[5/21/2018] Mynavi All-Star Game 2018

Additional details for the Mynavi All-Star Game 2018 were released by the NPB on May 21.


  • Game 1 – July 13 (Fri) at Kyocera Dome Osaka – 19:00
    • Broadcast – TV Asahi, from 19:00
    • Home Run Derby on BS Asahi, CS TV Asahi 2 between 17:55 and 19:00
    • Abema TV will also broadcast from the Home Run Derby
    • Home Team: Pacific League (first base side)
  • Game 2 – July 14 (Sat) at Kumamoto Fujisakidai Baseball Stadium – 18:30
    • Broadcast – TV Asahi, from 18:30
    • Home Run Derby on BS Asahi, CS TV Asahi 2 between 17:25 and 18:30
    • Abema TV will also broadcast from the Home Run Derby
    • Home Team: Central League (first base side)


  • Alternate date for Fujisakidai in case of rain: April 15 at 14:00.
  • Games are official after five innings
  • All games will be played with the designated hitter rule
  • Games will end after nine innings, there will be no rematches in the event of a tie


  • Central League
    • Manager: Koichi Ogata (Hiroshima)
    • Coach: Tomoaki Kanemoto (Hanshin)
    • Coach: Alex Ramirez (Yokohama)
  • Pacific League
    • Manager: Kimiyasu Kudo (Softbank)
    • Coach: Hatsuhiko Tsuji (Seibu)
    • Coach: Masataka Nashida (Rakuten)


  • Fan Voting – from May 22 (Tue) until June 17 (Sun)
  • Player Voting will take place at the same time as Fan Voting
  • Plus One Voting – from July 3 (Tue) until July 8 (Sun)
  • Fan Voting results – June 25 (Mon) at 16:00
  • Player Voting results – June 28 (Thu) at 16:00
  • Rosters including Manager Selections – July 2 (Mon) at 16:00
  • Plus One Voting results – July 10 (Tue) at 16:00


  • Lawson LEncore advance tickets – from June 19 (Tue) at 10:00 until June 20 (Wed) at 18:00
  • Lawson Pre-request advance tickets – from June 21 (Thu) at 10:00 until June 22 (Fri) at 23:00
  • Advance tickets – from June 23 (Sat) at 10:00 until June 27 (Wed) at 18:00
  • Regular tickets – from July 6 (Fri) at 10:00

Source: NPB 5/22/2018, Mynavi All-Star Game 2018


[5/20/2018] Hiroshima signs Geronimo Franzua to six-year deal

The Hiroshima Carp announced today that they added Ikusei pitcher Geronimo Franzua to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 143 to 97.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a six-year deal that includes a signing bonus worth 100,000 US dollars. His salary this year will be 80,000 US dollars plus performance bonuses.

Source: Hiroshima 5/20/2018Hiroshima 5/20/2018, Sanspo 5/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/20/2018, Sponichi 5/20/2018, Daily Sports 5/20/2018


[5/20/2018] Yuki Nishi earns domestic free agent option

Twenty-seven-year-old Yuki Nishi earned his domestic free agent option after eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Sponichi 5/20/2018, Daily Sports 5/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/20/2018, Sanspo 5/20/2018


[5/19/2018] Kodai Senga taken off active roster for second time this season

Kodai Senga was taken off the active roster today with tightness in his right forearm. Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters Senga’s condition was not serious and that it was just taking a little longer for the tightness to go away. Kudo does not think Senga will have to miss more than one start.

Source: Daily Sports 5/19/2018, Sports Hochi 5/19/2018, Tokyo Sports 5/19/2018, Sanspo 5/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/19/2018


[5/18/2018] Kris Johnson to temporarily return to US for birth of first child

The Hiroshima Carp announced on May 18 that Kris Johnson will be returning to the United States on May 19 for the birth of his first child. He is scheduled to return on May 30.

Source: Sanspo 5/18/2018, Daily Sports 5/18/2018


[5/16/2018] Yuma Mune taken off active roster

Yuma Mune was taken off the active roster on May 16 with tightness in his right hamstring. The Orix Buffaloes decided to give Mune some time to recover because they were concerned about the possibility of his condition developing into something more serious.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2018, Sports Hochi 5/16/2018, Sanspo 5/16/2018


[5/16/2018] Sky Perfect Farm MVP of the Month Awards for March/April

Eastern League

Masaki Iwami, Rakuten
26 G, 27-for-74, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 0 SB, .365 BA

Iwami led the league in batting average (.365) and recorded hits in seventeen of the twenty-six games he played.

Western League

Hiroki Takahashi, Hiroshima
25 G, 34-for-92, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 1 SB, .370 BA

Takahashi played in twenty-five games and led the league in hitting (.370). He also led the league (tied with other players) in hits (34) and doubles (6).

Source: NPB 5/16/2018


[5/15/2018] Seiichi Uchikawa leaves game after fouling ball off leg

Seiichi Uchikawa fouled a ball off his left leg during his second at bat in the third inning of a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Rakuten Seimei Park on May 15. He was then replaced on defense with runners on first and second and one out in the bottom-half of the inning as a precaution.

Uchikawa was examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with a bruise on his left medial malleolus. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2018, Sanspo 5/15/2018, Daily Sports 5/15/2018

[UPDATE 5/18 @ 1:26am]

Uchikawa was taken off the active roster on May 17. The Softbank Hawks decided to give the veteran some time to recover. Uchikawa was also apparently still feeling the effects of an HBP to the right knee in April. He is expected to return to the active roster in the minimum ten days.

Source: Sanspo 5/17/2018, Sponichi 5/17/2018, Daily Sports 5/17/2018


[5/15/2018] Shohei Otani Asics Signature Model Sets

Asics announced on May 15 that they will be releasing a set of signature model Shohei Otani gear. They began accepting advance orders through their online store on the same day.

Set information

  • Otani – two-way player set (already sold out)
    • Cleats, glove, bat, batting gloves
    • Display case
    • Serial number
    • 300,000 yen
  • Otani – pitcher set
    • Glove
    • Display case
    • 120,000 yen
  • Otani – hitter set (already sold out)
    • Bat, batting gloves
    • Display case
    • 80,000 yen

Each set will be limited to seventeen units.

Source: Asics 5/15/2018, Store Page


[5/15/2018] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for March/April

Central League

Ko Shimozuru, Yokohama (First Time)

April 19 vs Yakult at Mazda Stadium. Bottom of the 12th, score tied at four. Runner on second and two out. Shimozuru recorded a walk-off hit to right.

The Carp were down four runs after five innings. They pushed three runs across the plate in the sixth on a two-run single to right by Ryuhei Matsuyama and an RBI single to center by Xavier Batista. Ryosuke Kikuchi tied the game with a two-out RBI triple to right-center. In the bottom of the twelfth, Tomohiro Abe recorded a two-out double to left. Shimozuru followed with the first walk-off hit of his career.

Pacific League

Tomoya Mori, Seibu (Second Time)

April 18 vs Nippon Ham vs MetLife Dome. Bottom of the ninth, Lions down 8-7. Bases loaded, no out. Mori hit a walk-off two-run double to right-center.

The Lions were down five runs before they gave up another three spot in the top of the eighth. They charged back in the bottom-half of the inning by plating seven runs on five hits and three walks. Seibu quickly loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth on two hits and a walk. Mori stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded with the second walk-off of his career.

Source: NPB 5/15/2018

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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