The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Dayan Viciedo returned to the United States earlier in the day. Viciedo is in the process of acquiring US citizenship. He is expected to return as soon as everything is complete (he missed parts of the season last year for the same reason, but was unable to finalize the process).
[UPDATE 4/28 @ 2:14am]
Viciedo returned to Japan on April 27. He will join Ni-gun practices on April 28.0 Comments
The Chunichi Dragons announced a number of registered position changes on January 15:
The Dragons also announced the following uniform number assignment:
Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/20180 Comments
Dayan Viciedo left for the United States out of Chubu International Airport on October 7. He will be in the second year of a two-year deal next year.0 Comments
Dayan Viciedo was hit by a pitch on his right arm during his third at bat in the sixth inning of yesterday’s (August 13) game against the Yakult Swallows. He was taken out of the game on defense in the seventh and examined at a hospital in Nagoya.
The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Viciedo suffered a right ulnar fracture. He was taken off the active roster.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/14/2017
[UPDATE 8/16 @ 3:01am]
Viciedo might need six to eight weeks for a full recovery and up to two months including rehab games.
Source: Sanspo 8/15/20170 Comments
The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Dayan Viciedo temporarily returned to the United States to file paperwork for citizenship. He is expected to miss the Seibu series that began today.
[UPDATE 6/22 @ 6:36pm]
Viciedo was supposed to return in time for the Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome series that begins on June 23. As of June 21, he was still not with the team.
[UPDATE 6/24 @ 2:27pm]
The Dragons have heard from Viciedo. He finished his interview and is now working on the paperwork. The team is still not sure when he will be able to return.
Source: Sanspo 6/24/2017
[UPDATE 6/24 @ 6:53pm]
Viciedo was taken off the active roster today because the Dragons are not sure when he will be able to return to Japan.
Source: Sponichi 6/24/2017
[UPDATE 7/4 @ 4:18pm]
The Dragons are still not sure when Viciedo will be able to return to the Japan. He may be having problems with his residency status since he spends quite a bit of time in Japan.
[UPDATE 7/6 @ 12:42pm]
The Dragons may no longer be counting on Viciedo for the first-half of the season. Chunichi official Kazuo Nishiyama told reporters on July 5 that even if the slugger were to return now, he would probably need a few games at Ni-gun to get back into form because of the time he missed.
Source: Daily Sports 7/6/2017
[UPDATE 7/9 @ 11:12pm]
Viciedo may be close to taking the oath for his US citizenship. Assuming no major delays, he could return to Japan after the All-Star break. He will most likely spend a few days at Ni-gun and might be ready to return to the active roster in time for the Hiroshima series that begins on July 21.
Source: Sports Hochi 7/9/2017
[UPDATE 7/13 @ 3:04pm]
Viciedo returned to Japan on July 12 and visited the team offices in Nagoya on July 13 to provide officials with a status report and to hold a press conference. There was an issue with his residency because he was away from the United States for more than six months last year. He got tired of waiting and decided to come back to Japan because he wanted to return to his job and family. He will have to go back to the States at some point to finish the process.
[UPDATE 7/17 @ 5:18pm]
Viciedo played in a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima at Nagoya Stadium today. He started at designated hitter and batted clean-up. He went 1-for-2: walk in the first, two-out, two-run double to left-center in the second, and ground out to third in the fourth.
Viciedo was also added to the active roster today.
Source: Sports Hochi 7/17/20170 Comments
Tomoyuki Sugano, Yomiuri (Third Time)
5 G, 3-2, 37.0 IP, 2.68 ERA, 31 SO, 11 ER
Sugano led the league with three victories (tied with two others). The three victories were a shutout, one run over eight innings, and seven shutout innings. He recorded the shutout win on May 2 against Yokohama at Tokyo Dome and became the first pitcher since Masaki Saito in 1989 to string together three shutout victories in a row. He also notched his fiftieth career victory during the win he recorded when he gave up a run over eight innings. Sugano is the first Yomiuri pitcher to record an MVP of the Month since Kazuto Taguchi in July 2016.
Dayan Viciedo, Chunichi (Second Time)
25 G, .341 AVG, 30 H, 8 HR, 25 RBI
Viciedo played in all his team’s games in May and batted .341 (fourth in the league) with eight home runs (third) and twenty-five RBI (first). His seven shukunda’s (hits that drove in the first run of the game, game-tying run, go-ahead run, come-from-behind run) were good for a first place tie. He blasted a walk-off home run against Hiroshima on May 19. Teammate Yohei Oshima won the MVP of the Month last month.
Takahiro Norimoto, Rakuten (Second Time)
4 G, 4-0, 32.0 IP, 2.25 ERA, 1 CG, 1 ShO, 46 SO, 8 ER
Norimoto started four games in May and led the league with four victories (tied with one other). He tossed a shutout victory against Lotte on May 10 (12 SO, 5 H, 1 BB). He struck out twelve against Orix on May 3 and Nippon Ham on May 17 and ten against Orix on May 25. Including the last four games he pitched in April (ten against Seibu on the 19th and ten against Lotte on the 26th), he recorded ten or more strikeouts in six consecutive starts.
Brandon Laird, Nippon Ham (Second Time)
23 G, .333 AVG, 27 H, 10 HR, 27 RBI
Laird batted fifth in all of his team’s games in May. He led the league in slugging (.753), RBI (twenty-seven), and home runs (ten, tied with two others) and his sixty-one totals bases were second most in the league. His team won all seven games in which he drove two or more runs. He blasted home runs in four consecutive at bats spanning two games on May 12 and 13.
Nippon Ham players have now won the award seventy-one times, tied for most in league history with Orix.
Source: NPB 6/7/20170 Comments
Dayan Viciedo left today’s game against the Hiroshima Carp with tightness in his lower back. He got the start at first and batted fifth. He struck out swinging during his at bat in the first inning. He played first in the bottom of the first, but was replaced in the bottom of the second.
Viciedo returned to the team hotel during the game to rest. His condition does not appear to be serious. He is considered day-to-day.0 Comments
Dayan Viciedo was at MetLife Dome for today’s game against the Seibu Lions, but returned to Nagoya because he was not feeling well. He was later examined at a hospital in Nagoya and diagnosed with influenza A.
[UPDATE 3/20 @ 831pm]
Viciedo rejoined the team for practices today. He did not play in the Nippon Ham game.
Source: Nikkan Sports 3/20/20170 Comments
The media learned on November 18 that Dayan Viciedo will be returning next year. Shigekazu Mori, currently overseas, recently informed the team of the news. Viciedo most likely got a sizable raise (perhaps double the 170 million yen he made this year).
Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/20160 Comments
The Chunichi Dragons believe Hitoki Iwase (41), Masahiro Araki (38), and Masahiko Morino (38) are still capable of being productive players and plan to offer them contracts for the 2017 season. The Dragons will wait for Iwase to decide if he wants to continue playing or not.
The Dragons also believe Dayan Viciedo is an integral part of the team. He is also interested in returning. The two sides are expected to reach an agreement for the 2017 season.0 Comments