Category: NPB


[9/24/2016] Yuji Kaneko hurts right groin

Yuji Kaneko did not play in tonight’s game against the Softbank Hawks at Seibu Prince Dome because he hurt his right groin while running the bases on September 23. He will be examined by a doctor on September 26. The Seibu Lions will wait a few days before they decide on his status.

Source: Sponichi 9/24/2016

[UPDATE 9/27 @ 6:35pm]

Kaneko was taken off the active roster today with pain in the back of his right knee.

Source: Daily Sports 9/27/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/27/2016

[UPDATE 9/28 @ 1:29pm]

Many of the reports yesterday did not mention any issues with his right groin, but Sponichi does include right groin in their report this morning. The Lions gave Kaneko a couple of days, but decided to take him off the active roster because he was still having problems walking.

Source: Sponichi 9/28/2016


[9/23/2016] Mamoru Kishida earns international FA option

Mamoru Kishida earned his international FA option on September 22. He is currently in the second year of a three-year deal. He told reporters the option was something he did not need and that he never even thought about it. He also said he ideally wanted to play for one team and repay them for their support over that time.

Source: Sponichi 9/24/2016


[9/24/2016] Softbank, Nippon Ham, Lotte to play in Climax Series

Softbank and Nippon Ham secured spots to the Climax Series on September 9. Lotte took the last spot with their 4-3 win over Orix today.

Orix was eliminated from the Climax Series on September 13, Seibu on September 21, and Rakuten today (September 24).


[9/23/2016] Felipe Paulino and C.C. Lee return home

The Seibu Lions announced on September 23 that Felipe Paulino and C.C. Lee returned to their respective homes. Both pitchers were at Ni-gun, but with the team eliminated from the Climax Series, the Lions wanted to give their younger players a chance to get some playing time.

Source: Sponichi 9/23/2016


[9/23/2016] Shohei Otani gets the night off

Shohei Otani did not play in tonight’s game against the Rakuten Eagles at Sapporo Dome because Hideki Kuriyama wanted to give him the night off.

Source: Sponichi 9/24/2016


[9/23/2016] Masaru Takeda announces retirement

Thirty-eight-year-old Masaru Takeda held a press conference at Sapporo Dome earlier and officially announced that was retiring. A retirement ceremony is scheduled for September 30 (vs Lotte at Sapporo Dome).

Takeda felt like he could still pitch the last two or three years, but he slowly found himself cheering for the younger players in the organization. He decided to retire because the motivation was no longer there.

Takeda managed to put together decent numbers even though he was not an overpowering pitcher (he was on the small side at 176 centimeters and his fastball was in the 130km/h range). He won at least ten games in four consecutive seasons between 2009 and 2012. He made it to the All-Star Games in 2011 and won MVP of the Month in March/April 2012. The Fighters made it to the Nippon Series four times during his career (2006, 2007, 2009, 2012). He won eighty-two games and lost sixty-one in 243 appearances.

Source: Nippon Ham announcementNikkan Sports 9/23/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/23/2016, Daily Sports 9/23/2016, Sponichi 9/23/2016

[UPDATE 10/3 @ 5:18am]

Takeda will stay with the team as a batting practice pitcher in preparation for the Final Stage of the Climax Series.

Source: Sanspo 10/2/2016

[UPDATE 12/14 @ 10:40pm]

The Fighters announced today that Takeda will be assigned to the BC League’s Ishikawa Million Stars as both a coach and vice president.

Source: Nippon Ham announcement


[9/23/2016] Hiroshima Carp: championship merchandise, CS tickets

Hiroshima Carp tickets for the Climax Series Final Stage and championship merchandise went on sale today.

Tickets sold out in about ten to fifteen minutes. Traffic was so heavy that a number of systems went down.

Additional tickets (Visitor Performance and Kirin Infield Seat Sunakaburo) will go on sale once the opponent is decided in the First Stage. Same day tickets will not be available.

Fans were excited about the championship merchandise as well. Over 2,000 were in line before the stadium team store opened at 10:00am. About 4,500 fans visited the store by the time it closed at 4:00pm.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/23/2016, Daily Sports 9/23/2016, Hiroshima CS Tickets Sold Out announcement


[9/23/2016] Michihiro Ogasawara frontrunner for Chunichi job

Michihiro Ogasawara appears to be the front-runner for Chunichi’s Ichi-gun managerial job. He led the Ni-gun Dragons to a 61-43-7 second place finish in the Western League this year. Team officials are expected to make him a formal offer within the next few days. An announcement will most likely be made some time after the last game of the season on September 28.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/23/2016


[9/23/2016] Mazda All-Star Game 2016 Charity Auction Results

The NPB announced that they raised 17,854,140 through their Mazda All-Star Game 2016 Charity Auction (sixty-eight autographs uniforms from players, managers, coaches, and umpires that participated in the All-Star games). Below are the five uniforms that sold for the highest amount.

  Player JPN Player ENG Team Price (yen)
1 新井 貴浩 Arai, Takahiro Hiroshima 2,901,000
2 大谷 翔平 Otani, Shohei Nippon Ham 1,183,000
3 山田 哲人 Yamada, Tetsuto Yakult 1,113,000
4 丸 佳浩 Maru, Yoshihiro Hiroshima 1,002,000
5 筒香 嘉智 Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo Yokohama 653,000

The money will be donated to the Iwate Learning Hope Fund, the Great East Japan Earthquake Miyagi’s Children Fund, the Great East Japan Earthquake Fukushima’s Children Fund, the Disaster Children’s Fund, the Kumamoto Earthquake Relief Fund, and the April 2016 Oita Earthquake Victims Fund.

The NPB also announced that they raised 1,597,320 yen through sales of their Mazda All-Star Game Charity Pin Badge. The amount will be donated to the Kumamoto Earthquake Relief Fund and the April 2016 Oita Earthquake Victims Fund.

Source: NPB announcement


[9/23/2016] Schedule Changes

The following additions were made to the Pacific League schedule.

  • October 4 – Rakuten Eagles vs Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine – 18:15 (September 20 rain out)
  • October 5 – Rakuten Eagles vs Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine – 18:15 (September 22 rain out)

If the game on October 4 is rained out, two games will be played on October 5. The first game will begin at 13:00 and the second game at 18:15.

Source: NPB announcement, Lotte announcement