Tag Archive: Chunichi Dragons


[10/21/2017] Fukuda to be named new Dragons chief player rep

The media learned on October 20 that Nobumasa Fukuda will be named the new Chunichi Dragons’ chief player representative. The change will become official during a player meeting in November.

Fukuda will be taking over for Yudai Ono. Ono has been the Dragons’ chief player representative since 2016.

Source: Sponichi 10/21/2017


[10/20/2017] Chunichi Dragons considering VR and Trackman

The Chunichi Dragons are thinking about purchasing a virtual reality (VR) system. The VR systems, currently used by teams like the Rakuten Eagles and Yokohama Bay Stars, help hitters visualize various deliveries and pitch motions. The Dragons struggled against pitchers they faced for the first time this year — eight of them recorded wins. The system could help their hitters become better prepared against first-time pitchers.

The Dragons are also thinking about purchasing a Trackman system.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2017


[10/20/2017] Shigekazu Mori to spend two weeks overseas

Shigekazu Mori will be traveling overseas for about two weeks in early November. He will be checking on talent and handing off his contacts to Yui Tomori (international scout). Dayan Viciedo and Jordan Norberto are currently the only two foreign players set to return next year. The Chunichi Dragons usually carry six foreign players (three pitchers and three hitters).

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2017


[10/11/2017] New turf and LED lights at Nagoya Dome

Nagoya Dome will be undergoing renovations this winter. Construction will take place between January and February 2018. The stadium should be ready for the exhibition game schedule in March.

  • New turf – the turf will be replaced for the first time in seven years.
  • LED – new LED lights will be installed.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2017


Chunichi Dragons 1 – Hanshin Tigers 6 (October 10, 2017)

Chunichi Dragons vs Hanshin Tigers @ Koshien Stadium – 18:00
Starters: Norberto, Jordan (CHU) 6-3, 2.30 – Messenger, Randy (HAN) 11-5, 2.46

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chunichi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 0
Hanshin 1 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 X 6 7 0

Attendance: 35748 | Time: 2h57m



[10/9/2017] Chunichi Dragons looking into Kyle Higashioka

According to Sports Hochi, the Chunichi Dragons are exploring the idea of signing a foreign catcher. The Dragons have a hole at catcher and they are most likely going to lose Alex Guerrero. Signing a foreign catcher would kill two birds with one stone.

The Dragons also have their eye on Nippon Ham’s Shota Ono, but there are no guarantees that he will be available (he has a free agent option, but he might not exercise it, or he might sign with another team).

The biggest concern with signing a foreign catcher is communication, but the Dragons are willing to overlook the issue if the player can provide enough offense to offset the risk.

One player the Dragons are interested is twenty-seven-year-old Kyle Higashioka. They like his shoulder and catching abilities. They also like his hitting potential. The fact that he learned some basic Japanese from Masahiro Tanaka is also a big plus. The Dragons are also keeping their eye on other catchers like twenty-eight-year-old Mike Marjama and twenty-seven-year-old A. J. Jimenez.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/9/2017


[10/7/2017] Dayan Viciedo returns home

Dayan Viciedo left for the United States out of Chubu International Airport on October 7. He will be in the second year of a two-year deal next year.

Source: Sanspo 10/7/2017, Sports Hochi 10/7/2017


2017 Phoenix League Chunichi Dragons

Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
P 14 佐藤 優 Sato, Yu
P 17 柳 裕也 Yanagi, Yuya
P 18 鈴木 翔太 Suzuki, Shota
P 30 阿知羅 拓馬 Achira, Takuma
P 47 笠原 祥太郎 Kasahara, Shotaro
P 59 岸本 淳希 Kishimoto, Junki
P 65 伊藤 準規 Ito, Junki
P 201 木下 雄介 Kinoshita, Yusuke
P 202 浜田 智博 Hamada, Tomohiro
P 205 吉田 嵩 Yoshida, Shu
P 211 マルティネス Martinez, Raidel
C 35 木下 拓哉 Kinoshita, Takuya
C 45 杉山 翔大 Sugiyama, Shota
C 68 赤田 龍一郎 Akada, Ryuichiro
C 207 藤吉 優 Fujiyoshi, Masaru
INF 3 高橋 周平 Takahashi, Shuhei
INF 32 石垣 雅海 Ishigaki, Masami
INF 37 三ツ俣 大樹 Mitsumata, Taiki
OF 26 井領 雅貴 Iryo, Masataka
OF 67 近藤 弘基 Kondo, Hiroki
OF 210 ウルヘエス Urgelles, Leonardo
OF 212 渡辺 勝 Watanabe, Masaru

Source: Chunichi 10/7/2017


Chunichi Dragons vs Hanshin Tigers (October 6, 2017) – CANCELED

Chunichi Dragons vs Hanshin Tigers @ Koshien Stadium – 18:00
Starters: Ono, Yudai (CHU) 7-8, 4.02 – Messenger, Randy (HAN) 11-5, 2.46

Canceled at 16:15 due to rain.


Chunichi Dragons 1 – Hanshin Tigers 2 (October 5, 2017)

Chunichi Dragons vs Hanshin Tigers @ Koshien Stadium – 18:00
Starters: Ogasawara, Shinnosuke (CHU) 5-7, 4.98 – Akiyama, Takumi (HAN) 12-6, 3.05

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chunichi 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 0
Hanshin 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 X 2 7 0

Attendance: 26242 | Time: 2h49m