According to reports from this morning, forty-three-year-old Alex Ramirez is applying for Japanese citizenship. He first started thinking about becoming a Japanese citizen two years ago and started the process about a year-and-a-half ago. If everything goes smoothly, he could become a Japanese citizen before the end of the year.
Ramirez told the media one of his dreams was to become manager of the national team as a Japanese citizen (citizenship is not a requirement). He is also quoted as saying, “I love Japan and my wife and son are Japanese. I got this far with the support of a lot of people. It would be great if I can give back to Japanese baseball.”0 Comments
|Required Votes (75%)||276|
|Name JPN||Name ENG||Votes||Percentage|
|松井 秀喜||Matsui, Hideki||336||91.3%|
|金本 知憲||Kanemoto, Tomoaki||278||75.5%|
|立浪 和義||Tatsunami, Kazuyoshi||242||65.8%|
|高津 臣吾||Takatsu, Shingo||169||45.9%|
|佐藤 義則||Sato, Yoshinori||140||38.0%|
|川相 昌弘||Kawai, Masahiro||132||35.9%|
|野村 謙二郎||Nomura, Kenjiro||105||28.5%|
|Ｔ. ローズ||Rhodes, Tuffy||84||22.8%|
|小久保 裕紀||Kokubo, Hiroki||80||21.7%|
|桑田 真澄||Kuwata, Masumi||78||21.2%|
|石井 琢朗||Ishii, Takuro||71||19.3%|
|城島 健司||Jojima, Kenji||52||14.1%|
|佐々岡 真司||Sasaoka, Shinji||35||9.5%|
|田口 壮||Taguchi, So||29||7.9%|
|赤星 憲広||Akahoshi, Norihiro||20||5.4%|
|Ａ. カブレラ||Cabrera, Alex||10||2.7%|
|斉藤 和巳||Saito, Kazumi||10||2.7%|
Note: At forty-three years and seven months, Matsui became the youngest person to make it into the Hall of Fame. The previous record of forty-five years and four months was held by Hideo Nomo.
|Required Votes (75%)||92|
|Name JPN||Name ENG||Votes||Percentage|
|原 辰徳||Hara, Tatsunori||96||78.7%|
|権藤 博||Gondo, Hiroshi||80||65.6%|
|田淵 幸一||Tabuchi, Koichi||50||41.0%|
|柴田 勲||Tabuchi, Koichi||30||24.6%|
|大沢 啓二||Osawa, Keiji||29||23.8%|
|足立 光宏||Adachi, Mitsuhiro||28||23.0%|
|加藤 秀司||Kato, Hideji||28||23.0%|
|土橋 正幸||Dobashi, Masayuki||27||22.1%|
|長池 徳士||Nagaike, Tokuji||24||19.7%|
|松岡 弘||Matsuoka, Hiromu||16||13.1%|
|岡田 彰布||Okada, Akinobu||12||9.8%|
|中畑 清||Nakahata, Kiyoshi||11||9.0%|
|新井 宏昌||Arai, Hiromasa||10||8.2%|
|Required Votes (75%)||11|
|Name JPN||Name ENG||Votes|
|瀧 正男||Taki, Masao||13|
|脇村 春夫||Wakimura, Haruo||9|
|岡田 功||Okada, Isao||5|
|石井 連蔵||Ishii, Renzo||3|
|谷村 友一||Tanimura, Tomoichi||3|
|前田 祐吉||Maeda, Yukichi||3|
|水島 新司||Mizushima, Shinji||3|
|神田 順治||Kanda, Junji||0|
|富澤 宏哉||Tomizawa, Hiroya||0|
|松原 徹||Matsubara, Toru||0|
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 screening process on November 28. Results will be revealed on January 15 (Monday), 2018.0 Comments
The NPB and the Baseball Federation of Japan will be holding an Umpire School in Ishinomaki between November 25 (Sat) and 26 (Sun). Eighty spots available. The fee will be 6,000 yen for no accommodations and 15,000 yen for accommodations. Anyone over eighteen can apply. Registration will be open until noon October 10 (Tue). People residing in or near the Ishinomaki area will have higher priority.
Note: this is not a replacement for the NBP Umpire School that usually takes place in December.
Source: NPB 9/4/20170 Comments
The Suntory Dream Match 2017 took place at Tokyo Dome on August 7 (Mon).
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Former Hiroshima Carp manager Kenjiro Nomura will begin attending Hiroshima University’s Graduate School of Education in April. He will be enrolled in a doctoral program in Health and Sports Sciences.
Source: Nikkan Sports 3/31/20170 Comments
Thirty-one-year-old Kensuke Uchimura has not yet officially retired from baseball. He was released by the Yokohama Bay Stars last year and tried to find a new home by attending the twelve team tryouts in November, but did not receive any offers from NPB teams. He did receive an offer from JFAM Corporation and began working for them in January this year. He is also playing shortstop for the company team, REVENGE99.
Source: Sponichi 3/27/20170 Comments
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.
[UPDATE 3/26 @ 10:08pm]
Kawakami is slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a Hiroshima vs Chunichi game at Nagoya Dome on April 5.0 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