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After weeks of rumors about interior strife in the Hartford organization, GM Dylan Krupilis has mutually parted ways with the Harpoon. Allegedly, Krupilis had a falling out with owner Grey Davidson III over the direction of the team and Davidson’s handling of the organization’s finances. “While I respect Davidson in principle as the owner”, said Krupilis “I cannot continue to work under someone who absorbs a mass about of the team’s profit into their personal wealth”. He went on to say, “The players are some of the best I have ever worked with and I know they will find success in the future. Unfortunately, I cannot be the one to guide them to it”. Krupilis led the team to the Imperial League Championship last season in what was his first year in PEBA. His issues with Davidson arose early last season with claims that there were many disagreements about where the team’s money should be going.

During the yearly financial report last season, Hartford announced a seasonal profit of $48,781,374, an impressive number boosted by their playoff run. At the beginning of that same season, Davidson allegedly took around $44 million into his personal wealth. This fact angered fans, players, and apparently GM’s alike. With Krupilis’ departure, Assistant Gm Sojuro Fujii will be managing the team as they look to turn around their poor start to the year.

Krupilis may not need to wait long before finding himself in the managerial position again. Dong-kyoon Yi, owner of the Toyama Wind Dancers was spotted arriving at Bradley International Airport in Hartford and is believed to be interested in handing over the reins. “I have always wanted to manage a team in the Rising Sun and It would be a dream to end up there someday,” said Krupilis in an interview before being hired in Hartford. “The baseball culture, the passion from the fans, and I can’t lie, the food is pretty great too!” he continued.

Toyama is in a similar situation as Hartford, sitting in third in the Rising Sun at 20-26. A plethora of injuries has been a significant speed bump in 2026 but the likes of SP Clayton Lewis and 2B José Escobido continue to lead the team. Krupilis’ vocal interest in the Rising Sun plus rumors coming out of the prefecture seems to indicate the obvious landing spot for the 41-year-old manager. Toyama has been up and down since their move over the PEBA from the LRS in 2021. They ended that inaugural season 59-103 but for two straight years in 2023-2024, they were a playoff team to be feared. Now in 2026 Toyama is struggling with a poor start to the year, large contracts, an average farm system, and no round 1 draft pick. They are clearly looking for some much-needed energy around the team, something Krupilis provided when he joined Hartford last season.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:42 am 
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Well bummer for me, I always enjoyed my Harpoon matchups with you, but go kick some SS butt!!!

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Alleghenies wrote:
Well bummer for me, I always enjoyed my Harpoon matchups with you, but go kick some SS butt!!!


I always dreaded seeing WV on the schedule because I knew you were going to ruin whatever good run I was on!

When I first joined PEBA and really wanted a team in the Rising Sun but only had the option of Hartford or London at the time. Now that two team opened up in that division I figured now was my time to move. And I didn't want to have to fill the shoes of the previous Okinawa GM ;-D

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Clayton Lewis is younger than I thought he'd be at this point. PEBA seasons pass slowly, I guess.

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Alleghenies wrote:
... but go kick some SS butt!!!

Yes, Please...

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Welcome to the SL!

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