The media learned on April 3 that Shohei Otani will be a spokesperson for Seiko’s line of men’s watches.
Source: Daily Sports 4/3/2016
[UPDATE 4/5 @ 11:23pm]
Seiko President and CEO Shinji Hattori told reporters on April 4 that it would be nice if he could make a special limited edition Otani watch at some point in the future. He also said he would like the two-way player to aim for a twenty/twenty (home runs/wins) season this year.
Source: Sports Hochi 4/5/20160 Comments
Taiga Hirasawa recorded his first Ni-gun home run on April 3 against Rakuten. He led off the fourth inning with a blast to left off Kenny Ray.
Source: Daily Sports 4/3/20160 Comments
Keizo Kawashima took a hard slide from Kensuke Tanaka while playing second base in the sixth inning against Nippon Ham on April 3. He was replaced on defense after the play and taken to a hospital. He was diagnosed with a bruise on his lower right leg. The Softbank Hawks are planning to file a complain with the Pacific League for a slide they feel umpires should have questioned.
[UPDATE 4/4 @ 10:08pm]
Kawashima was taken off the active roster on April 4. The bruise on his right leg was apparently pretty bad because he needed crutches to get around on April 3.
[UPDATE 4/5 @ 9:43pm]
The media learned today that Kawashima not only suffered a bruise on his leg, but also damage to the anterior talofibular ligament and calcaneofibular ligament. He will need to keep his right ankle immobile for about three weeks. There is no timetable on how long it will take for a full recovery.
Source: Chunichi Sports 4/5/20160 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced on April 3 that they reached an agreement with Mike Zagurski. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated thirty-five million yen. Zagurski was a member of the Hiroshima Carp last year. He pitched in nineteen games and recorded a 2.40 ERA over fifteen innings.0 Comments
Rick van den Hurk picked up another win on April 2 and extended his hitting streak to ten games since his debut last year. He is the fourth pitcher in NPB history (first foreigner) to put together a winning streak of at least ten since their debut, first since Kunikazu Ogawa (1973 – 1974).
Pitchers that started their careers with a streak of ten or more wins
|Name JPN||Name ENG||Tm||Streak||Years|
|藤本 英雄||Fujimoto, Hideo||YOM||10||1942|
|堀内 恒夫||Horiuchi, Tsuneo||YOM||13||1966|
|小川 邦和||Ogawa, Kunikazu||YOM||10||1973-1974|
|バンデンハーク||van den Hurk, Rick||SOF||10||2015-2016|
Hiroki Kuroda tossed a four-hit shutout against the Yomiuri Giants at Mazda Stadium on April 2. It was his first shutout in Japan since June 3, 2007 against Rakuten.
At forty-one years and one month, Kuroda became just the eighth pitcher in NPB history to pitch a shutout after turning forty and the fourth to record a shutout victory after turning forty-one. He also became the second oldest pitcher in franchise history to toss a shutout, behind Yutaka Ono (forty-one years and eight months in 1997), and the second oldest right-handed pitcher in NPB history to record a shutout, behind Tadashi Wakayabashi (forty-two years and eight months in 1950).
Kuroda is the second oldest pitcher to record a shutout against the Yomiuri Giants, behind Masahiro Yamamoto (forty-five years and zero month in 2010), and the oldest right-handed pitcher to toss a shutout against the Yomiuri Giants.
Pitchers that recorded shutouts after turning forty-one
|Name JPN||Name ENG||Tm|
|若林 忠志||Wakabayashi, Tadashi||HAN, MAI|
|大野 豊||Ono, Yutaka||HIR|
|黒田 博樹||Kuroda, Hiroki||HIR|
Pitchers that recorded shutouts against the Giants after turning forty
|Name JPN||Name ENG||Tm||Year|
|若林 忠志||Wakabayashi, Tadashi||HAN||1948|
|黒田 博樹||Kuroda, Hiroki||HIR||2016|
First round draft pick Louis Okoye is slated to get the start in center field against Seibu at kobo Stadium on April 3. It will be his first starting assignment at Ichi-gun.
Source: Daily Sports 4/2/20160 Comments
Dennis Sarfate surprised his teammates when he announced during a pre-game pitcher’s meeting on April 1 that he suddenly had to return to the United States for a month. Yuito Mori, a close teammate, got a little misty-eyed by the announcement. When he found out it was an April Fools prank, he shrugged off the tears and said he was tricked and that the team would have had a tough time winning without Sarfate in the bullpen for a month.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/2/20160 Comments
Kei Hosoya tied a Pacific League record earlier today with a triple in his third straight game. He is the twelfth player in NPB history, seventh player in PL history, and fourth player in franchise history to tie the record. The last player to tie the record before Hosoya was Daichi Suzuki in 2013. The NPB record of four was set by Shigeo Nagashima in 1960.
|Year||Name JPN||Name ENG|
|1954||蔭山 和夫||Kageyama, Kazuo|
|1955||三宅 宅三||Miyake, Takuzo|
|1958||本屋敷 錦吾||Motoyashiki, Kengo|
|1993||浜名 千広||Hamana, Chihiro|
|2007||早川 大輔||Hayakawa, Daisuke|
|2013||鈴木 大地||Suzuki, Daichi|
|2016||細谷 圭||Hosoya, Kei|
Shohei Otani was 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA in four starts and 31.0 innings at rural stadiums over his career (through March 31). The scoreless innings steak ended at thirty-six on April 1.
Rural Stadium Appearances
Incidentally, heading into the start on April 1, Otani was 3-4 with a 4.74 ERA in thirteen games against the Hawks over his career.0 Comments