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2018 Rakuten Eagles Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes Official
STAY ハーマン Frank Herrmann [12/03] The Eagles announced that they reached an agreement with Herrmann for the 2019 season. 12/03
OUT コラレス Josh Corrales [10/29] The Eagles announced that they are not going to offer Corrales a contract for the 2019 season. 10/20
OUT アマダー Japhet Amador [12/04] Amador is talking to teams in Japan and Taiwan, according to reports out of Mexico. Nikkan Sports 12/4/2018 … [12/03] The Eagles announced that Amador will not return next year. … [10/14] The Eagles are not planning to offer Amador a contract for 2019. Daily Sports 10/14/2018 12/03
OUT ディクソン O’Koyea Dickson [12/03] The Eagles announced that Dickson will not return next year. … [10/14] The Eagles are not planning to offer Dickson a contract for 2019. Daily Sports 10/14/2018 12/03
OUT ペゲーロ Carlos Peguero [12/03] The Eagles announced that Peguero will not return next year. … [10/14] The Eagles are not planning to offer Peguero a contract for 2019. Daily Sports 10/14/2018 … [10/06] This could be Peguero’s last year with the Eagles. Nikkan Sports 10/6/2018 12/03
STAY ウィーラー Zelous Wheeler [12/03] The Eagles announced that they reached an agreement with Herrmann for the 2019 season. … [10/06] Wheeler will be in the final year of a two-year contract next season. Nikkan Sports 10/6/2018 12/03
STAY 宋家豪 Chia-Hao Sung [12/03] The Eagles announced that they reached an agreement with Herrmann for the 2019 season. … [10/06] Sung will most likely return next season. Nikkan Sports 10/6/2018 12/03

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[10/3/2018] Eigoro Mogi might miss the rest of the regular season

Eigoro Mogi was hit by a pitch near his left calf during a game against Softbank at YafuOku Dome on August 16. He was later taken off the active roster with a bruised left gastrocnemius muscle. He started playing in Ni-gun rehab games on September 11 and was close to a return to the active roster until he hurt his left shoulder while diving for a ball during fielding practices in late-September.

The Rakuten Eagles were hoping to call him back up before the end of the regular season, but they are concerned about his shoulder. Depending on his progress, he might be able to attend the Phoenix League in October.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/3/2018

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2018 Rakuten Eagles Senryokugai

Name JPN Name ENG Notes Official
鶴田圭祐 Keisuke Tsuruta [11/15] The Eagles announced that they signed Tsuruta to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated 5 million yen. Sports Hochi 11/15/2018 … [10/30] Tsuruta could remain with an Ikusei contract. Sports Hochi 10/30/2018 10/30
フェルナンド Luciano Fernando [11/15] The Eagles signed Fernando to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated five million yen. Sports Hochi 11/15/2018 … [10/29] Fernando could remain in the organization under an Ikusei contract. Nikkan Sports 10/29/2018 10/29
枡田慎太郎 Shintaro Masuda [11/26] Masuda is planning to retire. Nikkan Sports 11/26/2018 … [11/03] The Chiba Lotte Marines might be interested. Nikkan Sports 11/3/2018 10/29
聖澤諒 Ryo Hijirisawa [11/25] The Eagles added Hijirisawa will become a coach for their baseball academy. Rakuten 12/25/2018, Daily Sports 12/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/25/2018 … [11/23] Hijirisawa is planning to retire. Daily Sports 11/23/2018 10/29
吉持亮汰 Ryota Yoshimochi [11/16] The Eagles announced that they signed Yoshimochi to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated 5 million yen. Sports Hochi 11/16/2018 … [10/29] Yoshimochi could remain in the organization under an Ikusei contract. Nikkan Sports 10/29/2018 11/16
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伊志嶺忠 Tadashi Ishimine [01/05] The Eagles announced that they added Ishimine to their staff as a bullpen catcher. … [11/23] Ishimine is planning to retire. Daily Sports 11/23/2018 01/05
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下妻貴寛 Takahiro Shimotsuma [11/15] The Eagles announced that they signed Shimotsuma to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated 5.5 million yen. Sports Hochi 11/15/2018 … [10/29] Shimotsuma could remain in the organization under an Ikusei contract. Nikkan Sports 10/29/2018 10/29
野元浩輝 Hiroki Nomoto [11/16] The Eagles announced that they signed Nomoto to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated 5 million yen. Sports Hochi 11/16/2018 … [10/29] Nomoto could remain in the organization under an Ikusei contract. Nikkan Sports 10/29/2018 11/16
10/29
寺岡寛治 Kanji Teraoka [11/15] The Eagles announced that they signed Teraoka to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated five million yen. Sports Hochi 11/15/2018 … [10/29] Teraoka could remain in the organization under an Ikusei contract. Nikkan Sports 10/29/2018 10/29
細川亨 Toru Hosokawa [12/06] The Marines announced that they reached an agreement with Hosokawa. Lotte 12/6/2018 … [10/14] The Marines are reportedly interested. Nikkan Sports 10/14/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018 … [10/05] Hosokawa was offered a job as coach, but he turned it down because he is not ready to retire. Sanspo 10/5/2018, Sponichi 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018 10/5
小山雄輝 Yuki Koyama [12/16] Koyama accepted a staff job in the Yomiuri Giants organization. Sports Hochi 12/16/2018 … [10/19] The NPB formally listed Koyama as retired. Nikkan Sports 10/19/2018 … [10/18] Koyama has decided to retire. Sports Hochi 10/18/2018 … [10/01] Future undecided. Sports Hochi 10/1/2018 10/1
横山貴明 Takaaki Yokoyama   10/1
宮川将 Sho Miyagawa   10/1
入野貴大 Takahiro Irino   10/1
Takumi Deguchi   10/1
向谷拓巳 Takumi Mukaitani   10/1
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[9/6/2018] Nippon Ham – Rakuten September 7 game postponed

Hokkaido was hit by a magnitude 6.7 earthquake on September 6. At least nine people are dead, thirty-one are missing, and over 150 are injured. The earthquake also caused power outages.

The Nippon Ham Fighters reported that everyone in their organization was safe and accounted for. The Rakuten Eagles and Fighters announced that their game at Rakuten Seimei on September 7 was postponed due to travel issues (the airport in Hokkaido was closed). The game will be played on September 10.

The Pacific League is evaluating the Fighters’ schedule to see if any changes are needed for games beyond September 10.

Source: Rakuten 9/6/2018, Nippon Ham Tweet 9/6/2018, Sponichi 9/6/2018, Daily Sports 9/6/2018

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[9/1/2018] Frank Herrmann to miss two weeks with thigh inflammation

Frank Herrmann was examined at a hospital in Sendai on August 30 and diagnosed with inflammation the left adductor longus and semitendinosus muscles. He will need about two weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/31/2018, Sports Hochi 8/31/2018, Daily Sports 8/31/2018

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Kenji Nishimaki: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

August 28 vs Seibu – Nishimaki recorded the first modasho of his career (3-for-5: 1B9, G6, 1B9, 1B7, Ks).

Source: Daily Sports 8/28/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/28/2018

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[8/20/2018] Kazuhisa Ishii joins Rakuten Eagles as General Manager

The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they hired forty-four-year-old Kazuhisa Ishii to be their general manager, effective September 1. Ishii will become the first former player with MLB experience to become a general manager in the NPB. A press conference is scheduled for the 27th.

Source: Rakuten 8/20/2018, Sports Hochi 8/20/2018, Sponichi 8/20/2018, Rakuten 8/20/2018, Daily Sports 8/20/2018

[UPDATE 10/2 @ 2:56pm]

The Rakuten Eagles announced on October 2 that Ishii was named director during a special stockholders meeting on October 1. His official title will be direct/general manager.

Source: Rakuten 10/2/2018

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[8/14/2018] Takayuki Kishi taken off active roster with knee inflammation

Takayuki Kishi was pulled from his start on August 11 after just one inning because of discomfort in his leg. Kishi apparently felt the discomfort in his leg before the start.

Kishi was taken to a hospital in Sendai for tests and was diagnosed with a mild case of pes anserinus tendinitis. He was taken off the active roster on August 12.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/11/2018, Sports Hochi 8/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/12/2018, Daily Sports 8/12/2018, Sponichi 8/12/2018, Sanspo 8/11/2018, Sanspo 8/12/2018

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[8/9/2018] Japhet Amador suspended for six months

The NPB announced that they issued Japhet Amador a six-month suspension for violating their performance-enhancing drug policy.

Amador was part of a group of players that was tested at Rakuten Seimei Park on June 13, 2018. His results tested positive for chlortalidone and furosemide. The drugs are listed under WADA’s prohibited diuretics and masking agents. Amador denied intentionally taking the drugs during an interview with Rakuten personnel on July 30. His samples were retested on August 1 with no change in results.

The Rakuten Eagles notified the NPB of the results and the NPB’s Anti Doping Committee finalized their ruling on August 8.

Amador’s was given a six-month suspension (August 9, 2018 until February 8, 2019). Rakuten is currently awaiting the results of more recent tests to see if there are any changes.

The Eagles released the following statement from Amador:

I have never used performance-enhancing drugs. I have also never intentionally taken any banned substances.

I have never used stimulants or muscle enhancing agents and have never considered using diuretics or masking agents.

I have taken many tests in the past and they were all negative.

I am very surprised at the positive results from this recent test. I am concerned because I have no recollection of taking the drugs.

I am fully cooperating with investigations to discover the cause.

I apologize for worrying everyone.

Source: NPB 8/9/2018, Rakuten 8/9/2018

[UPDATE 8/22 @ 10:40pm]

The media learned today that the Eagles filed an appeal with the NPB because they need more time to complete their investigation (today was the deadline to file). They are in the process of putting together a time line and re-testing Amador to see if they can figure out what exactly happened. The Eagles will have until September 4 to make a case.

Source: ZakZak 8/22/2018, Sports Hochi 8/22/2018, Daily Sports 8/22/2018, Sponichi 8/22/2018, Sanspo 8/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/22/2018

[UPDATE 9/22 @ 11:02pm]

The NPB announced that they are going to stick to their original ruling because, bottom line, he tested positive for chlortalidone and furosemide.

Source: NPB 9/21/2018, Daily Sports 9/21/2018, Sanspo 9/21/2018, Sponichi 9/22/2018

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[8/4/2018] Kazuya Fujita diagnosed with bruised ribs

Kazuya Fujita banged the left side of his chest while sliding head-first into third base in the eighth inning of a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines on August 3. He was removed from the game and taken to a hospital in Sendai. He was diagnosed with a bruised rib (fifth rib on the left side) and will require about four weeks for a full recovery. He was taken off the active roster on August 4.

Source: Sponichi 8/4/2018, Daily Sports 8/4/2018, Sports Hochi 8/4/2018, Sports Hochi 8/4/2018

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