[6/29/2016] Ryota Yoshimochi out two months with fracture in right wrist

Ryota Yoshimochi took a pitch off his right wrist during a Ni-gun game against the Yomiuri Giants on June 28. The hit by pitch took place in his fourth at bat in the sixth inning. Yoshimochi was taken to a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with a fracture in his right ulnar styloid process. He will require about two months for a full recovery.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/29/2016, Daily Sports 6/29/2016, Sponichi 6/29/2016


[6/29/2016] Logan Ondrusek to resume practices on June 30

Logan Ondrusek met with Yakult Swallows’ officials, including Senior Director Junji Ogawa, earlier today and apologized for his actions. The Swallows in turn lifted their suspension. He will be able to resume practices at the Ni-gun facilities on June 30.

Ondrusek was taken off the active roster on June 27 and suspended because he had an outburst in the dugout after an outing against Chunichi on June 26.

Source: Tokyo Sports 6/29/2016, Daily Sports 6/29/2016, Sponichi 6/29/2016

[UPDATE 6/30 @ 4:23pm]

Ondrusek still needs to meet with the Ichi-gun manager and coaches. He is not expected to travel out to them during the team’s current road trip and will most likely wait for their return. He participated in Ni-gun practices at the Toda facilities in Saitama today. He told reporters he was sorry for his actions and wanted to regain everyone’s trust by practicing hard.

Source: Sponichi 6/30/2016, Sponichi 6/30/2016


[6/29/2016] Cody Satterwhite tosses shutout inning in Ni-gun practice game

Cody Satterwhite started a Ni-gun practice game against Toyota at Naruohama on June 29. He did not allow a run or a hit over a perfect inning of work (L4, Ks, Kl). He struck out two, threw sixteen pitches, and topped out at 148km/h.

Source: Daily Sports 6/29/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/29/2016, Tokyo Sports 6/29/2016, Sports Hochi 6/29/2016

[UPDATE 7/1 @ 3:49am]

Satterwhite is expected to make an appearance during a three-game series against Ni-gun Orix that begins on July 1. The Tigers are currently looking to give him opportunities to pitch in as many different kinds of situations. They have not set a date they want him to be ready by.

Source: Sponichi 6/30/2016


[6/28/2016] BC League to add two more teams in 2017

The Route Inn BC League announced on June 28 that they formally approved the addition of two associate members, Tochigi and Shiga, to their league for the 2017 season.

New Teams

Tochigi: name to be decided
Representative: Masahiko Kogo, CEO of Agekke Corporation

Shiga: Shiga United Baseball Club
Representative: Shinya Suzuki, CEO of Shiga United, Inc.

Additional details will be released as they become available.

Source: BC League announcement


[6/28/2016] High School Baseball: Twenty-run first inning

Obihiro Nogyo High School beat Shihoro/Shintoku High School 24-2 on June 27 and set a new regional record for most runs in an inning with twenty in the first. They sent twenty-four batters to the plate and pounded out thirteen hits. One player, first baseman Takaaki Matsuura (松浦敬明), recorded three hits, including two-run home run and a two-run double, in the inning. He also ended up hitting for the cycle.

The scoreboard at Obihiro no Mori Baseball Stadium had to revert back to zero for the first inning because it was not designed to handle numbers greater than 19.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/28/2016


[6/28/2016] Sports Hochi: Chunichi interested in Ryuma Kidokoro

According to Sports Hochi, the Chunichi Dragons are interested in Ryuma Kidokoro as a possible off-season pick-up if he decides to exercise his free agent option this winter. Chunichi could be an interesting choice for Kidokoro, since it would mean being closer to home and possibly more playing time.

The Dragons have three outfielders that will most likely head into the off-season with FA options this year. Atsushi Fujii earned his domestic option last year and Yohei Oshima and Ryosuke Hirata are both set to earn their domestic options this year.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/28/2016


[6/28/2016] Hiroyuki Shirasaki struck in the face by a ball

Hiroyuki Shirasaki was not available to play in tonight’s game against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium. Shirasaki was struck in the face by a batted ball that took a bad hop during pre-game fielding practice. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka and diagnosed with a bruise near his right eye.

Source: Daily Sports 6/28/2016

[UPDATE 6/29 @ 7:47pm]

Shirasaki was taken off the active roster today.


[6/28/2016] Toshiya Sugiuchi making his way back from hip surgery

Toshiya Sugiuchi (right hip) threw forty-one pitches, including off-speed pitches, during an outdoor bullpen session at Giants Stadium on June 27. It was the fourth session since he had surgery on his right hip.

The discomfort in his right hip began in 2006 and grew worse each year. There were times last year the pain was so bad he was unable to play catch during pre-game practices. He finally decided to have hip surgery in October last year.

Source: Sponichi 6/28/2016


[6/28/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters: Legend Series 2016

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they will wear retro uniforms from 1974 during Legend Series 2016. The series will take place over eleven home games between August 30 and September 19.

Fighters Legend Series 2016

Legend Series 2016

  • August 30 (Tue) – against Rakuten at Tokyo Dome – 18:30*
  • August 31 (Wed) – against Rakuten at Tokyo Dome – 18:30
  • September 1 (Thu) – against Rakuten at Tokyo Dome – 18:30
  • September 6 (Tue) – against Lotte at Asahikawa Starffin Stadium – 18:00
  • September 7 (Wed) – against Lotte at Sapporo Dome – 18:00
  • September 13 (Tue) – against Orix at Sapporo Dome – 18:00
  • September 14 (Wed) – against Orix at Sapporo Dome – 18:00
  • September 15 (Thu) – against Orix at Sapporo Dome – 18:00
  • September 17 (Sat) – against Lotte at Sapporo Dome – 18:00
  • September 18 (Sun) – against Lotte at Sapporo Dome – 14:00*
  • September 19 (Mon) – against Lotte at Sapporo Dome – 14:00

Fans attending games on August 30 and September 18 will receive a limited edition uniform.

Source: Nippon Ham announcement (image taken from link)


[6/28/2016] Samurai Japan Women’s Team July mini-camp dates released

Samurai Japan release dates for the women’s national team (Madonna Japan) mini-camp in July.


  • July 8 (Fri) – Arrive in Okinawa
  • July 9 (Sat) – Two games against the Urasoe Boys, baseball-related gathering
  • July 10 (Sun) – Practices, meeting


  • July 9 (Sat) – Ginoza Baseball Stadium
  • July 10 (Sun) – ONNA Akama Ball Park

The first 200 fans will get a free Nogizaka 46 / Madonna Japan poster.

Source: Samurai Japan announcement