The three men who managed the Orix Buffaloes prior to Norifumi Nishimura — Akinobu Okada, Hiroshi Moriwaki and Junichi Fukura — had two winning seasons in a combined nine years in charge.

They made just one trip to the postseason — in 2014 when Moriwaki's team finished in second place and missed out on the Pacific League pennant by percentage points.

The vast majority of their near-decade in charge was filled with questionable decisions on and off the field and losses. A lot of losses. The Buffaloes had two seasons where they lost at least 80 games and another with 79.