According to a number of reports from this morning, the Hanshin Tigers are exploring the overseas market. Possible interests include thirty-two-year-old Efren Navarro (currently seems to be the front-runner), thirty-one-year-old Nick Buss, and twenty-seven-year-old Kennys Vargas.
The Tigers added Wilin Rosario during the winter with hopes that he would be enough to get them through the season, but he was taken off the active roster on June 3 because of his struggles at the plate. The front office is now considering other alternatives, including the possibility of finding someone that might be able to supplement Rosario, and not necessarily replace him.
[UPDATE 6/10 @ 1:06pm]
The Tigers may be close to finalizing a deal for Navarro, according to at least two media sources from this morning.0 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers topped one million in attendance in their twenty-fourth home game of the season (one fewer game than last year). They are the first team to reach one million this season.0 Comments
Shintaro Fujinami got a start against Ni-gun Orix on May 8 and tossed seven shutout innings. He faced twenty-seven hitters, gave up five hits, walked two, struck out nine, and topped out at 154km/h. He threw 102 pitches, seventy for strikes.0 Comments
May 4 vs Chunichi at Koshien Stadium – Uemoto recorded a modasho in his third straight game. He is the first Hanshin Tiger to get modasho in three consecutive games since Matt Murton in 2013. Murton also set the franchise record of four in 2013. The Central League record of five was set by Michio Nishizawa in 1954.0 Comments
Hiroki Uemoto hurt his left leg while sliding into second base during a stolen base attempt in the first inning of today’s game against the Chunichi Dragons at Koshien Stadium. He could not get up and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. He was taken to a hospital in Amagasaki for tests.
[UPDATE 5/6 @ 11:59pm]
Uemoto was taken off the active roster today. He was examined by a team doctor at the stadium clubhouse and diagnosed with a possible anterior cruciate ligament injury. He is scheduled to undergo additional tests.
[UPDATE 5/9 @ 1:19am]
The Tigers announced on May 8 that Uemoto was examined at a hospital in Osaka and diagnosed with an ACL injury. There is no timetable on his recovery.0 Comments
Marcos Mateo was taken off the active roster today because he has plans to return to the Dominican Republic for the birth of his child.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/26/20180 Comments
Thirty-six-year-old Randy Messenger earned his domestic free agent option today with eight years of service time on the active roster. Messenger told reporters he was not interested in playing for another team and that he wanted to finish his career with the Hanshin Tigers.
Messenger is the ninth foreign player to earn a free agent option. He will not count against the foreign player cap next year.0 Comments
The NPB announced today that they issued Randy Messenger a 100,000 yen fine and a stern warning for his ejection from last night’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Koshien Stadium.
With the bases loaded and two out in the second inning, Messenger went to a full count against Ryuhei Matsuyama. He threw a fastball up and in. The umpire ruled the pitch a ball and the walk pushed a run home to put the Tigers down 3-1.
A frustrated Messenger shouted toward home plate as he came off the mound. The umpire ejected him for using offensive language. The veteran hurler has only been ejected one other time: September 8, 2010 for a dangerous pitch (automatic ejection). The last Tiger to be ejected for using offensive language was Matt Murton on August 23, 2014.0 Comments
Randy Messenger is slated to earn his domestic free agent option on April 16 (assuming he remains on the active roster until then). According to reports by Daily Sports and Sanspo, the Hanshin Tigers are planning to ask him to stay as soon as he earns the option. Messenger has also expressed an interest to remain with the team.
While it is still early, there is a good chance the Tigers will offer a multi-year deal with at least two years. If Messenger becomes a free agent, he will be an interesting option for other NPB teams because he will no longer be considered a foreign player.
[UPDATE 4/14 @ 1:49am]
According to a report by Tokyo Sports, Messenger is willing to play for as long as the Tigers want him (if they want him for two years, he will play another two years). He is also not interested in playing for any other team in Japan.
Source: Tokyo Sports 4/13/20180 Comments
Atsushi Mochizuki had surgery on his back in December last year. He pitching in a batting practice scrimmage at Naruohama on March 15. He faced five hitters, threw sixteen pitches, allowed two hits, and topped out at 152km/m.
Source: Sanpso 3/16/20180 Comments