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[2/15/2019] Yuki Yanagita suffers mild leg injury

Yuki Yanagita developed discomfort in the back of his right thigh while running during workouts on February 14. He was examined at a hospital in Miyazaki and diagnosed with a mild injury to his right external hit rotator. His workouts will be adjusted over the next two to three days. Assuming everything goes smoothly, he could return to regular workouts on February 19.

Source: Sanspo 2/15/2019, Daily Sports 2/15/2019, Sports Hochi 2/15/2019, Sponichi 2/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/15/2019

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[2/2/2019] YafuOku Dome capacity increases to 40,178

The Softbank Hawks announced that seating capacity at YafuOku Dome increased to 40,178 (up from 38,530). The increase is due to the addition of 1,594 outfield seats and 54 Yamaya Mentaiko Box seats. YafuOku Dome will be the fourth NPB stadium with over 40,000 seats.

40,000+ NPB Stadiums

  1. Koshien Stadium – 47,508
  2. Tokyo Dome – 45,600
  3. Sapporo Dome – 42,270
  4. YafuOku Dome – 40,178

(list according to Daily Sports)

Source: Softbank 1/31/2019, Daily Sports 1/31/2019

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[1/21/2019] Softbank Hawks sign Yurisbel Gracial to new contract

The Softbank Hawks announced that they reach an agreement to bring Yurisbel Gracia back for the 2019 season. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 150 million yen. His uniform number will not change.

Source: Softbank 1/19/2019, Sponichi 1/20/2019, Daily Sports 1/20/2019

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[1/21/2019] Shuta Ishikawa strains right thigh

The media learned on January 19 that Shuta Ishikawa strained his right thigh while running dashes during workouts on January 16. He will move likely require about four weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/19/2019, Sponichi 1/20/2019

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[1/17/2019] Rikuya Shimizu has right ankle surgery

The Softbank Hawks announced that Rikuya Shimizu had surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle. Shimizu had the procedure at a hospital in Kurume, Fukuoka on January 16 and will remain hospitalized for about ten days. He will most likely require about three months for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2019, Nishinippon Shimbun 1/17/2019

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[12/27/2018] Softbank Hawks lock up Kenta Imamiya with four-year contract

Twenty-seven-year-old Kenta Imamiya was at YafuOku Dome for contract negotiations on December 26. After finalizing his salary for the 2019 season, Imamiya told the media he also signed a four-year contract and wanted to play for the Hawks for as long as possible.

Imamiya’s salary for 2019 will be an estimated 260 million yen plus incentives. There is no set salary for his contract. He is slated to earn his domestic free agent option some time next year.

Source: Sponichi 12/27/2018, Sponichi 12/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/27/2018, Sports Hochi 12/26/2018

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[12/23/2018] Akira Nakamura signs four-year contract

Twenty-nine-year-old Akira Nakamura spoke to reporters after contract negotiations with the Softbank Hawks on December 22. Nakamura agreed to an estimated 240 million yen next year (up 80 million over this season). He also signed a four-year contract with a variable salary (his salary can not go below 240 million yen but can increase, without limit, based on performance), ahead of the domestic free agent option he is slated to earn some time next season.

Source: Sponichi 12/23/2018, Sponichi 12/22/2018, Sanspo 12/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/22/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/22/2018, Sports Hochi 12/22/2018

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[12/18/2018] Softbank Hawks uniform number changes

The Softbank Hawks announced the following uniform numbers changes:

Source: Softbank 12/18/2018

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Softbank Hawks: 2019 Spring Camp

Camp

Source: Softbank 11/30/2018

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Go Kamamoto: Did You Know

Relationships & Family

2018

November 26 – The Softbank Hawks announced that Kamamoto (25) filed marriage papers with a woman from Nagasaki on September 24.

Source: Sponichi 11/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/26/2018

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