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[10/15/2013] Seibu Lions: Hisanobu Watanabe steps down as manager

by on Oct.15, 2013 @ 5:22 pm, under NPB
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Hisanobu Watanabe informed teams officials he wanted to step down as manager.  The Seibu Lions accepted his resignation.  A press conference to announce the decision was held at the teams offices.

The Lions posted the following comment from Watanabe:

I decided to resign as manager.  Beginning with my coaching start at Ni-gun, I have been here for ten years.  Thank you for everything.

Coming into my sixth year, my goal from the start of the season were to win another championship.  But, we could not do it and since I feel the season has no meaning without a championship, I was already thinking about making this my last year the moment Rakuten won the pennant.

These past six years have really been good.

I began my career six years ago when the organization offered me a coaching job at Ni-gun.  Many people helped me out along the way, including the organization, staff, various personnel, players, and players.  The fans provided me with strength by cheering for us in both good times and bad times.  This was a really big deal for me and I will treasure it for the rest of my life.

I was really happy to see players succeed on the field, happy when Seibu Dome was full of fans that were cheering at the top of their lungs.  I never thought I would return to Seibu, let alone be here for ten years.  For that I am grateful to the organization.

I was only able to guide the team to one championship, but I feel, with support from those around us, that we had a fun time trying.

Thank you very much.

Source: official announcement

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Seibu Lions: Hisanobu Watanabe to return next season

by on Oct.11, 2012 @ 3:11 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced today that Hisanobu Watanabe (47) will return next season as manager of team.  The front office is placing a lot of value in Watanabe's three consecutive class A finishes (3rd place finish or better).

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2012

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Managerial Record

Year Team Finish G W L T WPCT GB Avg ERA Age
2008 Seibu 1st 144 76 64 4 .543 - .270 3.86 43
2009 Seibu 4th 144 70 70 4 .500 11.0 .261 4.01 44
2010 Seibu 2nd 144 78 65 1 .545 0 .271 4.19 45
2011 Seibu 3rd 144 68 67 9 .504 20.5 .253 3.15 46
2012 Seibu 2nd 144 72 63 9 .533 3.0 .251 3.24 47
  720 364 329 27 .525        

The Lions won the Nippon Series and Asia Series in 2008. They could not make it past the First Stage of the Climax Series in either 2010 and 2011.

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Seibu Lions: Hisanobu Watanabe gets a 1-year extension UPDATE

by on Oct.18, 2011 @ 12:24 pm, under NPB
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According to Nikkan Sports, Hisanobu Watanabe, currently in the second year of a 2-year deal, will likely get an extension for the 2012 season, regardless of what happens during their final game tonight.

UPDATE @ 3:38pm - Sponichi notes that Watanabe may decide to step down if the Lions fail to make the Climax Series.  If that happens, they could look to general coach Hatsuhiko Tsuji or former manager Haruki Ihara as possible candidates to replace Watanabe.

UPDATE @ 10:59pm - The Lions announced, after the team was guaranteed 3rd place in the PL, that Watanabe will be signing a 1-year extension.

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Hisanobu Watanabe meets with the owner

by on Oct.19, 2010 @ 8:44 pm, under NPB
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Hisanobu Watanabe met with Seibu Lions' owner Takashi Goto earlier today to file his report for the 2010 season.  The meeting lasted about 10 minutes.

Said Goto, "We missed out on winning the PL and we couldn't get to the Final Stage of the Climax Series.  I'm disappointed at the results, but I believe there's no one more disappointed than the manager.  I'd like to see [Watanabe] use this as fodder for winning next season."

And Watanabe: "I'm really sorry that I couldn't meet the expectations of the fans and the owner.  [This season] made me realize again just how important pitchers are.  I would like to work on building a team that wins."

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Hisanobu Watanabe: we need a lefty reliever

by on Oct.13, 2010 @ 3:56 pm, under NPB
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Hisanobu Watanabe is apparently asking that the team focus on obtaining a left-handed reliever for the 2011 season.  Lefty relievers the Lions hoped to rely on, like Alex Graman, Kimiyasu Kudo, and Tomoki Hoshino all faltered this season.  And of those three, only Hoshino is most likely to return next season -- Kudo will be released and Graman's status is still unknown.

Hisanobu Watanabe to keep his job

by on Oct.10, 2010 @ 10:38 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions' president Shinji Kobayashi met with Hisanobu Watanabe after today's loss to the Chiba Lotte Marines and was told that he will be returning next season to finish out the second year of his two year deal.  Watanabe later told reporters that he felt he had unfinished business and that he felt leaving at this point would be irresponsible of him.

The Lions fell apart towards the end of the season, first dropping out of first place to finish the season in second, and then getting swept out of the playoffs by the Chiba Lotte Marines in the First Stage of the Climax Series.  Watanabe did help steer the Lions to an Nippon Series Championship in his first year as manager (2008).

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Hisanobu Watanabe apologizes to the players

by on Jul.26, 2010 @ 2:12 am, under NPB
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In addition to the team offering an explanation of what has been happening with regards to Hiromoto Okubo to players and coaches prior to practice on Sunday, it seems Hisanobu Watanabe also offered up an apology to players for the distraction and for not catching the problem at an earlier stage.

The investigation committee also dropped by the player dorms on Sunday after practice in order to continue their interviews.  When asked if they had spoken to Yusei Kikuchi, they responded by saying that they were finished speaking to him.

The interviews will continue on Monday as the team works on creating a final report that will be released to the public when it is ready.

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