Category: Independent Leagues

[3/4/2018] Shuichi Murata to sign with Tochigi Golden Braves

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/4/2018, Sponichi 3/4/2018, Sports Hochi 3/4/2018

[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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[1/9/2018] Masaru Takeda named new Ishikawa manager

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.

Source: Ishikawa 1/9/2018, Sponichi 1/9/2018, Daily Sports 1/9/2018

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[11/27/2017] Hyogo Blue Sandars part ways with Kei Igawa

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 11/27/2017

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Japan Independent League Grand Championship 2017 Schedule

Japan Independent League Grand Championship 2017 Schedule

Best of five.
Tokushima wins series, 3-2.

Date Time Gm Away Score Home Venue
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

Awards

  • MVP: Sho Ito (Tokushima) = 2 G, 1 W, 14.0 IP, 16 SO, 1 ER
  • Fighting Spirit: Yusei Yamasaki (Shinano) = 3 G, 1 Sv, 4.0 IP, 9 SO, 0 ER

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2017 BC League Championship Series Schedule, Results

Championship Schedule

Date Time Gm Away Score Home Venue
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.

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2017 Shikoku Island League Championship Schedule, Results

Championship Schedule

Date Time Gm Away Score Home Venue
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
09/30 Sat 18:30 4 Tokushima 2-1 Kagawa Rexxam Stadium
10/01 Sun 18:30 5 Tokushima 4-0 Kagawa Shikoku Coca-Cola Bottling Stadium Marugame
10/02 Mon 18:30 6 Tokushima   Kagawa Rexxam Stadium
10/03 Tue 18:30 alt Tokushima   Kagawa Rexxam Stadium
10/04 Wed 18:30 alt Tokushima   Kagawa Rexxam Stadium

Tokushima wins series, 3-1.

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[8/17/2017] Manny Ramirez returns to US for knee treatment

The Kochi Fighting Dogs informed the media on August 17 that Manny Ramirez will temporarily return to the United States for treatment on his right knee. There is no timetable on his return. This does not appear to be an injury he sustained while playing in Japan.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2017, Sponichi 8/17/2017, Tokyo Sports 8/17/2017, Daily Sports 8/17/2017


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[7/7/2017] Kochi extends contract with Manny Ramirez

The Kochi Fighting Dogs announced on July 7 that they reached an agreement with Manny Ramirez on a contract extension that will run though to the end of September. The contract does not include the Grand Championship.

The second-half of the Island League season is set to begin on July 30.

Source: Kochi 7/7/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/7/2017, Daily Sports 7/7/2017

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[7/7/2017] Chunichi Dragons assign Tomohiro Hamada to Kawaga Olive Guyners

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that they assigned Tomohiro Hamada to the Shikoku Island League Kagawa Olive Guyners. His contract run from July 6 until the end of the season (including playoffs).

Source: Chunichi 7/7/2017, Kawagawa 7/7/2017

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[5/17/2017] Futures to play Shikoku Island League in June

The NPB announced that the Futures will play three games against a team from the Shikoku Island League plus in June. Admission will be free. Games will not be rescheduled in the event of rain outs.

Schedule

  • June 20 (Tue) – 13:00 at Ota Stadium
  • June 21 (Wed) – 13:00 at Ota Stadium
  • June 22 (Thu) – 12:00 at Ota Stadium

Source: NPB 5/17/2017

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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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