Toshiki Sakurai was taken off the active roster on March 31 with discomfort in his right elbow.
Source: Chunichi Sports 4/1/20160 Comments
The Rakuten Eagles introduced a new mascot named Switch earlier today. The mascot was born in California on July 4, 2005. He agreed to a contract worth an estimated 1,776 US dollars. A complete profile (in Japanese) can be found at the link below.
Source: Rakuten announcement 4/1/2016
[UPDATE 4/1 @ 20:43]
A little backstory: The Eagles issued a statement to the media that said they were going to announce the addition of a new foreigner. They made it seem like they were going to introduce a new player, but instead brought in Switch. The press conference, and everything leading up to it, was an April Fools prank, but the addition itself is real.0 Comments
Wladimir Balentien (left side) played in a rehab game at Ni-gun on April 1. He got the start in left and batted third against Nippon Ham. He went 0-for-2 with a walk and left after five innings.
Source: Sports Hochi 4/1/2016
[UPDATE 4/2 @ 7:32am]
Balentien went 0-for-2: G6, BB, G6dp. He could be called up after one more game.
Source: Sanspo 4/2/20160 Comments
Kento Kumabara was hoping to make the opening day starting rotation before the start of the season, but was twice hampered by discomfort in his right side in March.
Source: Sports Hochi 4/1/20160 Comments
Marcos Mateo threw sixty-one pitches during a three inning stint in relief against Yakult on March 31. He will most likely get two days of rest.
The last Hanshin closer to toss three innings in a regular season game was Kyuji Fujikawa on July 30, 2006.0 Comments
Team official Ryuzo Setoyama told reporters that they spoke to Yoshio Itoi before a Nippon Ham game at Sapporo Dome on March 29. They congratulated him on his FA option, but did not get into specifics about his status after the season.
Source: Sponichi 4/1/20160 Comments
Shuhei Takahashi has hit two grand slams in his career:
Source: Sponichi 4/1/20160 Comments
The Spring Koshien committee announced on March 31 that the total attendance for the this year’s tournament was 529,000. Attendance topped 500,000 for the first time in eight years. This year’s total is second most in tournament history since 1989.
Source: Nikkan Sports 3/31/2016
Spring Tournament Cheer Awards
Source: Sponichi 3/31/20160 Comments
|Pos||Name JPN||Name ENG||High School JPN||High School ENG||Year|
|P||鈴木 昭汰||Suzuki, Shota||常総学院||Joso Gakuin||3|
|P||高橋 昂也||Takahashi, Koya||花咲徳栄||Hanasaki Tokuharu||3|
|P||早川 隆久||Hayakawa, Takahisa||木更津総合||Kisarazu Sogo||3|
|P||山﨑 颯一郎||Yamazaki, Soichiro||敦賀気比||Tsuruga Kehi||3|
|P||藤嶋 健人||Fujishima, Kento||東邦||Toho||3|
|P||市岡 奏馬||Ichioka, Soma||龍谷大平安||RyukokuDai Heian||3|
|P||村上 頌樹||Murakami, Shoki||智辯学園||Chiben Gakuen||3|
|P||吉高 壯||Yoshitaka, So||明石商業||Akashi Shogyo||3|
|P||髙田 萌生||Takata, Hosei||創志学園||Soshi Gakuen||3|
|C||大澤 翔||Osawa, Sho||木更津総合||Kisarazu Sogo||3|
|C||古賀 優大||Koga, Yudai||明徳義塾||Meitoku Gijuku||3|
|C||九鬼 隆平||Kuki, Ryuhei||秀岳館||Shugakukan||3|
|INF||綿屋 樹||Wataya, Itsuki||鹿児島実業||Kagoshima Jitsugyo||3|
|INF||美濃 晃成||Mino, Kosei||高松商業||Takamatsu Shogyo||3|
|INF||堀江 航平||Horie, Kohei||秀岳館||Shugakukan||3|
|INF||吉沢 一翔||Yoshizawa, Kazuto||大阪桐蔭||Osaka Toin||3|
|INF||林中 勇輝||Hayashinaka, Yuki||敦賀気比||Tsuruga Kehi||3|
|INF||米麦 圭造||Yonebaku, Keizo||高松商業||Takamatsu Shogyo||3|
|INF||松尾 大河||Matsuo, Taiga||秀岳館||Shugakukan||3|
|OF||岡田 悠希||Okada, Yuki||龍谷大平安||RyukokuDai Heian||2|
|OF||安西 翼||Anzai, Tsubasa||高松商業||Takamatsu Shogyo||3|
|OF||福元 悠真||Fukumoto, Yuma||智辯学園||Chiben Gakuen||2|
The media learned on March 31 that the Rakuten Eagles are planning to auction off first round draft pick Louis Okoye’s first stole bases (March 26, against Softbank at kobo Stadium). The auction will begin at 9:00pm on April 3. Proceeds will go towards Rakuten’s Tohoku Smile Project.
Source: Sanspo 4/1/2016
[UPDATE 4/12 @ 11:59am]
Okoye’s base received 151 bids and was auctioned off for 216,120 yen.0 Comments