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[9/15/2018] Fumiya Hojo out with dislocated shoulder

Fumiya Hojo made a diving grab during the fourth inning of a game against the Yakult Swallows at Koshien Stadium and banged his left shoulder against the ground. He was in pain and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.

Hojo was examined at a hospital in Osaka and diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder. He was removed from the active roster on the same day.

Source: Sponichi 9/14/2018, Daily Sports 9/14/2018, Daily Sports 9/15/2018, Daily Sports 9/15/2018, Sports Hochi 9/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/15/2018

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ORI

[9/15/2018] Hitomi Honda to have elbow surgery

Hitomi Honda will have surgery on his right elbow (fatigue fracture) at a hospital in Osaka some time early next week. Honda felt discomfort in the elbow during an outing in August. The fatigue fracture was discovered during an examination. He should be able to resume throwing practices before the end of the year.

Source: Daily Sports 9/14/2018

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YOK

[9/15/2018] Yokohama planning to extend Neftali Soto’s contract

The media learned on September 13 that the Yokohama Bay Stars offered Neftali Soto a two-year deal. The Bay Stars hold an option for the 2019 season, but decided to tack on another year based on his performance this year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/14/2018, Sports Hochi 9/14/2018, Daily Sports 9/14/2018

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CHU

[9/15/2018] Chunichi Dragons, Dillon Gee will most likely part ways

Chunichi Dragons will most likely part ways with thirty-two-year-old Dillon Gee after the season. Shigekazu Mori told reporters Gee was going to need time for rehab (he had a blood circulation problem in his right hand) and that he did not expect to see Gee with the Dragons next year.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/14/2018

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[9/14/2017] Japan Student Baseball Association Punishments

The Japan Student Baseball Association met on September 14 to determine punishments for the following cases:

University

Suspensions

九州共立大のコーチ
Kyushu Kyoritsu coach
部内暴力、報告遅れ
Violence (internal), delayed report
7月24日から4カ月
Four months beginning on July 24

High School

Game Suspensions

初芝立命館(大阪)
Hatsushiba Ritsukmeikan (Osaka)
部員間の現金窃盗
Cash theft (internal)
8月30日から1カ月間
One month beginning on August 30
校名非公表
Unnamed school
部員の盗撮行為
Voyeurism
8月2日から1カ月
One month beginning on August 2

Suspensions

厚狭(山口)のコーチ
Asa (Yamaguchi) coach
部内暴力
Violence (internal)
8月3日から6カ月
Six months beginning on August 3
湯沢翔北(秋田)の監督
Yuzawa Shohoku (Akita) manager
部内暴力
Violence (internal)
8月5日から1カ月
One month beginning on August 5
一条(奈良)の監督
Ichijo (Nara) manager
不適切指導
Inappropriate coaching
8月9日から1カ月
One month beginning on August 9
桐生第一(群馬)の部長
Kiryu Daiichi (Gunman) director
部内暴力
Violence (internal)
8月18日から1カ月
One month beginning on August 18
春日井商(愛知)の監督
Kasugai Shogyo (Aichi) manager
部内暴力、報告遅れ
Violence (internal), delayed report
8月7日から3カ月
Three months beginning on August 7
春日井商(愛知)の部長
Kasugai Shogyo (Aichi) director
報告遅れ
Delayed report
8月7日から1カ月
One month beginning on August 7
松浦(長崎)の監督
Matsuura (Nagasaki) manager
部内暴力
Violence (internal)
7月23日から3カ月
Three months beginning on July 23
千葉学芸(千葉)のコーチ
Chiba Gakugei (Chiba) coach
部内暴力
Violence (internal)
8月15日から6カ月
Six months beginning on August 15
滝川(北海道=軟式)の部長と監督
Takikawa (Hokkaido, rubber baseball) director and manager
中学生の練習参加規定違反
Violation of junior high school practice participation regulations
8月29日から3カ月
Three months beginning on August 29
富山国際大付(富山)の監督
Toyama Kokusai Daigaku Fuzoku (Toyama) manager
暴言(部内)、不適切指導
Inappropriate coaching, abusive language (internal)
9月3日から1カ月
One month beginning on September 3
富山国際大付(富山)の部長
Toyama Kokusai Daigaku Fuzoku (Toyama) director
報告遅れ
Delayed report
9月5日から1カ月
One month beginning on September 5

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Source: Mainichi 9/14/2018, Jiji 9/14/2018

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[9/15/2018] Schedule Changes

The following addition was made to the Pacific League schedule.

  • October 7 – Softbank Hawks vs Chiba Lotte Marines at ZOZO Marine – 18:00 (September 4, 2018 strong wind)

Source: NPB 9/15/2018, Lotte 9/15/2018

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[9/13/2018] Additional details for 2018 Pro Yakyu Draft

The NPB released additional details for the 2018 Pro Yakyu Draft on September 13.

  • Pro Yakyu Draft supported by Lipovitan D
  • October 25 (Thursday) at 17:00
  • Broadcasts:
    • TV: TBS, Sky A
    • Radio: Nippon Hoso
    • Internet: Paravi, Baseball Gate, Sports Bull

The NPB will also again randomly hand out a limited number of invitations to fans that register their information between 12:00pm on September 14 (Friday) and 12:00pm on September 28.

Source: NPB 9/13/2018

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[9/13/2018] Sky Perfect Farm MVP of the Month Awards for August

Eastern League

Hosei Takata, Yomiuri
4 G, 4-0, 0 Sv, 28.0 IP, 29 SO, 8 BB, 3 ER, 0.96 ERA

Takata started four games in August and led the league with four wins. He also led the league in innings (28.0) and strikeouts (twenty-nine).

Western League

Alejandro Mejia, Hiroshima
12 G, 16-for-41, 5 HR, 15 RBI, .390 BA, .878 SLG

Mejia played in twelve games in August and led the league in batting average (.390), home runs (five), and RBI (fifteen). He also led the league in batting average with runners in scoring position (.636), slugging percentage (.878), and on base percentage (.480).

Source: NPB 9/13/2018

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YOM

[9/12/2018] Toshiya Sugiuchi announces decision to retire

Thirty-seven-year-old Toshiya Sugiuchi held a press conference at the Tokyo Dome Hotel on September 12 to announce his decision to retire at the end of the season.

  • He was hoping to have a longer career. He decision to retire comes with regrets: could he have done more, would things have been different if he did not get hurt.
  • He does not think he had an easy career. He suffered failures and made mistakes. He also went through periods where he was afraid to throw the ball, had difficulty sleeping, and just wanted to run away. But all that went away when he stepped on the mound and felt the support from fans, teammates, and family.
  • After spending time with younger players the last few years, he began to feel that he was no longer an active player and that maybe his time had come.
  • He remembers two games: a shutout he tossed against Yu Darvish on September 25, 2010 and a no-hitter he threw against Masahiro Tanaka on May 30, 2012.
  • He had right hip surgery in 2015 and was, more recently, struggling with left shoulder pain.
  • Tetsuya Utsumi made a surprise appearance after he was finished and presented him with flowers.

Source: Yomiuri 9/12/2018, Sanspo 9/12/2018, Sanspo 9/12/2018, Sponichi 9/12/2018, Sponichi 9/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/12/2018, ZakZak 9/12/2018, Daily Sports 9/12/2018, Daily Sports 9/12/2018

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CHU

[9/12/2018] Masato Matsui suffers bruise on chin after HBP

Masato Matsui was hit by a pitch thrown near his head during his at bat in the fourth inning of a game against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium on September 11. He was removed from the game and taken to a hospital in Nishinomiya, Hyogo for tests where he was diagnosed with a bruise on the right side of his chin.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/12/2018, Sanspo 9/11/2018, Sponichi 9/11/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
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
G W L T
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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