[11/8/2018] 2018 Mitsui Golden Glove Awards

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Softbank Hawks 2019 Coaching Staff

Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
81 監督
工藤 公康
Kimiyasu Kudo
86 ヘッドコーチ
Head Coach
森 浩之
Hiroyuki Mori
94 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
倉野 信次
Shinji Kurano
98 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
髙村 祐
Hiroshi Takamura
83 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
立花 義家
Yoshiie Tachibana
88 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
関川 浩一
Koichi Sekikawa
80 内野守備・走塁コーチ
INF/Base Coach
本多 雄一
Yuichi Honda
95 外野守備・走塁コーチ
OF/Base Coach
村松 有人
Arihito Muramatsu
76 バッテリーコーチ
Battery Coach
吉鶴 憲治
Kenji Yoshitsuru

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
71 監督
小川 一夫
Kazuo Ogawa
84 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
久保 康生
Yasuo Kubo
72 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
若田部 健一
Kenichi Wakatabe
91 投手巡回コーチ
Roving Pitching Coach
佐久本 昌広
Masahiro Sakumoto
77 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
新井 宏昌
Hiromasa Arai
75 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
大道 典良
Noriyoshi Omichi
74 内野守備・走塁コーチ
INF/Base Coach
松山 秀明
Hideaki Matsuyama
87 外野守備・走塁コーチ
OF/Base Coach
井出 竜也
Tatsuya Ide
8587 バッテリーコーチ
Battery Coach
的山 哲也
Tetsuya Matoyama

San-gun Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
76 監督
藤本 博史
Hiroshi Fujimoto
82 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
田之上 慶三郎
Keisaburo Tanoue
99 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
入来 祐作
Yusaku Iriki
70 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
吉本 亮
Ryo Yoshimoto
97 内野守備・走塁コーチ
INF/Base Coach
笹川 隆
Takashi Sasagawa
78 外野守備・走塁コーチ
OF/Base Coach
飯田 哲也
Tetsuya Iida
96 バッテリーコーチ
Battery Coach
加藤 領健
Ryota Kato
73 リハビリ担当コーチ
Rehab Coach
斉藤 学
Manabu Saito

Source: Softbank 11/8/2018


Hiroshima Carp 2019 Coaching Staff

Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
79 監督
緒方 孝市
Koichi Ogata
71 ヘッドコーチ
Head Coach
高 信二
Shinji Ko
75 外野守備・走塁コーチ
OF/Base Coach
廣瀬 純
Jun Hirose
80 内野守備・走塁コーチ
INF/Base Coach
山田 和利
Kazutoshi Yamada
72 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
東出 輝裕
Akihiro Higashide
91 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
迎 祐一郎
Yuichiro Mukae
88 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
佐々岡 真司
Shinji Sasaoka
78 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
畝 龍実
Tatsumi Une
84 バッテリーコーチ
Battery Coach
植田 幸弘
Yukihiro Ueda

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
89 監督
水本 勝己
Katsumi Mizumoto
85 外野守備・走塁コーチ
OF/Base Coach
永田 利則
Toshinori Nagata
90 内野守備・走塁コーチ
INF/Base Coach
玉木 朋孝
Tomotaka Tamaki
83 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
朝山 東洋
Toyo Asayama
92 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
森笠 繁
Shigeru Morikasa
73 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
小林 幹英
Kanei Kobayashi
86 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
菊地原 毅
Tsuyoshi Kikuchihara
76 バッテリーコーチ
Battery Coach
倉 義和
Yoshikazu Kura

San-gun Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
82 統括コーチ
Supervising Coach
浅井 樹
Itsuki Asai
87 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
澤崎 俊和
Toshikazu Sawazaki
93 投手コーチ 強化担当
Pitching Coach (Technical Director)
青木 勇人
Hayato Aoki

Source: Hiroshima 11/8/2018


[11/8/2018] Tomohiro Nioka to manage BCL Toyama

Tomohiro Nioka is set to manager the BC League’s Toyama Thunderbirds next season. Toyama announced earlier today that they reached an agreement with the forty-two-year-old. They released the following statement from Nioka:

I wanted to work with the players that were striving to become better after discovering how the BC League was improving every year. I will be happy if I can help players grow, even a little, with the experience I gained as a player and coach. I am also looking forward to becoming a part of the Toyama community.

As manager, I hope to both help myself and the players grow throughout the course of a season.

Source: Toyama 11/8/2018


[11/8/2018] Takeya Nakamura to exercise option and remain with Seibu

The Seibu Lions announced that Takeya Nakamura decided to exercise his international free agent option and stay with the organization. The Lions released the following statement from Nakamura:

I decided to exercise my international free agent option because I want to continue wearing the Lions uniform. I want to wear this uniform and, with the help from fans, hit as many home runs as possible, beginning next year. I also want to taste the happiness of winning the Nippon Series we failed to win this year with this team.

Source: Seibu 11/8/2018, Tokyo Sports 11/8/2018, Sports Hochi 11/8/2018, Daily Sports 11/8/2018, Sponichi 11/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018, Sanspo 11/8/2018


Yuki Nishi 2018 Off-season Updates

Date Updates
11/16/2018 11:16am – The Tigers reached out to Nishi’s agent on November 15. They might go three to four years at around 250 million yen a year. The Hawks also spoke to Nishi’s agent and may have offered four years at up to around two billion yen (or four years and one billion yen, or four years and base 1.6 billion yen that can go up to around two billion yen after incentives). Yokohama is interested in Nishi, but they want to avoid getting into a bidding war. Daily Sports 11/16/2018, Daily Sports 11/16/2018, Sanspo 11/16/2018, Sanspo 11/16/2018, Sponichi 11/16/2018, Sports Hochi 11/16/2018
11/15/2018 11:43am  – Latest offer rumors: Orix reportedly started at four years and 800 million yen and pushed up to four years and one billion yen to stay competitive (Daily Sports 11/15/2018); Softbank could go up to four years and two billion yen (Sports Hochi 11/15/2018). … Orix is open to sitting down with Nishi again. Sanspo 11/15/2018
11/9/2018 12:03pm – The Dragons usually stay away from bidding wars and this may be no exception. With Softbank and Hanshin expected to make fairly strong offers, the Dragons might decide to avoid the process from the start. Sanspo 11/9/2018
11/8/2018 11:26am – Latest offer rumors: Orix four years around 200 million yen a year (Daily Sports 11/8/2018, Sponichi 11/8/2018); Hanshin three to four years about 250 million yen a year (Sponichi 11/8/2018); Softbank four years around 2 billion yen (Sports Hochi 11/8/2018), four years about one billion (Sanspo 11/8/2018). … The Dragons are still interested. Sponichi 11/8/2018 … 5:35am – Nishi submitted paperwork to exercise his free agent option on November 7. He spoke to members of the media after his meeting with Orix officials. The Buffaloes again told him they needed him next year and said they were not going to pull their offer from the table even if he decided to exercise his option. Nishi told the Buffaoes he appreciated their offer, but still wanted to know what other teams felt about him. Tokyo Sports 11/7/2018, Sponichi 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018 … The Tigers are planning to reach out to Nishi as soon as possible. Sponichi 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018 … The Hawks are still interested. Sports Hochi 11/7/2018
11/5/2018 Nishi is apparently planning to exercise his option. He could file as early as today. The Orix Buffaloes’ offer may have been four years. The salary might be around 200 million yen. Daily Sports 11/5/2018, Sponichi 11/5/2018
11/4/2018 Nikkan Sports is reporting that Nishi will probably exercise his option because he is interested in testing the market. Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018 … The Hawks will be looking into Nishi. Sponichi 11/4/2018
10/31/2018 The Hanshin Tigers might be willing to offer four years at around two billion yen. Nikkan Sports 10/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018
10/24/2018 The Chunichi Dragons are interested. Nikkan Sports 10/24/2018
10/22/2018 The Tigers are still interested in Nishi. Daily Sports 10/22/2018, Sports Hochi 10/22/2018
10/17/2018 The Buffaloes have already made Nishi a multi-year offer, possibly three to four years. Daily Sports 10/17/2018, Sponichi 10/17/2018
10/15/2018 Norifumi Nishimura met Nishi on October 14 and asked him for help next season. Sports Hochi 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018
10/10/2018 The Bay Stars are also looking into Nishi. Sports Hochi 10/10/2018
10/6/2018 The Softbank Hawks are interested. Nikkan Sports 10/6/2018
10/5/2018 Nishi earned his domestic free agent option this year. He is planning to consider all his options, including asking the Buffaloes to post him, after the season. The Hanshin Tigers are among teams interested if he becomes a free agent. Sanspo 10/5/2018, Sports Hochi 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/5/2018

Yoshihiro Maru 2018 Off-season Updates

Date Updates
11/16/2018 11:23am – The Marines and Eagles contacted Maru’s agent about their interest on November 15. The Giants might around four to five years and over 2.5 billion yen (or five years and 3.5 billion yen and the uniform number 8).  Sanspo 11/16/2018, Sanspo 11/16/2018, Sponichi 11/16/2018, Daily Sports 11/16/2018, Daily Sports 11/16/2018
11/15/2018 12:15pm – Latest offer rumors: Hiroshima four years and around 1.7 billion yen (Sanspo 11/15/2018); Lotte four years and two billion yen (Sanspo 11/15/2018, Sports Hochi 11/15/2018); Yomiuri four years and over two billion yen, could add a fifth year (Sanspo 11/15/2018), five years over three billion yen (Nikkan Sports 11/15/2018).
11/13/2018 12:41pm – ZakZak interview with Maru: his family has not moved to the Kanto area and his commercial contract with Momiji Ginko was put on hold, not terminated. ZakZak 11/12/2018
11/8/2018 10:15am – Latest offer rumors: Yomiuri four years over 2 billion yen (Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018), six years around 2.5 billion yen (Daily Sports 11/8/2018); Lotte four years around 2 billion yen (Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018, Sponichi 11/8/2018, Sanspo 11/8/2018); Hiroshima three years around 1.2 billion yen (Daily Sports 11/8/2018), four years about 1.7 billion yen (Sanspo 11/8/2018). … 4:23am – Maru has decided to exercise his free agent option. He told reporters he was curious about what other teams thought of him. Hiroshima is not planning to place any deadlines on their offer. Sponichi 11/7/2018, Tokyo Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018
11/6/2018 Maru might be will to go up to 2.5 billion yen. Lotte might be willing to go up to 2 billion. Sponichi 11/6/2018 … ZakZak mentions two rumors: his family may have already moved to the Tokyo area and he may be looking for at least five years. ZakZak 11/6/2018
11/4/2018 The Carp’s offer might be four years at around 1.7 billion yen. The Giants might be putting together a deal that is worth about 2.5 billion yen. The Carp are okay with keeping negotiations open even if Maru exercises the option. Sponichi 11/4/2018, Sanspo 11/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018
10/20/2018 The Yomiuri Giants are interested. Sponichi 10/20/2018, Daily Sports 10/20/2018
10/13/2018 Domestic free agent option. Lotte is interested and could offer a multi-year deal if Maru decides to use his option. One possibility is four years at around two billion yen. Maru is from Chiba and went to a high school in Chiba. Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018, Sanspo 10/13/2018, Sports Hochi 10/13/2018, Sponichi 10/13/2018

2019 NPB Preliminary Pacific League Schedule

The Pacific League released their preliminary schedule for the 2019 season on November 7, 2018.



Japan All-Star Series Schedule and Results

Date Time Gm Venue Third Base Score First Base Attendance Time
11/07 Wed 18:15   YafuOku Dome Chinese Taipei
SP: Chen-Yen Chiang
WP: Tzu-Chien Shih
Sv: Kai-Wen Cheng
6-5 Samurai Japan
SP: Shotaro Kasahara
LP: Yuta Iwasada
28,143 3h5m
11/08 Thu 18:00   Tokyo Dome MLB All-Stars
SP: Hector Velazquez
WP: Hector Velazquez
Sv: Chris Martin
9-6 Yomiuri Giants
SP: Hosei Takata
LP: Hosei Takata
25,792 2h54m
11/09 Fri 18:30 1 Tokyo Dome MLB All-Stars
SP: Junior Guerra
LP: Kirby Yates
6-7 Samurai Japan
SP: Takayuki Kishi
WP: Yasuaki Yamasaki
44,934 3h29m
11/10 Sat 18:30 2 Tokyo Dome MLB All-Stars
SP: Erasmo Ramirez
LP: Erasmo Ramirez
6-12 Samurai Japan
SP: Naoyuki Uwasawa
WP: Naoyuki Uwasawa
45,450 3h19m
11/11 Sun 19:00 3 Tokyo Dome MLB All-Stars
SP: Scott Barlow
WP: Scott Barlow
7-3 Samurai Japan
SP: Shinsaburo Tawata
LP: Shinsaburo Tawata
45,147 3h0m
11/12 Mon                
11/13 Tue 18:30 4 Mazda Stadium MLB All-Stars
SP: Kenta Maeda
LP: Kirby Yates
3-5 Samurai Japan
SP: Daichi Osera
WP: Yuki Matsui
Sv: Yasuaki Yamasaki
30,751 3h27m
11/14 Wed 19:00 5 Nagoya Dome Samurai Japan
SP: Nao Higashihama
WP: Yu Sato
Sv: Yuki Matsui
6-5 MLB All-Stars
SP: Junior Guerra
LP: Dan Otero
28,319 3h14m
11/15 Thu 18:00 6 Nagoya Dome Samurai Japan
SP: Shotaro Kasahara
WP: Shotaro Kasahara
Sv: Yasuaki Yamasaki
4-1 MLB All-Stars
SP: Brian Johnson
LP: Brian Johnson
25,890 3h7m



[11/6/2018] Chiba Lotte Marines reach agreement with Kennys Vargas

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they acquired twenty-eight-year-old Kennys Vargas. According to various reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 1.5 million US dollars.

Source: Lotte 11/6/2018, Daily Sports 11/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/6/2018

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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