Category: NPB

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[9/19/2018] Ryota Wakiya to retire after the season

Thirty-six-year-old Ryota Wakiya held a press conference at Tokyo Dome on September 19 and announced his decision to retire after the season.

  • He has a hard time summing up his thirteen-year career because so many things happened to him, but he feels he was able to have a good career because of all the support he got from people around him.
  • He is grateful to all the teams he played for, even though he was not able to do as much for them as he wanted.
  • He started thinking about retirement in August because there was not any talk about him making the active roster.
  • He would like to get into coaching after retirement.
  • Hisayoshi Chono asked him what he wanted to eat, he said he wanted to eat junk food.
  • Yoshiyuki Kamei presented him with flowers at the end of the press conference.

Source: Yomiuri 9/19/2018, Sanspo 9/19/2018, Tokyo Sports 9/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/19/2018, Daily Sports 9/19/2018

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SEI

Haruka Yamada: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

September 19 vs Nippon Ham at MetLife Dome – Yamada hit a home run for the first hit of his career (fourth inning, off Mizuki Hori). He also made the starting line-up for the first time in his career. The hit came in his fourth plate appearance, seventh game.

Source: Sanspo 9/19/2018, Sponichi 9/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/19/2018, Sports Hochi 9/19/2018

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YOK

[9/18/2018] Spencer Patton fined for September 14 ejection

Spencer Patton was ejected from a game against the Yomiuri Giants on September 14. Kazuma Okamoto swung at a pitch that hit him near the right thumb. The home plate umpire gave Okamoto first on a hit-by-pitch, but Patton felt it was a swing. Alex Ramirez appealed the call, but the call was upheld. Patton was not pleased and strongly argued the call. He threw his glove to the ground after he was tossed from the game.

The NPB announced today that they handed Patton a 100,000 yen fine and gave him a stern warning.

Source: NPB 9/18/2018

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[9/18/2018] NPB Attendance Figures through September 13

Central League

Attendance

Teams 2018 2017
  Gm Attendance Avg/Gm Chg Gm Attendance Avg/Gm
Hiroshima 58 1,787,644 30,821 +0.6% 42 1,267,120 30,170
Hanshin 60 2,490,120 41,502 -2.1% 42 1,780,816 42,400
Yokohama 66 1,860,424 28,188 +1.2% 38 1,048,256 27,586
Yomiuri 65 2,689,875 41,383 +0.2% 40 1,679,278 41,982
Chunichi 65 1,953,605 30,055 +8.6% 45 1,197,299 26,607
Yakult 63 1,710,985 27,158 +5.0% 39 996,784 25,559
Totals 377 12,492,653 33,137 +1.6% 246 7,969,553 32,397

Game Times

  2018 2017
All Games 3:19 (431 games) 3:12 (483 games)
Nine Innings 3:15 (392 games) 3:06 (427 games)

Pacific League

Attendance

Teams 2018 2017
  Gm Attendance Avg/Gm Chg Gm Attendance Avg/Gm
Nippon Ham 59 1,636,435 27,736 -3.7% 42 1,248,192 29,719
Rakuten 62 1,505,782 24,287 -2.8% 37 922,672 24,937
Seibu 62 1,511,538 24,380 +5.1% 37 849,648 22,963
Lotte 59 1,356,088 22,985 +14.3% 39 752,514 19,295
Orix 64 1,437,562 22,462 +0.2% 44 984,877 22,384
Softbank 63 2,287,044 36,302 +3.4% 41 1,372,812 33,483
Totals 369 9,734,449 26,381 +2.3% 240 6,130,715 25,545

Game Times

  2018 2017
All Games 3:18 (423 games) 3:14 (483 games)
Nine Innings 3:13 (375 games) 3:10 (441 games)

Source: NPB 9/14/2018

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YOM

Daikan Yoh: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

September 17 vs Chunichi at Tokyo Dome – Yoh entered the game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and blasted the 100th home run of his career off Daisuke Sobue.

Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2018, Sponichi 9/17/2018, Sanspo 9/18/2018

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YAK

Kazuki Kondo: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

September 15 vs Hanshin at Koshien Stadium – Kondo notched his fortieth save point of the year and set a new Swallows record. The previous record of thirty-nine was set by Josh Lueke in 2016.

Source: Daily Sports 9/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/16/2018

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YOK

[9/17/2018] Tomo Otosaka to play winter ball in Mexico

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced on September 16 that Tomo Otosaka will play winter ball in Mexico. He will head to Mexico to play for Yaquis de la Ciudad Obregon after the NPB season. He will remain with the team until the end of January 2019.

Source: Yokohama 9/16/2018

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[9/15/2018] Yokohama planning to extend Neftali Soto’s contract

The media learned on September 13 that the Yokohama Bay Stars offered Neftali Soto a two-year deal. The Bay Stars hold an option for the 2019 season, but decided to tack on another year based on his performance this year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/14/2018, Sports Hochi 9/14/2018, Daily Sports 9/14/2018

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[9/15/2018] Chunichi Dragons, Dillon Gee will most likely part ways

Chunichi Dragons will most likely part ways with thirty-two-year-old Dillon Gee after the season. Shigekazu Mori told reporters Gee was going to need time for rehab (he had a blood circulation problem in his right hand) and that he did not expect to see Gee with the Dragons next year.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/14/2018

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[9/15/2018] Schedule Changes

The following addition was made to the Pacific League schedule.

  • October 7 – Softbank Hawks vs Chiba Lotte Marines at ZOZO Marine – 18:00 (September 4, 2018 strong wind)

Source: NPB 9/15/2018, Lotte 9/15/2018

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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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