[10/20/2016] Nikkan Sports: First Round Draft Pick Predictions

First round draft pick predictions posted online by Nikkan Sports on October 20 at 6:25am.

Team Name JPN Name ENG Current Team JPN Current Team ENG
Hiroshima 田中 正義 Tanaka, Seigi 創価大 Soka U
Yomiuri 田中 正義 Tanaka, Seigi 創価大 Soka U
Yokohama 寺島 成輝 Terashima, Naruki 履正社 Riseisha HS
Hanshin 佐々木千隼 Sasaki, Chihaya 桜美林大 Obirin U
Yakult 佐々木千隼 Sasaki, Chihaya 桜美林大 Obirin U
Chunichi 今井 達也 Imai, Tatsuya 作新学院 Sakushin Gakuin HS
Nippon Ham 田中 正義 Tanaka, Seigi 創価大 Soka U
Softbank 田中 正義 Tanaka, Seigi 創価大 Soka U
Lotte 田中 正義 Tanaka, Seigi 創価大 Soka U
Seibu 田中 正義 Tanaka, Seigi 創価大 Soka U
Rakuten 佐々木千隼 Sasaki, Chihaya 桜美林大 Obirin U
Orix 山岡 泰輔 Yamaoka, Taisuke 東京ガス Tokyo Gas

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2016

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[10/19/2016] Asia Winter Baseball League Rosters

The NPB released rosters for the two teams it will be sending to participate in this year’s Asia Winter Baseball League in Taiwan, between November 24 and December 18.

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[10/19/2016] Chris Martin returns to United States to rehab left ankle

Chris Martin sprained his left ankle in September and aggravated it during the Final Stage. The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that Martin returned to the United States on October 19. He is not expected to pitch during the Nippon Series and will instead focus on rehabbing/strengthening the ankle and preparing for next season.

The Fighter released the following statement from Martin:

After much thought and discussion, I decided to return home to rehab my ankle. I came to this decision because the injury was keeping me from performing at my best and I do not want to betray my teammates and fans. I want to strengthen my ankle so that I can do more for the Fighters next season. I pray for a good outcome for the team during the Nippon Series.

Source: Nippon Ham announcementDaily Sports 10/19/2016, Sponichi 10/19/2016

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[10/19/2016] Phoenix League: Day 14

Softbank Hawks vs Chiba Lotte Marines at Ivy Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Softbank 0 0 0 1 2 1 2 0 0 6
Lotte 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3

Time: 3h07m | Attendance: 350

Softbank
Pitchers: Yamada, Hiroki (5.0 IP), Okamoto, Kazuma (2.0 IP), Kayama, Shinya (2.0 IP)

Lotte
Pitchers: Omine, Yuta (5.0 IP), Takano, Keisuke (2.0 IP), Tojo, Taiki(2.0 IP)

Source: Miyazaki link

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Hanwha Eagles vs Nippon Ham Fighters at Ikimeno Mori Stadium 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Hanwha 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nippon Ham 2 0 1 0 2 3 0 0 x 8

Time: 3h05m | Attendance: 143

Hanwha
Pitchers: 徐 均 (3.0 IP), 金鍾守 (2.0+ IP), 廉鎭雨 (2.0 IP) 金炳瑾 (1.0 IP)

Nippon Ham
Pitchers: Yoshida, Yuki (6.0 IP), Saito, Yuki (1.0 IP), Enoshita, Yodai (1.0 IP), Yagi, Shogo (1.0 IP)

Source: Miyazaki link

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Hiroshima Carp vs Yakult Swallows at Sun Marine Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Hiroshima 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 3
Yakult 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1

Time: 2h55m | Attendance: 120

Hiroshima
Pitchers: Nakamura, Yuta (5.0 IP), Tsuji, Sora (1.0 IP), Nakaoshi, Oscar (1.0 IP), Delabar, Steve (2.0 IP)
Home Runs: Batista, Xavier (5th inning, none on)

Yakult
Pitchers: Kondo, Kazuki (6.0 IP), Hara, Juri (1.0 IP), Nakashima, Shogo (1.0 IP), Hirai, Ryo (1.0 IP)

Source: Miyazaki link

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Hanshin Tigers vs Yokohama Bay Stars at KIRISHIMA Himuka Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Hanshin 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
Yokohama 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Time: 2h51m | Attendance: 125

Hanshin
Pitchers: Yokoyama, Yuya (7.0 IP), Saiuchi, Hiroaki (1.0 IP), Iwazaki, Suguru (1.0 IP)

Yokohama
Pitchers: Kakita, Yuta (5.0 IP), Tamura, Jo (2.0 IP), Fukuchi, Motoharu (1.0 IP), Hirata, Ryosuke (1.0 IP)

Source: Miyazaki link

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Island League vs Doosan Bears at Sokken Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Island League 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 3
Doosan 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

Time: 3h06m | Attendance: 40

Island League
Pitchers: Okabe, Shunta (4.0 IP / Kochi), Nishimura, Reiichi (1.0 IP / Ehime), Kitagata, Yujo (1.2 IP / Ehime), Tarumi, Majuki (0.2 IP / Ehime), Kakazu, Yuto (0.2 IP / Kochi), Tomita (1.0 IP / Kochi)

Doosan
Pitchers: 趙承秀 (3.2 IP), 李元財 (3.1 IP), 南炅昊 (1.0 IP), 張珉翼 (1.0 IP)
Home Runs: 鄭錤焄 (2nd inning, none on)

Source: Miyazaki link

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Chunichi Dragons vs Rakuten Eagles at Kiyotake Sports Park Stadium 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Chunichi 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2
Rakuten 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2

Time: 2h35m | Attendance: 100

Chunichi
Pitchers: Achira, Takuma (5.0 IP), Kishimoto, Junki (2.0 IP), Muto, Yuta (2.0 IP)

Rakuten
Pitchers: Mori, Yudai (6.0 IP), Kato, Masashi (1.0 IP), Otsuka, Takahito (1.0 IP), Yokoyama, Takaaki (1回)
Home Runs: Uchida, Yasuhito (2nd inning, none on; 9th inning, none on)

Source: Miyazaki link

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LG Twins vs Yomiuri Giants at Tempuku Baseball Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
LG 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Yomiuri 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1

Time: 2h36m | Attendance: 80

LG
Pitchers: 李俊珩 (5.0 IP), 李彰浩 (2.0 IP), 千源爽 (1.0 IP), 崔東煥 (1.0 IP)

Yomiuri
Pitchers: Nakagawa, Kota (6.0 IP), Otake, Hideyoshi (1.0 IP), Hashimoto, Atsuro (1.0 IP), Yajima, Yohei (1.0 IP)

Source: Miyazaki link

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Orix Buffaloes vs Seibu Lions at Nango Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Orix 1 0 0 3 0 0 3 0 0 7
Seibu 2 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 1x 8

Time: 3h50m | Attendance: 80

Orix
Pitchers: Yamada, Nobuyoshi (6.0 IP), Sato, Shunichi (0.1 IP), Akama, Ken (0.2 IP), Takagi, Ban (1.2 IP)
Home Runs: Yoshida, Masataka (7th inning, two on)

Seibu
Pitchers: Honda, Keisuke (3.0 IP), Tamamura, Yusuke (2.0 IP), Fukukura, Kentaro (1.0 IP), Minamikawa, Tadasuke (1.0), Noda, Shogo (1.0 IP), Kokuba, Tsubasa (1.0 IP)
Home Runs: Tonosaki, Shuta (1st inning, none on)

Source: Miyazaki link

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[10/19/2016] Sanspo: Nippon Series Potential Starting Pitchers

Date Venue Player Name Tm G W L IP H SO BB R ER ERA WHIP
10/22 Mazda Stadium Otani, Shohei HAM 12 8 3 92.2 55 117 24 19 16 1.55 0.85
    Johnson, Kris HIR 12 8 2 87.1 73 62 21 20 18 1.85 1.08
10/23 Mazda Stadium Masui, Hirotoshi HAM 10 4 1 28.0 24 31 6 8 8 2.57 1.07
    Kuroda, Hiroki HIR 14 8 4 92.2 87 60 16 30 29 2.82 1.11
10/25 Sapporo Dome Nomura, Yusuke HIR 11 6 2 69.2 58 35 17 20 20 2.58 1.08
    Arihara, Kohei HAM 9 3 5 65.0 65 37 18 28 28 3.88 1.28
10/26 Sapporo Dome Okada, Akitake HIR 9 1 3 39.2 44 32 11 16 14 3.18 1.39
    Takanashi, Hirotoshi HAM 14 4 0 51.0 38 41 16 12 11 1.94 1.06
10/27 Sapporo Dome Johnson, Kris HIR 14 7 5 93.0 81 79 28 30 25 2.42 1.17
    Kato, Takayuki HAM 11 3 1 39.1 31 29 16 12 11 2.52 1.19
10/29 Mazda Stadium Otani, Shohei HAM 12 8 3 92.2 55 117 24 19 16 1.55 0.85
    Kuroda, Hiroki HIR 14 8 4 92.2 87 60 16 30 29 2.82 1.11
10/30 Mazda Stadium Masui, Hirotoshi HAM 10 4 1 28.0 24 31 6 8 8 2.57 1.07
    Nomura, Yusuke HIR 12 8 1 69.0 72 46 17 27 23 3.00 1.29

Source: Sanspo 10/19/2016 (print version)

Notes

  • Kuroda will most likely be pushed back to Game 3. That could still put him in line for a Game 7 start on four days of rest, if needed. Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2016
  • Nomura will get the Game 2 start. Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2016
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[10/19/2016] New turf at YafuOku Dome

The media learned on October 18 that new turf will be installed at YafuOku Dome in January 2017. The turf was last replaced in 2009.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2016

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[10/18/2016] Sponichi: First Round Draft Pick Predictions

First round draft pick predictions posted online by Sponichi on October 18 at 8:33am.

Team Name JPN Name ENG Current Team JPN Current Team ENG
Hiroshima 田中 正義 Tanaka, Seigi 創価大 Soka U
  柳  裕也 Yanagi, Yuya 明大 Meiji U
Yomiuri 田中 正義 Tanaka, Seigi 創価大 Soka U
  佐々木千隼 Sasaki, Chihaya 桜美林大 Obirin U
Yokohama 佐々木千隼 Sasaki, Chihaya 桜美林大 Obirin U
  藤平 尚真 Fujihira, Shoma 横浜 Yokohama HS
Hanshin 佐々木千隼 Sasaki, Chihaya 桜美林大 Obirin U
Yakult 田中 正義 Tanaka, Seigi 創価大 Soka U
  佐々木千隼 Sasaki, Chihaya 桜美林大 Obirin U
  柳  裕也 Yanagi, Yuya 明大 Meiji U
Chunichi 柳  裕也 Yanagi, Yuya 明大 Meiji U
  今井 達也 Imai, Tatsuya 作新学院 Sakushin Gakuin HS
Nippon Ham 田中 正義 Tanaka, Seigi 創価大 Soka U
  寺島 成輝 Terashima, Naruki 履正社 Riseisha HS
  今井 達也 Imai, Tatsuya 作新学院 Sakushin Gakuin HS
Softbank 田中 正義 Tanaka, Seigi 創価大 Soka U
  寺島 成輝 Terashima, Naruki 履正社 Riseisha HS
  今井 達也 Imai, Tatsuya 作新学院 Sakushin Gakuin HS
Lotte* 田中 正義 Tanaka, Seigi 創価大 Soka U
Seibu 柳  裕也 Yanagi, Yuya 明大 Meiji U
  寺島 成輝 Terashima, Naruki 履正社 Riseisha HS
  今井 達也 Imai, Tatsuya 作新学院 Sakushin Gakuin HS
Rakuten 田中 正義 Tanaka, Seigi 創価大 Soka U
  柳  裕也 Yanagi, Yuya 明大 Meiji U
Orix 田中 正義 Tanaka, Seigi 創価大 Soka U
  佐々木千隼 Sasaki, Chihaya 桜美林大 Obirin U

Source: Sponichi 10/18/2016

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[10/18/2016] Motohiro Shima not planning to exercise FA option

Motohiro Shima met with Rakuten Eagles’ President Yozo Tachibana on October 18. He later spoke to the media after practices and said he informed Tachibana that he was not going to exercise his free agent option and was going to play for the Eagles next year. He decided to stay because he appreciated everything the organization did for him over the years.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2016, Sports Hochi 10/18/2016, Daily Sports 10/18/2016

[UPDATE @ 8:19am]

Shima told reporters that he felt if he was going to exercise his free agent option, this would be his last chance. He added that since he was not going to exercise his option, he was currently thinking about becoming a Rakuten lifer.

Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2016

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[10/18/2016] Kenta Imamiya to have elbow surgery

The media learned on October 17 that Kenta Imamiya will have surgery to remove loose bodies from his right elbow. The loose bodies were discovered during the off-season last year. He skipped surgery and was fine until the pain got worse toward the end of the season. He will most likely require two to three months for a full recovery. He should be fine for the start of the season next year.

Source: Sponichi 10/18/2016, Daily Sports 10/18/2016

[UPDATE 10/26 @ 1:26am]

Imamiya will go under the knife at a hospital in Fukuoka on October 28.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2016

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[10/18/2016] Hiroki Kuroda to retire after this season

Hiroki Kuroda held a press conference at a hotel in Hiroshima on October 18 to announce his plans to retire after the season.

Kuroda was selected by the Hiroshima Carp in the second round of the 1996 draft. He pitched in 321 NPB games and went 124-105 with a 3.55 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 2,021.2 innings. He also pitched in 212 MLB games and went 79-79 with a 3.45 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 1,319.0 innings. He made the Best Nine in 2005 and won a Golden Glove in the same year. He won MVP of the Month Awards in May 2005, July 2006, and August 2006. He made the All-Star team five times (2001, 2005-2007, 2015).

Notes from various sources:

  • One big reason why he decided to retire was the Carp winning the pennant and making it to the Nippon Series. He is not sure if he would have made the same decision if the team failed to win the pennant.
  • Another reason for retirement: no longer being able to pitch deep into games.
  • He first started thinking about retirement every years about two to three years ago. He seriously started thinking about it after the team clinched first place.
  • He told Takahiro Arai about his decision after the Carp clinched the pennant. Arai asked him to play another season, but he told him his body was a mess.
  • If he had it his way, he would have waited to make an announcement until after the Nippon Series. However, he felt he owed it to his teammates and fans to speak up sooner since his next Nippon Series start might be his last.
  • He has no regrets, especially after this season.
  • He gathered teammates and staff on the field at Mazda Stadium around 5:00pm on October 18 and told them he was going to retire. His press conference starts at 7:00pm.

Source: Hiroshima announcement, Daily Sports 10/18/2016, Sports Hochi 10/18/2016, Sports Hochi 10/18/2016, Sponichi 10/18/2016, Sponichi 10/18/2016

[UPDATE 10/19 @ 4:22pm]

TV ratings for Kuroda’s press conference averaged 19.2% and peaked at 23.6%.

Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2016

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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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