Hideto Asamura has reportedly informed the Rakuten Eagles that he wants to make Sendai his new home. Asamura has also informed the Orix Buffaloes, Softbank Hawks, and Seibu Lions about his plans to sign with another team. The Eagles could make a formal announcement of a deal some time soon.
Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2018, Sponichi 11/20/2018, Sponichi 11/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/20/2018, Sports Hochi 11/20/2018, Sports Hochi 11/20/2018, Sports Hochi 11/20/2018
[UPDATE 11/21 @ 11:32am]
[UPDATE 12/2 @ 7:03am]
The Eagles held a press conference for Asamura on December 1. He was assigned the uniform number 3. According to various media reports, Asamura agreed to a four-year deal worth an estimated 2.0 to 2.4 billion yen in total.2 Comments
|12/23/2018||4:46pm – The Lions posted an official announcement on their website. According to Sponichi, the Lions will get an estimated 125 million yen (sixty percent of Asamura’s 2018 salary). Seibu 12/22/2018, Sponichi 12/23/2018|
|12/22/2018||2:35pm – The Lions announced that they decided to go with full monetary compensation. Sponichi 12/22/2018, Sports Hochi 12/22/2018, Daily Sports 12/22/2018 … 5:35am – The Lions will most likely go with a full monetary compensation package. Sanspo 12/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/21/2018|
|12/8/2018||4:01pm – The Lions received a list of protected players from the Rakuten Eagles. They have forty days from December 3 to make a decision about their compensation package from the Eagles. Sports Hochi 12/8/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2018|
|11/21/2018||12:27am – Hideto Asamura planning to sign with the Rakuten Eagles|
|11/20/2018||3:40pm – The Hawks are keeping a tight lid on developments with Asamura. Daily Sports 11/20/2018 … Asamura’s agent met the Lions on November 19. He may have received a new offer of four years and 2.0 billion yen. However, it seems Asamura is planning to leave the Lions. The Eagles could be the front-runners. Sanspo 11/20/2018, Sports Hochi 11/20/2018|
|11/19/2018||3:50pm – Asamura turned down the Buffaloes earlier today. His agent contacted them and told them that they were not in the running. The Buffaloes never even got the chance to negotiate with Asamura. Nikkan Sports 11/19/2018, Sponichi 11/19/2018, Sanspo 11/19/2018 … 6:31am – Daily Sports, Sanspo, Nikkan Sports are reporting offers at four years and around 2.0 billion yen. Sponichi’s latest report has their guess at four years and over 2.5 billion yen. Daily Sports 11/19/2018, Daily Sports 11/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/19/2018, Sanspo 11/19/2018, Sanspo 11/19/2018, Sponichi 11/19/2018|
|11/18/2018||10:47pm – The Eagles met Asamura in Tokyo today. Their meeting lasted about two hours. They may have offered a four year deal worth around 2 billion yen and the uniform number 3. Sponichi 11/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/18/2018, Chunichi Sports 11/18/2018, Sports Hochi 11/18/2018, Daily Sports 11/18/2018|
|11/17/2018||1:57pm – The Hawks met Asamura in Tokyo on November 16. They may have offered four years and over 2.5 billion yen. Sponichi 11/17/2018 … Or four years and around 2.8 billion yen. Daily Sports 11/17/2018|
|11/15/2018||12:02pm – Latest offer rumors: Seibu three years and 1.5 billion yen (Sports Hochi 11/15/2018), started at three years and 1.2 billion yen, moved up to three years and 1.5 billion yen (Sanspo 11/15/2018); Orix could go up to four years and offer the uniform number 7 (Sports Hochi 11/15/2018, Sponichi 11/15/2018), three years, 1.5 billion yen, and the uniform number 1 (Nikkan Sports 11/15/2018), four years, 1.6 billion yen, and the uniform number 1 (Sanspo 11/15/2018), four years, two billion yen, and the uniform numbers 1 and 7 (Daily Sports 11/15/2018); Softbank four years and over two billion yen (Sanspo 11/15/2018); Rakuten four years and around two billion yen (Sponichi 11/15/2018).|
|11/8/2018||10:20am – Latest offer rumors: Rakuten four years around 2 billion yen and possibly the uniform number 3 (Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018, Daily Sports 11/8/2018, Sponichi 11/8/2018); Orix three years around 1.5 billion yen (Sponichi 11/8/2018), four years about 1.6 billion yen (Sanspo 11/8/2018); Softbank fours years around 2.8 billion yen (Daily Sports 11/8/2018), four years about 2.5 billion yen (Sports Hochi 11/8/2018), four years around 2 billion yen (Sanspo 11/8/2018). … 4:41am – Asamura held a press conference on November 7 to formally announce his decision to exercise his free agent option. Sponichi 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Tokyo Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018 … The Eagles are planning to approach Asamura as soon as possible. Sponichi 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018 … The Hawks are also interested in meeting Asamura as soon as possible. Tokyo Sports 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018|
|11/6/2018||11:50pm – The Rakuten Ealges could be high on Asamura’s list. Former teammates Naoto Watanabe, General Manager Kazuhisa Ishii, and Takayuki Kishi. He has also gotten close to Takahiro Norimoto. Tokyo Sports 11/6/2018 … Asamura is slated to hold a press conference on November 7. Daily Sports 11/6/2018 … Possible offers: Rakuten four years at 1.6 billion yen or more. Softbank at least three years at 1.5 billion yen. Orix could go up to four years, but three years at 1.5 billion yen. Seibu three years at 1.5 billion yen. Sports Hochi 11/6/2018 … 4:39am – The Lions posted a notice on November 5 that Asamura is planning to exercise his option. Seibu 11/5/2018 … 4:05am – Seibu officials met Asamura on November 5. Asamura told them he wanted to exercise his option to test the free agent waters. Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018, Sponichi 11/5/2018, Sponichi 11/5/2018|
|11/5/2018||A Seibu official told reporters that Asamura contacted them about exercising his option. Sanspo 11/5/2018, Daily Sports 11/5/2018 … Asamura is planning to exercise his option. Sponichi 11/5/2018 … The Lions are planning to leave the window open even if Asamura uses his option. Daily Sports 11/5/2018, Sports Hochi 11/5/2018 … The Rakuten Eagles might be willing to go four years and two billion yen. Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018 … The Orix Buffaloes might be willing to go up to four years. They could potentially use money they saved by losing Hiroyuki Nakajima and slashing Chihiro Kaneko’s salary. Sanspo 11/5/2018, Sponichi 11/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018, Daily Sports 11/5/2018|
|11/4/2018||Asamura is interested in testing the waters and will most likely exercise his option. The Lions first offer may have been three years at 1.2 billion yen, followed by three years at 1.5 billion yen. Sanspo 11/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018 … The Softbank Hawks are very interested in Asamura. Sanspo 11/4/2018|
|10/31/2018||Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters on October 30 that they are doing what they can to keep Asamura in Tokorozawa. They may have offered him something similar to what they offer Takeya Nakamura in 2013 (four-years at up to two billion yen). Sanspo has their offer at three years and around 1.5 billion yen. Right now, he feels they have a 50-50 chance. Daily Sports 10/31/2018, Sports Hochi 10/31/2018, Sanspo 10/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2018, Sponichi 10/31/2018|
|10/06/2018||A number of teams, including Softbank and Orix, are keeping an eye on what Asamura does with his free agent option. Nikkan Sports 10/6/2018, Sports Hochi 10/6/2018|
|10/01/2018||The Rakuten Eagles are interested. Sports Hochi 10/1/2018, Sponichi 10/6/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018|
Twenty-seven-year-old Hideto Asamura earned his domestic free agent option on May 31 with eight years of service time on the active roster.0 Comments
Hideto Asamura fouled a pitch off the top of his left foot during an at bat in the eighth inning against the Chiba Lotte Marines at ZOZO Marine on April 10. He finished out the at bat (ground out to first), but was removed on defense in the bottom of the inning. He is considered day-to-day.0 Comments
Asamura was offered a multi-year deal after the 2017 season, but turned it down for a one-year contract. He told reporters during a press conference on December 5 that he went with a one-year contract because he wanted to keep himself on his toes.
Source: Daily Sports 12/5/2017
September 28 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome – Asamura recorded the 1,000th hit of his career off Hayato Terahara in the seventh inning.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/28/2017
May 6 vs Rakuten at Rakuten Seimei – Asamura played in his 1,000th career game and became the 491st player in NPB history to reach the milestone.
August 28 vs Rakuten – Asamura drove in three and pushed his RBI season total to 102. He became the fifth player in Lions history to record 100 or more RBI in a season at least twice during their career. The other four: Terry Whitfield (1981, 1983), Koji Akiyama (1986, 1988), Alex Cabrera (2001-2003, 2006), and Takeya Nakamura (2008-2009, 2011, 2015).
Asamura also became just the seventh second basemen (accomplished nine times) in NPB history, third second baseman (accomplished four times) in Pacific League history.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/29/2018
October 3 vs Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome – Asamura recorded his 124th RBI of the year and tied the Lions record set by Alex Cabrera in 2001 and Takeya Nakamura in 2015.
October 4 vs Lotte at ZOZO Marine Stadium – Asamura set a new Lions record by pushing his RBI total to 127.
Source: Daily Sports 10/4/20180 Comments
The Seibu Lions announced two uniform number changes today.
Source: Seibu announcement0 Comments
The Seibu Lions are thinking about assigning Hideto Asamura the uniform number 3. The number has been worn by Hiroshi Oshita, Masahiro Doi, Kazuhiro Kiyohara, and Hiroyuki Nakajima in the past and is usually assigned to the team’s top hitter. The Lions have been thinking about giving the number to Asamura after he led the league in RBI in 2013.
Source: Sponichi 10/3/20160 Comments
Yasuhiro Ogawa, Yakult (First Time)
5 G, 4-0, 39.0 IP, 2.08 ERA, 28 SO, 9 ER, 3 CG
Ogawa started five games in August and recorded four wins (tied for most in the Central League). He led the league in innings pitched and recorded three complete game victories, including one shutout. He was instrumental in the team’s 15-9 record in August. He is the first Yakult player to win an MVP of the Month since Tetsuto Yamada in June 2016 and first Yakult pitcher since Masanori Ishikawa in September 2015.
Ryosuke Kikuchi, Hiroshima (Second Time)
25 G, .358 AVG, 38 H, 3 HR, 9 RBI
Kikuchi was the mainstay at second base and batted second in every game in August. He led the league in hits and recorded a number of big hits, including a game-tying home run in the ninth inning against the Yomiuri Giants on August 7. He won his first MVP of the Month in June 2014. He is the first Hiroshima player to win an MVP of the Month since Yusuke Nomura in June 2016 and the first hitter since Rainel Rosario in September 2014.
Yuki Matsui, Rakuten (First Time)
11 G, 0-0, 9 Sv, 13.0 IP, 0.69 ERA, 0 CG, 0 ShO, 17 SO, 1 ER
Matsui appeared in eleven games in August and led the league with nine saves. His eleven strikeouts were most for a reliever. He recorded holds on August 12 against Nippon Ham and August 21 against Orix. The Eagles were 10-0-1 in the eleven games he appeared in. At twenty years and ten months, he is the youngest left-handed pitcher to win an MVP of the Month award in the Pacific League. Yoshihisa Naruse was previously the youngest when he won the award at twenty-one years and nine months in July 2007.
Hideto Asamura, Seibu (Third Time)
24 G, .384 AVG, 34 H, 4 HR, 26 RBI, 1 SB
Asamura played in all twenty-four of his team’s games in August. He led the league in hits, doubles (14), total bases (64), RBI, and batting average with runners in scoring position (.500). His batting average was good for second and his slugging percentage (.646) was good for third. He recorded multiple hits in thirteen games and went hitless in only three. He has won the MVP of the Month Award two other times: October 2011 and July 2013. This is the seventieth time a Lion has won the award, most in the Pacific League (Nippon Ham and Orix are in second with sixty-nine).0 Comments
Hideto Asamura hurt his left ankle while playing defense in the ninth inning of a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at Seibu Prince Dome earlier today. He suffered the injury when he tried to cover first base. He will be examined at a hospital in Tokyo on June 27.
[UPDATE 6/27 @ 11:49pm]
Asamura was examined at a hospital in Tokyo before today’s game. Some inflammation was found, but no bone injuries.
Source: Sponichi 6/27/20160 Comments