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:
|Pos||Name JPN||Name ENG||Age||Type||2016 Team||2016 Salary||Class||Compensation||YakyuDB|
|OF||陽 岱鋼||Yoh, Daikan||29||Domestic||Nippon Ham||160.00M||B||No player, 60% salary (~96M)||Yomiuri|
|P||森福 允彦||Morifuku, Masahiko||30||Domestic||Softbank||120.00M||C||None||Yomiuri|
|OF||糸井 嘉男||Itoi, Yoshio||35||Domestic||Orix||280.00M||B||Kazuyuki Kaneda + 40% salary (~112M)||Hanshin|
|P||山口 俊||Yamaguchi, Shun||29||Domestic||Yokohama||80.00M||B||Kentaro Taira + 40% salary (~32M)||Yomiuri|
|P||岸 孝之||Kishi, Takayuki||31||International||Seibu||225.00M||A||80% salary (~180M)||Rakuten|
|OF||栗山 巧||Kuriyama, Takumi||33||International||Seibu||200.00M||A||Does not apply||Seibu|
Free Agent Classes
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.5 Comments
The Softbank Hawks announced today that they signed Kimiyasu Kudo to a new three-year contract. He was in the final year of a three-year contract this year. The new contract will run through to the end of the 2019 season.0 Comments
The Seibu Lions announced today that team adviser Norio Tanabe will be a special spring camp roving batting and fielding instructor for the Hanwha Eagles, between January 31 and March 9.0 Comments
Junichi Tazawa is not expected to participate in the World Baseball Classic. Samurai Japan left a spot open for him, but will now most likely turn to Orix’s Yoshihisa Hirano.
The Yakult Swallows would be happy to let Wladimir Balentien participate in the World Baseball Classic after how things fared for him in 2013. Balentien hurt his left leg during the 2013 WBC and started the season at Ni-gun, but still managed to have one of the best seasons of his NPB career (60 home runs with a slash line of .330 / .455 / .779).
Source: Sponichi 1/19/2017
The NPB, KBO, and CPBL are planning to schedule a series of games in November. An official announcement could come some time next week.0 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they will give all fans that attend a Yakult game at Tokyo Dome on May 18 (Thu) a free replica INVINCIBLU (invincible + the color blue) Tokyo uniform. The Giants wore blue road uniforms when they won nine consecutive Nippon Series championships between 1965 and 1973. They first wore Tokyo across the chest (with no other designs) on road uniforms in 1953, the same year they were in first place from start to finish and won a Nippon Series.
Source: Yomiuri announcement0 Comments
The Softbank Hawks announced today that Kenta Tanigawara had surgery to remove loose bodies from his right elbow at a hospital in Fukuoka. He will be discharged from the hospital on January 20 and will begin a rehab program on January 21. He will require about three months for a full recovery.
Source: Nikkan Sports 1/19/20170 Comments
The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Takeshi Kaneko’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a boy weighing 3,034 grams, on December 26, 2016.
Source: Sanspo 1/19/20170 Comments
Shohei Otani was assigned to Arizona spring camp. Hideki Kuriyama is concerned about his workload and might avoid using him in any games while in the United States. The goal is to make sure Otani is healthy, not just for spring camp, but also for the World Baseball Classic and for the whole of the 2017 NPB season.0 Comments
Zett announced today that signed Yu Kato, Yukari Isozaki, and Minako Uemura to advisory pro staff contracts.
Source: Zett announcement0 Comments
The Japan University Baseball Federation (JUBF) released a preliminary roster of thirty-two players earlier today. The JUBF is hoping to select a final roster of twenty-two players after a training camp in March.
Source: Sanspo 1/18/20170 Comments
Samurai Japan will carry four batting practice pitchers during the World Baseball Classic tournament and eight batting pitchers practices during their mini camp in February. Hiroki Kokubo and the coaching staff could also serve as batting practice pitchers if necessary.
Source: Sponichi 1/17/2017
The Yomiuri Giants are planning to let Scott Mathieson (Canada) and Luis Cruz (Mexico) participate in the World Baseball Classic. The Giants have not yet received any requests about Dai-Kang Yoh and Jen-Lei Liao. There are some concerns surrounding Yoh because he is coming off a year in which he fractured his ribs and because he will have to adjust to playing for a new team in a much larger market. If he gets an invite to play for Taiwan, he might turn it down.
Tatsuya Yoshinami was selected to manage the Samurai Japan collegiate team during this year’s Universiade. Hideyuki Suzuki (Kansai Kokusai) and Furukawa Yuichi (Kanagawa) will return as coaches. Shinji Sakai (Nara Gakuen) will round out the coaching staff.
Source: Sponichi 1/17/20170 Comments