LOT

[1/31/2018] Chiba Lotte Marines: uniform numbers

The Chiba Lotte Marines assigned uniform numbers to the following players:

  • Edgar Olmos – 51
  • Mike Bolsinger – 86
  • Tanner Scheppers – 87
  • Matt Dominguez – 42

Source: Lotte 1/31/2018

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YAK

[1/31/2018] Yofuku-no Aoyama to supply Yakult with suits

The Yakult Swallows announced today that Yofuku-no Aoyama will be their official suit supplier this season. They are the fifth team to sign an agreement with Yofuku-no Aoyama. The other four are Rakuten, Softbank, Nippon Ham, and Orix.

Source: Yakult 1/31/2018

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ORI

[1/31/2018] Orix inks Yofuku-no Aoyama to supplier contract

The Orix Buffaloes announced on January 31 that they signed Yofuku-no Aoyama to an official suit supplier contract.

Source: Orix 1/31/2018

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YAK

[1/31/2018] Akihisa Nishida reassigned to Ni-gun camp

The Yakult Swallows announced today that Akihisa Nishida will be reassigned to Ni-gun spring camp due to an injury to his right leg.

Source: Sponichi 1/31/2018, Sports Hochi 1/31/2018

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SOF

[1/30/2018] Ken Okamoto has pain in right calf

The Softbank Hawks announced on January 30 that Ken Okamoto was reassigned to Group B spring camp because of pain in his right calf. Eleven pitchers, not including Dennis Sarfate and Livan Moinelo, will now report to Group A spring camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2018

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[1/30/2018] Japan Student Baseball Association Punishments

The Japan Student Baseball Association met on January 30 to determine punishments for the following cases:

High School

Game Suspensions

玉村(群馬)
Tamamura (Gunma)

部員の部内いじめ
Bullying (internal)
17年11月15日から6カ月
Six months beginning on November 15, 2017

Suspensions

鹿児島商(鹿児島)の監督
Kagoshima Shogyo (Kagoshima) manager
中学生の不正勧誘
Illegal recruitment of junior high school students
2017年12月1日から2年間
Two years beginning on December 1, 2017
鹿児島商(鹿児島)の部長
Kagoshima Shogyo (Kagoshima) director
中学生の不正勧誘
Illegal recruitment of junior high school students
2017年12月1日から1年間
One year beginning on December 1, 2017
鹿児島商(鹿児島)のコーチ2人
Kagoshima Shogyo (Kagoshima) coaches (two)
中学生の不正勧誘
Illegal recruitment of junior high school students
2017年12月1日から6カ月
Six months beginning on December 1, 2017
関根学園(新潟)の監督
Sekine Gakuen (Niigata) manager
部内暴力、報告遅れ
Violence (internal), delayed report
17年12月9日から6カ月
Six months beginning on December 9, 2017
関根学園(新潟)の部長
Sekine Gakuen (Niigata) director
報告遅れ
Delayed report
今年1月17日から3カ月
Three months beginning on January 17
校名非公表の監督
Undisclosed School manager
わいせつ行為、部内暴言, Indecent behavior, violent language 無期(肩書は当時)
Indefinite

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Source: Jiji 1/30/2018

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CHU

[1/30/2018] Chunichi Dragons unveil new 2018 uniforms

The Chunichi Dragons unveiled new uniforms for the 2018 season. They showed off four designs during a press conference today: home, road, and two alternates (Shoryu and Fan Club).

The base color for the home and road uniforms will be Dragons Blue (royal blue). The design remains unchanged from last year, but will be made of new material supplied by Mizuno.

The Shoryu alternate uniform is sky blue and also uses the team’s secondary color, red, in the image of a dragon. The Fan Club uniform design (blue with red piping) remains unchanged.

Alternate Uniform Schedule

Shoryu Uniforms (six games)

  • 4/20 (Fri) vs Hiroshima
  • 5/18 (Fri) vs Hanshin
  • 7/8 (Sun) vs Yakult
  • 8/10 (Fri), 11 (Sat), 12 (Run) vs Yakult

Replica uniforms will be given away during all games except on August 10 and 11.

Fan Club Uniforms (six games)

  • 4/22 (Sun) vs Hiroshima
  • 5/20 (Sun) vs Hanshin
  • 6/10 (Sun) vs Softbank
  • 7/1 (Sun) vs Yomiuri
  • 8/5 (Sun) vs Yomiuri
  • 9/9 (Sun) vs Hiroshima

Source: Chunichi 1/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2018, Sports Hochi 1/30/2018

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HAM

[1/30/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters and Oakley sign agreement

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that Oakley will be their official supplier for outer and training wear in 2018. Oakley’s relationship with the Fighters first began in 2016 when it supplied the team with training wear and caps during spring camp in Arizona. Nippon Ham decided to expand their agreement because players and staff were impressed with the Oakley brand.

(Mizuno will continue to supply their uniforms and caps.)

Source: Nippon Ham 1/30/2018

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ORI

[1/30/2018] Orix Buffaloes: ACN returns as cap sponsor

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that they re-signed ACN (Active Communication Network) to a new cap sponsorship agreement. The ACN logo will appear on caps worn by players, coaches, and staff beginning on February 1.

Source: Orix 1/30/2018

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[1/30/2018] NPB: Results from player surveys on careers after baseball

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

  • 235 players from all twelve NPB teams participated in the survey.
  • Average age: 23.3 years old (18-33 years of age)
    • 18-22: 95 players (40.4 percent)
    • 23-26: 102 players (43.4 percent)
    • 27-29: 30 players (12.8 percent)
    • 30+: 8 players (3.4 percent)
  • Average number of playing years: 5.7 years (1-14 years)
  • Background before joining the NPB:
    • high school: 50 percent
    • college: 29 percent
    • employee/industrial league: 15 percent
    • other: 6 percent
  • Average salary in 2015: 8,360,000 yen
  • Single/Married: 80 percent/20 percent
  • Positions:
    • pitchers: 48 percent
    • catchers: 13 percent
    • infielders: 24 percent
    • outfielders: 15 percent
  • 64 percent of players are worried about their lives after retirement (down from 67 percent last year).
  • The top five jobs players might be interested in after retirement:
    1. high school coach: 63 percent
    2. company employee: 57 percent
    3. university, industrial league coach: 56 percent
    4. industrial league/club team player: 54 percent
    5. pro yakyu manager/coach: 53 percent

Source: NPB 1/30/2018

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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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