CHU

[4/7/2016] Chunichi adds Masahiko Morino to the active roster

Masahiko Morino was added to the active roster today. He had a slow spring camp (3-for-28) and started the season at Ni-gun.

2016 Ni-gun Stats

AVG G AB PA R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HBP SO DP OBP SLG
.366 12 49 41 3 15 5 0 0 20 7 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 5 0 .469 .488
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[4/7/2016] NPB Fan Satisfaction Reports

Keio University Professor Hideo Suzuki has been publishing reports on NPB fan satisfaction since 2009. His latest report was uploaded to his research group’s website. If you can read Japanese, it is definitely worth a read.

Fan Satisfaction

Team Overall Team
Performance
Team
Player
Stadium Fan Services
Community Works
Uniforms
Logos
Cheering
Loyalty
Viewing
Loyalty
Softbank 72.59 83.07 79.48 68.17 68.17 71.24 73.98 73.23
Nippon Ham 66.45 65.42 69.55 67.03 67.03 67.87 66.28 64.76
Lotte 63.51 50.81 62.40 64.47 64.47 67.02 67.74 68.15
Yakult 63.05 71.37 71.49 59.44 59.44 65.34 67.82 67.44
Rakuten 62.92 41.83 57.89 64.12 64.12 63.69 67.23 66.59
Hiroshima 62.47 45.67 61.51 62.97 62.97 70.34 70.41 70.65
Seibu 61.37 48.90 62.92 60.83 60.83 64.47 67.36 66.71
Hanshin 60.03 51.49 59.75 58.36 58.36 67.14 65.81 64.42
Yomiuri 59.42 61.19 63.16 54.96 54.96 63.23 62.76 61.82
Orix 58.43 42.85 58.07 60.49 60.49 65.69 61.88 59.82
Yokohama 57.99 37.03 58.93 60.77 60.77 61.74 65.68 64.94
Chunichi 48.44 30.59 47.05 47.64 47.64 56.28 56.46 56.08
Total 61.43 52.65 62.75 60.80 60.80 65.36 66.16 65.43
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ORI

[4/7/2016] Orix Buffaloes: zero home runs through first ten games

The Orix Buffaloes have not hit a home run in their first ten games of the season. The streak ties the franchise record set in 2012.

Source: Sponichi 4/6/2016Nikkan Sports 4/7/2016

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YOM

[4/7/2016] Shinnosuke Abe could play in his first rehab game on April 8

Shinnosuke Abe could play in his first rehab game at Ni-gun on April 8. He will start at designated hitter and then move to catching later this month. He played catch at a distance of about sixty meters on April 6. He also made nine throws to second base.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/7/2016

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YOK

[4/7/2016] Shun Yamaguchi set to return on April 8

Shun Yamaguchi (right ankle sprain) is scheduled to join the Ichi-gun team on April 8. He is slated to start a Yakult game at Yokohama on April 9.

Yamaguchi sprained his right ankle during a Ni-gun game against Lotte on March 12.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/7/2016

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HIR

[4/7/2016] Kris Johnson is the White Ranger

I am not sure if Kris Johnson is a fan of the Power Rangers, but according to articles posted at Chugoku Shimbun and Daily Sports, he and his wife Carly started calling each other White Ranger (Kris) and Pink Ranger (Carly).

Also, Johnson’s intro music at Mazda Stadium is the theme song for the White Ranger and he started using a white-based glove during practices.

Source: Chugoku Shimbun 4/1/2016Daily Sports 4/7/2016

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HIR

[4/6/2016] Seiya Suzuki gets the night off

Seiya Suzuki was not feeling well after Tuesday’s game. The coaches gave him the day off today as a precaution and expect him back tomorrow.

Source: Daily Sports 4/6/2016

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HAM

[4/6/2016] Shohei Otani may have tweaked his leg while running the bases

Shohei Otani may have tweaked his right leg as he rounded second base in the sixth inning of a tonight’s game against Seibu. He was seen walking with a slight limp after he was thrown out at third base. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the ninth.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/6/2016

[UPDATE 4/7 @ 10:55am]

Otani was fine as he rounded second base in the sixth inning, but he slipped a little after the bag and was thrown out trying to get to third base. He lightly twisted both his ankles and was treated with ice immediately after the play. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning as a precaution. Both he and Hideki Kuriyama are saying he is fine.

Source: Daily Sports 4/7/2016

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LOT

[4/6/2016] Yamaico Navarro could play in a Ni-gun game on April 12

Yamaico Navarro is slated to join the Ni-gun team on a full-time basis on April 9 and play in his first Ni-gun game on April 12. Navarro was caught traveling with live ammunition (unintentional) and was issued a 500,000 yen fine and a four-week suspension (effective the start of the regular season at Ichi-gun and Ni-gun). His Ichi-gun suspension is set to end on April 22.

Source: Sanspo 4/6/2016

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RAK

[4/6/2016] Kazuya Fujita has a bruised left chest

Kazuya Fujita hurt his left chest when he came into contact with the runner from first base while fielding a grounder in the sixth inning of yesterday’s game against Orix. He was examined at a hospital in Osaka and diagnosed with bruise. He was not available to play today. The Eagles are not planning to take him off the active roster for the time being.

Source: Sanspo 4/6/2016, Sponichi 4/6/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 140 86 50 4
Hanshin 135 73 59 3
Yokohama 135 68 63 4
Yomiuri 137 68 66 3
Chunichi 136 58 73 5
Yakult 137 44 91 2
G W L T
Softbank 136 91 45 0
Seibu 137 77 57 3
Rakuten 130 71 57 2
Orix 133 61 71 1
Nippon Ham 133 52 81 0
Lotte 135 49 85 1
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