The Yomiuri Giants announced that Kyosuke Takagi is suspected of being involved in baseball gambling. Team president Hiroshi Kubo made the announcement from the organization's offices on March 8.
- Former teammate Shoki Kasahara introduced Takagi to gambling before a game in early April 2014.
- Takagi does not remember specifics about the bets he placed, other than that he more or less followed what Kasahara was doing.
- Takagi did not meet Kasahara's gambling partner (herein Man B) in the beginning, but he did know that he was a gambler that operated a restaurant.
- Kasahara placed Takagi's bets with Man B using his mobile phone.
- Takagi ended up placing bets three to four times on eight to nine games until early May 2014.
- Takagi stopped after he lost about 500,000 to 600,000 yen (100,000 to 150,000 yen per game).
- Takagi was invited to gamble two or three more times after he decided to stop. He was also invited to bet on the 2015 Spring Koshien. He did not accept either invitations.
- On October 5, 2015, Man B visited Takagi at his home and reassured him that he would not be investigated. Man B continued to contact Takagi about once a week with updates. The two met before fall camp. A third person was also present and asked Takagi if he knew any scandals that could be used to "erase" what he did.
- Takagi was told to say that he let Kasahara "borrow" his name when gambling.
- Man B advised Takagi to get a new mobile phone right after the start of training camp in February this year. He was also told Kasahara was going to talk to a magazine about why they were the only ones that were targeted and punished.
- Takagi replaced his phone and participated in the NPB's gambling awareness lecture on February 6. After the lecture, he felt it would be best if he severed ties with Man B and asked that he not be contacted.
- The organization began investigating Takagi on March 1 after Shukan Bunshun asked about him on February 29. He told the organization that Kasahara borrowed his name (as planned). Man B contacted Takagi on March 5 and 6 and Takagi spoke about how the organization was investigating him and how they confiscated his mobile phone. About two hours after their last conversation, Shukan Bunshun contacted the organization by fax to confirm some facts from the conversation.
- Takagi lied to the organization when he was questioned again on March 7. But after speaking to family and friends, he decided to tell the truth. Man B tried to persuade him to stick to the original plan, but on March 9, Takagi admitted to gambling on baseball.
Senior advisor Tsuneo Watanabe, team owner Kojiro Shiraishi, and team chairman Tsunekazu Momoi will be stepping down from their respective positions. Takagi has been suspended. A final punishment will be handed down by the NPB. Rallies scheduled on March 14 and 16 have been canceled.
The Ichi-gun team traveled to Fukuoka on March 8. Players and staff were told they were not allowed to go out further than the convenience store located in front of the team's hotel.
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[UPDATE 3/10 @ 1:13am]
Takagi held a press conference in Tokyo on March 9. He issued a formal apology then briefly spoke about what happened.
Source: Daily Sports 3/9/2016, Daily Spots 3/9/2016, Daily Spots 3/9/2016
[UPDATE 3/10 @ 5:22am]
The Giants received about eighty email and fifty phone calls through to the evening of March 9.
Source: Nikkan Sports 3/9/2016
Yomiuri Shimbun Director, Senior Advisor Shoichi Oikawa is slated to take over as new owner of the team on March 11. Former Director of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office Noboru Matsuda will take over as acting owner.
Source: Nikkan Sports 3/9/2016, Sponichi 3/9/2016
[UPDATE 3/10 @ 8:09pm]
The Giants filed a report on Takagi with the NPB commissioner on March 10. The NPB announced that Motonari Otsuru (lawyer), Yoshitaka Kato (Yusei Audit), and Kazuhiko Yoshida (lawyer) will be in charge of investigating the case.
Source: Nikkan Sports 3/10/2016, Nikkan Sports 3/10/2016, Sponichi 3/10/2016
[UPDATE 3/12 @ 2:36am]
The Giants announced that they accepted resignations from senior advisor Tsuneo Watanabe, team owner Kojiro Shiraishi, and team chairman Tsunekazu Momoi during a special stockholders meeting and board of director meeting on March 11. They also announced the following additions/updates:
- Yomiuri Shimbun Director, Senior Advisor Shoichi Oikawa - Owner
- Former Director of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office Noboru Matsuda - Acting Owner
- Yomiuri Shimbun Representative Director Senior Management Toshikazu Yamaguchi - Non-Executive Director
- Operating Officer General Manager, Chief of Baseball Operations Tatsuyoshi Tsutsumi - Director General Manager, Chief of Baseball Operations
Source: official announcement