The media learned on September 22 that Shinobu Fukuhara is planning to retire this year. A press conference to announce the decision will be held shortly. A retirement game could be held on October 1 (last home game of the season).
Source: Daily Sports 9/23/2016
[UPDATE 9/24 @ 12:30am]
Fukuhara held a press conference at a hotel in Nishinomiya, Hyogo on September 23 and formally announced that he decided to retire.
A few notes:
[UPDATE 9/26 @ 4:43pm]
The Tigers announced that Fukuhara’s retirement ceremony will take place on October 1.
Source: Hanshin announcement
[UPDATE 9/30 @ 4:14am]
The Tigers have offered Fukuhara a job as coach.
Source: Sanspo 9/29/2016
[UPDATE 10/1 @ 7:00pm]
The Tigers held a retirement ceremony for Fukuhara after their game against the Yomiuri Giants today. He was tossed into the air eight times.
Source: Daily Sports 10/1/20160 Comments
Takuya Nakashima set a new Nippon Ham Fighters’ franchise record when he recorded his fifty-ninth sac hit of the year during a game against the Softbank Hawks at YafuOku Dome on September 22. The previous record of fifty-eight was set by Kensuke Tanaka in 2007.
The Pacific League record is sixty-two, set by Kenta Imamiya in 2013 and 2014. The NPB record is sixty-seven, set by Shinya Miyamoto in 2001.
Source: Sponichi 9/23/20160 Comments
September 21 at Hanno Baseball Stadium – 18:30
WP: Haruke Ebi (4 G, 1-1)
Sv: Meguna Furuya (10 G, 3-2, 1 Sv)
LP: Mari Yamazaki (17 G, 0-3)
Game Time: 2h03m
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September 18 at Saitama Urawa Baseball Stadium – 13:00
WP: Rina Taniyama (21 G, 3-3)
LP: Ayami Sato (15 G, 9-4)
Game Time: 2h15m
September 19 at Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park Baseball Stadium – 13:00
Canceled due to rain. The game was rescheduled to September 27 at Fushimi Momoyamajo Park Baseball Stadium.
September 27 at Fushimi Momoyamajo – 13:00 (September 19 rain out)
WP: Ayami Sato (17 G, 11-4)
LP: Yukari Isozaki (18 G, 7-9)
Game Time: 1h40m
Yudai Kawai has not appeared in any Ichi-gun games this season. He pitched in sixteen Ni-gun games and made twelve starts. He went 2-4 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. The media learned on September 21 that he is not part of the organization’s plans for 2017.
Source: Sanspo 9/22/20160 Comments
Yasuhiro Ogawa has eight victories and could get two more starts if he manages to pick up a win in his next outing. He was set to start the rained out game on September 22, but is now slated to start the Hiroshima game on September 24. If he gets the win, he might also get the start on September 29 against Yokohama.
Source: Sanspo 9/22/20160 Comments
Pitching Coach Satoru Kanemura told reporters on September 21 that Kyuji Fujikawa might be best suited as a reliever or closer because of his fastball.
The Hanshin Tigers asked Fujikawa to prepare for this season as a starting pitcher. But he struggled and was moved to the bullpen after he went 1-2 in five starts with a 6.12 ERA. As the season progressed, he fastball improved, but he still had control issues with his off-speed pitches, particularly his forkball.
Fujikawa was taken off the active roster on September 20. He will remain with the Ichi-gun team until the end of the regular season.0 Comments
The media learned on September 21 that the Softbank Hawks finished giving twenty-three-year-old Ernesto Zaragoza a “secret” tryout. Zaragoza spent a few days working out at the Chikugo facilities. September 21 was the last day of his workouts.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/22/20160 Comments
Yoshinao Kamata was taken off the active roster on August 11 because of tightness in his right elbow. He is feeling fine now and is scheduled to return to the active roster tomorrow for a start against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome.
Source: Sports Hochi 9/22/20160 Comments
The media learned on September 21 that Tsuyoshi Wada will be scratched from his next start on September 24. An examination at a Fukuoka hospital on September 20 did not reveal any abnormalities, but the Softbank Hawks decided to play it safe by pushing back his next start. He did play some catch on September 21.
Starting pitchers for the Seibu series that begins on September 23 could be Nao Higashihama, Kenichi Nakata, and Rick van den Hurk.0 Comments