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[5/2/2016] Yakult Swallows add Shogo Nakashima to seventy-man roster

The Yakult Swallows announced today that they added Ikusei player Shogo Nakashima to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 111 to 71.

Source: Yakult announcement

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[5/2/2016] NPB Attendance Figures through April 28

Central League

Attendance

Teams 2016 2015
  Gm Attendance Avg/Gm Chg Gm Attendance Avg/Gm
Yakult 14 303,330 21,666 +10.9% 13 253,923 19,533
Yomiuri 11 483,349 43,941 +8.7% 14 566,178 40,441
Hanshin 13 520,040 40,003 -0.8% 14 564,582 40,327
Hiroshima 13 358,495 27,577 -6.1% 14 411,061 29,362
Chunichi 15 416,464 27,764 +1.3% 15 411,156 27,410
Yokohama 14 365,190 26,085 +9.3% 13 310,261 23,866
Totals 80 2,446,868 30,586 +0.9% 83 2,517,161 30,327

Game Times

  2016 2015
All Games 3:15 (80 games) 3:17 (483 games)
Nine Innings 3:07 (69 games) 3:11 (434 games)

Pacific League

Attendance

Teams 2016 2015
  Gm Attendance Avg/Gm Chg Gm Attendance Avg/Gm
Nippon Ham 13 354,231 27,249 +2.9% 12 317,754 26,480
Rakuten 14 355,078 25,363 +14.9% 13 287,077 22,083
Seibu 12 246,405 20,534 +10.2% 13 242,207 18,631
Lotte 12 236,449 19,704 +29.6% 13 197,608 15,201
Orix 13 302,579 23,275 -1.9% 14 332,149 23,725
Softbank 11 323,506 29,410 -6.7% 13 409,869 31,528
Totals 75 1,818,248 24,243 +5.8% 78 1,786,664 22,906

Game Times

  2016 2015
All Games 3:22 (75 games) 3:21 (483 games)
Nine Innings 3:15 (65 games) 3:16 (437 games)
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YOM

[5/2/2016] Chiaki Tone tweaks neck

Chiaki Tone left Sunday’s game (May 1) against the Yakult Swallows early after he tweaked his neck while attempting to field a baseball in the sixth inning. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sanspo 5/2/2016

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HAN

[5/2/2016] Tsuyoshi Nishioka continues to make good progress

Tsuyoshi Nishioka (left hamstring) took fielding practice at Naruohama on May 1. He also took sixty-eight swings during batting practice and hit three over the fence, including two in a row. He could play in a rehab game at Ni-gun against Hiroshima on May 3.

Source: Sanspo 5/2/2016

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[5/1/2016] JPBPA: average NPB salaries

The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association published their yearly report on team salaries (for players on the seventy-man roster, not including foreigners) on April 25. The chart below shows the number of 100 million yen contracts, the average salaries for each team from 2016 and 2015, and the percent change of the average salaries.

Team 100M 2016 2015 chng
Softbank 13 69.60M 57.98M +20.0%
Yomiuri 10 57.87M 68.93M -16.0%
Hanshin 7 39.49M 35.58M +10.9%
Orix 4 37.52M 44.64M -15.9%
Yakult 6 34.95M 29.26M +19.4%
Nippon Ham 6 32.78M 32.59M +0.6%
Seibu 4 32.28M 33.14M -2.6%
Lotte 2 31.97M 32.69M -2.2%
Hiroshima 2 31.11M 33.67M -7.6%
Rakuten 5 28.20M 29.56M -4.6%
Chunichi 3 26.92M 34.35M -21.6%
Yokohama 2 24.40M 25.03M -2.5%
Pacific League 34 38.62M 38.34M +0.7%
Central League 30 35.60M 37.88M -6.0%
NPB 64 37.12M 38.11M -2.6%

Source: JPBPA report

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ORI

[5/1/2016] Chihiro Kaneko recorded twentieth career shutout on April 30

Chihiro Kaneko notched the twentieth shutout of his career on April 30 against Rakuten at Kyocera Dome. Among active pitchers, only Daisuke Miura (twenty-three) and Toshiya Sugiuchi (twenty-one) have more shutouts.

Kaneko improved his career record against Rakuten to 24-4. Of the twenty-four victories, ten are shutouts.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/30/2016

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YOM

[5/1/2016] Luis Cruz checks in with Ichi-gun team

Luis Cruz visited Jingu Stadium on May 1 to provide the Ichi-gun team with an update on his progress. Cruz was taken off the active roster on April 29 after he fouled a pitch off his left ankle and was diagnosed with a bruise. He still feels some pain, but hopes to return in the minimum number of days.

Source: Sanspo 5/1/2016

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LOT

[5/1/2016] Shunichi Nemoto earns domestic FA option

Shunichi Nemoto earned his domestic FA option with eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Daily Sports 5/1/2016

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SEI

[5/1/2016] Ernesto Mejia first to ten home runs this season

Ernesto Mejia blasted his tenth home run of the season on April 30 against Softbank at YafuOku Dome. He joined Futoshi Nakanishi (1953, 1955), Carl Boles (1970), Terry Whitfield (1983), Koji Akiyama (1988), Alex Cabrera (2001), and Craig Brazell (2008) as the only Seibu players to hit ten home runs in a season before anyone else. Mejia is the first Seibu player to hit ten home runs before end of April since Brazell hit eleven in 2008.

Source: Sanspo 5/1/2016

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HAN

[5/1/2016] Seishiro Sakamoto plays in first Ni-gun game

Seishiro Sakamoto was hampered by a muscle strain in his left side. He played in his first game on April 30 against Ni-gun Orix. He got the start at catcher and batted eighth. He went 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Source: Sanspo 5/1/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 89 56 31 2
Hanshin 85 46 39 0
Yokohama 88 45 40 3
Yomiuri 88 41 46 1
Chunichi 90 39 48 3
Yakult 88 29 57 2
G W L T
Rakuten 81 55 25 1
Softbank 89 58 31 0
Seibu 85 46 37 2
Orix 85 38 46 1
Nippon Ham 88 32 56 0
Lotte 86 28 57 1
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