[11/28/2016] NPB Awards 2016

The NPB Awards 2016 was held at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Minatoku, Tokyo tonight. Links to the awards that were presented this year:


[11/10/2016] NPB Players that filed for free agency

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Age Type 2016 Team 2016 Salary Class YakyuDB
OF 陽 岱鋼 Yoh, Daikan 29 Domestic Nippon Ham 160.00M B Dai-Kang Yoh Rumors
P 森福 允彦 Morifuku, Masahiko 30 Domestic Softbank 120.00M C Yomiuri
OF 糸井 嘉男 Itoi, Yoshio 35 Domestic Orix 280.00M B Hanshin
P 山口 俊 Yamaguchi, Shun 29 Domestic Yokohama 80.00M B Yomiuri
P 岸 孝之 Kishi, Takayuki 31 International Seibu 225.00M A Rakuten
OF 栗山 巧 Kuriyama, Takumi 33 International Seibu 200.00M A Seibu

Free Agent Classes

  • A = 80% of this year’s salary or 50% of this year’s salary plus one player
  • B = 60% of this year’s salary or 40% of this year’s salary plus one player
  • C = no compensation

[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.



[12/3/2016] Japan Women’s Baseball League 2016 Titles and Awards

The Japan Women’s Baseball League held an awards ceremony at a hotel in Kyoto on December 3.



[12/3/2016] Updates on Shotaro Ide, Toshio Saito, Shinta Hifumi

Former Yokohama Bay Stars Shotaro Ide has decided to retire. He attended the twelve team tryouts in November and went 1-for-5. He was waiting for an offer, but did not receive one.

Toshio Saito was let go by the Orix Buffaloes after the season. He was also offered a job by the Buffaloes to join their staff as an advance scout. It would mean having to retire, but he is open to the idea.

Hanshin Tigers’ senryokugai Shinta Hifumi did not attend the twelve team tryouts in November because he already has plans to join the BC League’s Ishikawa Million Stars.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/3/2016, Sponichi 12/3/2016, Sponichi 12/3/2016


[12/3/2016] Raul Valdes will be with Chunichi again in 2017

Chunichi Dragons’ official Kazuo Nishiyama accepted the Speed Up Award on behalf of Raul Valdes during the NPB Awards ceremony on November 28. After accepting the award, he said that Valdes will be back next year. The two sides most likely agreed to a one-year contract.

Source: Sponichi 12/3/2016


[12/2/2016] 130 players became free agents on December 2

 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.



[12/2/2016] Kaneko and Arakaki planning to retire

Softbank senryokugai Keisuke Kaneko (31) and Yakult senryokugai Nagisa Arakaki (36) are planning to retire because they have not received any offers to play in 2017. Both players attended the twelve team tryouts at Koshien Stadium last month in hopes of drumming up interest. Kaneko went 1-for-5. Arakaki topped out at 140km/h and retired the three batters he faced.

Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2016, Nikkan Sports 11/30/2016


[12/2/2016] Iori Katsura has left knee surgery

The Chunichi Dragons announced on November 30 that Iori Katsura had surgery on his left knee (meniscus) at a hospital in Osaka on November 29. He will be able to resume walking in January and should be fully recovered in about four months.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/30/2016


[12/2/2016] Manny Ramirez talking to Island League’s Kochi

According to a report by Nikkan Sports, Manny Ramirez is interested in playing baseball in Japan. The Shikoku Island League’s Kochi Fighting Dogs are currently talking to Ramirez’s agent about a possible contract.

It all started on November 11 when his agent and a Kochi player (infielder from overseas) approached the Fighting Dogs and asked if they might be interested in Ramirez. Kochi is open to the idea of signing the forty-four-year-old as a player, not a coach.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/2/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/2/2016


[12/2/2016] Yuya Ishii has right knee surgery

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that Yuya Ishii had surgery on his right knee at a hospital in Tokyo (resection of the medial meniscus). He will be discharged from the hospital after a few days and will start a rehab program at the Ni-gun Kamagaya facilities. He will require about two months for a full recovery.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/2/2016


[12/2/2016] Garrett Jones and Scott Mathieson sign new contracts with Yomiuri

The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they signed Garrett Jones (35) and Scott Mathieson (32) to new contracts for the 2017 season. According to the media, Jones agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 1.4 million US dollars and Mathieson to a one-year deal worth an 2.5 million US dollars.

Source: Yomiuri announcement, Daily Sports 12/2/2016


[12/2/2016] Hanshin Tigers reach agreement with Eric Campbell

The Hanshin Tigers announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old Eric Campbell. He was assigned the uniform number 29. The Tigers released the following comment from Campbell:

After going back and forth between the Majors and minors, I wanted to try playing in Japan. I have faced Japanese pitchers in the Majors and I feel I have a good idea of what the level of play is like in Japan. The international scout told me to prepare myself for a lot of batting practice during [spring] camp. I want to do my best to adjust not only to the game, but also to the system, while listening to advice from others. I will do my best.

According to the media, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated seventy million yen.

Source: Hanshin announcementDaily Sports 12/2/2016, Daily Sports 12/2/2016