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
The 10,000th Giants home run ball will be put on display at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo. Nakai’s bat and batting gloves will also be on display. The exhibit will begin on October 19.
Nakai caught Toshiki Sakurai during fall camp on November 15, 2017. He did some catching when he was in junior high. The Yomiuri Giants are exploring the possibility of using him as an emergency back-up catcher.
Nakai is planning to take four different gloves with him to spring camp: first baseman’s mitt, second baseman’s glove, third baseman’s glove, and an outfielder’s glove.
Source: Sponichi 12/24/2017
September 26, 2017 vs Yakult at Tokyo Dome – Nakai recorded the Yomiuri Giants’ 10,000th home run in the fourth inning off Keiji Iwahashi.
Nakai (27) filed marriage papers with a twenty-eight-year-old women on January 1, 2017.
Source: Sponichi 1/1/2017
Nakai’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a boy, at a hospital in Mie on April 7, 2018.0 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants announced today that Kazuma Okamoto (20) filed marriage papers with a twenty-two-year-old woman from Kanagawa on December 25, 2016.
The media learned on December 31 that Daisuke Nakai (27) filed marriage papers in Mie on January 1 with a twenty-eight-year-old woman living Tokyo.
The Yomiuri Giants announced the following uniform number changes on November 30:
Source: Yomiuri announcement0 Comments