The Hanshin Tigers held a press conference for Akinobu Mayumi at company headquarters in Osaka earlier today.
At the press conference, Mayumi said that he had no choice but to step down after the horrible season he had (something he decided he'd do from the moment he started managing) and that he was sorry he couldn't bring the Tigers a better season. He also thanked fans for their support through to the end.
Managerial Record with Tigers
UPDATE @ 10:22pm - The Tigers posted an official announcement that head coach Katsuhiko Kido, chief position player coach Yoshiaki Oka, Ichi-gun pitching coach Yasuo Kubo, and assistant training coach Takao Ebino were stepping down from their posts with the team.
Team owner Shinya Sakai -
The Tigers are currently in the process of rebuilding the team and despite it being a difficult situation to win in, they did their best. Beginning with me and the front office, we couldn't provide enough support and I feel bad about this. I hope that he'll continue to watch over the Tigers and provide advice when he can.
Team president Nobuo Minami -
Managing the Tigers is a tough job. The manager plays a big part in the team, but the uniformed [staff] and the people in the front office share in the work and responsibility. It's too bad he needs to leave and I feel that we caused him a lot of troubles.
Akinobu Mayumi -
What are your thoughts?
I feel really bad that there weren't more things people could be happy about [regarding the season]. I thought from the moment I started [managing] that if I wasn't able to have a season fans would be happy with, I'd step down.
Any memorable games?
I have memories from every game. Like yesterday's game, at the end, the fans thanked me.
On why the team couldn't become champions.
I think the number 1 reason was that the manager didn't have what it takes.
The younger players are coming along nicely.
I don't think players are growing just because they're playing in games. I think players only begin to develop once when they get into games and compete to win.
The theme was rebuilding.
I wasn't trying to force a change. But you can't wait until a veteran begins his downward slide in order to bring in fresh talent, you need to do it when they're still capable of playing well, otherwise the team won't improve.
Your future expectations for the team?
I'd like them to become a team with a strong foundation that competes for the postseason every year.
Any words for the next manager?
I think I'll have something to tell him once it becomes official.