[5/25/2016] Hanshin Tigers to go with a bullpen by committee

The Hanshin Tigers are planning to go with a bullpen by committee for their next six games before the start of Inter-league play. Marcos Mateo and Kyuji Fujikawa will be the primary options to close games. Akifumi Takahashi could also be thrown into the mix if they need a left-handed option.

Source: Sponichi 5/24/2016


[5/24/2016] Tateki Abe to have Tommy John surgery

The media learned on May 23 that Tateki Abe will have Tommy John surgery at a hospital in Kanagawa within the next few days. Abe hurt his elbow during spring camp in February. He originally opted for non-invasive treatment, but recently decided to go with the surgery after discussions with the Yokohama Bay Stars.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/24/2016


[5/24/2016] Yomiuri Giants to make Ni-gun film available to players and coaches

The Yomiuri Giants are planning to install six video cameras around Giants Stadium. They will record games at the stadium from multiple angles. The footage will be available to all players and coaches in the organization over their tablets.

Camera locations

  • one behind home plate
  • two in the first base dugout
  • three in the third base dugout

The cameras will begin recording footage on June 3.

Source: Sponichi 5/24/2016


[5/24/2016] Matt Clark tied the knot in November

Matt Clark told Sponichi that he tied the knot with Julia Morales in November last year. The two were dating when Clark was a member of the Chunichi Dragons in 2013. She is hoping to visit Japan some time in July.

Clark is expected to make his Ni-gun debut with Orix some time this week, as soon as he gets his work visa.

Source: Sponichi 5/24/2016


[5/24/2016] Seibu Lions to meet with Ernesto Mejia’s agent

The media learned on May 23 that the Seibu Lions are planning to meet Ernesto Mejia’s agent, Peter Greenberg, within the next few days to discuss a possible contract extension.

Greenberg in currently in Japan and attended the Seibu-Lotte game at QVC Marine on May 19 and the Softbank-Seibu game at Seibu Prince Dome on May 22. He spoke to reporters and said Mejia was set to become a free agent after the season. Sanspo seems to think the Lions might be willing to go up to around 600 million yen a year (the same amount they paid Alex Cabrera in 2006 and 2007) to keep him in Saitama and away from other NPB teams.

Source: Sanspo 5/24/2016


[5/24/2016] No two-way for Shohei Otani during All-Star games

Kimiyasu Kudo would like to use Shohei Otani as a two-way player during the upcoming All-Star games, but Hideki Kuriyama put that idea to rest when he told reporters there were no exceptions to Nippon Ham’s usage rules.

Source: Sponichi 5/24/2016, Chunichi Sports 5/24/2016


[5/24/2016] Kei Igawa is planning to join the Hyogo Blue Sandars

Thirty-six-year-old Kei Igawa is not ready to retire and is planning to join the Hyogo Blue Sandars out of the Baseball First League. Igawa has been practicing with the team since April and is close to being ready to play.

Igawa reportedly received offers from a number of teams, but may have picked Hyogo because of his connections: manager Akihiro Yamasaki is former teammate Sachiya Yamasaki’s father and coach Toshiyuki Tsuzuki used to be a trainer in the Hanshin organization when he played for the Tigers.

Source: Sponichi 5/24/2016


Victoria Series: Hyogo Dione at Saitama Astraia – May 21,22

May 21 at Koshigaya Baseball Stadium – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hyogo Dione 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 8 0
Saitam Astraia 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 0

WP: Ayami Sato (6 G, 6-0)
LP: Yukari Isozaki (6 G, 1-4)

Game Time: 1h53m
Attendance: 626

Hero Interview

  • Ayami Sato = 27 BF, 94 NP, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 SO, 1 BB, 1 ER. She recorded her sixth straight complete game victory.

Game Page | Highlights


May 22 at Koshigaya Baseball Stadium – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hyogo Dione 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 7 0
Saitam Astraia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1

WP: Mika Miyahara (6 G, 2-0)
LP: Miku Kayano (6 G, 1-1)

Game Time: 2h7m
Attendance: 813

Hero Interview

  • Mika Miyahara = 27 BF, 96 NP, 7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 SO, 3 BB, 0 ER. She picked up her first shutout of the year.

Game Page | Highlights



[5/23/2016] Shota Takeda extends winning streak against Seibu to ten

Shota Takeda picked up the win against Seibu on May 22 and extended his winning streak against the team to ten.

Career against Seibu

  • 2012: 1-0, 1 G, 1 GS, 0.79 WHIP
  • 2013: 2-0, 3 G, 3 GS, 1.56 WHIP
  • 2014: 1-0, 1 G, 1 GS, 0.60 WHIP
  • 2015: 4-0, 6 G, 6 GS, 1.27 WHIP
  • 2016: 2-0, 2 G, 2 GS, 1.23 WHIP

Takeda is the first pitcher to put together a winning streak of at least ten against a single team since Kenichi Matsuoka against Chunichi between 2005 and 2015 (ten, eight as a reliever relief, two as a starter) and the first pitcher since Yoshihisa Naruse against Orix between 2009 and 2011 (ten) and Chihiro Kaneko against Rakuten between 2008 and 2011 (eleven) to record all wins as a starter.

Kazuhisa Inao holds the NPB record with a twenty-two game winning streak against Kintetsu between 1956 and 1959 (as a reliever and starter).

Source: Sponichi 5/23/2016, Sanspo 5/23/2016


[5/23/2016] Nelson Perez hurts left leg

Nelson Perez hurt his left leg during fielding practices before a Ni-gun game against Softbank on May 22. He was able to move around on his own, but did not play in the game.

Source: Sanspo 5/23/2016