Category: NPB


[7/21/2017] Dean Green fined for Ni-gun ejection on July 20

Dean Green was ejected from a Ni-gun game against the Rakuten Eagles on July 20 for an offensive argument with an umpire (specifically, the umpire’s call on a check swing in the eighth inning). The NPB Commissioner’s Office announced today that they issued Green a stern warning and a 50,000 yen fine for the ejection.

Source: NPB 7/21/2017, Sponichi 7/21/2017


[7/21/2017] Nippon Ham expected to ask Kuriyama back in 2018

Hideki Kuriyama is in the middle of a one-year contract. Team official Toshimasa Shimada told reporters on July 20 that they still had faith in Kuriyama, but were not planning to discuss contract extensions during the season, out of respect for the players.

An unnamed person connected to the team also spoke to the media and said they were impressed with how much time Kuriyama spent studying the team and that, based on current conditions, he was the only one that could continue to grow it. 

The Fighters are expected to offer Kuriyama an extension after the season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/21/2017, Daily Sports 7/21/2017, Sponichi 7/21/2017



Masahiro Nakatani: Did You Know

Nakatani received an Excellent Player Award for performance during Sanspo’s Hanshin Tigers Gekirei Series. The series took place over thirteen games at Koshien Stadium between June 13, 2017 and July 12, 2017.

Performance Highlights: He went 5-for-5 against Seibu on June 15. He recorded two hits and two RBI, including a two-run home run, against Yomiuri on July 9.

Source: Sanspo 7/20/2017


[7/20/2017] Ni-gun Fighters record 500th Kamagaya win

The Ni-gun Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Ni-gun Yokohama Bay Stars 4-2 at Kamagaya Stadium on July 19. It was the team’s 500th victory at the stadium.



[7/20/2017] Hiroshima Carp add Alejandro Mejia to seventy-man roster

The Hiroshima Carp announced today that they added twenty-four-year-old Ikusei player Alejandro Mejia to their seventy-man roster. The two sides agreed to a six-year contract with a signing bonus worth an estimated at 100,000 US dollars. His salary this year will be an estimated 35,000 US dollars plus incentives. His uniform number will change from 146 to 96.

Source: Hiroshima 7/20/2017Sanspo 7/20/2017, Daily Sports 7/20/2017, Sports Hochi 7/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/20/2017


[7/18/2017] Shun Yamaguchi in trouble after incident on July 11

Shun Yamaguchi was scratched from his start against the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome tonight because of an incident earlier this month.

According to the Yomiuri Giants, Yamaguchi was drinking with a friend at a restaurant in Tokyo on July 11 (also his birthday).  He got drunk and hurt his right hand. He went to a hospital for treatment, and in the process, may have broken a door and injured a male security guard. The Giants learned about incident today. They have decided to pull him from the rotation for the time being. They are still in the process of determining what exactly happened.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2017, Daily Sports 7/18/2017, Daily Sports 7/18/2017Sponichi 7/18/2017, Tokyo Sports 7/18/2017

[UPDATE 7/19 @ 4:12am]

Tokyo Sports is reporting that the hospital already filed a damage report with police. Additional details about the incident have also been released.

Meguro police responded to a call on July 11. By the time they arrived, Yamaguchi was already gone. However, there was surveillance camera footage. The security guard reportedly suffered injuries that will take about two weeks to heal. A wooden door was was dented. There was no broken glass.

Police have not yet been contacted by Yamaguchi or the Giants. They were caught off guard when they learned the team made an announcement to the media.

Source: Tokyo Sports 7/18/2017

[UPDATE 7/20 @ 3:23am]

While the last update made it sound like Yamaguchi was the individual that damaged a door and hurt a security guard, neither the police or the Giants have actually named him as the perpetrator. Both the police and the Giants are still investigating what happened.

A little more has been revealed by the media.

From the Giants:

  • July 11 was Yamaguchi’s thirtieth birthday.
  • He was at a restaurant with a friend.
  • He got drunk and hurt his right hand on some glass.
  • He went to a hospital for treatment and may have damaged a door and hurt a security guard.
  • The Giants learned about the incident on the morning of July 18.
  • The Giants decided to refrain from using Yamaguchi for the time being. They are still in the middle of their own internal investigation.

From the police:

  • An individual that might be Yamaguchi and a friend visited a hospital.
  • The individual refused to be examined.
  • The individual got into a scuffle with a security guard and caused injuries (hip and chest) that will require about two weeks to heal.
  • When police responded to an emergency call (110), the individual was already gone.
  • The individual was not examined by hospital staff.
  • There is security camera footage of a man getting into a scuffle with the guard. But the footage is not clear so the suspect is unknown.
  • Damage reports were filed.
  • The police noticed similarities in their incident and the Giants’ incident and are looking into a possible connection with Yamaguchi.


  • The injury to Yamaguchi’s hand was not serious.
  • Yamaguchi does not appear to have any injuries on his right hand in a photo take by the media during a charity event on July 17.
  • Yamaguchi was able to participate in practices and toss a bullpen session after the incident.
  • Yamaguchi apparently did not report the incident to the Giants right away.
  • Yamaguchi was pulled from his start after the incident came to light.
  • Yamaguchi was taken off the active roster on July 19.
  • Yamaguchi did not show up at Giants Stadium to practice on July 19.

Source: Chunichi Sports 7/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/19/2017, Daily Sports 7/19/2017, Daily Sports 7/19/2017Sponichi 7/19/2017, Sponichi 7/19/2017Sanspo 7/19/2017


Hisayoshi Chono: Did You Know

Chono has hit lead-off home runs in back-to-back games twice during his career:

  • July 12, 2017 against Yakult and July 17 against Chunichi
  • May 22, 2013 and May 23 against Rakuten

He is the fifth player in the NPB to accomplish the feat, and first in Yomiuri Giants’ franchise history. As of July 17, he has eleven lead-off home runs.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/17/2017, Sponichi 7/18/2017


[7/17/2017] Ryo Hijirisawa earns international FA option

Thirty-one-year-old Ryo Hijirisawa earned his international free agent option today with nine years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/17/2017


[7/17/2017] Hiroshima Carp alternate “Kabuku” uniforms

The Hiroshima Carp unveiled a set of alternate uniforms they will be wearing during a three-game series against the Yakult Swallows that begins on August 18 (Friday). The uniforms are based on their slogan for this season, Kabuku. The colors, red and dark blue, are taken from a battle surcoat Soko Ueda wore during the Summer Siege of Osaka (Osaka Natsu-no Jin) in 1615.

The alternate uniforms were modeled by Yusuke Nomura and Tomohiro Abe.

Source: Hiroshima 7/17/2017


[7/16/2017] Ikusei Kyosuke Takagi has a chance to make seventy-man roster

The Yomiuri Giants are currently exploring the possibility of adding one or two Ikusei players to their seventy-man roster. They have about four candidates, including Kyosuke Takagi. The Giants have two openings on their seventy-man roster.

Source: Sanspo 7/16/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/16/2017

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 87 54 31 2
Hanshin 83 45 38 0
Yokohama 86 44 39 3
Yomiuri 86 40 45 1
Chunichi 88 39 46 3
Yakult 86 28 56 2
Rakuten 79 53 25 1
Softbank 87 57 30 0
Seibu 83 44 37 2
Orix 83 38 44 1
Nippon Ham 86 32 54 0
Lotte 84 27 56 1
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