Category: NPB


[6/16/2018] Samuel Adames added to seventy-man roster

The Yomiuri Giants added Ikusei pitcher Samuel Adames to their seventy-man roster on June 16. His uniform number changed from 025 to 92. According to media reports, he agreed to 56,000 US dollars and a signing bonus worth 50,000 US dollars (all estimates).

The Giants now have six foreign players on their seventy-man roster: Adames, Scott Mathieson, Arquimedes Caminero, Taylor Jungmann, Casey McGehee, and Alex Guerrero.

Source: Yomiuri 6/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/16/2018, Daily Sports 6/16/2018, Sponichi 6/16/2018, Sanspo 6/16/2018, Mainichi 6/16/2018


[6/15/2018] Hanshin Tigers reach agreement with Efren Navarro

The Hanshin Tigers announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-two-year-old Efren Navarro.

Source: Hanshin 6/15/2018

[UPDATE 6/18 @ 1:59am]

The Tigers held a press conference for Navarro on June 17. He was assigned the uniform number 99. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 300,000 US dollars.

Source: Hanshin 6/17/2018, Sanspo 6/17/2018, Daily Sports 6/17/2018, Sports Hochi 6/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/17/2018, Tokyo Sports 6/17/2018

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[6/15/2018] Sky Perfect Farm MVP of the Month Awards for May

Eastern League

Mizuki Hori, Nippon Ham
4 G, 3-1, 23.2 IP, 27 SO, 8 BB, 6 ER, 2.28 ERA

Hori started four games in May. He led the league in innings (23.2 IP) and strikeouts (27). After recording a win against Lotte on May 13, he tossed a shutout against Rakuten on May 24 (three hits, nine strikeouts). He kept Seibu off the scoreboard over 6.2 innings on May 31 for his third win of the month.

Western League

Shungo Fukunaga, Hanshin
3 G, 3-0, 22.2 IP, 10 SO, 4 BB, 4 ER, 1.59 ERA

Fukunaga started three games in May. He went 6.2 innings and allowed a run against Softbank on May 1 for his first win. He allowed three runs over seven innings against Chunichi on May 11 for his second win. He notched his third win, a shutout, against Orix on May 22. He led the league in wins (three) and innings (22.2 IP).

Source: NPB 6/15/2018


Norichika Aoki: Did You Know



June 14 vs Seibu at MetLife Dome – Aoki recorded an inside-the-park home run to start the game. He became the ninth player in NPB history (fifth in the top, fourth in the bottom; fifth in the CL, fourth in the PL) to hit an inside-the-park lead-off home run in the first inning; first since Takashi Ogino in 2014; first in the CL since Tomochika Tsuboi in 1998; and second in Swallows’ history, behind Tetsuya Iida in 1992.

The lead-off home run was Aoki’s eighth over his career. At thirty-six years and five months, he also became the oldest player to record an inside-the-park lead-off home run in the first. The previous record of thirty-five years and eight months was set by Tsutomu Kimura in 1956.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/14/2018, Sponichi 6/15/2018

June 19 vs Softbank at Jingu Stadium – Aoki was ejected for arguing a third strike (check swing) during his at bat in the seventh inning. He was ejected from a game for the first time during his professional career (including MLB).

Source: Tokyo Sports 6/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/19/2018, Sponichi 6/19/2018, Daily Sports 6/19/2018


[6/14/2018] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for May

Central League

Koki Yamashita, Yokohama (First Time)

May 31 vs Rakuten at Yokohama Stadium. Bottom of the 12th, score tied at three. Runner on second and two out. Yamashita recorded a walk-off hit to right.

Carlos Peguero hit a home run in the fourth to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. The Bay Stars came back with a two-run shot by Toshiro Miyazaki in the sixth. Yokohama fell behind again, but managed to tie the score on a game-tying, two-out home run by Yoshitomo Tsutsugo in the ninth. The Bay Stars won the game in the tenth after Masayuki Kuwahara hit a two-out double and Yamashita followed with the first walk-off of his career.

Pacific League

Ikuhiro Kiyota, Lotte (First Time)

May 24 vs Nippon Ham at ZOZO Marine Stadium. Bottom of the 12th, score tied at six. Runners on first and third, two out. Kiyota recorded a walk-off hit to left.

The Fighters held a 5-3 lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning. Matt Dominguez sent the game into extra-innings with a game-tying, pinch-hit, two-run home run. Lotte allowed Nippon Ham to regain the lead by surrendering a run in the eleventh. Dominguez came through with another game-tying hit: a two-out double with a runner on second. With the game tied at six in the bottom of the twelfth, Kiyota stepped up to the plate with runners on first and second and two out. He recorded the third walk-off hit of his career.

Source: NPB 6/14/2018


[6/14/2018] Schedule Changes

The following addition was made to the Inter-league schedule.

  • June 18 – Seibu Lions vs Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama Stadium – 18:00 (June 6 rain out)

Source: NPB 6/12/2018, Yokohama 6/12/2018


Tatsuya Imai: Did You Know



June 14 vs Yakult at MetLife Dome – Imai made his Ichi-gun debut and recorded a victory (six innings, 112 pitches, five hits, one run, topped out at 152km/h). He is the seventh player in Lions history to record a win in his first game, first since Kazuyuki Hoashi on March 27, 2001. He is the first starter since Daisuke Matsuzaka on April 7, 1999.

Imai is also the seventh Koshien Champion since 1950 to record a win in his first game, first since Yuki Saito and Yuya Fukui in 2011; and fifth Koshien Champion out of high school since Daisuke Matsuzaka in 1999.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2018, Tokyo Sports 6/14/2018, Sponichi 6/14/2018


[6/14/2018] Softbank Hawks hit one million in attendance

The Softbank Hawks hit one million in attendance during their game against the Yomiuri Giants last night. They set a new Pacific League milestone by hitting the milestone in their twenty-ninth home game of the year. The previous record of thirty games was set by Softbank in 2014.

Source: Daily Sports 6/13/2018, Sanspo 6/13/2018, NHK 6/14/2018



Ichiro Tamura: Did You Know


Tamura told the media on June 12, 2018 that he filed marriage papers with an older woman from Saitama earlier in the day.

Source: Seibu 6/12/2018, Sports Hochi 6/12/2018, Sponichi 6/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/12/2018


[6/12/2018] Fumiya Kambe assigned to Fukui

The Orix Buffaloes announced on June 11 that they assigned Ikusei pitcher Fumiya Kambe to the Fukui Miracle Elephants (BC League). Kambe will play for Fukui until the end of the season.

Source: Orix 6/11/2018