The Nippon Ham Fighters released some information about fall camp:
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/20180 Comments
|Status||Name JPN||Name ENG||Notes|
|–||中田翔||Sho Nakata||[10/16] Nakata is not sure what he wants to do with his international free agent option. He may end up staying with the Fighters. Sanspo 10/16/2018, Daily Sports 10/16/2018|
|–||宮西尚生||Naoki Miyanishi||[10/16] Miyanishi has not ruled out using his international free agent option. He wants to talk to the Fighters first before making any decisions. Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018, Sanspo 10/16/2018|
|–||トンキン||Michael Tonkin||[10/16] Tonkin will be in the second year of a two-year contract next season. Daily Sports 10/16/2018|
|–||アルシア||Oswaldo Arcia||[10/16] The Fighters could offer Acria a contract for 2019, but it seems he might not return. Daily Sports 10/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018|
|–||マルティネス||Nick Martinez||[10/16] Martinez is interested in returning next year. The Fighters are expected to make him an offer. Daily Sports 10/16/2018, Sanspo 10/16/2018, Sanspo 10/16/2018|
|–||ロドリゲス||Bryan Rodriguez||[10/16] The Fighters are expected to offer Rodriguez a contract for 2019. Daily Sports 10/16/2018|
|–||レアード||Brandon Laird||[10/16] Laird is in the final year of a two-year contract. He likes playing for the Fighters and would like to return next year. The Fighters are planning to offer him a contract for 2019. Daily Sports 10/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018, Sanspo 10/16/2018|
|Status||Name JPN||Name ENG||Current Position||Notes||Official|
|–||矢野謙次||Kenji Yano||Retiring||[10/16] The Fighters are thinking about offering Yano a job as a special coach. Daily Sports 10/16/2018|
|OUT||吉井理人||Masato Yoshii||Pitching Coach||[10/16] The Fighters announced that Yoshii will not be returning next year. … [10/16] Yoshii is not expected to return next year. Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018||10/16|
|–||栗山英樹||Hideki Kuriyama||Ichi-gun Manager||[10/16] The Fighters are planning to ask Kuriyama to return next year. Daily Sports 10/16/2018, Sponichi 10/16/2018 … [10/12] Kuriyama is expected to return next year. Sanspo 10/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2018|
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they will open up Kamagaya Stadium for public viewings on October 13, 14, and 15. Admission will be free.
Source: Nippon Ham 10/9/20180 Comments
|Pos||Name JPN||Name ENG|
|P||新垣 勇人||Hayato Arakaki|
|P||鍵谷 陽平||Yohei Kagiya|
|P||西村 天裕||Takahiro Nishimura|
|P||中村 勝||Masaru Nakamura|
|P||高梨 裕稔||Hirotoshi Takanashi|
|P||白村 明弘||Akihiro Hakumura|
|P||田中 瑛斗||Eito Tanaka|
|P||田中 豊樹||Toyoki Tanaka|
|P||高山 優希||Yuki Takayama|
|P||鈴木 遼太郎||Ryotaro Suzuki|
|P||宮台 康平||Kohei Miyadai|
|P||立田 将太||Shota Tatsuta|
|P||玉井 大翔||Taisho Tamai|
|P||藤岡 貴裕||Takahiro Fujioka|
|P||吉田 侑樹||Yuki Yoshida|
|P||北浦 竜次||Ryuji Kitaura|
|C||黒羽根 利規||Toshiki Kurobane|
|C||郡 拓也||Takuya Kori|
|INF||松本 剛||Go Matsumoto|
|INF||清宮 幸太郎||Kotaro Kiyomiya|
|INF||森本 龍弥||Tatsuya Morimoto|
|INF||大累 進||Susumu Orui|
|INF||石井 一成||Kazunari Ishii|
|INF||平沼 翔太||Shota Hiranuma|
|INF||難波 侑平||Yuhei Nanba|
|INF||高濱 祐仁||Yuto Takahama|
|INF||今井 順之助||Junnosuke Imai|
|OF||淺間 大基||Daiki Asama|
|OF||森山 恵佑||Keisuke Moriyama|
|OF||姫野 優也||Yuya Himeno|
|OF||谷口 雄也||Yuya Taniguchi|
|OF||岸里 亮佑||Ryosuke Kishisato|
Source: Nippon Ham 10/5/20180 Comments
|Name JPN||Name ENG||Notes||Official|
|高良一輝||Kazuki Takara||[10/05] Thinking about attending NPB tryout. Sports Hochi 10/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Sponichi 10/5/2018||10/5|
|大嶋匠||Takumi Oshima||[10/05] Recovering from right knee injury suffered in August. Planning to retire. Sports Hochi 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Sponichi 10/5/2018||10/5|
The Yakult Swallows secured second place in the Central League with their 3-2 victory over the Yokohama Bay Stars. The Nippon Ham Fighters settled for third in the Pacific League after they dropped their game against the Seibu Lions 3-2 and the Softbank Hawks beat the Chiba Lotte Marines 4-2.
The First Stage of the Central League Climax Series will take place at Jingu Stadium. The First Stage of the Pacific League Climax Series will take place at YafuOku Dome.0 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced on September 28 that thirty-eight-year-old Kenji Yano will be retiring after the season. The Fighters released the following statement from Yano:
I, Kenji Yano, have decided to end my career. I spent about twelve years with the Giants and around four years with the Fighters. Both teams made me feel at home. I was able to play for sixteen years at the professional level because the supportive fans gave me strength with their cheering.
Even though I missed time with injuries, the Giants fans in right sang with everything they had after games. The smiling Fighters fans welcomed me at Sapporo Dome by saying “Thank you for coming.” I will never forget these things.
The wonderful managers, coaches, and staff saw my abilities and kept playing me even though I am not blessed with talent. The experienced players I could respect. Players in my age group. The young players. I played alongside, and was supported by, many people. I had a really happy life as a baseball player. There’s only a few more games left, but I will do my best for the team until the very end. Please continue to cheer for me!
Source: Nippon Ham 9/28/20180 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that thirty-seven-year-old Yuya Ishii will retire after the season. They also posted the following statement from Ishii:
I am grateful for the opportunity to be a professional baseball player for fourteen years. I learned about mental strength and perseverance through tough practices while playing for the Chunichi Dragons, under people like Hiromitsu Ochiai, Shigekazu Mori, and others.
After the Bay Stars, I became a members of the Fighters. I was impressed by the warm fans. Their cheers became my strength. I am grateful to Hideki Kuriyama because even in difficult jams, he had faith in me and kept playing me. I was lucky to have a lot of great people around me and I was happy to be a member of the Fighters.
Thank you for the fourteen years.
Brandon Laird appeared to be bothered by back issues the last few days. He spoke about some discomfort after an Orix game on September 17, but said it was nothing serious. He felt tightness/pain in his back during pre-game practices on September 18 and was left out of the starting line-up. He could be headed to the hospital for an examination on September 19.
[UPDATE 9/20 @ 2:45am]
The Fighters announced on September 19 that Laird was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with a strain in his left abdominal oblique. He will most likely require three to four weeks for a full recovery.
[UPDATE 10/10 @ 12:50pm]
Laird has not yet been able to resume batting practice. He may end up having to miss the First Stage of the Climax Series.
Source: Sports Hochi 10/10/20180 Comments