Tag Archive: Uniforms


[3/22/2017] Softbank Hawks: 1(Won)derful Stripe 2017 Uniforms

The Softbank Hawks announced that their Taka-no Saiten 2017 series will take place over eight games this season. They also unveiled the alternate uniforms they will be wearing during the series (modeled by Yuki Yanagita and Dennis Sarfate).

The stripes on the uniform look like the red stitching on a baseballs, but are actually based on the image of a Hawk flapping its wings. The color red (or Kachidoki Red) makes a return. The team went 6-2 when wearing Kachidoki Red during the Taka-no Saiten series in 2014.

Taka-no Saiten 2017 Schedule

  • July 17 (Mon) – vs Seibu at YafuOku Dome – Taka-no Saiten 2017
  • July 18 (Tue) – vs Seibu at YafuOku Dome – Taka-no Saiten 2017
  • July 19 (Wed) – vs Seibu at Kitakyushu Stadium – Taka-no Saiten 2017 in Kitakyushu
  • July 21 (Fri) – vs Lotte at YafuOku Dome – Taka-no Saiten 2017
  • July 22 (Sat) – vs Lotte at YafuOku Dome – Taka-no Saiten 2017
  • July 23 (Sun) – vs Lotte at YafuOku Dome – Taka-no Saiten 2017
  • July 31 (Mon) – vs Nippon Ham at Tokyo Dome – Taka-no Saiten 2017 in Tokyo Dome
  • August 14 (Mon) – vs Nippon Ham at Kyocera Dome – Taka-no Saiten 2017 in Osaka

The Hawks will also wear the alternate uniforms during four other games.

  • July 4 (Tue) – vs Orix at YafuOku Dome
  • July 5 (Wed) – vs Orix at YafuOku Dome
  • July 11 (Tue) – vs Rakuten at YafuOku Dome
  • July 12 (Wed) – vs Rakuten at YafuOku Dome

Replica uniforms will be handed out for free to all ticket holders (with some exceptions) during the eight Taka-no Saiten games listed above.

Source: Softbank 3/22/2017, Softbank 3/22/2017


[3/13/2017] Hiroshima Carp: Hiroki Kuroda Special Uniforms

The Hiroshima Carp announced on March 10 that they will be wearing special Hiroki Kuroda uniforms during an exhibition game on March 18 against the Nippon Ham Fighters. They unveiled the uniforms on March 13.

The special uniforms are based on designs that were used by the team when Kuroda first joined the team. All uniforms will carry the number fifteen, as well as a Kuroda patch on the left chest.

Source: Hiroshima 3/10, Hiroshima 3/13


[3/8/2017] Orix Buffaloes: Kansai Classic 2017 Retro Uniforms

The Orix Buffaloes revealed the retro uniforms they will be using for their Kansai Classic 2017 series this season.

April 28 – 30: vs Softbank Hawks

  • Kintetsu Buffaloes home uniforms used between 1978 and 1996. The Softbank Hawks will be wearing Nankai Hawks uniforms.

May 5 – 7: vs Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hankyu Braves home uniforms used between 1980 and 1984.

Ticket packages that include special commemorative t-shirts will also be available during each of the series. Additional information can be found at the link below.

Source: Orix 3/8/2017


[3/3/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters: We Love Hokkaido Uniforms

The Nippon Ham Fighters unveiled their 2017 We Love Hokkaido Uniforms today. Shohei Otani modeled the uniform during a press conference.

The yellow used in the uniform comes from the 1977 film Shiawase no kiiroi hankachi (The Yellow Handkerchief) and represents happiness. Yellow also represents the sun and blue the sky. Together, they symbolize the team’s push toward successive championships.

The alternate uniforms will be worn during the following sixteen games this year:

  • April 29-30 vs Rakuten at Sapporo Dome
  • May 2-4 vs Lotte at Sapporo Dome
  • May 9-10 vs Seibu at Sapporo Dome
  • May 12-14 vs Lotte at Tokyo Dome
  • May 19-21 vs Orix at Sapporo Dome
  • May 26-28 vs Softbank at Sapporo Dome

Fans attending games on April 29 and May 3 will receive a free replica uniform.

Source: Nippon Ham 3/3/2017


[2/10/2017] Chiba Lotte Marines: Marine Festa 2017 Alternate Uniforms

The Chiba Lotte Marines unveiled their Marine Festa 2017 alternate uniforms earlier today. First round draft pick Chihaya Sasaki and second round draft pick Tomohito Sakai modeled the uniforms for the media.

The uniforms were inspired by the team’s youthful energy and the ocean beyond the stadium. The Marines logo across the front has a seagull motif. The uniform as a whole was designed to evoke images of the ocean.

The Marine Festa uniforms will be worn during the following games this season:

  • April 23 vs Orix
  • May 28 vs Orix
  • June 11 vs Yakult
  • July 30 vs Seibu
  • August 13 vs Seibu
  • September 24 vs Nippon Ham

Ticket holders on April 23 will receive a free replica Marine Festa uniform.

Source: Lotte 2/10/2017, Daily Sports 2/10/2017


[1/31/2017] Hanshin Tigers 2017 Ul-Tora Yellow Uniforms

The Hanshin Tigers unveiled their 2017 Ul-Tora Yellow Uniforms on January 31. Kosuke Fukudome and Atsushi Nomi modeled the uniforms for the media. The uniforms will be worn during nine games this year.


  • April 28 (Fri) – 30 (Sun) vs Chunichi (no free replica uniform)
  • July 17 (Mon) – 19 (Thu) vs Hiroshima (free replica uniform for ticket holders)
  • July 25 (Tue) – July 27 (Thu) vs Yokohama (free replica uniform for ticket holders)

Source: Hanshin 1/31/2017, Sponichi 1/31/2017


[1/30/2017] Chunichi Dragons unveil new 2017 uniform

The Chunichi Dragons unveiled their new 2017 uniforms earlier today. Ryosuke Hirata, Yudai Ono, and Yohei Oshima modeled the uniforms for the media.

Hirata wore a special alternate uniform that included the silhouette of a dragon near the waist on a white to dark blue gradient with “Dragons” across the chest. Ono wore the white home uniforms that were originally unveiled when the 2016 draft class was introduced on December 12 last year. Oshima wore the road uniforms with the dark blue top, “Chunichi” across the front, “Dragons” on the sleeve, and white pants.

The special alternate uniforms will be worn during the following six games this season:

  • April 14 (Fri) vs Yomiuri
  • May 28 (Sun) vs Yakult
  • July 9 (Sun) vs Yokohama
  • August 18 (Fri) – 20 (Sun) vs Hanshin

Replica uniforms will be given away to ticket holders on April 14, May 28, July 9, and August 19.

Source: Chunichi 1/30


[1/25/2017] Hanshin Tigers unveil black uniforms for Classic Series against Yomiuri Giants

The Hanshin Tigers unveiled black alternate uniforms during a press conference earlier today. The black uniforms are based on designs used by the Osaka Tigers between 1948 and 1949. The uniforms will be worn during a three-game series against the Yomiuri Giants at Koshien Stadium in May (The Classic Series, May 23-25). Replica uniforms (6,500 yen) and caps (2,700 yen) will be available for advance purchase until February 26. Items will be shipped out in time for the series.

Source: Hanshin announcement

[UPDATE 1/26 @ 4:15pm]

The Tigers wore similar black retro uniforms in 2010 and 2011. They did particularly well with the uniforms in 2010: fifteen home runs in six games with an average of about ten runs a game and a 4-2 record. They went 5-7 in 2011.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/26/2017


[1/25/2017] Chiba Lotte Marines: Friendship City (ALL for CHIBA) Uniforms

The Chiba Lotte Marines have signed sports partnership agreements (the Friendship City Program) with ten cities in Chiba: Chiba, Kamogawa, Ichihara, Urayasu, Kashiwa, Sodegaura, Narashino, Narita, Funabashi, and Mobara. Under the program, the Marines and each of the cities agree to work together to help promote regional growth and physical well-being through sports. The Marines announced today that players and coaches will wear special All For Chiba uniforms this season that include names of each of the cities participating in the Friendship City Program.


  • April 15 (Sat), 16 (Sun) vs Seibu – Chiba logo, free replica uniforms to the first 20,000 fans on April 15
  • May 7 (Sun) vs Softbank – Kamogawa logo, free replica uniforms to all ticket holders
  • May 20 (Sat) vs Rakuten – Funabashi logo
  • June 8 (Thu) vs Chunichi – Narashino logo
  • July 1 (Sat), 2 (Sun) vs Nippon Ham – Urayasu logo, free replica uniforms to all ticket holders
  • August 1 (Tue) vs Nippon Ham – Kashiwa logo
  • August 8 (Tue) vs Softbank – Sodegaura logo
  • August 22 (Tue) vs Rakuten – Chiba logo
  • September 3 (Sun) vs Nippon Ham – Narita logo
  • September 9 (Sat) vs Softbank – Ichihara logo
  • September 28 (Thu) vs Orix – Mobara logo

The Marines also unveiled a new version of their ALL for CHIBA uniform. The base color used for the uniforms, Sunrise Red, comes from mixing Chii-ba-kun’s (Chiba mascot) red with the Sunrise Pink Lotte used in their uniforms when they first moved to Chiba. The gradient for the cap bill and pant legs represent the splashing ocean water.

Source: Lotte announcement, Lotte Uniform


[1/19/2017] Yomiuri Giants: Invinciblu Tokyo Uniform

The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they will give all fans that attend a Yakult game at Tokyo Dome on May 18 (Thu) a free replica INVINCIBLU (invincible + the color blue) Tokyo uniform. The Giants wore blue road uniforms when they won nine consecutive Nippon Series championships between 1965 and 1973. They first wore Tokyo across the chest (with no other designs) on road uniforms in 1953, the same year they were in first place from start to finish and won a Nippon Series.

Source: Yomiuri announcement

Don't forget to check these out!
NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 89 52 2
Yomiuri 143 71 69 3
Yokohama 143 69 71 3
Hanshin 143 64 76 3
Yakult 143 64 78 1
Chunichi 143 58 82 3
Nippon Ham 143 87 53 3
Softbank 143 83 54 6
Lotte 143 72 68 3
Seibu 143 64 76 3
Rakuten 143 62 78 3
Orix 143 57 83 3
Today's Birthdays