The Hanshin Tigers told the media on December 9 that they received a list of unprotected players from the Yokohama Bay Stars. The two teams announced today that the Tigers selected twenty-two-year-old Yuya Onaka as part of their compensation package for losing Yamato to the Bay Stars via free agency.
Yokohama selected Onaka in the sixth round of the 2016 draft out of Hiroshima Keizai University. He pitched in eleven Ichi-gun games this season, all in relief, and allowed sixteen runs (fourteen earned) over 19.1 innings of work. He went 1-1 with a 6.52 ERA and 1.91 WHIP.
[UPDATE 12/18 @ 9:55pm]
The Tigers held a press conference for Onaka today. He was assigned the uniform number 27.
Source: Hanshin 12/18/2017
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The Hanshin Tigers are planning to hold winter practices at their Naruohama facilities in December. The practices will be for players that were drafted last year, as well as for players twenty-four and under. Practices will be held between December 1 and 20 with scheduled off-days.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/20170 Comments
According to Daily Sports, the Hanshin Tigers are interested in Yokohama senryokugai Noriharu Yamazaki. The Tigers most likely see Yamazaki as possible insurance in case Yamato decides to sign with another team.
Source: Daily Sports 11/25/2017
[UPDATE 11/27 @ 1:42pm]
The Tigers will sign Yamazaki. An official announcement will be made soon.
Source: Daily Sports 11/27/2017
[UPDATE 11/27 @ 9:29pm]
The Tigers announced today that they reached an agreement with Yamazaki. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated ten million yen.
[UPDATE 12/5 @ 2:47pm]
Yamazaki was assigned the uniform number 32.
Source: Hanshin 12/4/20170 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers unveiled their new 2018 uniforms during their fan appreciation event on November 25. The uniforms were modeled by Takumi Akiyama and Masahiro Nakatani.
The home uniforms have pinstripes with yellow accent lines. The two colors represent the unification of tradition and team/fans. The away uniforms feature black tops with yellow lines, representing strength and unification.
The Joshin logo (sponsor) will appear on helmets and the right sleeve, as well as the left side of caps and the left hip area of the pants.
Click into the Hanshin link below for images.
Source: Hanshin 11/25/2017
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Iwata has been donating 100,000 yen toward type 1 diabetes research for every win he records since 2009. He won three games in 2017 and raised 120,000 yen through merchandise sales. He will donate 420,000 yen in 2017. He has donated 4.72 million yen since 2009.0 Comments
Shintaro Fujinami stopped throwing after he developed some pain in his right shoulder near the end of fall camp and is planning to rest his arm until the new year. He did not seem concerned when he spoke to reporters on November 23 because he generally does not do a lot of throwing at the end of the year. The shoulder is not expected to be a problem when spring camp starts next year.0 Comments
Ryutaro Umeno is said to be next in line to take over as Hanshin Tigers chief player representative. Umeno is currently the vice player rep. An official announcement is expected during the final team player meeting of the year later this month.
Umeno will be taking over for Keisuke Kano.
[UPDATE 11/29 @ 9:32pm]
The Tigers announced that Umeno will be their next chief player representative. They also announced the following members:
Source: Hanshin 11/29/20170 Comments
Tomoaki Kanemoto told reporters on November 23 that he is planning to give thirty-six-year-old Randy Messenger the opening day start next season. For Messenger, it will be his fifth opening day start and fourth in as many years. He will become the first foreign pitcher in NPB history to record four consecutive opening day starts. The current record of three is held by Joe Stanka (1961-1963) and Messenger.
Opening Dat Starts
|2013/03/29||vs Yakult||Jingu Stadium||W||6.0||25||5||2||1||6||3|
|2015/03/27||vs Chunichi||Kyocera Dome||6.0||25||6||0||1||4||3|
|2016/03/25||vs Chunichi||Kyocera Dome||L||6.0||38||10||6||0||5||3|
|2017/03/31||vs Hiroshima||Mazda Stadium||W||5.0+||26||7||3||0||8||2|
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The media learned on November 22 that former Hanshin Tiger Shinta Hifumi and two other individuals (minors) were arrested by Okinawa police earlier this month on suspicion of assaulting a woman. No other information is known at this time.0 Comments