Category: NPB

RAK

[2/3/2019] Rakuten Eagles to give Luis Jimenez a look during spring camp

The Rakuten Eagles announced that they are going to take a look at thirty-one-year-old Luis Jimenez during Kumejima spring camp. He joined Ni-gun camp on February 3 and will move to Ichi-gun for two days beginning on February 7. The Eagles see Jimenez as insurance for Zelous Wheeler and Jabari Blash.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/3/2019, Daily Sports 2/3/2019, Daily Sports 2/3/2019, Sports Hochi 2/3/2019

[UPDATE 2/8 @ 11:36pm]

Jimenez’s tryout ended today. The Eagles are interested but still want more time to evaluate his talent and could offer him an Ikusei contract to start.

Source: Daily Sports 2/8/2019, Sports Hochi 2/8/2019, Sponichi 2/8/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/8/2019

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[2/2/2019] YafuOku Dome capacity increases to 40,178

The Softbank Hawks announced that seating capacity at YafuOku Dome increased to 40,178 (up from 38,530). The increase is due to the addition of 1,594 outfield seats and 54 Yamaya Mentaiko Box seats. YafuOku Dome will be the fourth NPB stadium with over 40,000 seats.

40,000+ NPB Stadiums

  1. Koshien Stadium – 47,508
  2. Tokyo Dome – 45,600
  3. Sapporo Dome – 42,270
  4. YafuOku Dome – 40,178

(list according to Daily Sports)

Source: Softbank 1/31/2019, Daily Sports 1/31/2019

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HAM

Justin Hancock (Nippon Ham): Did You Know

Relationships and Family

2019

February 2 – The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that Hancock’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a girl weighing 2,665 grams, at a hospital in Indiana on January 31 (US time).

Source: Daily Sports 2/2/2019, Sponichi 2/2/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2019, Sports Hochi 2/2/2019

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HIR

[1/31/2019] Kris Johnson gets another year with Hiroshima

The Hiroshima Carp announced that they signed Kris Johnson through to 2020. Johnson will be in the final year of a three-year contract this season. The new contract is a one-year deal worth an estimated 2.5 million US dollars plus incentives. The deal also includes a signing bonus worth an estimated 500,000 US dollars.

Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2019, Sponichi 1/31/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/31/2019, Sanspo 1/31/2019

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HAN

[1/31/2019] Hanshin Tigers 2019 Uru-Tora Yellow Uniforms

The Hanshin Tigers unveiled their 2019 Uru-Tora Yellow Uniforms on January 31. The base color for the uniform is Hanshin yellow with added flames, taken from the Uru-Tora logo and symbolizing the fighting spirit of the players and the excitement of the fans.

Schedule

  • Initial Unveiling Series
    • April 30 – May 2 vs Hiroshima
  • Uru-Tora Summer 2019 (fans will receive a free original jersey)
    • July 23 – 25 vs Yokohama
    • July 30 – August 1 vs Chunichi

Source: Hanshin 1/31/2019, Daily Sports 1/31/2019, Sponichi 1/31/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/31/2019

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CHU

[1/31/2019] Chunichi Dragons unveil 2019 uniforms

The Chunichi Dragons unveiled slightly revamped uniforms for the 2019 season on January 30. In the picture found at the Chunichi link down below, first round draft pick Akira Neo is wearing the alternate uniform, Shuhei Takahashi the home uniform, Yota Kyoda the road uniform, and second round draft pick Kodai Umetsu the fan club uniform.

The home uniform returns with simple classic Dragons blue lines. The road uniforms are the reverse of the home uniforms with CHUNICHI across the chest. The alternate uniforms are based on their slogan for this season, 昇竜復活!WITH BLUE (Shoryu Fukkatsu! With Blue). The captain symbol C, in the shape of a dragon, also returns this season.

Source: Chunichi 1/30/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2019, Sponichi 1/30/2019, Daily Sports 1/30/2019

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YAK

Harutaka Kuramoto (Yakult): Did You Know

Weight

2019

January 27 – Kuramoto currently weighs around ninety-four kilograms. At this time last year, he weighed about ten more kilograms.

Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2019

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YOM

Nobutaka Imamura (Yomiuri): Did You Know

Relationships and Family

2019

January 26 – The Giants announced that Imamura (24) filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old from Kanagawa on January 23.

Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2019, Sponichi 1/26/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/26/2019

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YAK

[1/24/2019] Ryota Igarashi returns to the Yakult Swallows

The Yakult Swallows held a press conference to formally announce the return of thirty-nine-year-old Ryota Igarashi. He was assigned the uniform number 53. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a salary of twenty million yen plus incentives.

Igarashi began his NPB career when the Swallows selected him in the second round of the 1997 draft. He left the Swallows after the 2009 season through free agency and spent the next three seasons in the Majors. He returned to Japan in 2013 and signed with the Softbank Hawks.

Source: Yakult 1/24/2019, Daily Sports 1/24/2019, Tokyo Sports 1/24/2019, Sponichi 1/24/2019

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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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