Katsuki Azuma might miss the start of the season due to discomfort in his left elbow. Azuma pulled out of the Japan All-Star Series in November last year due to inflammation in the same elbow. He will most likely start things out at Ni-gun spring camp.0 Comments
Canberra Cavalry’s Steve Kent is slated to workout with the Yokohama Bay Stars for about two weeks during spring camp next month. The twenty-nine-year-old Kent went 7-1 with a 2.90 ERA (0.97 WHIP) and seventy-six strikeouts (to thirteen walks) over sixty-two innings for the ABL’s Canberra this season. The Bay Stars have no immediate openings on their roster, but could be looking at options for next year and beyond.
[UPDATE 2/12 @ 10:54am]
The Bay Stars announced that Kent and Steven Chambers will participate in their spring camp workouts between February 14 and 26. From an article posted on the theABL.com.au:
Cavalry Ace and Canberra- born Starting Pitcher Steve Kent will join Spring Training with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars this week in Okinawa, Japan, showcasing his skills in front of BayStars coaches and executives. Kent will join the NPB club’s Spring Training camp for two weeks from 14 February to 27 February.
Cavalry Starting Pitcher Steve Chambers will also attend Spring Training with the BayStars, serving as both Japanese language interpreter and player participant.
Source: Yokohama 12/19/20180 Comments
Relationships & Family
December 18 – The media learned on December 16 that Ishida (25) filed marriage papers with a woman from Sapporo last month.
Source: Sports Hochi 12/18/20180 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that they reached agreements with Toru Komura and former Yomiuri Giant Daisuke Nakai. Uniform numbers have not yet been assigned.
Komura was originally drafted by Yokohama in the eighth round of the 2011 draft. He spent three years in their organization, but struggled with right shoulder problems and never made it to Ichi-gun. He retired after he was released by Yokohama in 2014 and remained with the team as a batting practice pitcher. He left the Bay Stars after 2015 and signed with the Shikoku Island League’s Ehime Mandarin Pirates. He spent two seasons with Ehime and played for the BC League’s Toyama GRN Thunderbirds this year.
Nakai spent ten years in the Yomiuri Giants organization and posted a slash line of .244/.301/.351 over 345 games.
[UPDATE 11/27 @ 11:07am]
The Bay Stars held press conferences for Komura and Nakai on November 26. Komura was assigned the uniform number 67 and Nakai the uniform number 0.
According to media reports, Komura agreed to a salary worth an estimated six million yen and Nakai a salary worth an estimated 12 million yen.
Source: Komura – Yokohama 11/26/2018, Sports Hochi 11/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/27/2018, Sponichi 11/27/2018; Nakai – Yokohama 11/26/2018, Sports Hochi 11/26/2018, Daily Sports 11/26/2018, Sanspo 11/27/20180 Comments
Relationships and Family
Ayabe tweeted on November 7 that he got married during the season.
Source: Sponichi 11/8/20180 Comments
Ichi-gun Coaching Staff
Chief Hitting Coach
Bullpen Battery Coach
Farm Coaching Staff
Battery Coach Assistant/Ikusei Coach
Source: Yokohama 10/26/20180 Comments
Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Kashima
Nihon Daigaku Tsurugaoka HS
Seiran Taito HS
Shiga Gakuen HS
The media learned on October 21 that Yamato will have surgery on his left ankle. He is expected to be ready for spring camp next year.
Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2018
[UPDATE 10/31 @ 11:23am]
The Bay Stars announced that Yamato had surgery to clean his left ankle at a hospital in Yokohama on October 30. There were no complications during the procedure.
Yamato originally hurt the ankle during practices before a Yakult game at Yokohama on September 8.0 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that Katsuki Azuma will be unable to participate in the upcoming Japan All-Star Series because of inflammation in his left elbow. He will be replaced by Softbank’s Rei Takahashi.0 Comments