Category: NPB

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Hisanori Yasuda: Did You Know

Major League

Yasuda is interested in playing in the Majors. He sees it as part of a natural progression as an athlete (the desire to improve and become better).

Source: Sports Hochi 1/12/2018, Sponichi 1/12/2018, Daily Sports 1/12/2018

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YOM

[1/12/2018] Yomiuri Giants are interested in Taylor Jungmann

The Yomiuri Giants are interested in twenty-eight-year-old pitcher Taylor Jungmann. The Giants could see Jungmann as someone that might be able to fill the hole left by the departure of Miles Mikolas. However, the team already has players like Scott Mathieson, Arquimedes Caminero, Casey McGehee, and Alex Guerrero to fill their four foreign player rosters slots on the active roster. Jungmann might be more about insurance in case someone gets hurt or under-performs.

Source: Sponichi 1/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/12/2018, Daily Sports 1/12/2018, Sanspo 1/12/2018

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[1/12/2018] Yokohama adds Takamasa Kasai to seventy-man roster

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they added twenty-three-year-old Ikusei pitcher Takamasa Kasai to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 105 to 94.

Kasai will officially be placed on the seventy-man roster before the end of January. He pitched in twenty-five Ni-gun games last year and went 3-3 with two saves and a 3.72 ERA over 38.2 innings of work.

Source: Yokohama 1/12/2018, Sponichi 1/12/2018, Daily Sports 1/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/12/2018

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Haruto Takahashi: Did You Know

Running

Takahashi ran the 3000 meter in eleven minutes and forty-eight seconds (11.48 minutes) on January 10, 2018.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/11/2018, Daily Sports 1/11/2018

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SOF

Shu Masuda: Did You Know

Equipment

Masuda signed a contract with blueeq before the 2018 season.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/11/2018

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LOT

Yuki Ariyoshi: Did You Know

Relationships

Ariyoshi (26) filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old woman from Chiba on December 31, 2017.

Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/10/2018, Sponichi 1/10/2018

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LOT

[1/10/2018] Chiba Lotte Marines add Matt Dominguez

The Chiba Lotte Marines officially announced today that they reached an agreement with Matt Dominguez. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 800,000 US dollars.

Source: Lotte 1/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/10/2018, Sanspo 1/10/2018, Jiji 1/10/2018


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ORI

Ryo Nishimura: Did You Know

2018

Nishimura had Lasik surgery in November 2017. His vision went from 0.1 to 2.0. Before the surgery, his vision was 0.8 with contacts.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/9/2018

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Munetaka Murakami: Did You Know

2018

Murakami was drafted as a catcher, but the Yakult Swallows are planning to convert him to a third baseman.

Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2018, Sanspo 1/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/9/2018

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[1/9/2018] Artificial turf for warning track at Koshien Stadium

The red dirt used for the warning track in the outfield at Koshien Stadium will be replaced by artificial turf in the same color. Rain causes the dirt to seep out onto the outfield grass making it difficult to maintain. The change should be complete before the end of January.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2018, Tokyo Sports 1/9/2018

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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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