Category: NPB


[9/24/2018] Chunichi Dragons reach two million mark in attendance

The Chunichi Dragons reached the two million mark in attendance in their sixty-seventh home game of the year. It took the Dragons seventy-two games to reach the same milestone last season.

Source: Chunichi 9/24/2018



Taichi Ishiyama: Did You Know



September 23 vs Chunichi at Nagoya Dome – Ishiyama notched his thirtieth save of the year and became the sixth Swallow in franchise history to save at least thirty games in a season. The other five: Shingo Takatsu (thirty in 1999, thirty-seven in 2001, thirty-two in 2002, thirty-four in 2003), Chang-Yong Lim (thirty-three in 2008, thirty-five in 2010, thirty-two in 2011), Tony Barnette (thirty-three in 2012, forty-one in 2015), Ryota Igarashi (thirty-seven in 2004) and Hirotoshi Ishii (thirty-seven in 2005).

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/24/2018, Sanspo 9/24/2018


[9/23/2018] Schedule Changes

The following additions were made to the Central and Pacific League schedule.

  • October 1 – Yomiuri Giants vs Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium – 18:00 (September 21 rain out)
  • October 4 – Seibu Lions vs Chiba Lotte Marines at ZOZO Marine – 18:15 (September 20 rain out)

Source: NPB 9/22/2018, Lotte 9/22/2018, NPB 9/23/2018, Yakult 9/23/2018


[9/22/2018] Yokohama Bay Stars top two million in attendance

The Yokohama Bay Stars topped two million in attendance after their final home game of the season (seventy-two). Yokohama reached two million in attendance for the first time since attendance records became public in 2005.

Source: Yokohama 9/22/2018



[9/22/2018] Kazuya Fukuura reaches 2000 hits

Kazuya Fukuura reached the 2,000-hit milestone during today’s game against the Seibu Lions at ZOZO Marine Stadium. The hit was a double to right off Ryuya Ogawa in the bottom of the 8th inning.



[9/22/2018] Yuya Ishii to retire after the season

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that thirty-seven-year-old Yuya Ishii will retire after the season. They also posted the following statement from Ishii:

I am grateful for the opportunity to be a professional baseball player for fourteen years. I learned about mental strength and perseverance through tough practices while playing for the Chunichi Dragons, under people like Hiromitsu Ochiai, Shigekazu Mori, and others.

After the Bay Stars, I became a members of the Fighters. I was impressed by the warm fans. Their cheers became my strength. I am grateful to Hideki Kuriyama because even in difficult jams, he had faith in me and kept playing me. I was lucky to have a lot of great people around me and I was happy to be a member of the Fighters.

Thank you for the fourteen years.

Source: Nippon Ham 9/22/2018, Sanspo 9/22/2018, Daily Sports 9/22/2018, Nippon Ham 9/22/2018


[9/21/2018] Meikyukai Baseball Festival 2018

Meikyukai Baseball Festival 2018 will take place on November 24 (Saturday) at Tokyo Dome. Gates will open at 12:00pm. A seven-inning Central League vs Pacific League game is scheduled to start at 14:00.

Players scheduled to make an appearance:


Hitoki Iwase, Yutaka Enatsu, Manabu Kitabeppu, Kimiyasu Kudo, Hiroki Kuroda, Masaaki Koyama, Kazuhiro Sasaki, Shingo Takatsu, Hideo Nomo, Osamu Higashio, Masaji Hiramatsu, Hisashi Yamada, Masahiro Yamamoto, Tetsuya Yoneda


Koji Akiyama, Shinnosuke Abe, Takahiro Arai, Hiromasa Arai, Masahiro Araki, Michiyo Arito, Alex Ramirez, Tadahito Iguchi, Takuro Ishii, Seiichi Uchikawa, Sadaharu Oh, Michihiro Ogasawara, Tomoaki Kanemoto, Hiroki Kokubo, Norihiro Komada, Isao Shibata, Morimichi Takagi, Kazuyoshi Tatsunami, Yukio Tanaka, Motonobu Tanishige, Masahiro Doi, Takashi Toritani, Shigeo Nagashima, Norihiro Nakamura, Kenjiro Nomura, Isao Harimoto, Yoshinori Hirose, Kosuke Fukudome, Yutaka Fukumoto, Atsuya Furuta, Kazuo Matsui, Makoto Matsubara, Tomonori Maeda, Shinya Miyamoto, Hiroyuki Yamazaki, Koji Yamamoto, Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Kazuhiro Wada

Source: Meikyukai Baseball Festival 2018


[9/20/2018] Central League: games after October 11 will not count toward standings

The Central League season is set to officially end on October 11 (at least in terms of the standings), regardless of whether or not there are any games left on the schedule due to additional rain outs. The season is currently set to end on October 9, but rain outs could extend the schedule. The First Stage of the Climax Series will start on October 13. According to the Central League Agreement, teams advancing to the Climax Series must be finalized two days before the start of the series. Games rescheduled after October 11 will be played, but results will not carry into the standings used to determine which teams will head to the Climax Series.

The following tie-break rules will apply (if there are any ties in the standings):

  • team with more wins
  • if winning percentages and win totals are the same, team with the better winning percentage in head-to-head play
  • if head-to-head winning percentages are the same, team with the better finish from last year’s standings

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/20/2018, Sports Hochi 9/20/2018, Sponichi 9/20/2018


[9/20/2018] Schedule Changes

The following additions were made to the Central League schedule.

  • October 9 – Yomiuri Giants vs Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium – 18:00 (September 9 rain out)
  • September 21 – Yomiuri Giants vs Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium – 18:00 (September 20 rain out)

Source: NPB 9/20/2018, Hanshin 9/20/2018, NPB 9/20/2018, Yakult 9/20/2018


[9/19/2018] Ryota Wakiya to retire after the season

Thirty-six-year-old Ryota Wakiya held a press conference at Tokyo Dome on September 19 and announced his decision to retire after the season.

  • He has a hard time summing up his thirteen-year career because so many things happened to him, but he feels he was able to have a good career because of all the support he got from people around him.
  • He is grateful to all the teams he played for, even though he was not able to do as much for them as he wanted.
  • He started thinking about retirement in August because there was not any talk about him making the active roster.
  • He would like to get into coaching after retirement.
  • Hisayoshi Chono asked him what he wanted to eat, he said he wanted to eat junk food.
  • Yoshiyuki Kamei presented him with flowers at the end of the press conference.

Source: Yomiuri 9/19/2018, Sanspo 9/19/2018, Tokyo Sports 9/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/19/2018, Daily Sports 9/19/2018

NPB Standings [Full]
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
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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