2017 World Baseball Classic

Finals Schedule

Date Time Gm Away   Home Broadcast Attendance
03/21 Tue 10:00 1 Netherlands 3-4 Puerto Rico TBS,
J Sports
03/22 Wed 10:00 2 United States 2-1 Japan TBS,
J Sports
03/23 Thu 10:00 3 United States 8-0 Puerto Rico TV Asahi,
J Sports

Times in Japan Standard Time.

Useful Links: WBC Official Site, WBC Scoreboard, WBC Schedule, WBC Official Site (JPN)



[8/29/2016] 2017 World Baseball Classic Survey (UPDATE 9/12 @ 2:04am)

I have been asked to do a little research on the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Information I gather could be used in a article that will be published in the next issue of Baseball Times. Those of you that have watched any of YakyuDB’s streams should be familiar with the name. They are a legitimate baseball publication in Japan.



[6/25/2017] Yohei Kagiya taken off active roster

The Nippon Ham Fighters removed Yohei Kagiya from their active roster today due to general fatigue. He currently leads his team with thirty-five appearances.

Source: Sanspo 6/25/2017


[6/25/2017] Hanshin Tigers could acquire another foreign player

According to a report by Sanspo from this morning, the Hanshin Tigers may be thinking about acquiring a right-handed bat with pop that can also play some first. Among the names on their list of candidates are thirty-year-old Brandon Snyder, twenty-nine-year-old Jason Rogers, and twenty-eight-year-old Will Middlebrooks. Snyder may be at the top of their list.

Source: Sanspo 6/25/2017


[6/24/2017] 1st Mature Cup

The 1st Mature Cup tournament started today. The idea behind the tournament is to give players that have not had a lot of playing time (particularly seniors) a chance to participate in a tournament.



[6/24/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters reach one million in attendance

The Nippon Ham Fighters reached one million in attendance today. They reached the total in thirty-five home games, two fewer than last year.



[6/24/2017] Wily Mo Pena tweaks right hamstring

Wily Mo Pena tweaked his right hamstring while sliding into second base during a game against the Orix Buffaloes on July 23. The condition of his leg may not be bad enough to keep him out of the line-up, but it could be slowing him down a little.

Source: Daily Sports 6/24/2017


[6/24/2017] Yakult Swallows sign Genki Nitta to Ikusei contract

The Yakult Swallows signed thirty-four-year-old bullpen catcher Genki Nitta to an Ikusei contract. His uniform number will be 104. The Swallows decided to sign Nitta because they are running low on catchers at Ni-gun.

This is not the first time the Swallows signed someone on the staff to fill a hole in their farm system. In 2015, they signed batting practice pitcher/advance scout Kenta Abe to an Ikusei contract and used him as an outfielder.

Source: Daily Sports 6/24/2017


[6/24/2017] Yakult Swallows interested in Carlos Rivero

Carlos Rivero is apparently on his way to Japan. There was some internet chatter about the Hanshin Tigers possibly landing the twenty-nine-year-old, but Sanspo posted a report this morning that mentions the Yakult Swallows as an interested party with no mention of the Tigers.

Source: Sanspo 6/24/2017

[UPDATE 6/24 @ 4:04pm]

The Swallows are close to finalizing a contract with Rivero, according to newer reports from this afternoon.

Source: Chunichi Sports 6/24/2017, Daily Sports 6/24/2017


[6/23/2017] Yasuyuki Kataoka begins outdoor batting practice

Yasuyuki Kataoka started taking live outdoor bating practice at Giants Stadium today. He swung the bat about fifty times and hit five over the fence. He told reporters he was still getting a feel for hitting and that it felt good to hit outdoors.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/23/2017

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[6/23/2017] 2017 NPB Inter-league Awards

Winners of the 2017 NPB Inter-league Awards were released by the NPB today.

Most Valuable Player Award

Yuki Yanagita (Softbank)
16 G, .338 BA, 24 H (5th tie), 7 HR (2nd tie), 23 RBI (1st), .415 OBP, .565 RISP (1st tie)
He led all players with twenty-three RBI. This was the second time he won the award.

Nihon Seimei Award

Go Matsumoto (Nippon Ham)
17 G, .396 BA (2nd), 21 H, 0 HR, 5 RBI, .439 OBP (2nd), .462 (4th tie)
He started getting more regular playing time after he recorded a pinch-hit two-run double in the ninth inning of a game against Hanshin at Koshien Stadium on June 2.

Yoshihiro Maru (Hiroshima)
18 G, .411 BA (1st), 30 H (1st), 5 HR, 18 RBI (2nd), .469 OBP (1st), .565 RISP (1st tie)
He led the league in batting average, hits, and on base percentage.

Source: NPB 6/23/2017


[6/23/2017] Nobuyuki Hoshino takes LOA due to health issues

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that Ichi-gun pitching coach Nobuyuki Hoshino will take a temporary leave of absence (LOA) due to health issues. He was examined at a hospital on June 22, but was not feeling any better today.

Ichi-gun bullpen pitching coach Masafumi Hirai will take Hoshino’s spot in the dugout. Ni-gun pitching coach Hiroshi Kobayashi will slide into Hirai’s spot in the bullpen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/23/2017, Daily Sports 6/23/2017

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 69 43 25 1
Hanshin 66 37 29 0
Yokohama 69 33 34 2
Chunichi 70 30 37 3
Yomiuri 68 30 38 0
Yakult 68 26 41 1
Rakuten 63 42 21 0
Softbank 70 44 26 0
Seibu 66 36 28 2
Orix 67 31 36 0
Nippon Ham 67 28 39 0
Lotte 69 21 47 1
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