Tag Archive: Hanshin Tigers


[4/16/2018] Randy Messenger earns domestic FA option

Thirty-six-year-old Randy Messenger earned his domestic free agent option today with eight years of service time on the active roster. Messenger told reporters he was not interested in playing for another team and that he wanted to finish his career with the Hanshin Tigers.

Messenger is the ninth foreign player to earn a free agent option. He will not count against the foreign player cap next year.

Source: Sanspo 4/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/16/2018, Daily Sports 4/16/2018, Daily Sports 4/16/2018


[4/13/2018] Randy Messenger fined 100,000 yen for ejection

The NPB announced today that they issued Randy Messenger a 100,000 yen fine and a stern warning for his ejection from last night’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Koshien Stadium.

With the bases loaded and two out in the second inning, Messenger went to a full count against Ryuhei Matsuyama. He threw a fastball up and in. The umpire ruled the pitch a ball and the walk pushed a run home to put the Tigers down 3-1.

A frustrated Messenger shouted toward home plate as he came off the mound. The umpire ejected him for using offensive language. The veteran hurler has only been ejected one other time: September 8, 2010 for a dangerous pitch (automatic ejection). The last Tiger to be ejected for using offensive language was Matt Murton on August 23, 2014.

Source: NPB 4/13/2018, Daily Sports 4/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/12/2018, Tokyo Sports 4/12/2018, Sanspo 4/13/2018, Sponichi 4/13/2018


[4/3/2018] Randy Messenger slated to earn FA option on April 16

Randy Messenger is slated to earn his domestic free agent option on April 16 (assuming he remains on the active roster until then). According to reports by Daily Sports and Sanspo, the Hanshin Tigers are planning to ask him to stay as soon as he earns the option. Messenger has also expressed an interest to remain with the team.

While it is still early, there is a good chance the Tigers will offer a multi-year deal with at least two years. If Messenger becomes a free agent, he will be an interesting option for other NPB teams because he will no longer be considered a foreign player.

Source: Daily Sports 4/3/2018, Sanspo 4/3/2018

[UPDATE 4/14 @ 1:49am]

According to a report by Tokyo Sports, Messenger is willing to play for as long as the Tigers want him (if they want him for two years, he will play another two years). He is also not interested in playing for any other team in Japan.

Source: Tokyo Sports 4/13/2018


[3/16/2018] Atsushi Mochizuki pitches in BP scrimmage

Atsushi Mochizuki had surgery on his back in December last year. He pitching in a batting practice scrimmage at Naruohama on March 15. He faced five hitters, threw sixteen pitches, allowed two hits, and topped out at 152km/m.

Source: Sanpso 3/16/2018


[3/14/2018] Hanshin Tigers, Seibu Lions agree to trade

The Hanshin Tigers and Seibu Lions announced earlier today that they agreed to a one-for-one player trade. The Tigers will send thirty-one-year-old Daiki Enokida to the Lions for thirty-two-year-old Yosuke Okamoto.

Source: Hanshin 3/14/2018, Seibu 3/14/2018


Hiroya Shimamoto: Did You Know


The Hanshin Tigers announced on March 1, 2018 that Shimamoto filed marriage papers with a twenty-five-year-old woman from Fukuoka.

Source: Hanshin 3/1/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/1/2018, Daily Sports 3/1/2018


[2/6/2018] Hanshin Tigers: Ono, Saiki to start Wednesday’s intra-squad game

Tomoaki Kanemoto told reporters today that he is planning to use Taiki Ono and Hiroto Saiki as starting pitchers during an intra-squad game tomorrow (February 7). Both pitchers are vying for spots in the starting rotation this season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2018

[UPDATE 2/6 @ 11:03pm]

Yuta Iwasada, Shintaro Fujinami, Tsuyoshi Ishizaki, and Ryoma Matsuda are also slated to pitch in the intra-squad game.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/6/2018

[UPDATE 2/7 @ 4:05pm]

Ono got the start for the Whites and gave up two hits over two shutout innings. He retired the side in order in the first inning and ended the second with a double play with runners on first and second.

Source: Daily Sports 2/7/2018

Fujinami entered the game in the third innings and pitched two innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits. He faced ten hitters and threw forty-one pitches. Both runs came in his second inning of work.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/7/2018, Daily Sports 2/7/2018, Sponichi 2/7/2018

Wilin Rosario started at designated hitter and batted fourth for the Reds. He picked up a hit in his second trip to the plate (a two single to left off Iwasada in the fourth inning with no runners on).

Source: Daily Sports 2/7/2018

Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at shortstop and batted lead-off. He hit a two-run home run off Saiki in his second trip to the plate.

Source: Daily Sports 2/7/2018

[UPDATE 2/7 @ 9:32pm]

Yusuke Oyama got the start and second and batted fifth for the Reds. He recorded three hits.

Ishizaki gave up three hits and recorded two shutout innings for the Whites.

Source: Sponichi 2/7/2018



[1/31/2018] Hanshin Tigers: Ul-Tora Yellow Uniforms

The Hanshin Tigers revealed their 2018 Ul-Tora uniforms on January 31. Randy Messenger and Ryutaro Umeno modeled the uniforms during a press conference.

The base color is yellow with a light tiger pattern that represents strength. The numbers are on fire, similar to the Ul-Tora logo.

The uniforms will be worn during six Ul-Tora games in July. They will also be “previewed” during three games in May.


  • May 1 (Tue) – 3 (Thu) vs Yokohama
  • July 16 (Mon) – 18 (Wed) vs Yomiuri
  • Julu 24 (Tue) – 26 (Thu) vs Hiroshima

Source: Hanshin 1/31/2018


[1/25/2018] Hanshin Tigers: The Classic Series 2018 Uniforms

The Hanshin Tigers unveiled the uniforms they will be wearing for The Classic Series against the Yomiuri Giants this season (May 25-27 at Koshien Stadium) on January 24.

The uniforms are light blue and have black and yellow jagged stripes running down the sides of the pant legs and around the sleeve cuffs. Similar uniforms were worn during road games between 1975 and 1978. The uniforms were modeled by Takumi Akiyama and Kentaro Kuwahara.

Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/24/2018


Takahiro Kumagai: Did You Know


Kumagai unofficially (timed by the media) ran to first in 3.70 seconds during rookie workouts on January 22. When he was in college, his best time around all the bases was 13.8 seconds.

Source: Sanspo 1/23/2018, Sponichi 1/23/2018, Daily Sports 1/23/2018

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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