Category: NPB


[6/27/2017] Shinji Mori to take leave of absence for health reasons

The Seibu Lions announced today that pitching coach Shinji Mori will be taking a leave of absence for health reasons. Ni-gun pitching coach Fumiya Nishiguchi will be called up to take his spot.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/27/2017


[6/27/2017] Hanshin Tigers to expand weight room at Naruohama

The Hanshin Tigers are planning to build a new weight training room at the Naruohama facilities. The current structure was built in the fall of 2008. The Tigers want a new facility that would be over twice the size of the current facility. Construction will take place after the season. The new facility should be ready by the end of February 2018.

Players currently split their time between two weight rooms at Naruohama: the one mentioned above and the one located in the team dormitory. Coordinating schedules, keeping track of weight training programs, and organizing equipment between the two locations can be difficult. The Tigers are hoping one large facility will increase productivity and efficiency.

Source: Sanspo 6/27/2017


[6/26/2017] MyNavi All-Star Game 2017, Final Fan Results

Entry Type Valid Entries Invalid Entries Total Entries
Internet 727,023 0 727,023
Paper 1,389,292 13,202 1,402,494
Totals 2,116,315 13,202 2,129,517

Total number of votes: 30,253,815

Player vote results will be unveiled on June 29, full rosters with manager selections will be unveiled on July 3.



[6/25/2017] Yohei Kagiya taken off active roster

The Nippon Ham Fighters removed Yohei Kagiya from their active roster today due to general fatigue. He currently leads his team with thirty-five appearances.

Source: Sanspo 6/25/2017


[6/25/2017] Hanshin Tigers could acquire another foreign player

According to a report by Sanspo from this morning, the Hanshin Tigers may be thinking about acquiring a right-handed bat with pop that can also play some first. Among the names on their list of candidates are thirty-year-old Brandon Snyder, twenty-nine-year-old Jason Rogers, and twenty-eight-year-old Will Middlebrooks. Snyder may be at the top of their list.

Source: Sanspo 6/25/2017

[UPDATE 6/26 @ 11:06am]

Sports Hochi posted a report this morning that added twenty-seven-year-old O’Koyea Dickson to the mix, in addition to Snyder and Middlebrooks. Daily Sports simply mentions Snyder “and others.”

Nikkan Sports is running with a report that the Tigers are close to finalizing a deal with Rogers.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/26/2017, Daily Sports 6/26/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/26/2017

[UPDATE 6/26 @ 12:00pm]

Meanwhile, Sanspo mentions that the Tigers narrowed their choice down to Snyder. Discussions have already started and if things go smoothly, he could arrive in Japan in early July.

For those wondering, Sanspo’s report was filed at 5:04am and Nikkan Sports’ was filed at 9:26am.

Source: Sanspo 6/26/2017

[UPDATE 6/27 @ 3:15pm]

Daily Sports, Sponichi, and Sports Hochi are all reporting that the Tigers are trying to acquire Rogers.

Source: Daily Sports 6/27/2017, Sponichi 6/27/2017, Sports Hochi 6/27/2017


Shinnosuke Ogasawara: Did You Know

Ogasawara picked up a win against the Yomiuri Giants on June 24. It was the second time he recorded a victory against the Giants before the age of twenty (two wins, three games, two starts). He is the first pitcher to accomplish the feat since Yoshinori (2008-2009), the first pitcher in franchise history since Shinji Imanaka (1990), and the first pitcher to win two games without suffering any losses against the Giants since Yutaka Enatsu (1967).

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/25/2017


[6/24/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters reach one million in attendance

The Nippon Ham Fighters reached one million in attendance today. They reached the total in thirty-five home games, two fewer than last year.



[6/24/2017] Yakult Swallows sign Genki Nitta to Ikusei contract

The Yakult Swallows signed thirty-four-year-old bullpen catcher Genki Nitta to an Ikusei contract. His uniform number will be 104. The Swallows decided to sign Nitta because they are running low on catchers at Ni-gun.

This is not the first time the Swallows signed someone on the staff to fill a hole in their farm system. In 2015, they signed batting practice pitcher/advance scout Kenta Abe to an Ikusei contract and used him as an outfielder.

Source: Daily Sports 6/24/2017


[6/24/2017] Yakult Swallows interested in Carlos Rivero

Carlos Rivero is apparently on his way to Japan. There was some internet chatter about the Hanshin Tigers possibly landing the twenty-nine-year-old, but Sanspo posted a report this morning that mentions the Yakult Swallows as an interested party with no mention of the Tigers.

Source: Sanspo 6/24/2017

[UPDATE 6/24 @ 4:04pm]

The Swallows are close to finalizing a contract with Rivero, according to newer reports from this afternoon.

Source: Chunichi Sports 6/24/2017, Daily Sports 6/24/2017


[6/23/2017] 2017 NPB Inter-league Awards

Winners of the 2017 NPB Inter-league Awards were released by the NPB today.

Most Valuable Player Award

Yuki Yanagita (Softbank)
16 G, .338 BA, 24 H (5th tie), 7 HR (2nd tie), 23 RBI (1st), .415 OBP, .565 RISP (1st tie)
He led all players with twenty-three RBI. This was the second time he won the award.

Nihon Seimei Award

Go Matsumoto (Nippon Ham)
17 G, .396 BA (2nd), 21 H, 0 HR, 5 RBI, .439 OBP (2nd), .462 (4th tie)
He started getting more regular playing time after he recorded a pinch-hit two-run double in the ninth inning of a game against Hanshin at Koshien Stadium on June 2.

Yoshihiro Maru (Hiroshima)
18 G, .411 BA (1st), 30 H (1st), 5 HR, 18 RBI (2nd), .469 OBP (1st), .565 RISP (1st tie)
He led the league in batting average, hits, and on base percentage.

Source: NPB 6/23/2017

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 69 43 25 1
Hanshin 66 37 29 0
Yokohama 69 33 34 2
Chunichi 70 30 37 3
Yomiuri 68 30 38 0
Yakult 68 26 41 1
Rakuten 64 42 21 1
Softbank 70 44 26 0
Seibu 66 36 28 2
Orix 68 31 36 1
Nippon Ham 67 28 39 0
Lotte 69 21 47 1
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