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[11/28/2016] Orix Buffaloes sign Darryl George to an Ikusei contract

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that they signed twenty-three-year-old Darryl George to an Ikusei contract. They assigned him the number 120. According to media reports, his annual salary will be an estimated three million yen.

Source: Orix announcement, Sanspo 11/28/2016

[UPDATE 1/27 @ 7:08pm]

The Buffaloes held a press conference for George today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/27/2017, Orix announcement

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[11/28/2016] NPB Awards 2016

The NPB Awards 2016 was held at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Minatoku, Tokyo tonight. Links to the awards that were presented this year:

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2016 NPB Most Valuable Player Award

Central League

Total Votes: 271 / Valid Votes: 269

  Name JPN Name ENG Team 1st 2nd 3rd Total
新井 貴浩 Arai, Takahiro Hiroshima 120 51 28 781
  菊池 涼介 Kikuchi, Ryosuke Hiroshima 54 46 21 429
  鈴木 誠也

Suzuki, Seiya

Hiroshima 35 50 40 365
  野村 祐輔 Nomura, Yusuke Hiroshima 19 43 40 264
  筒香 嘉智 Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo Yokohama 19 20 45 200
  K.ジョンソン Johnson, Kris Hiroshima 5 23 25 119
  山田 哲人 Yamada, Tetsuto Yakult 9 14 27 114
  黒田 博樹 Kuroda, Hiroki Hiroshima 6 10 12 72
  坂本 勇人 Sakamoto, Hayato Yomiuri 1 5 11 31
  中﨑 翔太 Nakazaki, Shota Hiroshima 1 0 4 9
  丸 佳浩 Maru, Yoshihiro Hiroshima 0 1 2 5
  石原 慶幸 Ishihara, Yoshiyuki Hiroshima 0 1 0 3
  菅野 智之 Sugano, Tomoyuki Yomiuri 0 0 1 1
  (白票) Blank   0 5 13 28

Pacific League

Total Votes: 255 / Valid Votes: 254

  Name JPN Name ENG Team 1st 2nd 3rd Total
大谷 翔平 Otani, Shohei Nippon Ham 253 1 0 1268
  B.レアード Laird, Brandon Nippon Ham 0 85 43 298
  中田 翔 Nakata, Sho Nippon Ham 0 50 40 190
  和田 毅 Wada. Tsuyoshi Softbank 0 24 28 100
  西川 遥輝 Nishikawa, Haruki Nippon Ham 0 11 11 44
  宮西 尚生 Miyanishi, Naoki Nippon Ham 1 8 12 41
  石川 歩 Ishikawa, Ayumu Lotte 0 7 10 31
  増井 浩俊 Masui, Hirotoshi Nippon Ham 0 6 10 28
  角中 勝也 Kakunaka, Katsuya Lotte 0 5 6 21
  内川 聖一 Uchikawa, Seiichi Softbank 0 4 7 19
  D.サファテ Sarfate, Dennis Softbank 0 2 4 10
  有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Nippon Ham 0 1 4 7
  柳田 悠岐 Yanagita, Yuki Softbank 0 2 1 7
  高梨 裕稔 Takanashi, Hirotoshi Nippon Ham 0 0 4 4
  陽 岱鋼 Yoh, Dai-Kang Nippon Ham 0 1 1 4
  糸井 嘉男 Itoi, Yoshio Orix 0 0 4 4
  谷元 圭介 Tanimoto, Keisuke Nippon Ham 0 0 1 1
  田中 賢介 Tanaka, Kensuke Nippon Ham 0 0 1 1
  千賀 滉大 Senga, Kodai Softbank 0 0 1 1
  浅村 栄斗 Asamura, Hideto Seibu 0 0 1 1
  則本 昂大 Norimoto, Takahiro Rakuten 0 0 1 1
  (白票) Blank   0 47 64 205
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2016 NPB Rookie of the Year

Central League

Total Votes: 271 / Valid Votes: 269

  Name JPN Name ENG Team Votes
髙山 俊 Takayama, Shun Hanshin 220
  今永 昇太 Imanaga, Shota Yokohama 32
  戸柱 恭孝 Tobashira, Yasutaka Yokohama 13
  下水流 昂 Shimozuru, Ko Hiroshima 1
  原口 文仁 Haraguchi, Fumihito Hanshin 1
  (該当者なし) None   2

Pacific League

Total Votes: 255 / Valid Votes: 254

  Name JPN Name ENG Team Votes
高梨 裕稔 Takanashi, Hirotoshi Nippon Ham 131
  茂木 栄五郎 Mogi, Eigoro Rakuten 116
  吉田 正尚 Yoshida, Masataka Orix 3
  多和田 真三郎 Tawata, Shinsaburo Seibu 2
  R.スアレス Suarez, Robert Softbank 1
  (該当者なし) None   1
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HAN

[11/28/2016] Ryosuke Ogata filed marriage papers

The media learned on November 27 that Ryosuke Ogata (26) filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old woman from Osaka. They met in the fall of 2014 and started dating in November 2015. He proposed with thirty yellow roses on December 25, 2016. They are currently living in Nishinomiya with their first born (a boy). A ceremony is planned for later next month.

Source: Daily Sports 11/28/2016, Sponichi 11/28/2016

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RAK

[11/28/2016] Takero Okajima filed marriage papers in November

Takero Okajima (27) filed marriage papers with former Fukuoka talento Mayu Okamura (25). The two first met during the summer of 2014. They started dating in January last year and he proposed in December with seventy-seven roses. They started living together in Sendai this March and filed marriage papers on November 27. They are planning to hold a ceremony next month.

Source: Daily Sports 11/28/2016, Nikkan Sports 11/28/2016

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2016 NPB Fan Appreciation Day Attendance Figures

Date Time Team Event Name Official Link Attendance
11/23 Wed 10:00-15:30 Yakult Fan Appreciation Day 11/1111/1811/23, special site 55,623
11/23 Wed 10:30-15:00 Seibu Lions Thanks Festa 2016 10/1411/2111/2211/23, special site 54,000
11/23 Wed 10:00-15:30 Nippon Ham Fan Festival 2016 10/1811/1, 11/23special site 46,380
11/26 Sat 11:00-15:30 Yokohama Fan Festival 2016 9/2911/1511/21 41,133
11/23 Wed 14:30-19:15 Yomiuri Fan Festa 2016 10/1811/23 40,317
11/23 Wed 09:30-15:30 Hiroshima Fan Appreciation Day 9/2011/23 38,000
11/23 Wed  13:00- Softbank Fan Fest 2016 10/1111/2011/24, special site 36,173
11/19 Sat 12:00-15:30 Hanshin Fan Appreciation Day special site 35,000
11/26 Sat 13:30-17:00 Chunichi Fan Festa 2016 9/16, 11/26 29,000
11/23 Wed  10:00- Lotte Super Marine Festa 10/11, special site, Keiyo BMW Marines MVP 24,000
 11/23 Wed 12:00-16:00 Orix Bs Fan-Festa 2016 10/21, 11/21 22,141
11/23 Wed 10:00-14:00  Rakuten Fan Festival 2016 10/01, 11/11special site 20,616
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CHU

[11/26/2016] Chunichi Dragons announce deal with Alex Guerrero

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-year-old Alex Guerrero. He was assigned the uniform number 42. They released the following comment from Guerrero:

I am happy about signing with the Chunichi Dragons for the 2017 season. I want to help the team get to the playoffs and win a championship.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 150 million yen plus incentives.

Source: Chunichi announcement, Sports Hochi 11/26/2016, Nikkan Sports 11/26/2016

[UPDATE 1/25 @ 4:46pm]

The Dragons held a press conference for Guerrero today.

Source: Chunichi announcement

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HAM

[11/25/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters: spring camp in Arizona

The Nippon Ham Fighters are planning to hold a portion of their spring camp in Arizona again next year. But due to scheduling issues and the World Baseball Classic, it will only be for ten days (from February 1 until February 10).

Source: Sponichi 11/25/2016

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[11/25/2016] Kuriyama wants Otani to stick to one position during WBC

Hideki Kuriyama would like Shohei Otani to stick to one position during the World Baseball Classic. With pitch limits during the tournament, it makes little sense to let Otani bat for himself as the starting pitcher because he may not be able to pitch deep enough into games to make it worthwhile. Additionally, Kuriyama does not think he will be able to play defense. He plans to make his feelings known if/when Otani makes the final WBC roster.

Source: Daily Sports 11/25/2016, Nikkan Sports 11/25/2016

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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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