HAN

[9/23/2016] Shinobu Fukuhara to retire this year

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:

  • He retired because he was unable to help the team. He also had a hard time getting outs at Ni-gun and was no longer getting swinging strikes and foul balls on pitches he thought were good.
  • The first people he told about his retirement was his family. His kids still wanted him to play.
  • He has no regrets.
  • His best memories were the two league pennants.
  • He was selected in the third round of the 1999 draft out of Toyo University.
  • He recorded a career high twelve victories in 2006. He appeared in at least fifty games in five consecutive seasons, beginning in 2011. He won the Best Reliever Award in 2014 and 2015, the MVP of the Month in April 2004, and made it to won All-Star series (2004). He recorded eighty-three victories, 104 losses, twenty-nine saves, and 118 holds in 594 games.
  • A retirement ceremony is scheduled for October 1 (vs Yomiuri at Koshien).

Source: Hanshin announcement, Sports Hochi 9/23/2016, Sponichi 9/23/2016, Daily Sports 9/23/2016

[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 10/1/2016

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HAM

[9/23/2016] Takuya Nakashima sets new franchise record for sac hits

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 9/23/2016

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Challenge Match: Mixed Team, Reia – September 21

Challenge Match

September 21 at Hanno Baseball Stadium – 18:30

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Mixed Team 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 10 2
Reia 1 0 5 0 0 0 x 6 10 1

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
Attendance: 405

Hero Interview

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Victoria Series: Hyogo Dione, Saitama Astraia – September 18,19

September 18 at Saitama Urawa Baseball Stadium – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hyogo Dione 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1   2 9 2
Saitama Astraia 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2X   3 7 1

WP: Rina Taniyama (21 G, 3-3)
LP: Ayami Sato (15 G, 9-4)

Game Time: 2h15m
Attendance: 873

Hero Interview

  • Miwa Naraoka = 1-for-4: F9, G5, L5, 2B7/8 two RBI. She rcorded the walk-off hit in the bottom of the eighth.

Game Page | Highlights

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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.

Source: JWBL announcement, JWBL announcement

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September 27 at Fushimi Momoyamajo – 13:00 (September 19 rain out)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hyogo Dione 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 1
Saitama Astraia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1

WP: Ayami Sato (17 G, 11-4)
LP: Yukari Isozaki (18 G, 7-9)

Game Time: 1h40m
Attendance: —

Hero Interview

  • Ayami Sato = 25 BF, 85 NP, 7.0 IP, 3 H, 5 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER. She tossed a three-hit shutout.
  • Ayumi Ota = 1-for-3: 1B7 one RBI, L5 (dp), F8. She drove in the first run of the game.

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CHU

[9/22/2016] Yudai Kawai not part of Chunichi’s 2017 plans

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 9/22/2016

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YAK

[9/22/2016] Yasuhiro Ogawa still has a chance to win ten games

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 9/22/2016

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HAN

[9/22/2016] Kyuji Fujikawa will most likely be used solely as a reliever next year

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.

Source: Sponichi 9/22/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/22/2016, Daily Sports 9/22/2016

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SOF

[9/22/2016] Ernesto Zaragoza finished a tryout with Softbank on September 21

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 9/22/2016

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RAK

[9/22/2016] Yoshinao Kamata missed about a month due to elbow tightness

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 9/22/2016

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SOF

[9/22/2016] Tsuyoshi Wada scratched from next start as a precaution

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.

Source: Daily Sports 9/22/2016, Sports Hochi 9/22/2016

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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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