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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.

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