The Hiroshima Carp clinched first place in the Central League today by beating the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium, 3-2. Koichi Ogata was tossed into the air eleven times as players celebrated their victory.
The Chiba Lotte Marines have not made a final decision on Wily Mo Pena, but appear to at least be interested in having him return next year.
Pena has a 29.2 SO% and an 8.2 BB%, but has also provided the team with some pop: thirteen doubles and thirteen home runs in sixty-one games through September 17.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/20170 Comments
Twenty-six-year-old Kuan-Yu Chen is expected to remain with the Chiba Lotte Marines. The Marines are planning to offer him a contract because they are satisfied with his performance since he joined the team as a tryout player before the 2015 season. They also like that he can handle starting and relieving. Chen is said to be interested in staying with the team.0 Comments
According to a report by Sports Hochi, the Yakult Swallows may have finalized a multi-year deal (two or more years) with David Buchanan, worth around 1.5 million US dollars a year, up from the estimated 750,000 US dollars he made this year.
Source: Sports Hochi 9/18/20170 Comments
Masahiro Araki has reportedly decided to remain active next year. The Chunichi Dragons will most likely support his decision. Assuming he does play for the team next year, he will establish a new record for a Chunichi position player lifer with a career spanning twenty-three years. Araki is currently tied with Kazuyoshi Tatsunami at twenty-two years.
Source: Daily Sports 9/18/2017
[UPDATE 9/19 @ 6:33pm]
Tokyo Sports is now also carrying a report that Araki wants to continue playing next year.
Source: Tokyo Sports 9/19/20170 Comments
The media learned on November 17 that the Chiba Lotte Marines are slated to play three practice games against the Chinese Taipei national team in November. Fall camp will begin on November 1 in Kamogawa, Chiba. The team will then head to Taiwan on November 9 and play three games against Chinese Taipei at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium between November 10 and 12. An official announcement is expected shortly.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2017
[UPDATE 9/18 @ 9:20pm]
The Marines made an official announcement about the three games today.
Source: Lotte 9/18/20170 Comments
According to Sponichi, the Softbank Hawks are planning to give Dennis Starfate a few days of much-deserved rest. He is expected to return to the team in time for their game against Rakuten at YafuOku Dome on September 23.
Source: Sponichi 9/18/20170 Comments
The Softbank Hawks are planning to sign twenty-one-year-old Livan Moinelo to a contract next year. They hold an option and could also offer him a multi-year deal of three or more years. With Robert Suarez slated to make a return from right elbow surgery in 2018, the Hawks could use Moinelo as a starting pitcher.
Source: Sponichi 9/17/20170 Comments
Thirty-seven-year-old Daisuke Matsuzaka is in the final year of a three-year contract. According to Nikkan Sports, he is still interested in playing next year. The Softbank Hawks have yet to speak to him about 2018 and beyond, but appear to be open to offering him another contract if he wants to continue playing. They will most likely approach him before the end of the season.
Matsuzaka is currently working his way back from right shoulder problems.0 Comments
Forty-nine-year-old Tomoaki Kanemoto is in he final year of a two-year deal. The media learned on September 16 that the Hanshin Tigers might be getting ready to offer their manager a three-year extension. Tigers’ Owner Shinya Sakai has faith in Kanemoto’s ability to manage and develop players.
Formal negotiations are expected to take place at the end of the season.
Source: Daily Sports 9/17/20170 Comments