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[1/9/2019] Hirohito Shimai to miss three months with tibial stress fracture

The Rakuten Eagles announced that Hirohito Shimai had surgery to treat a stress fracture in his left tibia at a hospital in Chiba on December 10, 2018. He will most likely require about three months for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2019, Sports Hochi 1/9/2019, Sponichi 1/9/2019

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LOT

[1/9/2019] Mike Bolsinger to stay in Chiba for one more year

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they reached an agreement with Mike Bolsinger. According to media reports, the two sides agreed on a new one-year contract worth an estimated 1.7 million US dollars.

Source: Lotte 1/9/2019, Daily Sports 1/9/2019, Sports Hochi 1/9/2019, Sponichi 1/9/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/9/2019

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HAN

Hanshin Tigers: 2019 Spring Camp

Ichi-gun

  • February 1 (Fri) – 27 (Wed)
  • Days Off: February 4 (Mon), 8 (Fri), 13 (Wed), 18 (Mon), 22 (Fri)
  • Venue: Kariyushi Hotels Ballpark Ginoza

Ni-gun

  • February 1 (Fri) – 27 (Wed)
  • Days Off: February 4 (Mon), 8 (Fri), 13 (Wed), 18 (Mon), 22 (Fri)
  • Venue: Aki Tigers Stadium

Source: Hanshin 1/8/2019

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YOM HIR

[1/7/2019] Hiroshima selects Hisayoshi Chono as part of FA comp package

The Yomiuri Giants and Hiroshima Carp announced that thirty-four-year-old Hisayoshi Chono will be heading to Hiroshima as part of a compensation package for losing Yoshihiro Maru to the Giants via free agency. The Carp will also get fifty percent of Maru’s salary from 2018 (an estimated 150 million yen).

Source: Yomiuri 1/7/2019, Sponichi 1/7/2019, Daily Sports 1/7/2019

[UPDATE 1/10 @ 6:18pm]

The Carp announced that Chono was assigned the uniform number 5. He was also offered the number 9, but turned it down because he feels it will look better on Takayoshi Noma in the future. The uniform 9 was worn by Yoshihiro Maru between 2014 and 2018.

Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/10/2019

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LOT

[1/7/2019] Chiba Lotte Marines reach agreement with Josh Ravin

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they reach an agreement with thirty-year-old Josh Ravin. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 800,000 US dollars. Ravin has not yet been assigned a uniform number.

Source: Lotte 1/7/2019, Sanspo 1/7/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/7/2019, Sponichi 1/7/2019, Sports Hochi 1/7/2019, Daily Sports 1/7/2019

[UPDATE 1/12 @ 3:27am]

Ravin has been assigned the uniform number 00.

Source: Daily Sports 1/11/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/11/2019

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YOM

[12/29/2018] Yomiuri Giants reach agreement with Ryan Cook

The Yomiuri Giants announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-one-year-old Ryan Cook. He is slated to arrive in Japan in late-January and will be assigned the uniform number 24. According to media reports, his salary will be an estimated 1.3 million US dollars.

Source: Yomiuri 12/29/2018, Daily Sports 12/29/2018, Sanspo 12/29/2018, Sponichi 12/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/29/2018

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HAN

[12/28/2018] Hanshin Tigers add Jefry Marte

The Hanshin Tigers announced that they added twenty-seven-year-old Jefry Marte to their roster. He was assigned the uniform number 31. According to media reports, Marte agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated one million US dollars.

The media also learned that the team official sent to the Dominican Republic to finalize Marte’s contract was assisted by former Tiger Mauro Gomez.

Source: Hanshin 12/28/2018, Hanshin 12/28/2018, Daily Sports 12/28/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/28/2018, Sports Hochi 12/28/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/28/2018, Sanspo 12/28/2018

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ORI

[12/28/2018] Ryoichi Adachi agrees to a three-year contract

Thirty-year-old Ryoichi Adachi agreed to a three-year contract during salary negotiations with the Orix Buffaloes. Adachi is slated to earn his domestic free agent option some time next season. His salary next year will be an estimated ninety million yen plus incentives (up twenty-six million yen from this season).

Source: Sports Hochi 12/27/2018, Sponichi 12/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/27/2018, Daily Sports 12/27/2018

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SOF

[12/27/2018] Softbank Hawks lock up Kenta Imamiya with four-year contract

Twenty-seven-year-old Kenta Imamiya was at YafuOku Dome for contract negotiations on December 26. After finalizing his salary for the 2019 season, Imamiya told the media he also signed a four-year contract and wanted to play for the Hawks for as long as possible.

Imamiya’s salary for 2019 will be an estimated 260 million yen plus incentives. There is no set salary for his contract. He is slated to earn his domestic free agent option some time next year.

Source: Sponichi 12/27/2018, Sponichi 12/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/27/2018, Sports Hochi 12/26/2018

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HAM

[12/27/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters Uniform Number Assignments

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced the following uniform number assignments:

  • Taishi Ota: 33 → 5
  • Justin Hancock: 28
  • Johnny Barbato: 33

Source: Nippon Ham 12/27/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
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
G W L T
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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