Category: NPB


[11/15/2017] Softbank Hawks Championship Parade on November 26

The Softbank Hawks Championship Parade is scheduled to take place on Meiji Street in Fukuoka on November 26. The parade will begin at 11:00am near the Gofukucho Intersection in Hakata Ward and end at the Heiwadai Intersection in Chuo Ward (a stretch of about 2.3 kilometers in about thirty minutes).

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2017


[11/15/2017] Orix Buffaloes interested in Matt Carasiti

Sports Hochi is reporting that the Orix Buffaloes are looking for bullpen help on the overseas market. They might also be looking for someone with experience closing, in case they lose Yoshihisa Hirano. One of their top candidates might be twenty-six-year-old Matt Carasiti.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/15/2017


[11/15/2017] NPB Players that filed for free agency

The NPB announced on November 15 that the following seven players filed for free agency. Team will be able to negotiate with free agents beginning on November 16.

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Age Type 2017 Team 2017 Salary Class Compensation YakyuDB
P 野上 亮磨 Nogami, Ryoma 30 Domestic Seibu 50.00M B    
P 増井 浩俊 Masui, Hirotoshi 33 Domestic Nippon Ham 220.00M A    
INF 大和 Maeda, Yamato 30 Domestic Hanshin 50.00M B    
C 鶴岡 慎也 Tsuruoka, Shinya 36 International Softbank 76.00M C    
P 平野 佳寿 Hirano, Yoshihisa 33 International Orix 300.00M A    
C 大野 奨太 Ono, Shota 30 International Nippon Ham 55.00M B    
P 涌井 秀章 Wakui, Hideaki 31 International Lotte 250.00M A    



Seigi Tanaka: Did You Know


Kimiyasu Kudo is thinking about giving Tanaka a chance to ease into Ichi-gun in 2018 by using him out of the bullpen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2017, Sponichi 11/15/2017


[11/14/2017] NPB filing period for free agency ends

The NPB’s filing period of free agency ended on November 14. Seven players have announced that they filed.


[11/14/2017] Sho Nakata decides to stay with the Fighters

Sho Nakata held a press conference at the Nippon Ham Fighters’ offices on November 14 and announced that he decided not to exercise his free agent option. He told the press that he was able to make the decision after talking it over with his family. He also told the press that he found it difficult to leave after having such a disappointing season.

According to media reports, Nakata agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated  200 million yen plus incentives (down eighty million yen from this year).

Source: Nippon Ham 11/14/2017, Sponichi 11/14/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2017, Daily Sports 11/14/2017

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[11/14/2017] Hanshin Tigers looking into Leonys Martín

The Hanshin Tigers are looking into twenty-nine-year-old Leonys Martín. The Tigers feel he has enough pop to bat fourth for them. They like his speed and his defensive abilities.

Source: Sanspo 11/14/2017


Haruki Nishikawa: Did You Know


Nishikawa will have LASIK surgery this winter. He is hoping his vision will increase from 0.1 to 1.5 (Japan uses the decimal system).

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2017


[11/14/2017] Hirotoshi Masui to become a free agent

Thirty-three-year-old Hirotoshi Masui held a press conference at the Nippon Ham Fighters offices in Sapporo today and announced he was going to use his domestic free agent option. He told the media the Fighters are still an option since they told him they wanted him to stay during earlier negotiations. He wants to play for as long as possible and is looking for a long-term deal.

A number of teams, including Yomiuri and Orix, are said to be interested in Masui.

Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2017, Daily Sports 11/14/2017, Sponichi 11/14/2017

[UPDATE 11/15 @ 1:37am]

The Fighters posted an announcement on their official web site.

Source: Nippon Ham 11/15/2017

[UPDATE 11/15 @ 1:47pm]

The Buffaloes might build off a four-year contract.

The Fighters’ offer may have been two years at a total over 440 million yen (Masui made an estimated 220 million yen this year).

Source: Sports Hochi 11/15/2017, Sanspo 11/15/2017

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[11/13/2017] NPB to implement a Request system

The NPB decided to approve the use “Reqests” next season. The Request system will allow managers the chance to ask umpires to review replay footage. Use of the Request system will begin during exhibition play next year and will then be used for all regular season games.

Footage used for television broadcast will be used for the Request system. Umpires will have to make decisions within five minutes. Managers will have two requests per game (the request will be retained if the call is overturned). Requests will be reset in extra innings and managers will get one request.

Requests cannot be used for the following:

  • balls and strikes
  • check swings
  • foul balls / obstruction
  • offensive interference
  • infield flies
  • fouls ball hit in front of umpires
  • balks

The NPB decided to use the word “request” because a lot of the work will still have to be handled by umpires at the game since the league cannot afford to install complete replay systems at every stadium and hire extra staff that specifically handles the requests.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2017, Sponichi 11/13/2017, Daily Sports 11/13/2017Daily Sports 11/13/2017, Sanspo 11/13/2017

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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