Tag Archive: Nippon Ham Fighters


[9/22/2018] Yuya Ishii to retire after the season

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that thirty-seven-year-old Yuya Ishii will retire after the season. They also posted the following statement from Ishii:

I am grateful for the opportunity to be a professional baseball player for fourteen years. I learned about mental strength and perseverance through tough practices while playing for the Chunichi Dragons, under people like Hiromitsu Ochiai, Shigekazu Mori, and others.

After the Bay Stars, I became a members of the Fighters. I was impressed by the warm fans. Their cheers became my strength. I am grateful to Hideki Kuriyama because even in difficult jams, he had faith in me and kept playing me. I was lucky to have a lot of great people around me and I was happy to be a member of the Fighters.

Thank you for the fourteen years.

Source: Nippon Ham 9/22/2018, Sanspo 9/22/2018, Daily Sports 9/22/2018, Nippon Ham 9/22/2018


[9/18/2018] Brandon Laird sits out game with back pain

Brandon Laird appeared to be bothered by back issues the last few days. He spoke about some discomfort after an Orix game on September 17, but said it was nothing serious. He felt tightness/pain in his back during pre-game practices on September 18 and was left out of the starting line-up. He could be headed to the hospital for an examination on September 19.

Source: Daily Sports 9/18/2018, Sanspo 9/18/2018, Sponichi 9/18/2018

[UPDATE 9/20 @ 2:45am]

The Fighters announced on September 19 that Laird was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with a strain in his left abdominal oblique. He will most likely require three to four weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Nippon Ham 9/19/2018, Tokyo Sports 9/19/2018, Daily Sports 9/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/19/2018, Sponichi 9/19/2018


[9/8/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters games on September 11, 12 postponed

The NPB announced on September 8 that Nippon Ham Fighters games at Sapporo Dome against the Chiba Lotte Marines on September 11 and 12 were postponed due to the Hokkaido earthquake. Make-up dates will be released as they become available.

Source: NPB 9/8/2018, Nippon Ham 9/8/2018


[9/6/2018] Nippon Ham – Rakuten September 7 game postponed

Hokkaido was hit by a magnitude 6.7 earthquake on September 6. At least nine people are dead, thirty-one are missing, and over 150 are injured. The earthquake also caused power outages.

The Nippon Ham Fighters reported that everyone in their organization was safe and accounted for. The Rakuten Eagles and Fighters announced that their game at Rakuten Seimei on September 7 was postponed due to travel issues (the airport in Hokkaido was closed). The game will be played on September 10.

The Pacific League is evaluating the Fighters’ schedule to see if any changes are needed for games beyond September 10.

Source: Rakuten 9/6/2018, Nippon Ham Tweet 9/6/2018, Sponichi 9/6/2018, Daily Sports 9/6/2018


[8/26/2018] Kohei Miyadai hurts right hip

Kohei Miyadai was taken off the active roster on August 24 with an injury to his right hip. He may have hurt the hip during his last start on August 23 against Softbank. He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on August 24 and assigned to the Ni-gun facilities for rehab.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/25/2018


Kohei Miyadai: Did You Know



August 23 vs Softbank at Tokyo Dome – Miyadai got the start and joined Shinji Niihari (three starts, all in 1965) and Takashi Ide (three starts, all in 1967) as the only pitchers out of Tokyo University to start one or more NPB games.

Source: Sponichi 8/24/2018, ZakZak 8/24/2018


Daiki Asama: Did You Know



Lead-off Home Runs

  • May 3, 2016 vs Softbank
  • August 24, 2018 vs Rakuten


August 24 vs Rakuten at Sapporo Dome – Asama hit the second lead-off home run of his career (first inning, off Shoma Fujihira).

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/24/2018


[8/24/2018] Sho Nakata blasts 200th home run

Sho Nakata blasted the 200th home run of his career during a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Sapporo Dome on August 24. He is the 103rd player in NPB history and the first Heisei player (players born on or after January 8, 1989) to reach the milestone. He joined Isao Harimoto, Koichi Tabuchi, and Michihiro Ogasawara as the only Japanese players in NPB to reach 200 home runs without any sac hits.

Home run 200 came in the fifth inning off Hiroki Kondo.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/25/2018, Sponichi 8/24/2018



[8/21/2018] Kensuke Tanaka re-earns FA option

Thirty-seven-year-old Kensuke Tanaka re-earned his free agent option today. He exercised his international free agent option after the 2012 season and headed to the Majors in 2013. He returned to the Nippon Ham Fighters in 2015. He told reporters today that he wanted to finish his career with the Fighters.

Source: Jiji 8/21/2018, Sanspo 8/21/2018


[8/20/2018] Kazutomo Iguchi out with teres major strain

Kazutomo Iguchi was taken off the active roster today. The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that Kazutomo Iguchi was diagnosed with a strain in his right teres major muscle. He will be shut down (no throwing) for a week and will most likely require about three weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Sponichi 8/20/2018, Sports Hochi 8/20/2018

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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