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[11/13/2016] Shohei Otani hits one through the roof for a double

Shohei Otani drilled a ball high up into the air at Tokyo Dome during tonight’s exhibition game against the Netherlands. The ball disappeared in between the roof membranes and was ultimately ruled a double.

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[UPDATE 11/28 @ 9:55pm]

The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo announced today that the ball Otani hit will go on display at the museum beginning on November 29.

Source: HoF announcement

[UPDATE 12/13 @ 12:11am]

Nikkan Sports asked Tokyo University manager Kazushi Hamada for insight into the distance the ball traveled when Otani hit it into the roof at Tokyo Dome. Hamada came up with two numbers:

  • initial velocity – 223km/h
  • travel distance – 137 meters, plus/minus 15 meters

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/12/2016


[10/16/2016] Shohei Otani tops 165km/h

Shohei Otani closed out tonight’s game against the Softbank Hawks and helped the Nippon Ham Fighters advance to their seventh Nippon Series, first in four years. He also broke his own velocity record by topping 165km/h three times.

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Pitch Breakdown

Batter Pitch Type Velocity Result BSO
Matsuda, Nobuhiro 1 Fastball 163km/h Fouled off 0 1 0
  2 Slider 141km/h Fouled off 0 2 0
  3 Fastball 164km/h Fouled off 0 2 0
  4 Slider 143km/h Ball 1 2 0
  5 Slider 145km/h Strike swinging
(in the dirt)
1 3 1
Yoshimura, Yuki 6 Fastball -km/h Strike swinging 0 1 1
  7 Fastball 164km/h Fouled off 0 2 1
  8 Slider 143km/h Strike swinging 0 3 2
Honda, Yuichi 9 Fastball 164km/h Strike looking 0 1 2
  10 Forkball 151km/h Strike swinging
(in the dirt)
0 2 2
  11 Fastball 165km/h Fouled off 0 2 2
  12 Fastball 163km/h Fouled off 0 2 2
  13 Forkball 148km/h Ball 1 2 2
  14 Fastball 165km/h Fouled off 1 2 2
  15 Forkball 149km/h G6 1 2 3

Side note: Sapporo Dome made adjustments to their display systems to allow for velocities above 164km/h. Their radar gun can read speeds above that, but their display systems were capped at 164km/h. They made the adjustments after Otani hit 163km/h in June. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/17/2016


[9/24/2016] Kota Suda hurts left hamstring

Kota Suda left today’s game against the Yomiuri Giants at Yokohama Stadium after throwing one pitch to Shinnosuke Abe in the seventh inning.

Suda was called into the game in the seventh inning with a runner on first and two out. He walked the first batter he faced, Hayato Sakamoto, then tweaked his left hamstring while throwing the first pitch to the next batter, Abe.

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Suda appeared to be in too much pain to put weight on his left leg and had to be helped off the field.

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Suda is slated to go to a hospital in Yokohama on September 26. He could end up missing the rest of the season.

Source: Daily Sports 9/24/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/24/2016, Sponichi 9/24/2016

[UPDATE 9/26 @ 3:12pm]

Suda was taken off the active roster on September 25. He will be examined at a hospital on September 26.

Source: Daily Sports 9/26/2016

[UPDATE 9/27 @ 6:29pm]

The Bay Stars announced today that Suda was diagnosed with a strain in his left hamstring.

Source: Daily Sports 9/27/2016


[9/21/2016] Ikuhiro Kiyota gets hit in the head again

Ikuhiro Kiyota took a pitch off the left side of his game during tonight’s game against the Rakuten Eagles at QVC Marine.

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Kiyota was visibly upset after the incident and had to be held back by teammates.

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Kiyota was most likely upset and frustrated because this was his second pitch to the head this month and he only recently made it back to the active roster on September 15. He was able to walk off the field on his own and was taken to a hospital in Chiba for tests where he was diagnosed with a bruise on the left side of his head.

Source: Sanspo 9/21/2016

[UPDATE 9/22 @ 3:37pm]

Lotte decided to leave Kiyota on the active roster for the time being. He never lost consciousness and was diagnosed with a bruise. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 9/22/2016

[UPDATE 9/23 @ 5:46am]

Kiyota is expected to return to the starting line-up on September 24 against Orix.

Source: Sanpso 9/23/2016


[9/8/2016] Ryosuke Kikuchi has bruise on right knee

Ryosuke Kikuchi banged his right knee against the base of a fence while trying to catch a ball in foul territory in the sixth inning. He left the field for treatment, but returned and played through to the end of the game.

Kikuchi was taken to the hospital after the game for tests as a precaution and was diagnosed with a bruise on his right knee.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/9/2016



[9/6/2016] Tetsuto Yamada steals thirtieth base of the season

Tetsuto Yamada stole his thirtieth base of the year in the first inning of tonight’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama Stadium and is now one step closer to becoming the first player in NPB history to record Triple Threes (.300 batting average, thirty home runs, thirty stolen bases) in back-to-back seasons.

Through September 5, Yamada was batting .323 with thirty-three home runs.

Source: Sponichi 9/6/2016

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[9/1/2016] Yuki Yanagita fractures finger in sliding catch

Yuki Yanagita hurt his right ring finger while playing defense in the third inning of a game against the Seibu Lions at Seibu Prince Dome on September 1.

Seibu’s Ginjiro Sumitani led off the third inning with a fly ball to center field. Yanagita made a nice sliding catch for the first out of the inning. In doing so, he hurt his right ring finger — the ball hit the finger before it went into the glove. He remained in the game and struck out looking during his at bat in the fourth inning. He was replaced on defense in the bottom half of the inning and taken to a hospital for tests.

CT scans and x-rays revealed a fracture in his fourth (ring finger) distal phalanx. He will require about six weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/1/2016Tokyo Sports 9/1/2016, Sports Hochi 9/1/2016, Daily Sports 9/1/2016

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[8/28/2016] Seiichi Uchikawa leaves after collision at first base

Seiichi Uchikawa was removed from today’s game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at YafuOku Dome after a collision involving Lotte’s Alfredo Despaigne at first base in the top of the eight inning.

Despaigne hit a grounder to short. Kenta Imamiya fielded the ball and made a throw to first. The throw was wide and took a hop. Uchikawa tried to glove the ball as Despaigne reached first and the two collided and fell.

Uchikawa walked off the field with a slight limp and was replaced by Kenji Akashi. Despaigne remained in the game, but Shota Omine took his spot in the ninth.

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[UPDATE 8/28 @ 9:58pm]

Uchikawa suffered a bruise on his left arm and showed signs of whiplash. The Hawks will wait to see how he is feeling tomorrow before they decide what to do next.

Source: Sponichi 8/28/2016

[UPDATE 8/30 @ 12:59am]

In addition to the bruised left arm and whiplash, Uchikawa also suffered an abrasion near his left ankle. He received treatment for his injuries in Fukuoka on August 29, then traveled with the team to Tokyo for a three-game series against Seibu that begins on August 30. Kimiyasu Kudo plans to make a decision on Uchikawa after he has had a chance to see him during practices on August 30.

Source: Sponichi 8/29/2016Daily Sports 8/29/2016


[8/13/2016] Dayan Viciedo hurts left ankle

Dayan Viciedo hurt his left ankle during tonight’s game against the Hanshin Tigers at Kyocera Dome. Viciedo made a nice catch on a pop fly behind first base by Fumihito Haraguchi in the eight inning. However, as soon as he gloved the ball, Shuhei Takahshi, who was playing second for the first time in his career, crashed into him from behind. Viciedo twisted his left ankle as he feel forward. He was in pain and could not get up immediately. He was able to get onto the team bus on his own after the game, but with some difficulty. The Chunichi Dragons are planning to wait until tomorrow to see how is feeling before making any decisions on what to do next.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/13/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/13/2016

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[UPDATE 8/14 @ 8:38pm]

Viciedo was taken off the active roster today with pain in his left ankle. He was not seen at Kyocera Dome and likely returned to Nagoya.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/14/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/14/2016, Sponichi 8/14/2016


[8/2/2016] Balentien strikes again, hits Ishihara on backswing

Yoshiyuki Ishihara fell victim to Wladimir Balentien’s backswing. The incident took place during a game against the Hiroshima Carp at Jingu Stadium with runners on first and third and two out in the first inning. Ishihara is the second catcher this season to be hit in the head by Balentien’s backswing.

Ishihara was taken off the field on stretcher and replaced by Tsubasa Aizawa. The catcher was sent to a hospital in Tokyo for tests. He did not lose consciousness.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/2/2016, Daily Sports 8/2/2016

[UPDATE 8/3 @ 8:36am]

Ishihara was diagnosed with a concussion and a bruise on the back of the head.

Source: Daily Sports 8/3/2016

[UPDATE 8/3 @ 9:29pm]

Ishihara was taken off the active roster today with the concussion exception rule.

Source: Daily Sports 8/3/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/3/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 89 52 2
Yomiuri 143 71 69 3
Yokohama 143 69 71 3
Hanshin 143 64 76 3
Yakult 143 64 78 1
Chunichi 143 58 82 3
Nippon Ham 143 87 53 3
Softbank 143 83 54 6
Lotte 143 72 68 3
Seibu 143 64 76 3
Rakuten 143 62 78 3
Orix 143 57 83 3
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