[8/12/2017] Koshien Stats for 2017 Summer Koshien now online

Koshien Stats for 2017 Summer Koshien are now online. My apologies for the delay.

I am still working on names for games from yesterday. If anyone wants to help with the names, drop me a line or post in the comments section down below.

2017 Summer Koshien

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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.

Useful Links: WBC Official Site, WBC Scoreboard, WBC Schedule, WBC Official Site (JPN)



[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.



[8/17/2017] Yamato taken off active roster with tightness in right side

Yamato hurt his right side during yesterday’s (August 16) game against the Hiroshima Carp at Kyocera Dome. He recorded an infield single in his first at bat in the second inning and replaced on defense before the start of the third inning. The Hanshin Tigers told the press after the game that Yamato was removed from the game as a precaution because he felt some tightness in his right side. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests.

Yamato was removed from the active roster today.

Source: Daily Sports 8/17/2017, Daily Sports 8/17/2017Nikkan Sports 8/16/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/17/2017


[8/17/2017] Sho Nakata earns domestic FA option

Twenty-eight-year-old Sho Nakata earned his domestic free agent option today with eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/17/2017, Sponichi 8/17/2017


[8/15/2017] Hanshin Tigers exploring KBO market

The Hanshin Tigers are looking into options in the KBO for the 2018 season. Among names they might be interested in:

  • Wilin Rosario – Hanwha Eagles (KBO), infielder, twenty-nine-year-old
  • Hector Noesi – KIA Tigers (KBO), pitcher, thirty-year-old
  • Roger Bernadina – KIA Tigers (KBO), outfielder, thirty-three-year-old
  • Jeff Manship – NC Dinos (KBO), pitcher, thirty-two-year-old
  • Xavier Scruggs – NC Dinos (KBO), outfielder, twenty-nine-year-old

Source: Daily Sports 8/15/2017


[8/15/2017] 99th Summer Koshien: Today’s games postponed due to rain

Today’s Summer Koshien games have been postponed due to rain. The decision was made by tournament organizers at 6:05am. Games on the schedule will be pushed back a day. The Finals game will now be played on August 23.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/15/2017


[8/14/2017] at home Hero Award for July

The at home Hero Award for July was given to Hisayoshi Chono for his decisive home run against the Yakult Swallows on July 10. The Giants won the game 3-2.

The Giants scored two runs in the sixth the tie the game at two. With two out in the seventh, Chono deposited a slider over the fence in left that gave the Giants a 3-2 lead that would stick until the end.

Source: at home announcement, box score


[8/14/2017] Toru Murata leaves start with leg cramp

Toru Murata left his start against the Softbank Hawks at Kyocera Dome on August 14 after he developed a cramp in his right calf while throwing practice pitches before the start of the fifth inning. He is considered day-to-day for the time being.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/15/2017, Daily Sports 8/15/2017, Sponichi 8/15/2017


[8/14/2017] Hiroshi Kobayashi involved in minor accident

Hiroshi Kobayashi was involved in a minor car accident. The incident took place on August 13 at around 6:28pm on a general road in Kanazawa, Yokohama. Kobayashi and an oncoming car each stopped to give the other right of  way. Both cars then moved forward and hit each other.

The Yokohama Bay Stars issued an apology and said they will do what they can to make sure similar accidents do not happen again in the future.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/14/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/14/2017


[8/14/2017] Dayan Viciedo out with ulnar fracture

Dayan Viciedo was hit by a pitch on his right arm during his third at bat in the sixth inning of yesterday’s (August 13) game against the Yakult Swallows. He was taken out of the game on defense in the seventh and examined at a hospital in Nagoya.

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Viciedo suffered a right ulnar fracture. He was taken off the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/14/2017

[UPDATE 8/16 @ 3:01am]

Viciedo might need six to eight weeks for a full recovery and up to two months including rehab games.

Source: Sanspo 8/15/2017


[8/14/2017] Schedule Changes

The following additions were made to the Pacific League schedule.

New Alternate Dates (in case of rain outs)

  • September 11 – Orix Buffaloes vs Rakuten Eatles at Kobo Park Miyagi – 13:00
  • September 11 – Softbank Hawks vs Chiba Lotte Marines at ZOZO Marine – 18:15

Removed Alternate Dates

  • September 15 – Chiba Lotte Marines vs Rakuten Eagles

Source: NPB 8/14/2017


[8/13/2017] Tatsuya Imai to have shoulder examined

The media learned on August 12 that Tatsuya Imai will visit a hospital on August 14 for tests on his right shoulder. Imai started a Ni-gun game against Rakuten on August 11 and felt something strange in the shoulder after throwing just six pitches.

Source: Sponichi 8/13/2017, Sanspo 8/13/2017

[UPDATE 8/17 @ 6:29pm]

Ni-gun manager Tetsuya Shiozaki told reporters that Imai’s condition is not that serious (tests revealed inflammation). He also told reporters that while they were not planning to set a hard timetable for his first rehab game, they expected him to be ready in about a month (late-September).

Source: Sports Hochi 8/17/2017

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 109 67 38 4
Hanshin 105 56 48 1
Yokohama 105 53 48 4
Yomiuri 106 51 54 1
Chunichi 108 46 57 5
Yakult 107 36 69 2
Softbank 108 71 37 0
Rakuten 99 63 35 1
Seibu 105 62 41 2
Orix 104 46 57 1
Nippon Ham 103 36 67 0
Lotte 103 33 69 1
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