Tag Archive: Hanshin Tigers


[2017 Free Agency] Yamato Rumors

Date Team Update
@ 2:51am
Hanshin The Tigers may have offered a three-year deal worth more than the estimated fifty million yen he made this season. They are planning to stay put and watch what other teams are doing until they hear back from him. Sponichi 11/17/2017
@ 2:47am
Orix The Buffaloes met Yamato in Ashiya, Hyogo on November 17. Sponichi 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017
@ 2:37a
Yokohama The Bay Stars met Yamato met Yamato in the Kansai region on November 16. They may have offered a three-year deal worth around 350 million (Sports Hochi), more than 300 million (Sponichi), around 300 million (Nikkan Sports). They could go up to four years. Sports Hochi 11/17/2017, Sponichi 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017
@ 2:22a
Yokohama The Bay Stars might offer a three-year deal worth an estimated total 300 million yen. They could go as high as four years. Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017, Daily Sports 11/16/2017
@ 2:22a
Orix The Buffaloes are thinking about offering at least three years. Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017, Sponichi 11/16/2017

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[11/16/2017] Hanshin Tigers sign Shintaro Yokota to Ikusei contract

The Hanshin Tigers signed twenty-two-year-old Shintaro Yokota to an Ikusei contract on November 16. Yokota was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February. He received treatment for the tumor and found out he was in remission in late-August. He returned to the player dormitory in early-September and has been training since then.

Source: Sponichi 11/16/2017, Daily Sports 11/16/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017, Tokyo Sports 11/16/2017

[UPDATE 11/18 @ 3:00am]

Yokota’s salary remains unchanged at an estimated 8.7 million yen.

Source: Sponichi 11/17/2017, Daily Sports 11/17/2017


[11/14/2017] Hanshin Tigers looking into Leonys Martín

The Hanshin Tigers are looking into twenty-nine-year-old Leonys Martín. The Tigers feel he has enough pop to bat fourth for them. They like his speed and his defensive abilities.

Source: Sanspo 11/14/2017


[11/12/2017] Taiki Ono leaves fall camp with knee pain

Taiki Ono left fall camp in Kochi and returned to Osaka on November 12 because of pain in his right knee.

Source: Daily Sports 11/12/2017

[UPDATE 11/13 @ 4:19pm]

Ono started feeling pain in his right knee on November 9. The Hanshin Tigers are concerned because he had surgery on his right knee during his third year of high school. Ono had the knee examined today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2017, Sponichi 11/13/2017, Sports Hochi 11/13/2017, Sanspo 11/13/2017

[UPDATE 11/14 @ 3:12pm]

Ono was examined at a hospital in Osaka on November 13 and diagnosed with inflammation in the medial side of his right knee.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2017, Daily Sports 11/14/2017


[11/11/2017] Hanshin Tigers interested in Oswaldo Arcia

According to at least two reports, the Hanshin Tigers are looking into twenty-six-year-old outfielder Oswaldo Arcia. The Tigers are looking for a bat with pop that can hit clean-up on the overseas market. They are also looking into twenty-eight-year-old infielder Wilin Rosario.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/11/2017, Chunichi Sports 11/11/2017


[11/9/2017] Hanshin Tigers interested in Diego Moreno

The Hanshin Tigers have their eye on thirty-year-old pitcher Diego Moreno, according to at least two Japanese reports. The Tigers already have a number of foreign pitchers on their seventy-man roster, but still want another arm for the bullpen as insurance.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2017, Sanspo 11/9/2017

[UPDATE 11/11 @ 12:00am]

The media learned on November 9 that the Tigers are close to finalizing an agreement with Moreno. An announcement is expected within the next few days.

Source: Sponichi 11/10/2017


[11/8/2017] Minoru Iwata wins Golden Spirit Award

Minoru Iwata was named the winner of the 19th Golden Spirit Award.

Iwata was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes while he was in high school. He currently wears an insulin pump during games to control his blood sugar  levels. Wanting to help others with similar conditions, he started donating money to diabetes research in 2009 (100,000 yen for every win he records). He has visited patients and invited them to watch him pitch. He has also spoken up about his condition to help spread awareness.

Selection Committee Members

Yoshiharu Otsuka (Japan Red Cross Society, Vice President), Katsuhiko Kumazaki (NPB Commissioner),  Kazuo Sayama (writer), Shigeo Nagashima (Honorary Manager for the Yomiuri Giants), Shinichi Maruyama (Hochi Shimbun, Representative Director, President), Yuko Mitsuya (Japan Basketball Association, Chairperson)

Source: Sports Hochi 11/8/2017


[11/8/2017] Yamato to test the free agent waters

The Hanshin Tigers announced today that Yamato filed paperwork to exercise his free agent option. The Tigers released the following statement from Yamato:

I have decided to use my free agent option. It is difficult to find words to express my love and gratitude toward the Tigers, a team that took care of me the last twelve years. I made this decision because I strongly felt that this was my last chance to talk to other teams. I did not use the option with the intent to leave. I want to play for a team next year that needs me the most. This could be the Tigers.

The Yokohama Bay Stars and Orix Bufaloes are said to be interested in the thirty-year-old.

Source: Hanshin 11/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2017Daily Sports 11/8/2017

[UPDATE 11/14 @ 3:48pm]

The Bay Stars might be willing to go up to four years on their offer to Yamato.

Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2017

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[11/7/2017] Hiroki Uemoto to have surgery on right ankle

The media learned on November 6 that Hiroki Uemoto will have surgery on his right ankle. He is not expected to miss any portion of the 2018 season.

Uemoto has had problems with his ankle since he sprained it during a game against Hiroshima earlier this year on May 5.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2017

[UPDATE 11/9 @ 11:54pm]

The Tigers announced today that Uemoto had surgery on his right ankle at a hospital in Tokyo. There were no complications and he was discharged on the same day.

Source: Sanspo 11/9/2017

[UPDATE 11/14 @ 3:15pm]

Uemoto is getting around with crutches. He started moving his body around on November 10, the day after he was discharged from the hospital.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2017


[11/6/2017] Hanshin Tigers sign left-handed pitcher Yen-Ching Lu

The Hanshin Tigers announced on November 6 that they signed twenty-one-year old left-handed pitcher Yen-Ching Lu. The Tigers are set to hold a press conference in Nishinomiya on November 7.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2017, Sponichi 11/6/2017, Daily Sports 11/6/2017, Sanspo 11/6/2017

[UPDATE 11/7 @ 4:03pm]

The Tigers held a press conference for Lu today. He is scheduled to join Ni-gun practices at Naruohama on November 8.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2017, Daily Sports 11/7/2017

[UPDATE 11/7 @ 11:26pm]

According to media reports, Lu agreed to a multi-year contract that will be worth an estimated eight million yen next year.

Source: Sanspo 11/7/2017 (additional reports: Sponichi 11/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2017, Daily Sports 11/7/2017

[UPDATE 11/8 @ 4:35pm]

Lu moved into the team dormitory after his press conference yesterday. He joined Ni-gun practices at Naruohama today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/8/2017, Daily Sports 11/8/2017

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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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