Category: MLB


[12/20/2018] Yomiuri, Nippon Ham to play exhibition games against Seattle and Oakland

According to a report by Sponichi, the Yomiuri Giants and Nippon Ham Fighters will play exhibition games games against the Seattle Marines and Oakland Athletics next year before the MLB’s Opening Series at Tokyo Dome.

Exhibition Games at Tokyo Dome

  • March 17 and 18
    • Yomiuri Giants vs Seattle Marines
    • Nippon Ham Fighters vs Oakland Athletics

Source: Sponichi 12/20/2018, Sponichi 12/20/2018


[8/24/2018] Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics to play 2019 MLB Opening Series in Tokyo

The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics are set to play two games at Tokyo Dome in Japan for the 2019 MLB Opening Series (March 21-22). Exhibition games against Japanese teams are also on the schedule (March 17-18).

Opening Series in Japan

  • 2000
    • Exhibition Games
      • March 27 – New York Mets at Seibu Lions – Seibu Dome
      • March 27 – Chicago Cubs at Yomiuri Giants – Tokyo Dome
      • March 28 – Chicago Cubs vs Seibu Lions – Seibu Dome
      • March 28 – New York Mets at Yomiuri Giants – Tokyo Dome
    • March 29 – Chicago Cubs 5 at New York Mets 3 – Tokyo Dome
    • March 30 – New York Mets 5 at Chicago Cubs 1 – Tokyo Dome
  • 2004 at Tokyo Dome
    • Exhibition Games
      • March 28 – Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7 at Hanshin Tigers 7
      • March 28 – New York Yankees 6 at Yomiuri Giants 2
      • March 29 – New York Yankees 7 at Hanshin Tigers 11
      • March 29 – Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7 at Yomiuri Giants 1
    • March 30 – New York Yankees 3 at Tampa Bay Devil Rays 8
    • March 31 – New York Yankees 12 at Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1
  • 2008 at Tokyo Dome
    • Exhibition Games
      • March 22 – Boston Red Sox 6 at Hanshin Tigers 5
      • March 22 – Oakland Athletics 4 at Yomiuri Giants 3
      • March 23 – Oakland Athletics 10 at Hanshin Tigers 2
      • March 23 – Boston Red Sox 9 at Yomiuri Giants 2
    • March 25 – Boston Red Sox 6 at Oakland Athletics 5
    • March 26 – Boston Red Sox 1 at Oakland Athletics 5
  • 2012 at Tokyo Dome
    • Exhibition Games
      • March 25 – Seattle Mariners 1 at Hanshin Tigers 5
      • March 25 – Oakland Athletics 5 at Yomiuri Giants 0
      • March 26 – Oakland Athletics 6 at Hanshin Tigers 12
      • March 26 – Seattle Mariners 3 at Yomiuri Giants 9
    • March 28 – Seattle Mariners 3 at Oakland Athletics 1
    • March 29 – Seattle Mariners 1 at Oakland Athletics 4

Source: Seattle 8/22/2018, Oakland 8/22/2018, Daily Sports 8/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/23/2018


[7/7/2018] Kansas City Royals reach agreement with sixteen-year-old Kaito Yuki

The Kansas City Royals have reportedly agreed to terms on a minor league contract with Kaito Yuki. An official announcement will be made in Osaka on July 8.

Yuki is a sixteen-year-old right-handed pitcher from Habikino, Osaka. He played for Kanan Little Senior and represented Japan at a McHenry County Youth Sports Association International Tournament last year. He stands at around 187 centimeters and throws about 140km/h. A number of top high schools were scouting him with hopes that he would stay in Japan. One of Yuki’s goals is to become a player like Yu Darvish, who is also from Habikino, Osaka.

Source: Daily Sports 7/7/2018, Sanspo 7/7/2018

[UPDATE 7/8 @ 5:33pm]

The Royals held a press conference in Osaka earlier today. Yuki told reporters that he started out wanting to play at the Koshien, but after he experienced baseball in the United States, his desire to play in the US grew stronger than his desire to play at the Koshien.

Source: Sponichi 7/8/2018


[12/22/2017] Yoshihisa Hirano has/will apparently signed with Arizona

According to tweets by Ken Rosenthal, Jim Allen, and Nick Piecoro, the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to terms with Yoshihisa Hirano. The deal is said to be a two-year contract worth six million US dollars, pending a physical.

Source: Tweets: Ken Rosenthal, Jim AllenNick Piecoro 1,2AZ Central 12/21/2017Sponichi 12/22/2017, Daily Sports 12/22/2017

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[9/13/2017] Two Posting System Proposals

Nikkan Sports is reporting that there might be two posting system proposals on the table right now.

  • fifteen percent of the total contract (signing bonus, salary, performance bonuses)
  • fifteen percent of the total contract (signing bonus, salary, performance bonuses) if under 100 million US dollars OR 20 million US dollars

This information is coming from Yomiuri Giants’ owner Shoichi Oikawa. He spoke to reporters after an owners meeting in Tokyo earlier today. There may also be an additional level for players under twenty-five, since the CBA limits the size of their contracts.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/13/2017

[UPDATE 9/14 @ 9:30am]

According to Sponichi, if the percentage system sticks, NPB teams might also be given refusal rights. Since posting fees will depend on the value of the contract, NPB teams will not know how much they will get until after an agreement is made. If they feel the amount is too low, refusal rights will give them a chance to refuse the terms.

Source: Sponichi 9/14/2017


[1/4/2017] Munenori Kawasaki still not ready to return to Japan

According to a report posted by Sponichi this morning, thirty-five-year-old Munenori Kawasaki is close to finalizing a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs that will be worth 900,000 US dollars if he makes the MLB roster. The agreement also apparently includes an invite to spring training.

Source: Sponichi 1/4/2017

[UPDATE 1/6 @ 11:42pm]

The Softbank Hawks are planning to continue keeping tabs on Kawasaki. They would like him to return to the organization when he is ready to come back to Japan.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2017

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[11/10/2016] Tomo Ohka trying to make it back to the Majors

Forty-year-old Tomo Ohka is trying to make his back to the MLB. He was in Arizona on November 2 and threw about sixty pitches to four minor league baseball players in front of scouts from a number of MLB teams, including the Rays, Royals, and Orioles.

Ohka has been working on a knuckleball since he was released by Yokohama in 2011. He spent the last two years playing in the Baseball Challenge League.

Source: Sponichi 11/10/2016

[UPDATE 12/16/2016]

The Orioles signed Ohka to a minor league contract on December 16.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2016



[11/4/2016] Softbank Hawks might be preparing offer for Munenori Kawasaki

According to Sponichi, Munenori Kawasaki might be open to returning to the NPB next year. A number of NPB will most likely be interested, but the Softbank Hawks will probably have the upper hand. They have left his uniform number 52 open and might be willing to offer him a three-year deal worth about 1.2 billion yen.

Source: Sponichi 11/4/2016


[8/8/2016] Ichiro reaches 3,000 MLB hits


[6/17/2016] Mizuno to release items commemorating Ichiro’s 4,257 hits

Mizuno announced on June 17 that it was going to release a number of items to commemorate Ichiro Suzuki’s 4,257 NPB+MLB hits.

  • T-shirt: 3,800 yen – early August
  • Hooded parka: 7,800 yen – early August
  • Face towel: 2,000 yen – early August
  • Glove leather bag tag: 6,000 yen – early September
  • Glove leather key case: 7,500 yen – early September
  • Uniform-shape key holder: 1,000 yen – early September

Source: Mizuno announcement (pdf)