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
24,865
03/22 Wed 10:00 2 United States 2-1 Japan TBS,
J Sports
33,462
03/23 Thu 10:00 3 United States 8-0 Puerto Rico TV Asahi,
J Sports
51,565

Times in Japan Standard Time.

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[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.

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HAN

[3/25/2017] Hanshin Tigers possible opening day starting rotation

The Hanshin Tigers opening day starting rotation will most likely include Randy Messenger, Atsushi Nomi, Shintaro Fujinami, and Yuta Iwasada. Takumi Akiyama and Koyo Aoyagi could round out the rotation.

  • Minoru Iwata was reassigned to Ni-gun.
  • Fujinami rejoined the team on March 25. He is scheduled to get a tune-up start at Ni-gun against Orix on March 28. Assuming everything is okay, his first turn in the rotation will most likely come on April 4 against Yakult at Kyocera Dome.

Source: Sanspo 3/25/2017, Sanspo 3/25/2017

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[3/25/2017] 89th Spring Koshien stats updated

Koshien Stats has been updated with games from March 25.

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YAK

[3/25/2017] Yuhei Nakamura misses exhibition game against Nippon Ham

Yuhei Nakamura missed today’s exhibition game against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome because he was not feeling well.

Source: Sanspo 3/25/2017

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SEI

[3/25/2017] Shogo Akiyama played with fracture in toe

The media learned that Shogo Akiyama participated in the World Baseball Classic with a fracture in his right fifth toe (pinky). He suffered the fracture when he was hit by a pitch during a practice game against Hanshin on March 3. The Seibu Lions were notified immediately after Samurai Japan found out he was hurt.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/25/2017, Sponichi 3/25/2017

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SOF

[3/25/2017] Daisuke Matsuzaka, Tadashi Settsu to start year at Ni-gun

Kimiyasu Kudo and pitching coach Shinji Kurano told reporters today that Daisuke Matsuzaka and Tadashi Settsu will start the year at Ni-gun. The two players will report to Ni-gun facilities in Chikugo on March 26.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/25/2017

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HAM

[3/25/2017] Takuya Kori suffers fissure fracture in wrist

Takuya Kori took a pitch off his left wrist during a Ni-gun game on March 24 and was removed early. The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today Kori was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with a fissure fracture in his left ulnar styloid. He will require about four weeks for a full recovery (he will also need to immobilize the wrist for about two weeks).

Source: Sponichi 3/25/2017, Daily Sports 3/25/2017

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RAK

[3/25/2017] Yuki Koyama got married in January

The media learned on March 24 that Yuki Koyama (28) filed marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman from Tokyo earlier this year in January. The two dated for about two years before Koyama popped the question in December 2016.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2017

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[3/24/2017] 89th Spring Koshien stats updated

Koshien Stats has been updated with games from March 24.

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SOF

[3/24/2017] Softbank Hawks add Ikusei Kaisei Sone to seventy-man roster

The Softbank Hawks signed Ikusei player Kaisei Sone to a regular contract today. Sone’s uniform number will change from 140 to 69. His new contract will be worth an estimated 5.5 million yen.

The Hawks held a press conference for Sone earlier today at YafuOku Dome.

Source: Softbank 3/24/2017Softbank 3/24/2017Sanspo 3/24/2017Nikkan Sports 3/24/2017

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YAK

[3/24/2017] Wladimir Balentien would like to return to the Majors

Wladimir Balentien had a productive World Baseball Classic: he went 16-for-26 with four home runs, twelve RBI, and a slash line of .615/.677/1.115. He told reporters after his arrival at Narita Airport today that, just like most other players, his goal was to play in the Majors. He also said that he kept his contract with Yakult to one year because there might be an opportunity to return to the MLB.

Source: Tokyo Sports 3/24/2017

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Chunichi 143 58 82 3
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