Tag Archive: Hanshin Tigers


[3/14/2018] Hanshin Tigers, Seibu Lions agree to trade

The Hanshin Tigers and Seibu Lions announced earlier today that they agreed to a one-for-one player trade. The Tigers will send thirty-one-year-old Daiki Enokida to the Lions for thirty-two-year-old Yosuke Okamoto.

Source: Hanshin 3/14/2018, Seibu 3/14/2018


Hiroya Shimamoto: Did You Know


The Hanshin Tigers announced on March 1, 2018 that Shimamoto filed marriage papers with a twenty-five-year-old woman from Fukuoka.

Source: Hanshin 3/1/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/1/2018, Daily Sports 3/1/2018


[2/6/2018] Hanshin Tigers: Ono, Saiki to start Wednesday’s intra-squad game

Tomoaki Kanemoto told reporters today that he is planning to use Taiki Ono and Hiroto Saiki as starting pitchers during an intra-squad game tomorrow (February 7). Both pitchers are vying for spots in the starting rotation this season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2018

[UPDATE 2/6 @ 11:03pm]

Yuta Iwasada, Shintaro Fujinami, Tsuyoshi Ishizaki, and Ryoma Matsuda are also slated to pitch in the intra-squad game.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/6/2018

[UPDATE 2/7 @ 4:05pm]

Ono got the start for the Whites and gave up two hits over two shutout innings. He retired the side in order in the first inning and ended the second with a double play with runners on first and second.

Source: Daily Sports 2/7/2018

Fujinami entered the game in the third innings and pitched two innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits. He faced ten hitters and threw forty-one pitches. Both runs came in his second inning of work.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/7/2018, Daily Sports 2/7/2018, Sponichi 2/7/2018

Wilin Rosario started at designated hitter and batted fourth for the Reds. He picked up a hit in his second trip to the plate (a two single to left off Iwasada in the fourth inning with no runners on).

Source: Daily Sports 2/7/2018

Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at shortstop and batted lead-off. He hit a two-run home run off Saiki in his second trip to the plate.

Source: Daily Sports 2/7/2018

[UPDATE 2/7 @ 9:32pm]

Yusuke Oyama got the start and second and batted fifth for the Reds. He recorded three hits.

Ishizaki gave up three hits and recorded two shutout innings for the Whites.

Source: Sponichi 2/7/2018



[1/31/2018] Hanshin Tigers: Ul-Tora Yellow Uniforms

The Hanshin Tigers revealed their 2018 Ul-Tora uniforms on January 31. Randy Messenger and Ryutaro Umeno modeled the uniforms during a press conference.

The base color is yellow with a light tiger pattern that represents strength. The numbers are on fire, similar to the Ul-Tora logo.

The uniforms will be worn during six Ul-Tora games in July. They will also be “previewed” during three games in May.


  • May 1 (Tue) – 3 (Thu) vs Yokohama
  • July 16 (Mon) – 18 (Wed) vs Yomiuri
  • Julu 24 (Tue) – 26 (Thu) vs Hiroshima

Source: Hanshin 1/31/2018


[1/25/2018] Hanshin Tigers: The Classic Series 2018 Uniforms

The Hanshin Tigers unveiled the uniforms they will be wearing for The Classic Series against the Yomiuri Giants this season (May 25-27 at Koshien Stadium) on January 24.

The uniforms are light blue and have black and yellow jagged stripes running down the sides of the pant legs and around the sleeve cuffs. Similar uniforms were worn during road games between 1975 and 1978. The uniforms were modeled by Takumi Akiyama and Kentaro Kuwahara.

Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/24/2018


Takahiro Kumagai (Hanshin Tigers): Did You Know



March 1 – Kumagai tried to become a switch-hitter last season, but will go back to hitting from the right side this year.

Source: Daily Sports 3/2/2019


Kumagai unofficially (timed by the media) ran to first in 3.70 seconds during rookie workouts on January 22. When he was in college, his best time around all the bases was 13.8 seconds.

Source: Sanspo 1/23/2018, Sponichi 1/23/2018, Daily Sports 1/23/2018


Yutaro Itayama: Did You Know

Relationships & Family


December 26 – The Tigers announced that Itayama (24) filed marriage papers with a twenty-three-year-old woman from Tokyo.

Source: Hanshin 12/26/2018, Daily Sports 12/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/26/2018, Sponichi 12/26/2018


  • Itayama gained eight kilograms (from seventy-eight to eighty-six kilograms) in two months (December and January) after the 2017 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/14/2018

Haruto Takahashi: Did You Know


Takahashi made his Ichi-gun debut on April 11. He started a game against the Hiroshima Carp at Koshien Stadium and picked up the victory. He became the first Tiger rookie to record a win in his first start/appearance since Koyo Aoyagi (June 1, 2016 vs Rakuten at kobo Stadium); first Tiger rookie to record a win in his first appearance during a game at Koshien Stadium since Tetsuro Kawajiri (April 28, 1995 vs Yakult); first Tiger rookie to record a win in his first start/appearance during a game at Koshien Stadium since Minoru Murayama (April 14, 1959 vs Kokutetsu).

Source: Sanspo 4/12/2018


Takahashi ran the 3000 meter in eleven minutes and forty-eight seconds (11.48 minutes) on January 10, 2018.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/11/2018, Daily Sports 1/11/2018


Hanshin Tigers: 2018 Spring Camp

Hanshin Tigers 2018 Spring Camp Details


February 1 (Thu) – 28 (Wed)
Days Off: February 5 (Mon), 9 (Fri), 14 (Wed), 19 (Mon), 23 (Fri)

Venue: Kariyushi Hotels Ballpark Ginoza in Okinawa


Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 能見 篤史 Atsushi Nomi
P 岩貞 祐太 Yuta Iwasada
P 馬場 皐輔 Kosuke Baba
P 藤浪 晋太郎 Shintaro Fujinami
P 岩田 稔 Minoru Iwata
P 藤川 球児 Kyuji Fujikawa
P 小野 泰己 Taiki Ono
P 石崎 剛 Tsuyoshi Ishizaki
P 才木 浩人 Hiroto Saiki
P マルコス・マテオ Marcos Mateo
P 髙橋 聡文 Akifumi Takahashi
P 秋山 拓巳 Takumi Akiyama
P ディエゴ・モレノ Diego Moreno
P 青柳 晃洋 Koyo Aoyagi
P ランディ・メッセンジャー Randy Messenger
P 松田 遼馬 Ryoma Matsuda
P 桑原 謙太朗 Kentaro Kuwahara
P 岩崎 優 Suguru Iwazaki
P 島本 浩也 Hiroya Shimamoto
P ラファエル・ドリス Rafael Dolis
C 坂本 誠志郎 Seishiro Sakamoto
C 長坂 拳弥 Kenya Nagasaka
C 梅野 隆太郎 Ryutaro Umeno
C 原口 文仁 Fumihito Haraguchi
INF 鳥谷 敬 Takashi Toritani
INF 北條 史也 Fumiya Hojo
INF 大山 悠輔 Yusuke Oyama
INF 熊谷 敬宥 Takahiro Kumagai
INF 西岡 剛 Tsuyoshi Nishioka
INF ウィリン・ロサリオ Wilin Rosario
INF 糸原 健斗 Kento Itohara
INF 陽川 尚将 Naomasa Yokawa
INF 植田 海 Kai Ueda
OF 糸井 嘉男 Yoshio Itoi
OF 福留 孝介 Kosuke Fukudome
OF 髙山 俊 Shun Takayama
OF 江越 大賀 Taiga Egoshi
OF 島田 海吏 Kairi Shimada
OF 中谷 将大 Masahiro Nakatani
OF 俊介 Shunsuke Fujikawa


  • 2/11 (Sun) vs Yokohama at Ginoza – 13:00 (practice game)
  • 2/16 (Fri) vs Rakuten at Ginoza – 13:00 (practice game)
  • 2/18 (Sun) vs Nippon Ham at Ginoza – 13:00 (practice game)
  • 2/21 (Wed) vs KIA (KBO) at Ginoza – 13:00 (practice game)


February 1 (Thu) – 28 (Wed)
Days Off: February 5 (Mon), 9 (Fri), 14 (Wed), 19 (Mon), 23 (Fri)

Venue: Aki Tigers Stadium in Kochi


  • 2/11 (Sun) vs Shikoku Ginko at Aki – 12:30 (practice game)
  • 2/12 (Mon) vs Hanhwa (KBO) at Aki – 12:30 (practice game)
  • 2/17 (Sat) vs Seibu at Haruno – 12:30 (practice game)
  • 2/18 (Sun) vs Kochi (Island League) at Aki – 12:30 (practice game)
  • 2/22 (Thu) vs Seibu at Aki – 12:30 (practice game)
  • 2/25 (Sun) vs JR Shikoku at Aki – 12:30 (practice game)

Additional information will be added to this post as it becomes available.

Source: Hanshin 1/8/2018, Hanshin 1/24/2018, Hanshin 1/24/2018


[1/6/2018] Senichi Hoshino passes away

The media learned that Rakuten Eagles’ Vice Chairman Senichi Hoshino passed away on January 4. He was seventy years old.

Hoshino apparently fell sick toward the end of last year and canceled plans to spend time with family in Hawaii at the last minute. He did attend Hall of Fame celebrations in Tokyo on November 28, 2017 and in Osaka on December 1 last year.

As a pitcher with the Chunichi Dragons, Hoshino went 146-121 with a 3.60 ERA over 2128.2 innings spanning 500 games between 1969 and 1982. As a manager, he led the Dragons to two first place finishes, the Hanshin Tigers to one first place finish, and the Rakuten Eagles to one first place finish that culminated in his first and only Nippon Series Championship. He was voted into the Hall of Fame last year.

Source: Sponichi 1/6/2018

[UPDATE 1/7 @ 5:19am]

Additional information:

  • Hoshino passed away at 5:25am on January 4 at his daughters house in Mie Prefecture.
  • Hoshino fell in the bathroom and hit his jaw and lower back on January 2, but was able to eat normally the following day. Things took a sudden turn for the worse on the morning of January 4.
  • Hoshino found out he had pancreatic cancer when he developed acute pancreatitis in July 2016. He was apparently told he had three months.

Source: Sanspo 1/7/2018

[UPDATE 1/10 @ 1:51am]

The Hanshin Tigers and Chunichi Dragons scheduled memorial games for Hoshino.

  • Hanshin: exhibition game against Chunichi at Koshien Stadium on March 10 (Sat). Alternate date: exhibition game against Chunichi at Koshien Stadium on March 11 (Sun). Source: Hanshin 1/9/2018
  • Chunichi: exhibition game against Rakuten at Nagoya Dome on March 3 (Sat). Source: Chunichi 1/9/2018
NPB Standings [Full]
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
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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