The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old pitcher Taylor Jungmann. He was assigned the uniform number 39. He is expected to arrive in Japan later this month. According to Sponichi, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 750,000 US dollars.
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The Yomiuri Giants announced on January 15 that Kazuma Okamoto was involved in an accident. Okamoto was driving his car in Tama Ward, Kawasaki on the evening of January 13 when he hit a teen-aged male riding a bike at an intersection.
The teen-aged male suffered a chip fracture in his right thumb. Okamoto did not get hurt.
The Giants released a statement from Okamoto. He apologized for the accident and said he was going to refrain from driving for a while. The Giants also issued an apology. They are planning to have all players and staff review safe driving practices and traffic rules.0 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants announced on January 12 that Hideki Matsui will return as a special instructor during spring camp this year. He will join the team on February 6 and leave on February 12. This will be his third stint as a Giants instructor and first in two years.
Matsui is also scheduled to play in the Miyazaki Camp 60th Anniversary Old Timers game on February 10.0 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants are interested in twenty-eight-year-old pitcher Taylor Jungmann. The Giants could see Jungmann as someone that might be able to fill the hole left by the departure of Miles Mikolas. However, the team already has players like Scott Mathieson, Arquimedes Caminero, Casey McGehee, and Alex Guerrero to fill their four foreign player rosters slots on the active roster. Jungmann might be more about insurance in case someone gets hurt or under-performs.0 Comments
Yomiuri Giant first round draft pick Takuya Kuwahara might be having problems with either his shoulder or elbow. The Giants have only told the media that Kuwahara is having conditioning issues with his upper body. He had not been doing any throwing for about two months since the end of Tohto University Baseball League season in late October last year.
Rookie training camp began at Giants Stadium on January 9. Kuwahara has been working out apart from the main group. He will most likely start spring camp with the San-gun rehab group.
[UPDATE 1/16 @ 2:07am]
The Giants decided not to assign Kuwahara to Ichi-gun spring camp because of his upper body problems. They will decide whether to assign him to Ni-gun or San-gun camp as they continue to review his progress.
Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/20180 Comments
Yoshikawa (25) filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old woman from Chiba on January 11, 2018. Yoshikawa proposed in front of Cinderella’s Castle at Tokyo Disneyland in early December 2017.0 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers are interested in thirty-one-year-old Byung-Ho Park (KBO LG, KBO Nexen, MLB Minnesota) as an option for the 2019 season. Thirty-year-old Jung-Ho Kang (KBO Hyundai, KBO Nexen, MLB Pittsburgh) and twenty-nine-year-old Hyun-Soo Kim (KBO Doosan, MLB Baltimore, MLB Philadelphia, KBO LG) are other possibilities. This is in addition to twenty-four-year-old Po-Jung Wang (CPBL Lamigo).
It should be noted that a number of other NPB teams are also interested in Wang, like the Chunichi Dragons, Orix Buffaloes, Yomiuri Giants, and Softbank Hawks.
The Tigers are also keeping an eye on thirty-five-year-old Seung-Hwan Oh (KBO Samsung, NPB Hanshin, MLB St. Louis). They currently have no openings in the bullpen, but that could change if someone gets hurt or struggles. There are also rumors that Oh might be interested in a return to the NPB.
Source: Sports Hochi 12/30/2017, Daily Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017, Sponichi 12/30/2017, Sanspo 12/30/2017, Sanspo 12/30/20170 Comments
The Seibu Lions and Yomiuri Giants announced today that the Lions selected twenty-eight-year-old pitcher Hayato Takagi as part of their compensation package for losing thirty-year-old pitcher Ryoma Nogami to the Giants via free agency.
Takagi spent three years in the Yomiuri organization after being selected in the third round of the 2014 draft. In sixty-seven games and 308.0 innings of work, he went 15-21 with a 3.56 ERA and 1.21 WHIP.
[UPDATE 12/20 @ 2:45pm]
The Lions held a press conference for Takagi today. He was assigned the uniform number 20.
Source: Seibu 12/20/2017
The Yomiuri Giants announced on December 15 that they signed Alex Guerrero to a contract. He was assigned the uniform number 5. His uniform name will be Guerrero.
According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a two-year deal worth an estimated 800 million yen (includes signing bonus).
In ten games at Tokyo Dome this season, Guerrero went 13-for-41 with two home runs and three RBI. He also struck out ten games and walked once.0 Comments