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[11/17/2017] Yokohama Stadium Seating Expansion

The Yokohama Bay Stars and Yokohama Stadium announced that they will expand seating at Yokohama Stadium to 35,000 by March 2020 (in time for the Olympics). Construction will begin on November 25. About 4,000 seats will be added to the right field/first base side (3,800 seats) and behind home plate (600 seats) by March 2019. Seats on the left field/third base side (2,700) will be added by March 2020. A total of around 6,000 seats will be added in all.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017Sports Hochi 11/17/2017, Daily Sports 11/17/2017, Sponichi 11/17/2017, Kensetsu News 11/17/2017

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2017 NPB Best Nine Awards

Central League

Total Votes: 286 / Valid Votes: 280

  Name JPN Name ENG Team Votes
Pitchers
菅野 智之 Sugano, Tomoyuki Yomiuri 268
  薮田 和樹 Yabuta, Kazuki Hiroshima 7
  野村 祐輔 Nomura, Yusuke Hiroshima 3
  今村 猛 Imamura, Takeru Hiroshima 1
  又吉 克樹 Matayoshi, Katsuki Chunichi 1
Catchers
會澤 翼 Aizawa, Tsubasa Hiroshima 163
  小林 誠司 Kobayashi, Seiji Yomiuri 51
  中村 悠平 Nakamura, Yuhei Yakult 40
  戸柱 恭孝 Tobashira, Yasutaka Yokohama 24
  石原 慶幸 Ishihara, Yoshiyuki Hiroshima 1
  梅野 隆太郎 Umeno, Ryutaro Hanshin 1
First Basemen
J.ロペス Lopez, Jose Yokohama 272
  新井 貴浩 Arai, Takahiro Hiroshima 5
  B.エルドレッド Eldred, Brad Hiroshima 1
  安部 友裕 Abe, Tomohiro Hiroshima 1
  阿部 慎之助 Abe, Shinnosuke Yomiuri 1
Second Basemen
菊池 涼介 Kikuchi, Ryosuke Hiroshima 183
  C.マギー McGehee, Casey Yomiuri 94
  山田 哲人 Yamada, Tetsuto Yakult 2
  上本 博紀 Uemoto, Hiroki Hanshin 1
Third Basemen
宮﨑 敏郎 Miyazaki, Toshiro Yokohama 260
  安部 友裕 Abe, Tomohiro Hiroshima 10
  C.マギー McGehee, Casey Yomiuri 5
  鳥谷 敬 Toritani, Takashi Hanshin 4
  村田 修一 Murata, Shuichi Yomiuri 1
Shortstops
田中 広輔 Tanaka, Kosuke Hiroshima 221
  坂本 勇人 Sakamoto, Hayato Yomiuri 53
  京田 陽太 Kyoda, Yota Chunichi 5
  倉本 寿彦 Kuramoto, Toshihiko Yokohama 1
Outfielders
丸 佳浩 Maru, Yoshihiro Hiroshima 274
鈴木 誠也 Suzuki, Seiya Hiroshima 201
筒香 嘉智 Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo Yokohama 169
  A.ゲレーロ Guerrero, Alex Chunichi 87
  大島 洋平 Oshima, Yohei Chunichi 56
  糸井 嘉男 Itoi, Yoshio Hanshin 22
  福留 孝介 Fukudome, Kosuke Hanshin 18
  松山 竜平 Matsuyama, Ryuhei Hiroshima 7
  桑原 将志 Kuwahara, Masayuki Yokohama 5
  梶谷 隆幸 Kajitani, Takayuki Yokohama 1

Pacific League

Total Votes: 263 / Valid Votes: 258

  Name JPN Name ENG Team Votes
Pitchers
菊池 雄星 Kikuchi, Yusei Seibu 196
  D.サファテ Sarfate, Dennis Softbank 34
  東浜 巨 Higashihama, Nao Softbank 22
  則本 昂大 Norimoto, Takahiro Rakuten 5
  千賀 滉大 Senga, Kodai Softbank 1
Catchers
甲斐 拓也 Kai, Takuya Softbank 102
  炭谷 銀仁朗 Sumitani, Ginjiro Seibu 80
  田村 龍弘 Tamura, Tatsuhiro Lotte 51
  嶋 基宏 Shima, Motohiro Rakuten 23
  髙谷 裕亮 Takaya, Hiroaki Softbank 1
  岡田 雅利 Okada, Masatoshi Seibu 1
First Basemen
銀次 Akaminai, Ginji Rakuten 160
  山川 穂高 Yamakawa, Hotaka Seibu 56
  内川 聖一 Uchikawa, Seiichi Softbank 21
  T-岡田 Okada, Takahiro Orix 13
  中田 翔 Nakata, Sho Nippon Ham 3
  C.マレーロ Marrero, Chris Orix 2
  明石 健志 Akashi, Kenji Softbank 1
  J.アマダー Amador, Japhet Rakuten 1
  中島 宏之 Nakajima, Hiroyuki Orix 1
Second Basemen
浅村 栄斗 Asamura, Hideto Seibu 246
  鈴木 大地 Suzuki, Daichi Lotte 5
  銀次 Akaminai, Ginji Rakuten 4
  藤田 一也 Fujita, Kazuya Rakuten 2
  明石 健志 Akashi, Kenji Softbank 1
Third Basemen
Z.ウィーラー Wheeler, Zelous Rakuten 136
  松田 宣浩 Matsuda, Nobuhiro Softbank 91
  B.レアード Laird, Brandon Nippon Ham 23
  中村 剛也 Nakamura, Takeya Seibu 4
  中島 宏之 Nakajima, Hiroyuki Orix 2
  小谷野 栄一 Koyano, Eiichi Orix 2
Shortstops
今宮 健太 Imamiya, Kenta Softbank 90
  茂木 栄五郎 Mogi, Eigoro Rakuten 87
  源田 壮亮 Genda, Sosuke Seibu 81
Outfielders
柳田 悠岐 Yanagita, Yuki Softbank 255
秋山 翔吾 Akiyama, Shogo Seibu 253
西川 遥輝 Nishikawa, Haruki Nippon Ham 174
  C.ペゲーロ Peguero, Carlos Rakuten 44
  中村 晃 Nakamura, Akira Softbank 16
  T-岡田 Okada, Takahiro Orix 16
  上林 誠知 Uebayashi, Seiji Softbank 4
  島内 宏明 Shimauchi, Hiroaki Rakuten 4
  外崎 修汰 Tonosaki, Shuta Seibu 2
  吉田 正尚 Yoshida, Masataka Orix 2
  大田 泰示 Ota, Taishi Nippon Ham 2
  栗山 巧 Kuriyama, Takumi Seibu 1
  近藤 健介 Kondo, Kensuke Nippon Ham 1
Designated Hitters
A.デスパイネ Despaigne, Alfredo Softbank 248
  大谷 翔平 Otani, Shohei Nippon Ham 9
  E.メヒア Mejia, Ernesto Seibu 1
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HAM

[2017 Free Agency] Shota Ono Rumors

Date Team Update
11/18/2017
@ 3:38a
Chunichi Dragons manager Shigekazu Mori is planning to get involved in negotiations. Mori is currently out of the country checking on talent overseas. Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017
11/17/2017
@ 2:46a
Chunichi The Chunichi Dragons are said to be interested. Daily Sports 11/16/2017

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HAM

[2017 Free Agency] Hirotoshi Masui Rumors

Date Team Update
11/19/2017
@ 3:23a
Orix The media learned on November 17 that the Buffaloes met with Masui’s rep. They may have offered as many as four years. Sports Hochi 11/18/2017
11/19/2017
@ 3:16a
Masui signed with Boras Corporation about week ago. They have been handling his negotiations. Sanspo 11/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/18/2017, Sponichi 11/18/2017
11/18/2017
@ 3:34a
Masui told reporters on November 17 that he hoped to have everything settled before the end of the month. At latest, the end of December. He also told reporters that he is going to let his representative handle all negotiations. Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017
11/17/2017
@ 2:39a
Orix The Buffaloes are interested. They might be more inclined to make a move if Yoshihisa Hirano finds a home in the US. Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017

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HAN

[2017 Free Agency] Yamato Rumors

Date Team Update
11/18/2017
@ 3:31a
Orix The Buffaloes may have offered a three-year deal worth over 300 million yen. They may also be willing to give him an everyday job and the uniform number 7. Their meeting with Yamato lasted about two hours. Sports Hochi 11/18/2017, Sponichi 11/18/2017, Daily Sports 11/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/18/2017
11/18/2017
@ 2:51am
Hanshin The Tigers may have offered a three-year deal worth more than the estimated fifty million yen he made this season. They are planning to stay put and watch what other teams are doing until they hear back from him. Sponichi 11/17/2017
11/18/2017
@ 2:47am
Orix The Buffaloes met Yamato in Ashiya, Hyogo on November 17. Sponichi 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017
11/18/2017
@ 2:37a
Yokohama The Bay Stars met Yamato met Yamato in the Kansai region on November 16. They may have offered a three-year deal worth around 350 million (Sports Hochi), more than 300 million (Sponichi), around 300 million (Nikkan Sports). They could go up to four years. Sports Hochi 11/17/2017, Sponichi 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017
11/17/2017
@ 2:22a
Yokohama The Bay Stars might offer a three-year deal worth an estimated total 300 million yen. They could go as high as four years. Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017, Daily Sports 11/16/2017
11/17/2017
@ 2:22a
Orix The Buffaloes are thinking about offering at least three years. Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017, Sponichi 11/16/2017

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Yuki Yanagita: Did You Know

2017

Yanagita tossed a bullpen session during fall camp on November 16. He threw seven to eight pitches at 144km/h with 2,300 revolutions. He jokingly told Kimiyasu Kudo he could pitch in relief with at least six days of rest in between each appearance.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017

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RAK

[11/16/2017] Rakuten Eagles to reunite with Naoto Watanabe

The Rakuten Eagles are planning to sign thirty-seven-year-old Naoto Watanabe. An official announcement is expected within the next few days.

With the departure of forty-two-year-old Kazuo Matsui, the Eagles were in the market for a utility infielder. Watanabe was also a popular player during his first stint with the team (2007-2010) and is sure to be welcomed by players and fans.

Source: Sponichi 11/16/2017

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YAK

[11/16/2017] Yakult Swallows sign Shotaro Tashiro

Shotaro Tashiro went 1-for-4 (F9, Ks, 1B9, Fo3) during the twelve team tryouts on November 15. The Yakult Swallows are looking to pick up one player from the tryout and they appear interested in the twenty-seven-year-old outfielder.

Source: Sponichi 11/16/2017, Sanspo 11/16/2017

[UPDATE 11/18 @ 2:59am]

The Swallows announced on November 17 that they signed Tashiro.

Source: Yakult 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017, Daily Sports 11/17/2017

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[11/16/2017] Yokohama interested in Taishi Nakagawa and Yuta Muto

The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested twenty-seven-year-old Taishi Nakagawa and twenty-eight-year-old Yuta Muto. The Bay Stars are expected to make an announcement about the two within the next few days. Both senryokugai players did not attend the twelve team tryout on November 15.

Nakagawa has some pop and can play some first and third. He can also be a right-handed bat off the bench. Muto has spent most of his time pitching out of the bullpen.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/16/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017

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[11/15/2017] Saitama Seibu Lions Fortieth Anniversary

The Seibu Lions will be celebrating their fortieth anniversary since their move to Saitama next year. The Lions are planning to spend about eighteen billion yen on improvements to their facilities over the next few years.

  • MetLife Dome
    • VIP lounge with a capacity of about 430 people
    • About 150 Sunakaburi (Sand Covered) seats near the lounge
    • A deck section between the concourse and the Shishi Building
    • An indoor kids parks and food court inside the Shishi Building
    • Restaurants and merchandise stores
    • A multi-purpose area for events on the first base side
    • An outdoor kids area on the first base side
    • Three-story team office building
    • New front gates
    • New seats
    • New big screen, audio equipment, lighting
    • Improvements to air flow
    • Wi-Fi/Internet
  • Player Development
    • Stands and netting for Seibu 2 Stadium
    • Expanding secondary field and bullpen
    • New indoor training facility, bullpen, batting cages
    • New player dormitory and training room
  • Events
    • 40th anniversary logo and home/road uniforms
    • Lions Classic logo and uniforms
    • New team song

Source: Seibu 11/15/2017, 40th Anniversary Website

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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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