[1/12/2018] Yomiuri Giants are interested in Taylor Jungmann

The Yomiuri Giants are interested in twenty-eight-year-old pitcher Taylor Jungmann. The Giants could see Jungmann as someone that might be able to fill the hole left by the departure of Miles Mikolas. However, the team already has players like Scott Mathieson, Arquimedes Caminero, Casey McGehee, and Alex Guerrero to fill their four foreign player rosters slots on the active roster. Jungmann might be more about insurance in case someone gets hurt or under-performs.

Source: Sponichi 1/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/12/2018, Daily Sports 1/12/2018, Sanspo 1/12/2018


[1/12/2018] Yokohama adds Takamasa Kasai to seventy-man roster

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they added twenty-three-year-old Ikusei pitcher Takamasa Kasai to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 105 to 94.

Kasai will officially be placed on the seventy-man roster before the end of January. He pitched in twenty-five Ni-gun games last year and went 3-3 with two saves and a 3.72 ERA over 38.2 innings of work.

Source: Yokohama 1/12/2018, Sponichi 1/12/2018, Daily Sports 1/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/12/2018


[1/11/2018] Tie Break Rules for Spring and Summer Koshien

The steering committee for the 90th Spring Koshien (Senbatsu) met in Osaka on January 10 and selected Ima Arite for the opening march. Ima Arite is also currently the tournament song. The thirty-six participating high schools will be decided by the selection committee on January 26.

The following tie break rules will also be introduced, not just to the Spring Koshien, but also to the Summer Koshien and various spring, summer, and fall tournaments.

  • the tie break will be used beginning in the thirteenth inning. Innings will begin with runners on first and second and no out.
  • the batting order will resume where it ended in the previous inning.
  • if the game has to be canceled after the start of a tie break, the game will end in a tie and a rematch will be played on the following day (or at the earliest possible date).
  • if the game is still tied after the fifteenth inning, the game will continue, however, each pitcher will be limited to a total fifteen innings. Pitchers that reach fifteen innings will only be able to continue playing as a position player.
  • the tie break will not be used during the final game. If the game is still tied after fifteen innings, then the game will end and a rematch will be played the following day (or at the earliest possible date). The tie break will be used for the rematch game.

Additional rules:

  • the two runners on base at the start of tie break innings will not count as earned runs if they score. The two runners will not get credit for being on base. Stolen bases, caught stealing, runs, and left on base will count, as will other stats connected to the runners, like RBI and double plays.
  • there will be no complete games.
  • there will be no hitters.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/10/2018, Daily Sports 1/10/2018, Daily Sports 1/10/2018

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[1/11/2018] Yomiuri Giants: Takuya Kuwahara slowed by upper body issues

Yomiuri Giant first round draft pick Takuya Kuwahara might be having problems with either his shoulder or elbow. The Giants have only told the media that Kuwahara is having conditioning issues with his upper body. He had not been doing any throwing for about two months since the end of Tohto University Baseball League season in late October last year.

Rookie training camp began at Giants Stadium on January 9. Kuwahara has been working out apart from the main group. He will most likely start spring camp with the San-gun rehab group.

Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2018, Sanspo 1/10/2018, Sponichi 1/10/2018

[UPDATE 1/16 @ 2:07am]

The Giants decided not to assign Kuwahara to Ichi-gun spring camp because of his upper body problems. They will decide whether to assign him to Ni-gun or San-gun camp as they continue to review his progress.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2018


[1/10/2018] Chiba Lotte Marines add Matt Dominguez

The Chiba Lotte Marines officially announced today that they reached an agreement with Matt Dominguez. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 800,000 US dollars.

Source: Lotte 1/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/10/2018, Sanspo 1/10/2018, Jiji 1/10/2018

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[1/9/2018] Artificial turf for warning track at Koshien Stadium

The red dirt used for the warning track in the outfield at Koshien Stadium will be replaced by artificial turf in the same color. Rain causes the dirt to seep out onto the outfield grass making it difficult to maintain. The change should be complete before the end of January.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2018, Tokyo Sports 1/9/2018


[1/9/2018] Masaru Takeda named new Ishikawa manager

The Ishikawa Million Stars announced on January 9 that they hire former Nippon Ham pitcher Masaru Takeda as their new manager. He was assigned the uniform number 38.

Takeda first joined the Ishikawa organization in 2017 as a vice president/coach.

Source: Ishikawa 1/9/2018, Sponichi 1/9/2018, Daily Sports 1/9/2018


Hanshin Tigers: 2018 Spring Camp

Hanshin Tigers 2018 Spring Camp Details

Ichi-gun/Ni-gun Camp

February 1 (Thu) – 28 (Wed)
Days Off: February 5 (Mon), 9 (Fri), 14 (Wed), 19 (Mon), 23 (Fri)

Ichi-gun Venue: Kariyushi Hotels Ballpark Ginoza
Ni-gun Venue: Aki Tigers Stadium

Additional information will be added to this post as it becomes available.

Source: Hanshin 1/8/2018


[1/7/2018] Kazuhisa Makita reaches agreement with San Diego Padres

Kazuhisa Makita has apparently signed a two-year deal worth close to four million US dollars with the San Diego Padres, according to Jon Heyman. The Seibu Lions later announced that Makita reached an agreement with San Diego. The Padres also made an official announcement at their site.

Source: San Diego 1/6/2018, FanRag Sports 1/6/2018, Sanspo 1/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/7/2018, Daily Sports 1/7/2018, Tokyo Sports 21/7/2018, Sports Hochi 1/7/2018

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[1/6/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters add Nick Martinez

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-seven-year-old Nick Martinez. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 200 million yen plus incentives. The Fighters believe Martinez will be able to compete for a spot in the starting rotation.

Source: Nippon Ham 1/6/2018, Daily Sports 1/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/6/2018, Sponichi 1/6/2018, Sanspo 1/6/2018

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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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