[11/15/2017] NPB Players that filed for free agency

The NPB announced on November 15 that the following seven players filed for free agency. Team will be able to negotiate with free agents beginning on November 16.

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Age Type 2017 Team 2017 Salary Class Compensation YakyuDB
P 野上 亮磨 Nogami, Ryoma 30 Domestic Seibu 50.00M B Hayato Takagi + 40% salary Yomiuri
P 増井 浩俊 Masui, Hirotoshi 33 Domestic Nippon Ham 220.00M A 80% salary Orix
INF 大和 Maeda, Yamato 30 Domestic Hanshin 50.00M B Yuya Onaka + 40% salary Yokohama
C 鶴岡 慎也 Tsuruoka, Shinya 36 International Softbank 76.00M C n/a Nippon Ham
P 平野 佳寿 Hirano, Yoshihisa 33 International Orix 300.00M A n/a Arizona Diamondbacks
C 大野 奨太 Ono, Shota 30 International Nippon Ham 55.00M B 60% salary Chunichi
P 涌井 秀章 Wakui, Hideaki 31 International Lotte 250.00M A    

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2018 NPB Western League Schedule

The 2018 Western League schedule and 2018 Western League Spring Kyoiku League schedule was released on January 22.

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[1/21/2018] Shu Masuda has some forearm discomfort

The media learned on Janaury 20 that Softbank third round draft pick Shu Masuda will most likely be assigned to the rehab group for spring camp next month because of discomfort in his right forearm.

Masuda was examined on January 19 and tests revealed that a right wrist fatigue fracture he suffered during his second year of high school never fully healed. There is currently no pain, but he started to wear a brace because of an increase in workload.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/21/2018

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[1/19/2018] Orix Buffaloes, Chunichi Dragons interested in Ichiro

If forty-four-year-old Ichiro Suzuki decides to return to the NPB this year, at least two teams will be interested: the Orix Buffaloes and Chunichi Dragons. And according to Sports Hochi, the Dragons may have already submitted an offer to the outfielder.

For those wondering, Ichiro has connections to both Orix and Chunichi. The veteran was born in Aichi and was a fan of the Dragons as a child. When he turned pro, he played for the Orix Blue Wave.

Source: Sponichi 1/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/19/2018, Daily Sports 1/19/2018, Sports Hochi 1/19/2018, Sports Hochi 1/19/2018

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[1/19/2018] Kotaro Kiyomiya slowed by bone contusion

Kotaro Kiyomiya hurt his right hand during rookie workouts at the Kamagaya facilities on January 18 — he felt tightness on the outer portion of his right thumb during weight training exercises. He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo today (x-rays and MRI) and diagnosed with a bone contusion on his right thumb.

Kiyomiya’s workouts will be limited for about a week. He will be re-examined on January 26. He should be okay to attend Ichi-gun spring camp.

Source: Sanspo 1/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/19/2018, ZakZak 1/19/2018, Daily Sports 1/19/2018

[UPDATE 1/23 @ 12:15am]

Kiyomiya resumed playing catch on January 22 (maximum distance of twenty meters at sixty to seventy percent). He told reporters he felt no pain and that throwing was never an issue. He is hoping to get the green light to resume hitting workouts after a follow-up examination on January 26.

Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/22/2018, Sponichi 1/22/2018, Sanspo 1/22/2018

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[1/19/2018] Yokohama Bay Stars: player name changes

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced the following name changes today:

  • 松尾 大河 → 大河 (Matsuo, Taiga → Taiga)
  • G. 後藤 武敏 → G 後藤 武敏 (G. Goto, Taketoshi → G Goto, Taketoshi) *no dot after G
  • 山本 武白志 → 武白志 (Yamamoto, Musashi → Musashi)

Source: Yokohama 1/19/2018

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[1/17/2018] Ryosuke Kishisato has surgery to treat inguinal hernia

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that Ryosuke Kishisato had a procedure to treat a left inguinal hernia at a hospital in Tokyo. There were no complications during the surgery.

Kishisato will require about two months for a full recovery. He is expected to start a rehab program at the Kamagaya facilities after he is discharged from the hospital on January 20.

Source: Sanspo 1/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/17/2018

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[1/16/2018] Yomiuri Giants add Taylor Jungmann

The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old pitcher Taylor Jungmann. He was assigned the uniform number 39. He is expected to arrive in Japan later this month. According to Sponichi, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 750,000 US dollars.

Source: Yomiuri 1/16/2018, Sponichi 1/16/2018


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[1/15/2018] Matsui, Kanemoto, Hara make it into the Hall of Fame

Players Division

Committee Members 376
Voting Members 368
Valid Votes 368
Required Votes (75%) 276

Vote Results

Name JPN Name ENG Votes Percentage
松井 秀喜 Matsui, Hideki 336 91.3%
金本 知憲 Kanemoto, Tomoaki 278 75.5%
立浪 和義 Tatsunami, Kazuyoshi 242 65.8%
高津 臣吾 Takatsu, Shingo 169 45.9%
佐藤 義則 Sato, Yoshinori 140 38.0%
川相 昌弘 Kawai, Masahiro 132 35.9%
野村 謙二郎 Nomura, Kenjiro 105 28.5%
T. ローズ Rhodes, Tuffy 84 22.8%
小久保 裕紀 Kokubo, Hiroki 80 21.7%
桑田 真澄 Kuwata, Masumi 78 21.2%
石井 琢朗 Ishii, Takuro 71 19.3%
城島 健司 Jojima, Kenji 52 14.1%
佐々岡 真司 Sasaoka, Shinji 35 9.5%
田口 壮 Taguchi, So 29 7.9%
赤星 憲広 Akahoshi, Norihiro 20 5.4%
A. カブレラ Cabrera, Alex 10 2.7%
斉藤 和巳 Saito, Kazumi 10 2.7%

Note: At forty-three years and seven months, Matsui became the youngest person to make it into the Hall of Fame. The previous record of forty-five years and four months was held by Hideo Nomo.

Expert Division

Committee Members 127
Voting Members 122
Valid Votes 122
Required Votes (75%) 92

Vote Results

Name JPN Name ENG Votes Percentage
原 辰徳 Hara, Tatsunori 96 78.7%
権藤 博 Gondo, Hiroshi 80 65.6%
R.バース Bass, Randy 57 46.7%
田淵 幸一 Tabuchi, Koichi 50 41.0%
柴田 勲 Tabuchi, Koichi 30 24.6%
大沢 啓二 Osawa, Keiji 29 23.8%
足立 光宏 Adachi, Mitsuhiro 28 23.0%
加藤 秀司 Kato, Hideji 28 23.0%
土橋 正幸 Dobashi, Masayuki 27 22.1%
長池 徳士 Nagaike, Tokuji 24 19.7%
松岡 弘 Matsuoka, Hiromu 16 13.1%
岡田 彰布 Okada, Akinobu 12 9.8%
中畑 清 Nakahata, Kiyoshi 11 9.0%
新井 宏昌 Arai, Hiromasa 10 8.2%

Special Division

Committee Members 14
Voting Members 14
Valid Votes 14
Required Votes (75%) 11

Voting Results

Name JPN Name ENG Votes
瀧 正男 Taki, Masao 13
脇村 春夫 Wakimura, Haruo 9
岡田 功 Okada, Isao 5
石井 連蔵 Ishii, Renzo 3
谷村 友一 Tanimura, Tomoichi 3
前田 祐吉 Maeda, Yukichi 3
水島 新司 Mizushima, Shinji 3
神田 順治 Kanda, Junji 0
富澤 宏哉 Tomizawa, Hiroya 0
松原 徹 Matsubara, Toru 0

Source: NPB 1/15/2018, HoF announcement, HoF Press Release (pdf, English), HoF Player Bios (Japanese)

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Chunichi Dragons: 2018 Spring Camp

Chunichi Dragons 2018 Spring Camp Details

Ichi-gun

February 1 (Thu) – 28 (Wed)
Days Off: February 6 (Tue), 13 (Tue), 19 (Mon)

Venue: Chatan Stadium in Okinawa

Games

  • 2/12 (Mon) vs Hanwha (KBO) at Chatan – 13:00
  • 2/15 (Thu) vs KIA (KBO) at Chatan – 13:00
  • 2/17 (Sat) vs Yomiuri at Naha – 12:30
  • 2/18 (Sun) vs Hiroshima at Goza – 13:00
  • 2/22 (Thu) vs Lotte at Chatan – 13:00
  • 2/24 (Sat) vs Nippon Ham at Chatan – 13:00 (exhibition game)
  • 2/25 (Sun) vs Hanshin at Chatan – 13:00 (exhibition game)
  • 2/26 (Mon) vs Hanwha (KBO) at Chatan – 13:00
  • 2/27 (Tue) vs Yokohama at Chatan – 12:30

Ni-gun Camp

February 1 (Thu) – March 1 (Thu)
Days Off: February 6 (Tue), 13 (Tue), 19 (Mon)

Venue: Yomitan Stadium in Okinawa

Games

  • 2/16 (Fri) vs Yokohama at Yomitan – 13:00
  • 2/20 (Tue) vs LG (KBO) at Yomitan – 13:00
  • 2/21 (Wed) vs Yokohama at Yomitan – 13:00
  • 2/23 (Fri) vs Hanwha (KBO) at Yomitan – 13:00

Additional information will be added to this post as it becomes available.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2018, Jiji 1/15/2018, Chunichi 1/16/2018

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[1/15/2018] Chunichi Dragons: registered position changes

The Chunichi Dragons announced a number of registered position changes on January 15:

  • Issei Endo – INF → OF
  • Kei Nomoto – OF → INF
  • Dayan Viciedo – OF → INF

The Dragons also announced the following uniform number assignment:

  • Hiroto Fuku – 234

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
G W L T
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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