[9/18/2017] Hiroshima Carp clinch first in Central League

The Hiroshima Carp clinched first place in the Central League today by beating the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium, 3-2. Koichi Ogata was tossed into the air eleven times as players celebrated their victory.

  • The Carp won two pennants in a row for the second time in franchise history. The first time: 1979-1980. This was their eighth CL pennant overall.
  • Seiya Suzuki and Masato Akamatsu were at the stadium for the game and took part in the on-field celebration after the game.
  • Celebrations took place at the team hotel in Kobe. The Carp went through about 4,000 bottles of beer in roughly twenty minutes. Source: Sponichi 9/18/2017, Sports Hochi 9/18/2017
  • Over fifty fans greeted the Carp at their team hotel after the game. Source: Nikkan Spots 9/18/2017
  • Some tickets to the game were hitting 82,000yen at an auction site (third base side, reserved, 4,500 yen). Source: Sponichi 9/18/2017
  • There was no specific reason why Ogata was tossed into the air eleven times. It apparently just sort of happened that way. Source: Daily Sports 9/18/2017
  • Celebration sales at stores in Hiroshima began on September 19. Some customers started lining up at stores early in the morning. Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2017
  • The Carp returned to Hiroshima today. About 1,800 fans crowded the JR Hiroshima Station. Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2017, Sports Hochi 9/19/2017
  • TV ratings for the game in the Hiroshima region: 35.9%, peak 55.1%. Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2017
    • TV ratings for the game against Yakult on September 16 (a win would have meant clinching first): first-half 45.7% and second-half 48.8%, peak 63.3%.

[9/18/2017] Chiba Lotte Marines still on the fence with Wily Mo Pena

The Chiba Lotte Marines have not made a final decision on Wily Mo Pena, but appear to at least be interested in having him return next year.

Pena has a 29.2 SO% and an 8.2 BB%, but has also provided the team with some pop: thirteen doubles and thirteen home runs in sixty-one games through September 17.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2017


[9/18/2017] Kuan-Yu Chen expected to remain with Lotte

Twenty-six-year-old Kuan-Yu Chen is expected to remain with the Chiba Lotte Marines. The Marines are planning to offer him a contract because they are satisfied with his performance since he joined the team as a tryout player before the 2015 season. They also like that he can handle starting and relieving. Chen is said to be interested in staying with the team.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2017, Sponichi 9/18/2017


[9/18/2017] David Buchanan to remain with the Yakult Swallows

According to a report by Sports Hochi, the Yakult Swallows may have finalized a multi-year deal (two or more years) with David Buchanan, worth around 1.5 million US dollars a year, up from the estimated 750,000 US dollars he made this year.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/18/2017


[9/18/2017] Masahiro Araki planning to remain active in 2018

Masahiro Araki has reportedly decided to remain active next year. The Chunichi Dragons will most likely support his decision. Assuming he does play for the team next year, he will establish a new record for a Chunichi position player lifer with a career spanning twenty-three years. Araki is currently tied with Kazuyoshi Tatsunami at twenty-two years.

Source: Daily Sports 9/18/2017

[UPDATE 9/19 @ 6:33pm]

Tokyo Sports is now also carrying a report that Araki wants to continue playing next year.

Source: Tokyo Sports 9/19/2017


[9/18/2017] Lotte to play three games against Chinese Taipei in November

The media learned on November 17 that the Chiba Lotte Marines are slated to play three practice games against the Chinese Taipei national team in November. Fall camp will begin on November 1 in Kamogawa, Chiba. The team will then head to Taiwan on November 9 and play three games against Chinese Taipei at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium between November 10 and 12. An official announcement is expected shortly.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2017

[UPDATE 9/18 @ 9:20pm]

The Marines made an official announcement about the three games today.

  • November 10 (Fri) at 18:35
  • November 11 (Sat) at 17:05
  • November 12 (Sun) at 17:05

Source: Lotte 9/18/2017


[9/18/2017] Dennis Sarfate to get a few days of rest

According to Sponichi, the Softbank Hawks are planning to give Dennis Starfate a few days of much-deserved rest. He is expected to return to the team in time for their game against Rakuten at YafuOku Dome on September 23.

Source: Sponichi 9/18/2017


[9/17/2017] Livan Moinelo expected to return to Softbank next year

The Softbank Hawks are planning to sign twenty-one-year-old Livan Moinelo to a contract next year. They hold an option and could also offer him a multi-year deal of three or more years. With Robert Suarez slated to make a return from right elbow surgery in 2018, the Hawks could use Moinelo as a starting pitcher.

Source: Sponichi 9/17/2017


[9/17/2017] Softbank open to offering Matsuzaka a new contract

Thirty-seven-year-old Daisuke Matsuzaka is in the final year of a three-year contract. According to Nikkan Sports, he is still interested in playing next year. The Softbank Hawks have yet to speak to him about 2018 and beyond, but appear to be open to offering him another contract if he wants to continue playing. They will most likely approach him before the end of the season.

Matsuzaka is currently working his way back from right shoulder problems.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/17/2017, Sponichi 9/17/2017, Sports Hochi 9/17/2017


[9/17/2017] Hanshin Tigers could offer Tomoaki Kanemoto multi-year deal

Forty-nine-year-old Tomoaki Kanemoto is in he final year of a two-year deal. The media learned on September 16 that the Hanshin Tigers might be getting ready to offer their manager a three-year extension. Tigers’ Owner Shinya Sakai has faith in Kanemoto’s ability to manage and develop players.

Formal negotiations are expected to take place at the end of the season.

Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2017

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 136 84 48 4
Hanshin 132 71 58 3
Yokohama 133 66 63 4
Yomiuri 134 67 64 3
Chunichi 134 57 72 5
Yakult 135 44 89 2
Softbank 133 90 43 0
Seibu 134 75 56 3
Rakuten 127 70 55 2
Orix 130 60 69 1
Nippon Ham 130 50 80 0
Lotte 132 47 84 1
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