[9/2/2016] Yakult starting pitchers for Yokohama series

The Yakult Swallows could start the following three pitchers during an upcoming three-game series against Yokohama that begins on September 6 at Yokohama Stadium.

  • September 6 (Tue) – Yoshinori (no starts against Yokohama this year)
  • September 7 (Wed) – Yasuhiro Ogawa (3 GS, 2-1, 2.53 ERA, 1.22 WHIP)
  • September 8 (Thu) – Masanori Ishikawa (4 GS, 2-2, 4.22 ERA, 1.22 WHIP)

Source: Sports Hochi 9/2/2016


[9/2/2016] Rakuten farm team to play four games against Chinese Taipei U-23 Team

Rakuten Eagles farm team is scheduled to play four games against the Chinese Taipei U-23 national team.

  • September 18 (Sun) at Rakuten Eagles Izumi Ground – 13:00
  • September 19 (Mon) at Rakuten Eagles Izumi Ground – 13:00
  • September 20 (Tue) at kobo Stadium – 13:00
  • September 21 (Wed) at kobo Stadium – 13:00

Admission will be free. Games one September 18 and 19 will only be open to fan club members through a special drawing.

Source: Rakuten announcement


[9/1/2016] Saburo formally announces decision to retire

Saburo held a press conference at QVC Marine Field on September 1 to formally announce his decision to retire.

Some notes from various sources:

  • Age played into his decision to retire. But the biggest reason was not being able to contribute at the Ichi-gun level.
  • His greatest memory was the Nippon Series championship in 2005.
  • He was grateful when fan accepted him when he returned after spending some time with the Yomiuri Giants.
  • His goal was to play until he was forty and in that sense, he has no regrets. He is thankful to the organization for allowing him to reach his goal.
  • He contacted Lotte on October 29 about his decision.
  • He felt bad his two sons had to learn about his decision while watching the news. He wanted to tell them, but could not because he knew they would cry.
  • He spent a Lotte of time this year giving younger players advice.
  • He has not thought about what he wants to do after retirement. He is open to taking a job in the organization.

The Chiba Lotte Marines are planning to hold a retirement ceremony for Saburo on September 25.

Source: Lotte announcementDaily Sports 9/1/2016Sponichi 9/1/2016, Sponichi 9/1/2016Nikkan Sports 9/1/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/1/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/1/2016

[UPDATE 9/25 @ 10:33pm]

Saburo was tossed into the air ten times during his retirement ceremony after an Orix game at QVC Marine earlier today.

Box Score

Source: Daily Sports 9/25/2016



[9/1/2016] Rakuten Eagles planning to stick with Masataka Nashida

The Rakuten Eagles signed Masataka Nashida to a three-year contract during the off-season. The media learned on September 1 that they are planning to stick with Nashida next year. A formal decision could be made before the end of the month.

Source: Daily Sports 9/2/2016, Sponichi 9/1/2016


[9/1/2016] Juri Hara and Tetsuya Yamamoto pitch in Ni-gun game

Juri Hara (right subscapularis) and Tetsuya Yamamoto (right elbow, Tommy John) pitched in a Ni-gun game against Lotte at Lotte Urawa on September 1.

Hara started the game and gave up six runs on seven hits over 2.2 innings of work. He threw sixty-four pitches and topped out at 145km/h.

Yamamoto entered the game in the seventh inning and gave up three runs on three hits, including a solo home run and two-run home run, over one inning of work. He topped out at 144km/h.

Source: Sanspo 9/2/2016


[9/1/2016] Alfredo Despaigne leaves with wrist pain

Alfredo Despaigne had been feeling pain in his left wrist, but it got worse after his third at bat in Thursday (September 1) night’s game against the Orix Buffaloes at QVC Marine. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter for his fourth at bat in the eighth inning.

The Chiba Lotte Marines are planning to see how Despaigne is feeling on Friday before they made a decision on hi status.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/1/2016


[9/1/2016] Yuki Yanagita fractures finger in sliding catch

Yuki Yanagita hurt his right ring finger while playing defense in the third inning of a game against the Seibu Lions at Seibu Prince Dome on September 1.

Seibu’s Ginjiro Sumitani led off the third inning with a fly ball to center field. Yanagita made a nice sliding catch for the first out of the inning. In doing so, he hurt his right ring finger — the ball hit the finger before it went into the glove. He remained in the game and struck out looking during his at bat in the fourth inning. He was replaced on defense in the bottom half of the inning and taken to a hospital for tests.

CT scans and x-rays revealed a fracture in his fourth (ring finger) distal phalanx. He will require about six weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/1/2016Tokyo Sports 9/1/2016, Sports Hochi 9/1/2016, Daily Sports 9/1/2016

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[9/1/2016] U18 Baseball Championship: Indonesia 0 – Japan 35

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Indonesia 0 0 0 0 0         0 0 8
Japan 11 12 6 6 X         35 22 0

Called after five innings.


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[9/1/2016] Tadahito Iguchi and Kazuya Fukuura planning to play in 2017

Forty-one-year-old Tadahito Iguchi and forty-year-old Kazuya Fukuura are planning to continue playing next year. Chiba Lotte Marine officials are expected to talk to both players once the season ends.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/1/2016


[9/1/2016] Norio Tanabe to step down as Seibu manager

Norio Tanabe would like to step down as manager of the Seibu Lions as a way to take responsibility for the team’s poor performance. He is expected to formally submit a request once the regular season ends.

Tanabe took over as interim manager for Haruki Ihara in June 2014 and became full-time manager at the end of the season.

Rumored names: Tetsuya Shiozaki, Koji Akiyama, Shinya Miyamoto

Source: Daily Sports 9/1/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/1/2016, Sponichi 9/1/2016, Sports Hochi 9/1/2016Tokyo Sports 9/1/2016

Year Team Pos G W L T WPCT HR AVG ERA Age
2014 Seibu 5 91 43 44 4 .623 125 .248 3.77 48
2015 Seibu 4 143 69 69 5 .500 136 .263 3.69 49
2016 Seibu 5 121 53 66 2 .445 100 .266 3.85 50
  355 165 179 11 .480  

Note: 2016 season record through August 31.

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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