Tag Archive: Hanshin Tigers


Hiroki Uemoto: Did You Know


May 4 vs Chunichi at Koshien Stadium – Uemoto recorded a modasho in his third straight game. He is the first Hanshin Tiger to get modasho in three consecutive games since Matt Murton in 2013. Murton also set the franchise record of four in 2013. The Central League record of five was set by Michio Nishizawa in 1954.

Source: Daily Sports 5/5/2018, Daily Sports 5/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/5/2018


[5/5/2018] Hiroki Uemoto hurts leg while stealing second

Hiroki Uemoto hurt his left leg while sliding into second base during a stolen base attempt in the first inning of today’s game against the Chunichi Dragons at Koshien Stadium. He could not get up and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. He was taken to a hospital in Amagasaki for tests.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/5/2018, Sports Hochi 5/5/2018, Daily Sports 5/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/5/2018, Sanspo 5/5/2018

[UPDATE 5/6 @ 11:59pm]

Uemoto was taken off the active roster today. He was examined by a team doctor at the stadium clubhouse and diagnosed with a possible anterior cruciate ligament injury. He is scheduled to undergo additional tests.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/6/2018, Sanspo 5/6/2018, Daily Sports 5/6/2018, Sponichi 5/6/2018

[UPDATE 5/9 @ 1:19am]

The Tigers announced on May 8 that Uemoto was examined at a hospital in Osaka and diagnosed with an ACL injury. There is no timetable on his recovery.

Source: Sanspo 5/8/2018, Sponichi 5/8/2018


[4/26/2018] Marcos Mateo taken off active roster

Marcos Mateo was taken off the active roster today because he has plans to return to the Dominican Republic for the birth of his child.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/26/2018


[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