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[10/9/2013] Yakult to part ways with three coaches; Yokohama will not offer extensions to three coaches

by on Oct.09, 2013 @ 3:58 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows announced that they will be parting ways with pitching coach Daisuke Araki (49), OF/base-running coach Tetsuya Iida (45), and battery coach Chikashi Nakanishi (52).

Source: official announcement

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced they will not be signing chief coach/batting coach Yutaka Takagi (54), pitching coach Yui Tomori (46), and batting coach Toshio Haru (43) to contracts for the 2014 season.

Source: official announcement

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Yakult Swallows: Daisuke Araki named chief coach

by on Oct.26, 2010 @ 8:32 pm, under NPB
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It appears Daisuke Araki will be a pitching coach / chief coach for the Yakult Swallows next season.  Takao Ise will likely go from being a roving batting coach to a general coach and Shinichi Sato will add strategist (bench coach) to his batting coach title.  The Swallows will probably make an announcement of these changes sometime in the near future.

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He is, then he isn’t, now he is: Araki to become Swallows head coach?

by on Oct.01, 2010 @ 11:56 am, under NPB
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Perhaps in an attempt to make it clear to everyone (and the Rakuten Eagles) that Daisuke Araki is next in line for the Swallows' managing position, the club has apparently gone back to the idea of making Araki their head coach (in addition to his title as pitching coach).  While nothing has been officially finalized yet, the club is expected to make an announcement of staff changes sometime later this month.

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Yakult: Daisuke Araki to manage Ni-gun squad?

by on Sep.19, 2010 @ 12:02 pm, under NPB
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With the possibility of Junji Ogawa becoming the Yakult Swallows full-time manager next season, the organization is now apparently thinking about making Daisuke Araki manager of the Ni-gun squad, under the assumption that Araki will become manager when Ogawa leaves, whenever that may be.

It seems the Swallows may also be hesitant to give the managing job to Araki right away without logging any time at the Ni-gun level.

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Would you bring back Junji Ogawa next year?

by on Aug.31, 2010 @ 3:06 pm, under NPB
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Junji Ogawa has done an exceptional job at managing the Swallows after Shigeru Takada stepped down on 5/26 (69 G, 43-25-1).  The club has also received about 100 letters from fans asking that Ogawa stay on as manager for the 2011 season.

But if you're the Swallows, do you keep Ogawa on for another season?

Or do you move forward with your plans to bring in a new manager, like Daisuke Araki?

Chunichi Shimbun has apparently learned that while there are people in the front office that would like to see Araki take over as manager next year, the club may end up deciding to stick with Ogawa if the Swallows continue to play well over the remainder of the season.

But where would that leave Araki?

If Ogawa returns as manager next season, the club could make Araki the head coach.  That would give Ogawa a full season to show what he's capable of doing and would also give Araki a little more experience.

Incidentally, it seems one of the things the Swallows' front office is concerned about with regards to making Araki manager next season is the backlash he could get if he ends up doing poorly, especially on the heals of a successful campaign by Ogawa.

IMHO, the Swallows really wanted Araki to manage next season, they could have saved themselves a lot of trouble if they just left Takada in as manager.

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Player comments after Shigeru Takada’s resignation

by on May.27, 2010 @ 7:59 am, under NPB
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Sponichi is carrying a list of comments from various Swallows' players:

"I don't have any words for this sudden development.  This is the first time I've experienced the changing of a manager mid-season.  They say the manager has ultimate responsibility, but this isn't his fault alone.  We couldn't put up the numbers.  Changing the manager shows just how serious the situation is right now." - Norichika Aoki

"I feel so frustrated.  I will play all out tomorrow." - Hiroyasu Tanaka

"It was so sudden...  His supportive words after I won my second game really stick out for me." - Masato Nakazawa

"The situation we're in right now isn't because of the manger, but rather because we failed to produce.  I'm sure the manager was / is feeling frustrated about the situation.  I'd like to approach each remaining game, one game at a time." - Masanori Ishikawa

"This isn't just the manager's fault.  We couldn't win as a team.  As a player, I'm upset we couldn't do any more.  The manager looked really grim / distressed and I could feel just how much he wanted to keep managing." - Ryoji Aikawa

"We were awful, I mean, I felt there was more we could have done as players.  After he returned from the press conference, I apologized to him.  He just wished me luck.  All I can say is that I feel really awful and that I'm sorry." - Shinya Miyamoto

"We're feeling the responsibility.  When he took over as manager, he pulled me over from Seibu.  It's really too bad that things had to end this way." - Kazuki Fukuchi

Acting owner Tadashi Suzuki also confirmed to reporters that pitching coach Daisuke Araki is a candidate to become manager next season.

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Swallows to promote Araki Daisuke to manager in 2011?

by on Jan.06, 2010 @ 1:49 pm, under NPB
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According to Sponichi, the Swallows appear to be leaning towards promoting Araki Daisuke to manager in 2011.

Shigeru Takada's contract is set to expire at the end of the 2010 season.  Now that Katsuya Nomura is no longer managing, Takada is the older manager in the NPB; he turns 65 in July.

Daisuke has been the Swallows' pitching coach since 2008.  He also pitched for the Swallows between 1983 and 1994.

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