Category: NPB

2019 NPB Exhibition Game Schedule

The NPB released the 2019 exhibition game schedule on December 12. The schedule begins on February 23 (Sat) and ends on March 24 (Sun). There are a total 101 games on the schedule.



2018 NPB Fine Judge Awards

Four NPB umpires were recognized for their work on the field this season.

Naoto Shikita
April 12 – Yokohama vs Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome
Top of the first inning, runners on first and second and two out. Single to center. Play at the plate. Runner appeared to be out, but Shikita was able to tell the runner was safe from the angle where he stood.

Shinji Hashimoto
April 22 – Hiroshima vs Chunichi at Nagoya Dome
Bottom of the third inning, runners on first and no out. Yota Kyoda attempted a bunt. Hashimoto noticed Kyoda’s leg was outside of the batter’s box and called him out.

Hiroya Yamamura
May 1 – Seibu vs Orix at Kyocera Dome Osaka
Bottom of the sixth inning, runner on first and one out. Kenya Wakatsuki made contact with the catcher and Yamamura called him out. He provided a complete explanation of the ruling over the PA system.

Hidetomo Ashihara
May 24 – Yakult vs Hanshin at Koshien Stadium
Bottom of the fourth inning. None on and two out. Yoshio Itoi grounded out to the pitcher. He ran inside the foul line and the ball thrown by the pitcher hit him. Ashihara called him out and gave an easy to understand explanation over the PA system.

Source: NPB 12/14/2018


Seibu Lions: 2019 Spring Camp

A Camp


  • February 1 (Fri) – 18 (Mon)
  • Days Off: February 4 (Mon), 9 (Sat), 14 (Thu)
  • Venue: Miyazaki Nichinan Nango Chuo Park


  • February 20 (Wed) – 24 (Sun)
  • Venue: Kochi Haruno Athletic Park

B Camp

  • February 1 (Fri) – 27 (Wed)
  • Days Off: February 4 (Mon), 9 (Sat), 14 (Thu), 19 (Tue), 25 (Mon)
  • Venue: Kochi Haruno Athletic Park

Source: Seibu 12/14/2018


[12/14/2018] Koji Uehara to sign new contract with Yomiuri Giants

The media learned on December 13 that there were strong indications that Koji Uehara was going to return to the Yomiuri Giants next year. Uehara confirmed the rumors through Twitter this morning.

Good morning everyone!

It is just as this morning’s papers mention, I will be playing for the Giants again next year.

I know there all kinds of opinions about this, but I will be happy if you can support me.

Thank you.

Source: Tweet 12/14/2018, Daily Sports 12/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/14/2018

[UPDATE 12/15 @ 3:07am]

Uehara spoke to the media after finalizing his contract with the Giants on December 14. He was assigned the uniform number 19 (he wore 11 this year) and agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated fifty million yen. Uehara told reporters he did not receive offers from other teams.

Source: Yomiuri 12/14/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/14/2018, ZakZak 12/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/14/2018, Daily Sports 12/14/2018, Daily Sports 12/14/2018, Sponichi 12/14/2018


[12/13/2018] Yakult Swallows reach agreement with Albert Suarez

The media learned on December 12, through Yakult Swallows official Masayuki Okumura, that the Yakult Swallows have reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old Albert Suarez. The right-handed pitcher is the older brother of Softbank’s Robert Suarez.

Source: Sanspo 12/12/2018, Sanspo 12/13/2018


[12/11/2018] Nippon Ham, Yakult agree on two-for-two trade

The Nippon Ham Fighters and Yakult Swallows agreed on a trade. The Fighters will send twenty-seven-year-old Hirotoshi Takanashi and twenty-one-year-old Kengo Ota to the Swallows for twenty-nine-year-old Ryo Akiyoshi and twenty-seven-year-old Ryota Yachi.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/11/2018, Yakult 12/11/2018

[UPDATE 12/18 @ 10:44am]

The Fighters held a press conference for Akiyoshi and Yachi on December 17. They were assigned the uniform numbers 39 and 32, respectively.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/17/2018

[UPDATE 12/19 @ 1:09am]

The Swallows held a press conference for Takanashi and Ota on December 18. Takanashi was assigned the uniform number 14, Ota the number 46.

Source: Yakult 12/18/2018


[12/9/2018] NPB planning to expand active roster to twenty-nine

The NPB is planning to expand the total number of allowed players on the active roster from twenty-eight to twenty-nine next season. Teams will still be limited to twenty-five players for official games. The extra active roster slot should give teams more flexibility — they can keep an extra reliever or bench player at Ichi-gun without losing them for ten days by dropping them to Ni-gun. The extra slot should also allow more players to earn time for their free agent options.

Source: Daily Sports 12/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/8/2018, Sports Hochi 12/8/2018, Sponichi 12/8/2018


[12/8/2018] Hanshin Tigers reach agreement with Yuki Nishi

The Hanshin Tigers announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old Yuki Nishi. He was assigned the uniform number 16. According to media reports, he agreed to a four-year deal worth an estimated one billion yen in total.

  • Nishi met with the Tigers for a third time on December 7 at a hotel in Osaka. Hanshin Manager Akihiro Yano joined the discussions for the first time.
  • Nishi’s agent turned down the Softbank Hawks on Friday morning (12/7). Nishi contacted the Orix Buffaloes around noon to inform them of his decision.
  • The Hawks offer may have been four years and  about two billion yen in total.

Source: Hanshin 12/7/2017, Sponichi 12/8/2018, Sponchi 12/8/2018, Sponichi 12/7/2018, Sponichi 12/7/2018, Sponichi 12/7/2018, ZakZak 12/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2018, Daily Sports 12/8/2018, Daily Sports 12/7/2018, Daily Sports 12/7/2018, Sanspo 12/7/2018, Sports Hochi 12/7/2018

[UPDATE 12/15 @ 3:10am]

The Tigers held a press conference for Nishi at a hotel in Osaka on December 14. He was assigned the uniform number 16

Source: Hanshin 12/14/2018, Daily Sports 12/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/14/2018


[12/6/2018] Yomiuri looking to sign Reimin Ramos and Israel Mota to Ikusei contracts

According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Yomiuri Giants are trying to sign twenty-two-year-old Reimin Ramos and twenty-two-year-old Israel Mota to Ikusei contracts. The two attended tryouts held by the Giants in the Dominican Republic last moth and passed.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2018

[UPDATE 12/7 @ 11:00pm]

The Giants announced that they reached agreements with Ramos and Mota. Ramos was assigned the uniform number 025 and Mota 014. Both players are slated to arrive in Japan in late-January.

Source: Yomiuri 12/7/2018

[UPDATE 12/8 @ 2:35pm]

According to Daily Sports, the two players are slated to make an estimated 20,000 US dollars next year.

Source: Daily Sports 12/8/2018


[12/6/2018] Chunichi Dragons uniform number changes

The Chunichi Dragons announced the following uniform numbers changes:

  • Shota Suzuki = 18 → 99
  • Taisuke Maruyama = 28 → 69
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka = 99 → 18
  • Yota Kyoda = 51 → 1
  • Shota Tomonaga = 1 → 62
  • Masaru Watanabe = 212 → 31

Source: Chunichi 12/6/2018

NPB Standings [Full]
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
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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