The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that they reached agreements with Toru Komura and former Yomiuri Giant Daisuke Nakai. Uniform numbers have not yet been assigned.
Komura was originally drafted by Yokohama in the eighth round of the 2011 draft. He spent three years in their organization, but struggled with right shoulder problems and never made it to Ichi-gun. He retired after he was released by Yokohama in 2014 and remained with the team as a batting practice pitcher. He left the Bay Stars after 2015 and signed with the Shikoku Island League’s Ehime Mandarin Pirates. He spent two seasons with Ehime and played for the BC League’s Toyama GRN Thunderbirds this year.
Nakai spent ten years in the Yomiuri Giants organization and posted a slash line of .244/.301/.351 over 345 games.
[UPDATE 11/27 @ 11:07am]
The Bay Stars held press conferences for Komura and Nakai on November 26. Komura was assigned the uniform number 67 and Nakai the uniform number 0.
According to media reports, Komura agreed to a salary worth an estimated six million yen and Nakai a salary worth an estimated 12 million yen.
Source: Komura – Yokohama 11/26/2018, Sports Hochi 11/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/27/2018, Sponichi 11/27/2018; Nakai – Yokohama 11/26/2018, Sports Hochi 11/26/2018, Daily Sports 11/26/2018, Sanspo 11/27/20180 Comments
Relationships and Family
Ayabe tweeted on November 7 that he got married during the season.
Source: Sponichi 11/8/20180 Comments
Ichi-gun Coaching Staff
Chief Hitting Coach
Bullpen Battery Coach
Farm Coaching Staff
Battery Coach Assistant/Ikusei Coach
Source: Yokohama 10/26/20180 Comments
Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Kashima
Nihon Daigaku Tsurugaoka HS
Seiran Taito HS
Shiga Gakuen HS
The media learned on October 21 that Yamato will have surgery on his left ankle. He is expected to be ready for spring camp next year.
Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2018
[UPDATE 10/31 @ 11:23am]
The Bay Stars announced that Yamato had surgery to clean his left ankle at a hospital in Yokohama on October 30. There were no complications during the procedure.
Yamato originally hurt the ankle during practices before a Yakult game at Yokohama on September 8.0 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that Katsuki Azuma will be unable to participate in the upcoming Japan All-Star Series because of inflammation in his left elbow. He will be replaced by Softbank’s Rei Takahashi.0 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that thirty-six-year-old Hiroyasu Tanaka will be retiring this year. They released the following statement from Tanaka:
I will be retiring at the end of the season. I had a fourteen-year professional career after joining the Yakult Swallows. I spent the last two years with the Yokohama Bay Stars. They allowed me to keep my dream alive. With a new start, I was able to enjoy my days with the younger players. I will also not forget how the team, behind captain Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, welcomed me. To those that supported me over the years, and to the fans that cheered for me, thank you.
Source: Yokohama 10/16/20180 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that Shingo Hirata had his right elbow cleaned out at a hospital in Yokohama on October 15. There were no complications during the procedure.
Source: Yokohama 10/15/20180 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that Shota Imanaga, Tomoya Mikami, Yuki Kuniyoshi, and Koki Aoyagi are slated to play in the Australian Baseball League this winter.
Source: Yokohama 10/14/20180 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that Alex Ramirez will return as manager next year.
I am grateful for another chance [to manage] next season. Beginning with Owner Tomoko Namba and including everyone that has supported me, I hope to meet their expectations.
This season, I learned that to win I have to change myself. The way I think, the way I approach the game, I need to change what needs to be changed and do what it takes to win.
Yokohama also announced that General Manager Shigeru Takada stepped down from his post. He is expected to continue working with the Bay Stars as an advisor.0 Comments