2017 Chiba Lotte Marines Coaching Staff


Position  Name JPN Name ENG Age Uni
Manager 伊東 勤 Ito, Tsutomu 54 83
Pitching Coach 落合 英二 Ochiai, Eiji 47 88
Pitching Coach 小林 雅英 Kobayashi, Masahide 42 79
Battery Coach 田口 昌徳 Taguchi, Masanori 46 86
Position Player/Batting Coach 山下 徳人 Yamashita, Norihito 51 71
Batting Coach 堀 幸一 Hori, Koichi 47 75
Infield/Base Coach 松山 秀明 Matsuyama, Hideaki 49 72
Outfield/Base Coach 清水 雅治 Shimizu, Masaji 52 87
Strategy Coach 石貫 宏臣 Ishinuki, Hiroomi 47 85
Training Coach 楠 貴彦 Kusunoki, Takahiko 39 95


Position  Name JPN Name ENG Age Uni
Manager 福澤 洋一 Fukuzawa, Yoichi 49 73
Pitching Coach 川越 英隆 Kawagoe, Hidetaka 43 89
Pitching Coach 小野 晋吾 Ono, Shingo 41 82
Battery Coach 鶴岡 一成 Tsuruoka, Kazunari 39 77
Batting Coach 大村 巌 Omura, Iwao 47 76
Infield/Base Coach 佐藤 兼伊知 Sato, Kenichi 57 81
Outfield/Base Coach 大塚 明 Otsuka, Akira 41 80
Training Coach 根本 淳平 Nemoto, Junpei 43 98

Source: Lotte 12/7


[12/7/2016] Yuki Yanagita not planning to have elbow surgery

Yuki Yanagita had surgery to clean out his right elbow in November 2015. He developed pain in the elbow during the Climax Series and decided to sit out the Samurai Japan international exhibition series last month. He still feels pain in the elbow. He could have opted for another surgery this winter, but he decided to go with physical therapy.

Yanagita was examined at hospital on November 5. His condition is improving. There is still a chance he might be able to participate in the World Baseball Classic.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2016


[12/6/2016] Updates on Akihisa Makida, Ryoji Katsuki, Yoshihiro Ito, Hiroki Sanada

Akihisa Makida thought about checking to see if other teams might be interested in his services, but he decided to retire because he wanted to be closer to his kids. Makida has two girls, seven and nine.

Lotte senryokugai Ryoji Katsuki decided to continue his playing career by returning to the Sendo Ichiba Golden Larks (Industrial League). He will be a player/coach. He had offers from Independent League teams, but he decided to return to the Golden Larks because of the team’s connection to Kumamoto.

Lotte senryokugai Yoshihiro Ito decided to retire after he failed to pass his tryout with the Yomiuri Giants in November. He is interested in becoming a physical education teacher.

Former Yomiuri Giant Hiroki Sanada has decided to retire. He spent the last couple of years playing in the Independent Leagues (Fukushima in 2015 and Fukui in 2016). He is slated to return to the Giants as a batting practice pitcher.

Source: Sponichi 12/5/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/6/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/6/2016Sponichi 12/6/2016


[12/6/2016] Softbank Hawks: uniform number change

The Softbank Hawks announced the following uniform number change today:

  • Kawashima, Keizo = 35 → 4

Source: Softbank announcement


[12/6/2016] Kazuhisa Makita turns down two-year contract

Kazuhisa Makita met the Seibu Lions for salary negotiations on December 6. The thirty-two-year-old was offered two years, but opted for a one-year contract worth an estimated 100 million yen plus incentives. He said he appreciated the gesture, but wanted to keep himself motivated by going year to year. He denied it had anything to do with the domestic free agent option he is scheduled to earn next year.

Source: Sponichi 12/6/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/6/2016

[UPDATE 12/7 @ 12:45pm]

Makita might also be interested in the Majors. There is a chance he could ask to be posted next year.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/7/2016


[12/6/2016] Yomiuri, Yokohama to play practice games against WBC Korea

The Yomiuri Giants and Yokohama Bay Stars are scheduled to play practice games against Korea’s WBC team during spring camp in Okinawa.


  • 02/19 – Yomiuri vs WBC Korea at Okinawa Cellular Stadium Naha
  • 02/22 – Yokohama vs WBC Korea
  • 02/25 – Yomiuri San-gun vs WBC China at KIRISHIMA Himuka Stadium

Source: Sponichi 12/6/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/6/2016

[UPDATE 12/7 @ 1:31pm]

WBC Japan is scheduled to play a practice game against Softbank at KIRISHIMA Sun Marine Stadium on February 25. In the event of rain, the game will be pushed back to February 26.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2016


Nippon Ham Fighters 2017 Spring Camp (Includes Assignments)

Spring Camp Schedule


  • February 1 (Wed) – 10 (Fri)
  • Days Off: February 5 (Sun)
  • Venue: Padres Peoria Sports Complex
  • February 13 (Mon) – 25 (Sat)
  • Days Off: February 17 (Fri), 22 (Wed)
  • Venue: Nago Stadium in Okinawa


  • February 8, 12:30 at Peoria Mesa – Practice vs KT Wiz (KBO)
  • February 9, 12:30 at Peoria – Intra-squad
  • February 14, 13:00 at Nago – Intra-squad
  • February 15, 13:00 at Nago – Practice vs Samsung (KBO)
  • February 16, 13:00 at Nago – Practice vs KIA (KBO)
  • February 19, 13:00 at Ginoza – Practice vs Hanshin
  • February 21, 13:00 at Nago – Practice vs Rakuten
  • February 23, 13:00 at Nago – Practice vs Hanwha (KBO)
  • February 25, 13:00 at Nago – Exhibition vs Hanshin
  • February 26, 11:00 at Ginowan – Practice vs Yokohama


  • February 1 (Wed) – 24 (Fri)
  • Days Off: February 6 (Mon), 10 (Fri), 15 (Wed), 20 (Mon)
  • Venue: Kaigin Stadium Kunigami in Okinawa


  • February 18, 13:00 at Kungami – Intra-squad



[12/5/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters planning to respect Shohei Otani’s wishes

Shohei Otani met with the Nippon Ham Fighters for salary negotiations on December 5. The two sides agreed to an estimated 270 million yen for the 2017 season, up from the 200 million yen he made this past year. Otani also had a chance to confirm his desire to play in the Majors for the first time during salary negotiations. The Fighters are planning to respect his wishes.

* The current posting system expired on October 31, 2016 and will automatically renew year-to-year until either the NPB or MLB gives notice that they want to either terminate or modify the terms 180 days prior to the anniversary of the expiration date. The media in Japan has mentioned from time to time that the NPB might push for changes during the year it believes Otani will want to be posted. That could happen as early as next year.

Source: Sponichi 12/5/2016, Sponichi 12/5/2016Nikkan Sports 12/5/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2016


[12/5/2016] Hayato Sakamoto wins 2016 Yanase Giants MVP

The Yomiuri Giants announced today that Hayato Sakamoto won the 2016 Yanase Giants MVP Award. Since the Giants finished in second place, Sakamoto will get a Mercedes Benz C180 (third place = A class, second place = C class, and first place = E class). He also won the award in 2010.

As of 2015, five NPB teams (Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Hanshin Tigers, Orix Buffaloes, and Softbank Hawks) were eligible for the Yanase MVP Award if they finished in third place or better.

Source: Yomiuri announcement


[12/5/2016] Ko Shimozuru holds wedding ceremony in Hawaii

The media learned that Ko Shimozuru (28) filed marriage papers with a twenty-eight-year-old woman from Yokohama earlier this year on January 21. The two held a wedding ceremony in Hawaii on December 2 (Japan time December 3).

Source: Daily Sports 12/5/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2016

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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