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[1/23/2019] Chiba Lotte Marines add Kenta Chatani as Ikusei player

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that twenty-one-year-old Kenta Chatani will join their team as an Ikusei player. His uniform number will be 124.

Chatani was senryokugaied by Softbank and later turned down an offer to remain as an Ikusei player.

Source: Lotte 1/23/2019, Sponichi 1/23/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2019, Sanspo 1/23/2019

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[1/23/2019] Yokohama Bay Stars sign Remy Cordero to Ikusei contract

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that they reached an agreement to sign twenty-one-year-old Remy Cordero to an Ikusei contract. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. According to Sanspo, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 2.4 million yen.

Cordero is already in Japan and started workouts at the Ni-gun facilities in Yokosuka.

Source: Yokohama 1/23/2019, Sports Hochi 1/23/2019, Sponichi 1/23/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2019, Sanspo 1/23/2019

[UPDATE 1/26 @ 2:02pm]

The Bay Stars held a press conference for Cordero on January 25. He was assigned the uniform number 107.

Source: Yokohama 1/25/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/25/2019

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CHU

Hiroshi Suzuki (Chunichi): Did You Know

Relationships and Family

2019

January 23 – Suzuki filed marriage papers with a woman from Fukuoka on January 11.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/23/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2019

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YOK

[1/22/2019] Canberra Cavalry’s Steve Kent to workout with Yokohama during spring camp

Canberra Cavalry’s Steve Kent is slated to workout with the Yokohama Bay Stars for about two weeks during spring camp next month. The twenty-nine-year-old Kent went 7-1 with a 2.90 ERA (0.97 WHIP) and seventy-six strikeouts (to thirteen walks) over sixty-two innings for the ABL’s Canberra this season. The Bay Stars have no immediate openings on their roster, but could be looking at options for next year and beyond.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2019, Canberra Times 1/22/2019

[UPDATE 2/12 @ 10:54am]

The Bay Stars announced that Kent and Steven Chambers will participate in their spring camp workouts between February 14 and 26. From an article posted on the theABL.com.au:

Cavalry Ace and Canberra- born Starting Pitcher Steve Kent will join Spring Training with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars this week in Okinawa, Japan, showcasing his skills in front of BayStars coaches and executives. Kent will join the NPB club’s Spring Training camp for two weeks from 14 February to 27 February.

Cavalry Starting Pitcher Steve Chambers will also attend Spring Training with the BayStars, serving as both Japanese language interpreter and player participant.

Source: Yokohama 2/12/2019, theABL.com.au 2/12/2019

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SOF

[1/21/2019] Softbank Hawks sign Yurisbel Gracial to new contract

The Softbank Hawks announced that they reach an agreement to bring Yurisbel Gracia back for the 2019 season. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 150 million yen. His uniform number will not change.

Source: Softbank 1/19/2019, Sponichi 1/20/2019, Daily Sports 1/20/2019

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[1/15/2019] Chiba Lotte Marines add Brandon Laird

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they added thirty-one-year-old Brandon Laird to their team. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. The media is reporting Laird agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 1.1 million US dollars.

Source: Lotte 1/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2019, Sponichi 1/15/2019

[UPDATE 1/16 @ 2:30pm]

The Marines announced that Laird was assigned the uniform number 54.

Source: Sponichi 1/16/2019, Sports Hochi 1/16/2019, Daily Sports 1/16/2019

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ORI

[1/15/2019] Orix Buffaloes reach agreement with Tyler Eppler

The Orix Buffaloes announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-six-year-old Tyler Eppler. He was assigned the uniform number 42. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 600,000 US dollars.

Source: Orix 1/15/2019, Sanspo 1/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2019, Chunichi Sports 1/15/2019, Daily Sports 1/15/2019, Sponichi 1/15/2019

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CHU

Chunichi Dragons: 2019 Spring Camp

Ichi-gun

  • February 1 (Fri) – 27 (Wed)
  • Days Off: February 6 (Wed), 13 (Wed), 20 (Wed)
  • Venue: Chatan Sports Park Stadium

Ni-gun

  • February 1 (Fri) – 28 (Thu)
  • Days Off: February 6 (Wed), 13 (Wed), 20 (Wed)
  • Venue: Yomitan Peace Mori Park Stadium

Games

  • 02/11 vs Hanwha (KBO) at Chatan – 13:00
  • 02/12 vs KIA (KBO) at Chatan – 13:00
  • 02/14 vs Lotte at Chata – 13:00
  • 02/16 vs Hanwha (KBO) at Yomitan – 13:00
  • 02/17 vs Yakult at Urasoe – 13:00
  • 02/18 vs Samsung (KBO) at Chatan – 13:00
  • 02/19 vs Yokohama Ni-gun at Yomitan – 13:00
  • 02/21 vs Hanwha (KBO) at Yomitan – 13:00
  • 02/22 vs Samsung (KBO) at Chatan – 13:00
  • 02/25 vs Yokohama Ni-gun at Yomitan – 13:00

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2019

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[1/15/2019] Chunichi Dragons to give Sandy Brito a look during spring camp

The Chunichi Dragons are planning to give twenty-two-year-old Sandy Brito a look during spring camp in February. Brito is slated to arrive in Japan later this month and will attend Okinawa camp from February 1. He will be a candidate for an Ikusei contract.

Source: Sponichi 1/15/2019, Sanspo 1/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2019

[UPDATE 2/6 @ 1:40am]

Brito pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on February 4. He faced four batters, walked the first three, and got the fourth to fly out to left. He threw twenty pitches, all fastballs, and topped out at 151km/h. Fifteen of the twenty pitches he threw were balls.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/5/2019, Sponichi 2/4/2019

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[1/13/2019] Chiba Lotte Marines reach agreement with Brandon Mann

The Chiba Lotte Marines are looking to add thirty-four-year-old Brandon Mann to their pitching staff. An announcement of his addition could be made shortly. Lotte has been looking for additional left-handed candidates for the starting rotation.

Mann played for the Yokohama Bay Stars in 2011 and 2012. He returned to the United States for a minor league contract with Washington, but later signed with the BC League’s Shinano Grandserows and went 1-9 with a 4.73 ERA (1.51 WHIP) in thirty appearances. He then bounced around a couple of organizations (Pittsburgh, Oakland, Texas, also with some time in the American Association) and was once suspended for eighty games after testing positive for Ostarine (a banned substance that was an ingredient in a supplement he purchased). Mann made his MLB debut with Texas in 2018 and pitched in seven games while recording a 4.27 ERA (1.32 WHIP) over 8.1 innings of work.

Source: Sponichi 1/13/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/13/2019, Sports Hochi 1/13/2019

[UPDATE 1/14 @ 11:16pm]

The Marines announced today that they reach an agreement with Mann. The media is reporting that the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 200,000 US dollars. Mann’s registered name will be “Brandon.”

Source: Lotte 1/14/2019, Daily Sports 1/14/2019, Sports Hochi 1/14/2019, Sanspo 1/14/2019, Sponichi 1/14/2019

[UPDATE 1/16 @ 2:29pm]

The Marines announced that Mann was assigned the uniform number 85.

Source: Sponichi 1/16/2019, Sports Hochi 1/16/2019, Daily Sports 1/16/2019

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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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