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.

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

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[4/27/2017] Kotaro Kiyomiya, Daiju Nomura hit two homers each in Waseda Jitsugyo victory

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
NichiDaiSan 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 7 0 0 0 17 15 0
Waseda Jitsugyo 2 0 2 0 2 0 5 2 4 0 0 1 18 21 2

The game ended at around 10:05pm and lasted 4h02m. Attendance was announced at 20,000. Closing ceremonies were canceled due to the time.

Waseda Jitsugyo won its ninth championship, first in thirty-five years.



[4/27/2017] Chunichi’s Ogasawara and Softbank’s Kawasaki

Shinnosuke Ogasawara started a Ni-gun game against Softbank at Nagoya Stadium today. He gave up a run on three hits over six innings of work. He threw 100 pitches, struck out nine, and topped out at 145km/h. Chunichi beat Softbank 3-1.

Ogasawara pitched well early on and held Softbank to one infield hit through five innings. He gave up a run on a walk and a double to Munenori Kawasaki in the sixth.

On a side note: Kawasaki started at third (he moved to second in the fourth inning and was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning) and batted lead-off for Softbank. He went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. He is expected to make the active roster in time for the Orix three-game series that begins on April 28.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/27/2017, Sports Hochi 4/27/2017, Sponichi 4/27/2017, Sports Hochi 4/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/27/2017


[4/27/2017] Norihiro Nakamura to coach high school baseball

Hamamatsu Kaiseikan announced on April 26 that they hired former Kintetsu Buffalo Norihiro Nakamura as a part-time coach for their high school team. He got the job because he is acquainted with the school’s baseball manager Kokoro Sano (they both started their professional careers after they were selected during the 1991 draft).

Nakamura earned his license to coach students last year in February. He will be coaching players on hitting and fielding one to two times a month.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/27/2017, Sanspo 4/27/2017


[4/27/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters’s ten-game losing streak

According to Sports Hochi:

The Nippon Ham Fighters have been through five double-digit losing streaks in the team’s history:

  • fourteen-game losing streak: July to August 1984 (three ties)
  • eleven-game losing streak: May to June 2005 (two ties)
  • ten-game losing streak: August 1959 (one tie)
  • ten-game losing streak: July to August 1968 (one tie)
  • ten-game losing streak: April 2017 (no ties)

The Fighters are the third team in NPB history to go on a ten-game losing streak during the year after they finished in first place. The other two teams: 1961 Taiyo (eleven-game losing streak) and 1976 Hiroshima (eleven-game losing streak).

Source: Sports Hochi 4/27/2017


[4/26/2017] Eigoro Mogi misses game with heel pain

Eigoro Mogi did not play in tonight’s game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at Kobo Park Miaygi because of pain in his left heel. He suffered the injury while running the bases during the Lotte game on April 25.

Source: Sanspo 4/26/2017, Sports Hochi 4/26/2017


[4/26/2017] Kenta Ishida has discomfort in left elbow

Kenta Ishida was taken off the active roster today with discomfort in his left elbow. He started having problems with his elbow after his last start on April 22. His schedule moving forward will be set after the team doctor has had a chance to exam him.

Source: Daily Sports 4/26/2017, Sponichi 4/26/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/26/2017


[4/26/2017] Edwin Escobar tosses a bullpen session

Edwin Escobar is currently at Ni-gun. He was scratched from a start against Rakuten on April 14 because of tightness in his right hamstring. He threw forty-four pitches in the bullpen on April 25 and felt good (no pain). It was his first session since his injury. He might be ready to pitch in a rehab game in early May.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/26/2017


[4/26/2017] Tatsuro Hamada has elbow surgery again

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Tatsuro Hamada had ablative surgery on his left elbow (ulnar nerve) at a hospital in Aichi on April 25. He had a similar surgery in October last year.

Source: Daily Sports 4/26/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/26/2017, Sports Hochi 4/26/2017


[4/26/2017] Kyosuke Takagi tosses shutout inning in relief at San-gun

Kyosuke Takagi pitched in a San-gun game against the BC League’s Musashi Heat Bears today. It was his first game since October 2015.

Takagi entered the game in the eighth inning with a three-run lead. He faced four hitters, threw sixteen pitches, walked one, struck out two, and topped out at 143 km/h.

  • strikeout swinging on a 104 km/h curveball
  • fly out to right on a 139 km/h fastball
  • walk
  • strikeout swinging on a 142 km/h fastball

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/26/2017, Daily Sports 4/26/2017, Sponichi 4/26/2017


[4/26/2017] Yuki Saito gives up seven runs in one inning

Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Rakuten at Kamagaya today. He gave up seven runs on six hits over five innings of work. He faced twenty-four hitters, threw eighty-six pitches, walked/hit three, and struck out five. He struggled in the first inning: he faced ten batters and gave up seven runs on four hits. Two of the hits came in two separate bases loaded situations: a two-run double to Taishi Nakagawa and a grand slam to Tadashi Ishimine.

Source: Daily Sports 4/26/2017, Sponichi 4/26/2017, Sports Hochi 4/26/2017, Tokyo Sports 4/26/2017, Tokyo Sports 4/26/2017

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 24 15 8 1
Hanshin 21 12 9 0
Yomiuri 22 12 10 0
Yokohama 22 9 11 2
Chunichi 23 8 12 3
Yakult 22 8 14 0
Rakuten 19 15 4 0
Orix 20 14 6 0
Seibu 20 11 9 0
Softbank 23 12 11 0
Lotte 21 6 15 0
Nippon Ham 23 5 18 0
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