[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   Yomiuri
P 増井 浩俊 Masui, Hirotoshi 33 Domestic Nippon Ham 220.00M A   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  
P 平野 佳寿 Hirano, Yoshihisa 33 International Orix 300.00M A    
C 大野 奨太 Ono, Shota 30 International Nippon Ham 55.00M B    
P 涌井 秀章 Wakui, Hideaki 31 International Lotte 250.00M A    

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[12/10/2017] Koshien Stadium plans to make changes to dugouts

Koshien Stadium is planning to make a few changes to their dugout this off-season. The Hanshin Tigers complained that the current setup (a solid protective wall in front of the dugout) made it difficult to send signals to base coaches and players on the field. The wall will be swapped out with a bar and protective netting, similar to what is used at Mazda Stadium. There will also be three rows of seats. The first row will be a padded bar without a back that players can either lean back on or sit on. The two rows behind the padded bar will have different elevations to ensure a clear view of the field from every seat.

The change from a solid wall to netting should also help improve circulation in the dugout, particularly during the humid summer months.

Construction should be complete in time for the exhibition games in March. The Koshien Stadium dugouts were last modified before the start of the 2008 season.

Source: Sanspo 12/10/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2017Sponichi 12/10/2017, Daily Sports 12/10/2017, Sports Hochi 12/10/2017

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[12/10/2017] Hanshin Tigers select Yuya Onaka as FA compensation

The Hanshin Tigers told the media on December 9 that they received a list of unprotected players from the Yokohama Bay Stars. The two teams announced today that the Tigers selected twenty-two-year-old Yuya Onaka as part of their compensation package for losing Yamato to the Bay Stars via free agency.

Yokohama selected Onaka in the sixth round of the 2016 draft out of Hiroshima Keizai University. He pitched in eleven Ichi-gun games this season, all in relief, and allowed sixteen runs (fourteen earned) over 19.1 innings of work. He went 1-1 with a 6.52 ERA and 1.91 WHIP.

Source: Hanshin 12/10/2017, Yokohama 12/10/2017Daily Sports 12/10/2017


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[12/8/2017] Ginjiro Sumitani named next JPBPA chairman

Seibu’s Ginjiro Sumitani was named the ninth chairman of the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association during a meeting at an Osaka hotel on December 7. Motohiro Shima stepped down after five years. Sumitani is the first player out of high school to make it to chairman. His term will be one year.

Source: JPBPA 12/7/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2017, Daily Sports 12/7/2017


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[12/8/2017] Louis Okoye returns from Mexico

Louis Okoye left for Mexico on November 23 to play winter ball with the Caneros de Los Mochis. He made his debut on November 28 (started in center and batted lead-off) and struck out three consecutive trips to the plate.

Okoye returned to Japan on December 8 because he was not getting any playing time and wanted more time to practice.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/8/2017, Sports Hochi 12/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/8/2017, Sponichi 12/8/2017

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[12/8/2017] Chunichi Dragons to part ways with Masaru Fujiyoshi

The Chunichi Dragons announced on December 8 that they will part ways with twenty-one-year-old Masaru Fujiyoshi. The two sides had just agreed to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated three million yen on November 18.

Dragons representative Kazuo Nishiyama told reporters that Fujiyoshi wanted a chance to start over in a new place and the team decided to accept his request. He is apparently interested in going back to playing amateur baseball.

The Dragons are planning to release Fujiyoshi in January.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/8/2017

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[12/8/2017] Koki Aoyagi has surgery to treat deviated septum

The media learned on December 7 that Koki Aoyagi had surgery to treat a deviated septum at a hospital in Yokohama. He was in the hospital for a week and was discharged on December 6.

Source: Sanspo 12/8/2017

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[12/8/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters reach agreement with Bryan Rodriguez

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-six-year-old pitcher Bryan Rodriguez. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. The Fighters are hoping Rodriguez can make his way into the starting rotation.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated fifty million yen plus incentives.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/8/2017, Sponichi 12/8/2017

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[12/7/2017] 2017 JABA Awards

Best Nine

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Team Age Times
P 田嶋 大樹 Tajima, Daiki JR Higashi Nihon 21 1
C 山内 佑規 Yamauchi, Yuki Tokgyo Gas 29 2
1B 喜納 淳弥 Kino, Junya NTT Higashi Nihon 25 1
2B 法兼 駿 Norikane, Shun Panasonic 23 1
3B 北川 利生 Kitagawa, Rio Nippon Tsuun 24 1
SS 福田 周平 Fukuda, Shuhei NTT Higashi Nihon 25 1
OF 神里 和毅 Kamizato, Kazuki Nihon Seimei 23 1
OF 多木 裕史 Taki, Hiroshi Toyota Jidosha 27 2
OF 伊藤 亮太 Ito, Ryota NTT Higashi Nihon 27 1
DH 関本 憲太郎 Sekimoto, Kentaro Nippon Tsuun 28 1

Individual Titles

Award Name JPN Name ENG Team Age Notes
Leading Hitter 高本泰裕 Takamoto, Yasuhiro NTT Nishi Nihon 31 .419 (14 G, 18-for-43)
Most Runs Batted In 関本 憲太郎 Sekimoto, Kentaro Nippon Tsuun 28 20 RBI (15 G)
Most Home Runs None
Most Wins 臼 井浩 Usui, Isamu Tokyo Gas 23 6-0 (10 G)
Best ERA 福島 由登 Fukushima, Yuto Honda 27 0.79 (7 G, 45.1 IP, 6 R, 4 ER)
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[12/7/2017] 130 NPB players left off reserved lists

The NPB posted reserved lists for all twelve NPB teams on December 2. Players that did not make the reserved lists (130 in all) automatically became free agents.

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[12/7/2017] Yomiuri Giants: uniform number changes

The Yomiuri Giants announced the following uniform number changes on December 7:

  • Kota Nakagawa = 91 → 41
  • Shimpei Shinohara = 92 → 62
  • Hirotaka Yonahara = 46 → 91
  • Shingo Usami = 52 → 27
  • Takaya Tanaka = 63 → 69
  • Kazuma Okamoto = 38 → 25
  • Daisuke Tatsumi = 93 → 015

Source: Yomiuri 12/7/2017

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