2018 Spring Camp Quick Links

Central Pacific
Hiroshima: Info, Official SC Site Softbank: Info, Official SC Site
Hanshin: Info, Official SC Site Seibu: Info, Official SC Site
Yokohama: Info, Official SC Site Rakuten: Info, Official SC Site
Yomiuri: Info Orix: Info, Official SC Site
Chunichi: Info, Official SC Site Nippon Ham: Info, Official SC Site
Yakult: Info, Official SC Site Lotte: Info, Official SC Site

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LOT

[6/24/2018] Shota Omine to retire

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced on June 23 that they received and approved a request for retirement from twenty-six-year-old Shota Omine. According to media reports, Omine decided to retire because of financial problems that, according to a Lotte representative, started about two-and-a-half years ago.

In a statement released by Lotte, Omine explained he borrowed money from people and was unable to pay them back. He said he wanted a change of pace and decided retirement was his best option. He then apologized to staff and fans for letting them down.

Source: Lotte 6/23/2018, Sports Hochi 6/23/2018, Sponichi 6/23/2018, Sponichi 6/23/2018, Sponichi 6/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/24/2018, Daily Sports 6/23/2018, Sanspo 6/23/2018, Sanspo 6/23/2018, Sanspo 6/24/2018

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YOK

[6/23/2018] Yokohama interested in Yuhei Nakaushiro

The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in twenty-eight-year-old pitcher Yuhei Nakaushiro. They want a chance to see him live and are planning to evaluate him during a private tryout.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/23/2018, Sports Hochi 6/23/2018

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RAK

[6/22/2018] Wataru Karashima struck by batted ball

Wataru Karashima took a batted ball off the area near his left thumb during his start against the Nippon Ham Fighters on June 22.

With two out in the bottom of the first inning, Kensuke Kondo hit a ball back up the middle that struck Karashima near the base of his left thumb. Karashima left the field for treatment and was unable to return. He was later taken to a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with a bruise (no abnormalities to the bone).

Source: Daily Sports 6/22/2018, Sponichi 6/22/2018, Sports Hochi 6/22/2018, Jiji 6/23/2018, Sanspo 6/23/2018

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[6/22/2018] NPB Attendance Figures through May 6

Central League

Attendance

Teams 2018 2017
  Gm Attendance Avg/Gm Chg Gm Attendance Avg/Gm
Hiroshima 31 938,538 30,275 +1.6% 31 923,849 29,802
Hanshin 34 1,400,110 41,180 -2.2% 34 1,432,001 42,118
Yokohama 30 832,569 27,752 +0.9% 34 934,723 27,492
Yomiuri 34 1,393,176 40,976 -3.1% 31 1,310,783 42,283
Chunichi 31 878,400 28,335 +3.9% 36 981,924 27,276
Yakult 29 759,005 26,173 +0.6% 31 806,752 26,024
Totals 189 6,201,798 32,814 +1.2% 197 6,390,032 32,437

Game Times

  2018 2017
All Games 3:15 (243 games) 3:12 (483 games)
Nine Innings 3:11 (219 games) 3:06 (427 games)

Pacific League

Attendance

Teams 2018 2017
  Gm Attendance Avg/Gm Chg Gm Attendance Avg/Gm
Nippon Ham 31 895,957 28,902 -1.6% 33 968,991 29,363
Rakuten 33 813,916 24,664 -1.7% 29 727,569 25,089
Seibu 30 775,041 25,835 +9.5% 30 708,017 23,601
Lotte 32 710,961 22,218 +14.8% 34 658,253 19,360
Orix 34 768,590 22,606 +1.3% 35 780,812 22,309
Softbank 33 1,180,794 35,782 +8.7% 31 1,020,157 32,908
Totals 193 5,145,259 26,659 +5.2% 192 4,863,799 25,332

Game Times

  2018 2017
All Games 3:15 (247 games) 3:14 (483 games)
Nine Innings 3:11 (225 games) 3:10 (441 games)

Source: NPB 6/22/2018

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[6/22/2018] Final 2018 Inter-league Standings and Awards

Final standings and awards for the 2018 Inter-league standings.

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CHU

[6/20/2018] Kazuki Yoshimi earns domestic FA option

Thirty-three-year-old Kazuki Yoshimi earned his domestic free agent option today with eight years of service time on the active roster. Yoshimi told reporters he was not planning to exercise the option.

Source: Daily Sports 6/20/2018, Sports Hochi 6/20/2018, Sanspo 6/20/2018

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YAK

[6/20/2018] Yakult Swallows reach agreement with Jason Urquidez

The Yakult Swallows announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-five-year-old pitcher Jason Urquidez. He was assigned the uniform number 61. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a contract worth 150,000 US dollars plus incentives.

Urquidez is in the process of getting a work visa. He could arrive in Japan some time next week.

Source: Daily Sports 6/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/20/2018, Daily Sports 6/20/2018, Sponichi 6/20/2018, Sanspo 6/20/2018

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YAK

[6/20/2018] Yakult Swallows to part ways with Jordan Armengot

The Yakult Swallows announced today that they decided to part ways with thirty-one-year-old Jordan Armengot. They have filed paperwork to place Armengot on waivers.

Armengot is currently in the United States due to problems with his lower body.

Source: Daily Sports 6/20/2018, Chunichi 6/20/2018, Sanspo 6/20/2018

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[6/20/2018] Schedule Changes

The following addition was made to the Inter-league schedule.

  • June 21 – Orix Buffaloes vs Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium – 18:00 (June 19 rain out)

Source: NPB 6/20/2018, Hanshin 6/20/2018

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YAK

[6/20/2018] Norichika Aoki fined for ejection on June 20

Norichika Aoki was ejected for using offensive language during a game against Softbank at Jingu Stadium on June 20. The ejection took place in the seventh inning after Aoki struck out on a check-out. The NPB announced today that they issued Aoki a stern warning and a 100,000 yen fine.

Source: NPB 6/20/2018, Sanspo 6/20/2018, Daily Sports 6/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/20/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
G W L T
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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