Category: NPB

Phoenix League Results (October 23, 2017)

Samsung Lions vs Orix Buffaloes at Hyuga Okuragahama Baseball Ground

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Samsung 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
Orix 2 0 0 0 1 4 4 0 x 11

Pitchers: 鄭寅煜 (5.1 IP), 洪廷玗 (0.2 IP), イ ケビン (1.0 IP), 文鎔翼 (1.0 IP)
Home Runs: 崔元濟 (5th inning)

Pitchers: Yamazaki, Soichiro (9.0 IP)
Home Runs: Cho, Yaku (6th inning)

Source: Miyazaki Tourism

Nippon Ham Fighters vs Shikoku Island League at Kiyotake Sogo Sports Park Baseball Stadium 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Nippon Ham 0 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 9
Island League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Nippon Ham
Pitchers: Yoshida, Yuki (6.0 IP), Hori, Mizuki (1.0 IP), Kumon, Katsuhiko (1.0 IP), Hakumura, Akihiro (1.0 IP)
Home Runs: Hiranuma, Shota (3rd inning), Morimoto, Tatsuya (3rd inning)

Island League
Pitchers: Okabe, Shunta (4.0 IP), Koge, Kio (1.0 IP), Ishida, Tetsuya (1.0 IP), Ito, Suguru (1.0 IP), Takahara, Nobuhiro (1.0 IP), Aizawa, Kensho (1.0 IP)

Source: Miyazaki Tourism

Chiba Lotte Marines vs Hanwha Eagles at Ivy Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Lotte 0 1 0 1 2 1 0 1 0 6
Hanwha 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2

Pitchers: Sasaki, Chihaya (5.0 IP), Narita, Kakeru (4.0 IP)
Home Runs: Inoue, Seiya (4th inning), Hijii, Ryuzo (5th inning)

Pitchers: 鄭在源 (5.0 IP), 李充浩 (1.0 IP), 文載賢 (2.0 IP), 金炳顯 (1.0 IP)

Source: Miyazaki Tourism


[10/23/2017] Status of Softbank Hawks foreign players

All of the main everyday foreign players are expected to return to the Softbank Hawks next year.

  • Dennis Sarfate will be in the final year of a three-year deal next year.
  • Rick van den Hurk and Alfredo Despaigne signed three-year contracts before the start of the season this year.
  • The Hawks are planning to offer Livan Moinelo and Cuba a multi-year deal.
  • The Hawks like Ikusei player Oscar Colas’ potential and Robert Suarez is a part of the team’s future plans.
  • Kyle Jensen is still a question mark. The Hawks will consider other options.

Source: Sanspo 10/23/2017


2018 Hanshin Tigers Coaching Staff

Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Position Name JPN Name ENG Uni Age
Manager 金本 知憲 Kanemoto, Tomoaki 6 49
Head/Hitting Coach 片岡 篤史 Kataoka, Atsushi 81 48
Strategy/General Coach 高代 延博 Takashiro, Nobuhiro 70 63
Chief/Fielding/Base Coach 平田 勝男 Hirata, Katsuo 78 58
Pitching Coach 香田 勲 Koda, Isao 90 52
Pitching Coach 金村 暁

Kanemura, Satoru

73 41
Battery Coach 山田 勝彦 Yamada, Katsuhiko 82 48
Hitting Coach 平野 恵一 Hirano, Keiichi 76 38
Infield/Base Coach 久慈 照嘉 Kuji, Teruyoshi 71 48
Outfield/Base Coach 中村 豊 Nakamura, Yutaka 87 44
Training Coach 伊藤 敦規 Ito, Atsunori 91 54

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Position Name JPN Name ENG Uni Age
Manager 矢野 燿大 Yano, Akihiro 88 48
Pitching Coach 高橋 建 Takahashi, Ken 72 48
Pitching Coach 福原 忍 Fukuhara, Shinobu 85 40
Battery Coach 藤井 彰人 Fujii, Akihito 89 41
Hitting Coach 濱中 治 Hamanaka, Osamu 79 39
Fielding/Base Coach 藤本 敦士 Fujimoto, Atsushi 74 40
Fielding/Base Coach 筒井 壮 Tsutsui, So 96 42
Ikusei Coach 安藤 優也 Ando, Yuya 86 39
Ikusei Coach 新井 良太 Arai, Ryota 83 34

Source: Hanshin 10/23/2017


[10/22/2017] Hanshin Tigers interested in Ryoma Nogami

Thirty-year-old Ryoma Nogami earned his domestic free agent option last year. He may be thinking about exercising the option this winter. The Hanshin Tigers are interested and might consider pursuing him if he becomes available.

The Tigers are looking for additional arms for their starting rotation, particularly after they lost Randy Messenger to an injury and struggled to fill his spot. It did not help that Shintaro Fujinami needed to spend a bulk of time at Ni-gun making adjustments to his mechanics this year. Takumi Akiyama and Atsushi Nomi were the only two pitchers that managed to keep their spots in the rotation the entire season.

Nogami does like playing for the Seibu Lions and could end up staying with them, but is also said to be interested in listening to offers from other teams.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2017


[10/22/2017] Softbank Hawks advance to Nippon Series

The Softbank Hawks beat the Rakuten Eagles at YafuOku Dome 7-0 today and took the Final Stage of the Climax Series, 4-2. The Hawks will advance to the Nippon Series for the seventeenth time in franchise history, and first time since 2015. The Hawks are the first Pacific League team to make the Nippon Series after losing the first two games of the Final Stage.

Kimiyasu Kudo was tossed into the air seven times; Seiichi Uchikawa five times. Uchikawa was presented with the Climax Series MVP. He went 7-for-18 with seven RBI and hit home runs in four straight Final Stage games.

[UPDATE 10/22 @ 10:04pm]

The Hawks prepared 3,000 bottles of beer, 480 cans of cola, four barrels of sake, and sixty bottles of sake for their post-game celebration.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/22/2017, Sponichi 10/22/2017


Phoenix League Rained Out on October 21 and 22

All games on October 21 were canceled due to rain.

  • Rakuten Eagles vs Softbank Hawks at Hyuga Okuragahama Baseball Ground
  • Yakult Swallows vs Chunichi Dragons at Saitobaru Sports Park Baseball Field
  • Yomiuri Giants vs Hanshin Tigers at Ivy Stadium
  • Seibu Lions vs Hiroshima Carp at Tenpuku Stadium
  • Yokohama Bay Stars vs Doosan Bears at Kiyotake Sogo Sports Park Baseball Stadium 2
  • Shikoku Island League vs Samsung Lions at Ikimeno Mori Stadium 2

Games on October 22 were canceled due to a typhoon.

  • Softbank Hawks vs Yomiuri Giants at Kiyotake Sogo Sports Park Baseball Stadium 2
  • Orix Buffaoes vs Rakuten Eagles at Ivy Stadium
  • Hanwha Eagles vs Seibu Lions at Nango Stadium
  • Chunichi Dragons vs Chiba Lotte Marines at Ikimeno Mori Stadium 2
  • Hiroshima Carp vs Yokohama Bay Stars at Tenpuku Stadium
  • Hanshin Tigers vs Nippon Ham Fighters at Hyuga Okuragahama Baseball Ground
  • Doosan Bears vs Yakult Swallows at Saitobaru Sports Park Baseball Field

[10/21/2017] Naoki Miyanishi considering his options

Thirty-two-year-old Naoki Miyanishi earned his international free agent option last year. He has already met with the Nippon Ham Fighters once after the season and was happy when they asked him to stay. He is open to staying, but is also interested in exploring the free agent market.

Miyanishi will be meeting with team officials for a second meeting later this month. He might not have a decision until November.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/21/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/21/2017, Sponichi 10/21/2017


[10/21/2017] Fukuda to be named new Dragons chief player rep

The media learned on October 20 that Nobumasa Fukuda will be named the new Chunichi Dragons’ chief player representative. The change will become official during a player meeting in November.

Fukuda will be taking over for Yudai Ono. Ono has been the Dragons’ chief player representative since 2016.

Source: Sponichi 10/21/2017


2018 Seibu Lions Coaching Staff News

October 21 @ 16:48 – The Seibu Lions announced the following changes/additions to their staff:

  • Eiji Kiyokawa – Ni-gun pitching coach > Ikusei coach
  • Toshihiro Iwao – batting practice pitcher
  • Tatsuyuki Uemoto – bullpen catcher
  • Yuji Onizaki – Ikusei coach

Source: Seibu 10/21/2017


[10/20/2017] Akira Nakamura’s home run hits spectator

Akira Nakamura hit a home run during tonight’s game against the Rakuten Eagles at YafuOkue Dome that hit a female spectator in the head. She was given treatment at the stadium and was then taken to a hospital because she suffered a laceration. She never lost consciousness.

The female spectator was wearing a Nakamura uniform at the time. The ball that hit her bounced into the terrace seats in front of her. The Softbank Hawks presented her with a game-used ball autographed by Nakamura.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2017