Category: Independent Leagues

[12/2/2016] Manny Ramirez talking to Island League’s Kochi

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/2/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/2/2016

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[12/2/2016] BC League to implement age limit

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 11/30/2016

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BC League 2016 Season

Final season standings, post-season results, titles, and awards for the BC League’s 2016 season.

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[11/15/2016] Kodai Sakurai joins Shiga United coaching staff

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 announcement

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[7/22/2016] Island League: Kosuke Tomita signs with Kagawa

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.

Source: Kagawa announcement, Nikkan Sports 7/22/2016

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[6/28/2016] BC League to add two more teams in 2017

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.

New Teams

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 announcement

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[6/21/2016] Futures to play three games against Shikoku Island League

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.

  • July 26 (Tue) – 13:00 at Ota Stadium
  • July 27 (Wed) – 13:00 at Ota Stadium
  • July 28 (Thu) – 12:00 at Ota Stadium

Games will be canceled in the event of rain. Admission will be free.

Source: NPB announcement

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[6/19/2016] BC League: Ishikawa Million Stars take first in Advance West

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.

Future East

  Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB AVG
1 Gunma Diamond Pegasus 36 19 16 1 0.543 167 157 25 12 .269
2 Fukushima Hopes 36 17 18 1 0.486 2.0 175 195 21 32 .258
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

Advance West

  Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB AVG
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
3 Shinano Grandserows 36 16 17 3 0.485 3.5 153 129 16 27 .266
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.

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[6/18/2016] BC League: Gunma clinches first in Future East

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:

  • they win their game against the Toyama GRN Thunderbirds
  • they tie their game and the second place Fukui Miracle Elephants ties or loses their game against the Shinano Grandserows
  • they lose their game and Fukui loses their game

Fukui can win the division if:

  • they win their game and Ishikawa ties or loses their game
  • they tie their game and Ishikawa loses their game

Source: BC League announcement (Future East), BC League announcement (Advance West)

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[6/1/2016] Yomiuri Giants looking into Gabriel Garcia

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:

  • 9 G, 7-1, 55.0 IP, 32 H, 48 SO, 13 BB, 8 R, 8 ER, 1.31 ERA

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/1/2016, Sponichi 6/1/2016

[UPDATE @ 7:09pm]

Garcia is slated to attend a tryout with the Giants beginning on June 3.

Source: Daily Sports 6/1/2016

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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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