Chiba Lotte Marines (千葉ロッテマリーンズ)
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Chiba Lotte Marines: 2018 Fall Camp

The Chiba Lotte Marines released some information about fall camp:

Source: Lotte 10/15/2018

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2018 Chiba Lotte Marines Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes
角中勝也 Katsuya Kakunaka [10/14] Kakunaka is planning to consider all his options, including the domestic free agent option he earned in September this year. Nikkan Sports 10/14/2018
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2018 Chiba Lotte Marines Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
河野亮 Ryo Kawano Former Rakuten Coach [10/15] The Marines are planning to offer Kawano a job as hitting coach. Daily Sports 10/15/2018, Sponichi 10/15/2018  
鶴岡一成 Kazunari Tsuruoka Ni-gun Battery Coach [10/15] Tsuruoka is not expected go return next year. Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018  
福沢洋一 Yoichi Fukuzawa Ni-gun General Coach [10/15] Fukuzawa is not expected go return next year. Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018  
大隣憲司 Kenji Otonari Retiring [10/15] Otonari will become a Ni-gun pitching coach next year. Sponichi 10/15/2018  
根元俊一 Shunichi Nemoto Retiring [10/15] Nemoto will become a Ni-gun infield/base coach next year. Sponichi 10/15/2018  
岡田幸文 Yoshifumi Okada Retiring [10/15] Okada will be assigned a coaching role with the BC League’s Tochigi Golden Braves. Sponichi 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018  
金沢岳 Takeshi Kanazawa Retiring [10/14] Kanazawa is set to take on the role of Ni-gun battery coach. Nikkan Sports 10/14/2018  
OUT 小林雅英 Masahide Kobayashi Pitching Coach [10/14] The Marines will not offer Kobayashi a new contract. 10/14
OUT 金森栄治 Eiji Kanamori Hitting Coach [10/07] The Marines will not offer Kanamori a new contract. 10/14
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Yoshifumi Okada: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

October 8 vs Softbank at ZOZO Marine – Okada went hitless in his fifty-ninth straight plate appearance and tied an NPB record for position players. The previous record of fifty-eight was set by Teruhide Sakurai between 1977 and 1978 (for all players, including pitchers, the streak of ninety was set by Kenshiro Saga between 1954 and 1955). Okada’s streak began in October 2016. He ended the streak with a hit to left in the fifth inning (off Nao Higashihama).

Okada set the record and broke the streak during his retirement game. He finished his career with zero home runs over 2,501 trips to the plate.

Source: Sponichi 10/8/2018, Sponichi 10/8/2018, Sponichi 10/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/9/2018, Sports Hochi 10/9/2018

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2018 Chiba Lotte Marines Phoenix League Roster

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 関谷 亮太 Ryota Sekiya
P 酒居 知史 Tomohito Sakai
P 渡邉 啓太 Keita Watanabe
P 島 孝明 Takaaki Shima
P 成田 翔 Kakeru Narita
P 田中 靖洋 Yasuhiro Tanaka
P 森 遼大朗 Ryotaro Mori
C 宗接 唯人 Yuito Munetsugu
C 柿沼 友哉 Tomoya Kakinuma
INF 安田 尚憲 Hisanori Yasuda
INF 高濱 卓也 Takuya Takahama
INF 香月 一也 Kazuya Katsuki
INF 李 杜軒 Tu-Hsuan Lee
INF 大木 貴将 Takamasa Oki
OF 加藤 翔平 Shohei Kato
OF 伊志嶺 翔大 Shota Ishimine
OF 三家 和真 Kazuma Mike
OF 和田 康士朗 Koshiro Wada

Source: Lotte 10/7/2018

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Daichi Suzuki: Did You Know

Milestones

General

Two-homer games

2018

October 1 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome – Suzuki recorded the second two-homer game of this career. He hit home runs in the second (off Yuki Matsumoto) and eighth innings (off Shinya Kayama).

Source: Sanspo 10/1/2018, Sponichi 10/1/2018

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2018 Chiba Lotte Marines Senryokugai

Name JPN Name ENG Notes Sources
宮﨑敦次 Atsushi Miyazaki [10/01] Undecided. Lotte 10/1/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/1/2018,
安江嘉純 Yoshizumi Yasue [10/01] Undecided. Lotte 10/1/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/1/2018,
肘井竜蔵 Ryuzo Hijii [10/01] Undecided. Lotte 10/1/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/1/2018,
       
       
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[9/28/2018] Chiba Lotte Marines to play three games against Lamigo Monkeys

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they will play three exhibition games against the CPBL Lamigo Monkeys at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium in Taiwan. Lotte will release the roster for the series at a later date. Lotte went 3-0 against Taiwan’s national team last year and 1-2 against Lamigo in 2014.

Schedule

Source: Lotte 9/28/2018, Sponichi 9/28/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/28/2018

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[9/27/2018] Shunichi Nemoto, Takeshi Kanazawa to retire after the season

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that thirty-five-year-old Shunichi Nemoto and thirty-four-year-old Takeshi Kanazawa will be retiring this year. The Marines released the following comments from the two players:

Nemoto:

I was able to get this far with a lot of help and support during my thirteen year career. I am nothing but grateful to everyone that supported me. I had a good career.

Kanazawa:

I consider myself really lucky for having the chance to play for the best team, the best teammates, and the best fans. I am full of gratitude.

Source: Lotte 9/27/2018, Lotte 9/27/2018

[UPDATE 9/28 @ 3:36am]

The Marines announced that they will hold retirement ceremony for Nemoto after a Softbank game on October 7.

Source: Lotte 9/28/2018

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[9/25/2018] Kenji Otonari and Yoshifumi Okada to retire

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that thirty-three-year-old Kenji Otonari and thirty-four-year-old Yoshifumi Okada will retire at the end of the season. The Marines released the following statements from the two players.

Otonari

Thank you for all the support you provided over my twelve-year career. It was not easy career, but I was able to get through it with the help and support from various people. I am really grateful. Thank you very much.

Okada

Ten years was a short time, but I had a good baseball career. The Chiba Lotte Marines selected me during the Ikusei draft and they gave me an opportunity to play baseball. I hope to use what I learned during the next part of my life. I have no regrets. I feel I was able to have such a fulfilling career because of all the support the fans provided. Thank you for cheering for me.

Source: Lotte 9/25/2018

[UPDATE 9/28 @ 3:37am]

The Marines announced that they will hold retirement ceremony for Okada after a Softbank game on October 8.

Source: Lotte 9/28/2018

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