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[1/30/2018] Chunichi Dragons unveil new 2018 uniforms

The Chunichi Dragons unveiled new uniforms for the 2018 season. They showed off four designs during a press conference today: home, road, and two alternates (Shoryu and Fan Club).

The base color for the home and road uniforms will be Dragons Blue (royal blue). The design remains unchanged from last year, but will be made of new material supplied by Mizuno.

The Shoryu alternate uniform is sky blue and also uses the team’s secondary color, red, in the image of a dragon. The Fan Club uniform design (blue with red piping) remains unchanged.

Alternate Uniform Schedule

Shoryu Uniforms (six games)

Replica uniforms will be given away during all games except on August 10 and 11.

Fan Club Uniforms (six games)

Source: Chunichi 1/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2018, Sports Hochi 1/30/2018

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[1/23/2018] Matsuzaka heading to spring camp with Chunichi Dragons

Daisuke Matsuzka attended a tryout with the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Stadium earlier today. He arrived at the facilities at 1:14pm and was seen walking to the indoor facilities at 1:30pm. He tossed a bullpen session (twenty-two playing catch, twelve to a standing catcher, including sliders, curveballs, and change-ups) in front of Chunichi staff. The tryout took place behind closed doors.

Matsuzaka is now set to attend Ichi-gun spring camp with the Dragons. He will be assigned the uniform number 99.

Source: Daliy Sports 1/23/2018, Sports Hochi 1/23/2018, Sports Hochi 1/23/2018, Sponichi 1/23/2018, Sponichi 1/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2018, Sanspo 1/23/2018

[UPDATE 1/23 @ 9:36pm]

Matsuzaka also could have selected the uniform number 20, but went with 99 because he felt he did not yet deserve a lower number and felt a connection to 99 because 9 + 9 equaled his old number. His salary will be an estimated fifteen million yen.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/23/2018, Tokyo Sports 1/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/28/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2018


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[1/19/2018] Orix Buffaloes, Chunichi Dragons interested in Ichiro

If forty-four-year-old Ichiro Suzuki decides to return to the NPB this year, at least two teams will be interested: the Orix Buffaloes and Chunichi Dragons. And according to Sports Hochi, the Dragons may have already submitted an offer to the outfielder.

For those wondering, Ichiro has connections to both Orix and Chunichi. The veteran was born in Aichi and was a fan of the Dragons as a child. When he turned pro, he played for the Orix Blue Wave.

Source: Sponichi 1/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/19/2018, Daily Sports 1/19/2018, Sports Hochi 1/19/2018, Sports Hochi 1/19/2018

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Chunichi Dragons: 2018 Spring Camp

Chunichi Dragons 2018 Spring Camp Details

Ichi-gun

February 1 (Thu) – 28 (Wed)
Days Off: February 6 (Tue), 13 (Tue), 19 (Mon)

Venue: Chatan Stadium in Okinawa

Players

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 小笠原 慎之介 Shinnosuke Ogasawara
P 田島 慎二 Shinji Tajima
P 岩瀬 仁紀 Hitoki Iwase
P 谷元 圭介 Keisuke Tanimoto
P 又吉 克樹 Katsuki Matayoshi
P 柳 裕也 Yuya Yanagi
P 鈴木 翔太 Shota Suzuki
P 吉見 一起 Kazuki Yoshimi
P 大野 雄大 Yudai Ono
P 福谷 浩司 Koji Fukutani
P 丸山 泰資 Taisuke Maruyama
P 山井 大介 Daisuke Yamai
P 三ツ間 卓也 Takuya Mitsuma
P 鈴木 博志 Hiroshi Suzuki
P 笠原 祥太郎 Shotaro Kasahara
P ディロン・ジー Dillon Gee
P 小熊 凌祐 Ryosuke Oguma
P 伊藤 準規 Junki Ito
P オネルキ・ガルシア Onelki Garcia
P 木下 雄介 Yusuke Kinoshita
C 大野 奨太 Shota Ono
C 木下 拓哉 Takuya Kinoshita
C 松井 雅人 Masato Matsui
C 加藤 匠馬 Takuma Kato
INF 高橋 周平 Shuhei Takahashi
INF 阿部 寿樹 Toshiki Abe
INF 石川 駿 Shun Ishikawa
INF 石岡 諒太 Ryota Ishioka
INF 京田 陽太 Yota Kyoda
INF 亀澤 恭平 Kyohei Kamezawa
INF 福田 永将 Nobumasa Fukuda
INF 堂上 直倫 Naomichi Donoue
INF ビシエド Dayan Viciedo
OF 友永 翔太 Shota Tomonaga
OF 大島 洋平 Yohei Oshima
OF 遠藤 一星 Issei Endo
OF 井領 雅貴 Masataka Iryo
OF ソイロ・アルモンテ Zoilo Almonte
OF スティーブン・モヤ Steven Moya
OF 松井 佑介 Yusuke Matsui

Games

Ni-gun Camp

February 1 (Thu) – March 1 (Thu)
Days Off: February 6 (Tue), 13 (Tue), 19 (Mon)

Venue: Yomitan Stadium in Okinawa

Players

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 岡田 俊哉 Toshiya Okada
P 佐藤 優 Yu Sato
P 阿知羅 拓馬 Takuma Achira
P 祖父江 大輔 Daisuke Sobue
P 石川 翔 Sho Ishikawa
P 浅尾 拓也 Takuya Asao
P 清水 達也 Tatsuya Shimizu
P 藤嶋 健人 Kento Fujishima
P 小川 龍也 Ryuya Ogawa
P 山本 拓実 Takumi Yamamoto
P 若松 駿太 Shunta Wakamatsu
P 浜田 智博 Tomohiro Hamada
P 濱田 達郎 Tatsuro Hamada
P 山本 雅士 Masashi Yamamoto
P 吉田 嵩 Shu Yoshida
P 大藏 彰人 Akito Okura
P 西濵 幹紘 Mikihiro Nishihama
P 石田 健人 マルク Kento Mark Ishida
P 福 敬登 Hiroto Fuku
C 武山 真吾 Shingo Takeyama
C 杉山 翔大 Shota Sugiyama
C 桂 依央利 Iori Katsura
INF 高松 渡 Wataru Takamatsu
INF 荒木 雅博 Masahiro Araki
INF 野本 圭 Kei Nomoto
INF 石垣 雅海 Masami Ishigaki
INF 三ツ俣 大樹 Taiki Mitsumata
INF 溝脇 隼人 Hayato Mizowaki
INF 谷 哲也 Tetsuya Tani
OF 藤井 淳志 Atsushi Fujii
OF 平田 良介 Ryosuke Hirata
OF 伊藤 康祐 Kosuke Ito
OF 工藤 隆人 Takahito Kudo
OF 近藤 弘基 Hiroki Kondo
OF 渡辺 勝 Masaru Watanabe

Games


Additional information will be added to this post as it becomes available.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2018, Jiji 1/15/2018, Chunichi 1/16/2018, Chunichi 1/24/2018

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[1/15/2018] Chunichi Dragons: registered position changes

The Chunichi Dragons announced a number of registered position changes on January 15:

The Dragons also announced the following uniform number assignment:

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2018

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[1/6/2018] Senichi Hoshino passes away

The media learned that Rakuten Eagles’ Vice Chairman Senichi Hoshino passed away on January 4. He was seventy years old.

Hoshino apparently fell sick toward the end of last year and canceled plans to spend time with family in Hawaii at the last minute. He did attend Hall of Fame celebrations in Tokyo on November 28, 2017 and in Osaka on December 1 last year.

As a pitcher with the Chunichi Dragons, Hoshino went 146-121 with a 3.60 ERA over 2128.2 innings spanning 500 games between 1969 and 1982. As a manager, he led the Dragons to two first place finishes, the Hanshin Tigers to one first place finish, and the Rakuten Eagles to one first place finish that culminated in his first and only Nippon Series Championship. He was voted into the Hall of Fame last year.

Source: Sponichi 1/6/2018

[UPDATE 1/7 @ 5:19am]

Additional information:

Source: Sanspo 1/7/2018

[UPDATE 1/10 @ 1:51am]

The Hanshin Tigers and Chunichi Dragons scheduled memorial games for Hoshino.

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[1/4/2018] Chunichi Dragons reach agreement with Dillon Gee

The Chunichi Dragons announced on January 4 that they reached an agreement with thirty-one-year-old pitcher Dillon Gee. He was assigned the uniform number 60. According to media reports, the two sides agreed on a one-year deal worth an estimated 120 million yen plus an estimated 30 million yen in incentives.

Source: Chunichi 1/4/2018, Sports Hochi 1/4/2018, Sanpso 1/4/2018, Tokyo Sports 1/4/2018, Daily Sports 1/4/2018

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[1/4/2018] Chunichi Dragons sign with Mizuno

The Chunichi Dragons announced on January 4 that they signed an official partner contract with Mizuno. The Dragons will begin wearing Mizuno uniforms this season. Designs for their uniform will not change.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/4/2018

[UPDATE 1/5 @ 9:37pm]

The agreement runs from January 1, 2018 until December 31, 2021. Mizuno joins Edion (helmet) and Chunichi Shimbun (uniform, left sleeve) as official partners.

Source: Chunichi 1/5/2018

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[12/30/2017] Hanshin Tigers interested in Byung-Ho Park, Jung-Ho Kang, Hyun-Soo Kim

The Hanshin Tigers are interested in thirty-one-year-old Byung-Ho Park (KBO LG, KBO Nexen, MLB Minnesota) as an option for the 2019 season. Thirty-year-old Jung-Ho Kang (KBO Hyundai, KBO Nexen, MLB Pittsburgh) and twenty-nine-year-old Hyun-Soo Kim (KBO Doosan, MLB Baltimore, MLB Philadelphia, KBO LG) are other possibilities. This is in addition to twenty-four-year-old Po-Jung Wang (CPBL Lamigo).

It should be noted that a number of other NPB teams are also interested in Wang, like the Chunichi Dragons, Orix Buffaloes, Yomiuri Giants, and Softbank Hawks.

The Tigers are also keeping an eye on thirty-five-year-old Seung-Hwan Oh (KBO Samsung, NPB Hanshin, MLB St. Louis). They currently have no openings in the bullpen, but that could change if someone gets hurt or struggles. There are also rumors that Oh might be interested in a return to the NPB.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/30/2017, Daily Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017Sponichi 12/30/2017, Sanspo 12/30/2017, Sanspo 12/30/2017

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[12/27/2017] Chunichi Dragons sign Onelki Garcia

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that they signed twenty-eight-year-0ld pitcher Onelki Garcia. He was assigned the uniform number 70. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 50 million yen plus incentives.

Source: Chunichi 12/27/2017, Sanspo 12/27/2017, Tokyo Sports 12/27/2017, Sports Hochi 12/27/2017


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