The twelve professional teams and the NPB agreed to hold one All-Star game at a rural stadium once every four years, beginning in 2018. The league is hoping to help promote baseball in areas where people have few opportunities to watch live games. The first location, to be used in 2018, has already been selected: Kumamoto.
Preliminary details for the 2018 All-Star series:
The Yokohama Bay Stars and Nissan announced today that they reached an agreement on a sponsorship deal. As part of the agreement, Nissan’s LEAF (an electric car) will be used as a bullpen car at Yokohama Stadium this season. Nissan billboards will also appear at the stadium for the first time since 1998 (above the big screen in center field and on the lighting bank towers).
The new electric bullpen car, in addition to the billboards, were unveiled at a press conference at the stadium. Alex Ramirez, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, and Yasuaki Yamasaki took part in the presentation.0 Comments
The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Koji Fukutani’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a girl weighing 2,836 grams, at a hospital in Nagoya on March 26.
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Ni-gun appearances of interest from March 28:
Yusuke Nomura (Hiroshima) started a game against Softbank. He gave up a run on seven hits over six innings of work. He threw ninety-four pitches. His first Ichi-gun start of the season could come on April 4 against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome. Source: Daily Sports 3/28/2017
Shintaro Fujinami (Hanshin) started a game against Orix. He pitched six shutout innings and allowed just one hit. He threw ninety-eight pitches, did not walk a batter, and struck out six. He could get his first regular season start on April 4 against Yakult at Kyocera Dome. Source: Daily Sports 3/28/2017
Ryosuke Miyaguni (Yomiuri) tossed a three-hit shutout against Seibu. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/28/2017
Haruhiro Hamaguchi (Yokohama) started a game against Nippon Ham and gave up two runs on five hits over three innings of work. He threw sixty-two pitches. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/28/2017
Ayumu Ishikawa (Lotte) started a game against Yakult and gave up a run on four hits over four innings of work. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/28/20170 Comments
Elvis Araujo, Jorge Rondon, Ryota Ishioka, and Yusuke Matsui were apparently reassigned to Ni-gun after practices at Nagoya Dome on March 28.
Among players that may have made the opening day roster: Takuya Kinoshita, Shun Ishikawa, Hayato Mizowaki, and second round draft pick Yota Kyoda.
Source: Sports Hochi 3/29/20170 Comments
Tatsushi Masuda told listeners during a Seibu Lions radio show on Bunka Hoso earlier today that pitching coach Yoshihiro Doi told him he will be the closer from opening day. Masuda pitched in six exhibition games and recorded three saves. He and Brian Schlitter were competing for the closer role.
Source: Sports Hochi 3/28/20170 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes announced today that twenty-six-year-old Ikusei pitcher Ryuta Kadoya will be assigned to the BC League’s Fukui Miracle Elephants, from April 1 until the end of the first-half of the season.0 Comments
The NPB announced today that MyNavi will be sponsoring the NPB All-Star games for the next three seasons.
2017 All-Star Game Details
Additional detail for the 2017 All-Star Game will be released in May.
The NPB also announced that they signed MyNavi to an NPB Partner contract.
Source: NPB 3/28/20170 Comments
Eiichi Koyano’s wife posted a message on her blog earlier today informing her readers that she was about six months pregnant with twins. The two married in November 2011 and had their first child, a girl, in August 2014.0 Comments
Iwasada will be donating money to earthquake relief and youth baseball organizations in Kumamoto, his home prefecture. He will donate 100,000 yen for every game he wins and a box of rubber baseballs for every strikeout he records. The money will be donated in person, some time between November 2017 and January 2018.
Source: Hanshin 3/28/20170 Comments