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[8/31/2013] Yokohama Bay Stars: Online death threats made against Shigeru Takada

by on Sep.01, 2013 @ 2:37 am, under NPB
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The media learned that DeNA filed reports with the Kanagawa Police Department after online death threats were made against GM Shigeru Takada.

According to someone with the team, police presence was increased at Yokohama Stadium immediately after the threats were discovered -- for the Yomiuri series at Yokohama Stadium (August 23-25).  Over ten plain-clothed police were added to the areas inside Yokohama Stadium and around the stadium parking lot.  The team provided Takada with a company car in case his personal car was a target and two to three plain-clothed police watched over him.

Takada is currently in Taiwan for the IBAF 18U Tournament.  Police will most likely continue to monitor him at Yokohama home games once he returns to Japan.

Source: Sponichi 8/31/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars: Shigeru Takada named new GM; talks with Kimiyasu Kudo break off

by on Dec.05, 2011 @ 5:21 pm, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars officially announced on their website that they hired Shigeru Takada as the general manager.  They also held a press conference at the team offices to formally introduce Takada.

A the press conference, Takada also announced that the team broke off talks with Kimiyasu Kudo because he did not feel the right vibe with him.

"The GM and manager simply could not build up enough trust/confidence in each other," said Takada.  "[Building a team] can be difficult even if the GM and manager are on the same page.  I did not think it made sense to begin things when we were not on the same page."

It is possible the Kudo's list of suggestions/conditions did not sit well with Takada.

UPDATE 10:23pm - Kudo held a press conference in Yokohama and did not get into specifics and simply said, "There was not enough time.  It really is too bad."  He then added, "If possible, I would like to continue with my plans to keep my career going."

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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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Maybe it was Shigeru Takada?

by on Aug.08, 2010 @ 11:50 am, under NPB
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I'm still not entirely convinced that Shigeru Takada was all that bad a manager, but that doesn't mean I don't think the Swallows needed a change.

Since Junji Ogawa took over the Swallows on 5/27, the team is 31-18-1.  That's a far cry from a team that was 13-32-1 when Takada stepped down.

Incidentally, the Swallows are also 22-13 since adding Josh Whitesell.  Ogawa might want to thank the FO for getting his bat.

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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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Shigeru Takada steps down as manager of the Swallows

by on May.26, 2010 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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And so it is.

Shigeru Takada announced that he was stepping down as manager of the Yakult Swallows after the team dropped their 9th game in a row earlier tonight.  Head coach Junji Ogawa will now step in as interim manager.

It seems that club president Tadashi Suzuki tried to persuade Takada to stay on, but could not.

"We kept on talking about having him stay on, and we had his understanding...," said Suzuki.  "And just a little while ago, we tried to persuade him to stay, but we couldn't.  He had already made his decision.  This was really a sad decision for us."

Sanspo has posted parts of the press conference.  Below is my English translation (these are all comments made by Takada):

What are your reasons for stepping down?

It only makes sense for the manager to step down after losing so many games.  We tried a number of things, but in the end, I thought the only way to change things was for the manager to quit.  I'm not sure if this was the right decision though.

What was the cause of the team's poor performance?

We got a pretty decent start at the beginning of the season.  But then we stopped hitting and we started dragging our feet.  I thought that we could maybe right this ship during Inter-league play, but things got even worse and I could no longer see the light at the end of the tunnel.  And I also think the pressure of winning only increases with each loss.

When did you decide to step down?

Today.  With the rumors of my stepping down in the media...  Tomorrow, the day after...  These rumors probably weren't going to die down and I thought it would just become a distraction for the team and the players.  That was my main reason.

Any comments for the team?

There are still quite a number of games left on the schedule.  I'd like for them to pull of a comeback.  I still think it's possible.

Shigeru Takada thought about resigning?

by on May.26, 2010 @ 2:15 pm, under NPB
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3:59pm JST

There were apparently some rumors flying around the Takada would be stepping down as manager, including a report filed by Sports Hochi at 12:04pm JST that had head coach Shunji Ogawa taking over as interim manager.

Those reports apparently are not true.  Numerous reports filed after that have Takada denying all claims of a decision to step down.

"I'm not really sure why it was reported that way," said Takada.  "I'm surprised.  I'd like to ask myself why it came out like that."

He also added, "Considering the team's current situation, it's understandable that talk like this would come out.  I suppose it can't be helped."

2:15pm JST

It appears Shigeru Takada brought up the possibility of resigning during the team's emergency meeting on the 20th.  That idea was ultimately scrapped with the team toeing the line that Takada would stay on as manager for the rest of the season.

As for Takada's comments after his team lost to the Marines 20-4 on Saturday, club president Tadashi Suzuki said that he hasn't heard anything from Takada directly and that the club still supports Takada as manager.

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Shigeru Takada considering a break after the Swallows were shelled by the Marines, 20-4

by on May.23, 2010 @ 11:06 am, under NPB
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Seems the 20-4 beating the Swallows suffered at the hands of the Marines is making Shigeru Takada think twice about taking time off.

When asked about taking a break from managing partway through the season a couple days back, Takada said that he had no plans to.  But when he was asked again after last night's shelling, he seemed to take a different approach to his answer.

"I may have said that [on Thursday], but I obviously don't think it would be good if this continued.  If I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel, then maybe..."

So it took a 20-4 beating for Takada to finally acknowledge that it might be beneficial for him to take a break away from managing duties.

Incidentally, the Swallows have swapped out managers partway through the season six times in the past.  The last time it happened was on 4/27/1984 when Shiro Takegami started the season 4-13-1 and "took a break" from managing.  The team then placed coaches Futoshi Nakanishi and Masayuki Dobashi in charge of the team as interim managers.

Before that, it was Tatsuro Hirooka, who stepped down as manager on 8/17/1979 with a 31-45-9 record.  Coincidentally, Hirooka got his start as an interim manager when he stepped in for Hiroshi Arakawa in 1976.  Arakawa started the 1976 season with a 10-15-4 record and decided to "take a break" on 5/12/1976.

The rest:

Yoshiharu Ogawa took over as interim manager during the 1970 season for Takehiko Bessho

Hiroshi Nakahara took over as interim manager between late May and early July of the 1967 season for Tokuji Iida

Kuninobu Sunaoshi took over as manager after Giichi Hayashi stepped down partway through the 1965 season

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Around the NPB Horn: Shigeru Takada staying put

by on Oct.05, 2009 @ 6:22 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...Hanshin fans gave Kazuyoshi Tatsunami a warm round of applause during his at bat in the top of the 8th.

Tatsunami was presented with flowers by Shinjiro Hiyama after the game.

Hanshin Tigers

...Akihiro Yano was taken off the active roster on Sunday with a sprained right ankle.

...The Tigers announced that Fan Appreciation Day 2009 will take place on November 21, 2009.

Fans interested in attending will have to submit their names into a drawing by October 28th.  There will be 2,000 chances to win (tickets come in pairs).

...For the first time in 2 years, the Tigers have drawn 3,007,074 fans this year.

Hiroshima Carp

...The Carp are also looking at the following two people the head coach and pitch coach positions:

Head coach = Yutaka Ohno
Pitching coach = Shinji Sasaoka

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Shinji Takahashi suffered a minor sprain of his left ankle while running the bases in the top of the 5th.  He was later removed from the line-up prior to the start of the 6th inning.  The chief trainer didn't appear too concerned and said that Takahashi would be alright assuming he didn't experience any pain.

...Sho Nakata was taken off the active roster on Sunday to make room for some outfield help (Kazuya Murata).

The bruise on Yoshio Itoi's left knee has been slow to improve and the team wanted some OF insurance.

...The Fighters announced that they'll hold their press conference on the field if they win the Pacific League title at the Sapporo Dome (something that's usually not done).  The team also plans to show the player party in the locker room on the big screen TV for the fans that want to stick around and watch.

Orix Buffaloes

...The Buffaloes will be inviting Hanshin Tigers' Ni-gun pitching coach Nobuyuki Hoshino to join the club as their new Ichi-gun pitchig coach for the 2010 season.

The team will likely hire current SK Wyverns Ichi-gun batting coach Kozo Shoda to work alongside current Buffaloes' Ichi-gun batting coach Eiji Mizuguchi. And  Shinya Kobayashi will likely be named the head coach.

Rakuten Eagles

...Norihiro Nakamura is ready to be called up whenever the Eagles might need him.

Seibu Lions

...A pretty impressive season for Hideaki Wakui this year.  He has 16 wins, 11 complete games, 199 strike outs, and has thrown 3,555 pitches over 27 games.

...Takayuki Shimizu announced on Sunday that he will be retiring after the season.

...G.G. Sato was taken off the active roster on Sunday as pain in both his knees worsenedKazuhisa Ishii was taken off the active roster because of tightness in his right adductor muscle.

Yakult Swallows

...With their 5-1 loss against the Yomiuri Giants on Sunday, the Swallows now have a 65-72-1 record with 6 games left to play.  This means the Swallows will finish their 5th consecutive season with a losing record.

The last time the Swallows managed to finish the season with a winning record was back in 2004.

...Despite the team now being guaranteed a losing season, Swallows' ownership will likely allow Shigeru Takada to finish out his three year contract (he's currently in his second year).

Said Takada, "They gave me a 3-year contract to rebuild the team so I don't think they'll kick me out before that ends.  If it's about this season, there's plenty of things I need I could have done differently.  Just because the team is currently in this shape doesn't mean about to make up reasons just so that I can get away."

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