The NPB announced today that a selection committee decided to give this year’s Matsutaro Shoriki Award to Dennis Sarfate. He is the first player to win the award since Shinnosuke Abe in 2012, the second foreign person to win the award (the other was Bobby Valentine in 2005 as manager of Lotte), and the first foreign player to ever win the award.
Sarfate hit a number of milestones this season. He racked up his 200th career save in July, became the second player in NPB history to record at least thirty saves in four consecutive seasons in July, became the second player in NPB history to record at least forty saves in three consecutive seasons in August, notched saves in seventeen consecutive appearances between August and September, and broke the NPB’s single-season saves record in September.
Selection Committee: Sadaharu Oh, Shigeru Sugishita, Futoshi Nakanishi, Koji Yamamoto, and Ryusho Kadota.0 Comments
All of the main everyday foreign players are expected to return to the Softbank Hawks next year.
Source: Sanspo 10/23/2017
[UPDATE 11/5 @ 10:40pm]
Sarfate and van den Hurk left Japan on November 5.
[UPDATE 11/7 @ 11:29pm]
Despaigne, Moinelo, and Colas returned to Cuba out of Fukuoka Airport on November 7.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2017
[UPDATE 11/10 @ 2:32am]
The Hawks announced on November 9 that the following players are signed to contracts for the 2018 season: Despaigne, van den Hurk, Moinelo, Sarfate, Suarez, and Colas.
The Hawks also announced that they will not offer Jensen a contract for the 2018 season.0 Comments
Dennis Sarfate was scheduled to pitch in an Intra-squad game at YafuOku Dome on October 15, but skipped his turn because of tightness in his legs. Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters they were just being careful and that he was not too concerned because he heard Sarfate was able to toss a bullpen session. The tightness does not appear to be anything serious.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2017
[UPDATE 10/18 @ 12:58am]
Sarfate is ready to pitch in every game of the Final Stage of the Climax Series. He could also pitch more than one inning an appearance.
Source: Sponichi 10/17/20170 Comments
According to Sponichi, the Softbank Hawks are planning to give Dennis Starfate a few days of much-deserved rest. He is expected to return to the team in time for their game against Rakuten at YafuOku Dome on September 23.
Source: Sponichi 9/18/20170 Comments
Dennis Sarfate entered today’s game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at ZOZO Marine with runners on first and second and no out in the bottom of the ninth. The runners advanced to second and third on steals before Sarfate struck out the side for his fiftieth save of the year. He is the first player in NPB history to reach fifty saves in one season. The save came in his sixty-first game of the year.0 Comments
Miles Mikolas, Yomiuri (Second Time)
5 G, 4-1, 37.0 IP, 1.46 ERA, 44 SO, 6 ER
Mikolas picked up his second MVP of the Month award (first award on June 2015). He led the league in wins, ERA, innings pitched, and strikeouts. He pitched at least seven innings and allowed two runs or less in all five of his starts in August. He is the first foreign pitcher in Yomiuri Giants’ franchise history to win the MVP of the Month award two times.
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Yokohama (Third Time)
25 G, .315 AVG, 29 H, 7 HR, 23 RBI
Tsutsugo won an MVP of the Month award for the third time in his career, and first since July 2016. He batted third in every game in August and led the league in RBI. His batting average and home runs were also among the top players in the league. He led all hitters with a .550 batting average with runner on base.
Dennis Sarfate, Softbank (Second Time)
13 G, 1-1, 11 Sv, 12.1 IP, 1.46 ERA, 20 SO, 2 ER
Sarfate pitched in thirteen games in August and led the league in saves. Eleven saves in one month is second most in Pacific League history (he set the record with twelve in May 2016). He recorded a save in ten consecutive appearances between August 9 and 31. He earned his first MVP of the Month award for May 2016.
Hotaka Yamakawa, Seibu (First Time)
27 G, .326 AVG, 30 H, 9 HR, 28 RBI
Yamakawa batted fifth sixteen times, fourth six times, and sixth five times. He led the league in home runs, RBI, total bases (64), walks (20), on base percentage (.451) and slugging percentage (.696). He recorded two or more hits in eleven games and two or more RBI in ten games. He hit home runs in three consecutive plate appearances on August 2 against Rakuten and recorded three hits and three RBI the following day on August 3 against Rakuten. He recorded at least three RBI in four of the nine Rakuten games in August.
Source: NPB 9/7/20170 Comments
Dennis Sarfate recorded his forty-seventh save of the season during tonight’s game against the Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome and set a new NPB single-season record for saves. He entered the game in the bottom of the eleventh and retired the side in order – struck out Hikaru Ito on seven pitches, struck out Ryoichi Adachi on three pitches, and got Shunta to fly out to left on three pitches.
With twenty games left in the Softbank season, Sarfate has a realistic shot at reaching fifty saves.One Comment
Dennis Sarfate notched his forty-sixth save of the year during today’s game against the Rakuten Eagles at YafuOku Dome and tied the NPB’s single-season record for saves. The record was first set by Hitoki Iwase in 2005 and tied by Kyuji Fujikawa in 2007.
Sarfate saved one game in March, nine in April, five in May, seven in June, eleven in July and August, and two so far in September.
Sarfate recorded his forty-sixth save in his fifty-seventh appearance of the year. During that span, he blew just one save opportunity. It took Iwase sixty games and two blown saves in 2005 and Fujikawa seventy-one games and three blown saves in 2007. [Nikkan Sports 9/3/2017]0 Comments
Dennis Sarfate recorded the 200th save of his NPB career tonight against the Orix Buffaloes. Sarfate is the sixth player in NPB history (first foreign player) to reach the 200-save milestone.0 Comments
The Softbank Hawks announced today that Dennis Sarfate temporarily returned to the United States for personal reasons (illness in the family). He will be taken off the active roster on May 22. He is expected to return on May 30. He will be added back to the active roster on June 1.
[UPDATE 5/30 @ 10:12pm]
Sarfate rejoined the team on May 30. He is set to return to the active roster on June 1.0 Comments