The following additions were made to the Central League schedule.
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 9/20/20170 Comments
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 9/20/20170 Comments
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.0 Comments
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 9/19/20170 Comments
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 9/19/20170 Comments
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 9/19/20170 Comments
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.4 Comments
The Hiroshima Carp posted start times for the Central League’s Final Stage of the Climax Series today.
|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 9/18/20170 Comments
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.0 Comments