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[12/18/2018] Softbank Hawks uniform number changes

The Softbank Hawks announced the following uniform numbers changes:

  • Kenta Imamiya = 2 → 6
  • Nobuhiro Matsuda = 3 → 5

Source: Softbank 12/18/2018

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LOT

Chiba Lotte Marines: 2019 Spring Camp

Ichi-gun

  • February 1 (Fri) – 11 (Mon)
  • Days Off: February 6 (Wed)
  • Venue: Ishigaki Chuo Sports Park Baseball Stadium

Ni-gun

  • February 1 (Fri) – 21 (Thu)
  • Days Off: February 6 (Wed), 12 (Tue), 18 (Mon)
  • Venue: Ishigaki Chuo Sports Park Baseball Stadium

Source: Lotte 12/18/2018

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HAN

[12/18/2018] Hanshin Tigers sign former Chunichi pitcher Onelki Garcia

The Hanshin Tigers announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old Onelki Garcia. According to media reports, he agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 1.5 million US dollars.

In twenty-seven games for the Chunichi Dragons this year, Garcia went 13-9 with a 2.99 ERA (1.29 WHIP). He walked seventy-three (3.90 BB/9) and struck out 132 (7.04 K/9) over 168.2 innings of work.

Source: Hanshin 12/17/2018, Sanspo 12/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/18/2018, Sports Hochi 12/18/2018, Daily Sports 12/18/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/17/2018

[UPDATE 12/28 @ 1:20am]

The Tigers announced that Garcia was assigned the uniform number 77.

Source: Hanshin 12/28/2018

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SEI

[12/18/2018] Seibu Lions sign Jen-Lei Liao

The Seibu Lions announced that they finalized a contract with twenty-five-year-old pitcher Jen-Lei Liao. He was assigned the uniform number 50.

Liao was selected in the seventh round of the 2016 draft by the Yomiuri Giants. He went 3-1 with a 3.82 ERA (1.70 WHIP) in thirty-one Ni-gun games between 2017 and 2018.

Source: Seibu 12/17/2018

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[12/17/2018] Chiba Lotte Marines: Power Series 2019 in Chiba

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced details for Power Series 2019 in Chiba.

Series Information

  • Opponent: Lamigo Monkeys
  • Games: March 14 (Thu), 15 (Fri)
  • Venue: ZOZO Marine Stadium

History against Lamigo

  • 2014 (1-2) – October 31 (L, 0-4), November 1 (L, 4-5), 3 (W, 11-5)
  • 2016 (1-1) – February 13 (W, 4-1), 14 (L, 6-7)
  • 2017 (1-1) – February 11 (L, 4-10), 12 (W, 13-1)
  • 2018 (4-1) – February 17 (W, 10-9), 18 (W, 5-1), November 9 (W, 6-1), 10 (W, 13-0), 11 (L, 2-7)

Source: Lotte 12/17/2018

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[12/14/2018] Shohei Otani’s Rookie of the Year Award Stamp Set

The Japan Post announced that they will release a stamp set commemorating Shohei Otani’s Rookie of the Year Award season. The set will go on sale on December 17 (Mon) for 6,000 yen.

Set Contents

  • one sheet containing ten 62 yen stamps
  • one special foil holder
  • two special foil postcards
  • twenty-four special postcards
  • two signed photos
  • one gold metallic plate

Source: Japan Post 12/11/2018

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2019 Spring Miyazaki Baseball Games

2019 Spring Miyazaki Baseball Games

February 26 (Tue) – March 3 (Sun)

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[12/14/2018] NPB: Results from player surveys on careers after baseball

The NPB released results from their annual player survey on careers after baseball.

  • 252 players from all twelve NPB teams participated in the survey.
  • Average age: 23.5 years old
    • 18-22: 97 players (38.5 percent)
    • 23-26: 111 players (44.0 percent)
    • 27-30: 35 players (13.9 percent)
    • 31+: 8 players (3.2 percent)
    • No answer: 1 player (0.4 percent)
  • Average number of playing years: 3.6 years
  • Background before joining the NPB:
    • high school: 122 players (48.4 percent)
    • vocational school: 2 players (0.8 percent)
    • college: 79 players (31.3 percent)
    • employee/industrial league: 36 players (14.3 percent)
    • other: 12 players (4.8 percent)
    • No answer: 1 player (0.4 percent)
  • Average salary in 2018: 8,876,000 yen
  • Single/Married: 200 players (79.4 percent/ 52 players (20.6 percent)
  • Positions:
    • pitchers: 123 players (48.8 percent)
    • catchers: 31 players (12.3 percent)
    • infielders: 53 players (21.0 percent)
    • outfielders: 44 players (17.5 percent)
    • No answer: 1 player (0.4 percent)
  • 156 players (61.9 percent) are worried about their lives after retirement.
  • The top five jobs players would like to try after retirement:
    1. company employee: 15.1 percent
    2. university, industrial league coach: 12.3 percent
    3. industrial league/club team player: 11.5 percent
    4. high school coach: 11.1 percent
    5. overseas player: 8.7 percent

Source: NPB 12/13/2018

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2019 NPB Exhibition Game Schedule

The NPB released the 2019 exhibition game schedule on December 12. The schedule begins on February 23 (Sat) and ends on March 24 (Sun). There are a total 101 games on the schedule.

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2018 NPB Fine Judge Awards

Four NPB umpires were recognized for their work on the field this season.

Naoto Shikita
April 12 – Yokohama vs Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome
Top of the first inning, runners on first and second and two out. Single to center. Play at the plate. Runner appeared to be out, but Shikita was able to tell the runner was safe from the angle where he stood.

Shinji Hashimoto
April 22 – Hiroshima vs Chunichi at Nagoya Dome
Bottom of the third inning, runners on first and no out. Yota Kyoda attempted a bunt. Hashimoto noticed Kyoda’s leg was outside of the batter’s box and called him out.

Hiroya Yamamura
May 1 – Seibu vs Orix at Kyocera Dome Osaka
Bottom of the sixth inning, runner on first and one out. Kenya Wakatsuki made contact with the catcher and Yamamura called him out. He provided a complete explanation of the ruling over the PA system.

Hidetomo Ashihara
May 24 – Yakult vs Hanshin at Koshien Stadium
Bottom of the fourth inning. None on and two out. Yoshio Itoi grounded out to the pitcher. He ran inside the foul line and the ball thrown by the pitcher hit him. Ashihara called him out and gave an easy to understand explanation over the PA system.

Source: NPB 12/14/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
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
G W L T
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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