The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that Taketoshi Goto will retire after the current season.
I joined the Lions in 2002, became a member of the Bay Stars in 2012, and for sixteen years received a lot of support. Thank you.
I am very sorry that this personal announcement comes at a time when the team is fighting for a chance to make the Climax Series. The biggest reason why I decided to retire is because my body is no longer responding in the way that I want it to and I am no longer feeling satisfied with my hitting. I feel I have done all that I can because I don’t feel like there is anything more that I can do and because I have no regrets.
The loud cheering at Yokohama Stadium gave me goosebumps every time I got called in as a pinch-hitter. There is no doubt the DeNA Bay Stars cheering is number one among the twelve NPB teams. Thank you for everything.
Source: Yokohama 9/10/2018
[UPDATE 9/18 @ 4:20pm]
The Bay Stars announced that they will hold a retirement ceremony for Goto after a game against the Chunichi Dragons on September 22 (Saturday).
Source: Yokohama 9/18/20180 Comments
Yamato was left out of the starting line-up against Yakult on September 8 because he felt discomfort in his left ankle during pre-game batting practice. He is considered day-to-day.0 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars released preliminary information about their fall camp plans.
Source: Yokohama 9/3/20180 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced on August 31 that they disciplined nineteen-year-old Yudai Yamamoto for underage drinking. The Bay Stars conducted an internal investigation over two days (August 29 and 30) after they received a tip via e-mail from someone outside of the organization on August 28. They learned that Yamamoto drank two to three beers at least three times since April. The Bay Stars issued Yamamoto a stern warning. He will also not be allowed to go out for the rest of the season.0 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that Takayuki Kajitani had surgery to clean his right shoulder at a hospital in Yokohama.
Kajitani suffered a fracture in his right ulna after he was hit by a pitch during a game against the Yomiuri Giants on August 1. He may have decided to have surgery on his shoulder after realizing his chances for a return from the fracture this season were low.0 Comments
August 19 vs Hiroshima at Yokohama Stadium – Yamamoto blasted a home run in the first plate appearance of his Ichi-gun career (pinch-hitter in the eighth, runner on first, off Tetsuya Iida).0 Comments
Kazuki Kamizato took a pitch off the outer part of his right foot during a game against the Hanshin Tigers on August 12. There is a possibility he may have suffered a fracture. He was taken off the active roster on August 13.
[UPDATE 8/14 @ 8:50pm]
Kamizato was examined at a hospital on August 13 and diagnosed with a fracture in his right foot. He could require a month to two months for a full recovery.0 Comments
Takayuki Kajitani was hit by a pitch near his right wrist during his first at bat in the second inning against the Yomiuri Giants on August 1. He was taken out of the game as a precaution and will be examined at a hospital. The Yokohama Bay Stars are planning to taken him off the active roster on August 2 because of pain and swelling.
[UPDATE 8/3 @ 5:21am]
Kajitani was examined at a hospital in Yokohama on August 2 and diagnosed with a fracture in his right ulna. He was taken off the active roster on the same day. Alex Ramirez told reporters he was uncertain how long Kajitani will be out and that he did not require surgery.0 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they will add twenty-five-year-old Ikusei pitcher Jo Tamura to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 103 to 92.
Tamura pitched in twenty-five Ni-gun games this year. He went 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA over 28.2 innings of work.0 Comments
Masayuki Kuwahara hit for the cycle during Friday night’s game against the Hanshin Tigers at Yokohama Stadium. He became the sixty-seventh player (accomplished seventy-two times) in NPB history, thirty-fourth (accomplished thirty-seven times) in Central League history, and seventh (accomplished nine times) in Yokohama history, first since Boi Rodriguez on July 27, 2002, to achieve the feat. Kuwahara joined Sachio Kinugasa (July 7, 1976), Akinobu Mayumi (May 20, 1979), Rainel Rosario (September 2, 2014), and Yohei Oshima (July 20, 2016) as the only players in NPB history to record a lead-off home run in the first inning while hitting for the cycle.
Softbank’s Yuki Yanagita (April 21) and Yakult’s Tetsuto Yamada (July 9) have also hit for the cycle this year.0 Comments