[12/28/2017] Softbank Hawks: Kodai Senga wants to be posted at some point

Kodai Senga told reporters on December 27 that he spoke to the Softbank Hawks about wanting to be posted to the Majors before he earns his international free agent option during salary negotiations on December 21. He said he never really considered playing in America until recently (he enjoyed pitching at the World Baseball Classic where he went 1-1 with a 0.82 ERA, sixteen strikeouts, one walk, and seven hits over eleven innings of work spanning four games). The Hawks are not known for posting their players, so it is uncertain what they plan to do with Senga’s request. As of now, the twenty-four-year-old pitcher is not scheduled to earn his international free agent option until some time during the 2022/2023 season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/28/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/28/2017, Sponichi 12/28/2017, Daily Sports 12/28/2017

[UPDATE 1/13/2018 @ 5:15pm]

Senga is not necessarily interested in being posted to the Majors before he earns his free agent option. According to Tokyo Sports, he merely wanted to let the Hawks know that he has a desire to play in the Majors. He also wanted them to give him a place to express his feelings.

Senga could have kept his discussions with the team private, but decided to make them public because he wanted the additional pressure to perform.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/13/2018


[12/27/2017] Hiroshima Carp finalize 2018 contracts for Johnson, Eldred, Batista, and Mejia

The Hiroshima Carp announced that they finalized the 2018 contracts for the following four players:

  • Kris Johnson, thirty-three-years-old, second year of three-year contract, three million US dollars plus incentives
  • Brad Eldred, thirty-seven-years-old, second year of two-year contract, one million US dollars plus incentives
  • Xavier Batista, twenty-five-years-old, second year of six-year contract, 175,510 US dollars plus incentives
  • Alejandro Mejia, twenty-four-years-old, second year of six-year contract, 100,000 US dollars plus incentives

Salaries are estimates.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/27/2017


[12/27/2017] Chunichi Dragons sign Onelki Garcia

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that they signed twenty-eight-year-0ld pitcher Onelki Garcia. He was assigned the uniform number 70. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 50 million yen plus incentives.

Source: Chunichi 12/27/2017, Sanspo 12/27/2017, Tokyo Sports 12/27/2017, Sports Hochi 12/27/2017

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[12/27/2017] Chiba Lotte Marines to give Kenji Otonari a tryout

The Chiba Lotte Marines are planning to give Softbank senryokugai Kenji Otonari a tryout during spring camp next year. The Marines are looking for left-handed pitchers and Otonari might be able to give them the innings.

Source: Daily Sports 12/27/2017


[12/27/2017] Chunichi Dragons add Zoilo Almonte and Steven Moya

The Chunichi Dragons announced on December 26 that they signed two new foreign players: twenty-eight-year-old Zoilo Almonte and twenty-six-year-old Steven Moya. Almonte was assigned the uniform number 42, Moya the uniform number 44.

According to media reports, both players agreed to one-year contracts worth an estimated fifty million yen plus incentives.

Source: Chunichi 12/26/2017Daily Sports 12/26/2017, Sanspo 12/26/2017, Sponichi 12/26/2017

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[12/27/2017] Rakuten Eagles reach agreement with O’Koyea Dickson

The Rakuten Eagles announced on December 26 that they reached an agreement with twenty-seven-year-old O’Koyea Dickson. He was assigned the uniform number 55.

Dickson had surgery on his left shoulder in October and is currently making his way back from the injury. The Eagles confirmed through a physical that he is making steady progress.

The Eagles will head into the 2018 season with seven foreign players (three pitchers, four position players).

Source: Rakuten 12/26/2017, Sanspo 12/26/2017, Sports Hochi 12/26/2017, Daily Sports 12/26/2017


[12/26/2017] Central League Fan Meeting 2018

The NPB announced today that the Central League Fan Meeting 2018 will take place on March 19 (Mon), 2018 at the Pacifico Yokohama. Additional details, including ticket information, will be released in late-January.

Source: NPB 12/26/2017


[12/26/2017] New turf, lighting at ZOZO Marine Stadium

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they plan on installing new turf and lighting at ZOZO Marine Stadium.

New Artificial Turf

  • Mizuno MS Craft Baseball Turf
  • Construction is slated to end on February 28, 2018
  • The field will be ready to use during the exhibition games in March 2018
  • The cost will be about 320 million yen

New Lighting

  • A new LED system will be installed
  • Construction began on November 24, 2017 and will end on February 28, 2018
  • The new lights will be ready to use during the exhibition games in March 2018
  • The cost will be about 830 million yen

New Broadcast System

  • New audio/video system that can produce sharper images and run video in super slow-motion
  • The cost will be about 330 million yen

Source: Lotte 12/26/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/26/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/26/2017Sports Hochi 12/26/2017, Sponichi 12/26/2017, Daily Sports 12/26/2017, Daily Sports 12/26/2017, Sanspo 12/27/2017, Daily Sports 12/27/2017


[12/26/2017] Modification made to Ginoza Stadium

The Hanshin Tigers have made a couple of modifications to the infield at Koshien Stadium, once in January 2016 and again in June 2017. In both cases, the infield dirt area was expanded, about one meter in 2016 and around two meters this year, to improve fielding conditions.

The Tigers wanted similar changes made to the stadium they use during spring camp and approached Ginoza Stadium officials. Their request was accepted and construction began in October and ended in November. The modification cost about five million yen.

Source: Sanspo 12/26/2017


[12/26/2017] Okinawa Green Field to be complete by February 2018

The new indoor practice facility located next to Goza Shinkin Stadium will be complete by February 2018. Planning for the new facilities began in 2012 and will cost the city of Okinawa about 1.7 billion yen. Construction started in August last year.

The outer building is complete. They are currently installing indoor protective netting and will then move on to the artificial turf. Everything should be done by February 2018.

The facilities are about the size of three futsal fields, or roughly 4,000 square meters. The area could be used for infield practice as well as batting practice and various other kinds of drills.

The Goza Shinkin facilities are the spring camp home of the Hiroshima Carp.

NPB Standings [Full]
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
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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