The Nippon Ham Fighters announced the following uniform number assignments:
Source: Nippon Ham 12/27/20180 Comments
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.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
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
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.0 Comments
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.
[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 12/18/20180 Comments
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.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
Sapporo Dome announced that this year’s Sapporo Dome MVP will go to Naoyuki Uwasawa. He was selected because: