[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.



[4/15/2016] Kumamoto Earthquake

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake shook Kumamoto prefecture on the evening of April 14 (Thursday). Forty-nine people were killed and more than 800 were injured. There are currently about 22,000 evacuees.

Source: NHK 5/1/2016

Japan Red Cross, Kumamoto Prefecture, Association for Aid and Relief, JapanGlobalGiving, Peace Winds America



[9/28/2016] Alfredo Despaigne misses game with wrist discomfort

Alfredo Despaigne was left out of the starting line-up tonight against the Softbank Hawks because of discomfort in his left wrist. Yamaico Navarro was called up at the last minute to take his spot in the line-up.

 Source: Sports Hochi 9/28/2016


[9/28/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters take first in the PL

The Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Seibu Lions at Seibu Prince Dome 1-0 and secured first place in the Pacific League.

Shohei Otani started the game for the Fighters and picked up the sixth shutout of his career and first of the season. He gave up one hit, one walk, and struck out fifteen.

Hideki Kuriyama was tossed into the air eight times. Masaru Takeda three times.


[9/28/2016] Naruohama could be used as a WBC practice field

The Hanshin Tigers’ Naruohama facilities could be used as a practice field for the World Baseball Classic next year. Officials from the WBC visited the facilities on September 27.

Practice games for the First Round will take place at Kyocera Dome between March 3 and 6. Tournament organizers are looking for a field close to the dome that teams can use for practice. The Naruohama facilities are a top candidate.

Source: Sanspo 9/28/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/28/2016


[9/28/2016] Mitsutaka Goto and Takashi Kawai not in Eagles plans for 2017

Thirty-eight-year-old Mitsutaka Goto and forty-year-old Takashi Kawai are reportedly not a part of the Rakuten Eagles plans for the 2017 season and will most likely be released. It is not known if the two players want to continue playing or retire.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/28/2016


[9/28/2016] Kenta Kurihara planning to retire

The media learned today that thirty-four-year-old Kenta Kurihara is planning to retire. An official announcement will be made within the next few days.

Kurihara left the Hiroshima Carp last year and found a new home with the Rakuten Eagles after passing a tryout. He vowed to make a comeback, but never got the call. The Eagles like his work ethic and are thinking about offering him a coaching position.

Kurihara was selected by the Hiroshima Carp in the third round of the 1999 draft. He made his first Ichi-gun appearance in his third year in 2002. He became Hiroshima’s clean-up hitter in 2008 and recorded twenty-three home runs, 103 RBI, and a slash line of .332/.389/.515. He made the WBC roster in 2009 as a replacement player for an injured Shuichi Murata.

Kurihara’s career took a downhill slide after right elbow surgery in May 2012. He never fully recovered and played in only twenty-one games in 2012 and twenty-four games in 2013. He thought a change of scenery might be good and asked the Carp for his release after failing to make the active roster two years in a row.

The thirty-four-year-old hit 153 home runs and recorded 586 RBI in 1,026 games. He made the Best Nine in 2011, won three Gold Gloves (2008, 2009, 2011), and picked up three MVP of the Month Awards (July 2006, August 2011, September 2011). He made the All-Star series three times (2007, 2009, 2011).

Source: Daily Sports 9/28/2016, Daily Sports 9/28/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/28/2016, Sponichi 9/28/2016


[9/28/2016] Shinnosuke Ogasawara to work on lower body during the fall

Shinnosuke Ogasawara is not scheduled to participate in the Phoenix League this year. He will instead spend most of the fall running and strengthening his lower body.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/28/2016


[9/27/2016] Seibu Lions: Atsushi Okamoto to retire

The Seibu Lions announced today that thirty-five-year-old Atsushi Okamoto will be retiring. A press conference will be held on September 28.

Source: Seibu announcementSports Hochi 9/27/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/27/2016, Sponichi 9/27/2016


[9/27/2016] Kenta Imamiya to get elbow checked out

Kenta Imamiya did not participate in practices and did not play in tonight’s game against the Chiba Lotte Marines because of pain in his right elbow. He may have suffered the injury during yesterday’s game against Lotte. He told coaches that he had difficulty throwing the ball.

Imamiya returned to Fukuoka and will be examined at a hospital tomorrow.

Source: Sponichi 9/27/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/27/2016


[9/27/2016] Norio Tanabe announces decision to step down

Norio Tanabe held a press conference at Seibu Prince Dome after tonight’s game against the Nippon Ham Fighters and officially announced that he was stepping down as manager of the team. He informed the team of his decision before the game. He is stepping down to take responsibility for the team’s performance. (three consecutive fourth place or worse finishes).

Source: Seibu official announcement, Sponichi 9/27/2016


[9/27/2016] Louis Okoye could play winter ball overseas

The Rakuten Eagles are thinking about sending Louis Okoye to play winter ball overseas. Possible countries include Taiwan, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.

The Eagles are not planning to call Okoye up for the remaining games of the regular season. He is expected to play in the Phoenix League that begins next month.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/2016, Sponichi 9/27/2016