Category: NPB


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


[6/11/2018] Schedule Changes

The following additions were made to the Inter-league schedule.

  • June 19 – Softbank Hawks vs Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium – 18:00 (June 6 rain out)
  • June 19 – Rakuten Eagles vs Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama Stadium – 18:00 (May 30 rain out)
  • June 19 – Chiba Lotte Marines vs Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium – 18:00 (June 11 rain out)
  • June 20 – Orix Buffaloes vs Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium – 18:00 (June 6 rain out)

Additional Alternate Dates

  • June 19 – Nippon Ham Fighters vs Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium – 18:00
  • June 20 – Softbank Hawks vs Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium – 18:00
  • June 21 – Chiba Lotte Marines or Orix Buffaloes vs Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium – 18:00

Source: NPB 6/11/2018 (Yakult, Hanshin), Yakult 6/11/2018, Orix 6/11/2018, NPB 6/11/2018 (Yokohama), Yokohama 6/11/2018, Lotte 6/11/2018, Hanshin Tweet 6/11/2018


Takumi Oshiro: Did You Know



June 10 vs Seibu – Oshiro notched the first walk-off hit of his career. With the game tied at two and the bases loaded and one out in the ninth, Oshiro entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Seiji Kobayashi. He recorded a walk-off hit to right.

Oshiro is the ninth Yomiuri rookie (accomplished eleven times) to record a walk-off hit, first since Ryuichi Kajimae hit a walk-off home run against Lotte on June 6, 2008. He is the first Yomiuri rookie to record a pinch-hit, walk-off hit and the first Yomiuri rookie catcher to record a walk-off.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/11/2018, Daily Sports 6/10/2018, Sanspo 6/10/2018, Sponichi 6/11/2018


Kazuki Kamizato: Did You Know



June 19 vs Nippon Ham at Yokohama Stadium – Kamizato recorded the first four-hit game of his career. He joined Toshio Haru (4-for-5 on September 27, 1994) as the only players in Bay Stars franchise history since the start of the draft to record four or more hits during a game in their rookie year. He also joined Kosuke Tanaka (June 22, 2014) as the only rookies to record four or more hits during an Inter-league game.

Source: Sponichi 6/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/10/2018


[6/10/2018] Yakult Swallows looking to add Jason Urquidez

Sports Hochi is reporting that the Yakult Swallows are looking to add Jason Urquidez to their pitching staff and may have already reached an agreement with the thirty-five-year-old.

The Swallows have five foreign players on their seventy-man roster: pitchers David Buchanan, Matt Carasiti, Dave Huff, Jordan Armengot, and outfielder Wladimir Balentien. Armengot is currently in the United States for a second opinion on an injury. Adding another arm would give the Swallows a little more room to breath.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/10/2018

(additional sources: Nikkan Sports 6/11/2018)


[6/9/2018] Central League sweeps Pacific League

Central League teams swept the Pacific League today for the third time in Inter-league history.


  • Central League
    • June 18, 2008
    • June 15, 2014
    • June 9, 2018
  • Pacific League
    • May 12, 2006
    • June 7, 2006
    • May 22, 2007
    • June 14, 2015

Source: Daily Sports 6/9/2018, Sponichi 6/9/2018, Sanspo 6/9/2018


[6/9/2018] Hanshin Tigers exploring overseas market

According to a number of reports from this morning, the Hanshin Tigers are exploring the overseas market. Possible interests include thirty-two-year-old Efren Navarro (currently seems to be the front-runner), thirty-one-year-old Nick Buss, and twenty-seven-year-old Kennys Vargas.

The Tigers added Wilin Rosario during the winter with hopes that he would be enough to get them through the season, but he was taken off the active roster on June 3 because of his struggles at the plate. The front office is now considering other alternatives, including the possibility of finding someone that might be able to supplement Rosario, and not necessarily replace him.

Source: Sponichi 6/9/2018, Sports Hochi 6/9/2018, Daily Sports 6/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/9/2018, Sanspo 6/9/2018

[UPDATE 6/10 @ 1:06pm]

The Tigers may be close to finalizing a deal for Navarro, according to at least two media sources from this morning.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/10/2018, Daily Sports 6/10/2018

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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