Kiyoshi Nakahata held a press conference at Yokohama Stadium after the team's last game of the season on October 3 and officially announced that was stepping down as manager.
A few notes from a couple sources:
- He felt the need to take responsibility for the team's performance.
- He has no regrets.
- If it was a matter of being on the verge of winning, then he might have kept going. But he felt the sudden and drastic drop after the All-Star break was too big to ignore.
- He informed the team that he was going to step down during a meeting on October 2.
- If given another chance to manage, he would take it.
- Memorable game: a come-from-behind victory against the Yomiuri Giants on May 10, 2013.
Record as Yokohama Manager
Other than the team's performance, it seems there were other issues that made Nakahata step down.
- According to Nikkan Sports, Nakahata requested a personnel change that the front office denied. The two sides could not reach an agreement and it ultimately led to his decision not to return in 2016. He may have actually signed an extension if the the Bay Stars agreed to his request. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/3/2015
- Tokyo Sports adds a little more to the story. At issue was apparently a general lack of support from the front office. The Bay Stars lost Yulieski Gourriel before the start of the season and there was talk, at least initially, about finding a replacement. That never happened. Nakahata may have also been looking for more experienced help on the coaching staff. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/3/2015
[UPDATE 10/6 @ 5:06pm]
Tokyo Sports is reporting that Nakahata may have decided to step down because the Bay Stars would not agree to let him add Hiromoto Okubo to his coaching staff. The two have a connection from their time with the Yomiuri Giants. Nakahata may have wanted to give Okubo a place to "recharge" after everything that happened with the Rakuten Eagles.
Source: Tokyo Sports 10/6/2015