The media learned today that Sachio Kinugasa died of ascending colon cancer on the night of April 23. He was seventy-one-years-old. Kinugasa’s last public appearance was as a commentator for a Yokohama – Yomiuri game on April 19. Viewers had voiced concern about his condition (his voice sounded weak and was difficult to hear at times) over social media.
Kinugasa holds the NPB record for most consecutive games played at 2,215. He was the recipient of the National Honor Award in 1987. He was the MVP in 1984, made the Best Nine three times (1975, 1980, 1984), won three Golden Gloves (1980, 1984, 1986), was an All-Star thirteen times (1971, 1974-1977, 1980-1987), and entered the Hall of Fame in 1996. He finished with 2,543 hits, 504 home runs, 1,448 RBI, 266 stolen bases, in 2,677 games.0 Comments
The media learned that Rakuten Eagles’ Vice Chairman Senichi Hoshino passed away on January 4. He was seventy years old.
Hoshino apparently fell sick toward the end of last year and canceled plans to spend time with family in Hawaii at the last minute. He did attend Hall of Fame celebrations in Tokyo on November 28, 2017 and in Osaka on December 1 last year.
As a pitcher with the Chunichi Dragons, Hoshino went 146-121 with a 3.60 ERA over 2128.2 innings spanning 500 games between 1969 and 1982. As a manager, he led the Dragons to two first place finishes, the Hanshin Tigers to one first place finish, and the Rakuten Eagles to one first place finish that culminated in his first and only Nippon Series Championship. He was voted into the Hall of Fame last year.
Source: Sponichi 1/6/2018
[UPDATE 1/7 @ 5:19am]
Source: Sanspo 1/7/2018
[UPDATE 1/10 @ 1:51am]
The Hanshin Tigers and Chunichi Dragons scheduled memorial games for Hoshino.
Ichi-gun pitching coach Shinji Mori died of multiple-organ failure at a hospital in Fukuoka earlier today at 12:10pm. He was forty-two-years-old. The Seibu Lions had just announced yesterday that he was taking an indefinite leave of absence due to health reasons.
Mori was selected by the Seibu Lions during the second round of the 1996 draft. He spent nine years in the Seibu organization and went 44-44 with fifty saves and a 3.39 ERA in 431 games.
Using the posting system after the 2005 season, he signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He hurt his right shoulder in his first spring training game and was released in 2007. He never got a chance to pitch at the major league level.
Mori tried to make it back to the Majors, but failed. He signed with Ishikawa (BC League) as a coach in 2009 and later that same year returned to the mound. He retired the following year and took over as manager. In 2013, he came out of retirement and then retired again after the 2014 season.
The Lions signed him as a Ni-gun pitching coach in 2015. He became an Ichi-gun pitching coach in 2016.
Former Yomiuri Giant Koji Yamamoto died of liver cancer at 1:41pm on April 23 at his home in Kitakyushu. He was sixty-four. Memorial services will be held on April 26.
Yamamoto was selected by Yomiuri in the fifth round of the 1975 draft. He was later traded to Lotte in 1984 and retired in 1988. He remained in the Lotte organization as a hitting coach (1989-1993 Ichi-gun, 1994 Ni-gun, 1995-1996 Ichi-gun) before moving up to manager (1997-1998 Ni-gun, 1999-2003 Ichi-gun). He returned to the Yomiuri organization for two years and then became a baseball analyst and commentator. He started taking things slow in 2008 because heart problems. His son Musashi was drafted by Yokohama last winter.0 Comments