Forty-one-year-old Kenshin Kawakami has decided to retire. He has not played for a team since he left the Chunichi Dragons in 2015. He was attempting to make a comeback from reconstructive surgery on his right shoulder, but things did not work out as planned for the forty-one-year-old pitcher.
Kawakami was drafted by the Chunichi in 1997. He exercised his international free agent option in 2008 and spent three seasons with the Atlanta Braves. He returned to the Dragons in 2012 and remained in the organization until his departure in October 2015.0 Comments
Yoshihiro Ito got into Nippon Taiiku University’s graduate program. He is planning to study coaching while working on a teaching license and master’s degree.
Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/20170 Comments
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 1/25/20170 Comments
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 1/24/20170 Comments
|Required Votes (75%)||250|
|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%|
|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%|
|Required Votes (75%)||84|
|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|
|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|
|Required Votes (75%)||11|
|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|
The Japan Baseball Rules Committee met in Tokyo on January 11 to discuss rule changes. Among the changes:
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 1/12/20170 Comments
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.0 Comments
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), 2017.0 Comments
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.0 Comments