According to a number of media sources, Yokohama Bay Stars team representative Kazuaki Mihara accepted twenty-seven-year-old Yoshitomo Tsutsugo’s wish to play in the Majors and are open to posting him during the upcoming off-season. Mihara reportedly wants to help Tsutsugo attain his dream of going to the MLB.
In ten seasons with the Bay Stars, Tsutsugo belted 205 home runs, drove in 613 RBI, and recorded a slash line of .285/.382/.528 over 968 games and 3,426 at bats. His best year came in 2016 when he hit 44 home runs, notched 110 RBI, and ended with a .322/.680/.430 slash line.0 Comments
|2019/03/21||159km/h||Set during an exhibition game against Nippon Ham at Yokohama Stadium. Twelve of the eleven pitches he threw were fastballs, each over 150km/h). Sponichi 3/21/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/21/2019, Sanspo 3/21/2019|
|2019/03/19||158km/h||Set during an exhibition game against Hanshin at Yokohama Stadium. He also hit 156km/h and 157km/h prior to topping 158. Nikkan Sports 3/19/2019, Sports Hochi 3/19/2019, Sanspo 3/19/2019, Daily Sports 3/19/2019|
|2019/03/16||157km/h||Set during an exhibition game against Softbank at Yokohama Stadium. Sports Hochi 3/19/2019,|
The Yokohama Bay Stars and Arizona Diamondbacks have signed a three-year working agreement.
… As part of the agreement, the teams will exchange information and non-uniformed personnel with each other throughout the season, including regular visits to both Arizona and Japan.
… In addition to assistance related to professional scouting, player development, roster management, sports medicine and analytics, the teams will work with one another on fan experience, stadium operations, marketing and ticketing initiatives.
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that Kenta Ishida will report to Ni-gun. Alex Ramirez told reporters the move was made because Ishida has some tightness in his left elbow. The Bay Stars are not sure how much time Ishida will miss, but for now, it seems they are not expecting him to be ready by opening day.0 Comments
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