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
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that they entered into a strategic partnership with the Australian Baseball League’s Canberra Cavalry. The partnership will allow the Bay Stars to send players and staff to gain experience with Canberra during the 2018-2019 season (or NPB’s off season). The partnership should also allow the Bay Stars to explore other opportunities to improve their organization.One Comment
The Orix Buffaloes and Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they agreed on a two-for-two player trade. Orix will send twenty-nine-year-old catcher Hikaru Ito and twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Ken Akama to Yokohama for twenty-seven-year-old catcher Shuto Takajo and twenty-five-year-old infielder Hiroyuki Shirasaki.
The Buffaloes also released uniform numbers for their newest additions: Takajo number 22 and Shirasaki number 2.One Comment
Yamato sat out yesterday’s game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome because of tightness in his back (or pain in his left side). He was taken off the active roster today after discussing his condition with team staff. The Yokohama Bay Stars are hoping Yamato will be able to return in the minimum ten days.
Source: Sports Hochi 7/5/20180 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced they reached an agreement with Yuhei Nakaushiro on July 4. They held a press conference earlier today to introduce him to the media. He was assigned the uniform number 91. According to media reports, the two sides agreed on a deal worth an estimated five million yen.
Source: Yokohama 7/5/2018, Daily Sports 7/4/2018, Daily Sports 7/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/5/2018, Sports Hochi 7/4/2018, Sports Hochi 7/5/2018, Sponichi 7/4/2018, Sponichi 7/5/2018
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The Yokohama Bay Stars reached one million in attendance during their thirty-sixth home game of the year on July 1 and set a new franchise record. The previous record of thirty-seven home games was set last season.0 Comments