Category: NPB


[2/6/2018] Seibu Lions suspend Tatsuya Imai for underage smoking

The Seibu Lions announced today that they suspended nineteen-year-old Tatsuya Imai for underage smoking. The suspension will start on February 7 and end in May. Imai will not be allowed to wear the Seibu uniform and will not be allowed to play in any games during the suspension.

The Lions received a report from an outside source that Imai was spotted smoking in Tokorozawa in late-January. They confirmed the report was true after they sat down with Imai on February 5.

Source: Seibu 2/6/2018, Sanspo 2/6/2018, Tokyo Sports 2/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/6/2018, Daily Sports 2/6/2018, Sponichi 2/6/2018, Sports Hochi 2/6/2018


[2/6/2018] Eleven of twelve NPB to use Trackman system

According to a report by Sports Hochi, eleven of twelve NPB teams have either decided to start or already started using the Trackman system this season. The only club that has yet to make the move is Hiroshima.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/6/2018


[2/6/2018] Orix Bufaloes to check on talent in the US

The Orix Buffaloes are planning to send a scout to the United States later this month to check on talent. The Buffaloes are looking for some insurance in case something happens to one or more of their four foreign players on the seventy-man roster (pitchers Brandon Dickson and Andrew Albers and position players Chris Marrero and Stefen Romero).

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2018


[2/6/2018] Hanshin Tigers: Ono, Saiki to start Wednesday’s intra-squad game

Tomoaki Kanemoto told reporters today that he is planning to use Taiki Ono and Hiroto Saiki as starting pitchers during an intra-squad game tomorrow (February 7). Both pitchers are vying for spots in the starting rotation this season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2018

[UPDATE 2/6 @ 11:03pm]

Yuta Iwasada, Shintaro Fujinami, Tsuyoshi Ishizaki, and Ryoma Matsuda are also slated to pitch in the intra-squad game.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/6/2018

[UPDATE 2/7 @ 4:05pm]

Ono got the start for the Whites and gave up two hits over two shutout innings. He retired the side in order in the first inning and ended the second with a double play with runners on first and second.

Source: Daily Sports 2/7/2018

Fujinami entered the game in the third innings and pitched two innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits. He faced ten hitters and threw forty-one pitches. Both runs came in his second inning of work.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/7/2018, Daily Sports 2/7/2018, Sponichi 2/7/2018

Wilin Rosario started at designated hitter and batted fourth for the Reds. He picked up a hit in his second trip to the plate (a two single to left off Iwasada in the fourth inning with no runners on).

Source: Daily Sports 2/7/2018

Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at shortstop and batted lead-off. He hit a two-run home run off Saiki in his second trip to the plate.

Source: Daily Sports 2/7/2018

[UPDATE 2/7 @ 9:32pm]

Yusuke Oyama got the start and second and batted fifth for the Reds. He recorded three hits.

Ishizaki gave up three hits and recorded two shutout innings for the Whites.

Source: Sponichi 2/7/2018



[2/5/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters: Sky Blue Alternate Uniforms

The Nippon Ham Fighters unveiled new sky blue alternate uniforms today as part of their fifteenth anniversary project.

The sky blue color is a part of the Fighters’ color palette and appears on the home uniform (left shoulder). The color represents the blue skies and the supportive cheering fans. Sky blue was selected as the base color as a reminder of the cheering fans.

The uniform is asymmetrical (a design element that has been used since 2004). By reworking the design but keeping things simple, the pattern is a reminder of how important the past is while moving forward into the future.

Hokkaido is written across the chest as a sign of pride. The cap also carries the H from Hokkaido.

The uniforms will be worn by players and coaches during the We Love Hokkaido 2018 series, as well as a number of other games.


  • April 1 vs Seibu at Sapporo Dome
  • April 20, 21, 22 vs Softbank at Sapporo Dome
  • May 2, 3 vs Rakuten at Sapporo Dome (We Love Hokkaido 2018)
  • May 4, 5, 6 vs Lotte at Sapporo Dome (We Love Hokkaido 2018)
  • May 8, 9, 10 vs Orix at Kyocera Dome
  • May 11, 12, 13 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome
  • May 15, 16 vs Seibu at Tokyo Dome (We Love Hokkaido 2018)
  • May 18, 19, 20 vs Rakuten at Sapporo Dome (We Love Hokkaido 2018)
  • June 29, 30, July 1 vs Orix at Sapporo Dome
  • August 24, 25, 26 vs Rakuten at Sapporo Dome
  • September 14, 15, 16, 17 vs Orix at Sapporo Dome

Replica uniforms will be given away to ticket holders on May 5 and May 19; and a limited number to fan club members on April 21 and May 15.

Source: Nippon Ham 2/5/2018


[2/5/2018] Seibu Lions: Lions Classic 2018 Uniforms

The Seibu Lions held a press conference today to unveil the uniforms they will be wearing for Lions Classic 2018. Takumi Kuriyama and Takeya Nakamura modeled the uniforms for the press.

The uniforms are based on designed used between 2004 and 2008, when the Lions won two championships (2004 and 2008).


  • April 17 vs Nippon Ham at Tokyo Dome
  • June 29 vs Rakuten at MetLife Dome
  • June 30 vs Rakuten at MetLife Dome
  • July 1 vs Rakuten at MetLife Dome

Replica uniforms will be given away to ticket holders on April 17.

Source: Seibu 2/5/2018


[2/4/2018] Tanner Scheppers to return to US for birth of child

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that Tanner Scheppers will return to the United States to be with his expecting wife. He will leave the team on February 5 and is slated to return on February 12.

Source: Daily Sports 2/4/2018

[UPDATE 2/13 @ 3:52pm]

Scheppers rejoined the team on February 13. His wife gave birth to their second child, a boy weighing 3,714 grams, on February 7.

Source: Sanspo 2/13/2018, Sponichi 2/13/2018, Sports Hochi 2/13/2018


[2/2/2018] Shunsuke Saito has some elbow inflammation

Shunsuke Saito will be reassigned to Ni-gun spring camp on February 3 because of some inflammation in his right elbow. Motoharu Fukuchi will be called up to Ichi-gun camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2018, Sanspo 2/2/2018


[2/1/2018] Lotte might still be interested in Wily Mo Pena

The Chiba Lotte Marines have not yet ruled out Wily Mo Pena as an option. Lotte official Nobuhira Hayashi told reporters on February 1 that they want about two weeks to evaluate newcomer Matt Dominguez before making a final decision on Pena.

Source: Daily Sports 2/1/2018


[2/1/2018] Chiba Lotte Marines sign uniform sponsorship contract

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced on February 1 that they signed a uniform sponsorship contract with Fukuda Denshi. The Fukuda Denshi logo will appear on uniforms (pants, right hip) worn by players and coaches this season.

Source: Lotte 2/1/2018

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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