2019 NPB Preliminary Central League Schedule

The Central League released their preliminary schedule for the 2019 season on November 6, 2018.

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Hiroshima Carp: 2018 Fall Camp

The Hiroshima Carp released some information about fall camp:

  • November 11 (Sun) – November 20 (Tue)
  • Days off: November 15 (Thu)
  • Location: Nichinan, Miyazaki

Source: Hiroshima 11/6/2018

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[10/5/2018] Masatoshi Okada has surgery on right elbow

The Seibu Lions announced that Masatoshi Okada had surgery to remove fragments from his right elbow. He will need about two months for a full recovery. Okada started having problems with the elbow this season and wanted to make sure he was at 100 percent next year.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018, Daily Sports 11/5/2018

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[11/5/2018] Jumpei Takahashi, Yusuke Masago, Ukyo Shuto to play winter ball in Puerto Rico

The Softbank Hawks announced that the following players and staff will be sent to Puerto Rico to participate in the Winter Leagues.

  • Players: Jumpei Takahashi, Yusuke Masago, Ukyo Shuto
  • Staff: Keisaburo Tanoue (coach), Kiyoshi Suzuki (trainer)

The group is scheduled to leave Japan on November 10 and return on December 25.

Source: Softbank 11/5/2018

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[11/5/2018] Softbank Hawks 2018 Nippon Series Parade

The Softbank Hawks released details for a 2018 Nippon Series Parade.

  • Date: November 25 (Sunday)
  • Start time: 11:00 (about thirty minutes)
  • Parade route: 2.3 kilometer stretch along Meiji Street, between the Fukuoka Tokyo Kaijo Nichido building and the Dentsu Fukuoka building)
  • Traffic regulations for parade: 10:30 – 12:00
  • Traffic regulations area: Meiji Street

Additional information can be found at the link below.

Source: Softbank 11/5/2018

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Link Highlights for November 2018

Player/Staff Updates

Postseason

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Hideto Asamura 2018 Off-season Updates

Date Updates
11/15/2018 12:02pm – Latest offer rumors: Seibu three years and 1.5 billion yen (Sports Hochi 11/15/2018), started at three years and 1.2 billion yen, moved up to three years and 1.5 billion yen (Sanspo 11/15/2018); Orix could go up to four years and offer the uniform number 7 (Sports Hochi 11/15/2018, Sponichi 11/15/2018), three years, 1.5 billion yen, and the uniform number 1 (Nikkan Sports 11/15/2018), four years, 1.6 billion yen, and the uniform number 1 (Sanspo 11/15/2018), four years, two billion yen, and the uniform numbers 1 and 7 (Daily Sports 11/15/2018); Softbank four years and over two billion yen (Sanspo 11/15/2018); Rakuten four years and around two billion yen (Sponichi 11/15/2018).
11/8/2018 10:20am – Latest offer rumors: Rakuten four years around 2 billion yen and possibly the uniform number 3 (Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018, Daily Sports 11/8/2018, Sponichi 11/8/2018); Orix three years around 1.5 billion yen (Sponichi 11/8/2018), four years about 1.6 billion yen (Sanspo 11/8/2018); Softbank fours years around 2.8 billion yen (Daily Sports 11/8/2018), four years about 2.5 billion yen (Sports Hochi 11/8/2018), four years around 2 billion yen (Sanspo 11/8/2018). … 4:41am – Asamura held a press conference on November 7 to formally announce his decision to exercise his free agent option. Sponichi 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Tokyo Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018 … The Eagles are planning to approach Asamura as soon as possible. Sponichi 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018 … The Hawks are also interested in meeting Asamura as soon as possible. Tokyo Sports 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018
11/6/2018 11:50pm – The Rakuten Ealges could be high on Asamura’s list. Former teammates Naoto Watanabe, General Manager Kazuhisa Ishii, and Takayuki Kishi. He has also gotten close to Takahiro Norimoto. Tokyo Sports 11/6/2018 … Asamura is slated to hold a press conference on November 7. Daily Sports 11/6/2018 … Possible offers: Rakuten four years at 1.6 billion yen or more. Softbank at least three years at 1.5 billion yen. Orix could go up to four years, but three years at 1.5 billion yen. Seibu three years at 1.5 billion yen. Sports Hochi 11/6/2018 … 4:39am – The Lions posted a notice on November 5 that Asamura is planning to exercise his option. Seibu 11/5/2018 … 4:05am – Seibu officials met Asamura on November 5. Asamura told them he wanted to exercise his option to test the free agent waters. Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018, Sponichi 11/5/2018, Sponichi 11/5/2018
11/5/2018 A Seibu official told reporters that Asamura contacted them about exercising his option. Sanspo 11/5/2018, Daily Sports 11/5/2018 … Asamura is planning to exercise his option. Sponichi 11/5/2018 … The Lions are planning to leave the window open even if Asamura uses his option. Daily Sports 11/5/2018Sports Hochi 11/5/2018 … The Rakuten Eagles might be willing to go four years and two billion yen. Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018 … The Orix Buffaloes might be willing to go up to four years. They could potentially use money they saved by losing Hiroyuki Nakajima and slashing Chihiro Kaneko’s salary. Sanspo 11/5/2018, Sponichi 11/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018, Daily Sports 11/5/2018
11/4/2018 Asamura is interested in testing the waters and will most likely exercise his option. The Lions first offer may have been three years at 1.2 billion yen, followed by three years at 1.5 billion yen. Sanspo 11/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018 … The Softbank Hawks are very interested in Asamura. Sanspo 11/4/2018
10/31/2018 Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters on October 30 that they are doing what they can to keep Asamura in Tokorozawa. They may have offered him something similar to what they offer Takeya Nakamura in 2013 (four-years at up to two billion yen). Sanspo has their offer at three years and around 1.5 billion yen. Right now, he feels they have a 50-50 chance. Daily Sports 10/31/2018, Sports Hochi 10/31/2018, Sanspo 10/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2018, Sponichi 10/31/2018
10/06/2018 A number of teams, including Softbank and Orix, are keeping an eye on what Asamura does with his free agent option. Nikkan Sports 10/6/2018, Sports Hochi 10/6/2018
10/01/2018 The Rakuten Eagles are interested. Sports Hochi 10/1/2018, Sponichi 10/6/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018
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Ginjiro Sumitani 2018 Off-season Updates

Date Updates
11/15/2018 12:10pm – Latest offer rumors: Yomiuri three years and about 600 million yen (Nikkan Sports 11/15/2018).
11/9/2018 12:06pm – The Giants might be front runners to land Sumitani because the Eagles no longer seem to be as interested. Sanspo 11/9/2018
11/8/2018 3:15pm – Sumitani filed his option and held a press conference on November 8. He told reporters he struggled with his decision, but ultimately wanted a chance to field offers from other teams. 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 … 4:50am – The Lions announced that Sumitani will exercise his free agent option. Seibu 11/7/2018 … Sumitani’s decision is not necessarily about money, but playing time. Tokyo Sports 11/7/2018 … Sumitani is planning to file on November 8. He is also slated to hold a press conference on the same day. The Lions met with him three times. They feel they made him their best offer. Sponichi 11/7/2018, Sponichi 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018
11/6/2018 11:29pm – The Giants might be the current front runner. Tokyo Sports 11/6/2018 … 3:58am – Sumitani met team officials and November 5. The Lions already offered him a multi-year deal and again asked him to stay. He thanked the team for their offer and said he still wanted to test the free agent waters and planned to exercise his option. Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018 … The Giants are still very much interested. They have options at catcher (Shinnosuke Abe also wants to do more catching again), but Sumitani could provide more stability. Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018
11/5/2018 The Lions are planning to leave the window open even if Sumitani uses his option. Daily Sports 11/5/2018, Sports Hochi 11/5/2018
11/4/2018 Sumitani is planning to speak to the Lions one more time before making a decision about his option. Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018, Sponichi 11/4/2018, Sports Hochi 11/4/2018
10/31/2018 Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters on October 30 that they are negotiating with Sumitani. Right now, he feels they have a 50-50 chance. Daily Sports 10/31/2018, Sports Hochi 10/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2018
10/20/2018 The Yomiuri Giants are interested. Sponichi 10/20/2018, Daily Sports 10/20/2018
10/01/2018 The Rakuten Eagles are interested. Sports Hochi 10/1/2018, Sponichi 10/6/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018
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[11/5/2018] Naoki Miyanishi has left elbow surgery

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that Naoki Miyanishi had surgery on his left elbow at a hospital in Yokohama. He will require three to four months for a full recovery.

Source: Nippon Ham 11/5/2018, Sponichi 11/5/2018, Sports Hochi 11/5/2018, Daily Sports 11/5/2018

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2019 NPB Inter-League Preliminary Schedule

2019 Inter-league Schedule

Notes about the schedule

  • The Inter-league season will begin on June 4 (Tue) with the following six games: Nippon Ham – Yakult, Rakuten – Yomiuri, Seibu – Hiroshima, Lotte – Hanshin, Orix – Yokohama, Softbank – Chunichi. Each team will play nine games at home and nine games on the road for a total eigteen games. (Total games: 108)
  • Each team will play three games against each team in the other league.
  • Home teams in 2019 will be Away teams in 2020 and Away teams in 2019 will be Home teams in 2020.

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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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