Maeda, Yamato 大和 (やまと)
Hanshin Tigers | #0 | INF
Born: 11/04/1987 (age 32)
Height: 177cm
Weight: 69kg
Bats: B
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Kagoshima
Draft: 2005, High School 4th Round
History: 樟南高(甲)

[10/24/2018] Yamato to have ankle surgery

The media learned on October 21 that Yamato will have surgery on his left ankle. He is expected to be ready for spring camp next year.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2018

[UPDATE 10/31 @ 11:23am]

The Bay Stars announced that Yamato had surgery to clean his left ankle at a hospital in Yokohama on October 30. There were no complications during the procedure.

Yamato originally hurt the ankle during practices before a Yakult game at Yokohama on September 8.

Source: Yokohama 10/30/2018, Daily Sports 10/30/2018, Sponichi 10/30/2018


[9/8/2018] Yamato sits out game with ankle discomfort

Yamato was left out of the starting line-up against Yakult on September 8 because he felt discomfort in his left ankle during pre-game batting practice. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 9/8/2018, Sanspo 9/8/2018, Sponichi 9/8/2018


[7/5/2018] Yamato taken off active roster

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 7/5/2018


[6/12/2018] Yamato gets hit by batted ball during pre-game practices

Yamato was hit in the head by a batted ball during pre-game practices at ZOZO Marine Stadium today. He was taken to a hospital in Narashino, Chiba for tests. There were no abnormalities. Yamato later returned to the stadium after the start of the game and told reporters he was fine. He will undergo additional tests tomorrow.

Yamato was penciled in to get the start at short against Lotte today. While chasing after a fly ball hit behind him, a batted ball hit him near the back of the head and neck.

Source: Sanspo 6/12/2018, Daily Sports 6/12/2018, Daily Sports 6/12/2018, Sports Hochi 6/12/2018, Sponichi 6/12/2018, Sponichi 6/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/12/2018, Tokyo Sports 6/12/2018

[UPDATE 6/14 @ 10:42am]

Yamato was re-examined at a hospital in Yokohama on June 13. No abnormalities were discovered. He was able to participate in regular practices later in the day. He could return to the starting line-up today.

Source: Daily Sports 6/13/2018, Daily Sports 6/13/2018


[11/30/2017] Yokohama Bays Stars land Yamato with three-year deal

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-year-old Yamato. He was assigned the uniform number 9.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a three-year deal worth around 300 million yen. The agreement is also said to include a team option for a fourth year. The Bay Stars are planning to hold a press conference for Yamato within the next few days.

Source: Yokohama 11/30/2017, Sponichi 11/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/30/2017, Daily Sports 11/30/2017

[UPDATE 12/4 @ 2:50pm]

The Bay Stars held a press conference for Yamato in Yokohama today.

Source: Daily Sports 12/4/2017, Yokohama 12/4/2017

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[2017 Free Agency] Yamato Rumors

Date Team Update
@ 3:40p
Hanshin The Tigers might try to get a pitcher as compensation for losing Yamato to the Bay Stars. Sanspo 11/30/2017
@ 2:35p
Yokohama Yamato has reportedly decided to sign with the Yokohama Bay Stars. An announcement could be made within the next few days. He received offers from at least three teams: four years at around 450 million yen from Hanshin, three years at about 300 million yen from Orix, and four years at around 400 million yen from Yokohama (though they may have started negotiations at three years and 300 million yen). He picked Yokohama because he felt they were the best fit for his current needs. Nikkan Sports 11/30/2017, Sports Hochi 11/30/2017
@ 2:35p
Orix The Buffaloes told media on November 30 that they received a call from Yamato letting them know he was going to sign with another team. Their offer may have been three years at 300 million yen. Sponichi 11/30/2017, Sports Hochi 11/30/2017, Daily Sports 11/30/2017
@ 2:35p
Hanshin Yamato contacted Hanshin on November 29 to let them know he was signing with another team. ZakZak 11/30/2017, Daily Sports 11/30/2017, Sports Hochi 11/30/2017
@ 1:44p
Hanshin The Tigers are hoping to sit down with Yamato to get an update on his situation. Sports Hochi 11/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/27/2017
@ 3:06p
Orix As for November 21, the Buffaloes told the media there was nothing new to report. They are prepared to meet Yamato as many times as needed. Sanspo 11/22/2017
@ 3:00p
The Tigers are not expecting Yamato to attend their last meeting of the year on the 22nd. Yamato might also skip Fan Appreciation Day on the 25th. Nikkan Sports 11/22/2017, Sanspo 11/22/2017
@ 3:31a
Orix The Buffaloes may have offered a three-year deal worth over 300 million yen. They may also be willing to give him an everyday job and the uniform number 7. Their meeting with Yamato lasted about two hours. Sports Hochi 11/18/2017, Sponichi 11/18/2017, Daily Sports 11/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/18/2017
@ 2:51am
Hanshin The Tigers may have offered a three-year deal worth more than the estimated fifty million yen he made this season. They are planning to stay put and watch what other teams are doing until they hear back from him. Sponichi 11/17/2017
@ 2:47am
Orix The Buffaloes met Yamato in Ashiya, Hyogo on November 17. Sponichi 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017
@ 2:37a
Yokohama The Bay Stars met Yamato met Yamato in the Kansai region on November 16. They may have offered a three-year deal worth around 350 million (Sports Hochi), more than 300 million (Sponichi), around 300 million (Nikkan Sports). They could go up to four years. Sports Hochi 11/17/2017, Sponichi 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017
@ 2:22a
Yokohama The Bay Stars might offer a three-year deal worth an estimated total 300 million yen. They could go as high as four years. Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017, Daily Sports 11/16/2017
@ 2:22a
Orix The Buffaloes are thinking about offering at least three years. Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017, Sponichi 11/16/2017

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[11/8/2017] Yamato to test the free agent waters

The Hanshin Tigers announced today that Yamato filed paperwork to exercise his free agent option. The Tigers released the following statement from Yamato:

I have decided to use my free agent option. It is difficult to find words to express my love and gratitude toward the Tigers, a team that took care of me the last twelve years. I made this decision because I strongly felt that this was my last chance to talk to other teams. I did not use the option with the intent to leave. I want to play for a team next year that needs me the most. This could be the Tigers.

The Yokohama Bay Stars and Orix Bufaloes are said to be interested in the thirty-year-old.

Source: Hanshin 11/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2017Daily Sports 11/8/2017

[UPDATE 11/14 @ 3:48pm]

The Bay Stars might be willing to go up to four years on their offer to Yamato.

Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2017

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[10/19/2017] Yamato planning to exercise FA option

Yamato is thinking about exercising the domestic free agent option he earned this year. A number of teams, including Orix, Yokohama, and Yakult, are said to be interested in the twenty-nine-year-old. If he exercises the option, he will most likely be a rank B free agent, which means signing him will require compensation.

Hanshin will try to keep Yamato in a Hanshin uniform by offering a multi-year deal (around three years).

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2017Sports Hochi 10/18/2017

[UPDATE 10/21 @ 12:13am]

The Tigers began discussions with Yamato during the season. They are planning to give Yamato time to figure out what he wants to do. They are also open to signing him even if he exercises his option.

Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2017, Sponichi 10/20/2017

[UPDATE 10/22 @ 11:15pm]

The Tigers are planning to offer Yamato a three-year deal. The Buffaloes and Bay Stars are interested in the twenty-nine-year-old.

Source: Sanspo 10/22/2017, Sanspo 10/22/2017

[UPDATE 10/26 @ 6:09pm]

Yamato met with Hanshin on October 25. He informed them he was thinking about exercising his free agent option. The Tigers may have in turn offered him a three- to four-year contract.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2017

[UPDATE 10/29 @ 11:00am]

The Tigers may have offered Yamato a four-year deal.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/29/2017

[UPDATE 10/29 @ 5:16pm]

Yamato is apparently fifty-fifty on staying versus leaving.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/29/2017

[UPDATE 11/2 @ 3:30pm]

The Buffaloes are interested in Yamato and will consider approaching him if he decides to exercise his option.

Source: Sponichi 11/2/2017

[UPDATE 11/5 @ 12:01pm]

If Yamato decides to exercise his option, the Bay Stars might approach him with a three-year offer.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2017, Daily Sports 11/5/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2017

[UPDATE 11/5 @ 12:18pm]

According to Nikkan Sports, Yamato has informed the Tigers on November 4 that he intends to exercise his free agent option.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/5/2017

[UPDATE 11/6 @ 3:41pm]

The Tigers may have made Yamato a solid offer, but he wants playing time and could sign with another team if he feels they will give him more opportunities to play. If he decides to leave, his preference might be for a team in the Kanto region. That could put Yokohama in the lead.

The Buffaloes might be preparing a three-year deal worth around 300 million yen (in total).

Hanshin would like Yamato to stay and might make adjustments to their offer if he exercises his option.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/6/2017, Sponichi 11/6/2017, Daily Sports 11/6/2017


[10/5/2017] Yamato leaves game after hurting leg

Yamato may have hurt his right leg while making a defensive play in the top of the second inning. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom-half of the inning.

Source: Sanspo 10/5/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2017, Daily Sports 10/5/2017

[UPDATE 10/6 @ 10:40pm]

Yamato was examined at a hospital in Osaka and diagnosed with a mild sprain in his left ankle. The Hanshin Tigers are not planning to take him off the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/6/2017, Daily Sports 10/6/2017


[8/17/2017] Yamato taken off active roster with tightness in right side

Yamato hurt his right side during yesterday’s (August 16) game against the Hiroshima Carp at Kyocera Dome. He recorded an infield single in his first at bat in the second inning and replaced on defense before the start of the third inning. The Hanshin Tigers told the press after the game that Yamato was removed from the game as a precaution because he felt some tightness in his right side. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests.

Yamato was removed from the active roster today.

Source: Daily Sports 8/17/2017, Daily Sports 8/17/2017Nikkan Sports 8/16/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/17/2017

[UPDATE 8/25 @ 12:39am]

Yamato resumed playing catch on August 23. He also started running on the same day (he was up to jogging on August 22).

Source: Sanspo 8/24/2017

[UPDATE 8/27 @ 5:20pm]

Yamato started taking grounders outdoors on August 26.

Source: Sanspo 8/27/2017

[UPDATE 9/3 @ 1:17pm]

Yamato resumed outdoor live batting practice on September 2. He took a total 101 swings from both sides of the plate.

Source: Sanspo 9/3/2017