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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


[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


[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


[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 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.



[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


[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.


  • MVP Award: Atsunori Inaba
  • Fighting Spirit Award: Teppei
  • Beam Award: Takahiro Suzuki

[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


[3/27/2017] Kensuke Uchimura still playing baseball

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 3/27/2017


[3/19/2017] Kenshin Kawakami to retire

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.

Source: Sponichi 3/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/19/2017

[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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2017, Sponichi 3/25/2017

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
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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