Category: NPB


[5/28/2017] Hanshin Tigers reach one million in attendance

The Hanshin Tigers reached one million in attendance in their twenty-fifth home game of the season (same number of games as last year). They are the first team to reach one million in attendance so far this season.



[5/28/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters: Hokkaido Series 2017 details released

The Nippon Ham Fighters released details for Hokkaido Series 2017: Hokkaido be AMBITIOUS. The series will take place over nine home game in July and August. Uniforms for the series were unveiled in front of fans during pre-game fielding practices today.

The uniforms use three base colors: dark blue, white, and red. The dark blue represents the sea and sky, the white represents brightness and wind and snow, and red represents the indomitable energy of the people in Hokkaido. On the left chest is an H for Hokkaido and the word AMBITIOUS. The image of Hokkaido on the left sleeve is a symbol of unity for the team and community.


  • July 19 (Wed) vs Rakuten Eagles at Sapporo Dome – 18:30
  • July 20 (Thu) vs Rakuten Eagles at Sapporo Dome – 18:00
  • August 5 (Sat) vs Orix at Sapporo Dome – 14:00
  • August 6 (Sun) vs Orix at Sapporo Dome – 15:00
  • August 16 (Wed) vs Lotte at Sapporo Dome – 18:00
  • August 17 (Thu) vs Lotte at Sapporo Dome – 18:00
  • August 18 (Fri) vs Seibu at Sapporo Dome – 18:00
  • August 19 (Sat) vs Seibu at Sapporo Dome – 14:00
  • August 20 (Sun) vs Seibu at Sapporo Dome – 14:00

Fans attending the game on August 5 will receive a free replica uniform.

Source: Nippon Ham 5/28/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/28/2017


[5/27/2017] Rakuten Eagles: possible starters for Yomiuri series

The Rakuten Eagles could go with Wataru Karashima (May 30), Takahiro Shiomi (May 31), and Takahiro Norimoto (June 1) for the Yomiuri Giants at Kobo Park three-game series that begins on May 30. Norimoto was considered for the start on May 31, but Masataka Nashida wanted to give him an extra day of rest since he threw 126 pitches during his last outing on May 25.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/27/2017


[5/27/2017] Yuki Saito to join Ichi-gun team on May 30

Yuki Saito is set to join the Ichi-gun team on May 30. He has not allowed a run in his last two Ni-gun outings. He could get a start either during the Yokohama series at Sapporo Dome that begins on May 30, or during the Hanshin series at Koshien Stadium that begins on June 2.

Source: Sponichi 5/27/2017



[5/27/2017] Shintaro Fujinami taken off active roster

Shintaro Fujinami was taken off active roster today and reassigned to Ni-gun for a tune-up. He practiced at the Ni-gun facilities today.

Source: Daily Sports 5/27/2017, Sponichi 5/27/2017

[UPDATE 5/19 @ 4:34pm]

Fujinami is slated to start a Ni-gun game on June 3 against Chunichi on seven days of rest.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/29/2017


Tadahito Iguchi: Did You Know

Iguchi recorded the 250th home run of his career on May 25. At forty-two years and five months, he became the oldest player to reach the milestone. The previous high was Atsunori Inaba at thirty-nine years and nine months.

Source: Sponichi 5/26/2017, Sports Hochi 5/26/2017


[5/25/2017] Takahiro Norimoto strikes out ten against Orix, ties NPB record

Takahiro Norimoto struck out ten in eight innings against the Orix Buffaloes at Hotto Motto Field Kobe tonight and became just the second pitcher in NPB history to record at least ten strikeouts in six consecutive starts. The other pitcher was Hideo Nomo in 1991.

Norimoto had seven strikeouts through the first seven innings of the game. He then struck out the side in the eighth to push his total to ten.


[5/25/2017] Wladimir Balentien suspended and fined

Wladimir Balentien started a heated argument with home plate umpire Hideto Fuke after he struck out in the first inning of last night’s (May 24) game against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium. Fuke ejected Balentien for his actions (poor attitude toward an umpire’s balls and strikes calls, excessive language).

The NPB commissioner issued the following punishment today:

  • One-game suspension
  • 100,000 yen fine

The suspension is automatic based on the Central League Agreement (two or more ejections in one season results in a suspension). Balentien is the first player to be suspended since Matt Murton in 2013.

Source: NPB 5/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/25/2017

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[5/25/2017] Orix Buffaloes interested in Chris Marrero

According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Orix Buffaloes are exploring options on the overseas market. One player at the top of their list is Chris Marrero. There are rumors the Buffaloes might already be close to finalizing a deal involving the twenty-eight-year-old outfielder.

Andrew Baggarly (San Jose Mercury News) and Jon Heyman (FanRag Sports) have tweeted reports confirming the rumors. Comcast SportsNet has also posted a report.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/25/2017, Baggarly Tweet, Heyman TweetComcast SportsNet


Taiga Kasahara: Did You Know

Kasahara made his Ichi-gun debut on May 24 against Lotte at YafuOku Dome. His father Eichi and his brother Shoki also played professionally. They became the second family of three (father and two sons/brothers) in NPB history to play in at least one game in the NPB. The other family: Donoue included one pitcher (father Terashi) and two position players (sons Takehiro and Naomichi).

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/25/2017

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 49 29 19 1
Hanshin 46 27 19 0
Yomiuri 47 23 24 0
Yokohama 48 22 24 2
Yakult 47 20 27 0
Chunichi 49 19 27 3
Rakuten 42 30 12 0
Softbank 49 30 19 0
Seibu 45 25 19 1
Nippon Ham 46 19 27 0
Orix 46 19 27 0
Lotte 48 14 33 1
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