Category: NPB


Kazuki Kaneko: Did You Know



May 22 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome – Kaneko entered the game in the seventh inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out swinging against Ren Kajiya. He led off the ninth inning with the first hit of his career: a home run to left off Yuito Mori (second game, second plate appearance).

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/22/2018, Sanspo 5/22/2018


Yohei Oshima: Did You Know



May 22 vs Yokohama at Yokohama – Oshima homered in back-to-back trips to the plate for the first time in his career. He hit a two-run home run in the third inning and a solo home run in the fifth inning, both to right and both off Satoshi Iizuka. This was also the first time he hit two homers in a game.

Source: Sanspo 5/22/2018, Sponichi 5/22/2018


[5/21/2018] Mynavi All-Star Game 2018

Additional details for the Mynavi All-Star Game 2018 were released by the NPB on May 21.


  • Game 1 – July 13 (Fri) at Kyocera Dome Osaka – 19:00
    • Broadcast – TV Asahi, from 19:00
    • Home Run Derby on BS Asahi, CS TV Asahi 2 between 17:55 and 19:00
    • Abema TV will also broadcast from the Home Run Derby
    • Home Team: Pacific League (first base side)
  • Game 2 – July 14 (Sat) at Kumamoto Fujisakidai Baseball Stadium – 18:30
    • Broadcast – TV Asahi, from 18:30
    • Home Run Derby on BS Asahi, CS TV Asahi 2 between 17:25 and 18:30
    • Abema TV will also broadcast from the Home Run Derby
    • Home Team: Central League (first base side)


  • Alternate date for Fujisakidai in case of rain: April 15 at 14:00.
  • Games are official after five innings
  • All games will be played with the designated hitter rule
  • Games will end after nine innings, there will be no rematches in the event of a tie


  • Central League
    • Manager: Koichi Ogata (Hiroshima)
    • Coach: Tomoaki Kanemoto (Hanshin)
    • Coach: Alex Ramirez (Yokohama)
  • Pacific League
    • Manager: Kimiyasu Kudo (Softbank)
    • Coach: Hatsuhiko Tsuji (Seibu)
    • Coach: Masataka Nashida (Rakuten)


  • Fan Voting – from May 22 (Tue) until June 17 (Sun)
  • Player Voting will take place at the same time as Fan Voting
  • Plus One Voting – from July 3 (Tue) until July 8 (Sun)
  • Fan Voting results – June 25 (Mon) at 16:00
  • Player Voting results – June 28 (Thu) at 16:00
  • Rosters including Manager Selections – July 2 (Mon) at 16:00
  • Plus One Voting results – July 10 (Tue) at 16:00


  • Lawson LEncore advance tickets – from June 19 (Tue) at 10:00 until June 20 (Wed) at 18:00
  • Lawson Pre-request advance tickets – from June 21 (Thu) at 10:00 until June 22 (Fri) at 23:00
  • Advance tickets – from June 23 (Sat) at 10:00 until June 27 (Wed) at 18:00
  • Regular tickets – from July 6 (Fri) at 10:00

Source: NPB 5/22/2018, Mynavi All-Star Game 2018


[5/20/2018] Hiroshima signs Geronimo Franzua to six-year deal

The Hiroshima Carp announced today that they added Ikusei pitcher Geronimo Franzua to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 143 to 97.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a six-year deal that includes a signing bonus worth 100,000 US dollars. His salary this year will be 80,000 US dollars plus performance bonuses.

Source: Hiroshima 5/20/2018Hiroshima 5/20/2018, Sanspo 5/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/20/2018, Sponichi 5/20/2018, Daily Sports 5/20/2018


[5/20/2018] Yuki Nishi earns domestic free agent option

Twenty-seven-year-old Yuki Nishi earned his domestic free agent option after eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Sponichi 5/20/2018, Daily Sports 5/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/20/2018, Sanspo 5/20/2018


Takayoshi Noma: Did You Know



May 19 vs Yakult at Mazda Stadium – Noma hit a grand slam David Buchanan in the third inning, the first of his career. The home run was also just the second of Noma’s career, first since April 19, 2015.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/19/2018


[5/18/2018] Kris Johnson to temporarily return to US for birth of first child

The Hiroshima Carp announced on May 18 that Kris Johnson will be returning to the United States on May 19 for the birth of his first child. He is scheduled to return on May 30.

Source: Sanspo 5/18/2018, Daily Sports 5/18/2018


[5/16/2018] Sky Perfect Farm MVP of the Month Awards for March/April

Eastern League

Masaki Iwami, Rakuten
26 G, 27-for-74, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 0 SB, .365 BA

Iwami led the league in batting average (.365) and recorded hits in seventeen of the twenty-six games he played.

Western League

Hiroki Takahashi, Hiroshima
25 G, 34-for-92, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 1 SB, .370 BA

Takahashi played in twenty-five games and led the league in hitting (.370). He also led the league (tied with other players) in hits (34) and doubles (6).

Source: NPB 5/16/2018


Livan Moinelo: Did You Know


May 17 vs Rakuten at Rakuten Seimei – Moinelo struck out three in a row, each on three pitches, and became the seventh player in Pacific League history (eighteenth in the NPB) to accomplish the feat, first since Yuki Matsui against Lotte on April 25, 2017.

Source: Daily Sports 5/16/2018, Tokyo Sports 5/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/16/2018


[5/15/2018] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for March/April

Central League

Ko Shimozuru, Yokohama (First Time)

April 19 vs Yakult at Mazda Stadium. Bottom of the 12th, score tied at four. Runner on second and two out. Shimozuru recorded a walk-off hit to right.

The Carp were down four runs after five innings. They pushed three runs across the plate in the sixth on a two-run single to right by Ryuhei Matsuyama and an RBI single to center by Xavier Batista. Ryosuke Kikuchi tied the game with a two-out RBI triple to right-center. In the bottom of the twelfth, Tomohiro Abe recorded a two-out double to left. Shimozuru followed with the first walk-off hit of his career.

Pacific League

Tomoya Mori, Seibu (Second Time)

April 18 vs Nippon Ham vs MetLife Dome. Bottom of the ninth, Lions down 8-7. Bases loaded, no out. Mori hit a walk-off two-run double to right-center.

The Lions were down five runs before they gave up another three spot in the top of the eighth. They charged back in the bottom-half of the inning by plating seven runs on five hits and three walks. Seibu quickly loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth on two hits and a walk. Mori stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded with the second walk-off of his career.

Source: NPB 5/15/2018

NPB Standings [Full]
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
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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