[11/30/2017] Orix Buffaloes: uniform number change

The Orix Buffaloes announced the following uniform number change on November 30:

  • Sachiya Yamasaki = 17 → 0

Source: Orix 11/30/2017


[11/30/2017] Orix Buffaloes add Hirotoshi Masui

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that they signed thirty-three-year-old Hirotoshi Masui. He was assigned the uniform number 17.

The media is reporting that Masui agreed to a four-year deal worth 900 million yen over the first three years. The fourth year will depend on performance. A press conference is scheduled for December 7 in Osaka.

Source: Orix 11/30/2017, Daily Sports 11/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/30/2017, Tokyo Sports 11/30/2017, Sponichi 11/30/2017, Sanspo 11/30/2017

[UPDATE 12/7 @ 11:52pm]

The Buffaloes held a press conference for Masui today.

Source: Orix 12/7/2017 

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[11/30/2017] Yokohama Bays Stars land Yamato with three-year deal

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-year-old Yamato. He was assigned the uniform number 9.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a three-year deal worth around 300 million yen. The agreement is also said to include a team option for a fourth year. The Bay Stars are planning to hold a press conference for Yamato within the next few days.

Source: Yokohama 11/30/2017, Sponichi 11/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/30/2017, Daily Sports 11/30/2017

[UPDATE 12/4 @ 2:50pm]

The Bay Stars held a press conference for Yamato in Yokohama today.

Source: Daily Sports 12/4/2017, Yokohama 12/4/2017

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[11/29/2017] Softbank Hawks thinking about selling tickets for spring camp

The Softbank Hawks are thinking about selling tickets for a portion of seats at Ivy Stadium during spring camp next year. Tickets for seats behind home plate and free parking could cost about 2,000 yen. The Hawks are targeting the weekends and holidays when fan attendance increases.

The Hawks are currently discussing options with the city of Miyazaki.

Source: Sponichi 11/29/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/29/2017, Daily Sports 11/29/2017


[11/29/2017] 2017 Sky Perfect Dramatic Sayonara of the Year Award

The NPB announced that Yokohama’s Toshiro Miyazaki and Seibu’s Takumi Kuriyama were winners of the 2017 Sky Perfect Dramatic Sayonara of the Year Award.

Central League

Toshiro Miyazaki, Yokohama

August 22 vs Hiroshima at Yokohama Stadium. Bottom of the 9th, none on, and no out. Miyazaki recorded a walk-off home run to left-center.

The Bay Stars scored first, but then allowed five unanswered runs to score through the next six innings. Hiroki Minei hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth. The fireworks started early in the ninth: after the lead-off batter reached on a single, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo hit a two-run home run, followed by a solo home run by Jose Lopez to tie the game at five. Miyazaki capped off the explosive ninth with a walk-off home run to left-center. For Miyazaki, it was the first walk-off hit of hi career. The three consecutive home runs to end the game was a first in NPB history.

Pacific League

Takumi Kuriyama, Seibu

August 17 vs Rakuten at MetLife Dome. Bottom of the ninth, runners on first and second, and two out. Kuriyama entered the game as a pinch-hitter and hit a walk-off home run.

Seibu’s Yusei Kikuchi and Rakuten’s Tomohiro Anraku and were locked in a pitcher’s duel. Kikuchi held the Rakuten offense to two hits over nine innings. Anraku tossed seven shutout innings before he was relieved in the eighth. Yuhei Takanashi kept Seibu off the board in the eighth. Frank Herrmann took the mound in the ninth for Rakuten and retired the first two batters he faced. He then put runners on first and second with a double and a hit by a pitch. Kuriyama stepped up to the plate in place of Fumikazu Kimura and hit a walk-off three-run home run. The walk-off homer was the seventh of Kuriyama’s career and the first as a pinch-hitter.

Source: NPB 11/29/2017


[11/29/2017] Yakult Swallows sign Balentien, Buchanan to new contracts

The Yakult Swallows officially announced today that they reached agreements with the following two foreign players for the 2018 season:

  • Balentien, Wladimir = 3,000,000 US dollars
  • Buchanan, David = 1,250,000 US dollars

According to Sports Hochi, the Swallows signed Balentien to a one-year deal and Buchanan to a two-year deal. Buchanan’s second year will be worth 2,000,000 US dollars. Both contracts also have performance bonuses.

(Salaries are estimates)

Source: Yakult 11/29/2017, Tokyo Sports 11/29/2017, Sports Hochi 11/29/2017, Sports Hochi 11/29/2017

[UPDATE 11/30 @ 2:43pm]

Balentien’s contract apparently includes a clause that allows the Swallows to fine him if he is fined or suspended by the NPB (for ejections).

Source: Sponichi 11/30/2017, Sports Hochi 11/30/2017, Daily Sports 11/30/2017

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[11/29/2017] 2018 Hall of Fame Candidates

The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo released their list players eligible for the Hall of Fame through the Players and Expert Division screening process on November 28. Results will be revealed on January 15 (Monday), 2018.



[11/29/2017] TBS Radio to end baseball broadcasts

TBS Radio announced today that 2017 was their last year for baseball broadcasts. The radio station starting broadcasting baseball games in 1952. They stopped weekend broadcasts in 2010, but continued to broadcast games during the weekday (most Yomiuri games). However, sponsorship revenue and listener ratings continued to decline.

There were rumors the station was considering a complete withdrawal from baseball broadcasts earlier this year. In September, station president Masahiko Irie announced they were going to reconsider the broadcasts and make a decision before the end of the year.

The station is hoping to pick up new listeners by scheduling new programs to replace their baseball broadcasts.

Source: Sponichi 11/29/2017


[11/28/2017] Yomiuri Giants sign Mathieson, Caminero, McGehee to contracts for 2018 season

The Yomiuri Giants announced on November 28 that they signed the following three foreign players to contracts for the 2018 season:

  • McGehee, Casey = 2,400,000 US dollars
  • Mathieson, Scott = 3,200,000 US dollars
  • Caminero, Arquimedes = 2,000,000 US dollars

(Salaries are estimates)

Source: Yomiuri 11/28/2017Daily Sports 11/28/2017, Tokyo Sports 11/28/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/28/2017, Sanspo 11/28/2017

[UPDATE 11/29 @ 4:01pm]

According to media reports, Mathieson agreed to a two-year deal and McGehee and Caminero each agreed to one-year deals.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2017, Sanspo 11/29/2017

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[11/28/2017] New turf at Yokohama Stadium

The artificial turf at Yokohama Stadium will be replaced during the off-season. Construction started on November 27 and will end on February 28, 2018. The old turf will be replaced by FieldTurf, the same kind used at Tokyo Dome and YafuOku Dome.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/28/2017