[8/13/2017] Tsutomu Ito to step down after the season

Tsutomu Ito told the media today that he plans to step down as manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines after the current season. He met Team President Shinya Yamamuro after a Rakuten game in Sendai on August 5 and told him that he wanted to step down after the season. Yamamuro formally accepted his decision today.

Ito had been thinking about stepping down since before the All-Star break due to the team’s poor performance. He did not want to resign mid-season because he does not like to leave things hanging.

Source: Daily Sports 8/13/2017, Daily Sports 8/13/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/13/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/13/2017, Sponichi 8/13/2017, Sanspo 8/13/2017, Sanspo 8/13/2017, Tokyo Sports 8/13/2017

[UPDATE 8/14 @ 5:01pm]

Managerial candidates that have been dropped by the media:

  • Saburo Omura
  • Tadahito Iguchi
  • Trey Hillman
  • Julio Franco

Source: Sports Hochi 8/14/2017, Daily Sports 8/14/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/14/2017, Sponichi 8/14/2017


[8/13/2017] Shinnosuke Abe notches 2,000th career hit

Shinnosuke Abe recorded his 2,000th career hit during tonight’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium. Abe was 0-for-2 with a walk in his first three trips to the plate. With no one on, one out, and Takeru Imamura on the mound in the top of the ninth, Abe laced a 1-2 fork to right for his 2,000th career hit.


  • He is the forty-ninth player in NPB history to reach the 2000-hit milestone.
  • He reached the milestone in his seventeenth year.
  • He joins Tetsuharu Kawakami (on May 31, 1965), Shigeo Nagashima (on May 25, 1971), Sadaharu Oh (on August 4, 1974), and Isao Shibata (on August 7, 1980) as the only Yomiuri “lifers” to reach the milestone.
  • He is the first player to record his 2,000th hit at Mazda Stadium.
  • He notched his 2,000th hit in his fourth plate appearance after recording his 1,999th hit on August 12.
  • He recorded his 2,000th hit in his 2,056th game, eleventh slowest in NPB history, behind Sachio Kinugasa’s 2,106 games.
  • At thirty-eight years and four months, he is the twenty-sixth oldest player to reach the milestone. Out of the fourteen players that reached the milestone out of college, he is the third youngest, behind Koji Yamamoto (thirty-seven years and six months) and Kenichi Yazawa (thirty-eight years and one month).

Source: Daily Sports 8/13/2017, Sponichi 8/13/2017, Sponichi 8/13/2017, Tokyo Sports 8/13/2017, Sponichi 8/14/2017, Sanspo 8/14/2017



[8/12/2017] Taketoshi Goto earns domestic FA option

Thirty-seven-year-old Taketoshi Goto earned his domestic free agent option with eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/12/2017, Daily Sports 8/12/2017


[8/12/2017] Koshien Stats for 2017 Summer Koshien now online

Koshien Stats for 2017 Summer Koshien are now online. My apologies for the delay.

I am still working on names for games from yesterday. If anyone wants to help with the names, drop me a line or post in the comments section down below.

2017 Summer Koshien

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[8/11/2017] Shoitsu Omatsu earns international FA option

Thirty-five-year-old Shoitsu Omatsu earned his international free agent option today with nine years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/11/2017, Sanspo 8/11/2017


[8/10/2017] Randy Messenger leaves start after taking batted ball off foot

Randy Messenger left tonight’s game against the Yomiuri Giants after a batted ball hit him near the right ankle. Shinnosuke Abe led off the seventh inning with a liner that hit Messenger in the right foot. Messenger was removed from the game and later taken to a hospital in Tokyo for tests.

Source: Sanspo 8/10/2017, Sanspo 8/10/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/10/2017, Sponichi 8/10/2017, Daily Sports 8/10/2017

[UPDATE 8/11 @ 8:58pm]

The Tigers announced earlier today that Messenger was diagnosed with a left fibula fracture. He was taken off the active roster on the same day. There is a chance he could end up missing the rest of the season.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/11/2017, Daily Sports 8/11/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/11/2017, Sponichi 8/11/2017, Tokyo Sports 8/11/2017

[UPDATE 8/16 @ 10:22pm]

The Tigers announced that today that Messenger temporarily returned to the United States for a second opinion and treatment on his fractured fibula. There is no timetable for his return at this point in time, though he is expected to use the Naruohama facilities for rehab.

Source: Daily Sports 8/16/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/16/2017, Daily Sports 8/16/2017



Victoria Series: Kyoto Flora, Hyogo Dione – August 8

August 8 at Toyota Sports Park Baseball Stadium – 18:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kyoto Flora 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0   4 11 0
Hyogo Dione 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1x   5 10 1

WP: Ayami Sato (16 G, 9-3, 2 Sv)
LP: Minami Yano (6 G, 0-2, 1 Sv)

Game Time: 2h30m
Attendance: 548

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  • Rina Sakakibara = 3-for-4: 1B7, G5, 1B6, 1B8 one RBI. She recorded the game-winning hit.

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[8/10/2017] Sky Perfect Farm MVP of the Month Awards for July

Eastern League

Kengo Tagawa, Yakult
5 G, 3-0, 20.2 IP, 20 SO, 8 BB, 4 ER, 1.74 ERA

Tagawa pitched in five games in July and recorded a league-high three wins. He recorded his wins both as a starter and a reliever.

Western League

Hiroki Takahashi, Hiroshima
15 G, 23-for-48, 8 2B, 10 RBI, 4 SO, .479 BA

Takahashi played in fifteen games in July and went 23-for-48. He led the league in hitting (.479), doubles (8) and on base percentage (.545).

Source: NPB 8/10/2017


[8/9/2017] Ken Togame taken off active roster

Ken Togame was taken off the active roster today with tightness in his lower back. Pitching coach Yoshihiro Doi told reporters Togame did not leave his last start on August 8 because of tightness in his lower back.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/9/2017


[8/9/2017] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for July

Central League

Shoitsu Omatsu, Yomiuri (First Time)

July 26 vs Chunichi at Jingu Stadium. Bottom of the 10th inning and the score tied at ten. With no runners on and one out, Omatsu hit a walk-off home run to right-center.

The Swallows’ pitching staff allowed ten runs over the first six innings of the game. The Swallows’ offense sputtered and managed just four hits over the same number of innings. But Yuhei Nakamura two-run home run in the seventh. The offense capped of an eight-run eighth with a two-run blast from Wladimir Balentien. The score remained knotted at ten until the bottom of the tenth, when Omatsu stepped into the box as a pinch-hitter and knocked the first pitch he saw over the wall in right-center. It was his second walk-off home run of the season.

Pacific League

Japhet Amador, Rakuten (First Time)

July 23 vs Orix at Kobo Park Miyagi. Score tied at two in the bottom of the ninth. Amador leads off the inning and hits a walk-off home run to right-center.

The Buffaloes took a two-run lead in the fourth inning. The Eagles were held to just three hits over seven. Hiroaki Shimauchi tied the game with a two-run blast in the eighth. Yuya Kubo retired the side in order in the top of the ninth. Amador led off the bottom-half of the inning and drilled a 1-2 pitch over the wall in right-center. It was the first walk-off hit of Amador’s NPB career.

Source: NPB 8/9/2017

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 115 69 42 4
Hanshin 111 61 49 1
Yokohama 111 56 51 4
Yomiuri 112 55 56 1
Chunichi 114 47 62 5
Yakult 113 39 72 2
Softbank 113 76 37 0
Rakuten 105 64 40 1
Seibu 111 64 45 2
Orix 109 49 59 1
Nippon Ham 109 40 69 0
Lotte 109 35 73 1
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