Category: Did You Know


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


Yoshitomo Tsutsugo: Did You Know

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo hit the Hato Sabure sign out in right during a game against the Chunichi Dragons on July 12. The company presented the slugger with a year’s worth of Hato Sabure and a Hato Sabure cushion. A red star was placed on the billboard to mark the location.

Source: BayStars Sokuho @ NanJ


Tsutsugo has four walk-off hits:

  1. 2012/08/25 against Yomiuri – double
  2. 2016/06/04 against Lotte – home run
  3. 2016/07/22 against Yomiuri – home run
  4. 2016/08/13 against Hiroshima – single

Source: Sponichi 8/14/2016


Bradin Hagens: Did You Know

Bradin Hagens is a fan of umaibo snacks. He first tried them during an Inter-league road trip to Sendai. He liked them so much, he ate four on the first day. He is now trying to keep it to one a day.

His favorite flavor is Vegetable Salad, but he also likes Tonkatsu Sauce and Teriyaki Burger.

Source: Tokyo Sports 8/1/2016


Koyo Aoyagi: Did You Know

Koyo Aoyagi grew up drinking Yakult products. His mother and brother work at Yakult and he spent time in the company nursery until he was about three.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/26/2016, Daily Sports 7/26/2016