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[6/24/2018] Shota Omine to retire

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced on June 23 that they received and approved a request for retirement from twenty-six-year-old Shota Omine. According to media reports, Omine decided to retire because of financial problems that, according to a Lotte representative, started about two-and-a-half years ago.

In a statement released by Lotte, Omine explained he borrowed money from people and was unable to pay them back. He said he wanted a change of pace and decided retirement was his best option. He then apologized to staff and fans for letting them down.

Source: Lotte 6/23/2018, Sports Hochi 6/23/2018, Sponichi 6/23/2018, Sponichi 6/23/2018, Sponichi 6/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/24/2018, Daily Sports 6/23/2018, Sanspo 6/23/2018, Sanspo 6/23/2018, Sanspo 6/24/2018

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Mike Bolsinger: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

June 16 vs Yomiuri at ZOZO Marine – Bolsinger tossed a shutout against the Yomiuri Giants. He became the eleventh player since 1950 to record a shutout in his first game against the Giants, first since Yuta Iwasada on May 27, 2017; and the fourth foreign player, first since Stephen Randolph on October 2, 2009; and second player to accomplish the feat during an Inter-league game, first since Takahiro Norimoto on May 28, 2014.

Bolsinger also set a new Marines record for foreign pitchers by extending his personal winning streak to seven.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2018, Sponichi 6/17/2018, Sanspo 6/17/2018

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[6/14/2018] Seiya Inoue taken off active roster

Seiya Inoue was taken off the active roster on June 13 because of a fever brought on by tonsillitis.

Source: Jiji Press 6/13/2018, Sanspo 6/13/2018, Sponichi 6/13/2018

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[6/12/2018] Masaki Minami needs five stitches after getting hit by batted ball

Masaki Minami was struck by a batted ball during batting practice today (near the upper portion of his left eye). He was taken to a hospital in Narashino, Chiba and treated for an eyelid cut that required five stitches.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/12/2018, Sponichi 6/12/2018, Sports Hochi 6/12/2018

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[5/26/2018] Tomohisa Otani earns domestic free agent option

Thirty-three-year-old Tomohisa Otani earned his domestic free agent option today with seven years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Daily Sports 5/26/2018, Sports Hochi 5/26/2018, Sanspo 5/26/2018

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[5/10/2018] Chiba Lotte Marines make coaching staff changes

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced the following coaching staff changes today:

Source: Lotte 5/10/2018

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[5/5/2018] Ikuhiro Kiyota earns domestic FA option

Thirty-two-year-old Ikuhiro Kiyota earned his domestic free agent option earlier today with seven years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Sanspo 5/5/2018, Sponichi 5/5/2018, Daily Sports 5/5/2018

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[4/10/2018] Kazuya Fukuura sets new Lotte record with 2,162 games

Kazuya Fukuura set a new Chiba Lotte Marines franchise record on April 10 by playing in his 2,162nd game. He started the day tied with Kihachi Enomoto.

Source: Lotte 4/10/2018, Daily Sports 4/10/2018, Sports Hochi 4/10/2018, Sponichi 4/10/2018

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[3/31/2018] Kazuya Katsuki to miss three to four months

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that Kazuya Katsuki had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb at a hospital in Tokyo on March 29. He will require three to four months for a full recovery. Katsuki suffered the injury while running the bases during a practice game against Hosei University on March 14.

Source: Sanspo 3/31/2018, Sponichi 3/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/31/2018, Daily Sports 3/31/2018

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[3/23/2018] Takeshi Kanazawa out four to five weeks with leg injury

Takeshi Kanazawa hurt his left leg while running the bases during an exhibition game against the Seibu Lions on March 20. He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on March 22 and diagnosed with an injury to his left biceps femoris. He will most likely require four to five weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Sanspo 3/23/2018

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