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[1/15/2018] 2019 Hall of Fame Class: Tatsunami, Gondo, Wakimura

Players Division

Committee Members 381
Voting Members 372
Valid Votes 371
Required Votes (75%) 279

Vote Results

Name JPN Name ENG Votes Percentage
立浪 和義 Tatsunami, Kazuyoshi 287 77.4%
高津 臣吾 Takatsu, Shingo 225 60.0%
川相 昌弘 Kawai, Masahiro 188 50.7%
宮本 慎也 Miyamoto, Shinya 153 41.2%
A. ラミレス Ramirez, Alex 150 40.4%
野村 謙二郎 Nomura, Kenjiro 138 37.2%
小久保 裕紀 Kokubo, Hiroki 119 32.1%
桑田 真澄 Kuwata, Masumi 117 31.5%
前田 智徳 Maeda, Tomonori 110 29.6%
T. ローズ Rhodes, Tuffy 110 29.6%
石井 琢朗 Ishii, Takuro 92 24.8%
城島 健司 Jojima, Kenji 56 15.1%
山﨑 武司 Yamasaki, Takeshi 42 11.3%
佐々岡 真司 Sasaoka, Shinji 39 10.5%
田口 壮 Taguchi, So 38 10.2%
赤星 憲広 Akahoshi, Norihiro 33 8.9%
石井 一久 Ishii, Kazuhisa 28 7.5%
桧山 進次郎 Hiyama, Shinjiro 12 3.2%

Expert Division

Committee Members 140
Voting Members 134
Valid Votes 133
Required Votes (75%) 100

Vote Results

Name JPN Name ENG Votes Percentage
権藤 博 Gondo, Hiroshi 102 76.7%
田淵 幸一 Tabuchi, Koichi 86 64.7%
R.バース Bass, Randy 84 63.2%
掛布 雅之 Kakefu, Masayuki 41 30.8%
大沢 啓二 Osawa, Keiji 40 30.1%
柴田 勲 Tabuchi, Koichi 35 26.3%
土橋 正幸 Dobashi, Masayuki 32 24.1%
加藤 秀司 Kato, Hideji 26 19.5%
梨田 昌孝 Nashida, Masataka 26 19.5%
長池 徳士 Nagaike, Tokuji 23 17.3%
足立 光宏 Adachi, Mitsuhiro 19 14.3%
岡田 彰布 Okada, Akinobu 14 10.5%
中畑 清 Nakahata, Kiyoshi 14 10.5%
松岡 弘 Matsuoka, Hiromu 10 7.5%
尾花 高夫 Obana, Takao 1 0.8%

Special Division

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

Voting Results

Name JPN Name ENG Votes
脇村 春夫 Wakimura, Haruo 13
川島 勝司 Kawashima, Katsuji 6
岡田 功 Okada, Isao 5
水島 新司 Mizushima, Shinji 5
石井 連蔵 Ishii, Renzo 3
前田 祐吉 Maeda, Yukichi 3
太田 誠 Ota, Makoto 2
谷村 友一 Tanimura, Tomoichi 2
近藤 兵太郎 Kondo, Hyotaro 1
富澤 宏哉 Tomizawa, Hiroya 1

Source: NPB 1/15/2019, HoF announcement, HoF Press Release (pdf, English), HoF Player Bios (Japanese)

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[12/6/2018] 2019 Hall of Fame Candidates

The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo released their list of players eligible for the Hall of Fame through the Players and Expert Division screening process. Results will be revealed on January 15 (Tuesday), 2019.

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[7/11/2018] Yasutomo Kubo headed to Sugar Land Skeeters

The American Association’s Gary SouthShore RailCats traded Yasutomo Kubo to the Atlantic League’s Sugar Land Skeeters for future considerations on July 9.

Kubo was released by the RailCats on May 11. He was re-signed by the RailCats on June 28.

Source: Sponichi 7/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/10/2018

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[4/21/2018] Yasutomo Kubo signs with Gary SouthShore RailCats

The American Association’s Gary SouthShore RailCats posted a press release on April 20 announcing that they signed thirty-seven-year-old Yasutomo Kubo.

The Gary SouthShore RailCats announced the signing of former Japanese major league pitcher Yasutomo Kubo on Thursday. The 37-year-old is 93-84 with a 3.66 ERA and 1,097 strikeouts over 13 seasons in the Nippon Professional Baseball.

Source: Railcats 4/20/2018, ZakZak 4/21/2018, Daily Sports 4/21/2018, Sponichi 4/21/2018

[UPDATE 5/13 @ 6:31pm]

The RailCats released Kubo on May 11.

Source: American Association Transactions, Nikkan Sports 5/13/2018

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[1/23/2018] Alex Ramirez applying for Japanese citizenship

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.”

Source: Sanspo 1/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2018, Daily Sports 1/23/2018, Sponichi 1/23/2018

[UPDATE 1/24/2019 @ 2:36pm]

The media learned on January 23 that Ramirez is now a Japanese citizen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2019, Sponichi 1/24/2019, Daily Sports 1/24/2019

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[1/15/2018] Matsui, Kanemoto, Hara make it into the Hall of Fame

Players Division

Committee Members 376
Voting Members 368
Valid Votes 368
Required Votes (75%) 276

Vote Results

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.

Expert Division

Committee Members 127
Voting Members 122
Valid Votes 122
Required Votes (75%) 92

Vote Results

Name JPN Name ENG Votes Percentage
原 辰徳 Hara, Tatsunori 96 78.7%
権藤 博 Gondo, Hiroshi 80 65.6%
R.バース Bass, Randy 57 46.7%
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%

Special Division

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

Voting Results

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

Source: NPB 1/15/2018, HoF announcement, HoF Press Release (pdf, English), HoF Player Bios (Japanese)

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[11/29/2017] 2018 Hall of Fame Candidates

The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo released their list of 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.

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[9/4/2017] Umpire School in Ishinomaki

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 9/4/2017

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[8/7/2017] Suntory Dream Match 2017

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Dream Heroes 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 4
Premium Malts 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 x 5

The Suntory Dream Match 2017 took place at Tokyo Dome on August 7 (Mon).

Dream Heroes Scoring Details

  • First inning: RBI single to center by G.G. Sato
  • Third inning: solo home run by Teppei
  • Fourth inning: Ken Kato reaches on E6 (throwing?) as run scores
  • Fifth inning: RBI double to center by Takeshi Yamasaki

Premium Malts Scoring Details

  • Fifth inning: RBI single to right by Shinya Miyamoto; RBI single to right by Kazunori Shinozuka; two-run single to right by Atsunori Inaba; Norihiro Nakamura reaches on E5 (throwing?) as run scores.

Awards

  • MVP Award: Atsunori Inaba
  • Fighting Spirit Award: Teppei
  • Beam Award: Takahiro Suzuki
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[3/31/2017] Kenjiro Nomura to attend Hiroshima University’s Graduate School of Education

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 3/31/2017

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Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
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Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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