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Orix manager Oishi to stand down

Kyodo

Orix Buffaloes manager Daijiro Oishi will step down at the end of the 2009 season, team sources said Monday.

One high-ranking official, who requested anonymity, said the matter was not completely decided, however Orix team owner Yoshihiko Miyauchi said a team announcement of Oishi’s departure will be forthcoming.

Former Hanshin Tigers manager Akinobu Okada, 51, has been named as a candidate to replace the 50-year-old Oishi.

Oishi was promoted to manager from the post of head coach during the 2008 season and helped guide Orix to its first Climax Series playoff spot in second place.

However, this season the Buffaloes were hit with a spate of injuries to several key players, including Alex Cabrera and Tuffy Rhodes, and currently have a 53-82-2 record.

After tying with the Chiba Lotte Marines on Sunday with just seven games remaining in the season, Orix was condemned to last place. The Buffaloes have changed managers eight times since 2001.