Lopez, Jose ロペス (ろぺす)
Yokohama Bay Stars | #2 | INF
Born: 11/23/1983 (age 35)
Height: 183cm
Weight: 103kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: N/A
Hometown: Venezuela
History: ヘスス・ラファエル・アルボルノス高-マリナーズ-ロッキーズ-マーリンズ-インディアンス-ホワイトソックス-巨人
Roster Changes: removed 06/09/2016, added 07/02/2016

[7/1/2018] Jose Lopez taken off active roster with hamstring discomfort

Jose Lopez tweaked his right hamstring while running the bases in the fourth inning of a game against the Hiroshima Carp on June 30. He was taken off the active roster today with discomfort in hamstring. The Bay Stars feel he should be able to return in the minimum ten days.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/1/2018, Sponichi 7/1/2018


[5/29/2018] Jose Lopez hurts right hamstring while running bases

Jose Lopez hurt his right hamstring while running to first on a single to left in the fourth inning of a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Yokohama Stadium on May 29. He was replaced by a pinch-runner as a precaution and will be examined at a hospital on May 30.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/29/2018, Sponichi 5/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/29/2018, Daily Sports 5/29/2018

[UPDATE 6/4 @ 3:54am]

Lopez returned to the starting line-up at designated hitter on June 3, but aggravated his right hamstring when he hit into a double play in the fifth inning. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter for his fourth plate appearance in the seventh inning.

Alex Ramirez told reporters they want to give Lopez a little time to heal. The Yokohama Bay Stars are planning to take Lopez off the active roster.

Source: Sanspo 6/3/2018


[11/5/2017] Yokohama Bay Stars: foreign player status

The Yokohama Bay Stars are planning to offer Joe Wieland, Spencer Patton and Edwin Escobar contracts for the 2018 season. They will most likely part with Phil Klein and Elian Herrera. Audy Ciriaco is a question mark with the Bay Stars also considering Neftali Soto.

Jose Lopez will be in the second year of a two-year contract next year.

Source: Sponichi 11/5/2017, Sports Hochi 11/5/2017

[UPDATE 11/8 @ 11:08pm]

The Bay Stars announced today that reached agreements with Patton and Wieland. They also announced that they will not be offering new contracts to Klein and Herrera.

According to media reports, Patton and Wieland agreed to one-year contracts worth an estimated 130 million yen.

Source: Yokohama 11/8/2017 (Patton, Wieland), Yokohama 11/8/2017 (Klein, Herrera), Nikkan Sports 11/8/2017

[UPDATE 11/10 @ 11:59pm]

The Bay Stars announced today that they will not be offering Ciriaco a contract for the 2018 season.

Source: Yokohama 11/10/2017

[UPDATE 11/12 @ 5:09pm]

Escobar will most likely return to the Bay Stars next season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2017


Jose Lopez: Did You Know



October 17 vs Hanshin at Koshien Stadium – Lopez recorded three hits and three RBI. In three First Stage Climax Series games, Lopez went 6-for-14 and recorded six RBI. The six RBI set a new First Stage record. The previous record of five was set by Saburo in 2007 and Takumi Kuriyama in 2013.

Lopez is the first foreign player to record three or more hits in two consecutive Playoff/Climax Series games (3-for-5 in Game 2 and 3-for-5 in Game 3).

Source: Sponichi 10/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2017

October 31 vs Softbank at Yokohama Stadium – Lopez hit a home run in the fourth inning. He also hit a home run during the 2013 Nippon Series (Game 6, vs Rakuten at Masahiro Tanaka). He became the fourteenth player in NPB history to hit a home run during the Nippon Series with two different teams.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2017


September 8 vs Yakult at Yokohama Stadium – Lopez hit his twentieth home run of the year and has now recorded at least twenty home runs in every season since his second year in the NPB in 2014. He also joined John Sipin (six years, 1972-1977) and Carlos Ponce (four years, 1986-1989) as the only players in Yokohama history to hit at least twenty home runs in four or more back-to-back seasons (Lopez, four years, 2015-2018).

Source: Sports Hochi 9/8/2018, Sanspo 9/8/2018

September 20 vs Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome – Lopez blasted the 150th home run of his career (third inning, off Mitsuo Yoshikawa) and became the 169th player in NPB history to reach the milestone. He pushed his career total to 151 with a second home run in the fifth inning off Ryoma Nogami.

Source: Sanpso 9/19/2018, Daily Sports 9/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/19/2018, Sponichi 9/19/2018

October 11 – Lopez set a new NPB record by finishing the season with a 1.000 fielding percentage (946 chances). The previous record of .9992 was set by Kihachi Enomoto in 1968. The previous Central League record of .9990 was set by Takahiro Arai in 2008.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018



Lopez recorded thirty home runs during the 2017 season and became the first player in NPB history to blast at least thirty home runs without hitting more than one off any single pitcher.

Source: Sponichi 12/29/2017


Lopez hit the KIRIN Ichi-ban Shibori billboard in left during a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome on April 12. He received the Tokyo Dome Big Board Award, which includes one million yen and a year’s worth of KIRIN Ichi-ban Shibori.

Source: Sponichi 4/12/2018


[7/27/2017] Jose Lopez misses game for personal reasons

Jose Lopez missed today’s game against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium for personal reasons. Alex Ramirez told reporters he was given permission to return to Yokohama due to a sudden illness in the family (his wife was not feeling well).

Source: Sports Hochi 7/27/2017


[12/28/2016] Yokohama: Klein, Wieland, Patton, Ciriaco, and Herrera to compete for three spots

The Yokohama Bay Stars added Phil Klein, Joe Wieland, Spencer Patton, and Audy Ciriaco this winter. Jose Lopez and Elian Herrera are set to return.

Alex Ramirez, who returned from a trip to the United States on Tuesday (December 27), told reporters that he was looking forward to meeting Klein, Wieland, Patton, and Ciriaco and that he felt they were all capable of playing at the Ichi-gun level. He is planning to invite them out to dinner during spring camp in Okinawa so that he can ask them about their thoughts on playing in Japan.

Ramirez also told reporters that he planned to use Lopez as an everyday player and that Klein, Wieland, Patton, Ciriaco, and Herrera would be competing for the remaining three spots on the active roster.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/28/2016, Daily Sports 12/28/2016, Sponichi 12/28/2016


[9/23/2016] Yokohama Bay Stars sign Jose Lopez to two-year extension

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they reached an agreement with Jose Lopez for the 2017 season. According to media reports, the two sides agreed on a two-year deal worth a total 460 million yen plus incentives.

Source: Yokohama announcement, Daily Sports 9/23/2016


[6/30/2016] Jose Lopez could make it back to the active roster ahead of schedule

Jose Lopez (left big toe) is making smooth progress in his rehab. He resumed taking live batting practice on June 25 and could be ready to play in a Ni-gun game before the end of the week.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/30/2016, Sports Hochi 6/30/2016


[6/9/2016] Jose Lopez to be taken off active roster with fractured toe

Jose Lopez was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka today and diagnosed with a fracture in his left big toe. It is unknown how long he will require for a full recovery. The Yokohama Bay Stars are expected to take him off the active roster on June 10.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/9/2016, Sponichi 6/9/2016, Daily Sports 6/9/2016


[6/8/2016] Jose Lopez hurts foot during pre-game practices

Jose Lopez hurt his left foot during pre-game fielding practices on June 8. Lopez was taking fielding practice near second base when a ball hit by Elian Herrera struck his left big toe and broke the nail. He missed the Softbank game on the same day and is currently considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 6/8/2016, Sports Hochi 6/8/2016