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[10/18/2018] Rei Takahashi to replace Katsuki Azuma on Samurai Japan roster

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.

Source: Yokohama 10/18/2018, Samurai Japan 10/18/2018, Softbank 10/18/2018

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[10/17/2018] Hiroyasu Tanaka set to retire

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 10/16/2018

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[10/15/2018] Shingo Hirata has right elbow surgery

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 10/15/2018

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[10/14/2018] Yokohama’s Imanaga, Mikami, Kuniyoshi, Aoyagi to play in Australian Baseball League

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 10/14/2018

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[10/11/2018] Alex Ramirez to stay on as manager, Shigeru Takada steps down as GM

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.

Source: Yokohama 10/11/2018, Yokohama 10/11/2018 (Takada)

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2018 Yokohama Bay Stars Player Movement

 

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes official
STAY ロペス Jose Lopez [10/14] According to media reports, Lopez agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 230 million yen plus incentives. Daily Sports 10/14/2018 … [10/13] The Bay Stars announced that they reached an agreement with Lopez. … [10/10] The Bay Stars are planning to make Lopez an offer. Sponichi 10/10/2018, Sports Hochi 10/10/2018 10/13
STAY ソト Neftali Soto [10/14] Soto agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 95 million yen plus incentives. The contract also includes apparently includes a club option for a second year. Daily Sports 10/14/2018 … [10/13] Yokohama announced that they reached an agreement with Soto. … [10/10] The Bay Stars are planning to make Soto an offer. Sponichi 10/10/2018, Sports Hochi 10/10/2018 10/13
バリオス Edison Barrios [10/16] Barrios is interested in playing in Japan next year. He is still negotiating with the Bay Stars. Daily Sports 10/16/2018 … [10/10] Barrios could return to Yokohama next year. Sponichi 10/10/2018  
パットン Spencer Patton [10/12] Negotiations are underway. Patton told reporters he should have a better idea of where things are headed before the end of November. Sanspo 10/12/2018 … [10/10] Patton could return depending on negotiations. Sponichi 10/10/2018  
エスコバー Edwin Escobar [10/10] Escobar could return depending on negotiations. Sponichi 10/10/2018  
ウィーランド Joe Wieland [10/10] Wieland might not return next year. Sponichi 10/10/2018  
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2018 Yokohama Bay Stars Phoenix League Roster

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 阪口 皓亮 Kosuke Sakaguchi
P 熊原 健人 Kento Kumabara
P 飯塚 悟史 Satoshi Iizuka
P 櫻井 周斗 Shuto Sakurai
P 進藤 拓也 Takuya Shindo
P 京山 将弥 Masaya Kyoyama
P 赤間 謙 Ken Akama
P 武藤 祐太 Yuta Muto
P 中後 悠平 Yuhei Nakaushiro
P 田村 丈 Jo Tamura
P 笠井 崇正 Takamasa Kasai
P 中川 虎大 Ko Nakagawa
C 戸柱 恭孝 Yasutaka Tobashira
C 山本 祐大 Yudai Yamamoto
C 西森 将司 Masashi Nishimori
INF 宮本 秀明 Shumei Miyamoto
INF 大河 Taiga Matsuocc
INF 狩野 行寿 Yukikazu Karino
INF 飛雄馬 Hyuma Matsui
INF 中川 大志 Taishi Nakagawa
INF 百瀬 大騎 Hiroki Momose
OF 細川 成也 Seiya Hosokawa
OF 青柳 昴樹 Koki Aoyagi
OF 関根 大気 Taiki Sekine

Source: Yokohama 10/5/2018

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2018 Yokohama Bay Stars Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
永池恭男 Yasuo Nagaike Ichi-gun INF / Base Coach [10/21] Nagaike was a third base coach this season. He is set to move over to first next year. Daily Sports 10/21/2018, Sponichi 10/21/2018  
上田佳範 Yoshinori Ueda Ichi-gun OF / Base Coach [10/21] Ueda was a first base coach this season. He is set to move over to third next year. Daily Sports 10/21/2018, Sponichi 10/21/2018  
鶴岡一成 Kazunari Tsuruoka Former Lotte Ni-gun Coach [10/17] Yokohama could offer Tsuruoka a job as Ichi-gun battery coach. Daily Sports 10/17/2018  
進藤達哉 Tatsuya Shindo GM Assistant/Manager of Operations [10/12] Shindo will focus all his efforts on Manager of Operations. Sanspo 10/12/2018  
吉田孝司 Takashi Yoshida GM Assistant/Chief Scout [10/12] Yoshida was named Team Rep Assistant/Chief scout. Sanspo 10/12/2018  
OUT 小川博文 Hirofumi Ogawa Ichi-gun hitting coach [10/11] Yokohama announced that Ogawa will not return next year. 10/11
篠原貴行 Takayuki Shinohara Ichi-gun pitching coach [10/10] Shinohara is not expected to return next year. Sports Hochi 10/11/2018  
三浦大輔 Daisuke Miura Special Adviser [10/10] Yokohama is planning to offer Miura a job as a pitching coach. Sponichi 10/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2018, Sanspo 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Sports Hochi 10/11/2018  
OUT 光山英和 Hidekazu Mitsuyama Battery Coach [10/11] The Bay Stars announced that Mitsuyama will not be returning next year. … [10/10] Mitsuyama is planning to step down after the season. He was apparently asked to stay, but he still decided it was time to leave. Sports Hochi 10/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2018, Sanspo 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018 10/11
田代富雄 Tomio Tashiro Former Yomiuri Coach [10/16] Tashiro is slated to become an Ichi-gun hitting coach. Sponichi 10/18/2018 … [10/08] Tashiro could return to Yokohama as a hitting coach next season. Sanspo 10/8/2018, Sports Hochi 10/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/8/2018  
OUT 高田繁 Shigeru Takada General Manager [10/11] The Bay Stars announced that Takada stepped down from his post as general manager and will remain with the team as an adviser. [10/08] Takada could remain in the organization as an adviser. Team Representative Kazuaki Mihara and Executive Manager Tatsuhiro Hagiwara are possible candidates to replace Takada. Sanspo 10/8/2018, Sports Hochi 10/8/2018, Sponichi 10/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/8/2018 … [10/07] Takada is planning to step down at the end of the season. Nikkan Sports 10/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/7/2018 10/11
STAY ラミレス Alex Ramirez Ichi-gun Manager [10/11] Yokohama announced that Ramirez will return next year. … [10/10] Ramirez accepted an offer to remain as manger for another year after the last game of the regular season. Sanspo 10/10/2018, Sanspo 10/11/2018, Sports Hochi 10/10/2018, Sports Hochi 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/10/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/10/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018 … [10/08] Yokohama could formally offer Ramirez an extension after their last game of the season on October 10. A one-year deal seems likely. Sanspo 10/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/8/2018 … [10/07] Yokohama expected to ask Ramirez to return next year. Daily Sports 10/7/2018, Sponichi 10/7/2018 10/11
OUT 福原峰夫 Mineo Fukuhara Ni-gun INF/Base Coach [10/05] Yokohama received and accepted resignation. 10/5
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2018 Yokohama Bay Stars Senryokugai

Name JPN Name ENG Notes Official
須田幸太 Kota Suda [10/01] Undecided. Nikkan Sports 10/1/2018, Sponichi 10/1/2018, Sanspo 10/1/2018 10/3
福地元春 Motoharu Fukuchi   10/3
野川拓斗 Takuto Nogawa   10/3
亀井塔生 Toi Kamei   10/3
田中浩康 Hiroyasu Tanaka [10/11] Planning to retire. Sponichi 10/11/2018, Sanspo 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018 10/3
網谷圭将 Keisho Amiya   10/3
武白志 Musashi Yamamoto   10/3
荒波翔 Sho Aranami [10/01] Wants to keep playing. Nikkan Sports 10/1/2018, Sponichi 10/1/2018, Sanspo 10/1/2018 10/3
白根尚貴 Naoki Shirane   10/3
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[9/30/2018] Yakult and Yokohama use combined forty-eight players in Ni-gun game

The Yakult Swallows and Yokohama Bay Stars set a new Eastern League record by using a combined forty-eight players during a game at Yokosuka Stadium earlier today. The Bay Stars won the game, 4-2.

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Source: Sanspo 9/30/2018

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