Category: NPB

[9/13/2018] Sky Perfect Farm MVP of the Month Awards for August

Eastern League

Hosei Takata, Yomiuri
4 G, 4-0, 0 Sv, 28.0 IP, 29 SO, 8 BB, 3 ER, 0.96 ERA

Takata started four games in August and led the league with four wins. He also led the league in innings (28.0) and strikeouts (twenty-nine).

Western League

Alejandro Mejia, Hiroshima
12 G, 16-for-41, 5 HR, 15 RBI, .390 BA, .878 SLG

Mejia played in twelve games in August and led the league in batting average (.390), home runs (five), and RBI (fifteen). He also led the league in batting average with runners in scoring position (.636), slugging percentage (.878), and on base percentage (.480).

Source: NPB 9/13/2018


[9/12/2018] Toshiya Sugiuchi announces decision to retire

Thirty-seven-year-old Toshiya Sugiuchi held a press conference at the Tokyo Dome Hotel on September 12 to announce his decision to retire at the end of the season.

  • He was hoping to have a longer career. He decision to retire comes with regrets: could he have done more, would things have been different if he did not get hurt.
  • He does not think he had an easy career. He suffered failures and made mistakes. He also went through periods where he was afraid to throw the ball, had difficulty sleeping, and just wanted to run away. But all that went away when he stepped on the mound and felt the support from fans, teammates, and family.
  • After spending time with younger players the last few years, he began to feel that he was no longer an active player and that maybe his time had come.
  • He remembers two games: a shutout he tossed against Yu Darvish on September 25, 2010 and a no-hitter he threw against Masahiro Tanaka on May 30, 2012.
  • He had right hip surgery in 2015 and was, more recently, struggling with left shoulder pain.
  • Tetsuya Utsumi made a surprise appearance after he was finished and presented him with flowers.

Source: Yomiuri 9/12/2018, Sanspo 9/12/2018, Sanspo 9/12/2018, Sponichi 9/12/2018, Sponichi 9/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/12/2018, ZakZak 9/12/2018, Daily Sports 9/12/2018, Daily Sports 9/12/2018


[9/12/2018] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for August

Central League

Seiya Suzuki, Hiroshima (Second Time)

August 23 vs Yakult at Mazda Stadium. Bottom of the 9th, score tied at eight. Suzuki blasts a walk-off home run to left.

The Yakult Swallows took an early seven run lead, but the Hiroshima Carp came back with two runs in the fifth and one run in the sixth. At the end of the seven innings, the Swallows were up 8-5. The Carp managed to tie the game with a one-out three-run home run by Yoshihiro Maru in the bottom of the ninth. Suzuki followed with a walk-off home run to left.

The walk-off was Suzuki’s first since June 14, 2017 (vs Orix). He won his first Sayonara Award in June 2016.

Pacific League

Yurisbel Gracial, Softbank (First Time)

August 26 vs Seibu at YafuOku Dome. Bottom of the twelfth inning, score tied at eight. Bases loaded and one out. Gracial hit a walk-off grand slam to right.

The Softbank Hawks scored two runs in the first on a two-run home run by Yuki Yanagita. Kenta Imamiya pushed home four with a grand slam in the second inning. The Seibu Lions clawed their way back and scored eight runs between the fourth and eighth innings. The Hawks quickly tied the game in the bottom of the eighth on Yanagita’s second two-run home run of the day. In the bottom of the twelfth, the Hawks loaded the bases with one out and Gracial stepped up to the plate. Down 0-2 in the count, Gracial took the third pitch from Tatsushi Masuda over the fence in right for a walk-off grand slam. The Hawks extended their winning streak to nine games, Kenichi Nakata notched his 100th career victory, and Gracial recorded the first walk-off hit of his NPB career.

Source: NPB 9/12/2018


[9/12/2018] Schedule Changes

The following addition was made to the Pacific League schedule.

  • October 4 – Nippon Ham Fighters vs Rakuten Eagles at Rakuten Seimei – 18:00 (September 10 rain out)

Source: NPB 9/12/2018, Rakuten 9/12/2018


[9/11/2018] NPB could suspend 2020 season for twenty-three days

The NPB is thinking about suspending the season during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The media learned on September 11 that the season could be suspended for twenty-three days, between July 22 and August 13. The proposal could be finalized during an owner meeting on September 12.

The NPB is planning to schedule the 2020 All-Star series on July 19 and 20, with an alternate date on July 21. This will mean the season will start about a week earlier than usual (possibly March 20). The end of the Nippon Series could be pushed back from ten days to two weeks (mid-November).

Source: Daily Sports 9/11/2018, Daily Sports 9/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/11/2018, Sports Hochi 9/11/2018

[UPDATE 9/12 @ 2:26pm]

Jingu Stadium, Yokohama Stadium, and Sapporo Dome will not be available during the Olympics.

  • Jingu Stadium – from July 6 until September 13 (official Olympic business)
  • Yokohama Stadium – from June 9 until August 31 (softball and baseball)
  • Sapporo Dome – from June 15 until August 31 (soccer)

Source: Daily Sports 9/12/2018, Sports Hochi 9/12/2018, Sponichi 9/12/2018

[UPDATE 9/13 @ 3:42am]

The 2020 season will be suspended between July 22 and August 13. The season is slated to begin on March 20, Inter-league play on May 26, the Climax Series on October 24, and the Nippon Series on November 7.

Source: Daily Sports 9/12/2018

[UPDATE 9/14 @ 2:48am]

The earlier start and the annual Spring Koshien Tournament will mean the Hanshin Tigers will not be able to use any of the Koshien Stadium facilities for a longer period of time.

Source: Daily Sports 9/13/2018


[9/11/2018] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for August

Central League


Geronimo Franzua, Hiroshima (First Time)
18 G, 0-1, 1 Sv, 10 H, 17.2 IP, 0.51 ERA, 19 SO, 1 ER

Franzua tied a Central League record by appearing in eighteen games in one month. His 0.51 ERA and league-leading ten holds helped his team to a 17-9-1 record. He picked up his first save on August 29 against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. Franzua made his way to Japan in 2014 through Carp Academy, became an Ikusei player in March 2018, and won a spot on the seventy-man roster in May 2018.


Dayan Viciedo, Chunichi (Third Time)
26 G, .465 AVG, 47 H, 7 HR, 24 RBI

Viciedo played in all of his team’s twenty-six games in August. He led the league in hitting (.465) and set a new Central League record with forty-seven hits in one month. He also tied an NPB record with eight modashos (three or more hits in a game) in one month. Viciedo recorded a walk-off hit against the Hanshin Tigers at Nagoya Dome on August 23.

Pacific League


Kodai Senga, Softbank (First Time)
4 G, 4-0, 31.1 IP, 0.86 ERA, 1 CG, 1 ShO, 37 SO, 3 ER

Senga started four games and led the league with four wins. He also led the league in ERA (0.68) and strikeouts (thirty-seven). His 31.1 innings were good for third most in the league. Senga did not allow a run over 7.2 innings against Nippon Ham on August 10, tossed a shutout against Orix on August 17, held Seibu to two runs over 6.2 innings on August 24, and gave up a run over eight innings against Rakuten on August 31. He is the first Ikusei draft player in Pacific League history towin an MVP of the Month.


Takeya Nakamura, Seibu (Second Time)
26 G, .319 AVG, 29 H, 12 HR, 26 RBI

Nakamura played in all twenty-six of his team’s game in August. He led the league in home runs (twelve), total bases (sixty-eight), and slugging percentage (.747). His RBI (twenty-six) were tied for most in the league. He tied a Pacific League record by hitting a home run in six consecutive games. Nakamura won his first MVP of the Month in July 2015.

Source: NPB 9/11/2018


[9/11/2018] SMBC Nippon Series 2018

The NPB announced today that Mitsui Sumitomo Ginko (Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation) will sponsor the Nippon Series this year. The bank has been a series sponsor since 2014.

  • SMBC Nippon Series 2018
    • Game 1 – October 27 (Sat)
    • Game 2 – October 28 (Sun)
    • Game 3 – October 29 (Tue)
    • Game 4 – October 30 (Wed)
    • Game 5 – November 1 (Thu)
    • Game 6 – November 3 (Sat)
    • Game 7 – November 4 (Sun)

Source: NPB 9/11/2018


[9/10/2018] Japan All-Star Series: MLB All-Stars Initial Roster

Coaching Staff

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
Manager ドン・マッティングリー Mattingly, Don


Pos Name JPN Name ENG Throw Bat Team
C ヤディエル・モリーナ Molina, Yadier R R Cardinals
INF ホイット・メリフィールド Merrifield, Whit R R Royals
INF カルロス・サンタナ Santana, Carlos R B Phillies
INF エイウヘニオ・スアレス Suarez, Eugenio R R Reds
INF/OF クリス・テーラー Taylor, Chris R R Dodgers
OF ロナルド・アクーニャJr. Acuna Jr., Ronald R R Braves
OF リース・ホスキンス Hoskins, Rhys R R Phillies
OF クリスチャン・イエリチ Yelich, Christian R L Brewers

Source: Samurai Japan 9/10/2018

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[9/10/2018] Shigeru Kaga to retire after the season

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they received and accepted a request to retire from Shigeru Kaga.

More than the happy memories or the fun memories, I remember the difficult rehab I had to go through because of my injury. I was able to get this far with the support of the trainers and everyone else that supported me. There were times I received critical comments from the fans, but their warm support during my appearances helped push me over the top.

Thank you for the nine years. I am really grateful for being able to have a happy baseball life.

The team is fighting for a chance to make the Climax Series. I believe we will make the Climax Series and become champions this year. The Bay Stars have a lot of young players so please continue to support them!

Source: Yokohama 9/10/2018

[UPDATE 9/18 @ 4:18pm]

The Bay Stars announced that they will hold a retirement ceremony for Kaga after a game against the Chunichi Dragons on September 21 (Friday).

Source: Yokohama 9/18/2018


[9/10/2018] Last season for Taketoshi Goto

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that Taketoshi Goto will retire after the current season.

I joined the Lions in 2002, became a member of the Bay Stars in 2012, and for sixteen years received a lot of support. Thank you.

I am very sorry that this personal announcement comes at a time when the team is fighting for a chance to make the Climax Series. The biggest reason why I decided to retire is because my body is no longer responding in the way that I want it to and I am no longer feeling satisfied with my hitting. I feel I have done all that I can because I don’t feel like there is anything more that I can do and because I have no regrets.

The loud cheering at Yokohama Stadium gave me goosebumps every time I got called in as a pinch-hitter. There is no doubt the DeNA Bay Stars cheering is number one among the twelve NPB teams. Thank you for everything.

Source: Yokohama 9/10/2018

[UPDATE 9/18 @ 4:20pm]

The Bay Stars announced that they will hold a retirement ceremony for Goto after a game against the Chunichi Dragons on September 22 (Saturday).

Source: Yokohama 9/18/2018

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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