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[9/19/2018] Ryota Wakiya to retire after the season

Thirty-six-year-old Ryota Wakiya held a press conference at Tokyo Dome on September 19 and announced his decision to retire after the season.

  • He has a hard time summing up his thirteen-year career because so many things happened to him, but he feels he was able to have a good career because of all the support he got from people around him.
  • He is grateful to all the teams he played for, even though he was not able to do as much for them as he wanted.
  • He started thinking about retirement in August because there was not any talk about him making the active roster.
  • He would like to get into coaching after retirement.
  • Hisayoshi Chono asked him what he wanted to eat, he said he wanted to eat junk food.
  • Yoshiyuki Kamei presented him with flowers at the end of the press conference.

Source: Yomiuri 9/19/2018, Sanspo 9/19/2018, Tokyo Sports 9/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/19/2018, Daily Sports 9/19/2018

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HAN

[9/19/2018] Hanshin Tigers uncertain when Messenger will be ready to return

Randy Messenger was taken off the active roster on September 12 after he gave up four runs one five hits over 3.1 innings of work. Messenger asked to be taken off the active roster for some time to make adjustments at Ni-gun and to deal with some pain (possibly from fatigue) in his back and right shoulder. The Hanshin Tigers are still uncertain when Messenger will be able to return to the active roster.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/19/2018, Sanspo 9/19/2018, Daily Sports 9/19/2018

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HAM

[9/18/2018] Brandon Laird sits out game with back pain

Brandon Laird appeared to be bothered by back issues the last few days. He spoke about some discomfort after an Orix game on September 17, but said it was nothing serious. He felt tightness/pain in his back during pre-game practices on September 18 and was left out of the starting line-up. He could be headed to the hospital for an examination on September 19.

Source: Daily Sports 9/18/2018, Sanspo 9/18/2018, Sponichi 9/18/2018

[UPDATE 9/20 @ 2:45am]

The Fighters announced on September 19 that Laird was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with a strain in his left abdominal oblique. He will most likely require three to four weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Nippon Ham 9/19/2018, Tokyo Sports 9/19/2018, Daily Sports 9/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/19/2018, Sponichi 9/19/2018

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[9/18/2018] Takahiro Matsuba leaves game with discomfort near right hip

Takahiro Matsuba felt discomfort near his right hip while playing defense in the fourth inning of a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Kyocera Dome on September 18. He was removed from the game after he finished out the fifth inning. An examination at a hospital in Osaka did not reveal any abnormalities.

Source: Sanspo 9/18/2018, Daily Sports 9/18/2018

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YOK

[9/18/2018] Spencer Patton fined for September 14 ejection

Spencer Patton was ejected from a game against the Yomiuri Giants on September 14. Kazuma Okamoto swung at a pitch that hit him near the right thumb. The home plate umpire gave Okamoto first on a hit-by-pitch, but Patton felt it was a swing. Alex Ramirez appealed the call, but the call was upheld. Patton was not pleased and strongly argued the call. He threw his glove to the ground after he was tossed from the game.

The NPB announced today that they handed Patton a 100,000 yen fine and gave him a stern warning.

Source: NPB 9/18/2018

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[9/18/2018] NPB Attendance Figures through September 13

Central League

Attendance

Teams 2018 2017
  Gm Attendance Avg/Gm Chg Gm Attendance Avg/Gm
Hiroshima 58 1,787,644 30,821 +0.6% 42 1,267,120 30,170
Hanshin 60 2,490,120 41,502 -2.1% 42 1,780,816 42,400
Yokohama 66 1,860,424 28,188 +1.2% 38 1,048,256 27,586
Yomiuri 65 2,689,875 41,383 +0.2% 40 1,679,278 41,982
Chunichi 65 1,953,605 30,055 +8.6% 45 1,197,299 26,607
Yakult 63 1,710,985 27,158 +5.0% 39 996,784 25,559
Totals 377 12,492,653 33,137 +1.6% 246 7,969,553 32,397

Game Times

  2018 2017
All Games 3:19 (431 games) 3:12 (483 games)
Nine Innings 3:15 (392 games) 3:06 (427 games)

Pacific League

Attendance

Teams 2018 2017
  Gm Attendance Avg/Gm Chg Gm Attendance Avg/Gm
Nippon Ham 59 1,636,435 27,736 -3.7% 42 1,248,192 29,719
Rakuten 62 1,505,782 24,287 -2.8% 37 922,672 24,937
Seibu 62 1,511,538 24,380 +5.1% 37 849,648 22,963
Lotte 59 1,356,088 22,985 +14.3% 39 752,514 19,295
Orix 64 1,437,562 22,462 +0.2% 44 984,877 22,384
Softbank 63 2,287,044 36,302 +3.4% 41 1,372,812 33,483
Totals 369 9,734,449 26,381 +2.3% 240 6,130,715 25,545

Game Times

  2018 2017
All Games 3:18 (423 games) 3:14 (483 games)
Nine Innings 3:13 (375 games) 3:10 (441 games)

Source: NPB 9/14/2018

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[9/18/2018] Kenta Imamiya hurts left leg

Kenta Imamiya hurt his left leg (thigh) while playing defense in the first inning of a game against the Seibu Lions at MetLife Dome on September 17. He was unable to walk and had to be carried off the field. He received treatment and was later able to walk out of the stadium on his own. He was taken to a hospital for tests. He will be re-examined today.

Source: Sanspo 9/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2018, Sponichi 9/17/2018, Sponichi 9/18/2018, Sports Hochi 9/17/2018, Daily Sports 9/17/2018

[UPDATE 9/18 @ 9:45pm]

Imamiya was examined at a hospital in Tokyo today and diagnosed with an injury to his left semitendinosus and semimembranosus muscles (hamstring). He was taken off the active roster on the same day, with hopes that he can return in the minimum ten days.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/18/2018, Sanspo 9/18/2018

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[9/17/2018] Tomo Otosaka to play winter ball in Mexico

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced on September 16 that Tomo Otosaka will play winter ball in Mexico. He will head to Mexico to play for Yaquis de la Ciudad Obregon after the NPB season. He will remain with the team until the end of January 2019.

Source: Yokohama 9/16/2018

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[9/17/2018] Yuki Yanagita taken off active roster with possible concussion

Yuki Yanagita was hit by a batted ball on the left side of his head while stretching during pre-game workouts on September 16 (Seibu’s Takumi Kuriyama was taking batting practice). He did not lose consciousness and was immediately taken to a hospital in Tokorozawa, Saitama for tests. No abnormalities were discovered at the time and he was diagnosed with a bruise.

Yanagita was taken off the active roster today after a follow-up evaluation pointed to a possible concussion.

Source: Daily Sports 9/16/2018, Sports Hochi 9/16/2018, Sports Hochi 9/16/2018, Sports Hochi 9/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2018, Tokyo Sports 9/17/2018, Sponichi 9/16/2018, Sponichi 9/17/2018, Sanspo 9/17/2018

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[9/15/2018] Jay Jackson hurts hamstring

Jay Jackson hurt his left hamstring when he ran to cover first base in the ninth inning of a game against the Chunichi Dragons at Mazda Stadium on September 15. He was immediately removed from the game.

The Hiroshima Carp do not think the injury is serious. He is expected to go to the hospital for tests.

Source: Jiji 9/15/2018, Daily Sports 9/15/2018, Daily Sports 9/15/2018

[UPDATE 9/17 @ 5:18pm]

Jackson was taken off the active roster on September 16.

Source: Sanspo 9/16/2018

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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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