Tag Archive: Seibu Lions


[2017 Posting] Kazuhisa Makita Rumors

Date Team Update
@ 1:19a
Makita felt a strong push to try for the Majors after he pitched in a game against the Netherlands during this year’s World Baseball Classic, though he first told the Seibu Lions about his desire to go to the Majors during contract negotiations in 2014. He is prepared to wait into the New Year. Sponichi 11/19/2017, Daily Sports 11/19/2017

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[2017 Free Agency] Ryoma Nogami Rumors

Date Team Update
@ 12:40a
Yokohama The Bay Stars are expected to reach out to Nogami. Sports Hochi 11/19/2017
@ 12:30a
Seibu The Lions are not planning to sit down with Nogami again because they feel the offer they made is sufficient. They met Nogami twice and improved their initial offer during their second meeting. Daily Sports 11/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/19/2017, Sports Hochi 11/19/2017

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2018 Seibu Lions Coaching Staff

Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Position Name JPN Name ENG Uni Age
Manager 辻 発彦 Tsuji, Hatsuhiko 85 59
Strategy Coach 橋上 秀樹 Hashigami, Hideki 73 52
Pitching Coach 土肥 義弘 Doi, Yoshihiro 72 41
Pitching Coach 西口 文也 Nishiguchi, Fumiya 74 45
Battery Coach 秋元 宏作 Akimoto, Kosaku 84 49
Hitting Coach 嶋 重宣 Shima, Shigenobu 80 41
Hitting Coach 阿部 真宏 Abe, Masahiro 76 39
Infield/Base Coach 馬場 敏史 Baba, Toshifumi 83 52
Outfield/Base Coach 佐藤 友亮 Sato, Tomoaki 70 39
Player/Technical Coach 松井 稼頭央 Matsui, Kazuo 7 42

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Position Name JPN Name ENG Uni Age
Manager 潮崎 哲也 Shiozaki, Tetsuya 86 48
Position Player/Hitting Coach 高木 浩之 Takagi, Hiroyuki 75 45
Pitching Coach 杉山 賢人 Sugiyama, Kento 90 48
Pitching Coach 許 銘傑 Hsu, Ming-Chieh 91 40
Battery Coach 野田 浩輔 Noda, Kosuke 82 39
Infield/Base Coach 黒田 哲史 Kuroda, Satoshi 87 42
Hitting/Outfield/Base Coach 赤田 将吾 Akada, Shogo 77 37
Ikusei Coach 星 孝典 Hoshi, Takanori 81 35

Training Coaching Staff

Position Name JPN Name ENG Uni Age
Training Coach 坂元 忍 Sakamoto, Shinobu 92 43
Training Coach 里 隆文 Sato, Takafumi 98 35
Training Coach 黒川 春樹 Kurokawa, Haruki 95 35
Training Coach 工藤 建太 Kudo, Kenta 96 43

Source: Seibu 11/17/2017


[11/17/2017] Kazuo Matsui to return to the Seibu Lions

The Seibu Lions announced that Kazuo Matsui will be returning to their organization as a player/technical coach. He was assigned his old uniform number 7. Matsui will wear the Seibu uniform again for the first time since 2003. The media is reporting that the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated forty million yen.

Source: Seibu 11/17/2017, Tokyo Sports 11/17/2017, Sponichi 11/17/2017, Sports Hochi 11/17/2017

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[11/15/2017] Saitama Seibu Lions Fortieth Anniversary

The Seibu Lions will be celebrating their fortieth anniversary since their move to Saitama next year. The Lions are planning to spend about eighteen billion yen on improvements to their facilities over the next few years.

  • MetLife Dome
    • VIP lounge with a capacity of about 430 people
    • About 150 Sunakaburi (Sand Covered) seats near the lounge
    • A deck section between the concourse and the Shishi Building
    • An indoor kids parks and food court inside the Shishi Building
    • Restaurants and merchandise stores
    • A multi-purpose area for events on the first base side
    • An outdoor kids area on the first base side
    • Three-story team office building
    • New front gates
    • New seats
    • New big screen, audio equipment, lighting
    • Improvements to air flow
    • Wi-Fi/Internet
  • Player Development
    • Stands and netting for Seibu 2 Stadium
    • Expanding secondary field and bullpen
    • New indoor training facility, bullpen, batting cages
    • New player dormitory and training room
  • Events
    • 40th anniversary logo and home/road uniforms
    • Lions Classic logo and uniforms
    • New team song

Source: Seibu 11/15/2017, 40th Anniversary Website


[11/13/2017] Ginjiro Sumitani not planning to use FA option

Ginjiro Sumitani has decided not to use his international free agent option. He informed the Seibu Lions of his decision on November 12. Sumitani finished the second year of a two-year contract and considered exercising his option for a chance to talk to other teams, but ultimately decided to stay put because of his love for the team.

Sumitani sat down with the Lions twice after the season. He will most likely sign a one-year contract, even though he was reportedly offered another two-year deal.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2017, Daily Sports 11/13/2017, Sponichi 11/13/2017

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[11/13/2017] Ryoma Nogami planning to exercise FA option

Ryoma Nogami has informed the Seibu Lions that he plans to exercise his domestic free agent option. Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters on November 13 that Nogami contacted the club on November 12. Remaining with the Lions is still an option, but a number of teams, like Yokohama and Hanshin, are also said to be interested in his services.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2017, NHK 11/13/2017

[UPDATE 11/14 @ 3:50pm]

The Lions have a multi-year offer on the table with Nogami.

Source: Sponichi 11/14/2017

[UPDATE 11/15 @ 1:14am]

Nogami held a press conference at MetLife Dome on November 14 and informed the media he filed for free agency on November 13. He said he struggled with his decision, but ultimately wanted the opportunity to talk to other teams. He also said it helped that the Lions were okay with him staying even if he exercised his option.

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

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[Practice Game] Seibu Lions 0 – Samurai Japan 6 (November 13, 2017)

Seibu Lions vs Samurai Japan @ Kiyotake SOKKEN Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seibu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Samurai Japan 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 x 6 11 0

Attendance: 2300 | Time: 2h44m



[11/10/2017] Seibu Lions to build new dormitory, indoor facility

The media learned on November 9 that the Seibu Lions are planning to build a new dormitory and indoor training facility. According to current plans, the new building will be four floors. Construction will begin in June next year and should be complete within three years.

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


[11/10/2017] Ginjiro Sumitani still mulling over FA option

Thirty-year-old Ginjiro Sumitani is still thinking about what to do with his free agent option. He spoke to reporters on November 10 and said he hoped to have a decision soon, possibly by around Monday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2017

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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