September 17 at Urawa Stadium – 14:00
Canceled due to rain.
Source: JWBL 9/17/2017
September 18 at Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park Baseball Stadium – 13:00
WP: Rina Taniyama (24 G, 7-2, 1 Sv)
Sv: Miku Kayano (20 G, 2-2, 3 Sv)
LP: Ayami Sato (21 G, 9-6, 2 Sv)
Game Time: 2h10m
The steering committee for the 90th Spring Koshien met in Osaka today. Tie-break rules will be added beginning next year. The rules will take effect in the thirteenth inning. Additional details will be decided later (some time by November).
Note: 131 games Spring/Summer tournament games have gone into extra innings since 2000. Of the 131 games, twenty-one required more than twelve innings, or about sixteen percent of all extra inning games.
The ninetieth Spring Koshien will feature thirty-six schools, four more than usual. Thirty-two schools will be regular selections, three twenty-first century selections, and one Jingu Tournament slot.
Regular Selection Regions
Hokkaido (one), Tohoku (three), Kanto/Tokyo (six), Hokushinetsu (three), Tokai (three), Kinki (six), Chugoku (three), Shikoku (three), Kyushu (four).
The Tohoku, Hokushinetsu, and Tokai regions will each have an extra slot compared to previous years. The Chugoku/Shikoku regions usually have two each and share one slot for a total of five, but will each have three.
The tournament will take place over thirteen days beginning on March 23, 2018. The selection committee will meet on January 26, 2018. Brackets will be decided on March 16, 2018.0 Comments
The NPB issued Shunichi Nemoto a stern warning and a 50,000 yen fine for his ejection from a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on September 16. Nemoto was ejected after he got into a argument with the home plate umpire.
Source: NPB 9/19/20170 Comments
The Hiroshima Carp would like forty-year-old veteran Takahiro Arai to return next year. Arai also seems to be interested in remaining active. He told reporters that while he was at a point in his career where his own feelings were no longer enough to keep him going, he still felt motivated to play when he thought about the cheering fans.
Source: Sports Hochi 9/19/20170 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters are selling a life-size figure of Shohei Otani at their official team store, On-Deck. The figure is part of a grand re-opening sale. There is only one figure and it carries a price tag of 1,111,111 yen (based on Otani’s uniform number 11).
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2017
[UPDATE 9/20 @ 9:51pm]
A Sapporo man in his sixties purchased the figure today before 6:00pm. He paid in cash. He plans to put it on display at his company.5 Comments
The Hiroshima Carp posted start times for the Central League’s Final Stage of the Climax Series today.
|10/18||Wed||CS Final Stage vs First Stage Winner||Mazda Stadium||18:00|
|10/19||Thu||CS Final Stage vs First Stage Winner||Mazda Stadium||18:00|
|10/20||Fri||CS Final Stage vs First Stage Winner||Mazda Stadium||18:00|
|10/21||Sat||CS Final Stage vs First Stage Winner||Mazda Stadium||13:30|
|10/22||Sun||CS Final Stage vs First Stage Winner||Mazda Stadium||13:30|
|10/23||Mon||CS Final Stage vs First Stage Winner||Mazda Stadium||18:00|
|10/24||Tue||Make-up Date||Mazda Stadium||18:00|
|10/25||Wed||Make-up Date||Mazda Stadium||18:00|
Tickets will be sold in two rounds: lottery (between September 22 at 10:00 until September 24 at 18:00) and first-come, first-served (from October 4 at 10:00). Visitor Performance seats will go on sale at 10:00 on the day after the First Stage Winner is decided.
Source: Hiroshima 9/18/20170 Comments
Livan Moinelo left tonight’s game against the Seibu Lions with tightness in his left elbow.
Moinelo took the moun/d in the tenth inning and gave up a lead-off double to Sosuke Genda. He retired Hideto Asamura on a fly ball to left, then walked Ryo Sakata. Genda stole third to put runners on first and third. Moinelo allowed the game-tying run to score when he surrendered a single to right to Tomoya Mori. Moinelo was removed from the game as a precaution after throwing three pitches to the next batter, Yuji Kaneko.
Moinelo is scheduled to get the elbow checked out at a hospital in Sapporo tomorrow (September 19).
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2017
[UPDATE 9/19 @ 6:03pm]
Moinelo was taken off the active roster today with a tight left elbow. He was examined at a hospital in Sapporo. His condition does not appear to be serious.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/20170 Comments
The media learned today that the Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in having Joe Wieland return next year. They apparently signed him to a one-year contract that includes a team option for 2018. Wieland told reporters he had not yet heard anything official but did enjoy playing in Japan and would be happy to return.0 Comments
The Hiroshima Carp clinched first place in the Central League today by beating the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium, 3-2. Koichi Ogata was tossed into the air eleven times as players celebrated their victory.
The Chiba Lotte Marines have not made a final decision on Wily Mo Pena, but appear to at least be interested in having him return next year.
Pena has a 29.2 SO% and an 8.2 BB%, but has also provided the team with some pop: thirteen doubles and thirteen home runs in sixty-one games through September 17.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/20170 Comments