Category: NPB


[8/18/2017] Shun Yamaguchi: suspended, fined, docked pay

Thirty-year-old Shun Yamaguchi is suspected of causing injury and damaging equipment. The Meguro Police Department formally filed papers with the Public Prosecutors Office on August 18. The Yomiuri Giants and Yamaguchi held a press conference to address the report.

Notes from various reports:

  • What allegedly happened (according to police reports):
    • On July 11, at a hospital in Meguro, Yamaguchi shoved a male security guard into a desk. The guard suffered a bruise that will take about two weeks to fully heal. Yamaguchi also kicked a hospital door and damaged it.
    • Yamaguchi went to the hospital after he cut his right hand while drinking at a bar. He got into trouble at the hospital when he tried to get treatment for the cut.
    • The events came to light on July 18, the day he was scheduled to start a game against the Chunichi Dragons.
    • Yamaguchi was taken off the active roster on July 19. He voluntarily refrained from participating in practices.
  • Yamguchi told police, “I did it. I was drunk at the time.”
  • The Giants have suspended Yamguchi. They have also fined and docked his pay.
    • Suspension = from August 18 until November 30.
    • Fine = 1/300th of his salary for each day between July 11 and August 17.
    • Docked pay = 1/300 of his salary for each day between August 18 and November 30.
    • Yamaguchi will most likely pay/lose over 100 million yen in fines and docked pay.
  • The Giants have reached settlements with the victims. They have withdrawn their reports.
  • Press conference on August 18:
    • Yamaguchi and team president Kazuo Ishii were present.
    • Yamaguchi apologized for his careless actions. He apologized to the security guard, the hospital, the team, and the fans.
    • The Giants are not planning to terminate their contract with Yamaguchi. They are expecting him to play next year.
    • The press conference lasted about thirty minutes and ended with Yamaguchi deeply bowing his head for about ten seconds.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/18/2017, Daily Sports 8/18/2017, Daily Sports 8/18/2017, Daily Sports 8/18/2017, ZakZak 8/18/2017, Sponichi 8/18/2017, Sponichi 8/18/2017, Sanspo 8/17/2017, Tokyo Sports 8/18/2017, Tokyo Sports 8/18/2017

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Hiroyasu Tanaka: Did You Know


August 18, 2017 – Tanaka recorded the 300th sac hit of his career (first inning, runner on first and no out, off Kazuto Taguchi) and became the sixth player in NPB history to reach the milestone.

Source: Daily Sports 8/18/2017


[8/17/2017] Jason Standridge fined for ejection

Jason Standridge was ejected for an offensive argument (argued balls and strikes) with an umpire during a game against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome on August 16. The NPB commissioner’s office today announced that they gave Standridge a stern warning and a 100,000 yen fine.

Standridge has now been ejected from a game twice during his NPB career. The first time was for throwing a dangerous pitch to Craig Brazell on July 14, 2014.

Source: NPB 8/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/16/2017


[8/17/2017] Sho Nakata earns domestic FA option

Twenty-eight-year-old Sho Nakata earned his domestic free agent option today with eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/17/2017, Sponichi 8/17/2017


Hirotoshi Masui: Did You Know


August 16, 2017 – Masui notched the 100th save of his career. He became the twenty-eighth player in NPB history to record 100 saves and the fourth player in NPB history to record 100 saves and 100 holds (100 saves, 127 holds). He joined Hisashi Takeda (167) and Micheal Nakamura (102) as the only players in Nippon Ham Fighters’ franchise history to record 100 saves.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2017


Brandon Laird: Did You Know


August 16, 2017 – Laird became the 285th player in NPB history to hit 100 home runs. The home run came in the fifth inning off Lotte’s Jason Standridge. He joined Tony Solaita (1982) and Matt Winters (1992) as the only foreign players in Nippon Ham Fighters’ franchise history to reach 100 home runs within their first three years in the NPB.

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


Itaru Hashimoto: Did You Know



[8/15/2017] Hanshin Tigers exploring KBO market

The Hanshin Tigers are looking into options in the KBO for the 2018 season. Among names they might be interested in:

  • Wilin Rosario – Hanwha Eagles (KBO), infielder, twenty-nine-year-old
  • Hector Noesi – KIA Tigers (KBO), pitcher, thirty-year-old
  • Roger Bernadina – KIA Tigers (KBO), outfielder, thirty-three-year-old
  • Jeff Manship – NC Dinos (KBO), pitcher, thirty-two-year-old
  • Xavier Scruggs – NC Dinos (KBO), outfielder, twenty-nine-year-old

Source: Daily Sports 8/15/2017


[8/14/2017] at home Hero Award for July

The at home Hero Award for July was given to Hisayoshi Chono for his decisive home run against the Yakult Swallows on July 10. The Giants won the game 3-2.

The Giants scored two runs in the sixth the tie the game at two. With two out in the seventh, Chono deposited a slider over the fence in left that gave the Giants a 3-2 lead that would stick until the end.

Source: at home announcement, box score


[8/14/2017] Hiroshi Kobayashi involved in minor accident

Hiroshi Kobayashi was involved in a minor car accident. The incident took place on August 13 at around 6:28pm on a general road in Kanazawa, Yokohama. Kobayashi and an oncoming car each stopped to give the other right of  way. Both cars then moved forward and hit each other.

The Yokohama Bay Stars issued an apology and said they will do what they can to make sure similar accidents do not happen again in the future.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/14/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/14/2017

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 111 68 39 4
Hanshin 107 58 48 1
Yokohama 107 54 49 4
Yomiuri 108 52 55 1
Chunichi 110 46 59 5
Yakult 109 37 70 2
Softbank 109 72 37 0
Rakuten 101 63 37 1
Seibu 107 63 42 2
Orix 105 46 58 1
Nippon Ham 105 38 67 0
Lotte 105 34 70 1
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