[8/23/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters considering how to use Shohei Otani

The Nippon Ham Fighters are not in a huge rush to bring Shohei Otani back as a pitcher because of his bat. Hideki Kuriyama is considering a number of options, including using Otani as a reliever in games he starts as a designated hitter. Returning to the starting rotation is also an option, but most likely not until next week (and it would also mean limiting his time as a hitter).

Source: Sports Hochi 8/23/2016, Sponichi 8/23/2016, Sanspo 8/23/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/23/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/23/2016Daily Sports 8/23/2016


[8/23/2016] Yokohama Bay Stars reach agreement with DAZN

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they reached an agreement with Perform Group‘s sports streaming service DAZN. All home games (from start to finish), beginning on August 23, will be available through the service.

Source: Yokohama announcement


[8/23/2016] Tetsuto Yamada close to a return

Tetsuto Yamada (left side, rib) could be ready to rejoin the active roster as early as August 24 (Chunichi at Jingu), although August 26 (Hanshin at Koshien) seems more likely. The Yakult Swallows will determine the schedule after observing him during workouts today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2016, Daily Sports 8/23/2016, Sanspo 8/23/2016

[UPDATE @ 9:45pm]

Yamada is slated to join the Ichi-gun team for work outs on August 24. Assuming no issues, he could be added to the active roster in time for the Chunichi game in the evening.

Source: Tokyo Sports 8/23/2016


[8/22/2016] Yomiuri Giants: probable starting pitchers for Hiroshima series

Probable Yomiuri starting pitchers for the Hiroshima series that begins on August 22 at Tokyo Dome.

  • August 23 – Miles Mikolas = 1 G, 0-0, 6.0 IP, 10 H, 2 HR, 8 K, 6.00 ERA, 1.67 WHIP
  • August 24 – Tomoyuki Sugano = 3 G, 1-1, 20.0 IP, 14 H, 4 HR, 21 K, 2.70 ERA, 0.70 WHIP
  • August 25 – Kazuto Taguchi = 6 G, 2-2, 34.1 IP, 32 H, 5 HR, 24 K, 3.76 ERA, 1.28 WHIP

*note: stats are against Hiroshima from this season

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/22/2016


[8/22/2016] Kazumasa Yoshida taken off active roster with neck pain

Kazumasa Yoshida was taken off the active roster on August 21 with neck pain. He was examined (MRI, x-rays) at a hospital in Kobe today. No abnormalities were discovered. The Orix Buffaloes will monitor to him as he resumes workouts.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/22/2016


[8/22/2016] Sponichi: 2016 Summer Koshien Best Nines

Pro Scouts

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Yr School JPN School ENG
P 今井 達也 Imai, Tatsuya 3 作新学院 Sakushin Gakuin
C 古賀 優大 Koga, Yudai 3 明徳義塾 Meitoku Gijuku
1B 西浦 颯大 Nishiura, Hayato 2 明徳義塾 Meitoku Gijuku
2B 有村 恒汰 Arimura, Kota 3 常総学院 Joso Gakuin
3B 安田 尚憲 Yasuda, Hisanori 2 履正社 Riseisha
SS 松尾 大河 Matsuo, Taiga 3 秀岳館 Syugakukan
OF 田城 飛翔 Tashiro, Tsubasa 3 八戸学院光星 Hachinohe Gakuin Kosei
OF 西川 愛也 Nishikawa, Manaya 2 花咲徳栄 Hanasaki Tokuharu
OF 増田  珠 Masuda, Shu 2 横浜 Yokohama

Sponichi Writers

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Yr School JPN School ENG
P 大西 健斗 Onishi, Kento 3 北海 Hokkai
C 大沢  翔 Osawa, Sho 3 木更津総合 Kisarazu Sogo
1B 入江 大生 Irie, Taisei 3 作新学院 Sakushin Gakuin
2B 鈴木 理央 Suzuki, Rio 3 東邦 Toho
3B 広部 就平 Hirobe, Shuhei 2 秀岳館 Syugakukan
SS 山本 拳輝 Yamamoto, Genki 3 作新学院 Sakushin Gakuin
OF 塩谷 洋樹 Shiotani, Hiroki 3 盛岡大付 Morioka Daigaku Fuzoku
OF 手束 海斗 Tezuka, Kaito 3 鳴門 Naruto
OF 西村  舜 Nishimura, Shun 3 明徳義塾 Meitoku Gijuku

Source: Sponichi 8/22/2016


[8/22/2016] 2016 Farm Championship

The NPB announced today that the 2016 Farm Championship will be held at Kirishima Sun Marine Stadium Miyazaki on October 1 (Sat) at 13:00. The rain date will be October 2 (Sun) at 12:00. The Western League champions will be in the first base dugout and the Eastern League champions in the third base dugout. The Western League champions will be the home team.

Lawson Ticket Pre-Request Advance Tickets will be available between on August 23 (Tue) at 10:00 and August 29 (Mon) at 23:00. Regular tickets will become available on August 30 (Tue) at 10:00.

Source: NPB announcement


[8/22/2016] Guinness World Records recognizes Daisuke Miura

Daisuke Miura earned his own spot in the Guinness World Records: most consecutive year hits by a baseball pitcher in professional baseball (twenty-four years, between 1993 and 2016).

Source: Guinness World Records


[8/22/2016] Brian Wolfe set to make first start with Seibu on August 27

Brian Wolfe started a Ni-gun game against Yakult on August 21. He gave up five runs (all earned) on eight hits over six innings of work. He faced twenty-seven batters, threw ninety-five pitches, walked none, and struck out two. Wolfe is slated to make his Ichi-gun debut with Seibu on August 27 against Nippon Ham at Seibu Prince Dome.

Source: Sponichi 8/22/2016


[8/21/2016] World Baseball Challenge 2016


  • Gold – Team Japan
  • Silver – Roswell Invaders
  • Bronze – Canadian Sidearm Nation

All-Star Team

  • RHP – Hitoshi Kondo (Team Japan)
  • LHP – Ryan Johnson (Canadian Sidearm Nation)
  • C – Takumi Oshiro (Team Japan)
  • 1B – Tatsuya Maruko (Team Japan)
  • 2B – Shunta Tanaka (Team Japan)
  • 3B – Kevin Czarnecki (Canadian Sidearm Nation)
  • SS – Kimio Watanabe (Team Japan)
  • OF – Takuma Hasegawa (Team Japan)
  • OF – Jason Louis (Canadian Sidearm Nation)
  • OF – Cody Bishop (Roswell Invaders)
  • DH – Kaohu Gaspar (Roswell Invaders)

Home Run King

  • Bobby Webb (Roswell Invaders) – 4


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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