[11/14/2018] NPB Players that filed for free agency

The NPB announced that the following five players filed for free agency. Team will be able to negotiate with free agents beginning on November 15.

2018 Free Agents

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Age Type 2018 Team 2018 Salary Class Compensation Source
C 炭谷 銀仁朗 Ginjiro Sumitani 31 International Seibu 110.00M B Yomiuri Giants
Tetsuya Utsumi + 40% of 2018 salary
Latest
INF 浅村 栄斗 Hideto Asamura 28 Domestic Seibu 210.00M B Rakuten Eagles
60% of 2018 salary (126M yen)
Latest
P 西勇 輝 Yuki Nishi 28 Domestic Orix 120.00M B Hanshin Tigers
Daichi Takeyasu + 40% of 2018 salary
Latest
OF 丸 佳浩 Yoshihiro Maru 29 Domestic Hiroshima 210.00M A Yomiuri Giants
Hisayoshi Chono
+ 50% of 2018 salary (150M yen)
Latest
INF 中村 剛也 Takeya Nakamura 35 International Seibu 280.00M A Exercised option and will remain with Seibu. 11/08

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

Source: NPB 11/14/2018

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Link Highlights for November 2018

Player/Staff Updates

Postseason

Samurai Japan

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LOT

[1/17/2019] Yuta Omine to miss season after TJ surgery

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that Yuta Omine had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow at a hospital in Yokohama. He will most likely require about a year for a full recovery.

Source: Lotte 1/17/2019, Sports Hochi 1/17/2019, Sponichi 1/17/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/17/2019, Daily Sports 1/17/2019, Sanspo 1/17/2019

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SOF

[1/17/2019] Rikuya Shimizu has right ankle surgery

The Softbank Hawks announced that Rikuya Shimizu had surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle. Shimizu had the procedure at a hospital in Kurume, Fukuoka on January 16 and will remain hospitalized for about ten days. He will most likely require about three months for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2019, Nishinippon Shimbun 1/17/2019

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[1/15/2018] 2019 Hall of Fame Class: Tatsunami, Gondo, Wakimura

Players Division

Committee Members 381
Voting Members 372
Valid Votes 371
Required Votes (75%) 279

Vote Results

Name JPN Name ENG Votes Percentage
立浪 和義 Tatsunami, Kazuyoshi 287 77.4%
高津 臣吾 Takatsu, Shingo 225 60.0%
川相 昌弘 Kawai, Masahiro 188 50.7%
宮本 慎也 Miyamoto, Shinya 153 41.2%
A. ラミレス Ramirez, Alex 150 40.4%
野村 謙二郎 Nomura, Kenjiro 138 37.2%
小久保 裕紀 Kokubo, Hiroki 119 32.1%
桑田 真澄 Kuwata, Masumi 117 31.5%
前田 智徳 Maeda, Tomonori 110 29.6%
T. ローズ Rhodes, Tuffy 110 29.6%
石井 琢朗 Ishii, Takuro 92 24.8%
城島 健司 Jojima, Kenji 56 15.1%
山﨑 武司 Yamasaki, Takeshi 42 11.3%
佐々岡 真司 Sasaoka, Shinji 39 10.5%
田口 壮 Taguchi, So 38 10.2%
赤星 憲広 Akahoshi, Norihiro 33 8.9%
石井 一久 Ishii, Kazuhisa 28 7.5%
桧山 進次郎 Hiyama, Shinjiro 12 3.2%

Expert Division

Committee Members 140
Voting Members 134
Valid Votes 133
Required Votes (75%) 100

Vote Results

Name JPN Name ENG Votes Percentage
権藤 博 Gondo, Hiroshi 102 76.7%
田淵 幸一 Tabuchi, Koichi 86 64.7%
R.バース Bass, Randy 84 63.2%
掛布 雅之 Kakefu, Masayuki 41 30.8%
大沢 啓二 Osawa, Keiji 40 30.1%
柴田 勲 Tabuchi, Koichi 35 26.3%
土橋 正幸 Dobashi, Masayuki 32 24.1%
加藤 秀司 Kato, Hideji 26 19.5%
梨田 昌孝 Nashida, Masataka 26 19.5%
長池 徳士 Nagaike, Tokuji 23 17.3%
足立 光宏 Adachi, Mitsuhiro 19 14.3%
岡田 彰布 Okada, Akinobu 14 10.5%
中畑 清 Nakahata, Kiyoshi 14 10.5%
松岡 弘 Matsuoka, Hiromu 10 7.5%
尾花 高夫 Obana, Takao 1 0.8%

Special Division

Committee Members 14
Voting Members 14
Valid Votes 14
Required Votes (75%) 11

Voting Results

Name JPN Name ENG Votes
脇村 春夫 Wakimura, Haruo 13
川島 勝司 Kawashima, Katsuji 6
岡田 功 Okada, Isao 5
水島 新司 Mizushima, Shinji 5
石井 連蔵 Ishii, Renzo 3
前田 祐吉 Maeda, Yukichi 3
太田 誠 Ota, Makoto 2
谷村 友一 Tanimura, Tomoichi 2
近藤 兵太郎 Kondo, Hyotaro 1
富澤 宏哉 Tomizawa, Hiroya 1

Source: NPB 1/15/2019, HoF announcement, HoF Press Release (pdf, English), HoF Player Bios (Japanese)

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[1/15/2019] Chiba Lotte Marines add Brandon Laird

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they added thirty-one-year-old Brandon Laird to their team. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. The media is reporting Laird agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 1.1 million US dollars.

Source: Lotte 1/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2019, Sponichi 1/15/2019

[UPDATE 1/16 @ 2:30pm]

The Marines announced that Laird was assigned the uniform number 54.

Source: Sponichi 1/16/2019, Sports Hochi 1/16/2019, Daily Sports 1/16/2019

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ORI

[1/15/2019] Orix Buffaloes reach agreement with Tyler Eppler

The Orix Buffaloes announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-six-year-old Tyler Eppler. He was assigned the uniform number 42. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 600,000 US dollars.

Source: Orix 1/15/2019, Sanspo 1/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2019, Chunichi Sports 1/15/2019, Daily Sports 1/15/2019, Sponichi 1/15/2019

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CHU

Chunichi Dragons: 2019 Spring Camp

Ichi-gun

  • February 1 (Fri) – 27 (Wed)
  • Days Off: February 6 (Wed), 13 (Wed), 20 (Wed)
  • Venue: Chatan Sports Park Stadium

Ni-gun

  • February 1 (Fri) – 28 (Thu)
  • Days Off: February 6 (Wed), 13 (Wed), 20 (Wed)
  • Venue: Yomitan Peace Mori Park Stadium

Games

  • 02/11 vs Hanwha (KBO) at Chatan – 13:00
  • 02/12 vs KIA (KBO) at Chatan – 13:00
  • 02/14 vs Lotte at Chata – 13:00
  • 02/16 vs Hanwha (KBO) at Yomitan – 13:00
  • 02/17 vs Yakult at Urasoe – 13:00
  • 02/18 vs Samsung (KBO) at Chatan – 13:00
  • 02/19 vs Yokohama Ni-gun at Yomitan – 13:00
  • 02/21 vs Hanwha (KBO) at Yomitan – 13:00
  • 02/22 vs Samsung (KBO) at Chatan – 13:00
  • 02/25 vs Yokohama Ni-gun at Yomitan – 13:00

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2019

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[1/15/2019] Chunichi Dragons to give Sandy Brito a look during spring camp

The Chunichi Dragons are planning to give twenty-two-year-old Sandy Brito a look during spring camp in February. Brito is slated to arrive in Japan later this month and will attend Okinawa camp from February 1. He will be a candidate for an Ikusei contract.

Source: Sponichi 1/15/2019, Sanspo 1/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2019

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LOT

[1/13/2019] Chiba Lotte Marines reach agreement with Brandon Mann

The Chiba Lotte Marines are looking to add thirty-four-year-old Brandon Mann to their pitching staff. An announcement of his addition could be made shortly. Lotte has been looking for additional left-handed candidates for the starting rotation.

Mann played for the Yokohama Bay Stars in 2011 and 2012. He returned to the United States for a minor league contract with Washington, but later signed with the BC League’s Shinano Grandserows and went 1-9 with a 4.73 ERA (1.51 WHIP) in thirty appearances. He then bounced around a couple of organizations (Pittsburgh, Oakland, Texas, also with some time in the American Association) and was once suspended for eighty games after testing positive for Ostarine (a banned substance that was an ingredient in a supplement he purchased). Mann made his MLB debut with Texas in 2018 and pitched in seven games while recording a 4.27 ERA (1.32 WHIP) over 8.1 innings of work.

Source: Sponichi 1/13/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/13/2019, Sports Hochi 1/13/2019

[UPDATE 1/14 @ 11:16pm]

The Marines announced today that they reach an agreement with Mann. The media is reporting that the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 200,000 US dollars. Mann’s registered name will be “Brandon.”

Source: Lotte 1/14/2019, Daily Sports 1/14/2019, Sports Hochi 1/14/2019, Sanspo 1/14/2019, Sponichi 1/14/2019

[UPDATE 1/16 @ 2:29pm]

The Marines announced that Mann was assigned the uniform number 85.

Source: Sponichi 1/16/2019, Sports Hochi 1/16/2019, Daily Sports 1/16/2019

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CHU

[1/11/2019] Kodai Umetsu diagnosed with shoulder impingement syndrome

The Chunichi Dragons announced that second round draft pick Kodai Umetsu was examined at a hospital in Nagoya and diagnosed with a minor case of impingement syndrome in his right shoulder. Umetsu started feeling discomfort in the shoulder during rookie training workouts on January 8.

Source: Sanspo 1/10/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/10/2019

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[1/9/2019] 91st Spring Koshien: Ticket Price Increases

The steering committee for the 91st Spring Koshien met in Osaka on January 9 and approved a new pricing structure for the tournament.

  • Center Special Non-Reserved – 2,500 yen (up 500 yen)
  • First/Third Special Non-Reserved – 2,000 yen (up 500 yen)
    • Children – 800 yen (up 200 yen)
  • Alps Seats – 800 yen (up 200 yen)
  • Outfield Seats will remain free

Source: Sanspo 1/9/2019, Sponichi 1/9/2019

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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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