Category: NPB

HIR

Casey Lawrence (Hiroshima Carp): Did You Know

Miscellaneous

2019

February 21 – Morinaga heard that Lawrence likes Hi-Chew and sent him a box full on the house.

Source: Daily Sports 2/21/2019

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HAM

Akihiro Hakumura (Nippon Ham Fighters): Did You Know

Miscellaneous

2019

February 19 – Hakumura will be making the switch to position player from pitcher. Team officials made the suggestion to the twenty-seven-year-old during a meeting on February 18. Hakumura was surprised, but accepted the change because the Nippon Ham Fighters were trying to provide him with another path to success.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/19/2019, Sanspo 2/19/2019, Daily Sports 2/19/2019

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CHU

Masaru Watanabe (Chunichi Dragons): Did You Know

Relationships and Family

2019

February 18 – The Chunichi Dragons announced that Watanabe (25) filed marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old from Fukuoka on January 21, 2018. His wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a girl weighing 3,390 grams, on October 18.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/18/2019, Daily Sports 2/18/2019

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HAN

Koki Moriya (Hanshin Tigers): Did You Know

Relationships and Family

2019

February 17 – Moriya’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a boy, on February 13.

Source: Sanspo 2/17/2019

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[2/15/2019] Preliminary Details for 2019 Fresh All-Star Game

The NPB released preliminary details for this year’s Fresh All-Star Game.

  • Official Name: Pro Yakyu Fresh All-Star Game 2019
  • July 11 (Thu) – night game
    • Alternate: July 12 (Fri) – day game
  • Venue: Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi
  • Eastern League vs Western League

Additional details will be posted in May.

Source: NPB 2/15/2019

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YOM

Yasuyuki Kataoka (Yomiuri Giants): Did You Know

Relationships and Family

2019

February 13 – The Yomiuri Giants announced that Kataoka filed marriage papers with talento Becky in January 2019.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/13/2019, Sponichi 2/13/2019, Daily Sports 2/13/2019

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ORI

[2/5/2019] Orix Buffaloes to add Yoshihisa Naruse to roster

The Orix Buffaloes announced that they are going to add the thirty-three-year-old Yoshihisa Naruse to their roster. He was assigned the uniform number 46. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a salary worth an estimated fifteen million yen plus incentives.

Naruse pitched in a practice scrimmage on February 4. He faced six batters, threw twenty-five pitches, gave up two could-be hits, and struck out one (K, 1B8, G6, F6, 1B8, F9). He topped out at 135km/h.

Source: Orix 2/4/2019, Sponichi 2/5/2019, Sports Hochi 2/5/2019, Daily Sports 2/5/2019, Daily Sports 2/4/2019, Sanspo 2/4/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/4/2019

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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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SOF

[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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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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