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[1/25/2017] Dae-Ho Lee to return to the Lotte Giants (KBO)

Former Softbank Hawk Dae-Ho Lee has decided to return to the Lotte Giants with a four-year contract worth an estimated fifteen billion won (or about 1.5 billion yen). Lee started his professional career with the Lotte Giants in 2001. He spent four years in the NPB (Orix between 2012 and 2013 and Softbank between 2014 and 2015) before signing with the Seattle Mariners in 2016.

Source: Sponichi 1/25/2017

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[1/24/2017] Ricardo Nanita has TJ surgery, wants to return to NPB in 2018

The media learned today that former Chunichi Dragon Ricardo Nanita had Tommy John surgery on January 12. He is hoping to recover in time to play winter ball later this year with his eye on a possible return to the NPB in 2018.

Nanita signed with Chunichi in December 2014. Injuries limited him to fifty-two games in 2015 (lower back, left elbow). He played in ninety-two games in 2016 and recorded a twenty game hitting streak between April and May. He was let go after the season.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/24/2017

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[1/16/2017] Five elected into the Hall of Fame

Players Division

Committee Members 345
Voting Members 334
Valid Votes 333
Required Votes (75%) 250

Vote Results

Name JPN Name ENG Votes Percentage
伊東 勤 Ito, Tsutomu 265 79.6%
立浪 和義 Tatsunami, Kazuyoshi 217 65.2%
高津 臣吾 Takatsu, Shingo 158 47.4%
佐藤 義則 Sato, Yoshinori 155 46.5%
川相 昌弘 Kawai, Masahiro 133 39.9%
野村 謙二郎 Nomura, Kenjiro 132 39.6%
T.ローズ Rhodes, Tuffy 122 36.6%
桑田 真澄 Kuwata, Masumi 114 34.2%
田口 壮 Taguchi, So 65 19.5%
佐々岡 真司 Sasaoka, Shinji 51 15.3%
松永 浩美 Matsunaga, Hiromi 38 11.4%
赤星 憲広 Akahoshi, Norihiro 29 8.7%
斉藤 和巳 Saito, Kazumi 18 5.4%
小林 雅英 Kobayashi, Masahide 9 2.7%
豊田 清 Toyoda, Kiyoshi 2 0.6%
佐伯 貴弘 Saeki, Takahiro 1 0.3%

Expert Division

Committee Members 120
Voting Members 113
Valid Votes 112
Required Votes (75%) 84

Vote Results

Name JPN Name ENG Votes
星野 仙一 Hoshino, Senichi 88
平松 政次 Hiramatsu, Masaji 84
原 辰徳 Hara, Tatsunori 62
権藤 博 Gondo, Hiroshi 59
R.バース Bass, Randy 40
土橋 正幸 Dobashi, Masayuki 30
田淵 幸一 Tabuchi, Koichi 29
大沢 啓二 Osawa, Keiji 26
長池 徳士 Nagaike, Tokuji 15
新井 宏昌 Arai, Hiromasa 11
中畑 清 Nakahata, Kiyoshi 11
岡田 彰布 Okada, Akinobu 8
郭 源治 Kaku, Genji 5
山下 大輔 Yamashita, Daisuke 3

Special Division

Committee Members 14
Voting Members 14
Valid Votes 14
Required Votes (75%) 11

Voting Results

Name JPN Name ENG Votes
郷司 裕 Goshi, Hiroshi 12
鈴木 美嶺 Suzuki, Mirei 12
脇村 春夫 Wakimura, Haruo 7
瀧 正男 Taki, Masao 4
岡田 功 Okada, Isao 2
谷村 友一 Tanimura, Tomoichi 2
神田 順治 Kanda, Junji 1
前田 祐吉 Maeda, Yukichi 1
石井 連藏 Ishii, Renzo 0
松原 徹 Matsubara, Toru 0

Source: NPB announcement, HoF announcement, HoF Press Release (pdf, English), HoF Player Bios (Japanese)

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[1/12/2017] New rules on dangerous slides to break up double plays

The Japan Baseball Rules Committee met in Tokyo on January 11 to discuss rule changes. Among the changes:

  • dangerous slides – runners will be expected to perform proper slides (does not change course to purposely come into contact with the fielder, tries to stay on the base after the slide) into bases. Both the runner and batter will be out when interference is called. Additional details for pro rules will be decided on January 23. Equivalent changes were added to amateur rules in 2014.
  • if a fielder ends up into the dugout after catching a ball in foul territory, the ball will become dead and the runners will be awarded a base.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/11/2017Daily Sports 1/12/2017, Sponichi 1/12/2017

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[1/12/2017] Hitoshi Taneda fined for multiple traffic violations

Forty-five-year-old former Chunichi Dragon Hitoshi Taneda was caught driving with a suspended license and driving over the speed limit (seventy-two in a fifty zone) in a light van that was not inspected and uninsured on a road in Ichinoseki, Iwate on November 21, 2015. A summary indictment was filed on December 27, 2015. He was fined 515,000 yen by the Ichinoseki Summary Court on January 5.

Source: Sponichi 1/12/2017

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[12/13/2016] Yuhei Nakaushiro wants to play in the US again next year

Yuhei Nakaushiro is currently working out in Saitama. He has received offers from teams in Japan, but is planning to continue playing in the United States next year.

Nakaushiro was selected by the Chiba Lotte Marines during the second round of the 2011 draft. He spent four years in the Lotte organization before he was released in 2015. He was set to play for the Musashi Heat Bears in 2016, but was “discovered” by an MLB scout through a TV program about players that were released at the end of the season. He attended spring training with the Arizona Diamondbacks and then later signed a minor league deal. He made it as high as triple-A this year.

Source: Sponichi 12/13/2016, BBRef Player Page

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[12/2/2016] 2017 Hall of Fame Candidates

The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo released their list players eligible for the Hall of Fame through the Players and Expert Division screen process. Results will be revealed on January 16 (Monday), 2017.

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[11/23/2016] Former Dragon Hitoshi Taneda arrested for traffic violations

Former Chunichi Dragon Hitoshi Taneda was arrested for driving without a license and for driving over the speed limit. Taneda was caught speeding on a road with a fifty kilometer an hour limit in Ichinoseki, Iwate at around 3:20pm on November 21. He driving a light van with a suspended license.

Taneda admitted to driving over the limit, but said he did not know his license was still suspended.

Source: ZakZak 11/22/2016, Sponichi 11/22/2016, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2016

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[10/8/2016] CPBL to hold combined tryouts in December

The Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) is planning to hold combined tryouts at Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan on December 20. Information and application forms are offered in Chinese, Japanese, and English.

Source: official page, Sponichi 10/8/2016

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[9/6/2016] Nobuhiko Matsunaka taking personal trainer course

Former Softbank Hawk Nobuhiko Matsunaka (42) attended Total Workout’s Personal Trainer Development Program at Tokyo’s Nippon Taiiku University on September 5. The program includes twelve three-hour units over a span of about three months.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/6/2016, Sports Hochi 9/6/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 89 52 2
Yomiuri 143 71 69 3
Yokohama 143 69 71 3
Hanshin 143 64 76 3
Yakult 143 64 78 1
Chunichi 143 58 82 3
G W L T
Nippon Ham 143 87 53 3
Softbank 143 83 54 6
Lotte 143 72 68 3
Seibu 143 64 76 3
Rakuten 143 62 78 3
Orix 143 57 83 3