Category: NPB

RAK

[3/22/2019] Rakuten Eagles add Luis Jimenez to seventy-man roster

The Rakuten Eagles announced that they added Luis Jimenez to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 124 to 99.

Source: Rakuten 3/22/2019, Sponichi 3/22/2019, Daily Sports 3/22/2019, Sports Hochi 3/22/2019

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HAN

Seiya Kinami (Hanshin Tigers): Did You Know

Milestones

2019

March 22 – exhibition game against Orix at Kyocera Dome – Kinami notched his eighteenth exhibition game hit and set a new Hanshin Tigers rookie record. He picked up another hit in the third inning and pushed his multi-hit total to five.

Source: Tokyo Sports 3/22/2019

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YOK

Yuki Kuniyoshi (Yokohama Bay Stars): Did You Know

Velocity

Date Velocity Notes
2019/03/21 159km/h Set during an exhibition game against Nippon Ham at Yokohama Stadium. Twelve of the eleven pitches he threw were fastballs, each over 150km/h). Sponichi 3/21/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/21/2019, Sanspo 3/21/2019
2019/03/19 158km/h Set during an exhibition game against Hanshin at Yokohama Stadium. He also hit 156km/h and 157km/h prior to topping 158. Nikkan Sports 3/19/2019, Sports Hochi 3/19/2019, Sanspo 3/19/2019, Daily Sports 3/19/2019
2019/03/16 157km/h Set during an exhibition game against Softbank at Yokohama Stadium. Sports Hochi 3/19/2019,
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HAM

Kensuke Kondo (Nippon Ham Fighters): Did You Know

Relationships and Family

2019

March 15 – The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that Kondo (25) filed marriage papers with a woman in her twenties from Sapporo on March 14.

Source: Sponichi 3/15/2019, Daily Sports 3/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/15/2019, Sports Hochi 3/15/2019

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HIR

[3/14/2019] Hiroshima Carp sign Juan Santana to Ikusei contract

The Hiroshima Carp announced that they signed twenty-four-year-old infielder Juan Santana to an Ikusei contract. His salary will be an estimated 2.3 million yen. He was assigned the uniform number 146.

Source: Hiroshima 3/14/2019, Sponichi 3/14/2019, Sanspo 3/14/2019, Daily Sports 3/14/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/14/2019, Sports Hochi 3/14/2019

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YOK

[3/14/2019] Yokohama Bay Stars and Arizona Diamondbacks sign working agreement

The Yokohama Bay Stars and Arizona Diamondbacks have signed a three-year working agreement.

… As part of the agreement, the teams will exchange information and non-uniformed personnel with each other throughout the season, including regular visits to both Arizona and Japan.

… In addition to assistance related to professional scouting, player development, roster management, sports medicine and analytics, the teams will work with one another on fan experience, stadium operations, marketing and ticketing initiatives.

Source: Yokohama 3/14/2019, Arizona Press Release,

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LOT

Shoji Nagano (Chiba Lotte Marines): Did You Know

Miscellaneous

2019

March 12 – Nagano told reporters that he has agoraphobia and has trouble flying and riding trains. He started experiencing issues while at college and was diagnosed with the condition during his first year at Honda. He has been getting treatment ever since.

Source: Daily Sports 3/12/2019, Sports Hochi 3/12/2019, Sponichi 3/12/2019

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CHU

Takuma Kato (Chunichi Dragons): Did You Know

Relationships and Family

2019

March 5 – The Chunichi Dragons announced that Kato (26) filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old woman from Aichi on May 28, 2018.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/5/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/5/2019, Sponichi 3/5/2019

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CHU

Hiroto Fuku (Chunichi Dragons): Did You Know

Relationships and Family

2019

March 5 – The Chunichi Dragons announced that Fuku (26) filed marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman from Kanagawa on March 5.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/5/2019, Sponichi 3/5/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/5/2019, Daily Sports 3/5/2019

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[3/5/2019] New big screen at Koshien Stadium

Hanshin Koshien Stadium unveiled their newest upgrade to the media on March 4. Two large screens (6.4 meters x 12.0 meters) on the scoreboard beyond the center field walls were replaced by one large screen (8.23 meters x 29.76 meters). A new imaging system was also installed to work with the larger screen. The new system will be tested during an exhibition game between the Hanshin Tigers and Nippon Ham Fighters on March 9 and should be fully functional for the home opener on April 9.

Source: Press Release 3/4/2019, Daily Sports 3/4/2019, Sports Hochi 3/4/2019, Sponichi 3/4/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/4/2019, Tokyo Sports 3/4/2019

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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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