Tag Archive: BC League

[7/26/2018] BC League to expand to eleven teams in 2019

The BC League announced that they formally approved Ibaraki as an official member during a representatives meeting on July 24. The new team will be called the Ibaraki Astro Planets and will join the league in 2019. Other details will be released at a later date.

The BC League is also considering the addition of associate member Shizuoka for the 2019 season. They are planning to make a decision before the end of August.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2018, BC League 7/24/2018, BC League 7/26/2018

[UPDATE 8/29 @ 4:11pm]

The BC League decided to hold off on making Shizuoka an official member and will operate with eleven teams next year.

Source: Sanspo 8/28/2018

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[4/25/2018] Shizuoka Kenmin Kyudan becomes an associate member of the BC League

The BC League announced on April 24 that the Shizuoka Kenmin Kyudan was accepted as an associate member. If everything goes smoothly, the organization could apply for full membership in June with an approval some time in August.

The BC League is currently made up of ten teams. There is one other associate member (Ibaraki Astro Planets). The league is ultimately hoping to field twelve teams in all.

Source: BC League 4/25/2018, Shizuoka Kenmin Kyudan, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2018

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[3/4/2018] Shuichi Murata to sign with Tochigi Golden Braves

The media learned today that thirty-seven-year-old Shuichi Murata reached an agreement with the BC League’s Tochigi Golden Braves. An official announcement will be made on March 5. A press conference is scheduled for March 9.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/4/2018, Sponichi 3/4/2018, Sports Hochi 3/4/2018

[UPDATE 3/5 @ 9:47pm]

Tochigi announced today that they added Murata to their team. He was assigned the uniform number 25.

Source: Tochigi 3/5/2018


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[1/9/2018] Masaru Takeda named new Ishikawa manager

The Ishikawa Million Stars announced on January 9 that they hire former Nippon Ham pitcher Masaru Takeda as their new manager. He was assigned the uniform number 38.

Takeda first joined the Ishikawa organization in 2017 as a vice president/coach.

Source: Ishikawa 1/9/2018, Sponichi 1/9/2018, Daily Sports 1/9/2018

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Japan Independent League Grand Championship 2017 Schedule

Japan Independent League Grand Championship 2017 Schedule

Best of five.
Tokushima wins series, 3-2.

Date Time Gm Away Score Home Venue
10/07 Sat 18:00 1 Tokushima Indigo Socks 4-10 Shinano Grandserows Nagano Olympic Stadium
10/08 Sun 18:00 2 Tokushima Indigo Socks 2-1 Shinano Grandserows Nagano Olympic Stadium
10/09 Mon 18:00 alt Tokushima Indigo Socks   Shinano Grandserows Nagano Olympic Stadium
10/10 Tue 18:00 alt Tokushima Indigo Socks   Shinano Grandserows Nagano Olympic Stadium
10/14 Sat 18:00 3 Shinano Grandserows 0-3 Tokushima Indigo Socks JA Bank Tokushima Stadium
10/15 Sun 18:00 4 Shinano Grandserows rain Tokushima Indigo Socks JA Bank Tokushima Stadium
10/16 Mon 18:00 5 Shinano Grandserows rain Tokushima Indigo Socks JA Bank Tokushima Stadium
10/17 Tue 18:00 4 Shinano Grandserows 1-0 Tokushima Indigo Socks JA Bank Tokushima Stadium
10/18 Wed 18:00 5 Shinano Grandserows 1-2 Tokushima Indigo Socks JA Bank Tokushima Stadium
10/19 Thu 18:00 alt Shinano Grandserows   Tokushima Indigo Socks JA Bank Tokushima Stadium

Awards

  • MVP: Sho Ito (Tokushima) = 2 G, 1 W, 14.0 IP, 16 SO, 1 ER
  • Fighting Spirit: Yusei Yamasaki (Shinano) = 3 G, 1 Sv, 4.0 IP, 9 SO, 0 ER

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2017 BC League Championship Series Schedule, Results

Championship Schedule

Date Time Gm Away Score Home Venue
09/23 Sat 13:00 1 Gunma Diamond Pegasus 10-3 Shinano Grandserows Nakanoshi Baseball Field
09/24 Sun   alt Gunma Diamond Pegasus   Shinano Grandserows Nagano Olympic Stadium
09/25 Mon 18:00 2 Gunma Diamond Pegasus 0-3 Shinano Grandserows  
09/26 Tue 18:00 alt Gunma Diamond Pegasus   Shinano Grandserows Nagano Olympic Stadium
09/27 Wed 18:30 alt Gunma Diamond Pegasus   Shinano Grandserows Nagano Baseball Field
09/30 Sat 18:00 3 Shinano Grandserows 3-1 Gunma Diamond Pegasus Maebashi Baseball Field
10/01 Sun 18:00 4 Shinano Grandserows 3-10 Gunma Diamond Pegasus Maebashi Baseball Field
10/02 Mon 18:00 5 Shinano Grandserows 4-3 Gunma Diamond Pegasus Maebashi Baseball Field
10/03 Tue 13:00 alt Shinano Grandserows   Gunma Diamond Pegasus Isesaki Baseball Field
10/04 Wed 16:00 alt Shinano Grandserows   Gunma Diamond Pegasus Isesaki Baseball Field

Shinano wins series, 3-2.

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[3/31/2017] BC League’s Niigata reaches agreement with Josh Tols

The BC League’s Niigata Albirex Baseball Club announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Josh Tols.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/31/2017

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[3/28/2017] Orix assigns Ryuta Kadoya to BC League’s Fukui

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that twenty-six-year-old Ikusei pitcher Ryuta Kadoya will be assigned to the BC League’s Fukui Miracle Elephants, from April 1 until the end of the first-half of the season.

Source: Orix 3/28/2017, Fukui 3/28/2017

[UPDATE 7/25 @ 12:29am]

Kadoya is currently slated to return to the Buffaloes on August 1.

Source: Sponichi 7/24/2017

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[3/1/2017] Shuichiro Osada signs with Niigata

The BC League’s Niigata Albirex Baseball Club announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-six-year-old Shuichiro Osada.

Osada began his professional career with the Seibu Lions in 2002. He was traded to the Yokohama Bay Stars for Naoto Watanabe during the 2013 season. He was released by Yokohama last year and attended the twelve team tryouts in November in an attempt to find a new home in the NPB.

Source: Niigata 3/1/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/1/2017

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[1/12/2017] Ken Kato to join Niigata front office

The BC League’s Niigata Albirex Baseball Club announced today that former Yomiuri Giant Ken Kato will be join their front office. A press conference is scheduled for January 16.

Source: Niigata announcement, Sponichi 1/12/2017

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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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