[4/15/2016] Kumamoto Earthquake

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake shook Kumamoto prefecture on the evening of April 14 (Thursday). Forty-nine people were killed and more than 800 were injured. There are currently about 22,000 evacuees.

Source: NHK 5/1/2016

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July 21

  • Yuya Hasegawa, Ryota Igarashi, Masahiko Morifuku, Ken Okamoto, Takuya Kai, Taisei Makihara, Seiichi Uchikawa, Yuki Yoshimura, and Shuhei Fukuda made a surprise visit to Mashiki, Kumamoto on July 21. They met about 400 people that were affected by the Kumamoto earthquake. Kimiyasu Kudo visited Kumamoto Governor Ikuo Kabashima and donated one million yen. He later joined the players. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/21/2016

July 14

  • The Softbank Hawks announced that they raised 3,245,026 yen in donations during a three-game Nippon Ham series that began on July 1. Source: Sanspo 7/14/2016

July 13

  • The NPB will be running a charity auction to raise money for victims of the Tohoku and Kumamoto earthquakes. Autographed game-worn coach, player, and umpire uniforms will be auctioned off. Source: NPB announcement

July 5

  • The NPB announced that it will be selling All-Star pin badges to raise money for victims of the Kumamoto earthquake. Source: NPB announcement

June 30

  • The Softbank Hawks announced that as part of their Fight! Kyushu project, they are going to donate one yen for every fan that attends a home game in 2016 to the Hawks Junior Academy. The donated money will then be used to pay for baseball clinics in Kumamoto and Oita. Source: Softbank announcement

June 21

  • The Softbank Hawks announced that Daisuke Matsuzaka (ten million) and Tadashi Settsu (three million) will be donating a total thirteen million yen toward repairs for Kumamoto Fujisakidai Baseball Stadium. The stadium was badly damaged during the earthquake and will require about 360 million yen to repair. Source: Softbank announcement

June 13

  • The Softbank Hawks announced that they collected 5,825,292 yen during a second-round of fund-raising activities. Source: Softbank announcement

May 23

  • The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association and the Japan Pro-Footballers Association will hold a joint charity auction to raise money for Kumamoto earthquake victims. Source: JPFA announcement
  • Organizers for the Kyushu high school spring tournament (hardball and rubber baseball divisions) announced that they collected 1,073,304 yen in donations during each of their tournaments. Source: Sanspo 5/23/2016

May 15

  • The Swallows announced that they collected 1,529,304 yen in donations during games played at Botchan Stadium and Jingu Stadium. In addition to one million yen from the players and 1,470,696 yen from the organization, the Swallows donated four million yen to relief efforts. They also announced that they will be running a Kumamoto charity auction this month to raise additional money for relief efforts. Source: Yakult announcement

May 13

  • The Softbank Hawks announced that the slogan for their Kumamoto/Oita Earthquake Relief Project will be Fight! Kyushu. The slogan will appear on the right sleeves of their uniforms beginning on May 17. They also announced that their three-game series against Nippon Ham that begins on July 1 will be called the Fight! Kyushu Relief Match. Source: Softbank announcement
  • The Softbank Hawks announced on May 13 that they will donate 11,701,803 (two million from the players, two million from the organization, and 7,701,803 in donations collected during games between April 15 and May 9) to relief efforts. Source: Softbank announcement

May 11

  • The Softbank Hawks are hoping to wear patches on their right arm sleeve that says Gambaro Kumamoto. The Hawks have already submitted their proposal to the NPB. If there are no major issues, they could begin wearing the patch as early as May 17. Source: Sponichi 5/11/2016

May 9

  • The Yomiuri Giants announced that they collected 1,570,441 yen in donations during three series at Tokyo Dome (April 22-24 against Yokohama, May 3-5 against Hiroshima, and May 6-8 against Chunichi). Source: Yomiuri announcement
  • High School Baseball Federations in the Kyushu region (excluding Kumamoto) of the Japan High School Baseball Federation donated one million yen to the Kumamoto High School Baseball Federation. Source: Sanspo 5/9/2016
  • The Spring Kyushu Tournament will be on May 10, about two weeks later than originally scheduled. Source: Sanspo 5/9/2016

May 5

  • The Ni-gun Tigers raised 1,120,790 yen during a three-game series against the Carp at Koshien Stadium (May 3-5). About 2,300 fans donated money. Source: Hanshin announcement

May 3

  • The Seibu Lions announced that they will donate 5,661,668 yen to relief efforts. Breakdown: one million yen each from the players and organization, 3,635,825 yen in donations collected during a three-game series at Seibu Prince Dome (April 22-24), and 25,863 yen in donations collected at their team store (April 22-30). Source: Seibu announcement

May 2

  • The Tokyo Big6 Baseball League raised 2,732,230 yen in donations between April 23 and 30. The league will donate a total three million yen to relief efforts. Source: Tokyo Big6 Baseball League announcement
  • The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that Kenta Uehara will donate 800,000 yen to relief efforts. Source: Daily Sports 5/2/2016

April 29

  • The start of the Inter-City Tournament Kyushu Qualifier will be pushed back from May 26 to May 28. The Kuamoto/Oita Qualifier for the Inter-City Tournament Kyushu Qualifier will take place on May 14 at Yamaga Stadium in Kumamoto. The Fukuoka Qualifier will take place over a four day period beginning on May 14. The JABA Kyushu Tournament scheduled in May will be pushed back to August 5 (five-day schedule). The venue for the Industrial League Japan Tournament Kyushu Qualifier in September will be moved because Fujisakidai Stadium suffered damage from the Kumamoto Earthquake. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/27/2016
  • The Japan Amateur Baseball Association (JABA) will donate 1.2 million yen to relief efforts. They will also be collecting donations during tournaments. Source: JABA announcement
  • High School students that move due to the Kumamoto Earthquake will not be required to sit out a full year. Source: Sponichi 4/28/2016

April 26

  • Buntoku High School has decided to withdraw from the Spring Kyushu rubber baseball tournament due to the Kumamoto Earthquake. Kyushu Gakuin High School and Shugakukan High School are still undecided for the Spring Kyushu hardball tournament. The Spring Kyushu tournament has already been delayed due to the tournament. Final decisions on the tournament and schedule will be made on May 6. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/26/2016

April 25

  • The Softbank Hawks announced that they canceled their Ni-gun game against Orix at Yatsushiro Baseball Field in Kumamoto on May 5. They will instead play a charity game against Orix at Tama Home Stadium Chikugo. Players will collect donations and ticket revenue (not including season seats) will be donated. Source: Softbank announcement
  • The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they raised 3,746,375 yen in donations during their recent homestand (July 19-21 against Softbank and July 23-24 against Orix). The players and the organization will also each donate one million yen to relief efforts. Source: Lotte announcement

April 24

  • The Seibu Lions collected 3,635,825 yen in donations during their three-game series against Rakuten at Seibu Prince Dome (April 22-24). The players and the organization will also each donate one million yen to relief efforts. Source: Seibu announcement

April 22

  • The Hiroshima Carp collected 1,155,788 yen in donations at Mazda Stadium before their game against Hanshin. Source: Hiroshima announcement

April 21

  • The Yokohama Bay Stars collected 1,856,450 yen in donations during their two-game series against Hiroshima at Yokohama Stadium. Source: Sanspo 4/20/2016

April 20

  • Rakuten Group will donate money and relief goods worth a total thirty million yen. Owner Hiroshi Mikitani will also donate thirty million yen. The Eagles collected 987,989 yen in donations during their game at Tokyo Dome on April 19. Source: Sports Hochi 4/20/2016
  • The Orix Buffaloes players and organization will donate a combined two million yen to relief efforts. They also collected 1,029,300 yen during their three-game series against Seibu (April 15-17). Source: Orix announcement
  • The Hanshin Tigers collected 930,856 yen in donations on April 19. Source: Hanshin announcement

April 19

  • The Chunichi Dragons players and the organization will each donate one million yen to relief efforts. They will also donate the 2,399,335 yen they collected during their three-game series against Hanshin at Nagoya Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/19/2016
  • The Softbank Hawks players and the organization will each donate two million yen to relief efforts. They will also donate the 1,781,929 they collected at YafuOku Dome through to April 17. Source: Softbank announcement … The organization is also planning to donate the 5,000 Atsuo towels and 1,000 fan club towels they were planning to hand out to fans on April 16. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/19/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/16/2016
  • The NPB umpires will donate 300,000 yen to relief efforts. Source: NPB announcement

April 18

  • The NPB announced that it will donate ten million yen to relief efforts. Source: Daily Sports 4/18/2016
  • Nippon Ham announced they raised 3,371,466 yen during their three-game series against Lotte. Source: Nippon Ham announcement
  • The Chiba Lotte Marines players and the organization will donate a combined two million yen to relief efforts. They will also collect donations during their next homestand against Softbank (April 19-21). Source: Lotte announcement
  • Yomiuri announced they raised 2,965,413 yen during their two-game series against Hiroshima. They will donate the amount they raised, plus two million yen from the players and the organization, and 24,000 bottles of mineral water. Source: Yomiuri announcement
  • The Hiroshima Carp players and the organization will donate a combined two million yen to relief efforts. Source: Daily Sports 4/18/2016
  • The Hanshin Tigers players and the organization will each donate one million yen to relief efforts. They are also planning to collect donations before their game against Yakult on April 19. Source: Hanshin announcement

April 17

  • NPB players helped collect donations before games on April 17. Source: Daily Sports 4/17/2016 … Twelve Softbank (Yuya Hasegawa, Seiichi Uchikawa, Kodai Senga, Masahiko Morifuku, Yuito Mori, Rick VandenHurk, Dennis Sarfate) and Rakuten (Motohiro Shima, Ginji, Wataru Karashima, Takumi Miyoshi, Yuri Furukawa) players participated in collection efforts at YafuOku Dome. They managed to collect 363,568 yen in about twenty minutes. Source: Daily Sports 4/17/2016, Sponichi 4/17/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/17/2016 … Five Yakult players (Kenichi Matsuoka, Shingo Kawabata, Yuhei Nakamura, Ryo Akiyoshi, Naomichi Nishiura) helped with donation efforts at Botchan Stadium. Source: Sports Hochi 4/17/2016 … Yuta Iwasada, Daiki Enokida, and Randy Messenger were among players that helped collect donations before the Hanshin-Chunichi game at Nagoya Dome. They collected 2,399,335 yen over three days. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/17/2016, Sanspo 4/17/2016 … Atsunori Inaba collected donations at Sapporo Dome. Source: Sanspo 4/17/2016
  • The Rakuten-Softbank game that was canceled on April 16 was just the second game to be canceled due to an earthquake. The other game: June 14, 2008 (Yomiuri-Rakuten at Kleenex Stadium). Source: Sponichi 4/17/2016 … The last game that was canceled at YafuOku Dome was on August 2, 2007 against Orix. Ni-gun games at Chikugo on April 16 and 17 were canceled. Source: Sports Hochi 4/17/2016
  • Rakuten Eagles players and the organization will each donate one million yen (total two million yen) to relief efforts. Source: Rakuten announcementDaily Sports 4/17/2016
  • Nippon Ham Fighters players and the organization will each donate one million yen (total two million yen) to relief efforts. Source: Nippon Ham announcement, Daily Sports 4/17/2016
  • Yakult Swallows players and the organization will donate a total three million yen to relief efforts. Source: Yakult announcement

April 16

  • College Baseball – A moment of silence was held before the Tokyo Big 6 League baseball games on April 16. Flags were at half-staff. … The Japan University Baseball Federation was able to confirm that members of the Tokai Dai Kyushu Campus Baseball Team were accounted for. … Kyushu University Baseball League games on April 16 and 17 have been canceled. Source: Sponichi 4/16/2016
  • Honda Kumamoto (Industrial League) pulled out of the Hitachi Cup. Source: Sponichi 4/16/2016

April 15

  • The Rakuten Eagles and Softbank Hawks held a moment of silence before their game at YafuOku Dome on April 15. Players wore black patches on their arms. Source: Daily Sports 4/15/2016
  • The Hanshin Tigers and Chunichi Dragons held a moment of silence before their game at Nagoya Dome on April 15. The flags were at half-staff and players wore black patches on their arms. Source: Daily Sports 4/15/2016
  • The Softbank Hawks announced that their game tonight against Rakuten at YafuOku Dome will be played as scheduled. No problems were discovered during a stadium inspection. Source: Softbank announcement, Daily Sports 4/15/2016
  • Yokohama Bay Stars players and the organization will each donate one million yen (total two million yen) to relief efforts in Kumamoto. Players will also help collect donations before games on April 19 and 20 (Hiroshima at Yokohama). Source: Yokohama announcementSports Hochi 4/15/2016
  • The Yokohama players have called for a curfew during their road-trip in Matsuyama because of concerns about aftershocks and out of respect for people affected by the earthquake. Source: Daily Sports 4/15/2016
  • The Chunichi Dragons announced that, with help from the Hanshin Tigers, they will collect donations before their games on April 15, 16, and 17 at Nagoya Dome. Flags will be at half-staff and players will wear black patches. Source: Chunichi announcementDaily Sports 4/15/2016
  • The Yomiuri Giants will collect donations before their games on April 16 and 17 (Hiroshima at Tokyo Dome). Players from the Giants and Hiroshima Carp will be involved. Source: Yomiuri announcementDaily Sports 4/15/2016
  • The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they will collect donations during their games on April 15, 16, and 17 (Lotte at Sapporo Dome). Source: Nippon Ham announcement
  • The Sendo Ichiba Golden Larks (Industrial League, Kumamoto) effectively bowed out of the JABA Okayama tournament when they withdrew from their game against Mitsubishi Juko Hiroshima on April 16. Source: ZakZak 4/15/2016

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The Yomiuri Giants are currently planning to keep their game at Kumamoto Fujisakidai Baseball Stadium against Chunichi on the schedule. The stadium is being inspected. A number of minor cracks have been discovered so far. A final decision will most likely be made today.

UPDATE 4/16 @ 1:00pm – The Giants decided to cancel their game at Kumamoto Fujisakidai Baseball Stadium on April 19.

UPDATE 4/16 @ 7:40pm – The Giants also canceled their game at Kamoike Baseball Stadium in Kagoshima on April 20.

Source: Daily Sports 4/15/2016, Yomiuri announcement (Fujisakidai), Sponichi 4/16/2016, Yomiuri announcement (Kamoike)

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