[6/7/2016] 2020 NPB schedule, collision rule explanations

The NPB continued deliberations about the Olympics and the 2020 NPB schedule during an executive committee meeting on June 6. The league is considering either suspending the season for about a week or during the entire event. They are also considering other changes to the schedule, like starting the season earlier, or shortening the time in between the Climax Series and the Nippon Series. The NPB is hoping to finalize their plans during their next meeting on July 4. If things go smoothly, the plan could be approved during an owner meeting on July 11.

Source: Daily Sports 6/7/2016

The NPB also discussed the current state of the new collision rules at home plate and decided to require umpiring crews to provide fans (and teams) with an explanation of their decision when they turn to instant replays.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/7/2016, Daily Sports 6/7/2016


[6/7/2016] Softbank Hawks talking extension with Rick van den Hurk

According to a report by Daily Sports, the Softbank Hawks are in the process of talking to Rick van den Hurk about a contract extension. He is in the final year of a two-year deal and will become a free agent after the season. The Hawks will most likely prepare a multi-year deal to keep him in Fukuoka.

Source: Daily Sports 6/7/2016


[6/7/2016] Jumpei Takahashi tosses three shutout innings in Ni-gun game

Jumpei Takahashi pitched in a Ni-gun game against Chunichi at YafuOku Dome earlier today. He entered he game in the fourth inning and tossed three shutout innings. He did not allow a hit, walked one, struck out three, and topped out at 146km/h. He was credited with his first career Ni-gun victory.

Source: Sponichi 6/7/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/7/2016


[6/7/2016] Shohei Tateyama pitches in Ni-gun rehab game

Shohei Tateyama (right elbow) could pitch during a three-game Ni-gun series against Yomiuri that begins today.

Tateyama had surgery on his elbow on April 20. He was originally expected to miss about three months (six weeks for a full recovery and an additional six weeks of training and conditioning), but has made good progress and could be ready to rejoin the active roster before the end of the month.

Source: Sponichi 6/7/2016

[UPDATE @ 10:15pm]

Tateyama started a Ni-gun rehab game against Yomiuri earlier today. He gave up two runs on three hits over four innings of work.

Source: Daily Sports 6/7/2016

[UPDATE @ 11:12pm]

Tateyama walked two, struck out three, and topped out at 146km/h.

Source: Sanspo 6/7/2016

[UPDATE 6/8 @ 10:25am]

Tateyama threw fifty-four pitches.

Source: Sponichi 6/8/2016


[6/7/2016] Yoshihisa Naruse to pitch out of the bullpen

The Yakult Swallows decided to move Yoshihisa Naruse to the bullpen to see if a change in roles might help him get back on track. They were also in need of a left-handed reliever since their current group of starting pitchers are all right-handed.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/7/2016


[6/7/2016] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for May

Central League


Kenta Ishida, Yokohama (First Time)
4 G, 4-0, 27.0 IP, 0.33 ERA, 24 SO, 1 ER

Beginning with a start on May 4 against Yakult and lasting partway through a start on May 25 against Chunichi, he put together a streak of twenty-six scoreless innings in between four starts. He was tied for the league lead in wins and ERA in May.


Fumihito Haraguchi, Hanshin (First Time)
24 G, .380 AVG, 30 H, 5 HR, 17 RBI

He was added to the seventy-man roster on April 27 and played in his first game on the same day. He was the starting catcher in twenty-three or twenty-four games in May. He led the league in batting average and picked up a walk-off hit on May 19 against Chunichi. He is the first position player with Ikusei experience in either league to win the award.

Pacific League


Dennis Sarfate, Sofbank (First Time)
16 G, 0-1, 12 S, 16.0 IP, 1.69 ERA, 16 SO, 3 ER

He pitched in sixteen games in May and set a new Pacific League record for saves in one month with twelve. He recorded holds after entering games in the ninth inning with the score tied on May 4 against Nippon Ham and May 14 against Orix. He recorded six consecutive perfect saves between May 22 and May 31. He notched his 150th career save on May 31.


Brandon Laird, Nippon Ham (First Time)
28 G, .315 AVG, 35 H, 10 HR, 28 RBI

He played in twenty-three games in May and led the league in home runs, runs (19), total bases (68), and slugging (.791). His twenty-one RBI was good for third. He recorded his first two-homer game of the season on May 3 against Softbank. He hit home runs in consecutive trips to the plate for the first time in his NPB career on May 19 against Softbank. He also recorded two home runs in back-to-back games on May 28 and 29.


[6/7/2016] Hirsoshima Carp: starting pitchers for Nippon Ham series

The Hirsoshima Carp will most likely start the following pitchers during their three-game series against the Nippon Ham Fighters that begins today.

  • Takaya Toda
  • Kris Johnson
  • Yusuke Nomura

Source: Daily Sports 6/7/2016


[6/7/2016] Interview with Deunte Heath

YakyuDB: How are you feeling? Have you had any physical problems?

Deunte Heath: I’m feeling good. No, I haven’t had any physical problems.

YakyuDB: Why do you want to play in Japan and what do you miss most?

DH: I would like to play in Japan again, because I like the way they respect the game and the way they prepare for a game. Every game feels like a climax series game. I miss the culture and the country itself. My daughter asks me once a week, “When are we going back to Japan.” LoL


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Victoria Series: Saitama Astraia at Hyogo Dione – June 4,5

June 4 at Himeji Baseball Stadium – 19:00

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

WP: Yuki Izumi (5 G, 2-0)
LP: Rina Taniyama (9 G, 2-3)

Game Time: 1h45m
Attendance: 789

Hero Interview

  • Yuki Izumi = 30 BF, 96 NP, 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 SO, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 1 R, 1 ER. She recorded a complete game victory.

Game Page | Highlights


June 5 at Himeji Baseball Stadium – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Saitama Astraia 1 0 0 0 7 0 5 13 16 0
Hyogo Dione 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1

WP: Yukari Isozaki (7 G, 2-4)
LP: Mika Miyahara (8 G, 2-2)

Game Time: 2h02m
Attendance: 435

Hero Interview

  • Yukari Isozaki = 24 BF, 86 NP, 7.0 IP, 3 H, 5 SO, 1 BB, 0 R, 0 ER. She tossed a three-hit shutout.
  • Miwa Naraoka = 2-for-5: 2B9 one RBI (100th career hit), G6, 1B7, E5 (fielding), F8. She recorded her 100th career hit.

Game Page | Highlights



[6/6/2016] Fourth NPB Umpire School

The NPB posted information about its fourth NPB Umpire School.

  • When: December 17 (Sat) – 23 (Sun)
  • Where: Lotte Urawa Stadium and Plaza Hotel Urawa
  • Fee: 83,000 yen (includes meals and room)
  • Requirements: high school degree, including people graduating in March 2017
  • Openings: sixty-five
  • Deadline: August 31 (Wed)

Source: NPB announcement

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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