Tag Archive: Chunichi Dragons


Yudai Ono: Did You Know

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Ono started inviting single-parent families to Nagoya Dome in 2017. He invited sixty pairs of single-parent families to six home games this year. The city of Nagoya recognized Ono after the season by sending him a letter of gratitude.

Source: Sponichi 12/17/2017


Shotaro Kasahara: Did You Know


Kasahara (22) is planning to file marriage papers with a twenty-three-year-old woman on January 5, 2018. The two met while they were in high school.

Source: Daily Sports 12/16/2017


[12/13/2017] Chunichi Dragons add Shota Ono

The Chunichi Dragons held a press conference today to announce their newest addition in Shota Ono. He was assigned the uniform number 27.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a three-year contract worth somewhere between 250 and 270 million yen.

Source: Chunichi 12/13/2017, Sanspo 12/13/2017, Sports Hochi 12/13/2017

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[12/8/2017] Chunichi Dragons to part ways with Masaru Fujiyoshi

The Chunichi Dragons announced on December 8 that they will part ways with twenty-one-year-old Masaru Fujiyoshi. The two sides had just agreed to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated three million yen on November 18.

Dragons representative Kazuo Nishiyama told reporters that Fujiyoshi wanted a chance to start over in a new place and the team decided to accept his request. He is apparently interested in going back to playing amateur baseball.

The Dragons are planning to release Fujiyoshi in January.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/8/2017


[12/6/2017] Yakult interested in Jordan Noberto, Chunichi looking to sign two new foreign pitchers

The Chunichi Dragons announced on December 5 that they are not going to offer thirty-year-old Jordan Noberto a contract for the 2018 season. The Dragons were initially planning to hold on to Noberto, but may have decided to part ways with him because they are close to signing two new foreign pitchers.

The Yakult Swallows may be interested in Noberto. They are still looking for a left-handed pitcher that can pitch out of the bullpen.

Source: Sanspo 12/6/2017, Sports Hochi 12/6/2017, Daily Sports 12/6/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/6/2017


Ryosuke Hirata: Did You Know


  • Hirata currently weighs ninety-seven kilograms. He is trying to decide whether to drop his weight to ninety-four kilograms as usual, or to ninety kilograms out of consideration for right knee (right injury in June). Source: Sanspo 12/6/2017, Tokyo Sports 12/6/2017

[12/2/2017] Chunichi Dragons part ways with Alex Guerrero

The Chunichi Dragons announced on December 2 that they decided to part ways with Alex Guerrero. Dragons official Kazuo Nishiyama told reporters they tried to negotiate a deal, but failed to reach an agreement.

Source: Chunichi 12/2/2017, Daily Sports 12/2/2017, Sponichi 12/2/2017

[UPDATE 12/4 @ 2:00am]

The Yomiuri Giants are interested in the slugger. They are looking for someone to help power their line-up.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/3/2017, Sponichi 12/3/2017


[11/27/2017] Chunichi Dragons: uniform number changes

The Chunichi Dragons announced the following uniform number changes on November 27:

  • Yu Sato = 14 → 25
  • Keisuke Tanimoto = 60 → 14
  • Takuma Kato = 39 → 52
  • Iori Katsura = 40 → 68
  • Shingo Takeyama = 52 → 39
  • Tetsuya Tani = 70 → 58

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2017


[11/24/2017] Chunichi planning to sign two foreign position players

Shigekazu Mori spoke to reporters after the Chunichi Dragons’ last meeting of the year on November 24. He told them that they were planning to sign two new foreign position players and one Ikusei foreign catcher. One of the position players will be a switch-hitter.

Mori also restated that the Dragons are not going to get into a bidding war for Alex Guerrero and that it could not be helped if he decided to go somewhere else.

Source: Sponichi 11/24/2017, Sanspo 11/24/2017

[UPDATE 11/26 @ 3:02am]

The two players the Dragons are planning to sign could be thirty-year-old Pedro Alvarez and twenty-eight-year-old Zoilo Almonte.

Source: Sponichi 11/25/2017, Sanspo 11/25/2017

[UPDATE 11/30 @ 3:01pm]

The Dragons are apparently planning to sign twenty-six-year-old Steven Moya (not Alvarez) and Zoilo Almonte.

Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2017

[UPDATE 12/3 @ 4:58am]

Nikkan Sports is reporting that twenty-one-year-old Ariel Martinez might be the catcher the Dragons are looking to sign to an Ikusei contract.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/2/2017

[UPDATE 12/4 @ 1:57am]

According to Sponichi, local media is reporting that Moya agreed to a one-year contract with the Dragons.

Source: Sponichi 12/3/2017


[11/17/2017] Chiba Lotte Marines to add Trackman to their facilities

The Chiba Lotte Marines are planning to install Trackman systems at ZOZO Marine and Lotte Urawa. They are the last team in the Pacific League to add Trackmans to their facilities.

The Chunichi Dragons are testing the Rapsodo system during fall camp. The Dragons are still considering the Trackman system.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017