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[10/11/2018] Tomoaki Kanemoto to step down as manager

Tomoaki Kanemoto will be stepping down as manager of the Hanshin Tigers after the season. Kanemoto told reporters today that there will still many things he wanted to do, but felt he had to resign because results were everything. The Tigers asked him to stay after last night’s game, but he declined. Kanemoto was in the first year of a three-year contract.

Notes

  • Kanemoto told Team President Kenji Ageshio about his decision after last night’s game.
  • Kanemoto is stepping down because of the team’s performance.
  • Kanemoto first started thinking about stepping down after the team secured a last place finish.
  • Ageshio suggested Kanemoto try a little more, but he was already set in his decision. The last place finish was a big factor.
  • Team Owner Shinya Sakai is planning to hold a press conference later today.

Managerial Record

Year Place G W L T WPCT GB
2016 4th 143 64 76 3 .457 24.5
2017 2nd 143 78 61 4 .561 10.0
2018 6th 142 61 79 2 .436 20.5

Source: Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Sports Hochi 10/11/2018, Sports Hochi 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018, Sanspo 10/11/2018, Sanspo 10/11/2018, Sanspo 10/11/2018, ZakZak 10/11/2018

[UPDATE 10/11 @ 11:43pm]

Sakai held a press conference today and announced that he plans to relinquish his role as owner of the team. He will retain the position until November 30.

Notes

  • Sakai spent ten years as owner and turned seventy this year. He started thinking about moving on from owner before the start of the regular season. It was somewhat of a coincidence that it happened at the same time Kanemoto decided to step down.
  • Sakai feel responsible for the team’s performance and apologized for not being able to provide with the support he needed. He plans to meet Kanemoto to express his feelings.
  • Sakai took over as owner in 2008. He was responsible for hiring Kanemoto.
  • This is the first time a Hanshin manager and owner stepped down at the same time since 1984.
  • Takaoki Fujiwara is expected to take over as the new owner.

Source: Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018

[UPDATE 10/15 @ 3:46pm]

It seems Kanemoto may have been pressured to step down by officials at the top.

Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/15/2018

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[10/10/2018] Japan All-Star Series: Samurai Japan Roster

Coaching Staff

Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
Manager 80 稲葉 篤紀 Inaba, Atsunori
OF/Base Coach 87 清水 雅治 Shimizu, Masaji
Battery Coach 84 村田 善則 Murata, Yoshinori
INF/Base Coach 82 井端 弘和 Ibata, Hirokazu
Head Coach 88 金子 誠 Kaneko, Makoto
Pitching Coach 81 建山 義紀 Tateyama, Yoshinori

Players

Uni Pos Name JPN Name ENG Throw Bat Height Weight Team
11 P 岸 孝之 Kishi, Takayuki R R 180 77 Rakuten
12 P 石山 泰稚 Ishiyama, Taichi R R 182 75 Yakult
14 P 大瀬良 大地 Osera, Daichi R R 187 93 Hiroshima
15 P 上沢 直之 Uwasawa, Naoyuki R R 187 89 Nippon Ham
16 P 東浜 巨 Higashihama, Nao R R 182 76 Softbank
17 P 松永 昂大 Matsunaga, Takahiro L L 175 82 Lotte
18 P 多和田 真三郎 Tawata, Shinsaburo R R 182 82 Seibu
19 P 山崎 康晃 Yamasaki, Yasuaki R R 178 85 Yokohama
21 P 東 克樹 Azuma, Katsuki L L 170 76 Yokohama
24 P 松井裕樹 Matsui, Yuki L L 174 74 Rakuten
26 P 浜口 遥大 Hamaguchi, Haruhiro L L 173 80 Yokohama
28 P 高橋 礼 Takahashi, Rei R R 188 84 Softbank
29 P 石川 柊太 Ishikawa, Shuta R R 185 88 Softbank
47 P 笠原 祥太郎 Kasahara, Shotaro L L 177 85 Chunichi
53 P 高梨 雄平 Takanashi, Yuhei L L 175 81 Rakuten
10 C 森 友哉 Mori, Tomoya R L 170 80 Seibu
27 C 会沢 翼 Aizawa, Tsubasa R R 177 91 Hiroshima
62 C 甲斐 拓也 Kai, Takuya R R 170 80 Softbank
1 INF 山田 哲人 Yamada, Tetsuto R R 180 76 Yakult
2 INF 田中 広輔 Tanaka, Kosuke R L 171 85 Hiroshima
4 INF 菊池 涼介 Kikuchi, Ryosuke R R 171 72 Hiroshima
5 INF 外崎 修汰 Tonosaki, Shuta R R 177 78 Seibu
6 INF 源田 壮亮 Genda, Sosuke R L 179 73 Seibu
8 INF 岡本 和真 Okamoto, Kazuma R R 185 96 Yomiuri
33 INF 山川 穂高 Yamakawa, Hotaka R R 176 108 Seibu
7 OF 田中 和基 Tanaka, Kazuki R B 181 75 Rakuten
22 OF 柳田 悠岐 Yanagita, Yuki R L 188 92 Softbank
25 OF 筒香 嘉智 Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo R L 185 97 Yokohama
55 OF 秋山 翔吾 Akiyama, Shogo R L 184 85 Seibu

Source: Samurai Japan 10/10/2018

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SEI

[10/10/2018] Yusei Kikuchi tosses three shutout innings against Samsung

Yusei Kikuchi started a Phoenix League game against Samsung on October 9 and tossed three shutout innings. He faced nine batters, threw thirty-one pitches, struck out seven, and topped out at 155km/h. Kikuchi is expected to start the first game of the Final Stage of the Climax Series.

Source: Sponichi 10/10/2018, Sanspo 10/10/2018, Sports Hochi 10/10/2018, Sponichi 10/10/2018

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YOK

2018 Yokohama Bay Stars Player Movement

 

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes official
STAY ロペス Jose Lopez [10/14] According to media reports, Lopez agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 230 million yen plus incentives. Daily Sports 10/14/2018 … [10/13] The Bay Stars announced that they reached an agreement with Lopez. … [10/10] The Bay Stars are planning to make Lopez an offer. Sponichi 10/10/2018, Sports Hochi 10/10/2018 10/13
STAY ソト Neftali Soto [10/14] Soto agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 95 million yen plus incentives. The contract also includes apparently includes a club option for a second year. Daily Sports 10/14/2018 … [10/13] Yokohama announced that they reached an agreement with Soto. … [10/10] The Bay Stars are planning to make Soto an offer. Sponichi 10/10/2018, Sports Hochi 10/10/2018 10/13
バリオス Edison Barrios [10/16] Barrios is interested in playing in Japan next year. He is still negotiating with the Bay Stars. Daily Sports 10/16/2018 … [10/10] Barrios could return to Yokohama next year. Sponichi 10/10/2018  
パットン Spencer Patton [10/12] Negotiations are underway. Patton told reporters he should have a better idea of where things are headed before the end of November. Sanspo 10/12/2018 … [10/10] Patton could return depending on negotiations. Sponichi 10/10/2018  
エスコバー Edwin Escobar [10/10] Escobar could return depending on negotiations. Sponichi 10/10/2018  
ウィーランド Joe Wieland [10/10] Wieland might not return next year. Sponichi 10/10/2018  
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2018 Softbank Hawks Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes
和田毅 Tsuyoshi Wada [10/11] The Hawks are planning to make Wada an offer since they feel he still has the ability to help the team when healthy. Sports Hochi 10/11/2018 … [10/10] Thirty-seven-year-old Wada is in the final year of a three-year contract. He started the year at Ni-gun after he developed discomfort in his left shoulder during spring camp. The discomfort returned after he pitched in a Ni-gun game in May. He is not ready to retire and is hoping to toss a bullpen session before the end of the year. Sports Hochi 10/10/2018, Sponichi 10/10/2018, Daily Sports 10/10/2018, Sanspo 10/10/2018
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HAM

[10/9/2018] Pacific League Climax Series First Stage Public Viewing

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they will open up Kamagaya Stadium for public viewings on October 13, 14, and 15. Admission will be free.

Source: Nippon Ham 10/9/2018

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[10/9/2018] Fabio Castillo heads to US for tests on elbow

The Seibu Lions announced on October 9 that Fabio Castillo left for the United States to get additional tests on his right elbow. There is currently no timetable for his return.

Castillo was taken off the active roster in July with tightness in his elbow.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2018, Daily Sports 10/9/2018, Sanspo 10/9/2018

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HAN

[10/8/2018] Kento Itohara takes foul ball near left eye

Kento Itohara fouled off a pitch in the third inning of a game against the Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium that bounced off the ground and struck him in the face near his left eye. He was pulled from the game and taken to a hospital for tests.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2018, Sports Hochi 10/8/2018, Sanspo 10/8/2018

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2018 Chiba Lotte Marines Phoenix League Roster

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 関谷 亮太 Ryota Sekiya
P 酒居 知史 Tomohito Sakai
P 渡邉 啓太 Keita Watanabe
P 島 孝明 Takaaki Shima
P 成田 翔 Kakeru Narita
P 田中 靖洋 Yasuhiro Tanaka
P 森 遼大朗 Ryotaro Mori
C 宗接 唯人 Yuito Munetsugu
C 柿沼 友哉 Tomoya Kakinuma
INF 安田 尚憲 Hisanori Yasuda
INF 高濱 卓也 Takuya Takahama
INF 香月 一也 Kazuya Katsuki
INF 李 杜軒 Tu-Hsuan Lee
INF 大木 貴将 Takamasa Oki
OF 加藤 翔平 Shohei Kato
OF 伊志嶺 翔大 Shota Ishimine
OF 三家 和真 Kazuma Mike
OF 和田 康士朗 Koshiro Wada

Source: Lotte 10/7/2018

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YAK

2018 Yakult Swallows Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes
ハフ Dave Huff [10/16] Huff is interested in returning to the Swallows next year. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2018
ブキャナン David Buchanan [10/15] Buchanan will be in the second year of a two-year contract next season. Sports Hochi 10/15/2018
バレンティン Wladimir Balentien [10/15] Balentien would like to play for the Swallows for another two to three years. However, money is an issue for the Swallows. They may not be able to give him much more than he is currently making. However, they could offer more years. Tokyo Sports 10/15/2018 … [10/15] Balentien could earn his domestic free agent option next year. Sports Hochi 10/15/2018 … [10/15] The Swallows are planning to make Balentien an offer. Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018 … [10/14] Balentien told reporters that he hoped to return to the Swallows next year. Sponichi 10/14/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018
館山昌平 Shohei Tateyama [10/07] Not ready to retire. Next year will be his seventeenth season. Sponichi 10/7/2018
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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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