Tag Archive: Nippon Ham Fighters


[2017 Free Agency] Shota Ono Rumors

Date Team Update
@ 3:38a
Chunichi Dragons manager Shigekazu Mori is planning to get involved in negotiations. Mori is currently out of the country checking on talent overseas. Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017
@ 2:46a
Chunichi The Chunichi Dragons are said to be interested. Daily Sports 11/16/2017

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[2017 Free Agency] Hirotoshi Masui Rumors

Date Team Update
@ 3:34a
Masui told reporters on November 17 that he hoped to have everything settled before the end of the month. At latest, the end of December. He also told reporters that he is going to let his representative handle all negotiations. Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017
@ 2:39a
Orix The Buffaloes are interested. They might be more inclined to make a move if Yoshihisa Hirano finds a home in the US. Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017

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[11/14/2017] Sho Nakata decides to stay with the Fighters

Sho Nakata held a press conference at the Nippon Ham Fighters’ offices on November 14 and announced that he decided not to exercise his free agent option. He told the press that he was able to make the decision after talking it over with his family. He also told the press that he found it difficult to leave after having such a disappointing season.

According to media reports, Nakata agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated  200 million yen plus incentives (down eighty million yen from this year).

Source: Nippon Ham 11/14/2017, Sponichi 11/14/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2017, Daily Sports 11/14/2017

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Haruki Nishikawa: Did You Know


Nishikawa will have LASIK surgery this winter. He is hoping his vision will increase from 0.1 to 1.5 (Japan uses the decimal system).

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2017


[11/14/2017] Hirotoshi Masui to become a free agent

Thirty-three-year-old Hirotoshi Masui held a press conference at the Nippon Ham Fighters offices in Sapporo today and announced he was going to use his domestic free agent option. He told the media the Fighters are still an option since they told him they wanted him to stay during earlier negotiations. He wants to play for as long as possible and is looking for a long-term deal.

A number of teams, including Yomiuri and Orix, are said to be interested in Masui.

Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2017, Daily Sports 11/14/2017, Sponichi 11/14/2017

[UPDATE 11/15 @ 1:37am]

The Fighters posted an announcement on their official web site.

Source: Nippon Ham 11/15/2017

[UPDATE 11/15 @ 1:47pm]

The Buffaloes might build off a four-year contract.

The Fighters’ offer may have been two years at a total over 440 million yen (Masui made an estimated 220 million yen this year).

Source: Sports Hochi 11/15/2017, Sanspo 11/15/2017

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[11/12/2017] Shohei Otani’s Press Conference on November 11

Shohei Otani held a press conference at the Japan National Press Club on November 11. Notes from various sources below:

  • The press conference took place on 11/11 at 11:00am. He said it was a coincidence. Incidentally, his uniform number is 11.
  • About 250 reporters, twenty-four television cameras, and over forty photographers covered the press conference.
  • He wore a grey suit and a purple tie (he wanted to give props to the Fighters for everything they have done for him).
  • He was a little under the weather (throat).
  • His interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, will continue to support him after he leaves the Nippon Ham Fighters.
  • He has had thoughts about playing in the Majors since he turned pro, but it was not until the Fighters won a Nippon Series last year that he felt he accomplished something and started thinking about it.
  • When asked why he wanted to go to the Majors now, he said it was because he was still an incomplete player. When asked why he wanted to go when he was still an incomplete player, he said it might be because he was curious to see how he was going to handle it.
  • When asked if he felt signing with the Fighters was the right decision, he said the last five years gave him confidence and that he really appreciated everything the organization did for him.
  • He is interested in continuing to be a two-way player and plans to ask teams if it is a possibility.
  • He wants to become the kind of player fans consider the best. He also wants to become a World Series champion.
  • His dog Ace died earlier this year at the age of fifteen years and eight months. November 11 would have been Ace’s sixteenth birthday.



[Practice Game] Samurai Japan 3 – Nippon Ham Fighters 3 (November 12, 2017)

Samurai Japan vs Nippon Ham Fighters @ Kiyotake SOKKEN Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Samurai Japan 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 12 0
Nippon Ham 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0   3 7 1

Attendance: 3000 | Time: 2h48m



[11/10/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Otani

Hideki Kuriyama held a press conference at a hotel in Tokyo today and announced that he accepted Shohei Otani’s request to go to the Majors. Kuriyama and Fighters’ Representative Director and President Kenso Takeda met Otani earlier in the day and talked about his desire to play in the MLB next season. The Nippon Ham Fighters decided to accept his request and will help him go to the MLB by posting him this winter.

Source: Daily Sports 11/10/2017, Sponichi 11/10/2017

[UPDATE 11/10 @ 9:00pm]

Otani left for the hotel in Tokyo from the Ni-gun facilities in Kamagaya at around 1:00pm. His meeting with Kuriyama and Takeda lasted about thirty minutes. Otani was not at today’s press conference, but is scheduled to hold his own on November 11 at 11am in Tokyo.

Source: Sponichi 11/10/2017

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[11/9/2017] Shota Ono to become a free agent

Shota Ono held a press conference on November 9 and announced that he will use his international free agent option. He decided to use the option because he wants the chance to talk to other teams and consider their offers. The Nippon Ham Fighters have told him they want him to stay and that they will wait for as long as it takes for him to decide what he wants to do.

Source: Nippon Ham 11/9/2017

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[11/9/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters to add Michael Tonkin

The Nippon Ham Fighters have reportedly added twenty-seven-year-old Michael Tonkin to their pitching staff. The Pioneer Press’ Mike Berardino‏ tweeted that the pitcher agreed to a two-year contract worth 2.1 million US dollars plus 500,000 US dollars in incentives. The Fighters are planning to use Tonkin as a closer.

Source: Berardino‏ tweet, Daily Sports 11/8/2017Sponichi 11/9/2017, Sanspo 11/9/2017

[UPDATE 11/13 @ 4:21pm]

The Fighters officially announced today that they reached an agreement with Tonkin.

Source: Nippon Ham 11/13/2017

[UPDATE 11/14 @ 12:22am]

According to Japanese reports, Tonkin agreed to a two-year deal that will be worth an estimated 120 million yen next year.

Source: Sanpso 11/13/2017

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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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