Nishimura had Lasik surgery in November 2017. His vision went from 0.1 to 2.0. Before the surgery, his vision was 0.8 with contacts.
Source: Sports Hochi 1/9/20180 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers are interested in thirty-one-year-old Byung-Ho Park (KBO LG, KBO Nexen, MLB Minnesota) as an option for the 2019 season. Thirty-year-old Jung-Ho Kang (KBO Hyundai, KBO Nexen, MLB Pittsburgh) and twenty-nine-year-old Hyun-Soo Kim (KBO Doosan, MLB Baltimore, MLB Philadelphia, KBO LG) are other possibilities. This is in addition to twenty-four-year-old Po-Jung Wang (CPBL Lamigo).
It should be noted that a number of other NPB teams are also interested in Wang, like the Chunichi Dragons, Orix Buffaloes, Yomiuri Giants, and Softbank Hawks.
The Tigers are also keeping an eye on thirty-five-year-old Seung-Hwan Oh (KBO Samsung, NPB Hanshin, MLB St. Louis). They currently have no openings in the bullpen, but that could change if someone gets hurt or struggles. There are also rumors that Oh might be interested in a return to the NPB.
Source: Sports Hochi 12/30/2017, Daily Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017, Sponichi 12/30/2017, Sanspo 12/30/2017, Sanspo 12/30/20170 Comments
Sports Hochi is reporting that new turf will be installed at Kyocera Dome. The last time the turf was replaced was in 2011. Construction is scheduled to take place over an a twelve-day period in early March. Mizuno MS Craft Baseball Turf will be used (the same kind at MefLife Dome and Tama Chikugo).
The Orix Buffaloes will make Hotto Motto Kobe their temporary home while the turf is being replaced.
Source: Sports Hochi 12/25/20170 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-two-year-old pitcher Andrew Albers. He was assigned the uniform number 27. The Buffaloes would like to see Albers win a spot in the starting rotation.
According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 900,000 US dollars.
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Shunta is planning to change his NPB registered name from Shunta to Goto.
Source: Nikkan Sports 12/20/2017
Shunta (24) married a twenty-six-year-old woman from Hyogo. The two held a ceremony in Kobe on December 16, 2017. The two already have a child.0 Comments
Matsuba did not sign during his first salary meeting with the Orix Buffaloes after the 2017 season because he wanted the front office to place greater importance in his innings of work (career high 133.1 innings) when considering his salary for the 2018 season. The two sides reached an agreement during his second salary meeting on December 18 (36.5 million yen, no change from this season). Matsuba may have managed to avoid a pay cut.0 Comments
Ito told reporters during a press conference on December 18 that he married a thirty-year-old woman.
Ito did not sign during his first round of salary negotiation after the 2017 season because he was not fully satisfied with discussions. He did agree to sign after his second round of salary negotiations on December 18. During a press conference, he said he wanted the front office to know he wanted to work on becoming the everyday catcher in 2018.
Source: Daily Sports 12/18/20170 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes are looking into thirty-two-year-old pitcher Andrew Albers. The Buffaloes are looking for another left-handed starter for their rotation. Chihiro Kaneko was the only starter they had in the rotation to managed to reach double digits in wins this season. The other three starters with at least twenty starts were Brandon Dickson (8-9), Taisuke Yamaoka (8-11), and Takahiro Matsuba (3-12).
Source: Sponichi 12/14/2017
[UPDATE 12/19 @ 3:39pm]
Ablers tweeted that he was “…looking forward to what lies with the Orix Buffaloes,” but the Buffaloes are not yet ready to make an announcement. Buffaloes Director Hiroyuki Nagamura told reporters today that they will make an announcement once the contract becomes official and that at this current stage, they had just agreed to terms.2 Comments
Nippon Ham Fighters’ General Manager Hiroshi Yoshimura told reporters on December 11 that they received a list of unprotected players from the Orix Buffaloes (free agent compensation for Hirotoshi Masui). They will decide what to do once they also receive a list from the Chunichi Dragons (free agent compensation for Shota Ono).
Source: Sponichi 12/12/2017
[UPDATE 12/21 @ 2:11am]
The Fighters received a list of players from the Chunichi Dragons on December 20. They decided to go with money-only compensation for Masui.
Source: Tokyo Sports 12/20/2017
[UPDATE 1/14 @ 5:49pm]
The Fighters decided to go with money-only compensation for Ono as well.
[UPDATE 1/17 @ 3:57pm]
According to Tokyo Sports, the Fighters wanted Hitoki Iwase as compensation for losing Ono, but backed off after the veteran threatened to retire. The Dragons left Iwase off their list of protected players because they did not think the Fighters would pick him.
Source: Tokyo Sports 1/17/20180 Comments
Tomei (28) files married papers with a twenty-eight-year-old woman from Chiba after the 2018 season.
Source: Sports Hochi 12/6/20170 Comments