Nippon Ham Fighters 2017 Fall Camp Details
November 1 (Wed) – November 10 (Fri)
Days Off: November 6 (Mon)
Venue: Kaigin Stadium Kunigami in Kunigami, Okinawa
Additional information will be added to this post as they become available.
Source: Nippon Ham 10/16/20170 Comments
The media learned on October 13 that Atsunori Inaba will gain a little experience by managing the Nippon Ham Fighters during two Phoenix League later this month. He will temporarily take over as manager for games on October 25 (vs Hiroshima) and 26 (vs Shikoku Island League). Samurai Japan coaches Makoto Kaneko and Yoshinori Tateyama will also join Inaba in the dugout.
Source: Sponichi 10/14/20170 Comments
The media learned on October 10 that the Nippon Ham Fighters want thirty-seven-year-old Kenji Yano to stay and are planning to offer him a contract for the 2018 season.
Source: Sanspo 10/11/20170 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced on October 13 that Shota Ono will have surgery to remove loose bodies in his right elbow at a hospital in Sapporo on October 16. Ono was partially limited to eighty-three games this season due to tightness in the elbow. He decided to have the surgery now because he did not want to have to worry about it next year.
[UPDATE 10/16 @ 4:22pm]
The Fighters announced today that Ono had surgery on his right elbow. There were no complications. He will remain in the hospital for a few days and begin rehabbing the elbow. He will report to the Kamagaya facilities to continue his rehab as soon as he is ready.
It will most likely be about two months before he can begin throwing and three months for a full recovery.0 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced on October 11 that Shohei Otani will have surgery on his right ankle to treat posterior ankle impingement syndrome at a hospital in Tokyo on October 12.
[UPDATE 10/12 @ 3:10pm]
Otani will most likely need two to three months for a full recovery.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2017
[UPDATE 10/13 @ 12:03am]
Otani had his surgery on October 12. There were no complications. He will begin a rehab training program during a two- to three-week hospital stay. He is then expected to continue his training at the Kamagaya facilities.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/20170 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they signed fifty-six-year-old Hideki Kuriyama to a new one-year deal for the 2018 season. Kuriyama has compiled a 437-403-21 record as manager of the Fighters over the last six seasons.
Source: Nippon Ham 10/11/20170 Comments
Thirty-three-year-old Hirotoshi Masui earned his domestic free agent option earlier this year. He is currently in the final year of a two year deal.
According to a report by Sports Hochi, a number of teams are keeping an eye on Masui to see what he does with his free agent option. He is first planning to sit down with the Nippon Ham Fighters before deciding what he wants to do with the option. He could be an interesting option for a team looking to bolster their bullpen.0 Comments
Twenty-eight-year-old Sho Nakata is still not sure what he is going to do with his free agent option, but did tell the media on October 9 that it would be nice to “listen to different kinds of things.”
Nakata has been linked to the Hanshin Tigers, but they could lose interest fairly quickly depending on whom they manage to draft and whether or not they have strong leads on players overseas. It could be a fairly big gamble for Nakata to become a free agent this year, when one more season with the Fighters will allow him to obtain an international option. But staying with the Fighters will also most likely mean having to take a pay cut.0 Comments
Nippon Ham Fighters vs Rakuten Eagles @ Kobo Park Miyagi – 14:00
Starters: Arihara, Kohei (HAM) 9-13, 4.89 – Mima, Manabu (RAK) 11-7, 3.33
Attendance: 26510 | Time: 3h9m0 Comments