Tag Archive: Chunichi Dragons


[9/24/2018] Chunichi Dragons reach two million mark in attendance

The Chunichi Dragons reached the two million mark in attendance in their sixty-seventh home game of the year. It took the Dragons seventy-two games to reach the same milestone last season.

Source: Chunichi 9/24/2018



[9/15/2018] Chunichi Dragons, Dillon Gee will most likely part ways

Chunichi Dragons will most likely part ways with thirty-two-year-old Dillon Gee after the season. Shigekazu Mori told reporters Gee was going to need time for rehab (he had a blood circulation problem in his right hand) and that he did not expect to see Gee with the Dragons next year.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/14/2018


[9/12/2018] Masato Matsui suffers bruise on chin after HBP

Masato Matsui was hit by a pitch thrown near his head during his at bat in the fourth inning of a game against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium on September 11. He was removed from the game and taken to a hospital in Nishinomiya, Hyogo for tests where he was diagnosed with a bruise on the right side of his chin.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/12/2018, Sanspo 9/11/2018, Sponichi 9/11/2018


[8/29/2018] Shinnosuke Ogasawara to have elbow surgery

The media learned on August 28 that Shinnosuke Ogasawara is planning to have surgery to remove loose cartilage from his left elbow, possibly in early September. Ogasawara was examined in a hospital because of discomfort in the elbow. He decided to have the surgery after talking it over with people around him. His goal is to be fully prepared for the 2019 season.

Ogasawara had similar after the 2016 season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/28/2018, Sanspo 8/28/2018, Sponichi 8/29/2018

[UPDATE 9/5 @ 1:22pm]

Ogasawara had surgery on his left elbow at a hospital in Nagoya on September 4.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/4/2018, Sponichi 9/4/2018


Dayan Viciedo: Did You Know



August 26 vs Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium – Viciedo blasted Mazda Stadium’s 1,000th home run (fifth inning, off Mikiya Takahashi).

Source: Sponichi 8/26/2018

August 28 vs Yokohama at Yokohama – Viciedo recorded two hits and pushed his total for August to forty-three and set a new Dragons record for hits in one month. The previous record of forty-two was held by (August 1954) Michio Nishizawa and Morimichi Takagi (August 1964).

The Central League record is forty-six (Shuichi Murata, August 2013) and the NPB record forty-eight (Ichiro, August 1996).

Source: Sports Hochi 8/28/2018, Sponichi 8/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/29/2018

August 30 vs Yokohama at Yokohama – Viciedo picked up three more hits and tied Shuichhi Murata’s CL record for hits in a month with forty-six.

Source: Daily Sports 8/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/30/2018, Sanspo 8/30/2018, Sponichi 8/30/2018

August 31 vs Yomiuri at Nagoya Dome – Viciedo went 1-for-4 and set a new CL record for hits in a single month with forty-seven. While he fell one short of tying Ichiro’s NPB record, he did set a new NPB record for most hits in a month by a right-handed hitter.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/31/2018, Sponichi 8/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/1/2018, Daily Sports 8/31/2018


[8/21/2018] Yohei Oshima earns international FA option

Thirty-two-year-old Yohei Oshima earned his international free agent option with nine years of service time on the active roster. He is currently in the second year of a three-year deal.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/21/2018


[8/16/2018] Ryosuke Hirata hits for the cycle, fourth player this season

Ryosuke Hirata hit for the cycle during tonight’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Nagoya Dome. He became the sixty-eighth player in NPB history (accomplished seventy-three times) and thirty-fifth in Central League history (accomplished thirty-eight times) to achieve the feat. He also became the fourth player to hit for the cycle this year (Yuki Yanagita, Tetsuto Yamada, and Masayuki Kuwahara), the eighth player in Chunichi history (accomplished eight times) to hit for the cycle, first since Yohei Oshima on July 20, 2016, and the first player to hit for the cycle at Nagoya Dome since Kosuke Fukudome on June 8, 2003.

Hirata hit a lead-off home run to left in the first inning, a two-run double to left in the second inning, a double to left-center in the fourth inning, a triple to right in the fifth inning, and a single to left in the seventh inning.

Additionally, Hirata…

  • became the fourteenth player (accomplished fifteen times) to hit for the cycle and record five hits.
  • joined Sachio Kinugasa, Akinobu Mayumi, Rainel Rosario, Oshima, and Kuwahara as players to start a cycle with a lead-off home run.
  • joined Kinugasa as the only players to start a cycle with a lead-off home run and record five hits.
  • recorded five hits in a game for the first time in his career.

Source: Tokyo Sports 8/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/17/2018, Daily Sports 8/16/2018, Daily Sports 8/17/2018, Sponichi 8/16/2018, Sponichi 8/17/2018


Hiroki Kondo: Did You Know



August 7 – Kondo announced on August 6 that he filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old woman from Shizuoka on July 30. They are planning to hold a ceremony in December.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2018, Sponichi 8/7/2018


[7/28/2018] Ryosuke Hirata has a bruised left pinky

Ryosuke Hirata got the start in right against the Yomiuri Giants on July 28. He was hit by a pitch on his left pinky during his first at bat in the first inning. He was helped off the field for treatment and ultimately replaced by a pinch-runner.

Hirata was taken to a hospital in Tokyo for test and was diagnosed with a bruise.

Source: Sponichi 7/28/2018, Sports Hochi 7/28/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/28/2018


[7/25/2018] Zoilo Almonte hurt left wrist

Zoilo Almonte hurt his left wrist during a game against the Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium on July 21. He was taken off the active roster on July 22. He resumed practices on July 24 at Nagoya Stadium.

Almonte started feeling discomfort in left wrist earlier this month. He aggravated it when he struck out during the Yakult game on July 21. He was examined at a hospital in Nagoya on July 23, but nothing serious was discovered (just swelling).

Source: Sports Hochi 7/24/2018, Sponichi 7/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/24/2018

NPB Standings [Full]
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
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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