28 @ 7:12am] Kanemoto is surprised his name is being mentioned by the media and is curious where they got their information. Source: Sanspo 9/27/2015 [09/27 @ 11:58am] The Tigers could meet with Wada as early as October 5 (last game of the regular season). If the Tigers make the Climax Series, they may not wait to make their decision. If Wada wants to return next year, it might be more important for him to focus on a second place finish than what might happen during the Climax Series. Source: Sponichi 9/26/2015 [09/26 @ 6:05pm] The Tigers could be down to three options to replace Wada: Tomoaki Kanemoto, Masayuki Kakefu, and Akinobu Okada. Source: Tokyo Sports 9/26/2015 [09/26 @ 3:49pm] Tomoaki Kanemoto could be the Tigers top choice to replace Wada. Masayuki Kakefu is a popular choice among fans and is also thought to be a strong candidate. Source: Sports Hochi 9/26/2015 [09/26 @ 3:45pm] If the Tigers make changes to the coaching staff, it will most likely be a major overhaul. Source: Daily Sports 9/26/2015 [09/26 @ 3:42pm] The Tigers are reportedly planning to let go of Wada and hire a new manager. A big reason for this is the team once again losing steam toward the end of the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/26/2015 [09/25] Front office officials may have discussed Wada's fate on September 24. Tomoaki Kanemoto and Masayuki Kakefu could be candidates to replace Wada. Source: Daily Sports 9/25/2015 [09/25] Akinobu Okada and Akihiro Yano could also be considered candidates. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/25/2015 [09/25] Wada could be on his way out if the team fails to finish in second place or better. Source: Tokyo Sports 9/25/2015 [09/24] The front office was happy with how the team was playing in August. They felt comfortable with the idea of bringing Wada back in 2016. Since then, the team has hit a bit of rut: 6-11-1 in September, and more recently, 2-7-1. Wada's job may once again be in jeopardy. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/24/2015
Hiroshima Ogata, Koichi
(no change)
[10/09 @ 7:51am] Hiroshima is planning to stay with Ogata in 2016. The manager is also looking forward to another chance to win next year. Source: Daily Sports 10/9/2015 ... Owner Hajime Matsuda promised to continue supporting the team by bringing in new players that might be needed. Source: Daily Sports 10/9/2015
Chunichi Tanishige, Motonobu
(no change)
[09/19] The Dragons were considering all their options at manager at one point, but owner Bungo Shirai told reporters on September 18 that they were not going to back out of their contract with Tanishige. Said Shirai, "I read [the contract]. We can't back out of it." When asked if they might consider a buyout, he said that wasn't an option. Tanishige signed a four-year deal after the 2013 off-season. Source: Sports Hochi 9/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/19/2015
Yokohama Nakahata, Kiyoshi
(stepping down,
Alex Ramirez to
take over as next
manager)
[10/22 @ 12:06am] The Bay Stars held a press conference to introduce Ramirez on October 21. More coverage [10/19 @ 12:17am] According to Daily Sports, Tatsunori Hara is now a potential candidate. Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2015 [10/17 @ 4:41pm] Bobby Rose could be a top candidate. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2015 [10/17 @ 1:45am] Trey Hillman could be a top candidate. Source: Sports Hochi 10/16/2015 [10/16 @ 2:57pm] Team owner Jun Ikeda told reporters on October 15 that the team was planning to reach out to managerial candidates early next week. They still have ten candidates on their list. Source: Sanspo 10/16/2015 [10/14 @ 9:57pm] Team president Jun Ikeda told reporters on October 13 that he had nothing new to report. General manager Shigeru Takada is more or less in charge of hiring the next manager. Source: Daily Sports 10/14/2015 [10/10 @ 4:20am] The media learned on October 8 that Trey Hillman's name could be on Yokohama's list of candidates. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2015 [10/10 @ 3:45am] The Bay Stars are hoping to finalize their manager situation by the start of fall camp on November 6. If possible, they would like the new manager to meet the team there. They are not worried about the draft, since most of that can be handled by the general manager and scouts. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2015 [10/04 @ 7:27am] Team president Jun Ikeda told reporters on October 7 that they prefer candidates with ties to Yokohama. Candidates they will have to work with what is available and will be expected to compete next year. Source: Daily Sports 10/8/2015 ... Ikeda told reporters on October 8 that a number of foreign names with NPB experience were on their list of managerial candidates. Sports Hochi 10/8/2015 ... Robert Rose is a candidate, according to a report by Sponichi. Source: Sponichi 10/8/2015 [10/08 @ 8:41am] The Bay Stars are placing greater emphasis on candidates focused on winning over someone that thinks a lot about the fans. They currently have about ten candidates. Source: Sports Hochi 10/7/2015, Sponichi 10/7/2015 [10/06 @ 5:00pm] Sports journalist Yoshifumi Ejiri thinks the best candidates to replace Nakahata are Kazuhiro Sasaki and Alex Ramirez. He is also against Daisuke Miura becoming a player/manager based on past history. Source: ZakZak 10/6/2015 [10/05 @ 7:56pm] The Bay Stars are hoping to begin narrowing down candidates this week. Source: Sponichi 10/5/2015 [10/05 @ 10:04am] Head coach Tatsuya Shindo is also a managerial candidate. Source: Sanspo 10/5/2015 [10/04 @ 6:27pm] Alex Ramirez and Masumi Kuwata are possible managerial candidates. Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2015 [10/03 @ 11:54pm] Nakahata formally announced that he was stepping down after the last game of the season on October 3. Source: official announcement [10/02] Nakahata met with team officials on October 2 and told them he wanted to take responsibility for the season by stepping down. Alex Ramirez, Atsuya Furuta, and Daisuke Miura are among potential candidates. Source: Daily Sports 10/2/2015, Sponichi 10/2/2015 [09/25] Nakahata still seems to be wavering with his decision. Source: Tokyo Sports 9/25/2015 [09/24] Team president Jun Ikeda once again confirmed to reporters on September 23 that they still wanted Nakahata to return in 2016, regardless of where the team finished in the standings. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/24/2015 [09/24] Nakahata is hoping to talk to owner Tomoko Namba after the season ends. Source: Daily Sports 9/24/2015 [09/24] Nakahata is most likely planning to return next year because he feels the team was sincere about wanting him back. He also also reportedly started laying basic groundwork for 2016. Source: Sports Hochi 9/24/2015 [09/20] Nakahata may have dropped a clue about his decision when he said to reporters on September 19, "They don't have the stamina to make it a full season. Fall [camp] is going to rough. I'll run them ragged." Source: Sponichi 9/20/2015 [09/15] Nakahata told reporters that he appreciated team owner Tomoko Namba's continued support, even though the team was not doing well. Source: Sanspo 9/15/2015 [09/15] The Bay Stars are not planning to look into other managerial options until they receive Nakahata's decision. Source: Sanspo 9/15/2015
Softbank Kudo, Kimiyasu
(no change)
[09/18] Kudo is in the first year of a three-year deal. Team president Yoshimitsu Goto confirmed to reporters on September 17 that he wanted Kudo to handle the team again from the start of spring camp next year. Source: Sanspo 9/18/2015, Sponichi 9/18/2015
Orix Fukura, Junichi
(promoted to
full-time manager,
one-year contract)
[10/01 @ 9:34pm] The Buffaloes announced that they promoted Fukura to full-time manager and added So Taguchi as Ni-gun manager. Source: official announcement [10/01 @ 3:08am] Orix is expected to announce on October 1 that they decided to promote interim manager Fukura to full-time manager. Source: Sponichi 9/30/2015, Jiji Press 9/30/2015 [09/30 @ 8:15am] The Buffaloes are in the final stages of deciding their manager for the 2016 season. Fukura will most likely be promoted to full-time manager. The Buffaloes are also planning to offer So Taguchi a position on the staff. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2015 [09/22] There is a good chance interim manager Junichi Fukura will become the next full-time manager. A final decision has not yet been made, but he is considered the front-runner of his knowledge of the team. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/22/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/22/2015 [09/15] Owner Yoshihiko Miyauchi put the focus on the remainder of the season when reporters asked him about the team's managerial plans for next season. Masataka Nashida, Alex Ramirez, and So Taguchi are possible candidates. Source: Daily Sports 9/15/2015
Nippon Ham Kuriyama, Hideki
(asked and agreed
to return)
[10/20 @ 7:15pm] The Fighters announced that they signed Kuriyama to a new one-year deal extension. Source: official announcement [10/14 @ 1:17am] The Fighters once again asked Kuriyama to return in 2016 after the season officially ended on October 12. He did not formally accept the offer, but is expected to agree. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2015 [10/12 @ 10:27pm] Kuriyama accepted Nippon Ham's offer to return in 2016. The two sides will most likely agree to a one-year deal. An official announcement will be made around October 20, when Kuriyama is slated to meet the team owner. Source: Daily Sports 10/12/2015, Daily Sports 10/12/2015 [10/07 @ 7:06am] The media learned on October 5 that the Fighters are planning to formally ask Kuriyama to return in 2016 after the postseason. Source: Sponichi 10/6/2015 [09/18] Kuriyama signed a one-year extension before the start of the season. The Fighters would like him to return in 2016. They will most likely offer him another extension after the season. Kuriyama is expected to accept. Source: Daily Sports 9/18/2015
Lotte Ito, Tsutomu
(asked and agreed
to return)
[10/09 @ 7:12am] The media learned on October 7 that Ito formally accepted Lotte's offer to return next year. He most likely agreed to a one-year deal. [10/05 @ 7:54pm] Ito told reporters on October 4 there was no reason for him to turn down the extension. He is expected to accept the offer within the next few days. Source: Sponichi 10/5/2015 [10/04 @ 7:12pm] Ito met team president Shinya Yamamuro after the Nippon Ham game on October 4. He was formally asked to return next season. Source: Sponichi 10/4/2015 [09/15] When reporters asked Ito about 2016 on September 15, he replied, "Everything depends on where this ends. Right now, that's what we're focused on." Source: Sponichi 9/15/2015 [09/15] Ito is in the final year of a three-year deal. The Marines have not made a decision about Ito in 2016. Owner representative Akio Shigemitsu has final say over whether or not he returns. Team president Shinya Yamamuro told reporters it might be necessary to start over from scratch. He also said whether the team makes the Climax Series or not will likely factor into the decision. Source: Sanspo 9/15/2015, Daily Sports 9/15/2015 [09/15] Sponichi seems to think there there is a decent chance Lotte signs Ito to an extension, even if the team finishes in fourth place. Source: Sponichi 9/15/2015
Seibu Tanabe, Norio
(one-year extension)
[10/01 @ 9:46pm] The Lions announced on October 1 that they signed Tanabe to a one-year extension. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/1/2015, Sponichi 10/1/2015 [09/25] The Lions like what Tanabe has done so far. He is still considered a bridge to their long-term solution: Tetsuya Shiozaki. Their plan is to bring in Shiozaki in 2017 and rely on Tanabe to hold down the fort and develop the team until then. Source: Tokyo Sports 9/25/2015 [09/25] There is a good chance Tanabe will return as manager in 2016. The Lions will most likely wait to make their final decision until after the last game of the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/25/2015
Rakuten Okubo, Hirotomo
(stepping down,
Nashida named
as replacement)
[10/08 @ 6:29pm] The Eagles held a press conference earlier today to introduce Nashida as their new manager. Source: official announcement [10/07 @ 7:04am] Nashida visited Rakuten headquarters in Tokyo on October 6 to meet owner Hiroshi Mikitani. Senichi Hoshino and Yozo Tachibana were also in attendance. The Eagles will hold a press conference in Sendai on October 8 to formally introduce Nashida as their new manager. He is expected to participate in the draft on October 22 and fall camp in Kurashiki next month. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/6/2015, Sponichi 10/6/2015 [10/01 @ 3:31am] The media learned on September 30 that Nashida received and accepted what may be a multi-year offer to become the new Rakuten manager. An announcement will be made at the end of the season. Source: Daily Sports 9/30/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/30/2015, Sponichi 9/30/2015 [09/30 @ 12:50am] The Eagles held a board meeting on September 29 and likely approved the decision to offer Nashida the managerial job. Nashida is expected to accept the offer. Source: Sponichi 9/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/29/2015 [09/29 @ 12:06am] According to a number of reports, the Eagles have narrowed down their managerial candidate to Masataka Nashida. The selection is expected to pass approval at a board of directors meeting on September 29. Source: Sports Hochi 9/28/2015, Sponichi 9/28/2015, Daily Sports 9/28/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/28/2015 [09/28 @ 7:22am] According to Nikkan Sports, the Eagles could hire Yoda as an Ichi-gun pitching coach and promote Ni-gun chief coach Toru Nimura to Ichi-gun head coach. This is in addition to naming Nashida their next manager. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/27/2015 [09/28 @ 12:08am] The Eagles are reportedly close to narrowing down their top candidate. Nashida could be the front-runner. Source: Chunichi Sports 9/27/2015, Daily Sports 9/27/2015 [09/24] Nashida could be the front-runner. If he is, the team could offer Yoda a job as pitching coach. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/24/2015 [09/24] Sports Hochi also believes Nashida is the lead candidate. Source: Sports Hochi 9/24/2015 [09/24] Nikkan Sports is now also reporting that Nashida is the front runner to replace Okubo. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/24/2015 [09/23] Senichi Hoshino is in charge of hiring the team's next manager. Source: Sports Hochi 9/23/2015 [09/23] According to Daily Sports, Tsuyoshi Yoda is the front-runner for the job. Sponichi thinks Masataka Nashida is the lead candidate. Sanspo to Kazuyoshi Tatsunami as the main choice with other like Yoda as possibilities as well. Source: Daily Sports 9/23/2015, Sponichi 9/23/2015, Sanspo 9/23/2015 [09/22] Okubo officially told the media that he intended to resign after the season. He has already informed the organization, players, and coaches. Source: Sponichi 9/22/2015

NPB Coaching Staff Rumor Mill

  • [01/16 @ 10:19pm] CHUNICHI - The Dragons announced that they added Kenta Asakura to their Ni-gun staff as a pitching coach. He was assigned the uniform number 97. Source: Sponichi 1/16/2016
  • COMPLETE STAFF [11/30 @ 5:15pm] NIPPON HAM - The Fighters released their 2016 Ichi-gun and Ni-gun coaching staff.
  • [11/29 @ 4:53pm] NIPPON HAM - The Fighters held a press conference on November 29 and announced the addition of Masato Yoshii to their staff as an Ichi-gun pitching coach. Yoshii was assigned the uniform number 81. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2015, Daily Sports 11/29/2015
  • [11/28 @ 4:05am] NIPPON HAM - The Fighters are scheduled to hold a press conference to announce the addition of Masato Yoshii as a pitching coach on November 29. Source: Sponichi 11/27/2015
  • [11/26 @ 12:22pm] NIPPON HAM - The Fighters are planning to offer Masato Yoshii a job as pitching coaching. Yoshii left Softbank after the Nippon Series to focus on his master's thesis. He is expected to finish his studies at the University of Tsukuba's Graduate School next spring. Source: Sanspo 11/26/2015
  • OFFICIAL [11/25 @ 7:48am] YOMIURI - The Giants announced that they added Ikuo Anabuki to their staff as a San-gun training coach. Source: official announcement
  • OFFICIAL [11/13 @ 10:24pm] CHUNICHI - The Dragons announced that they added Hideji Kato to their staff as a chief hitting/general position players coach. Source: official announcement
  • OFFICIAL [11/09 @ 5:52pm] SOFTBANK - The Hawks announced the addition of two more coaches to their staff: Koichi Sekikawa (Ichi-gun roving general position players coach) and Hiroshi Takamura (Ni-gun pitching coach). Source: official announcement
  • COMPLETE STAFF [11/05 @ 9:46pm] YAKULT - The Swallows released their 2016 Ichi-gun and Ni-gun coaching staff.
  • COMPLETE STAFF [ 11/03 @ 9:53pm] SOFTBANK - The Hawks released their 2016 Ichi-gun and Ni-gun coaching staff.
  • OFFICIAL [11/03 @ 9:48pm] SOFTBANK - The Hawks announced that Ichi-gun pitching coach Masato Yoshii and San-gun infield/base coach Homare Inamine will no be returning next season. Source: official announcement ... Yoshii was asked to return next season as a San-gun coach, but he decided to step down because there were other things he wanted to do (like finish the graduate program he started in 2014). Inamine will remain with the Hawks as a scout. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2015Nikkan Sports 11/3/2015, Tokyo Sports 11/3/2015
  • OFFICIAL [11/01 @ 4:11pm] CHUNICHI - The Dragons announced that they added Ikki Shimamura to their staff as a hitting coach. Source: official announcement ... Shimamura was assigned the uniform number 79. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2015
  • [11/01 @ 10:25am] SOFTBANK - The Hawks are thinking about offering Hiroshi Takamura a job on their coaching staff. San-gun battery coach Masaumi Shimizu will be reassigned to Ichi-gun and Ichi-gun battery coach Tetsuya Matoyama will be placed in charge of the farm system. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2015
  • [10/31 @ 11:03pm] HANSHIN - Ken Takahashi is slated to join the staff as  Ni-gun pitching coach. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2015
  • [10/31 @ 12:54pm] ORIX - The Buffaloes announced three additions to their conditioning staff: Watari Sumida will be a conditioning director and will be in charge of training development, Motoaki Hirano will be in charge of training development, and Akinori Maruo will be a trainer. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2015
  • [10/31 @ 12:37pm] SOFTBANK - The Hawks are planning to offer Koichi Sekikawa a job as a coach, most likely at the Ichi-gun level. No other changes are scheduled for the Ichi-gun coaching staff. There could be assignment changes between Ni-gun and San-gun coaching staffs. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2015 ... According to Daily Sports, Softbank is planning a couple of reassignments between Ichi-gun and Ni-gun staff: Ni-gun pitchinig coach Shinji Kurano to Ichi-gun, Ichi-gun battery coach Tetsuya Matoyama to Ni-gun. Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2015
  • COMPLETE STAFF [10/30 @ 5:28pm] YOKOHAMA - The Bay Stars released their 2016 Ichi-gun and Ni-gun coaching staff.
  • [10/30 @ 11:59am] YAKULT - The Swallows announced that Kenji Miyamoto will be their Ni-gun manager next year. Yuichi Matsumoto will be joining the staff as a Ni-gun hitting coach. Source: Sponichi 10/30/2015 ... Infield/base coach Hajime Miki will be reassigned to head coach. Advance scout Kenichi Oshio will be reassigned to bench coach. Source: Sanspo 10/30/2015
  • COMPLETE STAFF [10/29 @ 6:48pm] LOTTE - The Marines released their 2016 Ichi-gun and Ni-gun coaching staff.
  • OFFICIAL [10/29 @ 6:46pm] LOTTE - The Marines announced that they added Shingo Ono and Iwao Omura to their coaching staff. Ono as a Ni-gun pitching coach and Omura as a Ni-gun hitting coach. Source: official announcement, official announcement
  • OFFICIAL [10/29 @ 6:22pm] YOKOHAMA - The Bay Stars announced that they added Michio Aoyama and Atsushi Kizuka to their coaching staff. Positions will be released at a later date. Source: official announcement, official announcement
  • [10/28 @ 11:47pm] LOTTE - Iwao Omura is set to become the Marines' Ni-gun hitting coach. Source: Sponichi 10/28/2015
  • OFFICIAL [10/28 @ 10:48pm] LOTTE - The Marines announced that training coach Koichi Osako will not be returning next season. Source: official announcement
  • COMPLETE STAFF [10/28 @ 7:02pm] HIROSHIMA - The Carp released their 2016 Ichi-gun and Ni-gun coaching staff.
  • [10/28 @ 4:07pm] YAKULT - The media learned on October 27 that Seiji Tomashino will be joining the Swallows as a Ni-gun outfield/base coach. Ni-gun outfield/base coach Katsuyuki Dobashi and Ni-gun pitching coach Futoshi Yamabe will not be returning next year. Dobashi is set to join the front office. Source: Sanspo 10/28/2015
  • OFFICIAL [10/28 @ 4:01pm] YOKOHAMA - The Bay Stars announced that they added Yasuo Nagaike and Hirofumi Ogawa to their coaching staff. Coaching positions will be released at a later date. Source: official announcement, official announcement
  • [10/27 @ 10:37pm] YOKOHAMA - The Eagles could offer Yasuo Nagaike a job as Ni-gun infield/base coach. Ni-gun infield/base coach Takashi Manei will most likely be reassigned to Ichi-gun infield/base coach and Ichi-gun outfield/base coach Masaaki Koike will most likely be reassigned to Ni-gun hitting coach. Source: Sponichi 10/27/2015
  • [10/27 @ 10:33pm] YOMIURI - 2015 head coach Masahiro Kawai could be reassigned to San-gun manager. Source: Sponichi 10/27/2015
  • OFFICIAL [10/27 @ 9:26pm] HANSHIN - The Tigers held a press conference on October 27 to introduce Akihiro Yano as their new Ichi-gun strategy/battery coach. Source: official announcement
  • COMPLETE STAFF [10/27 @ 4:59pm] YOMIURI - The Giants released their 2016 Ichi-gun and Ni-gun coaching staff.
  • OFFICIAL [10/27 @ 4:41pm] HIROSHIMA - The Carp held a press conference to introduce Yusuke Kawada as their new Ichi-gun outfield/base coach. Source: official announcementDaily Sports 10/27/2015
  • OFFICIAL [10/27 @ 4:26pm] LOTTE - The Marines announced that Ni-gun manager Michio Aoyama will not be returning next season and that Ni-gun hitting coach Norihito Yamashita will be taking over as Ni-gun manager. Source: official announcement
  • [10/27 @ 4:14pm] YOKOHAMA - Ni-gun general/outfield/base coach Itaru Ninomiya is set to take over as Ni-gun manager. Michio Aoyama will be brought in as Ni-gun general/outfield/base coach. Yasuo Nagaike will be brought in as Ni-gun infield/base coach. Source: Sports Hochi 10/27/2015
  • [10/27 @ 2:48pm] LOTTE - Ni-gun manager Michio Aoyama will not be returning next season. Ni-gun hitting coach Norihito Yamashita will take over as new Ni-gun manager. Source: Daily Sports 10/27/2015
  • [10/27 @ 2:45pm] HANSHIN - Satoru Kanemura is expected to join the staff as an Ichi-gun pitching coach after Yutaka Ono turned down the offer. Source: Daily Sports 10/27/2015
  • [10/27 @ 2:41pm] HANSHIN - The Tigers offered new Ni-gun manager Masayuki Kakefu his old uniform number 31. Source: Daily Sports 10/27/2015
  • [10/27 @ 11:11am] YOMIURI - General coach Shinichi Murata could be reassigned to head coach. Ichi-gun pitching coach Masaki Saito could be sent down to Ni-gun. Ni-gun general pitching coach Takao Obana could be called up to Ichi-gun. Ichi-gun pitching coach Kiyoshi Toyoda could stay put. Source: Sanspo 10/26/2015
  • [10/27 @ 11:08am] YOKOHAMA - Scout Atsushi Kikuzka could join Takayuki Shinohara as Ichi-gun pitches coaches for the Bay Stars in 2016. Source: Sanspo 10/26/2015
  • [10/27 @ 11:06am] HIROSHIMA -  The Carp announced that they added Yusuke Kawada to their coaching staff. Source: Sanspo 10/26/2015
  • [10/27 @ 12:51am] YOMIURI - The Giants could offer Tomohiro Nioka a job on the coaching staff. Source: Sponichi 10/26/2015
  • [10/27 @ 12:44am] HANSHIN - Ni-gun pitching coach Isao Koda could be promoted to chief Ichi-gun pitching coach. Ni-gun chief pitching coach Yasuo Kubo will stay put. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2015
  • [10/27 @ 12:39am] HANSHIN - Head coach Nobuhiro Takashiro will most likely retain his job as third base coach next season. Source: Daily Sports 10/26/2015
  • [10/27 @ 12:37am] HANSHIN - Masayuki Kakefu officially signed a contract as Ni-gun manager on October 26. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2015, Daily Sports 10/26/2015, Sponichi 10/26/2015
  • OFFICIAL [10/26 @ 6:44pm] YOKOHAMA - The Bay Stars announced on October 26 that they added Hidekazu Mitsuyama and Keishi Asano to their coaching staff. Coaching positions will be released at a later date. Source: official announcement, official announcement
  • [10/26 @ 2:31am] HANSHIN - Masayuki Kakefu would like the uniform number 85 when he becomes Ni-gun manager. The 85 is for the year Randy Bass, Kakefu, and Akinobu Okada hit home runs out to center in back-to-back-to-back at bats. It is also for the year the Tigers won their only Nippon Series. The number is currently not is use. Source: Sanspo 10/25/2015
  • [10/26 @ 12:48am] HANSHIN - Norihiro Akahoshi may be interested in a coaching job, but when he spoke to reporters on October 25, he indicated that he was still dealing with issues from the central spinal cord injury that he suffered  in 2009. Source: Daily Sports 10/25/2015
  • [10/26 @ 12:35am] HANSHIN - Hanshin is planning to reassign Ni-gun outfield base/coach Yutaka Nakamura to Ichi-gun outfield/base coach. Source: Daily Sports 10/25/2015
  • [10/25 @ 10:44pm] HIROSHIMA - The Carp are planning to reassign Ichi-gun fielding/base coach Takuro Ishii to Ichi-gun hitting coach. Source: Sports Hochi 10/25/2015
  • [10/25 @ 12:02pm] YOKOHAMA - The Bay Stars could offer scout Atsushi Kizuka a job as a pitching coach. Source: Sponichi 10/24/2015
  • [10/24 @ 10:45pm] HANSHIN - Ni-gun pitching coach Isao Koda could be reassigned to Ichi-gun pitching coach. Ni-gun chief pitching coach Yasuo Kubo could also be reassigned to Ichi-gun. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/24/2015
  • [10/24 @ 3:55am] HANSHIN - Keiichi Hirano could join the Hanshin staff as a Ni-gun fielding/base coach. Source: Daily Sports 10/24/2015
  • [10/24 @ 6:27am] HANSHIN - The media learned on October 22 that the Tigers are planning to offer Makoto Imaoka a job as Ni-gun general coach. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/23/2015
  • [10/23 @ 6:15pm] HANSHIN - The media learned on October 21 that the Tigers are thinking about offering Kazuhisa Kawaguchi a job as Ichi-gun pitching coach. Source: Sanspo 10/22/2015
  • OFFICIAL [10/23 @ 3:22pm] NIPPON HAM - The Fighters announced that they added Shinji Takahashi to their staff as a catcher coach/assistant hitting coach. Source: official announcement
  • OFFICIAL [10/23 @ 12:53am] YOKOHAMA - The Bay Stars announced that they added Yoshinori Ueda to their coaching staff. Additional details will be released at a later date. Source: official announcement
  • OFFICIAL [10/23 @ 12:50am - YOKOHAMA - The Bay Stars announced that they received and accepted Ikki Shimamura's letter of resignation as Ni-gun hitting/Ikusei coach. Source: official announcement
  • OFFICIAL [10/23 @ 12:47am] YOMIURI - The Giants announced that Ichi-gun infield/base coach Hironori Suguro, Ichi-gun hitting coach Takayuki Shimizu, and Ichi-gun training coach Hisashi Shirasaka will not be returning next season. Source: official announcement
  • [10/22 @ 10:17am] HANSHIN - The Tigers are planning to add Teruyoshi Kuji to their staff as an Ichi-gun infield/base coach. Ni-gun hitting coach Osamu Hamanaka could be reassigned to Ichi-gun hitting coach. Makoto Imaoka could be added to the staff as a Ni-gun general coach. Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2015
  • [10/22 @ 9:25am] HANSHIN - There is a good chance battery coach Katsuhiko Yamada will be reassigned to Ni-gun battery coach. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2015
  • [10/21 @ 5:51pm] HANSHIN - Makoto Imaoka could join the staff, possibly as a hitting coach. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2015
  • [10/21 @ 5:16pm] HANSHIN - Akihiro Yano and Atsushi Kataoka could join the staff as coaches. Yano as battery/strategy coach and Kataoka as hitting coach. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2015, Sponichi 10/21/2015
  • [10/21 @ 5:03pm] HANSHIN - The Tigers are planning to offer development coordinator Masayuki Kakefu a job as Ni-gun manager. Source: Chunichi Sports 10/21/2015, ZakZak 10/21/2015, Daily Sports 10/21/2015, Sports Hochi 10/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/21/2015
  • [10/21 @ 7:29am] NIPPON HAM - The Fighters are planning to swap Ichi-gun hitting coach with Takaya Hayashi with Ni-gun hitting coach Noriyuki Shiroishi. They are also planning to add Shinji Takahashi as an Ichi-gun hitting coach/battery coach. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2015
  • OFFICIAL [10/20 @ 7:54pm] ORIX - The Buffaloes announced that they added Naoyuki Kazaoka to their staff as an infield/base coach. Source: official announcement
  • [10/20 @ 8:56am] YAKULT - The Swallows are not planning to offer Ni-gun pitching coach Futoshi Yamabe and Ni-gun outfield/base coach Katsuyuki Dobashi contracts for the 2016 season. Source: Sanspo 10/19/2015
  • [10/19 @ 11:41pm] YAKULT - Akimitsu Ito will not be returning as Ni-gun manager in 2016. The Swallows could offer him a position in the front office. Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2015
  • [10/19 @ 11:39pm] CHUNICHI - Bullpen catcher Yoshio Koyama could be reassigned to Ichi-gun battery coach. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2015, Daily Sports 10/19/2015
  • OFFICIAL [10/19 @ 11:15pm] HANSHIN - The Tigers announced that Ni-gun battery coach Yasuo Yoshida will not be returning next year. Source: official announcement
  • [10/19 @ 10:12am] HANSHIN - Now that Tomoaki Kanemoto has agreed to become manager, the Tigers will shift their focus on refilling their coaching staff. There are a number of possibilities, including Akihiro Yano, Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi, and Norihiro Akahoshi. Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2015 ... The Tigers are planning to renew their contracts with head coach Katsuo Hirata and strategy/infield/base coach Nobuhiro Takashiro. It is uncertain what positions they will be offered. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2015 ... The Tigers could also renew their contract with battery coach Katsuhiko Yamada. Source: Sanspo 10/18/2015
  • [10/19 @ 12:30am] YAKULT - The Swallows are thinking about offering Seiji Tomashino a Ni-gun coaching job. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2015
  • [10/19 @ 12:27am] YOMIURI - Coach Shinichi Murata is not planning to return in 2016 because he was unable to help the manager win. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2015
  • [10/19 @ 12:15am] ORIX - The Buffaloes are planning to make changes to their training and conditioning staff. Six of eleven staff members might not return in 2016. Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2015
  • OFFICIAL [10/18 @ 1:04am] CHUNICHI - The Dragons held a press conference for new pitching coach Ikuo Takayama on October 17. Source: official announcement ... Takayama is set to become a Ni-gun pitching coach. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/17/2015
  • [10/17 @ 4:37pm] YOKOHAMA: Pitching coach Takeo Kawamura and battery coach Shinji Niinuma will be moving to the front office. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2015
  • [10/17 @ 4:27pm] NIPPON HAM: The Fighters are planning to swap Ichi-gun outfield/base coach Toshimasa Konta with Ni-gun outfield/base coach Shinichi Kawana. The change will be announced after other roles are reviewed and assessed. Source: Nikkan Sorts 10/17/2015
  • [10/17 @ 4:21pm] CHUNICHI: The Dragons are planning to offer Hideji Kato a job as a coach. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2015
  • [10/17 @ 4:17pm] SOFTBANK: The media learned on October 16 that the Hawks are planning to offer Koichi Sekikawa a job. They have not yet decided on a position, but it will most likely be as a coach. Source: Sanspo 10/17/2015
  • [10/17 @ 4:05pm] CHUNICHI: The Dragons added Ikuo Takayama to their staff as Ni-gun chief pitching coach. Source: Sports Hochi 10/17/2015, Sanspo 10/17/2015
  • OFFICIAL [10/17 @ 3:53pm] HANSHIN: The Tigers announced that hitting coach Mitsunobu Takahashi will not be returning in 2016. Source: official announcement
  • [10/17 @ 1:42am] CHUNICHI: The Dragons are planning to shuffle a number of coaching between Ichi-gun and Ni-gun. Ichi-gun general coach Hatsuhiko Tsuji and Ichi-gun chief hitting coach/outfield/base coach Kiyoyuki Nagashima will be send down to Ni-gun. Ni-gun manager Takahiro Saeki, Hiroyuki Watanabe, and Ni-gun infield/base coach and Hidenori will be sent up to Ichi-gun. Source: Sports Hochi 10/16/2015
  • [10/17 @ 1:25am] HANSHIN: The Tigers could offer Yutaka Ono a job as pitching coach. Ono and managerial candidate Tomoaki Kanemoto were teammates with Hiroshima between 1992 and 1998. Source: Sports Hochi 10/16/2015, Tokyo Sports 10/16/2015
  • OFFICIAL [10/17 @ 1:18am] HANSHIN: The Tigers announced that Ni-gun chief hitting coach Hiroshi Yagi will not be returning in 2016. Source: official announcement
  • [10/15 @ 11:55pm] HANSHIN: Ni-gun chief hitting coach Hiroshi Yagi and Ni-gun battery coach Yasuo Yoshida might not return in 2016. Ichi-gun hitting coach Mitsunobu Takahashi and assistant hitting coach Thomas O'Malley are still question marks. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2015
  • OFFICIAL [10/15 @ 11:50pm] HANSHIN: The Tigers announced that the following five coaches were not going to return in 2016: pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi, pitching coach Takashi Yamaguchi, hitting coach Koichi Sekikawa, outfield/base coach Koji Yamawaki, and fielding/base coach Naoyuki Kazaoka. Source: official announcement
  • [10/15 @ 5:20pm] HIROSHIMA: The Carp has not year decided what kind of coach they want Akihiro Higashide to be. Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2015
  • COMPLETE STAFF [10/15 @ 5:16pm] ORIX: The Buffaloes released their 2016 coaching staff.
  • OFFICIAL [10/14 @ 6:35pm] NIPPON HAM: The Fighters announced that they received and accepted head coach Eijiro Ai's request to resign. Source: official announcement
  • [10/14 @1:13am] ORIX: The Buffaloes are planning to offer Hanshin Ichi-gun fielding/base coach Naoyuki Kazaoka a job as Ichi-gun infield/base coach. Ni-gun outfield/base coach Ryutaro Tsuji will be reassigned to Ni-gun hitting coach. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2015
  • [10/14 @ 1:08am] NIPPON HAM: The Fighters are planning to offer Shinji Takahashi a job as battery coach. Source: Sports Hochi 10/13/2015
  • [10/14 @ 1:06am] CHUNICHI: Chief battery coach Mitsuo Tatsukawa and outfield/base coach Yoshinori Ueda will not be returning in 2016. Tatsuwaka felt responsible for the team's inability to produce an everyday catcher and submitted his resignation. The team wanted him to stay, but he declined. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2015, Sponichi 10/13/2015
  • COMPLETE STAFF [10/13 @ 5:40pm] RAKUTEN: The Eagles released their 2016 coaching staff.
  • OFFICIAL - [10/13 @ 5:45pm] RAKUTEN: The Eagles announced the following coach reassignments: Toru Nimura from Ni-gun chief coach to Ichi-gun head coach, Ryoji Moriyama from Ni-gun pitching coach to Ichi-gun pitching coach, Koichi Isobe from Ni-gun outfield/base coach to Ichi-gun hitting coach, Osamu Yonemura from Ni-gun general coach to Ichi-gun outfield/base coach, Tomoyoshi Oishi from Ni-gun battery coach to Ni-gun head coach, Ryo Kawano from Ni-gun hitting coach to Ni-gun chief hitting coach, and Daisuke Kusano from Ichi-gun hitting coach to Ni-gun hitting coach. Source: official announcement
  • OFFICIAL - [10/13 @ 5:41pm] RAKUTEN: The Eagles announced that they added the following coaches to their staff: Kenji Furukubo (Ichi-gun battery coach), Yasunaga Makishi (Ichi-gun infield/base coach), Shinichiro Koyama (Ni-gun pitching coach), Yuichi Yanagisawa (Ni-gun battery coach), Mitsuo Tateishi (Ni-gun infield/base coach), and Makoto Moriyama (Ni-gun outfield/base coach). Source: official announcement
  • OFFICIAL - [10/13 @ 5:23pm] RAKUTEN: The Eagles announced that amateur scout Takashi Miwa will not be returning next season. Source: official announcement
  • OFFICIAL - [10/13 @ 5:02pm] NIPPON HAM: The Fighters announced that Ichi-gun hitting coach Junichi Kashiwabara was reassigned to pro scout. Source: official announcement
  • COMPLETE STAFF [10/13 @ 5:00pm] SEIBU: The Lions released their 2016 coaching staff.
  • [10/12 @ 11:31pm] RAKUTEN: Makoto Moriyama is set to remain in the organization as a Ni-gun outfield/base coach. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2015
  • [10/12 @ 11:30pm] RAKUTEN: The media learned on October 11 that Kenji Furukubo will be joining the Eagles' staff as an Ichi-gun battery coach. Former Orix coach Yasunaga Makishi will also be taking a job with Rakuten: Ichi-gun infield/base coach. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2015
  • [10/12 @ 10:30pm] NIPPON HAM: The Fighters received and accepted Satoshi Nakajima's intent to step down as battery coach. Source: Daily Sports 10/12/2015
  • OFFICIAL - [10/12 @ 4:36pm] RAKUTEN: The Eagles announced that they reassigned Ichi-gun hitting coach Yosuke Hiraishi to Ni-gun manager. Source: official announcement
  • [10/12 @ 12:04am] RAKUTEN: The media learned on October 10 that the Eagles will reassign Ichi-gun hitting coach Yosuke Hiraishi to Ni-gun manager. An announcement will be made on October 12. Source: Daily Sports 10/11/2015
  • OFFICIAL - [10/11 @ 11:59pm] RAKUTEN: The Eagles posted an official announcement of their new coaching staff additions: pitching coach Tsuyoshi Yoda and hitting coach Takahiro Ikeyama. Source: official announcement
  • [10/11 @ 4:31pm] RAKUTEN: The Eagles announced that Tsuyoshi Yoda and Takahiro Ikeyama will be joining their coaching staff. Yoda will be an Ichi-gun pitching coach and Ikeyama an Ichi-gun hitting coach. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2015
  • [10/11 @ 8:41am] ORIX: The Buffaloes are making changes to their training staff. They are interested in Chunichi's former training coach Watari Sumida and former Yokohama strength and conditioning coach Motoaki Hirano. They ended negotiations with Kenji Furukubo and are looking at other candidates for Ichi-gun battery coach. Rakuten scout Takashi Miwa is a candidate. Source: Sponichi 10/10/2015
  • [10/11 @ 8:35am] SEIBU: The Lions are looking to add former Rakuten Ichi-gun battery coach Masanori Taguchi to their staff as battery coach. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2015
  • [10/09 @ 7:36am] ORIX: The Buffaloes could name Rakuten scout Takashi Miwa their new Ichi-gun battery coach. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2015
  • [10/08 @ 10:55pm] The Hanwha Eagles announced that they were not going to offer pitching coach Takashi Nishimoto, battery coach Kenji Furukubo, Ni-gun strategy/defense coach Mitsuo Tateishi, and Ni-gun hitting coach Osamu Abe to contracts for the 2016 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/8/2015
  • [10/08 @ 6:27pm] HIROSHIMA - The Carp received and accepted a letter of resignation from hitting coach Hiromasa Arai. He had been in the organization as a coach since 2013. Source: Chunichi Sports 10/8/2015
  • [10/08 @ 8:57am] HANSHIN - There is interest within the organization to offer Norihiro Akahoshi a job as a coach. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2015
  • [10/08 @ 8:55am] ORIX - Yoshihiko Takahashi could join the team as Ichi-gun hitting coach. Project manager Hirotoshi Kitagawa could be reassigned to Ichi-gun hitting coach. Source: Sports Hochi 10/7/2015
  • [10/08 @ 8:52am] ORIX - The Buffaloes are planning to offer Kenji Furukubo a job as battery coach. He was battery coach for the team between 2013 and 2014. He spent 2015 as battery coach for the Hanwha Eagles. Source: Sponichi 10/7/2015
  • [10/08 @ 8:42am] SEIBU - There is a good chance Ichi-gun pitching coach Hisanori Yokota will be named the next Ni-gun manager. Ni-gun manager Tetsuya Shiozaki will most likely become Ichi-gun head coach/pitching coach. Amateur scout Tomoaki Sato and Ni-gun Ikusei coach Shogo Akada could also join the Ichi-gun coaching staff. Hideki Hashigami could be offered a job as strategy coach. Source: Daily Sports 10/7/2015
  • OFFICIAL - [10/08 @ 12:18am] The Eagles announced on October 7 that the following six coaches will not be returning in 2015: Ichi-gun head coach Hideki Hashigami, Ichi-gun pitching coach Hiroshi Takamura, Ichi-gun pitching coach Shuji Yoshida, Ichi-gun battery coach Masanori Taguchi, Ichi-gun infield/base coach Yasuo Nagaike, and Ichi-gun outfield/base coach Seiji Tomashino. Source: official announcement
  • [10/07 @ 8:13am] The Lions could name Ichi-gun pitching coach Hisanori Yokota their new Ni-gun manager. Ichi-gun hitting coach Katsuhiko Miyaji could be reassigned to Ni-gun. Source: Sanspo 10/6/2015
  • [10/07 @ 7:26am] The Buffaloes are planning to offer Yoshihiko Takahashi a job as Ichi-gun hitting coach. An announcement is expected shortly. Source: Sponichi 10/6/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/6/2015Nikkan Sports 10/6/2015, Daily Sports 10/6/2015
  • OFFICIAL - [10/06 @ 4:54pm] The Bay Stars announced that they received and accepted infield/base coach Toshifumi Baba's request to resign. Source: official announcement
  • [10/05 @ 7:59pm] The Buffaloes announced that their contract with roving adviser Alex Ramirez concluded at the end of September. They had a position ready for him in 2016, but he turned it down on October 4. Source: Daily Sports 10/5/2015, Sports Hochi 10/5/2015
  • OFFICIAL - [10/05 @ 7:50pm] The Buffaloes held a press conference on October 5 to introduce So Taguchi as their new Ni-gun mangaer. Source: official announcement
  • OFFICIAL - [10/05 @ 7:49pm] The Buffaloes announced that Ni-gun hitting Koichi Oshima will not be returning next season. Oshima was offered a job in the front office, but he turned it down. Source: official announcement, Sports Hochi 10/5/2015
  • [10/05 @ 7:26pm] The Lions could promote Ni-gun battery coach Kosaku Akimoto to Ichi-gun battery coach. Source: Daily Sports 10/5/2015
  • [10/05 @ 12:08am] The media learned on October 3 that Hanshin hitting coach Koichi Sekikawa will not be returning next year. He submitted a request to resign on October 2 and the team accepted. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2015
  • [10/04 @ 11:59pm] The Lions are interested in Rakuten head coach Hideki Hashigami and former Orix pitching coach Ikuo Takayama. Source: Sports Hochi 11/4/2015
  • OFFICIAL - [10/04 @ 11:53pm] The Lions announced that head/battery coach Hidetoshi Hakamada and outfield/base coach Yusuke Kawada will not be returning next season. Source: official announcement
  • [10/04 @ 7:16pm] Ni-gun manger Tsutomu Sakai may have asked to leave Rakuten because he wanted join the Orix staff as a pitching coach. Source: Sponichi 10/4/2015
  • OFFICIAL - [10/04 @ 6:25pm] The Eagles announced that they received and accepted Ni-gun manager Tsutomu Sakai's request to leave the team. Source: official announcement
  • OFFICIAL - [10/04 @ 6:22pm] The Bay Stars announced that they received and accepted hitting coach Iwao Omura's request to resign. Source: official announcement
  • [10/04 @ 12:40am] The Buffaloes offered Alex Ramirez a job as hitting coach, but he does not appear to be interested. He might have his heart set on managing. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/3/2015
  • [10/04 @ 12:34am] Orix is planning to add project manager Hirotoshi Kitagawa to their staff as Ichi-gun hitting coach. Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2015
  • OFFICIAL - [10/04 @ 12:31am] The Buffaloes announced that they were not going to offer pitching coach Ikuo Takayama, hitting coach Hirofumi Ogawa, infield/base coach Yasunaga Makishi, and training/condition coach Shunsuke Motoyashiki contracts for the 2016 season. Source: official announcement
  • [10/03 @ 4:13am] The Lions could promote Ni-gun manager Tetsuya Shiozaki to Ichi-gun head coach. Source: Sanspo 10/2/2015
  • [10/02 @ 10:18pm] The Seibu Lions are interested in Rakuten head coach Hideki Hashigami and could offer him a job as strategy coach. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/2/2015
  • [10/02 @ 10:00pm] Ikuo Takayama is planning to step down from his post as Orix Ichi-gun pitching coach. The Buffaloes could offer the open position to Rakuten Ni-gun manager Tsutomu Sakai. Source: Sports Hochi 10/2/2015
  • [10/02 @ 9:53pm] Ni-gun coach Takahiro Ikeyama posted on his blog that he will not be returning to Yakult next season. Source: blog 10/2/2015
  • [10/01 @ 11:59pm] Hanshin hitting coach Koichi Sekikawa will most likely step down from his post at the end of the season. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/1/2015
  • [10/01 @ 2:03pm] The Buffaloes are thinking about offering Norifumi Nishimura a job as head coach. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/1/2015
  • [10/01 @ 1:47pm] The Tigers could promote strategy/infield/base coach Nobuhiro Takashiro to head coach. Source: Sports Hochi 10/1/2015
  • OFFICIAL - [10/01 @ 1:25pm] The Bay Stars announced that they will not offer Ni-gun manager Daisuke Yamashita a contract for the 2016 season. Source: official announcement
  • [10/01 @ 1:23pm] The Buffaloes are planning to name So Taguchi their next Ni-gun manager. Source: Daily Sports 10/1/2015, Sponichi 10/1/2015
  • [10/01 @ 3:57am] Yutaka Wada could be a future general manager candidate for the Hanshin Tigers. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2015
  • [10/01 @ 3:41am] Rakuten could invite Yakult Ni-gun coach Takahiro Ikeyama to be an Ichi-gun coach next year. Ikeyama was a Rakuten hitting coach between 2006 and 2009. Source: Sports Hochi 9/30/2015, Sanspo 9/30/2015
  • [10/01 @ 3:37am] Rakuten Ni-gun chief coach Toru Nimura will most likely be promoted. Source: Sports Hochi 9/30/2015
  • [10/01 @ 3:26am] Head coach Hideki Hashigami, outfield/base coach Seiji Tomashino, pitching coach Shuji Yoshida, and battery coach Masanori Taguchi will most likely part ways with the Eagles. Tsuyoshi Yoda will likely join the staff as a pitching coach. Source: Sponichi 9/30/2015
  • [10/01 @ 3:17am] Orix is planning to add So Taguchi to their staff next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2015
  • OFFICIAL - [10/01 @ 3:15am] The Buffaloes will be parting ways with Ni-gun manager Tetsuji Okamoto. Orix wants to rebuild the team with a fresh start. Source: Sponichi 9/30/2015 (An announcement was also made on September 30.)
  • [09/30 @ 1:00am] The Tigers could be interested in Yakult batting adviser Takao Ise. Source: Tokyo Sports 9/29/2015
  • [09/30 @ 12:32am] Rakuten head coach Hideki Hashigami is planning to step down from his post after the season. He felt Hiromoto Okubo should not be the only one to take responsibility for the team's performance this year. The front office considered offering him another position in the organization, but ultimately decided to respect his wishes. The Eagles are expected to make an announcement within the next couple days. Ni-gun chief coach Toru Nimura could take over as the next head coach. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2015, Sponichi 9/29/2015
  • [09/29 @ 12:00pm] The Tigers will most likely make significant changes to their hitting coach staff. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/28/2015
  • [09/28 @ 7:16am] The Tigers are planning to bring Masayuki Kakefu back next season at his same position. His title might change, but his responsibilities will most likely remain the same (his focus will be developing and assisting young players). Source: Sponichi 9/27/2015
  • [09/28 @ 12:06am] The Swallows announced that they are not going to offer batting adviser Takao Ise a contract for the 2016 season. Source: Chunichi Sports 9/27/2015, Daily Sports 9/27/2015
  • [09/26 @ 3:30pm] Seibu senior director Hisanobu Watanabe could be shifted to a general manager role. Source: Sports Hochi 9/26/2015
  • [09/24] Yokohama general manager Shigeru Takada is planning to step down after the season. Team official Takashi Yoshida could take over for Takada. Source: Chunichi Sports 9/24/2015
  • [09/24] Outfield/base coach Seiji Tomashino is not expected to return to the Eagles next year. He joined the staff last winter with Hiromoto Okubo. Source: Sports Hochi 9/23/2015
  • [09/22] According to Sports Hochi, Alex Ramirez will be joining the Orix coaching staff next year, most likely as a hitting coach. Source: Sports Hochi 9/22/2015
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