Category: NPB

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[4/20/2018] Naomichi Donoue earns domestic FA option

Twenty-nine-year-old Naomichi Donoue earned his domestic free agent option on April 19 with eight years of service time on the active roster. He told reporters he was both happy and frustrated with the option — happy to earn the option, but frustrated he was unable to do more with his time.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/20/2018, Sponichi 4/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2018, Sanspo 4/20/2018

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Katsuki Azuma: Did You Know

Miscellaneous

Azuma likes to eat bananas while waiting in the dugout for his turn to pitch.

Source: Sankei 4/20/2018, Sports Hochi 4/20/2018, Baseball King 4/20/2018

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Ko Shimozuru: Did You Know

2018

April 19 vs Yakult at Mazda Stadium – Shimozuru recorded the first walk-off hit of his career. The hit came in the bottom of the 12th inning with a runner on second and two out.

Source: Daily Sports 4/20/2018, Sponichi 4/20/2018

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CHU

[4/19/2018] Dayan Viciedo returns to US for citizenship

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Dayan Viciedo returned to the United States earlier in the day. Viciedo is in the process of acquiring US citizenship. He is expected to return as soon as everything is complete (he missed parts of the season last year for the same reason, but was unable to finalize the process).

Source: Sponichi 4/19/2018, Daily Sports 4/19/2018, Sanspo 4/19/2018

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CHU

[4/19/2018] Chunichi Dragons add Raidel Martinez to seventy-man roster

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that they added twenty-one-year-old Ikusei pitcher Raidel Martinez to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 211 to 97. His salary will increase from ten million yen to fifteen million yen (estimates).

Source: Chunichi 4/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/19/2018, Sports Hochi 4/19/2018, Sponichi 4/19/2018

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[4/18/2018] Tomoya Ichikawa heads to Softbank in cash trade

The Softbank Hawks and Nippon Ham Fighters announced on April 18 that they reached an agreement on a trade. The Fighters will send thirty-two-year-old Tomoya Ichikawa to the Hawks for cash considerations.

Softbank assigned Ichikawa the uniform number 30.

Source: Softbank 4/18/2018, Nippon Ham 4/18/2018

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[4/16/2018] Randy Messenger earns domestic FA option

Thirty-six-year-old Randy Messenger earned his domestic free agent option today with eight years of service time on the active roster. Messenger told reporters he was not interested in playing for another team and that he wanted to finish his career with the Hanshin Tigers.

Messenger is the ninth foreign player to earn a free agent option. He will not count against the foreign player cap next year.

Source: Sanspo 4/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/16/2018, Daily Sports 4/16/2018, Daily Sports 4/16/2018

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[4/16/2018] Giants first to ten losses, Bay Stars extend win streak to eight

The Yomiuri Giants dropped their game against the Hiroshima Carp 5-4 on April 15 and became the first team in the Central League to lose ten games this season. The last time the Giants dropped ten within their first fifteen games of the season was when they went 4-10 in fourteen games in 1947. They have now been the first to ten losses in the CL four times (1947, 1975, 2004, 2018).

The Yokohama Bay Stars beat the Chunichi Dragons 6-1 on April 15 and extended their winning streak to eight. The last time the Bay Stars recorded an eight-game winning streak was when they won nine in a row between July 15 and August 2, 2001. This was the first time the team put together an eight-game winning streak in April.

The Bay Stars also set a new franchise record by scoring the first run of the game in all eight games of their winning streak. Their previous record was seven in October 1950.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/16/2018, Sponichi 4/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/16/2018, Sponichi 4/16/2018, Sanspo 4/16/2018

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[4/16/2018] Ryuma Kidokoro earns international FA option

Thirty-two-year-old Ryuma Kidokoro earned his international free agent option on April 15 with nine years of service time on the active roster. He is in the final year of a two-year contract.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/15/2018, Sanspo 4/15/2018

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[4/16/2018] Shingo Kawabata earns international FA option

Thirty-year-old Shingo Kawabata earned his international free agent option on April 14 with nine years of service time on the active roster. He is currently in the third year of a four-year contract.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2018, Sponichi 4/14/2018, Daily Sports 4/14/2018, Sanspo 4/14/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
G W L T
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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