The Samurai Japan coaching staff for the upcoming ENEOS Samurai Japan Series in March was posted by the NPB on January 31. Broadcast details for the series were also posted.
|Uni||Pos||Name JPN||Name ENG|
|88||Head/Hitting Coach||金子 誠||Kaneko, Makoto|
|81||Pitching Coach||建山 義紀||Tateyama, Yoshinori|
|84||Battery Coach||村田 善則||Murata, Yoshinori|
|82||Infield/Base Coach||井端 弘和||Ibata, Hirokazu|
|87||Outfield/Base Coach||清水 雅治||Shimizu, Masaji|
March 9 (Saturday) at 19:00
March 10 (Sunday) at 19:00
The Hiroshima Carp announced that they signed Kris Johnson through to 2020. Johnson will be in the final year of a three-year contract this season. The new contract is a one-year deal worth an estimated 2.5 million US dollars plus incentives. The deal also includes a signing bonus worth an estimated 500,000 US dollars.0 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers unveiled their 2019 Uru-Tora Yellow Uniforms on January 31. The base color for the uniform is Hanshin yellow with added flames, taken from the Uru-Tora logo and symbolizing the fighting spirit of the players and the excitement of the fans.
Toshiaki Imae was examined at a hospital in Sendai on January 29 after complaining of problems with his right eye. He was later diagnosed with central serous chorioretinopathy. Imae will remain in Sendai until he is ready to join the others in Okinawa.0 Comments
The Chunichi Dragons unveiled slightly revamped uniforms for the 2019 season on January 30. In the picture found at the Chunichi link down below, first round draft pick Akira Neo is wearing the alternate uniform, Shuhei Takahashi the home uniform, Yota Kyoda the road uniform, and second round draft pick Kodai Umetsu the fan club uniform.
The home uniform returns with simple classic Dragons blue lines. The road uniforms are the reverse of the home uniforms with CHUNICHI across the chest. The alternate uniforms are based on their slogan for this season, 昇竜復活！WITH BLUE (Shoryu Fukkatsu! With Blue). The captain symbol C, in the shape of a dragon, also returns this season.0 Comments
The steering committee for the 101st Summer Koshien met in Osaka on January 30 to discuss the schedule for the upcoming tournament.
|Slot||Prefecture||School JPN||School ENG||Appearances||Type|
|Tohoku||Aomori||八戸学院光星||Hachinohe Gakuin Kosei||10||Private|
|Kinki||Kyoto||龍谷大平安||Ryukoku Dai Heian||41||Private|
|21st Century||Ibaraki||石岡一||Ishioka Daiichi||1||Public|
Kento Fujishima skipped workouts at Nagoya Stadium on January 25 and visited a hospital for tests on his right hand after complaining about cold hands. The Chunichi Dragons are concerned he might be having problems with blood circulation in the hand. Fujishima was set to attend the Okinawa workouts that start today, but will stay in Nagoya for additional tests by specialists.
[UPDATE 2/8 @ 11:31pm]
The Dragons announced that Fujishima went under the knife at a hospital in Aichi on February 8. Doctors were able to confirm improved blood flow in the finger after the procedure. He will have to stay in the hospital for about two weeks.0 Comments
Katsuki Azuma might miss the start of the season due to discomfort in his left elbow. Azuma pulled out of the Japan All-Star Series in November last year due to inflammation in the same elbow. He will most likely start things out at Ni-gun spring camp.0 Comments