Category: Did You Know


Tomoyuki Sugano: Did You Know

Tomoyuki Sugano’s pitches:

  • fastball: topped out at 155km/h on July 28, 2016
  • cutter: mid-130 to 140s, late action, sharp break
  • slider: upper-120 to 130s, big break, swinging strike pitch
  • curveball: 120s “power curve” and 110 curve
  • forkball: mid- to upper-130, swinging strike pitch
  • one-seam: 150-plus, late movement, stopped using it for a while, returned to the pitch this year
  • two-seam: similar to the one-seam, used a lot during his second and third, relied more on one-seam this year
  • change-up: wants another pitch with downward action because forkball was not very effective this year, working on change-up for 2017 season, could still go back to forkball

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/28/2016


Yusuke Masago: Did You Know

Yusuke Masago ran the thirty-meter in 3.45 second and the fifty-meter in 5.64 seconds during Miyazaki fall camp on November 17.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/18/2016, Sponichi 11/18/2016


Taishi Ota: Did You Know

The Yomiuri Giants included Taishi Ota in a trade with the Nippon Ham Fighters on November 2. But did you know that the Giants once tried to include Ota in a trade for Hiroshima’s Tomohiro Abe? There were also talks about a trade to Yokohama in 2013 that included Yoshitomo Tsutsugo.

Source: ZakZak 11/3/2016, Tokyo Sports 11/3/2016


Ginjiro Sumitani: Did You Know

Ginjiro Sumitani was apparently ready to leave Seibu for Chunichi after the 2015 off-season, but decided against it after someone in the Chunichi organization advised him not to because of General Manager Hiromitsu Ochiai.

Source: ZakZak 9/27/2016


Masayuki Kuwahara: Did You Know

Masayuki Kuwahara had cosmetic surgery to remove a mole near his left eye during the last off-season. It cost him about 30,000 yen. He decided to have it removed because he thought it might help changes this up.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/20/2016


Masataka Yoshida: Did You Know

Masataka Yoshida purchased a duralumin bat case before he returned to the active roster this month. It was a special order case that cost over 200,000 yen. He decided to buy the case after he learned that white ash bats were sensitive to moisture (he switched to white ash from maple).

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/30/2016, Sponichi 8/30/2016


Rafael Dolis: Did You Know

Rafael Dolis uses a black glove during regulation games and a purple glove during practices. He was inspired to use a purple glove when he saw teammate Shintaro Fujinami using one this year.

Source: Sanspo 8/15/2016


Ayumu Ishikawa: Did You Know

Ayumu Ishikawa is a afraid of cicadas (he used to catch them during the summer months when he was a kid, but has not been near them since he got older and moved out to the city).

On August 12, 2016, Ishikawa had a no-hitter through the first out in the sixth inning of a game against the Softbank Hawks at QVC Marine. A cicada made its way to the mound with the count at 2-2. Time was called and the home plate umpire removed the cicada. Immediately afterwards, Ishikawa gave up his first hit of the game. The cicada may not have led to the loss of the no-hitter, but it probably did cause a distraction.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/13/2016, Sponichi 8/13/2016, Sanspo (Internet Archive)


Kazuya Fujita: Did You Know

Borrowing a page out of Kazuo Matsui’s handbook, Kazuya Fujita likes to spray his glove with water then stick in a refrigerator overnight. He believes the moisture and the low temperature make the glove fit better on his hand.

Fujita’s fielding game is all about positioning and not so much about getting a good first step. He keeps an eye on the catcher for hints on where he should position himself on the field.

Source: Sanspo 8/11/2016


Yasutomo Kubo: Did You Know

Yasutomo Kubo makes slight changes to his approach in pitching based on stadium — he drops his arm angle in larger stadiums for more power and less control and is more about keeping the ball down low and getting ground ball outs in smaller stadiums.

From large to small: Nagoya Dome, Mazda Stadium, Koshien Stadium (short down the line, but deeper in the gaps), Yokohama Stadium, Tokyo Dome, Jingu Stadium.

Source: Sanspo 8/11/2016