[10/23/2016] Stealing home on a double-steal

The Hiroshima Carp successfully stole home on a double-steal during the first game of the Nippon Series on Saturday.

The play came after Yoshiyuki Ishihara failed two bunt attempts with runners on first and third and one out in the second inning. Seiya Suzuki came around to score as Nippon Ham’s Shota Ono made a throw that Shohei Otani was supposed to cut.

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This was the fifth time in Nippon Series history a team successfully stole home, all on double steals with a runner on first. The other four occasions: 1951, Game 4, third inning, Kazuo Kageyama; 1962, Game 6, first inning, Katsutoshi Yoshida; 1968, Game 5, third inning, Shozo Doi; and 1969, Game 4, fourth inning, Shozo Doi.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/23/2016

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[10/23/2016] Ken Togame gets married

The media learned on October 22 that Ken Togame (26) filed marriage papers with a twenty-four-year-old woman from Wakayama on October 18. They are planning to hold a ceremony some time before the end of the year.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/23/2016, Daily Sports 10/23/2016

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[10/22/2016] Phoenix League: Day 16

Softbank Hawks vs Rakuten Eagles at Ivy Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Softbank                    
Rakuten                    

Canceled due to rain.

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Hanshin Tigers vs Nippon Ham Fighters at Ikimeno Mori Stadium 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Hanshin                    
Nippon Ham                    

Canceled due to rain.

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Island League vs LG Twins at KIRISHIMA Himuka Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Island League                    
LG                    

Canceled due to rain.

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Hanwha Eagles vs Yakult Swallows at Saitobaru Sports Park Baseball Field

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Hanwha                    
Yakult                    

Canceled due to rain.

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Doosan Bears vs Yomiuri Giants at Sokken Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Doosan                    
Yomiuri                    

Canceled due to rain.

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Orix Buffaloes vs Yokohama Bay Stars at Kiyotake Sports Park Stadium 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Orix                    
Yokohama                    

Canceled due to rain.

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Hiroshima Carp vs Chiba Lotte Marines at Tempuku Baseball Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Hiroshima                    
Lotte                    

Canceled due to rain.

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Chunichi Dragons vs Seibu Lions at Nango Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Chunichi                    
Dragons                    

Canceled due to rain.

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HAN

[10/22/2016] Hanshin Tigers 2016 Fall Camp

Fall Camp Schedule

  • October 29 (Sat) – 16 (Wed)
  • Days Off: November 2 (Wed), 7 (Mon), 12 (Sat)
  • Venue: Aki Stadium

Fall Camp Roster

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 横山 雄哉 Yokoyama, Yuya
P 岩貞 祐太 Iwasada, Yuta
P 藤浪 晋太郎 Fujinami, Shintaro
P 歳内 宏明 Saiuchi, Hiroaki
P 秋山 拓巳 Akiyama, Takumi
P 石崎 剛 Ishizaki, Tsuyoshi
P 山本 翔也 Yamamoto, Shoya
P 金田 和之 Kaneda, Kazuyuki
P 青柳 晃洋 Aoyagi, Koyo
P 松田 遼馬 Matsuda, Ryoma
P 望月 惇志 Mochizuki, Atsushi
P 岩崎 優 Iwazaki, Suguru
P 島本 浩也 Shimamoto, Hiroya
P 伊藤 和雄 Ito, Kazuo
P 田面 巧二郎 Tanabo, Kojiro
C 坂本 誠志郎 Sakamoto, Seishiro
C 梅野 隆太郎 Umeno, Ryutaro
C 原口 文仁 Haraguchi, Fumihito
INF 北條 史也 Hojo, Fumiya
INF 上本 博紀 Uemoto, Hiroki
INF 森越 祐人 Morikoshi, Yuto
INF 今成 亮太 Imanari, Ryota
INF 陽川 尚将 Yokawa, Naomasa
INF 荒木 郁也 Araki, Fumiya
INF 植田 海 Ueda, Kai
OF 髙山 俊 Takayama, Shun
OF 横田 慎太郎 Yokota, Shintaro
OF 江越 大賀 Egoshi, Taiga
OF 中谷 将大 Nakatani, Masahiro
OF 板山 祐太郎 Itayama, Yutaro
OF 緒方 凌介 Ogata, Ryosuke
OF 俊介 Fujikawa, Shunsuke

Roster subject to change without notice.

Additional information will be added as it becomes available.

Source: Hanshin 10/22, Hanshin 10/26

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YOK

2017 Yokohama Bay Stars Coaching Staff Rumors

Tatsuya Shindo will most likely step down as head coach and take a job in the front office assisting General Manager Shigeru Takada.

Ni-gun General/Outfield/Base Coach Michio Aoyama will most likely be reassigned to Ichi-gun head coach.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2016, Nikkan Sports 10/23/2016

Roving Pitching Coach Keishi Asano and Ni-gun Pitching Coach Naoya Shimada will most likely be Ni-gun pitching coaches next year. Ni-gun Pitching Coach Katsuya Udo will most likely be reassigned to the scouting department.

Source: Sponichi 10/30/2016

The Bay Stars are planning to offer Mineo Fukuhara a job as Ni-gun position player general coach.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2016

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YAK

[10/22/2016] Meiji Jingu Gaien 90th Anniversary Memorial Game Rosters

The Yakult Swallows posted rosters for the upcoming Meiji Jingu Gaien 90th Anniversary Memorial Game. The game is scheduled to take place at Jingu Stadium on November 5 (Sat) or November 6 (Sun) in the event of rain.

Source: Yakult announcement

[UPDATE 11/2 @ 8:19pm]

Starting pitchers have been released:

  • Tokyo Big Six – Hoshi, Tomoya (Meiji)
  • Yakult Swallows – Ishiyama, Taichi

Source: Yakult announcement

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[10/22/2016] Yokohama Bay Stars interested in Audy Ciriaco

The Yokohama Bay Stars in discussions with twenty-nine-year-old infielder Audy Ciriaco. He has already taken a tryout with the team. An announcement could be made within the next few days. 

Ciriaco played for the BC League’s Ishikawa Million Stars this year. He went 91-for-274 with eighteen doubles, fifteen triples, fifty-three RBI, twenty-nine strikeouts, and nineteen walks in sixty-eight games. He also spent time in the Tigers, Marlins, and Indians organizations between 2005 and 2015.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2016, Sponichi 10/21/2016Sports Hochi 10/22/2016

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[10/21/2016] 2016 Nippon Series – National Anthem, First Pitches

Game 1

  • National Anthem – Koji Kikkawa
  • First Pitch – Kaori Icho (Rio Olympics, Women’s 58-kg Wrestling Gold Medalist)

Game 2

  • First Pitch – Yui Kamiji (Rio Paralympics, Women’s Singles Wheelchair Tennis Bronze Medalist)

Game 3

  • First Pitch – Daigo Sakamoto (Hokkaido Minami Furano youth baseball team player)

Game 4

  • First Pitch – Seiya Norimatsu (Rio Olympics, Wheelchair Rugby Bronze Medalist)

Game 5

  • First Pitch – Nana Kawase (2016 Nippon Ham Fighters Junior Team)

Game 6

  • First Pitch – Shohei Ono (Rio Olympics, Men’s 73-kilogram Judo Gold Medalist

Game 7

  • First Pitch – Rie Kaneto (Rio Olympics, Women’s 200-meter Breaststroke Gold Medalist

Subject to change without notice.

Source: NPB announcement 10/21, Nippon Ham announcement 10/25, Hiroshima announcement 10/28

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SOF

[10/21/2016] Softbank Hawks 2016 Fall Camp

Fall Camp Schedule

  • October 29 (Sat) – 19 (Sat)
  • Days Off: November 2 (Wed), 7 (Mon), 11 (Fri), 15 (Tue)
  • Location: Miyazaki Ikimeno Mori Sports Park

Additional information will be added here as it becomes available.

Source: Softbank 10/21

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YOM

[10/21/2016] Yomiuri Giants 2016 Fall Camp

Fall Camp Schedule

  • November 5 (Sat) – 18 (Fri)
  • Days Off: November 9 (Wed), 14 (Mon)
  • Travel Dates:
    • November 4 (Fri), travel to Miyazaki
  • Venue: KIRISHIMA Sun Marine Stadium Miyazaki

Fall Camp Roster

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 杉内 俊哉 Sugiuchi, Toshiya
P 桜井 俊貴 Sakurai, Toshiki
P 宮國 椋丞 Miyaguni, Ryosuke
P 與那原 大剛 Yonahara, Hirotaka
P 戸根 千明 Tone, Chiaki
P 公文 克彦 Kumon, Katsuhiko
P 乾 真大 Inui, Masahiro
P 中川 皓太 Nakagawa, Kota
P 長谷川 潤 Hasegawa, Jun
P 篠原 慎平 Shinohara, Shimpei
P 橋本 篤郎 Hashimoto, Atsuro
P マヌエル・ソリマン Soliman, Manuel
P サムエル・アダメス Adames, Samuel
C 小林 誠司 Kobayashi, Seiji
C 宇佐見 真吾 Usami, Shingo
C 松崎 啄也 Matsuzaki, Takuya
C 田中 貴也 Tanaka, Takaya
INF 中井 大介 Nakai, Daisuke
INF 山本 泰寛 Yamamoto, Yasuhiro
INF 辻 東倫 Tsuji, Harutomo
INF 吉川 大幾 Yoshikawa, Daiki
INF 増田 大輝 Masuda, Daiki
INF 坂口 真規 Sakaguchi, Masaki
OF 重信 慎之介 Shigenobu, Shinnosuke
OF 大田 泰示 Ota, Taishi
OF 立岡 宗一郎 Tateoka, Soichiro
OF 高橋 洸 Takahashi, Ko
OF 青山 誠 Aoyama, Makoto

Roster subject to change without notice.

Additional information will be added here as it becomes available.

Source: Yomiuri 10/21, Yomiuri 11/1

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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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