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[1/16/2018] Yomiuri Giants add Taylor Jungmann

The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old pitcher Taylor Jungmann. He was assigned the uniform number 39. He is expected to arrive in Japan later this month. According to Sponichi, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 750,000 US dollars.

Source: Yomiuri 1/16/2018, Sponichi 1/16/2018


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CHU

Chunichi Dragons: 2018 Spring Camp

Chunichi Dragons 2018 Spring Camp Details

Ichi-gun

February 1 (Thu) – 28 (Wed)
Days Off: February 6 (Tue), 13 (Tue), 19 (Mon)

Venue: Chatan Stadium in Okinawa

Games

  • 2/12 (Mon) vs Hanwha (KBO) at Chatan – 13:00
  • 2/15 (Thu) vs KIA (KBO) at Chatan – 13:00
  • 2/17 (Sat) vs Yomiuri at Naha – 12:30
  • 2/18 (Sun) vs Hiroshima at Goza – 13:00
  • 2/22 (Thu) vs Lotte at Chatan – 13:00
  • 2/24 (Sat) vs Nippon Ham at Chatan – 13:00 (exhibition game)
  • 2/25 (Sun) vs Hanshin at Chatan – 13:00 (exhibition game)
  • 2/26 (Mon) vs Hanwha (KBO) at Chatan – 13:00
  • 2/27 (Tue) vs Yokohama at Chatan – 12:30

Ni-gun Camp

February 1 (Thu) – March 1 (Thu)
Days Off: February 6 (Tue), 13 (Tue), 19 (Mon)

Venue: Yomitan Stadium in Okinawa

Games

  • 2/16 (Fri) vs Yokohama at Yomitan – 13:00
  • 2/20 (Tue) vs LG (KBO) at Yomitan – 13:00
  • 2/21 (Wed) vs Yokohama at Yomitan – 13:00
  • 2/23 (Fri) vs Hanwha (KBO) at Yomitan – 13:00

Additional information will be added to this post as it becomes available.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2018, Jiji 1/15/2018, Chunichi 1/16/2018

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CHU

[1/15/2018] Chunichi Dragons: registered position changes

The Chunichi Dragons announced a number of registered position changes on January 15:

  • Issei Endo – INF → OF
  • Kei Nomoto – OF → INF
  • Dayan Viciedo – OF → INF

The Dragons also announced the following uniform number assignment:

  • Hiroto Fuku – 234

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2018

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YOM

[1/15/2018] Kazuma Okamoto involved in accident with bike

The Yomiuri Giants announced on January 15 that Kazuma Okamoto was involved in an accident. Okamoto was driving his car in Tama Ward, Kawasaki on the evening of January 13 when he hit a teen-aged male riding a bike at an intersection.

The teen-aged male suffered a chip fracture in his right thumb. Okamoto did not get hurt.

The Giants released a statement from Okamoto. He apologized for the accident and said he was going to refrain from driving for a while. The Giants also issued an apology. They are planning to have all players and staff review safe driving practices and traffic rules.

Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2018, Sponichi 1/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2018

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LOT

[1/15/2018] Chiba Lotte Marines sign Tanner Scheppers

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-year-old pitcher Tanner Scheppers. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a contract worth an estimated 800,000 US dollars.

Source: Lotte 1/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2018, Sanspo 1/15/2018, Daily Sports 1/15/2018

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LOT

[1/15/2018] Chiba Lotte Marines part ways with Jason Standridge

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they were not going to sign thirty-nine–year-old Jason Standridge to a contract for the 2018 season. Standridge spent the last two season in the Lotte organization. He went 12-14 with a 3.80 ERA in forty-one games spanning 239 innings of work.

Source: Lotte 1/15/2018

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HAM

[1/15/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters: uniform number assignments

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced the following uniform number assignments today:

  • Michael Tonkin – 19
  • Nick Martinez – 27
  • Bryan Rodriguez – 41
  • Oswaldo Arcia – 4

Source: Nippon Ham 1/15/2018

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HAN

Yutaro Itayama: Did You Know

Weight

  • Itayama gained eight kilograms (from seventy-eight to eighty-six kilograms) in two months (December and January) after the 2017 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/14/2018
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YOM

[1/12/2018] Yomiuri Giants: Hideki Matsui to return as special spring camp instructor

The Yomiuri Giants announced on January 12 that Hideki Matsui will return as a special instructor during spring camp this year. He will join the team on February 6 and leave on February 12. This will be his third stint as a Giants instructor and first in two years.

Matsui is also scheduled to play in the Miyazaki Camp 60th Anniversary Old Timers game on February 10.

Source: Yomiuri 1/12/2018, Sponichi 1/12/2018, Daily Sports 1/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/12/2018

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SEI

[1/12/2018] Seibu hires Jose Fernandez as US scout

The Seibu Lions announced on January 12 that they added Jose Fernandez to their staff as an international scout in charge of the US region, effective January 1.

Fernandez spent eleven seasons in the NPB. He played for Lotte (2003), Seibu (2004-2005, 2010-2011), Rakuten (2006-2008, 2012), and Orix (2009, 2013).

Source: Seibu 1/12/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
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
G W L T
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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