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[11/1/2014] Kimiyasu Kudo to take over as new manager of the Softbank Hawks

by on Nov.01, 2014 @ 11:46 pm, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks held a press conference today and announced that Kimiyasu Kudo (51) will be taking over as the new manager of the team. Team officials Sadaharu Oh and Yoshimitsu Goto were also at the press conference.

Kudo selected the number eighteen for his uniform number. When asked why he selected the number, he replied:

[Koji Akiyama] spent the last six years as manager and developed talent and won two Nippon Series championships. This is my way of acknowledging the succession. I felt it was the best number.

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[10/17/2014] Softbank Hawks have reportedly offered Kimiyasu Kudo managerial job

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 2:24 am, under NPB
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A number of reports are indicating that the Softbank Hawks offered Kimiyasu Kudo the managerial job. While nothing is official yet, an announcement could be made some time after the Climax Series.

"We are indeed working on things for next season. But we will not be making any official announcements about that until after the Climax Series or after all the games are played. We don't want to interrupt the team's regular operations so we won't be doing anything that might cause the players distress," said Sadaharu Oh to reporters on Friday.

Source: Sponichi 10/17/2014, Sponichi 10/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/17/2014Nikkan Sports 10/17/2014, Chunichi Shimbun 10/17/2014, Daily Sports 10/17/2014, Daily Sports 10/17/2014, Sports Hochi 10/17/2014

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Kimiyasu Kudo decides to retire

by on Dec.09, 2011 @ 3:38 am, under NPB
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48-year-old Kimiyasu Kudo has decided to retire.

Kudo has also posted an update on on his blog, thanking fans for 30 years of support.

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Career Stats

Year Tm G W L Sv CG ShO BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
1982 SEI 27 1 1 0 0 0 122 28.2 22 0 21 1 29 1 0 11 11 3.45 1.50
1983 SEI 23 2 0 0 0 0 138 33.1 30 6 13 0 24 0 0 13 12 3.24 1.29
1984 SEI 9 0 1 0 0 0 53 12.1 10 1 10 1 8 0 0 4 4 2.92 1.62
1985 SEI 34 8 3 0 8 0 554 137.0 84 13 73 2 104 1 1 44 42 2.76 1.15
1986 SEI 22 11 5 0 10 2 586 145.1 111 22 56 1 138 1 0 53 52 3.22 1.15
1987 SEI 27 15 4 0 23 2 899 223.2 181 18 64 2 175 2 0 65 60 2.41 1.10
1988 SEI 24 10 10 1 11 2 694 159.0 164 18 70 1 94 4 0 77 67 3.79 1.47
1989 SEI 33 4 8 2 4 0 540 118.0 126 12 76 2 94 9 0 70 65 4.96 1.71
1990 SEI 13 9 2 0 4 1 359 85.2 58 11 46 2 89 4 0 33 32 3.36 1.21
1991 SEI 25 16 3 0 10 4 705 175.1 124 17 75 0 151 4 0 55 55 2.82 1.13
1992 SEI 25 11 5 0 6 3 645 150.2 140 17 69 3 133 4 0 60 59 3.52 1.39
1993 SEI 24 15 3 0 4 0 697 170.0 129 10 65 2 130 5 0 46 39 2.06 1.14
1994 SEI 24 11 7 0 4 1 554 130.2 120 12 44 3 124 2 1 54 50 3.44 1.26
1995 DAI 22 12 5 0 6 1 652 163.0 137 15 48 0 138 4 0 69 66 3.64 1.13
1996 DAI 29 8 15 0 9 1 867 202.2 207 17 70 1 178 6 0 94 79 3.51 1.37
1997 DAI 27 11 6 0 0 0 670 161.1 153 14 48 3 146 2 0 61 60 3.35 1.25
1998 DAI 15 7 4 0 1 0 386 93.2 90 8 28 2 65 0 1 35 32 3.07 1.26
1999 DAI 26 11 7 0 7 3 754 196.1 143 12 34 1 196 6 1 56 52 2.38 0.90
2000 YOM 21 12 5 0 1 1 545 136.0 127 14 16 1 148 5 0 53 47 3.11 1.05
2001 YOM 5 1 3 0 0 0 103 21.1 35 3 7 0 8 2 0 21 20 8.44 1.97
2002 YOM 24 9 8 0 1 1 681 170.1 157 21 26 2 151 5 0 61 55 2.91 1.07
2003 YOM 18 7 6 0 4 2 483 117.0 117 15 22 3 115 1 0 56 55 4.23 1.19
2004 YOM 23 10 7 0 2 0 596 138.2 160 27 33 1 128 3 0 78 72 4.67 1.39
2005 YOM 24 11 9 0 1 0 595 136.0 159 26 44 1 130 4 0 73 71 4.70 1.49
2006 YOM 13 3 2 0 0 0 295 70.0 69 12 19 3 52 0 0 41 35 4.50 1.26
2007 YOK 19 7 6 0 0 0 442 103.2 118 6 28 4 73 2 0 46 45 3.91 1.41
2008 YOK 3 0 2 0 0 0 70 13.2 21 3 5 1 7 2 0 13 8 5.27 1.90
2009 YOK 46 2 3 0 0 0 172 37.1 53 11 14 0 24 2 1 30 27 6.51 1.79
2010 SEI 10 0 2 0 0 0 33 6.0 11 1 4 0 7 0 0 7 7 10.50 2.50
Totals 635 224 142 3 116 24 13890 3336.2 3056 362 1128 43 2859 81 5 1379 1279 3.45 1.25

Awards

MVP: 1993, 1999

Best Pitcher: 2000

Best Nine: 1987, 1993, 2000

Golden Gloves: 1994, 1995, 2000

Nippon Series MVP: 1986, 1987

All-Star Game Selections: 1986-1987, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999-2000, 2004-2005

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Kimiyasu Kudo leaning towards accepting managerial job with Yokohama

by on Dec.04, 2011 @ 1:45 am, under NPB
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Kimiyasu Kudo informed reporters on Saturday that he was thinking about accepting the managerial job with the Yokohama DeNA Bay Stars.  Kudo added that as part of accepting the job, he wanted the team to consider a number of conditions like enhancing the training staff (maybe 5-6 trainers during spring camp) to make sure players got the care they needed in order to avoid injuries.

He also said that he did not have any plans to be a pitcher/manager, was not sure when he would officially retire (the Bay Stars have not asked him to retire), and already gave the team his thoughts on coaching staff personnel.

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Yokohama Bay Stars offer managerial job to Kimiyasu Kudo

by on Dec.02, 2011 @ 11:04 pm, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars have offered the managerial job to 48-year-old Kimiyasu Kudo.

Kudo admitted to reporters today that an offer was made and that he will be make his decision after speaking to his family.

UPDATE 12/3 @ 12:42am - It does not appear as though Kudo is thinking about being a pitcher / manager.

UPDATE 12/3 @ 4:05am - Sanspo is carrying the following comments from Kudo:

Did you receive an offer for the managerial position?

I can not say.  I can say that a number of people having been contacting me.

Nothing has come directly from team owner [Makoto] Haruta?

Yes.

But the team plans on making an announcement early next week.

I am sure more we will know more tomorrow or the day after.

Team owner [Makoto] Haruta has confirmed the offer.

There must be a number of candidates.

We think they have it narrowed down.

So does that mean I am the only one that got contacted?

Do your feel honored?

Well, yes, of course.

Will you continue to pitch?

Am I not allowed to continue pitching?

[Does that mean] you can not provide an answer right away?

No, I can not.

Will you be having a family meeting soon?

I can not really say.  It depends on everyone's schedule.

About the offer...

I am grateful.  But I need some time to think.

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Kimiyasu Kudo Updates: November 30, 2011

by on Dec.01, 2011 @ 1:29 am, under NPB
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Comments Kimiyasu Kudo has been offering to the media over the last couple of days (Monday and Tuesday):

  • On Tuesday, Kudo said he would never tell a pitcher to change his mechanics (like going from throwing overhand to throwing from the side) because it was akin to asking a right-handed person to start using their left hand and because forcing such drastic changes could deliver a blow to a player's confidence.  And if the players fails, maybe they will be more inclined to step away instead of trying to drag things out.  Kudo also stressed the importance of playing hard, regardless of the score.
  • On Monday, Kudo said he thought coaches should be licensed.  "Coaches need to have the ability to teach people.  Players that never attended baseball clinics when they were active should not be allowed," said Kudo.  He then continued, "If they are not capable of teaching kids in an effective manner, then they will not be able to teach professional players.  The team can only become strong once you can put effort into teaching the things you learned."

UPDATE 9:37pm - Additional comments (Wednesday):

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Kimiyasu Kudo to decide his status within a week

by on Nov.28, 2011 @ 10:20 am, under NPB
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Kimiyasu Kudo attended a public radio recording in Yokohama on Sunday and said that he plans to decide within a week whether or not he will retire.  When asked about the possibility of becoming the Bay Stars' next manager, Kudo said, "As a former Yokohama player, I want to see them get stronger.  I have not received an offer, but if something does come along, I would like to make an announcement.  Encounters can be really important."

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Yokohama Bay Stars: Kimiyasu Kudo’s thoughts on the veteran presence

by on Nov.28, 2011 @ 1:47 am, under NPB
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In speaking to reporters on Saturday about the possibility of becoming manager of the Yokohama Bay Stars, Kimiyasu Kudo said, "Having a veteran presence is important.  Just having [veteran players like] [Takeshi] Yamasaki, [Masahiro] Yamamoto, [Tsuyoshi] Shimoyanagi and [Tomoaki] Kanemoto on the team is helpful.  They can continue to play into their 40s because they did what they were supposed to.  I [would] want them to tell the younger players to run [more].  [They should not mind if] another coach is right in front of them.  How [the young players] react will become the difference in their development."

Kudo even so far as to say that teams should not mind paying a veteran 50M yen just to have them around.  He also recounted how he used to round up younger players after practices in order to get them to do some shadow pitching.

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DeNA could offer Kimiyasu Kudo managerial job once they receive approval on 12/1

by on Nov.24, 2011 @ 3:44 pm, under NPB
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Sponichi is reporting that DeNA may be prepared to offer Kimiyasu Kudo the managerial job as soon as they gain approval to purchase the Yokohama Bay Stars on 12/1.  And that fits right in with Kudo's timeline -- he told reporters recently that he wanted to make a decision on whether or not to retire before the end of the month.

Sanspo adds that DeNA may also be looking into 56-year-old Mitsuo Tatsukawa as a head coach candidate.

Daily Sports notes that Kudo was probably selected over Masumi Kuwata because of the three seasons he spent with the Bay Stars.  They also mention that the Ichi-gun coaches that weren't dismissed along with Takao Obana on the 22nd (batting coach Yoshikazu Takagi, pitching coach Atsushi Kizuka, and batting coach Hitoshi Nakane) stayed because of their past ties with the team.

Incidentally, Kudo threw about 300 pitches during a baseball clinic he attended on Wednesday and said, "Getting my thoughts across to the next generation [of players] is more important than my shoulder."

UPDATE 11/25 @ 12:55am - When reporters approached Kudo for comment on Thursday, he replied, "I'm flattered and grateful, but I cannot comment because I have not received any official offers."

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Yokohama Bay Stars prepared to hand reigns over to Kimiyasu Kudo

by on Nov.23, 2011 @ 7:06 pm, under NPB
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The Kimiyasu Kudo becoming Yokohama's next manager story is gaining traction.  Sanspo reported earlier this morning that DeNA was originally interested in hiring 39-year-old Tsuyoshi Shinjo, but talks fell through because they could not agree on the number of years.  That may have been when Kudo suddenly became the next best option.  And according to the Sanspo report, Kudo may also be willing to retire if he gets on offer from the Bay Stars.

Nikkan Sports offers a similar opinion and adds that a retirement announcement could come some time this month after Kudo was quoted as saying, "The doctors told me my shoulder was inflamed.  I have been told that it will take some time to heal. ... If I decide to go to the US [for tryouts], I need to begin throwing in February, otherwise I will just be a pest.  I have to calculate backwards from that and decide what I am going to do next year.  I would like to decide before the end of the month."

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