Twenty-nine-year-old Sho Nakata held a press conference at a hotel in Sapporo today and announced that he decided not to exercise the international free agent option he earned this year. According to a report by Sponichi, Nakata agreed to a three-year contract that could be worth as much as one billion yen. His salary next year will be an estimated 280 million yen (up from 200 million yen).0 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that Naoki Miyanishi had surgery on his left elbow at a hospital in Yokohama. He will require three to four months for a full recovery.0 Comments
Arizona Spring Camp
Source: Nippon Ham 11/4/20180 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they selected Kitashiroshima, Hokkaido as the location for the new stadium. Construction is slated to begin in May 2020. If everything goes to plan, the new facilities should be ready by March 2023. Additional information will be released on November 5.
[UPDATE 11/5 @ 4:26pm]
The Fighters released additional information about the new stadium today. Some highlights:
Ichi-gun Coaching Staff
Pitching Chief Coach
Hitting Chief/Strategy Coach
Fielding Chief/INF/Base Coach
Ni-gun Coaching Staff
Battery Coach/Hitting Coach Assitant
October 26 – Kansai University emeritus professor Katsuhiro Miyamoto calculated Yoshida’s economic impact for joining the Nippon Ham Fighters at about three billion yen next year.
Source: Sponichi 10/26/20180 Comments
Kanaashi Nogyo HS
Hanasaki Tokuharu HS
Osaka Toin HS
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The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they reached an agreement on one-year extension with Hideki Kuriyama.
Kuriyama will be entering his eighth straight year as the Fighters manager. Only Keiji Osawa has spent more consecutive seasons as manager of the Fighters (nine years between 1976 and 1984).
The Nippon Ham Fighters released some information about fall camp:
|Status||Name JPN||Name ENG||Notes||Official|
|STAY||中田翔||Sho Nakata||[11/13] Sho Nakata to hold onto FA option and stay with the Nippon Ham Fighters … [10/16] Nakata is not sure what he wants to do with his international free agent option. He may end up staying with the Fighters. Sanspo 10/16/2018, Daily Sports 10/16/2018|
|STAY||宮西尚生||Naoki Miyanishi||[11/09] The Fighters announced that they reached an agreement with Miyanishi on a contract for the 2019 season. Miyanishi will not exercise his option. According to at least three reports, the two sides agreed on a two-year contract worth an estimated 500 million yen (including incentives). Miyanishi told reporters during a press conference that he wanted to play for the Fighters until the end. Nippon Ham 11/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/9/2018, Sports Hochi 11/9/2018, Daily Sports 11/9/2018 … [11/08] Miyanishi has reportedly decided not to exercise his free agent option. An announcement is expected soon. Sponichi 11/8/2018 … The Fighters may have offered two years at around 500 million yen. Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018 … [10/16] Miyanishi has not ruled out using his international free agent option. He wants to talk to the Fighters first before making any decisions. Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018, Sanspo 10/16/2018|
|–||トンキン||Michael Tonkin||[10/16] Tonkin will be in the second year of a two-year contract next season. Daily Sports 10/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/17/2018|
|OUT||アルシア||Oswaldo Arcia||[11/07] The Fighters announced that Arcia will not be returning next year. … [10/16] The Fighters could offer Acria a contract for 2019, but it seems he might not return. Daily Sports 10/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018||11/07|
|–||マルティネス||Nick Martinez||[10/16] Martinez is interested in returning next year, but still has to discuss it with his family. The Fighters are expected to make him an offer. Daily Sports 10/16/2018, Sanspo 10/16/2018, Sanspo 10/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2018|
|–||ロドリゲス||Bryan Rodriguez||[10/16] The Fighters are expected to offer Rodriguez a contract for 2019. Daily Sports 10/16/2018|
|–||レアード||Brandon Laird||[11/06] Negotiations might take a while because Laird is reportedly interested in hearing offers from other teams. Sports Hochi 11/6/2018 … [10/18] Laird is apparently open to the idea of ending his career with the Fighters. Sponichi 10/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2018 … [10/16] Laird is in the final year of a two-year contract. He likes playing for the Fighters and would like to return next year. The Fighters are planning to offer him a contract for 2019. Daily Sports 10/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018, Sanspo 10/16/2018|