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[12/20/2018] Daichi Takeyasu heading to Orix as FA compensation package

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.

Source: Orix 12/20/2018, Hanshin 12/20/2018

[UPDATE 12/27 @ 10:29pm]

The Buffaloes announced that Takeyasu was assigned the uniform number 21.

Source: Orix 12/26/2018

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RAK

[12/20/2018] Rakuten uniform number, position, name changes

The Rakuten Eagles announced the following changes:

Registered Position Change

  • Takero Okajima = OF → C

Registered Name Change

  • Takumaru Yaoita = 八百板 卓丸 (Yaoita Takumaru) → 卓丸 (Takumaru)

Uniform Number Assignments

  • Alan Busenitz = 32
  • Jabari Blash = 69

Source: Rakuten 12/20/2018

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YOM

[12/20/2018] Yomiuri Giants uniform number changes

The Yomiuri Giants announced the following uniform numbers changes:

  • Shun Yamaguchi = 42 → 11
  • Tomoyuki Sugano = 19 → 18
  • Koji Uehara = 11 → 19
  • Kazuto Taguchi = 90 → 28
  • Seishu Hatake = 28 → 31
  • Toshiki Sakurai = 36 → 35
  • C. C. Mercedes = 95 → 42
  • Mitsuo Yoshikawa = 21 → 47
  • Taylor Jungmann = 39 → 49
  • Shingo Usami = 27 → 32
  • Daiki Yoshikawa = 68 → 00
  • Shunta Tanaka = 63 → 51
  • Daiki Masuda = 98 → 63
  • Shingo Ishikawa = 49 → 36
  • Soichiro Tateoka = 58 → 39
  • Alex Guerrero = 5 → 44
  • Hirotaka Yonahara = 91 → 023

Source: Yomiuri 12/20/2018

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HAM

[12/20/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters sign Johnny Barbato

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.

Source: Daily Sports 12/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/21/2018

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YOM SEI

[12/20/2018] Seibu selects Tetsuya Utsumi as part of FA compensation

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.

Source: Seibu 12/20/2018, Yomiuri 12/20/2018

[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 12/21/2018

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YOM HAM

[12/20/2018] Yomiuri, Nippon Ham to play exhibition games against Seattle and Oakland

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

  • March 17 and 18
    • Yomiuri Giants vs Seattle Marines
    • Nippon Ham Fighters vs Oakland Athletics

Source: Sponichi 12/20/2018, Sponichi 12/20/2018

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[12/19/2018] Premier12 2019: Preliminary Schedule

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.

Twelve Teams

  1. Japan
  2. USA
  3. Korea
  4. Chinese Taipei
  5. Cuba
  6. Mexico
  7. Australia
  8. The Netherlands
  9. Venezuela
  10. Canada
  11. Puerto Rico
  12. Dominican Republic

Opening Round

  • November 2 – 8
  • Three groups of four teams
  • Hosts: Chinese Taipei, Korea, Mexico

Super Round

  • November 11 – 16
  • Remaining six teams
  • Venues: ZOZO Marine, Tokyo Dome

Final / Bronze Medal Match

  • November 17
  • Top four teams (top two will compete in Finals)
  • Venue: Tokyo Dome

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.

Source: WBSC 12/19/2018, WBSC 12/19/2018, WBSC 12/19/2018

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YOK

Yokohama Bay Stars: 2019 Spring Camp

Ichi-gun

  • February 1 (Fri) – 27 (Wed)
  • Days Off: February 6 (Wed), 12 (Tue), 18 (Mon), 22 (Fri)
  • Venue: Ginowan Stadium

Games

  • 02/13 vs Lotte at Ginowan – 13:00 (practice)
  • 02/16 vs Yakult at Urasoe – 12:30 (practice)
  • 02/17 vs Yomiuri at Naha – 12:30 (practice)
  • 02/20 vs Lotte at Ginowan – 13:00 (practice)
  • 02/21 vs Yakult at Urasoe – 12:30 (practice)
  • 02/23 vs Chunichi at Chatan – 13:00 (exhibition)
  • 02/24 vs Hiroshima at Ginowan – 13:00 (exhibition)
  • 02/26 vs KIA (KBO) at Ginowa – 12:30 (practice)

Ni-gun

  • February 1 (Fri) – 26 (Tue)
  • Days Off: February 7 (Thu), 12 (Tue), 16 (Sat), 21 (Thu)
  • Venue: Kadena Stadium

Games

  • 02/19 vs Chunichi at Yomitan – 13:00 (practice)
  • 02/22 vs Hanwha (KBO) at Ginowan – 13:00 (practice)
  • 02/25 vs Chunichi at Yomitan – 13:00 (practice)

Source: Yokohama 12/19/2018

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[12/19/2018] Takayuki Terauchi to manage Tochigi Golden Braves

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:

  • Yasushi Iihara – player/head coach
  • Yoshifumi Okada – outfield/base coach

Source: Tochigi 12/19/2018

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[12/19/2018] 2018 Hochi Pro Sports Award

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
Golf 今平周吾 Shugo Imahira 26 1
Sumo 御嶽海久司 Hisashi Mitakeumi Dewanoumi 25 1
Boxing 井上尚弥 Naoya Inoue Ohashi Boxing 25 1
Fresh 岡本和真 Kazuma Okamoto Yomiuri 22
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

Source: Sports Hochi

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
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
G W L T
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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