Seibu’s Ginjiro Sumitani was named the ninth chairman of the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association during a meeting at an Osaka hotel on December 7. Motohiro Shima stepped down after five years. Sumitani is the first player out of high school to make it to chairman. His term will be one year.
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Ginjiro Sumitani has decided not to use his international free agent option. He informed the Seibu Lions of his decision on November 12. Sumitani finished the second year of a two-year contract and considered exercising his option for a chance to talk to other teams, but ultimately decided to stay put because of his love for the team.
Sumitani sat down with the Lions twice after the season. He will most likely sign a one-year contract, even though he was reportedly offered another two-year deal.
[UPDATE 12/5 @ 3:10am]
Sumitani agreed to a one-year deal worth 110 million yen (up ten million yen from this season). He was also offered a two-year deal, but opted for a one-year deal. During a press conference on December 4, Sumitani said he wanted to have another good season to secure an even better multi-year deal.
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Thirty-year-old Ginjiro Sumitani is still thinking about what to do with his free agent option. He spoke to reporters on November 10 and said he hoped to have a decision soon, possibly by around Monday.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/20170 Comments
Ginjiro Sumitani hit a double during his first at bat in the third inning of today’s exhibition game against the Yokohama Bay Stars. He made his way over to third base on a sac bunt, but tumbled over when his foot got stuck in the dirt and lightly twisted his left ankle. He still reached third safely and was replaced by a pinch-runner as a precaution.
Source: Nikkan Sports 3/26/20170 Comments
Sumitani was apparently ready to leave Seibu for Chunichi after the 2015 off-season, but decided against it after someone in the Chunichi organization advised him not to because of General Manager Hiromitsu Ochiai.
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Sumitani will sign a brand ambassador agreement with Mizuno for the 2018 season.
Source: Sports Hochi 11/23/20170 Comments
Ginjiro Sumitani hurt his right hand while attempting to catch a pitch that bounced in front of him during the sixth inning of a game against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Seibu Prince Dome on July 27. Sumitani was removed from the game after the pitch. He was taken to a hospital in Tokorozawa and diagnosed with a bruise on his right thumb.0 Comments