Tag Archive: Nippon Ham Fighters


[11/13/2018] Sho Nakata to hold onto FA option and stay with the Nippon Ham Fighters

Twenty-nine-year-old Sho Nakata held a press conference at a hotel in Sapporo today and announced that he decided not to exercise the international free agent option he earned this year. According to a report by Sponichi, Nakata agreed to a three-year contract that could be worth as much as one billion yen. His salary next year will be an estimated 280 million yen (up from 200 million yen).

Source: Daily Sports 11/13/2018, Sponichi 11/13/2018, Sponichi 11/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/13/2018


[11/5/2018] Naoki Miyanishi has left elbow surgery

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that Naoki Miyanishi had surgery on his left elbow at a hospital in Yokohama. He will require three to four months for a full recovery.

Source: Nippon Ham 11/5/2018, Sponichi 11/5/2018, Sports Hochi 11/5/2018, Daily Sports 11/5/2018


Nippon Ham Fighters: 2019 Spring Camp

Arizona Spring Camp

  • February 1 (Fri) – February 12 (Tue)
  • Days Off – February 3 (Sun), 8 (Fri)
  • Location: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Source: Nippon Ham 11/4/2018


[10/31/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters select Kitahiroshima for new stadium

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they selected Kitashiroshima, Hokkaido as the location for the new stadium. Construction is slated to begin in May 2020. If everything goes to plan, the new facilities should be ready by March 2023. Additional information will be released on November 5.

Source: Nippon Ham 10/31/2018, Daily Sports 10/31/2018, Sports Hochi 10/31/2018

[UPDATE 11/5 @ 4:26pm]

The Fighters released additional information about the new stadium today. Some highlights:

  • Cost: around sixty billion yen
  • Capacity: about 35,000
  • Natural grass
  • Retractable roof
  • Schedule
    • November 2018 – design
    • Spring 2020 – construction begins
    • January 2023 – construction ends
    • March 2023 – opening

Source: Nippon Ham 11/5/2018 (in English)


Nippon Ham Fighters 2019 Coaching Staff

Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
80 監督
栗山 英樹
Hideki Kuriyama
84 ベンチコーチ
Bench Coach
厚沢 和幸
Kazuyuki Atsuzawa
92 投手チーフコーチ
Pitching Chief Coach
木田 優夫
Masao Kida
74 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
高橋 憲幸
Noriyuki Takahashi
22 バッテリーコーチ兼捕手
Battery Coach/Catcher
鶴岡 慎也
Shinya Tsuruoka
88 打撃チーフ兼作戦コーチ
Hitting Chief/Strategy Coach
金子 誠
Makoto Kaneko
79 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
城石 憲之
Noriyuki Shiroishi
73 守備チーフ兼内野守備走塁コーチ
Fielding Chief/INF/Base Coach
緒方 耕一
Koichi Ogata
75 外野守備走塁コーチ
OF/Base Coach
川名 慎一
Shinichi Kawana

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
85 監督兼投手コーチ
Manager/Pitching Coach
荒木 大輔
Daisuke Araki
72 総合コーチ
General Coach
原田 豊
Yutaka Harada
82 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
加藤 武治
Takeharu Kato
87 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
吉岡 雄二
Yuji Yoshioka
77 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
小田 智之
Tomoyuki Oda
78 バッテリーコーチ兼打撃コーチ補佐
Battery Coach/Hitting Coach Assitant
高橋 信二
Shinji Takahashi
71 内野守備コーチ
INF/Base Coach
飯山 裕志
Yuji Iiyama
76 外野守備走塁コーチ
OF/Base Coach
紺田 敏正
Toshimasa Konta
83 育成コーチ
Ikusei Coach
島崎 毅
Takeshi Shimazaki
90 育成コーチ兼捕手
Ikusei Coach/Catcher
實松 一成
Kazunari Sanematsu

Source: Nippon Ham 10/29/2018 (Ichi-gun), Nippon Ham 11/12/2018 (Ni-gun)


Kosei Yoshida: Did You Know



October 26 – Kansai University emeritus professor Katsuhiro Miyamoto calculated Yoshida’s economic impact for joining the Nippon Ham Fighters at about three billion yen next year.

Source: Sponichi 10/26/2018


2018 Nippon Ham Fighters Draft Results

Round Name Pos Team T B Ht Wt DOB NK SA SP SH DS TC
1 吉田 輝星
Yoshida, Kosei
P 金足農業高
Kanaashi Nogyo HS
R R 175 84 2001/01/12 A A A A A A+
2 野村 佑希
Nomura, Yuki
INF 花咲徳栄高
Hanasaki Tokuharu HS
R R 185 90 2000/06/26 B B B B B A
3 生田目 翼
Nabatame, Tsubasa
P 日本通運
Nippon Tsuun
R R 176 86 1995/02/19 A A A A B A
4 万波 中正
Mannami, Chusei
OF 横浜高
Yokohama HS
R R 190 90 2000/04/07 B B B C B B
5 柿木 蓮
Kakigi, Ren
P 大阪桐蔭高
Osaka Toin HS
R R 181 88 2000/06/25 A B A B A A
6 田宮 裕涼
Tamiya, Yua
C 成田高
Narita HS
R L 174 77 2000/06/13 C B B C C  
7 福田 俊
Fukuda, Suguru
P 星槎道都大
Seisa Doto U
L L 170 74 1996/12/14 B B B C B A
I1 海老原 一佳
Ebihara, Kazuyoshi
OF 富山 (BCL)
R L 188 92 1995/09/13 B   B      


  • Lottery Ticket Picker: Assitant General Manager Masao Kida
    • First Pick: 根尾 昂 Neo, Akira

[10/19/2018] Fighters sign Hideki Kuriyama to one-year extension

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they reached an agreement on one-year extension with Hideki Kuriyama.

Kuriyama will be entering his eighth straight year as the Fighters manager. Only Keiji Osawa has spent more consecutive seasons as manager of the Fighters (nine years between 1976 and 1984).

Managerial Record

Year Wins Losses Ties WPCT Place
2012 74 59 11 .556 1st
2013 64 78 2 .451 6th
2014 73 68 3 .518 3rd
2015 79 62 2 .560 2nd
2016 87 53 3 .621 1st
2017 60 83 0 .420 5th
2018 74 66 3 .529 3rd
Total 511 469 24 .521

Source: Nippon Ham 10/19/2018, Daily Sports 10/19/2018, Sponichi 10/19/2018


Nippon Ham Fighters: 2018 Fall Camp

The Nippon Ham Fighters released some information about fall camp:

  • October 31 (Wed) – November 13 (Tue)
  • Days off: November 4 (Sun), 9 (Fri)
  • Venue: KaiGin Stadium Kunigami

Source: Nippon Ham 10/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018


2018 Nippon Ham Fighters Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes Official
STAY 中田翔 Sho Nakata [11/13] Sho Nakata to hold onto FA option and stay with the Nippon Ham Fighters … [10/16] Nakata is not sure what he wants to do with his international free agent option. He may end up staying with the Fighters. Sanspo 10/16/2018, Daily Sports 10/16/2018  
STAY 宮西尚生 Naoki Miyanishi [11/09] The Fighters announced that they reached an agreement with Miyanishi on a contract for the 2019 season. Miyanishi will not exercise his option. According to at least three reports, the two sides agreed on a two-year contract worth an estimated 500 million yen (including incentives). Miyanishi told reporters during a press conference that he wanted to play for the Fighters until the end. Nippon Ham 11/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/9/2018, Sports Hochi 11/9/2018, Daily Sports 11/9/2018 … [11/08] Miyanishi has reportedly decided not to exercise his free agent option. An announcement is expected soon. Sponichi 11/8/2018 … The Fighters may have offered two years at around 500 million yen. Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018 … [10/16] Miyanishi has not ruled out using his international free agent option. He wants to talk to the Fighters first before making any decisions. Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018, Sanspo 10/16/2018  
トンキン Michael Tonkin [10/16] Tonkin will be in the second year of a two-year contract next season. Daily Sports 10/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/17/2018  
OUT アルシア Oswaldo Arcia [11/07] The Fighters announced that Arcia will not be returning next year. … [10/16] The Fighters could offer Acria a contract for 2019, but it seems he might not return. Daily Sports 10/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018 11/07
マルティネス Nick Martinez [10/16] Martinez is interested in returning next year, but still has to discuss it with his family. The Fighters are expected to make him an offer. Daily Sports 10/16/2018, Sanspo 10/16/2018, Sanspo 10/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2018  
ロドリゲス Bryan Rodriguez [10/16] The Fighters are expected to offer Rodriguez a contract for 2019. Daily Sports 10/16/2018  
レアード Brandon Laird [11/06] Negotiations might take a while because Laird is reportedly interested in hearing offers from other teams. Sports Hochi 11/6/2018 … [10/18] Laird is apparently open to the idea of ending his career with the Fighters. Sponichi 10/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2018 … [10/16] Laird is in the final year of a two-year contract. He likes playing for the Fighters and would like to return next year. The Fighters are planning to offer him a contract for 2019. Daily Sports 10/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018, Sanspo 10/16/2018  
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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