Thirty-two-year-old Ryuma Kidokoro earned his international free agent option on April 15 with nine years of service time on the active roster. He is in the final year of a two-year contract.0 Comments
Ryuma Kidokoro’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a girl weighing 2,976 grams, at a hospital in Kumamoto on January 31.0 Comments
Thirty-one-year-old Ryuma Kidokoro told the media today that he deeply appreciated the Softbank Hawks’ support over the years (four surgeries over thirteen years and two last year) and indicated that he was not going to exercise his free agent option when he said his goal was to make the team’s starting line-up again.
Kidokoro most likely agreed to a two-year contract.
[UPDATE 12/5 @ 9:39pm]
Kidokoro signed a two-year deal. His salary next season will be an estimated 40 million yen plus incentives (up 21 million yen from this year).
Source: Sponichi 12/5/20160 Comments
Ryuma Kidokoro has not taken a single day off from training since the 2013 off-season. He does not like taking the day off because it gets harder to get back into the workouts the following day.
Kidokoro worked with weight five to six times a week until last year. He now works with weights about twice a week because he wanted to focus on speed and flexibility. He also found that he was still able to hit the ball far.
Source: Sponichi 6/21/2016
Kidokoro is think about wearing glasses during the 2017 season because he has trouble seeing out of his left eye when the lights are low (from 1.2 to 0.7).
Source: Nikkan Sports 12/12/20160 Comments
According to Sports Hochi, the Chunichi Dragons are interested in Ryuma Kidokoro as a possible off-season pick-up if he decides to exercise his free agent option this winter. Chunichi could be an interesting choice for Kidokoro, since it would mean being closer to home and possibly more playing time.
The Dragons have three outfielders that will most likely head into the off-season with FA options this year. Atsushi Fujii earned his domestic option last year and Yohei Oshima and Ryosuke Hirata are both set to earn their domestic options this year.
Source: Sports Hochi 6/28/20160 Comments
The NPB unveiled the winners of this year’s Nihon Seimei Inter-league 2016 awards.
Most Valuable Player (two million yen)
Ryuma Kidokoro – Softbank Hawks
15 G, 22-for-53, .415 AVG (1st), 5 HR (5th), 12 RBI (12th), SB 6 (3rd)
Kidokoro led all hitters with a .415 batting average during Inter-league play. He was also in the top five for home runs and stolen bases.
Nihon Seimei Award (one million yen)
Seiya Suzuki – Hiroshima Carp
16 G, 24-for-63, .381 AVG (3rd), 4 HR, 13 RBI, .714 SLG (3rd)
Suzuki led all Central League hitters with a .381 batting average during Inter-league play. He helped his team finish in third place by hitting game-winning home runs in three consecutive games.
Shohei Otani – Nippon Ham Fighters
0.38 ERA (1st), 3 Wins (1st, tied), 30 SO (2nd)
Otani led all pitchers in ERA and wins. He was also one strikeout away from tying for first.0 Comments
Ryuma Kidokoro added catcher practices to his workouts on May 18. The Softbank Hawks switched to two catchers on the active roster on May 12. Kimiyasu Kudo asked Kidokoro during a Nippon Ham game on May 17 if he could catch in an emergency. The outfield did a little catching when he was in elementary/junior high school.0 Comments
Ryuma Kidokoro earned his domestic FA option today with eight years of service time on the active roster.0 Comments