Category: NPB


[6/12/2016] Shohei Otani hits 163km/h five times through first six innings

Shohei Otani hit 163km/h on the stadium radar gun twice in row against Tsuyoshi Nishioka in the first inning against the Hanshin Tigers (eighth and ninth pitches of the game, third and fourth pitches of the at bat). Nishioka watched the first pitch and fouled off the second pitch.

Otani also hit 163km/h with the:

  • first pitch he threw to the next batter, Mauro Gomez (eleventh pitch of the game) — swinging strike.
  • third pitch he threw to Ryutaro Umeno in the third inning (thirtieth pitch of the game) — fouled off.
  • fourth pitch he threw to Shun Takayama in the fifth inning (fifty-eighth pitch of the game) — fouled off.

Thirty-one of the 107 pitches Otani threw during the game were 160km/h or faster.


[6/12/2016] Tetsuto Yamada first to twenty two years in a row

Tetsuto Yamada became the first player in the Central League to hit twenty home runs during a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine on June 11.

  • Yamada recorded his twentieth home run in his team’s eighty-sixth game of the year last year. He reached twenty in his team’s sixty-fifth game this year.
  • Yamada is the first player in the Central League to make it twenty home runs in a season two years in a row since Wladimir Balentien in 2011 and 2012, the first Japanese player since Hideki Matsui in 1997 and 1998, and the first Japanese Yakult player since Takahiro Ikeyama in 1991 and 1992.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/12/2016, Sponichi 6/12/2016


[6/12/2016] Hanshin Tigers to announce agreeement with Cody Satterwhite on June 13

According to Daily Sports, the Hanshin Tigers have reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old pitcher Cody Satterwhite. They are expected to make an official announcement on June 13. The Tigers have been looking for another pitcher to provide the bullpen with more stability, particularly the late-innings.

Source: Daily Sports 6/12/2016

[UPDATE 6/13 @ 4:03pm]

The Hanshin Tigers announced today that they reached an agreement with Satterwhite. The two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 300,000 US dollars. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number.

Satterwhite is set to arrive in Japan on June 15. He will join the Ni-gun team for practices as soon as he gets his work visa.

Source: Hanshin announcement, Nikkan Sports 6/13/2016, Sanspo 6/13/2016

[UPDATE 6/15 @ 9:43pm]

Satterwhite arrived in Japan today. The Hanshin Tigers are slated to hold a press conference for him on June 16.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/15/2016

[UPDATE 6/16 @ 3:11pm]

The Tigers held a press conference for Satterwhite today. He was assigned the uniform number 75.

Source: Daily Sports 6/16/2016



[6/11/2016] Kenta Kurihara strikes out three times in Ni-gun game

Kenta Kurihara played in a Ni-gun game against Yakult at Tendo earlier today. He was the starting designated hitter and batted sixth. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/11/2016


[6/11/2016] Jose Adolis Garcia, Gabriel Garcia, Manuel Soliman, and Carlos Perez

Ni-gun game against Hanshin at Koshien Stadium on June 11:

  • Jose Adolis Garcia – started in center and batted third, 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Gabriel Garcia – 3.0 IP, 55 NP, 15 BF, 5 H, 0 SO, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 2 R, 2 ER.

San-gun game against Keishicho at Giants Stadium on June 11:

  • Manuel Soliman started the game – 7.0 IP, 0 H, 8 SO, 3 BB/HBP, 0 ER.
  • Carlos Perez – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 SO, 1 BB/HBP, 0 ER.


[UPDATE 6/12 @ 2:22pm]

Gabriel Garcia could make his Ichi-gun debut as a starter during a three-game series against the Chiba Lotte Marines that begins on June 17.

Source: Sponichi 6/12/2016


[6/11/2016] Yasutomo Kubo records twenty-second Inter-league victory

Yasutomo Kubo won his start against the Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome on June 10. The victory was his twenty-second during Inter-league play. He is the first pitcher in NPB history to record at least ten Inter-league victories from each league (twelve victories with Lotte, five victories with Hanshin, and five victories with Yokohama).

Source: Sponichi 6/11/2016


[6/10/2016] Yuta Iwasada leaves game with leg cramp

Yuta Iwasada may have tweaked his leg while pitching in the seventh inning against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome tonight.  He appeared to wince after allowing a single to left to Kenji Yano with a runner on second and one out. Pitching coach Isao Koda immediately came out of the dugout and removed him from the game as a precaution.

Iwasada later told reporters that it was a cramp and that he was okay.

Source: Sanspo 6/10/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/10/2016, Daily Sports 6/10/2016


[6/10/2016] Mazda All-Star Game 2016, latest voting results from June 10

Entry Type Valid Entries Invalid Entries Total Entries
Internet 101,474 0 101,474
Mobile Phone 197,629 0 197,629
Paper 166,781 1,572 168,353
Totals 465,884 1,572 467,456

Total number of votes: 7,978,088



[6/10/2016] Ernesto Mejia first to twenty home runs in either league

Ernesto Mejia smacked his twentieth home run of the season on June 9 during a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Seibu Prince Dome. He is the first player in either league to hit twenty home runs this season.

Mejia is the seventh player in franchise history to hit twenty home runs before anyone else in the league. The other six: Futoshi Nakanishi (1953-55), Koichi Tabuchi (1983), Koji Akiyama (1986), Orestes Destrade (1992), Alex Cabrera (2001), and Takeya Nakamura (2009, 2011). He is also the fifth foreign player in franchise history to hit at least twenty home runs in three or more consecutive seasons. The other four: Tony Roig (1965-1967), Terry Whitfield (1981-1983), Destrade (1989-1992), and Cabrera (2001-2007).

Mejia has now also hit a home run against every NPB team other than Seibu.

Source: Sponichi 6/10/2016, Sanspo 6/10/2016


[6/10/2016] Rakuten Eagles to auction off third base bag

The Rakuten Eagles will be auctioning off the third base bag Louis Okoye slid into for his first career triple on June 7. The base will come with Okoye’s signature (directly on the base) and a certificate of authenticity. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Eagles’ Tohoku Smile Project.

Source: Rakuten announcement, Auction page

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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