[4/20/2017] Manny Ramirez’s contract with Kochi ends in July

The Kochi Fighting Dogs announced on April 20 that their contract with Manny Ramirez will expire at the end of July. Kochi decided to release the information because they received a lot of inquiries and because they want as many people to see him play in Japan as possible.

The Shikoku Island League plus season is split into two halves: April/May and August/September. There are no regular season games during June/July. Additionally, NPB teams have until the end of July to sign new players.

Kochi is currently in discussions with Ramirez about the schedule in June/July. They are also exploring the possibility of a contract extension beyond July.

Source: Kochi 4/20/2017Daily Sports 4/20/2017, Tokyo Sports 4/20/2017, Sponichi 4/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2017

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[4/20/2017] Hisayoshi Chono may have some lower body discomfort

Hisayoshi Chono left the Yakult game on April 19 early (replaced on defense in the fifth inning) because of discomfort in his lower body (legs). However, he has also been struggling at the plate: he got the start in right in the season’s first twelve games, but was then bumped to the bench, where he made three appearances as a pinch-hitter. He returned to the starting line-up on April 19. His early removal on April 19 may have been a mix of issues.

Source: Sanspo 4/20/2017


[4/20/2017] Koichi Ogata fined for ejection

Koichi Ogata was issued a stern waning and a 100,000 yen fine for his ejection (offensive arguing) from last night’s (April 19) game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Mazda Stadium.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2017, Sponichi 4/20/2017


[4/20/2017] Ni-gun game notes for Yuki Saito, Sho Nakata, Taishi Ota

The Ni-gun Nippon Ham Fighters played the Ni-gun Yakult Swallows at Toda earlier today and recorded a 4-1 victory. Of note:

  • Yuki Saito entered the game in the sixth inning and gave up a run on four hits over three innings of work. He gave up a run and three hits in his first inning of work in the sixth. He held Yakult scoreless in the seventh and eighth innings.
  • Sho Nakata started at designated hitter and batted clean-up. He went 0-for-2: ground out to short in the second, ground out to short in the fourth.
  • Taishi Ota got the start in center field and batted lead-off. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI: flied out to left in the first, hit an RBI triple to right-center in the third, and struck out swinging in the fifth.

Source: Daily Sports 4/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2017, Sports Hochi 4/20/2017, Sports Hochi 4/20/2017, Daily Sports 4/20/2017, Sports Hochi 4/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2017


Victoria Series: Hyogo Dione, Kyoto Flora – April 18,19

April 18 at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto – 18:30

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hyogo Dione 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 1   5 5 1
Kyoto Flora 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0   4 11 2

WP: Yuki Izumi (4 G, 2-0)
LP: Chiaki Shioya (4 G, 0-2)

Game Time: 2h27m
Attendance: 523

Hero Interview

  • Rina Sakakibara = 2-for-2: HR7 three RBI, 1B7 one RBI. Blasted the first home run of her career. Collected two hits and two RBI.

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April 19 at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto – 18:30

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hyogo Dione 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 5 5 1
Kyoto Flora 2 0 0 5 0 0 x 7 9 0

WP: Mika Konishi (3 G, 2-1)
Sv: Chiaki Shioya (5 G, 0-2, 1 Sv)
LP: Meguna Furuya (4 G, 1-1)

Game Time: 1h52m
Attendance: 551

Hero Interview

  • Tsudoi Konishi = 2-for-3: 2B7, G6, 2B6 three RBI. Helped the team win with two hits and three RBI.
  • Yukina Izumi =1-for-3: HR7 two RBI, F7, G6. Blasted the first home run of his career.

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[4/19/2017] Hiroki Tokoda leaves games with elbow discomfort

Hiroki Tokoda left tonight’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars after pitching just four innings because of discomfort in his left elbow. The discomfort increased over the course of the game. He will be examined at a hospital tomorrow.

Source: Sponichi 4/19/2017

[UPDATE 4/20 @ 10:03pm]

Tokoda was taken off the active roster earlier today after he was examined at a hospital in Hiroshima and diagnosed with a muscle contusion in his left medial elbow. He will need to rest the elbow for about three weeks. He will begin a rehab program at San-gun on April 21.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/20/2017


[4/19/2017] Hayato Takagi leaves early after hurting hand

Hayato Takagi left tonight’s game against the Yakult Swallows after suffering an injury during his at bat in the second inning.

Takagi attempted a sacrifice bunt with runners on first and second and one out in the second inning. The ball made contact near his right hand and rolled into play. He was unable to run to first. The catcher fielded the ball and completed a 2-5-3 double play to end the inning.

Takagi also took a batted ball near his chest in the first inning. He still managed to recover and throw Tetsuto Yamada out at first for the last out of the inning.

Source: Daily Sports 4/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/19/2017, Sponichi 4/19/2017

[UPDATE 4/20 @ 10:09pm]

Takagi was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Sponichi 4/20/2017


[4/19/2017] Munenori Kawasaki records two hits and two walks

Munenori Kawasaki started at third and batted lead-off against the Ni-gun Chunichi Dragons earlier today. He reached base in all four of his trips to the plate: double to left in the first, timely single to center in the second, and walks in his next two trips to the plate. He is now 12-for-21 in eight games.

Source: Sponichi 4/19/2017


[4/19/2017] Fifty-six high schools to participate in 100th Summer Koshien

The steering committee for the Summer Koshien met in Osaka today and decided that the 2018 Summer Koshien will feature a tournament-high fifty-six high schools as part of its 100th anniversary celebration. The decision will be approved during a board of directors meeting on April 26.

Regions that will have with an extra bracket (total two):

  • Saitama
  • Chiba
  • Kanagawa
  • Aichi
  • Osaka
  • Hyogo
  • Fukuoka

Source: Sponichi 4/19/2017

In other related news:

  • Brackets for this year’s Summer Koshien will be selected on August 4. The committee decided today that they will go back to setting the schedule for the first three rounds (instead of first two rounds) during initial bracket selections. The committee feels they can improve security assignments if schedules are set before the start of the tournament.
  • The 100th Summer Koshien will take place over seventeen days, beginning on August 5, 2018. Bracket selections will be made on August 2.
  • The deadline to decide whether or not to introduce tie-break rules to the Spring/Summer Koshien next year is late-November.

Source: Daily Sports 4/19/2017, Daily Sports 4/19/2017, Daily Sports 4/19/2017


[4/19/2017] Eigoro Mogi leaves game with leg tightness

Eigoro Mogi left tonight’s game against Seibu on defense in the eighth inning because of tightness in his left leg. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

Source: Sanspo 4/18/2017

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 21 13 7 1
Yomiuri 19 11 8 0
Hanshin 19 11 8 0
Yokohama 20 8 10 2
Yakult 19 7 12 0
Chunichi 20 6 11 3
Rakuten 17 13 4 0
Seibu 17 11 6 0
Orix 17 11 6 0
Softbank 20 10 10 0
Lotte 19 6 13 0
Nippon Ham 20 4 16 0
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