The Pacific League released the preliminary schedule for the 2018 Climax Series.
Source: NPB 2/21/20180 Comments
|Teams||DAZN||Pa-League TV||Rakuten TV||Satellite
J Sports 1, 2, 3
|Carp Doga Live|
Sky-A Sports, GAORA Sports
TBS Ch 2
J Sports 2
Fuji TV ONE
Fuji TV TWO
J Sports 2
J Sports 3
Asuma has two images stitched on the inside of all of his gloves: a pile of poo in gold thread and a star in white thread. The pile of golden poo represents kin-un (financial luck) and the white star represents shiroboshi (victories).
Source: Sanspo 2/15/20180 Comments
The Softbank Hawks announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-two-year-old Yurisbel Gracial Garcia. He was assigned the uniform number 27.
Gracial is set to arrive in Japan on February 17. The Hawks are scheduled to hold a press conference for him on February 18.
[UPDATE 2/13 @ 9:27pm]
According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated fifty-five million yen.
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Shota Imanaga and Kenta Ishida started today’s intra-squad game for the Yokohama Bay Stars.
Imanaga pitched three innings, threw forty-nine pitches, gave up two runs on six hits, and topped out at 144km/h. He surrendered two home runs to Neftali Soto (both on fastballs): a two-out solo shot in the first inning and a two-out two-run blast in the third inning.
Ishida allowed two runs on two hits over three innings of work and forty-three pitches. He gave up lead-off home runs to Masayuki Kuwahara in the first and Hiroki Minei in the third.
Haruhiro Hamaguchi made an appearance in relief and tossed three shutout innings. He gave up two hits and walked three.
Imanaga, Ishida, and Hamaguchi are all in the running for this year’s opening day start.0 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines are expected to sign thirty-three-year-old pitcher Kenji Otonari, twenty-nine-year-old Francisco Peguero, and twenty-nine-year-old Tu-Hsuan Lee. All three players are attending spring camp as tryouts.
Otonari pitched in an intra-squad game on February 12. He pitched one inning, faced five hitters, and allowed a run on two hits and a walk. Peguero and Lee each had good intra-squad games on February 11: Peguero went 1-for-2 with a home run and Lee went 2-for-4 with a home run. Both players went hitless (Peguero 0-for-4 and Lee 0-for-2) on February 12.
[UPDATE 2/16 @ 4:18pm]
The Marines officially signed Otonari (one year at ten million yen), Peguero (one year at 60,000 US dollars), and Lee (one year at five million yen) to contracts. They were also assigned uniform numbers:
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they are adding new protective netting along the infield seats at Sapporo Dome. Construction will take place between February 14 and 26.
The new netting will come into view for people sitting in rows 1 through thirty on the first and third base infield sides.
Infield protective netting at Sapporo Dome was once removed in 2006. However, a woman lost sight in her right eye after a ball struck her during a Seibu – Nippon Ham game on August 21, 2010. The woman filed a lawsuit and the Sapporo High Court awarded her about 33.57 million yen in damages on June 2016.0 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes announced today that they will wear retro Hankyu Braves and Kintetsu Buffaloes uniforms during their Kansai Classic series this season.
Orix will wear Kintetsu Buffaloes (1978-1996) road uniforms. Softbank will wear Nankai Hawks (1984-1988) road uniforms.
Orix will wear Hankyu Braves (1985-1988) road uniforms. Seibu will wear Seibu Lions (2004-2008) home uniforms.
Source: Orix 2/10/20180 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines unveiled their update 2018 road uniforms. The shirts will remain the same, but the pants will change from grey to white.
Source: Lotte 2/10/20180 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines unveiled their 2018 Marine Festa uniforms during a press conference earlier today. The uniforms were modeled by Yasuda Hisanori and Yudai Fujioka.
Wave patterns were used as a base design element to represent the hope for Tadahito Iguchi to create and ride a “Marine Wave” in his first year as manager. The seagulls are a symbol of the Marines.
The Marines logo on the chest is based on the arched Lotte logo design used by the Lotte Orions in 1969.
Source: Lotte 2/9/20180 Comments