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[10/19/2018] Takumi Akiyama has surgery on right knee

Takumi Akiyama had surgery to clean out his right knee at a hospital in Osaka. The Hanshin Tigers announced that Akiyama was discharged from the hospital on October 18. Akiyama started having problems with his knee after he picked up his fifth victory of the year on June 7.

Source: Hanshin 10/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2018, Sponichi 10/19/2018

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[10/16/2018] Ryosuke Ogata hurts right knee

Ryosuke Ogata hurt his right knee during a Phoenix League game against Nippon Ham on October 15. He suffered the injury while attempting to steal second after reaching base on a walk in the second inning. He was unable to walk and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. He was examined at a hospital in Miayzaki and diagnosed with a sprain in his right knee.

Source: Sanspo 10/16/2018

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[10/15/2018] Akihiro Yano to take over as new Tigers Ichi-gun Manager

The Hanshin Tigers announced that Akihiro Yano accepted their offer to become their next Ichi-gun manager.

Notes from various reports:

  • Yano struggled with the decision, but ultimately felt it was something he had to do.
  • The Tigers made Yano an official offer to become the next Ichi-gun manager on October 13 in Miyazaki. The Tigers met Yano for a second time at their office after Yano returned to Osaka on October 14. Yano returned home for some time to think and discuss his options with family and friends.
  • Before Tomoaki Kanemoto’s departure (announced on October 11), Yano was slated to become the next head coach.
  • Yano guided the Ni-gun team to a championship this year.
  • According to Tokyo Sports, Yano might have his work cut out for him: the new officials at the top reportedly got Kanemoto to step down and may not be willing to spend a lot on improving the team.

Source: Hanshin 10/15/2018, Sanspo 10/15/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/15/2018, ZakZak 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018, Sponichi 10/15/2018, Sports Hochi 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018

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[10/11/2018] Tomoaki Kanemoto to step down as manager

Tomoaki Kanemoto will be stepping down as manager of the Hanshin Tigers after the season. Kanemoto told reporters today that there will still many things he wanted to do, but felt he had to resign because results were everything. The Tigers asked him to stay after last night’s game, but he declined. Kanemoto was in the first year of a three-year contract.

Notes

  • Kanemoto told Team President Kenji Ageshio about his decision after last night’s game.
  • Kanemoto is stepping down because of the team’s performance.
  • Kanemoto first started thinking about stepping down after the team secured a last place finish.
  • Ageshio suggested Kanemoto try a little more, but he was already set in his decision. The last place finish was a big factor.
  • Team Owner Shinya Sakai is planning to hold a press conference later today.

Managerial Record

Year Place G W L T WPCT GB
2016 4th 143 64 76 3 .457 24.5
2017 2nd 143 78 61 4 .561 10.0
2018 6th 142 61 79 2 .436 20.5

Source: Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Sports Hochi 10/11/2018, Sports Hochi 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018, Sanspo 10/11/2018, Sanspo 10/11/2018, Sanspo 10/11/2018, ZakZak 10/11/2018

[UPDATE 10/11 @ 11:43pm]

Sakai held a press conference today and announced that he plans to relinquish his role as owner of the team. He will retain the position until November 30.

Notes

  • Sakai spent ten years as owner and turned seventy this year. He started thinking about moving on from owner before the start of the regular season. It was somewhat of a coincidence that it happened at the same time Kanemoto decided to step down.
  • Sakai feel responsible for the team’s performance and apologized for not being able to provide with the support he needed. He plans to meet Kanemoto to express his feelings.
  • Sakai took over as owner in 2008. He was responsible for hiring Kanemoto.
  • This is the first time a Hanshin manager and owner stepped down at the same time since 1984.
  • Takaoki Fujiwara is expected to take over as the new owner.

Source: Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018

[UPDATE 10/15 @ 3:46pm]

It seems Kanemoto may have been pressured to step down by officials at the top.

Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/15/2018

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[10/8/2018] Kento Itohara takes foul ball near left eye

Kento Itohara fouled off a pitch in the third inning of a game against the Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium that bounced off the ground and struck him in the face near his left eye. He was pulled from the game and taken to a hospital for tests.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2018, Sports Hochi 10/8/2018, Sanspo 10/8/2018

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2018 Farm Championship: Yomiuri Giants 4 – Hanshin Tigers 8 (October 6, 2018)

KIRISHIMA Sun Marine Stadium Miyazaki

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Yomiuri 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 4 7 1
Hanshin 0 0 0 6 0 2 0 0 x 8 7 0

Attendance: 5,397 | Time: 3h3m

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Kairi Shimada: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

October 6 vs Yokohama at Koshien Stadium – Shimada recorded the first walk-off hit of his career (tenth inning, bases loaded, two out, RBI single to right, off Yoshiki Sunada).

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/6/2018

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2018 Hanshin Tigers Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
谷中真二 Shinji Taninaka [10/12] The Tigers are looking to add Taninaka as an advance scout. Sponichi 10/22/2018  
MV 香田勲男 Isao Koda Ichi-gun Pitching Coach [10/22] Koda was named Ni-gun pitching coach. … [10/17] Koda will be reassigned to Ni-gun. Sports Hochi 10/18/2018 10/22
MV 高代延博 Nobuhiro Takashiro Ichi-gun Strategy/General Coach [10/22] Takashiro was named Ni-gun chief coach. … [10/17] Takashiro will be reassigned to Ni-gun. Sports Hochi 10/18/2018 10/22
MV 日高剛 Takeshi Hidaka Staff [10/22] The Tigers announced that Hidaka will be an Ikusei / analyst coach next year. … [10/17] Hidaka is expected to get a job as Ni-gun hitting coach. Sports Hochi 10/18/2018 10/22
狩野恵輔 Keisuke Kano [10/17] Kano could join the staff as a Ni-gun hitting coach. Sponichi 10/17/2018  
MV 新井良太 Ryota Arai Ikusei Coach [10/22] Arai was named Ni-gun hitting coach. … [10/17] Arai will be reassigned to Ni-gun hitting coach. Sponichi 10/17/2018 10/22
NEW 藤原崇起 Takaoki Fujiwara Owner Proxy [10/16] Fujiwara will take over as owner on December 1. 10/16
NEW 清水雅治 Masaji Shimizu Rakuten coach [10/22] The Tigers announced that they added Shimizu to their coaching staff as head coach. … [10/16] Shimizu is not expected to return to Rakuten next year. The Tigers could offer him a job as Ichi-gun head coach. Sanspo 10/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018, Sports Hochi 10/16/2018, Daily Sports 10/16/2018 10/22
MV 平田勝男 Katsuo Hirata Ichi-gun Chief/Def/Base Coach [10/22] Hirata was named Ni-gun manager. … [10/16] Could be reassigned to Ni-gun manager. Sanspo 10/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018, Sports Hochi 10/16/2018, Daily Sports 10/16/2018 10/22
MV 浜中治 Osamu Hamanaka Ni-gun Hitting Coach [10/22] Hamanaka was named Ichi-gun hitting coach. … [10/16] Hamanaka could be promoted to Ichi-gun hitting coach. Daily Sports 10/16/2018 10/22
MV 藤本敦士 Atsushi Fujimoto Ni-gun INF/Base Coach [10/22] Fujimoto was named Ichi-gun infield/base coach. … [10/13] Could be promoted to Ichi-gun. Sanspo 10/13/2018, Sanspo 10/13/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018 10/22
MV 藤井彰人 Akihito Fujii Ni-gun Battery Coach [10/22] Fujii was named Ichi-gun battery coach. … [10/13] Could be promoted to Ichi-gun. Sanspo 10/13/2018, Sanspo 10/13/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018 10/22
MV 福原忍 Shinobu Fukuhara Ni-gun Pitching Coach [10/22] Fukuhara was named Ichi-gun pitching coach. … [10/13] Could be promoted to Ichi-gun. Sanspo 10/13/2018, Sanspo 10/13/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018 10/22
OUT 金本知憲 Tomoaki Kanemoto Ichi-gun Manager [10/11] Kanemoto announced that he is stepping down as manager. YakyuDB … [10/08] The Tigers dropped their game against Yakult on October 8 and are now slated to finish the year in last place for the first time since 2001. The Tigers are not planning to replace Kanemoto. Daily Sports 10/8/2018, Sanspo 10/8/2018  
OUT 片岡篤史 Atsushi Kataoka Ichi-gun Head/Hitting Coach [10/14] The Tigers announced that they received and accepted a letter of resignation from Kataoka. [10/12] Kataoka may not be returning next year. Nikkan Sports 10/12/2018 … [10/05] Could swap places with Ni-gun Manager Yano. Sports Hochi 10/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/7/2018 10/14
MV 矢野燿大 Akihiro Yano Ni-gun Manager [10/18] Yano reportedly agreed to a three-year contract and the uniform number 88. Sponichi 10/18/2018, Sports Hochi 10/18/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/18/2018 … [10/15] The Tigers announced that Yano agreed to become the next Ichi-gun manager. YakyuDB … [10/14] Yano returned to Osaka on October 14 to consider the Tigers offer. This is a difficult decision for Yano, since he is friends with Kanemoto and believes he is also responsible for the team’s performance. He could make a decision by October 15. Nikkan Sports 10/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/14/2018, Sports Hochi 10/14/2018, Sports Hochi 10/14/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018, Sponichi 10/14/2018, Sponichi 10/14/2018, Sanspo 10/14/2018, Sanspo 10/14/2018 … [10/13] The Tigers formally offered Yano the manager position on October 13. Team President Kenji Ageshio met Yano at a hotel in Miyazaki for about ninety minutes. Daily Sports 10/13/2018 … [10/13] Yano was unofficially offered the open manager position, but asked for more time. The Tigers could make a formal offer today. Daily Sports 10/12/2018, Sponichi 10/13/2018, Sanspo 10/13/2018, Sports Hochi 10/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018 … [10/05] Could swap places with Ichi-gun Head/Hitting Coach Kataoka. Sports Hochi 10/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/7/2018 10/15
STAY 掛布雅之 Masayuki Kakefu Senior Executive Adviser [10/22] The Tigers announced that Kakefu agreed to a one-year extension (from November 1). Daily Sports 10/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/22/2018 … [10/16] The Tigers are planning to ask Kakefu to return under the same title next year. Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018 … [10/12] Managerial candidate. Daily Sports 10/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2018, Sanspo 10/12/2018  
和田一浩 Kazuhiro Wada [10/05] Tigers could offer him a job as Ichi-gun hitting coach. Chunichi Sports 10/5/2018, Sports Hochi 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/5/2018  
岡田彰布 Akinobu Okada [10/12] Managerial candidate. Daily Sports 10/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2018, Sanspo 10/12/2018  
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2018 Hanshin Tigers Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes
藤谷洸介 Kosuke Fujitani [12/03] Fujitani was assigned the uniform number 115. Hanshin 12/3/2018 … [11/14] The Tigers signed Fujitani to an Ikusei contract. Hanshin 11/14/2018
山崎勝己 Katsuki Yamazaki [11/10] The Buffaloes might be planning to offer Yamazaki a two-year deal that could be worth an estimated 30 million yen next year. Nikkan Sports 11/10/2018
メッセンジャー Randy Messenger [12/10] The Tigers announced that signed Messenger to a contract for the 2019 season. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 350 million yen (no change over this season). Hanshin 12/10/2018, Daily Sports 12/11/2018, Sponichi 12/11/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/11/2018 … [10/31] Messenger and Tigers may have agreed to basic terms on a one-year contract. They are expected to finalize terms before the end of the year. Daily Sports 10/31/2018 … [10/13] Nikkan Sports is reporting that Messenger signed a new one-year contract. Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018 … [10/10] The Tigers are planning to make Messenger an offer. According to Nikkan Sports, when asked about next season, Messenger said he hadn’t given it much thought yet and might even end up being in the US instead of Japan. Sports Hochi 10/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2018
上本博紀 Hiroki Uemoto [11/13] Hiroki Uemoto to stay with Hanshin for at least one more year … [10/31] Uemoto may be planning to exercise his option if negotiation with the Tigers do not go well. The Tigers have apparently offered a multi-year deal, likely three years. Sanspo 10/31/2018 … [10/05] Could earn domestic free agent option with injury exception. Considering options. Tigers could have two- or three-year offer on table. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018
OUT ロサリオ Wilin Rosario [10/31] The Tigers placed Rosario on waivers. The NPB listed him as a free agent on 10/31. NPB 2018 Released Players … [10/31] According to Tokyo Sports, Rosario is willing to take a big pay cut to stay with the Tigers. Tokyo Sports 10/31/2018 … [10/20] The Tigers are still in the process of evaluating whether or not it makes sense to keep Rosario. They have not ruled him out of their plans yet. Daily Sports 10/20/2018 … [10/11] Rosario is interested in returning next year. Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018 … [10/06] The Tigers have an option to buy out a second year. They may be open to signing him to a new contract if he is willing to take a significant cut in base salary (with potential to make up some of the difference with performance bonuses). Sponichi 10/6/2018 … [10/05] May not return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Sports Hochi 10/5/2018
OUT マテオ Marcos Mateo [10/31] The Tigers placed Mateo on waivers. The NPB listed him as a free agent on 10/31. NPB 2018 Released Players … [10/11] According to Sports Hochi, the Tigers are not planning to make Mateo an offer. Sports Hochi 10/11/2018 … [10/10] Mateo is slated to have his right shoulder cleaned out during the upcoming off-season. The Tigers are planning to take him off their reserved list, but have not ruled him out completely. Sponichi 10/10/2018 … [10/05] May not return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Sports Hochi 10/5/2018
OUT モレノ Diego Moreno [10/31] The Tigers placed Moreno on waivers. The NPB listed him as a free agent on 10/31. NPB 2018 Released Players … [10/11] According to Sports Hochi, the Tigers are not planning to make Moreno an offer. Sports Hochi 10/11/2018 … [10/05] May not return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Sports Hochi 10/5/2018
STAY ナバーロ Efren Navarro [12/06] The Tigers announced that they reached an agreement with Navarro. Hanshin 12/6/2018 … [11/14] According to Sponichi, the two sides may have agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 500,000 US dollars. Sponichi 11/14/2018 … [11/13] Navarro has reportedly signed a new contract with Hanshin. Nikkan Sports 11/13/2018 … [10/31] Navarro  could return next year, according to Nikkan Sports. Nikkan Sports 10/31/2018 … [10/16] Navarro is interested in returning next year. Daily Sports 10/16/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/16/2018 … [10/05] May not return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018
メッセンジャー Randy Messenger [10/05] Will most likely be asked to return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018
ドリス Rafael Dolis [12/13] According to Sanspo, Dolis agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 170 million yen. Sanspo 12/13/2018 … [12/12] The Tigers announced that they signed Dolis to a contract for the 2018 seas0n. Hanshin 12/12/2018 … [12/07] The Tigers have reached a basic agreement with Dolis. A formal agreement could be made before the end of the month. Daily Sports 12/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2018 … [11/30] The two sides have not yet been able to reach an agreement. Sanspo 11/30/2018 … [10/05] Will probably be asked to return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018

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2018 Hanshin Tigers Senryokugai

Name JPN Name ENG Notes Official
小豆畑眞也 Shinya Azuhata [10/30] Undecided. Daily Sports 10/30/2018 10/30
緒方凌介 Ryosuke Ogata [11/30] Ogata accepted a job in the Tigers PR department. Sanspo 11/30/2018 … [10/30] Sprained his right knee while participating in the Phoenix League. Considering retirement. Daily Sports 10/30/2018 10/30
西田直斗選 Naoto Nishida [10/07] Considering options. Sanspo 10/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/7/2018, Daily Sports 10/7/2018 10/07
今成亮太 Ryota Imanari [12/18] Imanari told the Tigers he is planning to retire. Nikkan Sports 12/18/2018 … [10/07] Still wants to play. Open to attending tryouts. Sanspo 10/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/7/2018, Daily Sports 10/7/2018 10/07
横山雄哉 Yuya Yokoyama [12/03] Yokoyama was assigned the uniform number 115. … [11/15] The Tigers announced that they signed Yokoyama to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated seven million yen. Daily Sports 11/15/2018 … [10/04] Had left shoulder surgery in August. Tigers could offer Ikusei contract. Sanspo 10/4/2018 12/03
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山本翔也 Shoya Yamamoto [10/04] Wants to keep playing. Open to attending NPB tryout. Daily Sports 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018, Sanspo 10/4/2018 10/04
西岡剛 Tsuyoshi Nishioka [11/14] Nishioka wants to keep playing, even if it might be for an independent league team. Daily Sports 11/14/2018 … [11/13] The Chiba Lotte Marines are not particularly interested in Nishioka. Sponichi 11/13/2018 … [11/13] Nishioka would like another chance to play for Lotte. Sponichi 11/13/2018 … [10/02] Sponichi 10/2/2018 10/02
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