The at home Hero Award for July was given to Hayato Sakamoto for his game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Tokyo Dome on July 9. With the score tied at two in the bottom of the eight, Sakamoto led off the inning with a drive that cleared the fence in left. It was his sixteenth home run of the season and his first in seven games.0 Comments
Kan Otake’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a boy, at a hospital in Toyohashi, Aichi on August 16.
Source: Sanspo 8/19/20160 Comments
Rafael Dolis (right elbow) tossed batting practice to Shinji Komiyama and Taichi Okazaki. It was the first time he faced live hitters since his injury. He threw twenty-nine pitches and did not allow any could-be hits. He asked the catcher to add signals partway through the session.0 Comments
The NPB releases some details for the 2016 draft.
Source: NPB announcement0 Comments
Hiroki Momose was ejected from a Ni-gun game against Seibu on August 18 for insulting an umpire. The NPB commissioner’s office issued Momose a stern warning and a 50,000 yen fine.
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The following additions were made to the Pacific League schedule.
I have added Pitch Velocity Ranges for all pitchers that have pitched in the tournament. They (and the pitch breakdowns) are as accurate as Yahoo lists them. Take a look at Sakushin Gakuin’s Tatsuya Imai.0 Comments
Kazuya Fukuura developed tightness in the right side of his back while playing defense in the second inning of a game against the Rakuten Eagles at kobo Stadium on August 18. The tightness began when he twisted his body to catch a ball thrown by Yamaico Navarro. Fukuura remained in the game until he was replaced on defense in the fourth inning. He is considered day-to-day.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/18/2016
[UPDATE 8/19 @ 7:01pm]
Fukuura was taken off the active roster today with pain in his left side. Lotte decided to take him off the active roster because he may not be able to play for two to three games.0 Comments
Zelous Wheeler was left out of tonight’s starting line-up against the Chiba Lotte Marines at kobo Stadium because he was not feeling well. He was available off the bench.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/18/20160 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they filed paperwork to place Jose Adolis Garcia on waivers. The Giants decided to part ways with Garcia because he did not fit in to their plans for 2017.
[UPDATE 8/19 @ 9:51pm]
According to Tokyo Sports, part of the reason why the Giants parted ways with Garcia also had to do with his inability to adjust to Japanese food, or the organization’s inability to provide him with food he might be more accustomed to eating. He apparently told some people around him that he missed beans and grilled chicken. It got so bad that he grew dissatisfied with his contract with the Giants.
Source: Tokyo Sports 8/19/2016
[UPDATE 8/23 @ 9:49pm]
Garcia left Japan out of Haneda Airport on August 19. He took a flight to Cuba with a stopover in France. The Giants heard on August 23 that he “disappeared” in France and could be attempting to defect.
Source: Tokyo Sports 8/23/2016
[UPDATE 9/20 @ 5:41pm]
Relations between Garcia and the Giants were strained from the start. Some are wondering if he perhaps agreed to come to Japan just for a chance to defect. It seemed like he never even tried to adjust to playing in Japan — he did not take practices seriously, he did not want to live in the player dormitory, he almost struck an interpreter that tried to warn him about his attitude.