Murakami was drafted as a catcher, but the Yakult Swallows are planning to convert him to a third baseman.0 Comments
The red dirt used for the warning track in the outfield at Koshien Stadium will be replaced by artificial turf in the same color. Rain causes the dirt to seep out onto the outfield grass making it difficult to maintain. The change should be complete before the end of January.0 Comments
Hanshin Tigers 2018 Spring Camp Details
February 1 (Thu) – 28 (Wed)
Days Off: February 5 (Mon), 9 (Fri), 14 (Wed), 19 (Mon), 23 (Fri)
Ichi-gun Venue: Kariyushi Hotels Ballpark Ginoza
Ni-gun Venue: Aki Tigers Stadium
Additional information will be added to this post as it becomes available.
Source: Hanshin 1/8/20180 Comments
Kazuhisa Makita has apparently signed a two-year deal worth close to four million US dollars with the San Diego Padres, according to Jon Heyman. The Seibu Lions later announced that Makita reached an agreement with San Diego. The Padres also made an official announcement at their site.
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The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-seven-year-old Nick Martinez. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 200 million yen plus incentives. The Fighters believe Martinez will be able to compete for a spot in the starting rotation.One Comment
The Yakult Swallows will become the latest team to add the Trackman system to their home stadium. Seven NPB teams, including Rakuten, Softbank, Yomiuri, and Yokohama, have already started using the system. Hanshin, Chunichi, and Lotte are expected to begin using the system this season.
Source: Sanspo 1/6/20180 Comments
The media learned that Rakuten Eagles’ Vice Chairman Senichi Hoshino passed away on January 4. He was seventy years old.
Hoshino apparently fell sick toward the end of last year and canceled plans to spend time with family in Hawaii at the last minute. He did attend Hall of Fame celebrations in Tokyo on November 28, 2017 and in Osaka on December 1 last year.
As a pitcher with the Chunichi Dragons, Hoshino went 146-121 with a 3.60 ERA over 2128.2 innings spanning 500 games between 1969 and 1982. As a manager, he led the Dragons to two first place finishes, the Hanshin Tigers to one first place finish, and the Rakuten Eagles to one first place finish that culminated in his first and only Nippon Series Championship. He was voted into the Hall of Fame last year.
Source: Sponichi 1/6/2018
[UPDATE 1/7 @ 5:19am]
Source: Sanspo 1/7/2018
[UPDATE 1/10 @ 1:51am]
The Hanshin Tigers and Chunichi Dragons scheduled memorial games for Hoshino.
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they signed a partnership agreement with the Texas Rangers. Through the agreement, the two teams will be able to share various information, like scouting reports and coaching methods. They will also be able to set up a personnel exchange program for coaches and staff.0 Comments
The Chunichi Dragons announced on January 4 that they reached an agreement with thirty-one-year-old pitcher Dillon Gee. He was assigned the uniform number 60. According to media reports, the two sides agreed on a one-year deal worth an estimated 120 million yen plus an estimated 30 million yen in incentives.One Comment
The Chunichi Dragons announced on January 4 that they signed an official partner contract with Mizuno. The Dragons will begin wearing Mizuno uniforms this season. Designs for their uniform will not change.
Source: Nikkan Sports 1/4/2018
[UPDATE 1/5 @ 9:37pm]
The agreement runs from January 1, 2018 until December 31, 2021. Mizuno joins Edion (helmet) and Chunichi Shimbun (uniform, left sleeve) as official partners.
Source: Chunichi 1/5/20180 Comments