The media is reporting that forty-three-year-old Kazuya Fukuura is planning to retire at the end of the season. Fukuura told Nikkan Sports in an interview that his body was no longer as resilient as it once was and that he did not want to play while holding back out of fear of getting hurt. The veteran also said that if he really felt he could still play full-time, he probably never would have accepted the added responsibility of being a Ni-gun hitting coach this season.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
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.
[UPDATE 1/26 @ 2:02pm]
The Bay Stars held a press conference for Cordero on January 25. He was assigned the uniform number 107.0 Comments
Relationships and Family
January 23 – Suzuki filed marriage papers with a woman from Fukuoka on January 11.0 Comments
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.
[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.
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.0 Comments
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.
[UPDATE 1/16 @ 2:30pm]
The Marines announced that Laird was assigned the uniform number 54.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/20190 Comments
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.
[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.0 Comments