Twenty-five-year-old Po-Jung Wang updates from various sources:
November 13, 2018
- is looking to play overseas through the posting system
- prefers to play for a team in Japan
- no offers as of 11/13 @ 5:30am
- open to playing in Japan until retirement
- a number of NPB teams are said to be interested, including Seibu and Rakuten
- made an estimated twenty-four million yen this season
- slash lines
- 2015 – .324/.377/.640 (29 games, 36-for-111)
- 2016 – .414/.476/.689 (116 games, 200-for-483)
- 2017 – .407/.491/.700 (115 games, 178-for-437)
- 2018 – .351/.446/.547 (118 games, 159-for-453)
Source: Sports Hochi 11/13/2018, Sponichi 11/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/13/2018
[UPDATE 11/14 @ 3:43am]
Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters the Lions were not planning to make a move for Wang.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2018, Sponichi 11/13/2018, Sports Hochi 11/13/2018
[UPDATE 11/14 @ 1:02pm]
According to ZakZak, it might cost any team interested in Wang 100 million yen in posting fees and over 200 million yen a year in salary.
Source: ZakZak 11/14/2018
Twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Jun Hasegawa is looking for another chance to play professionally. He was selected by the Yomiuri Giants in the eighth round of the Ikusei draft in 2015. He made it to the active roster in 2016 and pitched in his first Ichi-gun game on May 6 of the same year. He was given his walking papers after the 2017 season and he spent this year as a batting practice pitcher for the Giants.
Hasegawa is not participating in today’s NPB tryout. He is instead considering options outside of Japan.
Source: Sponichi 11/13/2018, Sponichi 11/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/13/2018
2018 Commissioner Awards
- Hitoki Iwase (Chunichi)
* first pitcher to appear in 1,000 games.
2018 Pacific League Awards
Manager of the Year
- Hatsuhiko Tsuji (Seibu)
* he managed the Lions to their first pennant in ten years during his second year as manager.
- Kazuo Matsui (Seibu)
* for his contributions to the league over his career.
2018 Central League Awards
Manager of the Year
- Koichi Ogata (Hiroshima)
* he guided the Carp the their third straight pennant.
- Tetsuto Yamada (Yakult)
* he recorded the third triple-three of his career.
- Takahiro Arai (Hiroshima)
* for his accomplishment as a Central League lifer (2,000 hits, 300 home runs, MVP in 2016).
- Toshiya Sugiuchi (Yomiuri) * from both leagues
* for his accomplishments over his career, including 142 career wins and a no-hitter in 2012.
- Tetsuya Yamaguchi (Yomiuri)
* Yomiuri lifer (thirteen years), first Ikusei rookie, first to record 200 holds, sixty or more games over nine consecutive seasons.
- Hitoki Iwase (Chunichi)
* Chunichi lifer (twenty years), fifty or more games over fifteen consecutive seasons, first to pitch in 1,000 games, topped 400 saves.
- Masahiro Araki (Chunichi)
* Chunichi lifer (twenty-two years), for his accomplishments on the base paths and on defense. He topped 2000 hits in 2017.
- Daisuke Matsuzaka (Chunichi)
* Left for the MLB in 2007, returned to the NPB with Softbank in 2014. He pitched in just one game between 2014 and 2017. He helped solidify the Chunichi rotation this year.
Source: NPB 11/12/2018
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they are going to hold a tryout for twenty-six-year-old infielder Aderlin Rodriguez. The tryout will take place at Kamogawa Fall Camp between November 12 (Tue) and 15 (Thu).
Source: Lotte 11/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/13/2018, Sponichi 11/13/2018
- February 1 (Fri) – March 3 (Sunday)
- Days Off: February 6 (Wed), 12 (Tue), 18 (Mon), 22 (Fri), March 1 (Fri)
- Venue: SOKKEN Stadium in Miyazaki
- February 1 (Fri) – February 28 (Thu)
- Days Off: February 6 (Wed), 12 (Tue), 19 (Mon), 22 (Fri)
- Venue: Kiyotake Stadium 2 in Miyazaki
Source: Orix 11/12/2018
The NPB Tryouts will take place at Tama Home Stadium Chikugo on November 13. Below is a list of players that are scheduled to attend.
The Hiroshima Carp announced on November 9 that Seiya Suzuki had surgery to remove screws and plates from his right ankle at a hospital in Hiroshima. The screws and plates were used to treat an ankle fracture he suffered in August last year.
Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2018, Sanspo 11/9/2018
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that Tatsuya Uchi had surgery to remove loose bodies in his right elbow at a hospital in Yokohama. He will most likely require about three months for a full recovery (he should be able to start throwing workouts after around two months).
Source: Lotte 11/9/2018, Sanspo 11/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/9/2018, Sports Hochi 11/9/2018, Daily Sports 11/9/2018
The Softbank Hawks announced that Kodai Senga had a tonsillectomy at a hospital in Fukuoka on November 8. He will remain in the hospital for a few days and will not be able to participate in fall camp.
Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2018
The Seibu Lions announced that Ernesto Mejia had surgery to clean out his left wrist at a hospital in the United States on November 6. He will most likely require about three moths for a full recovery.
Source: Seibu 11/8/2018, Sanspo 11/8/2018, Sponichi 11/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018