Okamoto’s uniform number will change from 38 to 25 for the 2018 season. He will become the thirtieth player in Yomiuri Giants history to wear the number.
Source: Sponichi 11/19/20170 Comments
Shingo Usami hurt his left wrist during a practice game against Hanwha on November 6. He may have suffered a fracture. He returned to Tokyo today and will undergo additional tests within the next few days.
NPB Enterprise announced today that Kenya Wakatsuki replaced Usami on the Asia Professional Baseball Championship roster.0 Comments
Kota Nakagawa took a batted ball off his right ankle during a Phoenix League game against Hiroshima on October 26. The Yomiuri Giants announced today that Nakagawa was taken off the Miyazaki fall camp roster because his ankle is still swollen and tender. He is scheduled to return to Tokyo.
Source: Nikkan Spots 10/30/20170 Comments
Thirty-two-year-old Takehiro Donoue announced that he will be retiring this year. He finalized his decision after he was told by the Yomiuri Giants that they were not going to offer him a contract for 2018.
Donoue visited Giants Stadium in Kawasaki today and told teammates and coaches about his decision. He told reporters he appreciated the extra three years the Giants gave him and was able to make the best of each day. He also told reporters a part of him still wanted to keep playing, but that that decision was not his to make.
The Dragons gave Donoue his start after they selected in the sixth round of the 2003 draft. He was released after the 2014 season and attended the joint tryouts. He managed to sign an Ikusei contract with the Giants in November and made it to the seventy-man roster during spring camp.0 Comments
Yomiuri Giants 2017 Fall Camp Details
November 1 (Wed) – November 19 (Sun)
Days Off: November 7 (Tue), 14 (Tue)
Practice Games: November 6 (Mon), 11 (Sat), 13 (Mon) at Himuka Stadium
Venue: KIRISHIMA Sun Marine Stadium Miyazaki in Miyazaki0 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants announced today that Hayato Horioka had his right elbow cleaned out at a hospital in Chiba. There were no complications during their procedure.0 Comments
October 18 – Kobayashi was named Fall Camp captain by Yoshinobu Takahashi.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/20170 Comments
According to a report at Sponichi, Tomoyuki Sugano is in line to become the Yomiuri Giants’ next Chief Player Representative. Hisayoshi Chono, current chief player representative since last year, told reporters he could think of no one other than Sugano for the job.
Source: Sponichi 10/16/20170 Comments
Daisuke Fujimura announced on October 14 that he was retiring. He visited Giants Stadium and told reporters of his decision.
The Yomiuri Giants informed Fujimura they were not going to offer him a new contract on October 7. The twenty-eight-year-old considered attending the twelve team tryout, but ultimately wanted to end his career with the Giants. He decided to retire on October 13. Fujimura is slated to get a job in the organization.
Fujimura was selected by the Giants in the first round of the high school draft in 2007. He played in his first Ichi-gun game on May 10, 2011. He went on to lead the league in stolen bases with twenty-eight and won the Rookie of the Year award.0 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants announced on October 13 that they are not planning to sign thirty-six-year-old Shuichi Murata to a contract for the 2018 season.
Murata met General Manager Yoshitaka Katori at a hotel in Tokyo earlier in the day and was told the Giants were focusing on youth, particularly in the infield, and could not guarantee him a lot of playing time. The Giants wanted to show their gratitude for everything the veteran did for the organization over the years and felt releasing him would provide him with more options*.
Murata reportedly thanked Katori for being straight with him. The third baseman is interested in playing next year.
* The Giants could have made Murata exercise his free agent option, but instead released him. Teams that sign him now do not have to worry about compensation.
[UPDATE 10/15 @ 6:02am]
The Chiba Lotte Marines are interested in Murata.
The Swallows could also be interested in the veteran, depending on the health of players like Shingo Kawabata and Kazuhiro Hatakeyama.
According to Sanspo, Murata was prepared to stay with the Giants, regardless of the playing conditions.
[UPDATE 10/15 @ 9:14pm]
Murata was prepared to finish his career with the Giants, particularly because it was his decision to sign with the team after he exercised his free agent option (he felt a sense of responsibility). He never considered free agency.
Considering his family situation, Murata will probably want to stay close to Tokyo. However, he knows he may not have that luxury.
Source: ZakZak 10/15/2017
[UPDATE 10/20 @ 10:12pm]
The Yakult Swallows and Chiba Lotte Marines are not interested in Murata at this time. The Swallows have Kawabata and the Marines are focusing on internal development. Circumstances can change, but for the time being, it seems neither team will actively pursue the veteran.
[UPDATE 10/23 @ 11:13pm]
The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Murata. They already have players like Zelous Wheeler and Ginji to play third and first, respectively, but would also like to expand their options with a Japanese right-handed hitter with pop.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/23/20170 Comments