Updates for the Chunichi Dragons’ managerial situation, from August 10:
[UPDATE 8/11 @ 11:55am]
The Dragons received a number of calls from fans that were wondering why the organization wanted to place all the blame on Tanishige and not on other officials, like Ochiai. There were also some calls asking why Ochiai was not named interim manager over Head Coach Shigekazu Mori.
Source: Sports Hochi 8/11/2016
[UPDATE 8/30 @ 2:50pm]
Tanishige may have been working year-to-year, but the Dragons publicly spoke about giving him at least four years and will most likely be paying him for the fourth year to avoid any problems. They are said to be discussing options.
Tanishige has already left his home in Nagoya and returned to his family in Yokohama.
Source: Sports Hochi 8/30/20160 Comments
Takahiro Kakizawa, Rakuten
16 G, 21-for-41, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 1 SB, .477 BA
Kakizawa played mostly second base in July. He led the league in batting average. He played a big part in the team’s 11-6 finish in July. He was added to the seventy-man roster on July 31.
Go Kamamoto, Softbank
18 G, 24-for-69, 0 HR, 12 RBI, 4 SB, .400 BA
Kamamoto made the starting line-up in sixteen of his team’s eighteen games in July. He led the league in batting average and hits. He was tied for first in RBI and stolen bases. His on base percentage (.456) and slugging percentage (.583) were also top in the league.0 Comments
Toshiya Sugiuchi (right hip) started a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham at Giants Stadium on August 9. He gave up two runs on five hits, including a solo home run, over five innings of work. He faced twenty hitters, threw eighty-six pitches, struck out six, and topped out at 136km/h. This was his fourth rehab game. He is scheduled to start another Ni-gun game on August 16 against Yakult at Tokyo Dome.0 Comments
Yuki Nishi left tonight’s (August 9) game against the Softbank Hawks at Kyocera Dome after five shutout innings because of fairly strong tightness in his left waist (he first started feeling it in the morning). He later told reporters that he thought things could get worse if he continued to pitch and that he would not know the full extent of his condition until tomorrow.0 Comments
Tetsuto Yamada left tonight’s (August 9) game against the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome in the second inning on defense because of pain in his back.
Yamada made the starting line-up at second and batted third. He grounded out to third in his first trip to the plate and was replaced on defense in the second inning. He complained of back pain and was taken to a Nagoya hospital for tests during the game. CT scans did not reveal any problems. He is scheduled for an MRI on August 10.
The pain may have first started when he was hit by a pitch on the left side of his back during a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome on July 30.
Yamada’s consecutive “full inning” games streak ended at 316.0 Comments
Samurai Japan announced on August 9 that they added NTT Plala to their list of Official Partners.
Source: Samurai Japan announcement
Official Suit Partner
Official Ticketing Partner
Masaki Sakaguchi (25) filed marriage papers with a twenty-five-year-old woman from Osaka on August 7.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/9/20160 Comments
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Hideki Kuriyama is still not sure when Shohei Otani (right middle finger) will take the mound as a pitcher. He could be given the ball for either a start or relief appearance (most likely the latter since Kuriyama is not too keen about dropping him into a start all of a sudden) on August 14 against the Rakuten Eagles at kobo Stadium. A lot will depend on how Otani looks during his next bullpen session. He did throw twenty-nine pitches to a standing catcher on August 7.0 Comments