Category: NPB

YOM

Dai-Kang Yoh: Did You Know

Yoh has always liked the color red, but switched to white when he first joined the Nippon Ham Fighters out of respect for Tsuyoshi Shinjo.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2017

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HAN

Yamato Maeda: Did You Know

Yamato has been working on batting from both sides of the plate since last fall. During workouts in January, he spent eighty percent of his batting practice time taking swings from the left side.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2017

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SOF

[1/20/2017] Softbank Hawks sign Kimiyasu Kudo to a new contract

The Softbank Hawks announced today that they signed Kimiyasu Kudo to a new three-year contract. He was in the final year of a three-year contract this year. The new contract will run through to the end of the 2019 season.

Source: Softbank announcement, Sponichi 1/20/2017, Tokyo Sports 1/20/2017, Daily Sports 1/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 1/20/2017

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SEI

[1/20/2017] Norio Tanabe to be special spring camp instructor for Hanwha

The Seibu Lions announced today that team adviser Norio Tanabe will be a special spring camp roving batting and fielding instructor for the Hanwha Eagles, between January 31 and March 9.

Source: Seibu announcement, Nikkan Sports 1/20/2017, Daily Sports 1/20/2017

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YOM

[1/19/2017] Yomiuri Giants: Invinciblu Tokyo Uniform

The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they will give all fans that attend a Yakult game at Tokyo Dome on May 18 (Thu) a free replica INVINCIBLU (invincible + the color blue) Tokyo uniform. The Giants wore blue road uniforms when they won nine consecutive Nippon Series championships between 1965 and 1973. They first wore Tokyo across the chest (with no other designs) on road uniforms in 1953, the same year they were in first place from start to finish and won a Nippon Series.

Source: Yomiuri announcement

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CHU

[1/19/2017] Takeshi Kaneko’s wife gave birth in December

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Takeshi Kaneko’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a boy weighing 3,034 grams, on December 26, 2016.

Source: Sanspo 1/19/2017

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HAM

[1/18/2017] Shohei Otani might sit out games during Arizona spring camp

Shohei Otani was assigned to Arizona spring camp. Hideki Kuriyama is concerned about his workload and might avoid using him in any games while in the United States. The goal is to make sure Otani is healthy, not just for spring camp, but also for the World Baseball Classic and for the whole of the 2017 NPB season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/18/2017, Sponichi 1/18/2017

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CHU

Shota Sugiyama: Did You Know

Sugiyama signed an advisory contract with Xanax.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/18/2017

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YOM

Shinnosuke Shigenobu: Did You Know

Shigenobu has always wanted to work overseas. Becoming a professional baseball player was not necessarily his dream, but it could help him realize his goal.

Source: Sponichi 1/18/2017

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[1/16/2017] Meikyukai Festival 2017 in Miyazaki

January 15, 2017 – Meikyukai Festival in Miyazaki

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nishi 5 0 0 0 0         5 7 1
Higashi 0 1 3 1 0         5 6 1

Attendance: 5700

* Higashi won after a game of Rock–paper–scissors.

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