Tag Archive: Chunichi Dragons


[7/20/2018] Chunichi Dragons interested in Joely Rodriguez

The Chunichi Dragons are interested in twenty-six-year-old pitcher Joely Rodriguez. According to Sponichi, the Dragons are planning to give Rodriguez a tryout. They see him as a possible left-handed option out of the bullpen.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/20/2018, Sponichi 7/20/2018


[7/20/2018] Chunichi Dragons add Hiroto Fuku to their seventy-man roster

The Chunichi Dragons announced on July 19 that they added Ikusei pitcher Hiroto Fuku to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 234 to 34.

Source: Chunichi 7/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/19/2018, Daily Sports 7/19/2018


[7/19/2018] Seibu Lions acquire Ryuya Ogawa in trade

Seibu Lions announced today that they acquired twenty-six-year-old Ryuya Ogawa in a trade with the Chunichi Dragons for cash considerations.

Source: Seibu 7/19/2018, Chunichi 7/19/2018, Sanspo 7/19/2018, Daily Sports 7/19/2018, Sponichi 7/19/2018


[7/7/2018] About the Yakult-Chunichi cancellation on Friday

The Yakult-Chunichi game at Nagoya Dome on Friday was canceled because the Swallows’ equipment truck was delayed.

The Yakult Swallows were in Hiroshima for three games prior to their series against the Dragons in Aichi. Their game against the Carp on Thursday was rained out. The team still held workouts at Mazda Stadium until the evening. Equipment was then loaded onto a truck. Yakult players headed to Nagoya and safely made it to the team hotel. The equipment truck lagged behind due to delays caused by heavy rains.

On Friday, representatives from Yakult and Chunichi discussed their options. The Dragons wanted to wait until about 5:45pm to make a decision and were willing to delay the start of the game by an hour. But 3:45pm, Chunichi announced that the game was being canceled.

The Swallows’ equipment truck left Hiroshima at around 7:00pm on July 5 and was scheduled to arrive in Nagoya at around 2:00am on July 6, but it did not arrive until about 4:30am on July 7. Incidentally, the Carp also traveled on Thursday. Their truck left at 4:15pm on July 5 and arrived in Tokyo on Friday morning.

This was the second game to be canceled because of delayed equipment. The first time was Nankai vs Nippon Ham at Korakuen on July 13, 1979 (traffic delays caused by a five in a highway tunnel).

Nagoya Dome Cancellations

  • July 26, 1997 – Yomiuri vs Chunichi (concerns about typhoon-related transportation problems)
  • September 12, 2000 – Hiroshima vs Chunichi (flooding caused by heavy rains)
  • September 18-19, 2004 – Yomiuri vs Chunichi (player strike)
  • July 6, 2018 – Yakult vs Chunichi (equipment delay)

Source: Daily Sports 7/6/2018, Daily Sports 7/6/2018, Daily Sports 7/6/2018, Sports Hochi 7/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/7/2018, Sponichi 7/6/2018, Sponichi 7/6/2018, Sponichi 7/7/2018, Tokyo Sports 7/6/2018


[6/29/2018] Chunichi Dragons top one million in attendance

The Chunichi Dragons topped one million in attendance on June 29, their thirty-fifth home game of the year. The Dragons needed thirty-eight home game to reach the same milestone last year.



[6/24/2018] Ryosuke Hirata sits out a game

Ryosuke Hirata was hit by a pitch on near his right knee during a game against the Yokohama Bay Stars on June 23. He did not participate in pre-game practices and was left out of the starting line-up on June 24.

The Chunichi Dragons did not want to push Hirata because he had problems with his right knee last year. Hirata is hoping to return to the starting line-up on June 26.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/24/2018, Sports Hochi 6/24/2018, Sanspo 6/24/2018


[6/24/2018] Yohei Oshima misses two games after HBP

Yohei Oshima took a pitch off his left wrist during a game against Yokohama on June 22. He was left out of the starting line-up on June 23 because of swelling in the wrist.

Oshima told reporters he was feeling better today, but he was again left out of the starting line-up, most likely as a precaution.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/23/2018, Sports Hochi 6/24/2018, Sanspo 6/23/2018, Sanspo 6/24/2018


[6/20/2018] Kazuki Yoshimi earns domestic FA option

Thirty-three-year-old Kazuki Yoshimi earned his domestic free agent option today with eight years of service time on the active roster. Yoshimi told reporters he was not planning to exercise the option.

Source: Daily Sports 6/20/2018, Sports Hochi 6/20/2018, Sanspo 6/20/2018


[6/17/2018] Daisuke Matsuzaka scratched from start against Seibu

Daisuke Matsuzaka was a late scratch from his start against the Seibu Lions at MetLife Dome on June 17. Matsuzaka developed cramps in his back during pre-game practice. He remained at the stadium for treatment and left on a taxi during the fifth inning. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Tokyo Sports 6/17/2018, Tokyo Sports 6/17/2018, Sponichi 6/17/2018, Sponichi 6/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/17/2018, Daily Sports 6/17/2018

[UPDATE 6/19 @ 12:42am]

Matsuzaka was examined at a hospital in Yokohama on June 18 and diagnosed with a mild sprain in his back. He was taken off the active roster on the same day.

Source: Zak Zak 6/18/2018, Sponichi 6/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/18/2018


Alex Guerrero: Did You Know



May 30 vs Nippon Ham at Tokyo Dome – Guerrero hit the JR Higashi Nihon billboard in left in the seventh inning. He will get a VIEW gift certificate worth one million yen.

Source: Sanspo 5/30/2018