Thirty-seven-year-old Shuichi Murata is planning to retire after the 2018 season. He is expected to make a statement during a press conference on August 1.
Murata was released by the Yomiuri Giants after the 2017 season. He signed with the BC League’s Tochigi Golden Braves with hopes of a possible return to the NPB this year. However, the trade deadline ended on July 31 with no offers.
In forty-two games with Tochigi so far this year (through July 31), Murata is 51-for-145 (.352 batting average) with nine home runs and forty-four RBI.
[UPDATE 8/1 @ 2:07pm]
Murata held a press conference at a hotel in Tochigi earlier today to talk about his thoughts after the trade deadline.
[UPDATE 9/10 @ 3:10pm]
Murata got the start a third and batted clean-up during his retirement game on September 9. He went 1-for-5 (Fo2, F9, Ks, 1B8, G3) at the plate. Over 6,000 fans were in attendance. During a post-game ceremony, he told fans that he was retiring.0 Comments
The BC League announced that they formally approved Ibaraki as an official member during a representatives meeting on July 24. The new team will be called the Ibaraki Astro Planets and will join the league in 2019. Other details will be released at a later date.
The BC League is also considering the addition of associate member Shizuoka for the 2019 season. They are planning to make a decision before the end of August.
[UPDATE 8/29 @ 4:11pm]
The BC League decided to hold off on making Shizuoka an official member and will operate with eleven teams next year.
Source: Sanspo 8/28/20180 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes announced on June 11 that they assigned Ikusei pitcher Fumiya Kambe to the Fukui Miracle Elephants (BC League). Kambe will play for Fukui until the end of the season.
Source: Orix 6/11/20180 Comments
The BC League announced on April 24 that the Shizuoka Kenmin Kyudan was accepted as an associate member. If everything goes smoothly, the organization could apply for full membership in June with an approval some time in August.
The BC League is currently made up of ten teams. There is one other associate member (Ibaraki Astro Planets). The league is ultimately hoping to field twelve teams in all.0 Comments
The media learned today that thirty-seven-year-old Shuichi Murata reached an agreement with the BC League’s Tochigi Golden Braves. An official announcement will be made on March 5. A press conference is scheduled for March 9.
[UPDATE 3/5 @ 9:47pm]
Tochigi announced today that they added Murata to their team. He was assigned the uniform number 25.
Source: Tochigi 3/5/2018
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The Ishikawa Million Stars announced on January 9 that they hire former Nippon Ham pitcher Masaru Takeda as their new manager. He was assigned the uniform number 38.
Takeda first joined the Ishikawa organization in 2017 as a vice president/coach.0 Comments
The Hyogo Blue Sandars (Baseball First League) announced today that they were parting ways with thirty-eight-year-old Kei Igawa. Hyogo released the following statement from Igawa:
I joined the Hyogo Blue Sandars this year. I sweated it out with the other young players and as a result of my hard work, I put together a solid season I could be happy about.
Even at my age, the fact that I was able to help the team win gave me confidence. I am truly grateful for all the support the team representative, manager, coaches, players, and others involved provided this past year.
I am not thinking about retiring. I plan to keep playing, but I also want a little rest. I will no longer be a part of the Hyogo Blue Sandars after November 30, but I still hope to be involved with the team in some shape or form. I look forward to your continued support.
Soruce: Hyogo 11/27/20170 Comments
Japan Independent League Grand Championship 2017 Schedule
Best of five.
Tokushima wins series, 3-2.
|10/07||Sat||18:00||1||Tokushima Indigo Socks||4-10||Shinano Grandserows||Nagano Olympic Stadium|
|10/08||Sun||18:00||2||Tokushima Indigo Socks||2-1||Shinano Grandserows||Nagano Olympic Stadium|
|10/09||Mon||18:00||alt||Tokushima Indigo Socks||Shinano Grandserows||Nagano Olympic Stadium|
|10/10||Tue||18:00||alt||Tokushima Indigo Socks||Shinano Grandserows||Nagano Olympic Stadium|
|10/14||Sat||18:00||3||Shinano Grandserows||0-3||Tokushima Indigo Socks||JA Bank Tokushima Stadium|
|10/15||Sun||18:00||4||Shinano Grandserows||rain||Tokushima Indigo Socks||JA Bank Tokushima Stadium|
|10/16||Mon||18:00||5||Shinano Grandserows||rain||Tokushima Indigo Socks||JA Bank Tokushima Stadium|
|10/17||Tue||18:00||4||Shinano Grandserows||1-0||Tokushima Indigo Socks||JA Bank Tokushima Stadium|
|10/18||Wed||18:00||5||Shinano Grandserows||1-2||Tokushima Indigo Socks||JA Bank Tokushima Stadium|
|10/19||Thu||18:00||alt||Shinano Grandserows||Tokushima Indigo Socks||JA Bank Tokushima Stadium|
|09/23||Sat||13:00||1||Gunma Diamond Pegasus||10-3||Shinano Grandserows||Nakanoshi Baseball Field|
|09/24||Sun||alt||Gunma Diamond Pegasus||Shinano Grandserows||Nagano Olympic Stadium|
|09/25||Mon||18:00||2||Gunma Diamond Pegasus||0-3||Shinano Grandserows|
|09/26||Tue||18:00||alt||Gunma Diamond Pegasus||Shinano Grandserows||Nagano Olympic Stadium|
|09/27||Wed||18:30||alt||Gunma Diamond Pegasus||Shinano Grandserows||Nagano Baseball Field|
|09/30||Sat||18:00||3||Shinano Grandserows||3-1||Gunma Diamond Pegasus||Maebashi Baseball Field|
|10/01||Sun||18:00||4||Shinano Grandserows||3-10||Gunma Diamond Pegasus||Maebashi Baseball Field|
|10/02||Mon||18:00||5||Shinano Grandserows||4-3||Gunma Diamond Pegasus||Maebashi Baseball Field|
|10/03||Tue||13:00||alt||Shinano Grandserows||Gunma Diamond Pegasus||Isesaki Baseball Field|
|10/04||Wed||16:00||alt||Shinano Grandserows||Gunma Diamond Pegasus||Isesaki Baseball Field|
Shinano wins series, 3-2.0 Comments
|09/23||Sat||18:00||1||Kagawa||1-8||Tokushima||JA Bank Tokushima Stadium|
|09/24||Sun||18:00||2||Kagawa||3-1||Tokushima||JA Bank Tokushima Stadium|
|09/25||Mon||18:00||alt||Kagawa||Tokushima||JA Bank Tokushima Stadium|
|09/26||Tue||18:00||alt||Kagawa||Tokushima||JA Bank Tokushima Stadium|
|10/01||Sun||18:30||5||Tokushima||4-0||Kagawa||Shikoku Coca-Cola Bottling Stadium Marugame|
Tokushima wins series, 3-1.0 Comments