According to a report by Nikkan Sports, Manny Ramirez is interested in playing baseball in Japan. The Shikoku Island League’s Kochi Fighting Dogs are currently talking to Ramirez’s agent about a possible contract.
It all started on November 11 when his agent and a Kochi player (infielder from overseas) approached the Fighting Dogs and asked if they might be interested in Ramirez. Kochi is open to the idea of signing the forty-four-year-old as a player, not a coach.0 Comments
The BC League is planning to implement an age limit beginning in 2018. Teams will only be able to carry up to five players over twenty-six years of age on their roster. The league believes anyone over twenty-six no longer has a serious chance because players selected during the NPB draft are about twenty-three-years-old.
Source: Chunichi Sports 11/30/20160 Comments
Final season standings, post-season results, titles, and awards for the BC League’s 2016 season.0 Comments
The BC League’s Shiga United Baseball Club announced on November 15 that they added former Hanshin Kodai Sakurai to their staff as a batting coach.
Source: Shiga United announcement0 Comments
The Kagawa Olive Guyners announced that they reached an agreement with former Yokohama Bay Star Kosuke Tomita on July 22. He was assigned the uniform number 13.
Tomita played for Kawagawa in 2011, before he was selected by the Bay Stars in the Ikusei draft in 2011. He is hoping for another chance to play in the NPB.0 Comments
The Route Inn BC League announced on June 28 that they formally approved the addition of two associate members, Tochigi and Shiga, to their league for the 2017 season.
Tochigi: name to be decided
Representative: Masahiko Kogo, CEO of Agekke Corporation
Shiga: Shiga United Baseball Club
Representative: Shinya Suzuki, CEO of Shiga United, Inc.
Additional details will be released as they become available.
Source: BC League announcement0 Comments
The NPB Futures team (a mix of young players from Eastern League teams) will be playing three games against a mixed team from the Shikoku Island League in July.
Games will be canceled in the event of rain. Admission will be free.
Source: NPB announcement0 Comments
The Ishikawa Million Stars clinched first place in the Advance West division for the first-half of the season with a 4-3 victory of the Toyama GRN Thunderbirds. Below are the final standings for the Future East and Advance West divisions.
|1||Gunma Diamond Pegasus||36||19||16||1||0.543||—||167||157||25||12||.269|
|3||Niigata Albirex BC||36||16||17||3||0.485||0.0||187||182||17||55||.260|
|4||Musashi Heat Bears||36||12||22||2||0.353||4.5||152||216||6||45||.246|
|1||Ishikawa Million Stars||36||20||12||4||0.625||—||167||166||17||28||.266|
|2||Fukui Miracle Elephants||36||20||14||2||0.588||1.0||192||142||18||62||.275|
|4||Toyama GRN Thunderbirds||36||12||21||3||0.364||4.0||148||180||8||34||.254|
The second-half of the season will begin on June 24.0 Comments
The Gunma Diamond Pegasus clinched first place in the Future East division for the first-half of the season earlier today with a 10-0 win over the Fukushima Hopes.
The Advance West division is still up for grabs. The Ishikawa Million Stars are currently in first place with one game left to play.
Ishikawa can win the division if:
Fukui can win the division if:
The Yomiuri Giants are said to be interested in twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Gabriel Garcia, currently playing for the Shikoku Island League’s Tokushima Indigo Socks.
Through May 31:
[UPDATE @ 7:09pm]
Garcia is slated to attend a tryout with the Giants beginning on June 3.
Source: Daily Sports 6/1/20160 Comments