Chunichi Dragons

The Nagoya-based Dragons are one of the current establishment's first teams, taking part in the 1936 tournaments. They won their first pennant and Japan Series in 1954, but wouldn't win their second until 2007. That came under Hiromitsu Ochiai, who won four of the franchise's nine pennants. Ochiai was ostensibly fired because he was not fan-friendly enough. Manager: Tsuyoshi Yoda2019 Finish: 5th, 9 games back and 5 games under .500 despite outscoring their opponents 545-544. Manager's record: Yoda is the second Dragons closer from the 1980s to early 1990s

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