The Orix Buffaloes and Hanshin Tigers announced that the Buffaloes selected twenty-four-year-old Daichi Takeyasu as part of their free agent compensation package for Yuki Nishi. The Tigers released the following comment from Takeyasu.
I’m surprised by this sudden development. The Tigers selected me in the draft even though I was hurt, so it pains me to leave like this, but I will refocus my efforts as a member of Orix and will do my best to become a pitcher that can make Orix fans happy.
[UPDATE 12/27 @ 10:29pm]
The Buffaloes announced that Takeyasu was assigned the uniform number 21.
Source: Orix 12/26/20180 Comments
The Rakuten Eagles announced the following changes:
Registered Position Change
Registered Name Change
Uniform Number Assignments
Source: Rakuten 12/20/20180 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants announced the following uniform numbers changes:
Source: Yomiuri 12/20/20180 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they signed twenty-six-year-old Johnny Barbato to a contract.
Source: Nippon Ham 12/20/2018
[UPDATE 12/21 @ 11:26am]
According to at least two media reports, Barbato agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated seventy million yen.0 Comments
The Seibu Lions and Yomiuri Giants announced today that the Lions selected thirty-six-year-old Tetsuya Utsumi as part of their free agent compensation package for Ginjiro Sumitani. The Giants released the following statement from Utsumi:
Being a part of the Giants over the last fifteen years, with support from the best fans in Japan, is my greatest memory. I am grateful to all my teammates. I take great pride in the things I have accomplished with this amazing team, like leading the league in wins and being a player rep. I will apply everything I learned with the Giants and do my best with the new team I will be joining. To the Giants, I look forward to facing you at the Nippon Series. To the fans, please continue to support me.
[UPDATE 12/22 @ 5:17am]
The Lions held a press conference for Utsumi on December 21. He was assigned the uniform number 27.
Source: Seibu 12/21/20180 Comments
According to a report by Sponichi, the Yomiuri Giants and Nippon Ham Fighters will play exhibition games games against the Seattle Marines and Oakland Athletics next year before the MLB’s Opening Series at Tokyo Dome.
Exhibition Games at Tokyo Dome
The World Baseball Softball Confederation announced that the 2019 Premier12 will start on November 2 and end with a finals game at Tokyo Dome on November 17. A total thirty-two games will be played across four countries.
Final / Bronze Medal Match
The top teams from Asia/Oceania and the Americas (one from each and not including Samurai Japan, since they automatically qualify) will also secure spots at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.0 Comments
Source: Yokohama 12/19/20180 Comments
The Tochigi Golden Braves of the BC League announced that they hired Takayuki Terauchi to be their new manager. Terauchi spent twelve years in the Yomiuri organization before retiring at the end of the season this year.
Tochigi also announced to additions to their staff:
Source: Tochigi 12/19/20180 Comments
The 2018 Hochi Pro Sports Award winners were released on December 5.
|Division||Winner JPN||Winner ENG||Organization||Age||Times|
|Baseball (CL)||大瀬良大地||Daichi Osera||Hiroshima||27||1|
|Baseball (PL)||山川穂高||Hotaka Yamakawa||Seibu||27||1|
|Boxing||井上尚弥||Naoya Inoue||Ohashi Boxing||25||1|
|Fresh||新垣比菜||Hina Arakaki||Daikin Kogyo||19||–|
|Special||Ｗ杯日本代表||Soccer World Cup Team||National Team||–||3|
|Special Achievement||福原愛||Ai Fukuhara||ANA||30||–|
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