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[12/27/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters Uniform Number Assignments

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced the following uniform number assignments:

  • Taishi Ota: 33 → 5
  • Justin Hancock: 28
  • Johnny Barbato: 33

Source: Nippon Ham 12/27/2018

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[12/25/2018] Kensuke Tanaka to retire after 2019 season

Thirty-seven-year-old Kensuke Tanaka spoke to the media today after meeting the Nippon Ham Fighters to finalize his contract for the 2019 season and announced his plan to retire after the season. He told reporters that he decided to make the announcement early because he wanted to make it easier on everyone. The Fighters asked him to reconsider because he might feel differently later on, but his mind was set: there was a growing gap between what he thought he could do and what he could actually do.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/25/2018, Daily Sports 12/25/2018

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[12/20/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters sign Johnny Barbato

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they signed twenty-six-year-old Johnny Barbato to a contract.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/20/2018

[UPDATE 12/21 @ 11:26am]

According to at least two media reports, Barbato agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated seventy million yen.

Source: Daily Sports 12/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/21/2018

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[12/20/2018] Yomiuri, Nippon Ham to play exhibition games against Seattle and Oakland

According to a report by Sponichi, the Yomiuri Giants and Nippon Ham Fighters will play exhibition games games against the Seattle Marines and Oakland Athletics next year before the MLB’s Opening Series at Tokyo Dome.

Exhibition Games at Tokyo Dome

  • March 17 and 18
    • Yomiuri Giants vs Seattle Marines
    • Nippon Ham Fighters vs Oakland Athletics

Source: Sponichi 12/20/2018, Sponichi 12/20/2018

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[12/18/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters sign Nick Martinez to new contract

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they signed Nick Martinez to a new contract for the 2019 season. According to media reports, the two agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 250 million yen.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/18/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/18/2018, Sponichi 12/18/2018, Daily Sports 12/18/2018

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[12/11/2018] Nippon Ham, Yakult agree on two-for-two trade

The Nippon Ham Fighters and Yakult Swallows agreed on a trade. The Fighters will send twenty-seven-year-old Hirotoshi Takanashi and twenty-one-year-old Kengo Ota to the Swallows for twenty-nine-year-old Ryo Akiyoshi and twenty-seven-year-old Ryota Yachi.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/11/2018, Yakult 12/11/2018

[UPDATE 12/18 @ 10:44am]

The Fighters held a press conference for Akiyoshi and Yachi on December 17. They were assigned the uniform numbers 39 and 32, respectively.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/17/2018

[UPDATE 12/19 @ 1:09am]

The Swallows held a press conference for Takanashi and Ota on December 18. Takanashi was assigned the uniform number 14, Ota the number 46.

Source: Yakult 12/18/2018

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[12/6/2018] Haruki Nishikawa signs two-year contract

Twenty-six-year-old Haruki Nishikawa signed a new contract with the Nippon Ham Fighters. He agreed to a two-year deal worth an estimated 400 million yen in total. Nishikawa led the Pacific League in stolen bases for the second year in a row (third overall) and picked up his second Golden Glove in as many years.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/5/2018, Sponichi 12/5/2018, Daily Sports 12/5/2018, Sanspo 12/5/2018

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[12/6/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters reach agreement with Justin Hancock

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old Justin Hancock. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. According to media reports, the two sides agreed on a one-year deal worth an estimated seventy million yen.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/5/2018, Sanspo 12/5/2018, Daily Sports 12/5/2018, Sports Hochi 12/5/2018, Sponichi 12/5/2018, Sponichi 12/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/5/2018

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[12/5/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters reach agreement with Chihiro Kaneko

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they reached an agreement with Chihiro Kaneko. The Fighters could hold a press conference for Kaneko when he visits Sapporo next week to finalize their agreement.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/4/2018, Daily Sports 12/4/2018, Sports Hochi 12/4/2018, Sponichi 12/4/2018, Sponichi 12/4/2018, Sponichi 12/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2018, Sanspo 12/5/2018

[UPDATE 12/11 @ 6:11pm PST]

The Fighters held a press conference for Kaneko on December 10. He was assigned the uniform number 19. According to media reports, he agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 150 million yen plus incentives.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/10/2018Daily Sports 12/10/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2018, Sponichi 12/10/2018

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[11/22/2018] Naoyuki Uwasawa wins 2018 Sapporo Dome MVP

Sapporo Dome announced that this year’s Sapporo Dome MVP will go to Naoyuki Uwasawa. He was selected because:

  • he received 430 of 1,892 online fan votes;
  • he led the Fighters with eleven wins and recorded the first double-digit win season of his career;
  • he was a solid presence in the starting rotation.

Source: Sapporo Dome 11/22/2018, Nippon Ham 11/22/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
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
G W L T
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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