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.
Source: NPB 5/17/20170 Comments
The Kochi Fighting Dogs announced on April 20 that their contract with Manny Ramirez will expire at the end of July. Kochi decided to release the information because they received a lot of inquiries and because they want as many people to see him play in Japan as possible.
The Shikoku Island League plus season is split into two halves: April/May and August/September. There are no regular season games during June/July. Additionally, NPB teams have until the end of July to sign new players.
Kochi is currently in discussions with Ramirez about the schedule in June/July. They are also exploring the possibility of a contract extension beyond July.
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Akinori Iwamura announced his decision to retire as a player after the current season during a press conference at a hotel in Tokyo on April 10. He is currently a playing manager with the BC League’s Fukushima Hopes. During the press conference, he said he thought it was time to retire because he was finding it more and more difficult to pencil his name into the line-up.0 Comments
Kei Igawa pitched in a game against the 06 Bulls earlier today. The thirty-seven-year-old took the mound in the seventh inning for the Hyogo Blue Sandars and tossed two shutout innings. He struck out three in a row at one point. He is set to get a start on April 8.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/2/2017
[UPDATE 4/4 @ 5:13pm]
Igawa faced eight hitters, walked none, allowed three hits, and struck out three. He gave up a single to the first batter he faced in the seventh, then got the next batter to hit into a double play. He served up two consecutive hits to start the eighth and struck out three in a row to end the inning.
Source: ZakZak 4/4/20170 Comments
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The Kochi Fighting Dogs held a press conference for Manny Ramirez at a hotel in Kochi earlier today. He donned the uniform 99 with the name Manny above it. About 130 people attended the press conference (media, sponsors, team personnel).
Notes taken from various sources:
Source: Kochi 3/7/2017 (uniform), Kochi Manny Gallery, Kochi Pin Badge, Kochi Manny Section, Tokyo Sports 3/9/2017, Daily Sports 3/9/2017, Daily Sports 3/9/2017, Sports Hochi 3/9/2017, Sponichi 3/9/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/9/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/9/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/9/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/9/2017
[UPDATE 3/11 @ 2:43am]
Ramirez practiced with the team on March 10.
A few other notes.
[UPDATE 3/11 @ 6:09pm]
Notes from March 11.
[UPDATE 3/16 @ 3:26pm]
Ramirez played in his first exhibition game with Kochi today. He got the start at designated hitter and batted lead-off against the Nomo Baseball Club.
Source: Daily Sports 3/16/20170 Comments
The BC League’s Niigata Albirex Baseball Club announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-six-year-old Shuichiro Osada.
Osada began his professional career with the Seibu Lions in 2002. He was traded to the Yokohama Bay Stars for Naoto Watanabe during the 2013 season. He was released by Yokohama last year and attended the twelve team tryouts in November in an attempt to find a new home in the NPB.0 Comments
The NPB announced on February 27 that four graduates from the 4th NPB Umpire School (December 2016) were given assignments at independent leagues as Umpires in Training.
Source: NPB 2/27/20170 Comments
The 06 Bull announced today that former Hanshin Tiger Katsuhiko Saka will join their team as a player-coach for the 2017 season. He was assigned the uniform number 35.0 Comments
The Rakuten Eagles announced today that Daisuke Kusano will be sent to the Niigata Albirex Baseball Club as a visiting coach from March 15 until the end of the season. Kusano was Rakuten’s Ni-gun batting coach the last three seasons.0 Comments