[11/19/2017] Exhibition Games against Australia in March 2018

The NPB Enterprise announced on November 19 that Samurai Japan will play two games against Australia in March 2018.

  • March 3 at Nagoya Dome
  • March 4 at Kyocera Dome

Source: Sponichi 11/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/19/2017Daily Sports 11/19/2017

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[2017 Posting] Kazuhisa Makita Rumors

Date Team Update
11/22/2017
@ 12:43a
Makita told reporters that he was going to wait for the offers to arrive and then pick the one with the best terms. Nikkan Sports 11/21/2017
11/20/2017
@ 1:19a
Makita felt a strong push to try for the Majors after he pitched in a game against the Netherlands during this year’s World Baseball Classic, though he first told the Seibu Lions about his desire to go to the Majors during contract negotiations in 2014. He is prepared to wait into the New Year. Sponichi 11/19/2017, Daily Sports 11/19/2017

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[2017 Free Agency] Ryoma Nogami Rumors

Date Team Update
11/22/2017
@ 2:51p
Seibu The Lions offered Nogami a three-year deal. Sponichi 11/22/2017
11/22/2017
@ 12:25a
Yomiuri The Giants are looking into Nogami because they are still not sure where Miles Mikolas is going to end up next year. Nikkan Sports 11/21/2017
11/20/2017
@ 12:40a
Yokohama The Bay Stars are expected to reach out to Nogami. Sports Hochi 11/19/2017
11/20/2017
@ 12:30a
Seibu The Lions are not planning to sit down with Nogami again because they feel the offer they made is sufficient. They met Nogami twice and improved their initial offer during their second meeting. Daily Sports 11/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/19/2017, Sports Hochi 11/19/2017

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[11/19/2017] Asia Professional Baseball Championship 2017 Awards

Asia Professional Baseball Championship 2017 Awards

Most Valuable Player

  • Shuta Tono/saki (Japan)
    3 G, 6-for-13, 1 HR, 4 RBI

Best Nine

  • Kazuto Taguchi (Japan) p
  • Jusuk Ha (Korea) c
  • Yu-Hsien Chu (Chinese Taipei) 1b
  • Minwoo Park (Korea) 2b
  • Ryoma Nishikawa (Japan) 3b
  • Haseong Kim (Korea) ss
  • Shuta Tonosaki (Japan) of
  • Go Matsumoto (Japan) of
  • Po-Jung Wang (Chinese Taipei) of
  • Kensuke Kondo (Japan) dh

Source: Sponichi 11/19/2017, Sponichi 11/19/2017

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Rakuten Eagles: 2018 Spring Camp

Rakuten Eagles 2018 Spring Camp Details

Kumejima Camp

February 1 (Thu) –
Ichi-gun and Ni-gun

Venue: Kumejima Baseball Stadium and Nakazato Baseball Ground in Kumejima, Okinawa

Kin Camp

After Kumejima Camp
Ichi-gun only

Venue: Kin Baseball Stadium in Kin, Okinawa


Additional information will be added to this post as they become available.

Source: Rakuten 11/19/2017

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[2017 Free Agency] Hideaki Wakui Rumors

Date Team Update
11/19/2017
@ 3:11a
The media learned on November 17 that Wakui is planning to sign with CAA Sports. Nikkan Sports 11/18/2017

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[11/18/2017] Hanshin could offer Kyuji Fujikawa a new multi-year deal

Thirty-seven-year-old Kyuji Fujikawa finished out the second year of a two-year deal this season. The Hanshin Tigers met Fujikawa at the end of the season and told him he was an important part of their team. Sanspo is reporting that the Tigers might be getting ready to offer the veteran a new multi-year contract (possibly two years).

Source: Sanspo 11/17/2017

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[11/18/2017] Takuya Nakashima to take over as new Fighters chief player rep

Takuya Nakashima will be named the next chief player representative for the Nippon Ham Fighters. He will be taking over for Shota Ono. An announcement will be made before the end of the month.

Source: Sponichi 11/18/2017, Sports Hochi 11/18/2017

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[11/17/2017] Rakuten Eagles sign five to Ikusei contracts

The Rakuten Eagles announced that they signed the following players to Ikusei contracts:

Pos   Name JPN Name ENG Uni Salary
P * 横山 貴明 Yokoyama, Takaaki 054 5.90M
P + 石橋 良太 Ishibashi, Ryota 028 7.00M
P + 久保 裕也 Kubo, Yuya 091 15.00M
P + 宮川 将 Miyagawa, Sho 121 7.00M
P + 入野 貴大 Irino, Takahiro 124 5.50M

All salaries are estimates.

* released as Ikusei and signed as Ikusei.
+ senryokugaied and signed as Ikusei.

Source: Rakuten 11/17/2017

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[11/17/2017] Chiba Lotte Marines to add Trackman to their facilities

The Chiba Lotte Marines are planning to install Trackman systems at ZOZO Marine and Lotte Urawa. They are the last team in the Pacific League to add Trackmans to their facilities.

The Chunichi Dragons are testing the Rapsodo system during fall camp. The Dragons are still considering the Trackman system.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017

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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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