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[10/8/2015] Rakuten Eagles hold press conference to introduce Nashida as their new manager

by on Oct.08, 2015 @ 7:18 pm, under NPB
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The Eagles held a press conference at kobo Stadium earlier today to announce Masataka Nashida as their new manager. He was assigned the uniform number 99. He reportedly signed a three-year contract with a yearly estimated salary of 100 million yen.

A few notes:

  • He chose the number 99 because "My mentor, Yukio Nishimoto, tried for the Nippon Series eight times and failed. I tried for the Nippon Series twice. Together we tried ten times and failed. We're missing that one push. Ninety-nine is hakuju, so if you add one, it becomes 100. I am striving for a Nippon Series, the one I'm missing, so I asked the organization for 99."
  • He respects Senichi Hoshino. He was happy when Hoshino told him he was the only one that could help the team. He accepted the position because he could feel how sincere Hoshino was in trying to improve the team.
  • With regards to this season, he felt injuries and inconsistent foreign players were part of the problem.
  • He wants to continue pushing being aggressive on the base paths, for all players.
  • He believes they could be, at the very least, around a .500 team if players played to their potential. His first goal is to field at least a .500 team.
  • He wants to spend fall camp determining what kind of players he has on his team and then build a game plan based on strengths. He also wants to help players discover hidden talents.
  • He is scheduled to join the team for fall practices on October 18.

* Hakuju (白寿) is another way of saying ninety-nine-years-old, in celebratory form. If you add an ichi (一) to the haku (白) kanji, it becomes the kanji for 100 (百). Hyakuju (百寿) is another way of saying 100-years-old.

Source: official announcement, NHK 10/8/2015, Sponichi 10/8/2015

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Masataka Nashida could be named head coach of Samurai Japan

by on Oct.08, 2012 @ 1:06 pm, under WBC
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According to various reports, the NPB is planning to name Masataka Nashida (59) head coach of Samurai Japan.  As for why Nashida, there seem to be a number of reasons: Koji Yamamoto reportedly wanted him to be a part of the staff; he was an active manager up until last season and knows the players well; and he has connections to Yu Darvish. 

Other names that have been mentioned for other coaching positions: Koichi Ogata (46), Tsuyoshi Yoda (44), Osamu Higashio (62), Nobuhiro Takashiro (58), and Kazuyoshi Tatsunami (43).

Source: Sanspo 10/8/2012, Nikkan Sports 10/8/2012, Sponichi 10/8/2012, Daily Sports 10/8/2012

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Masataka Nashida won’t return next year as Fighters’ manager, regardless of outcome

by on Sep.15, 2011 @ 2:06 pm, under NPB
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The media learned yesterday Masataka Nashida will not be returning as manager of the Nippon Ham Fighters next season, regardless of how the team finishes out the current season. The decision appears to be Nashida's as the club was trying to persuade him to stick around at one point.

Regarding the next manager, it seems the Fighters will be open to foreign candidates.

UPDATE @ 2:53pm - Nashida held a press conference at Tokyo Dome today and announced that he was indeed stepping down after the current season.

UPDATE @ 3:23pm - Daily Sports has posted some comments from the press conference:

Regardless of whether or not I had a 2 or 3 year contract, I always considered it year-to-year.  As for this season, I feel like I've done as much as I can.  I see this as a graduation for me.  I haven't burned myself out yet entirely, but I feel I've done a fair amount to help this team. ... There was a delay to the start of the season because of the [earthquake / tsunami] and I also thought it would be best to [make this announcement now] when considering the job of finding my replacement. ... I don't have any plans [for what I'll do after this].  I want to take some time off.  And I'd like to look at baseball from a new angle.

UPDATE 9/16 @ 1:17am - More updates from various sources.

Sports Hochi has posted some more comments from Nashida:

Your reason for retiring...

I felt bad for our 4th place finish last season.  At the start of the season, I decided this would be my last year.  I felt strongly about giving it my absolute best this season.  For me, this is a graduation.  I think I've had enough.

When did you tell the club of your decision?

At the end of August.  They didn't reply right away and they only finally accepted my decision on an official capacity yesterday.  It was a tough for me [to approach the club], but I thought it would be better to tell them as soon as possible because they'll have a lot on their plate in terms of personnel decisions.

What are your thoughts on managing over the last 4 years?

It was difficult following Trey Hillman's championship run, but the fans welcomed me in.  And I think I was able to grow a few decent players, like [Yoshio] Itoi, Dai-Kang Yoh, and [Sho] Nakata, that the fans can get behind.

What is your final goal [as manager]?

I still haven't won a championship ring.  I'd like the team to win as many games and first focus on trying to finish in first.  But even if that doesn't work out, we still have a chance to win the Nippon Series together.

Sponichi has comments from the owner and president of the team:

Hiroji Okoso (owner): "He [probably decided to announce his decision now because he] wanted to concentrate on the rest of the games this season.  His replacement will need to be someone that understands our scouting and development plans.  We'd like him to continue where things are left off."

Toshikazu Tsuda (president): "We wanted him to stay, but he was firm on his decision. We really appreciate what he has done, including finishing in first.  He's a good example of what it means to be a Fighters' manager."

And when Hiroshi Yoshimura (general manger of team affairs) was asked if there was a chance a foreign manager might be considered, he said that it wasn't something he was thinking about.

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Career Managerial Record

Year Tm Finish G W L T WPCT GB
2000 KIN 6 135 58 75 2 .436 20.0
2001 KIN 1 140 78 60 2 .565 -
2002 KIN 2 140 73 65 2 .529 16.5
2003 KIN 3 140 74 64 2 .536 8.5
2004 KIN 5 133 61 70 2 .466 17.0
2008 HAM 3 144 73 69 2 .514 4.0
2009 HAM 1 144 82 60 2 .577 -
2010 HAM 4 144 74 67 3 .525 3.0
2011 HAM 2 116 65 47 4 .580 6.0
1236 638 577 21 .525
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Daily Sports: Tsuyoshi Shinjo could be a Nippon Ham Fighters’ managerial candidate

by on Aug.27, 2011 @ 4:36 pm, under NPB
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According to Daily Sports, the Nippon Ham Fighters have more or less decided to part ways with Masataka Nashida after the season (he's in the final year of a 2-year deal).  An unnamed source says that finishing in first or winning a Nippon Series most likely won't change that fact.

While the team feels Nashida has done an admirable job as manager of the team since 2008, the club is interested in bringing in someone that can help nurture a young team (someone that's willing to use younger players).  They also want to avoid situations where managers and players get too used to each other.

Names that have been dropped as potential candidates: Hideki Kuriyama (baseball analyst, could be the leading candidate), Kazuyuki Shirai (Yokohama Bay Stars Ni-gun manager, was head coach when Trey Hillman managed the team and was also a Ni-gun manager for the Fighters before that) and Tsuyoshi Shinjo (may not be a serious consideration, but the name was apparently dropped by team owner Yoshinori Okoso).

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Yu Darvish to start on an irregular schedule

by on Jul.26, 2010 @ 6:33 pm, under NPB
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Masataka Nashida told reporters that he doesn't plan on starting Yu Darvish on a regular schedule.  Instead, they'll likely set his starts based on location and whether or not there's a chance for a rain-out.  Case in point: Darvish's first start after the All-Star break will likely be on the 29th against the Orix Buffaloes at Skymark Stadium.  The Fighters won't start Darvish when they play games two games in Asahikawa (8/3 - 8/4) out of fear that rain might wash out his start.  That would push Darvish's second start after the All-Star break to 8/6 vs the Rakuten Eagles at Sapporo Dome.

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