Tag Archive: Yokohama Bay Stars


[1/26/2019] Katsuki Azuma slowed by elbow discomfort

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.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/25/2019, Sports Hochi 1/26/2019, Sponichi 1/26/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/25/2019


[1/22/2019] Canberra Cavalry’s Steve Kent to workout with Yokohama during spring camp

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2019, Canberra Times 1/22/2019

[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 2/12/2019, theABL.com.au 2/12/2019


Yokohama Bay Stars: 2019 Spring Camp


  • February 1 (Fri) – 27 (Wed)
  • Days Off: February 6 (Wed), 12 (Tue), 18 (Mon), 22 (Fri)
  • Venue: Ginowan Stadium


  • 02/13 vs Lotte at Ginowan – 13:00 (practice)
  • 02/16 vs Yakult at Urasoe – 12:30 (practice)
  • 02/17 vs Yomiuri at Naha – 12:30 (practice)
  • 02/20 vs Lotte at Ginowan – 13:00 (practice)
  • 02/21 vs Yakult at Urasoe – 12:30 (practice)
  • 02/23 vs Chunichi at Chatan – 13:00 (exhibition)
  • 02/24 vs Hiroshima at Ginowan – 13:00 (exhibition)
  • 02/26 vs KIA (KBO) at Ginowa – 12:30 (practice)


  • February 1 (Fri) – 26 (Tue)
  • Days Off: February 7 (Thu), 12 (Tue), 16 (Sat), 21 (Thu)
  • Venue: Kadena Stadium


  • 02/19 vs Chunichi at Yomitan – 13:00 (practice)
  • 02/22 vs Hanwha (KBO) at Ginowan – 13:00 (practice)
  • 02/25 vs Chunichi at Yomitan – 13:00 (practice)

Source: Yokohama 12/19/2018


Kenta Ishida: Did You Know

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 12/18/2018


[11/20/2018] Yokohama Bay Stars add Toru Komura and Daisuke Nakai

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.

Source: Yokohama 11/20/2018 (Komura), Yokohama 11/20/2018 (Nakai), Daily Sports 11/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/20/2018, Daily Sports 11/20/2018

[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 11/27/2018


Kakeru Ayabe: Did You Know

Relationships and Family


Ayabe tweeted on November 7 that he got married during the season.

Source: Sponichi 11/8/2018


Yokohama Bay Stars 2019 Coaching Staff

Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
80 監督
Alex Ramirez
83 ヘッドコーチ
Head Coach
青山 道雄
Michio Aoyama
76 チーフ打撃コーチ
Chief Hitting Coach
田代 富雄
Tomio Tashiro
77 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
坪井 智哉
Tomochika Tsuboi
18 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
三浦 大輔
Daisuke Miura
73 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
木塚 敦志
Atsushi Kizuka
88 内野守備走塁コーチ
INF/Base Coach
永池 恭男
Yasuo Nagaike
75 外野守備走塁コーチ
OF/Base Coach
上田 佳範
Yoshinori Ueda
74 バッテリーコーチ
Battery Coach
鶴岡 一成
Kazunari Tsuruoka
89 ブルペン担当
Bullpen Battery Coach
藤田 和男
Kazuo Fujita

Farm Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
82 監督
万永 貴司
Takashi Manei
84 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
嶋村 一輝
Ikki Shimamura
85 内野守備兼
INF/Hitting Coach
柳田 殖生
Shigeo Yanagida
72 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
川村 丈夫
Takeo Kawamura
78 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
大家 友和
Tomokazu Oka
71 外野守備走塁コーチ
OF/Base Coach
小池 正晃
Masaaki Koike
79 バッテリーコーチ
Battery Coach
新沼 慎二
Shinji Niinuma
87 バッテリーコーチ
Battery Coach Assistant/Ikusei Coach
靍岡 賢二郎
Kenjiro Tsuruoka

Source: Yokohama 10/26/2018


2018 Yokohama Bay Stars Draft Results

Round Name Pos Team T B Ht Wt DOB NK SA SP SH DS TC
1 上茶谷 大河
Kamichatani, Taiga
P 東洋大
Toyo U
R R 181 83 1996/08/31 A A S A A A
2 伊藤 裕季也
Ito, Yukiya
INF 立正大
Rissho U
R R 182 95 1996/08/30 B B B B B C
3 大貫 晋一
Onuki, Shinichi
P 新日鐵住金鹿島
Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Kashima
R R 181 75 1994/02/03 B C B B   C
4 勝又 温史
Katsumata, Atsushi
P 日本大学鶴ヶ丘高
Nihon Daigaku Tsurugaoka HS
R L 180 80 2000/05/22 A A B B B A
5 益子 京右
Mashiko, Kyosuke
C 青藍泰斗高
Seiran Taito HS
R R 176 90 2000/12/27 B B B B B B
6 知野 直人
Chino, Naoto
INF 新潟 (BCL)
R R 181 81 1999/02/16 B C B     C
I1 宮城 滝太
Miyagi, Daita
P 滋賀学園高
Shiga Gakuen HS
R R 181 73 2000/07/15 C C        


  • Lottery Ticket Picker: General Manager Shigeru Takada
    • First Pick: 小園 海斗 Kozono, Kaito

[10/24/2018] Yamato to have ankle surgery

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.

Source: Yokohama 10/30/2018, Daily Sports 10/30/2018, Sponichi 10/30/2018


[10/18/2018] Rei Takahashi to replace Katsuki Azuma on Samurai Japan roster

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.

Source: Yokohama 10/18/2018, Samurai Japan 10/18/2018, Softbank 10/18/2018

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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