Category: NPB

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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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Koji Uehara (Yomiuri): Did You Know

Miscellaneous

2019

January 12 – Uehara owns about seven houses/properties. He has two places in the United States (including one in Florida) and two apartments in Japan. He also owns an apartment complex.

Source: Sponichi 1/12/2019, Daily Sports 1/12/2019

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HAN

Masaki Tanigawa (Hanshin): Did You Know

Relationships and Family

2019

January 12 – Tanigawa (26) filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old from Fukuoka on January 11.

Source: Hanshin 1/12/2019, Sponichi 1/12/2019, Sanspo 1/12/2019

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LOT

[1/9/2019] Mike Bolsinger to stay in Chiba for one more year

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they reached an agreement with Mike Bolsinger. According to media reports, the two sides agreed on a new one-year contract worth an estimated 1.7 million US dollars.

Source: Lotte 1/9/2019, Daily Sports 1/9/2019, Sports Hochi 1/9/2019, Sponichi 1/9/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/9/2019

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HAN

Hanshin Tigers: 2019 Spring Camp

Ichi-gun

  • February 1 (Fri) – 27 (Wed)
  • Days Off: February 4 (Mon), 8 (Fri), 13 (Wed), 18 (Mon), 22 (Fri)
  • Venue: Kariyushi Hotels Ballpark Ginoza

Games

  • 02/14 vs Rakuten at Ginoza – 13:00
  • 02/17 vs Nippon Ham at Ginoza – 13:00
  • 02/19 vs KIA (KBO) at Ginoza – 13:00
  • 02/21 vs Hiroshima at Ginoza – 13:00

Ni-gun

  • February 1 (Fri) – 27 (Wed)
  • Days Off: February 4 (Mon), 8 (Fri), 13 (Wed), 18 (Mon), 22 (Fri)
  • Venue: Aki Tigers Stadium

Games

  • 02/11 vs TBA at Aki – 12:30
  • 02/16 vs Seibu at Aki – 12:30
  • 02/23 vs TBA at Aki – 12:30
  • 02/24 vs Hanwha (KBO) at Aki – 12:30
  • 02/26 vs Kochi (IND) at Aki – 12:30

Source: Hanshin 1/8/2019, Hanshin 1/18/2019

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CHU

Ryosuke Oguma (Chunichi): Did You Know

Relationships and Family

2019

January 8 – Oguma (28) filed marriage papers with a woman in October 2018.

Source: Sanspo 1/8/2019, Sports Hochi 1/8/2019

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CHU

Yu Sato (Chunichi): Did You Know

Relationship and Family

2019

January 8 – Sato (25) filed marriage papers with a twenty-five-year-old woman from Miyagi on January 8.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/8/2019, Sanspo 1/8/2019

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Hiroki Takahashi (Hiroshima): Did You Know

Relationships and Family

2019

January 8 – Takahashi (24) filed marriage papers in Hiroshima with a twenty-six-year-old woman from Gifu on December 25, 2018.

Source: Daily Sports 1/8/2019, Sports Hochi 1/8/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/8/2019, Sanspo 1/8/2019

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[1/7/2019] Hiroshima selects Hisayoshi Chono as part of FA comp package

The Yomiuri Giants and Hiroshima Carp announced that thirty-four-year-old Hisayoshi Chono will be heading to Hiroshima as part of a compensation package for losing Yoshihiro Maru to the Giants via free agency. The Carp will also get fifty percent of Maru’s salary from 2018 (an estimated 150 million yen).

Source: Yomiuri 1/7/2019, Sponichi 1/7/2019, Daily Sports 1/7/2019

[UPDATE 1/10 @ 6:18pm]

The Carp announced that Chono was assigned the uniform number 5. He was also offered the number 9, but turned it down because he feels it will look better on Takayoshi Noma in the future. The uniform 9 was worn by Yoshihiro Maru between 2014 and 2018.

Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/10/2019

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LOT

[1/7/2019] Chiba Lotte Marines reach agreement with Josh Ravin

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they reach an agreement with thirty-year-old Josh Ravin. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 800,000 US dollars. Ravin has not yet been assigned a uniform number.

Source: Lotte 1/7/2019, Sanspo 1/7/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/7/2019, Sponichi 1/7/2019, Sports Hochi 1/7/2019, Daily Sports 1/7/2019

[UPDATE 1/12 @ 3:27am]

Ravin has been assigned the uniform number 00.

Source: Daily Sports 1/11/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/11/2019

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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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