Marcos Mateo was taken off the active roster today because he has plans to return to the Dominican Republic for the birth of his child.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/26/20180 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers signed twenty-nine-year-old Rafael Dolis and thirty-three-year-old Marcos Mateo to contracts for the 2018 season. Dolis agreed to a deal worth 125 million yen (up seventy-five million yen from this year; 1,100,000 US dollars) and Mateo 190 million yen (up eighty million yen from this year; 1,700,000 US dollars).
Added dollar amounts on 12/12 @ 11:30am.
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When Rafael Dolis took the mound in the eleventh inning of tonight’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Koshien Stadium, he became the fifth reliever on the Hanshin Tigers’ roster to appear in sixty or more games this season.
The Tigers are the first team in NPB history to have five pitchers reach sixty or more appearances in the same season. They are also the first team in NPB history to have six pitchers reach fifty or more appearances in the same season (Kyuji Fujikawa pitched in his fiftieth game).
Added additional information on 9/28 @ 11:27am.0 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers would like Rafael Dolis (29) and Marcos Mateo (33) to return in 2018 based on their performances so far this year. The Tigers are expected to begin formal negotiations with their agents after the season. They have not yet made a decision on Jason Rogers.
[UPDATE 9/12 @ 1:35am]
There is a good chance the Tigers will part ways with Rogers (29) and Eric Campbell (30). They want an impact hitter and neither has managed to fill the role. They have an interest in Alex Guerrero (30).
Source: Sanspo 9/11/2017
[UPDATE 10/19 @ 1:30am]
The Tigers are expected to offer twenty-seven-year-old Roman Mendez a contract for next year, as well as Mateo and Dolis.
Randy Messenger will be in the second year of a two-year contract next season.
Campbell and Rogers are not expected to return to the Tigers next year.
Thirty-three-year-old Luis Mendoza left for Mexico out of Shin Chitose Airport on October 18.
[UPDATE 10/19 @ 6:07pm]
Dolis and Mateo flew back to their homes out of Kansai International Airport today.
Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2017
[UPDATE 10/21 @ 12:17am]
Messenger left for the United States out of Kansai International Airport on October 20. The Tigers officially announced on October 20 that Messenger will be back next year.
[UPDATE 10/23 @ 1:42am]
Mendez returned to the Dominican Republic on October 22.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2017
[UPDATE 10/23 @ 10:50pm]
According to Sanspo, the Tigers will most likely part ways with Mendez.
Source: Sanspo 10/23/2017
[UPDATE 11/25 @ 10:19pm]
The Tigers are close to finalizing new one-year contracts with Mateo and Dolis.0 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers replaced Marcos Mateo with Roman Mendez on July 22. The Tigers informed the media they decided to take Mateo off the active roster because of fatigue and some tightness in his lower back. There are currently no plans for him to get a medical examination.
[UPDATE 7/31 @ 4:19pm]
Mateo participated in starting pitcher practices at Koshien Stadium today. He is eligible to return to the active roster on August 1.
Mateo tossed a bullpen session during Ni-run practices at Naruohama on July 30. He threw thirty-five pitches and told reporters that it felt good to throw at full strength and that he had no lingering concerns about his lower back.0 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers announced today that Marcos Mateo will return to the
Dominican Republic United States for family reasons. There is currently no set timetable for his return.
[UPDATE 2/14 @ 11:14pm]
Mateo arrived in Japan on February 13 and rejoined the team for practices today.0 Comments
Mateo built a Japanese-style mound at his house to help with his training after the 2016 season.
Source: Sponichi 1/22/2017
May 12 vs Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium – Mateo walked in three consecutive runners in the seventh inning. Mateo entered the game with a runner on first and second and no out in the seventh inning. He gave up a single to load the bases before allowing a run to score on sac fly. A walk and an infield pop out later, he walked in three consecutive runners.
Mateo is the seventeenth player in NPB history (ninth in the Central League, eighth in the Pacific League, fourth Hanshin, first foreign pitcher in the Central League) to walk in three consecutive runners since the start of the two-league format. The NPB record of four was set by Takeo Mizobe on April 20, 1947.0 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers announced on November 29 that they signed Randy Messenger (35) and Marcos Mateo (32) to new contracts for the 2017 season. According to the media, Messenger agreed to a two-year contract with an estimated annual salary of 350 million yen. Mateo signed a one-year contract worth an estimated 110 million yen.
Messenger will become the first foreign player to spend eight years with the Hanshin Tigers next year. The previous record of seven years was held by Gene Bacque (1962-1968) and Jeff Williams (2003-2009).0 Comments
According to Nikkan Sports,the Hanshin Tigers are checking the overseas market for a closer and a power bat. Potential candidates will be compared against Mauro Gomez, Cody Satterwhite, and Marcos Mateo.
Regardless of outcome, the Tigers will most likely offer Mateo a new contract since it will be easier to find one good pitcher on the overseas market, instead of two. Hanshin was also impressed with his performance down the stretch: he allowed just two runs in thirty games between June and the end of the season. Keeping Mateo will also act as insurance if they are unable to find a suitable reliever on the overseas market.
The Tigers will most likely hold off on making decisions on Gomez and Satterwhite for the time being. Rafael Dolis, Matt Hague, and Nelson Perez are not expected to return next year.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/20160 Comments
Marcos Mateo (right shoulder) is set to rejoin the active roster in time for the Orix series that begins on June 14 at Koshien Stadium. The Hanshin Tigers decided he was ready after he topped 153km/h during a one-inning Ni-gun relief stint on June 11.0 Comments