Category: NPB

[9/20/2017] Schedule Changes

The following additions were made to the Central League schedule.

  • October 5 – Chunichi Dragons vs Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium – 18:00 (September 16 rain out)
  • October 6 – Chunichi Dragons vs Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium – 18:00 (September 17 rain out)

Source: Hanshin 9/20/2017, NPB 9/20/2017

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[9/20/2017] Hirotaka Egusa to retire at the end of the year

Hirotaka Egusa informed the Hiroshima Carp that he wanted to retire at the end of the season. The Carp accepted his decision today. There are no plans for a retirement ceremony. He will most likely pitch in the last game of his career at Ni-gun some time between September 26 and 28.

Egusa joined Hanshin during the 2002 draft and has spent most of his career pitching out of the bullpen (349 games, 13 starts). He was traded to Seibu partway through the 2011 season. He was then traded to Hiroshima before the start of the 2012 season.

Source: Daily Sports 9/20/2017

[UPDATE 9/20 @ 11:29pm]

Egusa decided to retire because he could no longer throw the ball the way he wanted to throw the ball and could no longer record outs the way he wanted to record outs. He address his teammates after practices today.

Source: Sanspo 9/20/2017

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Manabu Mima: Did You Know

Milestones

September 19, 2017 vs Nippon Ham at Kobo Park Miyagi – Mima notched his tenth victory of the year. It marked the first time he reached double-digits in wins during his career. He was 0-3 in four starts since he recorded his ninth victory.

Mima got to nine victories last year, but failed to reach ten after going 0-2 in three starts.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2017

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Yusuke Matsui: Did You Know

Milestones

September 19, 2017 vs Yomiuri at Nagoya Dome – Matsui recorded his first home run at Nagoya Dome in the second inning off Mitsuo Yoshikawa. He then recorded the first grand slam of his career in the fourth inning off Seiji Tahara. This was the first two-homer game of his career.

Prior to his home runs on September 19, Matsui had one home run at Tokyo Dome, one at Jingu Stadium, one at Yokohama Stadium, and two at Mazda Stadium.

Source: Sponichi 9/19/2017, Sports Hochi 9/19/2017

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[9/19/2017] Shunichi Nemoto fined for September 16 ejection

The NPB issued Shunichi Nemoto a stern warning and a 50,000 yen fine for his ejection from a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on September 16. Nemoto was ejected after he got into a argument with the home plate umpire.

Source: NPB 9/19/2017

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[9/19/2017] Takahiro Arai will still have a big role in 2018

The Hiroshima Carp would like forty-year-old veteran Takahiro Arai to return next year. Arai also seems to be interested in remaining active. He told reporters that while he was at a point in his career where his own feelings were no longer enough to keep him going, he still felt motivated to play when he thought about the cheering fans.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/19/2017

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Hiroki Minei: Did You Know

September 18, 2017 vs Yakult at Yokohama Stadium – Minei hit a home run in the eighth inning off Ryo Akiyoshi. It was the 7,500th home run in Yokohama Bay Stars franchise history. The Bay Stars are the last team, other than the Rakuten Eagles, to reach 7,500 home runs.

Source: Sponichi 9/19/2017

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[9/19/2017] Now you can have your very own Shohei Otani

The Nippon Ham Fighters are selling a life-size figure of Shohei Otani at their official team store, On-Deck. The figure is part of a grand re-opening sale. There is only one figure and it carries a price tag of 1,111,111 yen (based on Otani’s uniform number 11).

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2017

[UPDATE 9/20 @ 9:51pm]

A Sapporo man in his sixties purchased the figure today before 6:00pm. He paid in cash. He plans to put it on display at his company.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/20/2017

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[9/18/2017] Start times for the CL Final Stage of the Climax Series

The Hiroshima Carp posted start times for the Central League’s Final Stage of the Climax Series today.

Date Match-up Venue Start
10/18 Wed CS Final Stage vs First Stage Winner Mazda Stadium 18:00
10/19 Thu CS Final Stage vs First Stage Winner Mazda Stadium 18:00
10/20 Fri CS Final Stage vs First Stage Winner Mazda Stadium 18:00
10/21 Sat CS Final Stage vs First Stage Winner Mazda Stadium 13:30
10/22 Sun CS Final Stage vs First Stage Winner Mazda Stadium 13:30
10/23 Mon CS Final Stage vs First Stage Winner Mazda Stadium 18:00
10/24 Tue Make-up Date Mazda Stadium 18:00
10/25 Wed Make-up Date Mazda Stadium 18:00

Tickets will be sold in two rounds: lottery (between September 22 at 10:00 until September 24 at 18:00) and first-come, first-served (from October 4 at 10:00). Visitor Performance seats will go on sale at 10:00 on the day after the First Stage Winner is decided.

Source: Hiroshima 9/18/2017

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YOK

[9/18/2017] Joe Wieland expected to return in 2018

The media learned today that the Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in having Joe Wieland return next year. They apparently signed him to a one-year contract that includes a team option for 2018. Wieland told reporters he had not yet heard anything official but did enjoy playing in Japan and would be happy to return.

Source: Sanspo 9/18/2017, Daily Sports 9/18/2017, Sponichi 9/18/2017

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 137 84 49 4
Hanshin 133 72 58 3
Yokohama 133 66 63 4
Yomiuri 134 67 64 3
Chunichi 134 57 72 5
Yakult 135 44 89 2
G W L T
Softbank 134 90 44 0
Seibu 135 75 57 3
Rakuten 128 70 56 2
Orix 131 61 69 1
Nippon Ham 131 51 80 0
Lotte 133 48 84 1
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