March 22 – exhibition game against Orix at Kyocera Dome – Kinami notched his eighteenth exhibition game hit and set a new Hanshin Tigers rookie record. He picked up another hit in the third inning and pushed his multi-hit total to five.
Source: Tokyo Sports 3/22/20190 Comments
Yoshio Itoi tweaked his legs when he slipped during fielding practice on March 5. Hanshin Head Coach Masaji Shimizu told reporters on March 7 that doctors found some inflammation in the veteran’s legs. Shimizu also said the injury was not serious and that doctors gave Itoi the green light to move around.
Itoi was originally slated to play in his first exhibition game on March 12, but might not see his first game until around March 16.0 Comments
Relationships and Family
February 17 – Moriya’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a boy, on February 13.
Source: Sanspo 2/17/20190 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers unveiled their 2019 Uru-Tora Yellow Uniforms on January 31. The base color for the uniform is Hanshin yellow with added flames, taken from the Uru-Tora logo and symbolizing the fighting spirit of the players and the excitement of the fans.
Fumihito Haraguchi posted a letter over Twitter announcing that he was diagnosed with colon cancer. He is planning to have surgery to treat the condition in the very near future and his goal is to make it back to the playing field as soon as possible.
[UPDATE 2/1 @ 12:05am]
Haraguchi told fans over Twitter that went under the knife without any issues and was making good progress.0 Comments
Relationships and Family
January 12 – Tanigawa (26) filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old from Fukuoka on January 11.0 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers announced that they added twenty-seven-year-old Jefry Marte to their roster. He was assigned the uniform number 31. According to media reports, Marte agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated one million US dollars.
The media also learned that the team official sent to the Dominican Republic to finalize Marte’s contract was assisted by former Tiger Mauro Gomez.0 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes and Hanshin Tigers announced that the Buffaloes selected twenty-four-year-old Daichi Takeyasu as part of their free agent compensation package for Yuki Nishi. The Tigers released the following comment from Takeyasu.
I’m surprised by this sudden development. The Tigers selected me in the draft even though I was hurt, so it pains me to leave like this, but I will refocus my efforts as a member of Orix and will do my best to become a pitcher that can make Orix fans happy.
[UPDATE 12/27 @ 10:29pm]
The Buffaloes announced that Takeyasu was assigned the uniform number 21.
Source: Orix 12/26/20180 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old Onelki Garcia. According to media reports, he agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 1.5 million US dollars.
In twenty-seven games for the Chunichi Dragons this year, Garcia went 13-9 with a 2.99 ERA (1.29 WHIP). He walked seventy-three (3.90 BB/9) and struck out 132 (7.04 K/9) over 168.2 innings of work.
[UPDATE 12/28 @ 1:20am]
The Tigers announced that Garcia was assigned the uniform number 77.
Source: Hanshin 12/28/20180 Comments