The Yomiuri Giants and Hiroshima Carp announced that thirty-four-year-old Hisayoshi Chono will be heading to Hiroshima as part of a compensation package for losing Yoshihiro Maru to the Giants via free agency. The Carp will also get fifty percent of Maru’s salary from 2018 (an estimated 150 million yen).
[UPDATE 1/10 @ 6:18pm]
The Carp announced that Chono was assigned the uniform number 5. He was also offered the number 9, but turned it down because he feels it will look better on Takayoshi Noma in the future. The uniform 9 was worn by Yoshihiro Maru between 2014 and 2018.0 Comments
Hisayoshi Chono may have hurt his back when he recorded a single to left in the eighth inning of a game against Hiroshima at Tokyo Dome on August 30. He traveled with the team to Aichi for the Chunichi series, but was taken off the active roster because his back not feeling any better.0 Comments
Thirty-year-old Hisayoshi Chono earned his international free agent option today with nine years of service time on the active roster.0 Comments
Hisayoshi Chono ended his practices on February 4 early due to an upper body issue, possibly his wrist. Chono participated in warm-ups, but left the field with a team trainer after playing some catch. He was later seen returning to the team hotel before the end of practices. He is considered day-to-day.One Comment
The at home Hero Award for July was given to Hisayoshi Chono for his decisive home run against the Yakult Swallows on July 10. The Giants won the game 3-2.
The Giants scored two runs in the sixth the tie the game at two. With two out in the seventh, Chono deposited a slider over the fence in left that gave the Giants a 3-2 lead that would stick until the end.0 Comments
Chono has hit lead-off home runs in back-to-back games twice during his career:
He is the fifth player in the NPB to accomplish the feat, and first in Yomiuri Giants’ franchise history. As of July 17, he has eleven lead-off home runs.
August 18 vs Chunichi at Tokyo Dome – Chono hit the Internet Initiative Japan billboard in left (third inning off Daisuke Yamai. His billboard home run (Big Board Sponsor) was the 100th at Tokyo Dome.
September 28 vs Yokohama at Tokyo Dome – Chono blasted a walk-off home run in the ninth inning off Yoshiki Sunada. It was the fifth walk-off hit of Chono’s career, first since July 5, 2014; and third walk-off home run, first since August 29, 2013.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/20180 Comments
Hisayoshi Chono left the Yakult game on April 19 early (replaced on defense in the fifth inning) because of discomfort in his lower body (legs). However, he has also been struggling at the plate: he got the start in right in the season’s first twelve games, but was then bumped to the bench, where he made three appearances as a pinch-hitter. He returned to the starting line-up on April 19. His early removal on April 19 may have been a mix of issues.
Source: Sanspo 4/20/20170 Comments
Hisayoshi Chono earned his domestic FA option today with seven years of service time on the active roster.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/16/20160 Comments
Hisayoshi Chono fouled a ball off his left shin during his at bat in the first inning against the Yokohama Bays Stars at Tokyo Dome on July 8. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the third inning. He told reporters after the game that he should be okay (he was walking with a limp).0 Comments