Tomohiro Nioka is set to manager the BC League’s Toyama Thunderbirds next season. Toyama announced earlier today that they reached an agreement with the forty-two-year-old. They released the following statement from Nioka:
I wanted to work with the players that were striving to become better after discovering how the BC League was improving every year. I will be happy if I can help players grow, even a little, with the experience I gained as a player and coach. I am also looking forward to becoming a part of the Toyama community.
As manager, I hope to both help myself and the players grow throughout the course of a season.
Source: Toyama 11/8/20180 Comments
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.
[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 8/28/20180 Comments
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.0 Comments
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.
[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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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.0 Comments
Japan Independent League Grand Championship 2017 Schedule
Best of five.
Tokushima wins series, 3-2.
|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|
|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, 3-2.0 Comments
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 3/31/20170 Comments
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.
[UPDATE 7/25 @ 12:29am]
Kadoya is currently slated to return to the Buffaloes on August 1.
Source: Sponichi 7/24/20170 Comments
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.0 Comments