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2018 Softbank Hawks Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes
バンデンハーク Rick van den Hurk [11/04] van den Hurk will be in the final year of a three-year contract next season. Sponichi 11/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018
ミランダ Ariel Miranda [11/04] The Hawks are expected to pick up Miranda’s option for the 2019 season. Sponichi 11/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018
サファテ Dennis Sarfate [11/04] Sarfate signed a three-year extension that begins next season. Sponichi 11/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018
デスパイネ Alfredo Despaigne [11/04] Despaigne will be in the final year of a three-year contract next season. Sponichi 11/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018
スアレス Robert Suarez [11/04] The Hawks are expected to sit down with Suarez. He may have an option. Sponichi 11/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018
モイネロ Livan Moinelo [11/04] The Hawks are expected to sit down with Moinelo. He may have an option. Sponichi 11/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018
グラシアル Yurisbel Gracial [01/19] The Softbank Hawks announced that they signed Gracial to a contract for the 2019 season. Softbank 1/19/2019 … [12/19] The Hawks are close to reaching an agreement with Gracial for the 2019 season. Nikkan Sports 12/19/2018 … [11/04] The Hawks are expected to sit down with Gracial. Sponichi 11/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018
和田毅 Tsuyoshi Wada [10/11] The Hawks are planning to make Wada an offer since they feel he still has the ability to help the team when healthy. Sports Hochi 10/11/2018 … [10/10] Thirty-seven-year-old Wada is in the final year of a three-year contract. He started the year at Ni-gun after he developed discomfort in his left shoulder during spring camp. The discomfort returned after he pitched in a Ni-gun game in May. He is not ready to retire and is hoping to toss a bullpen session before the end of the year. Sports Hochi 10/10/2018, Sponichi 10/10/2018, Daily Sports 10/10/2018, Sanspo 10/10/2018
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2018 Softbank Hawks Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
MV 飯田哲也 Tetsuya Iida Ni-gun hitting coach [11/08] The Hawks announced that Iida will be a San-gun outfield/base coach next year. … [11/07] Iida is expected to become a San-gun outfield/base coach. Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018 11/08
MV 佐久本昌広 Masahiro Sakumoto Ni-gun pitching coach [11/08] The Hawks announced that Sakumoto will be a farm roving pitching coach next year. … [11/07] Kurano is expected to become a farm roving coach. Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018 11/08
MV 若田部健一 Kenichi Wakatabe Ichi-gun pitching coach [11/08] The Hawks announced that Wakatabe will be a Ni-gun pitching coach next year. … [11/07] Kurano is expected to become a Ni-gun pitching coach. Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018 11/08
MV 倉野信次 Shinji Kurano Ichi-gun general pitching coach [11/08] The Hawks announced that Kurano will be an Ichi-gun pitching coach next year. … [11/07] Kurano is expected to become a chief pitching coach. Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018 11/08
MV 藤本博史 Hiroshi Fujimoto Ichi-gun hitting coach [11/08] The Hawks announced that Fujimoto will take over as San-gun manager. … [11/07] Fujimoto is expected to become a San-gun manager. Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018 11/08
MV 関川浩一 Koichi Sekikawa San-gun manager [11/08] The Hawks announced that Sekikawa will be an Ichi-gun hitting coach next year. … [11/07] Sekikawa is expected to become an Ichi-gun hitting coach. Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018 11/08
MV 森浩之 Hiroyuki Mori Strategy/Battery Coach [11/08] The Hawks announced that Mori will take over as head coach. … [11/07] Mori is expected to become a head coach. Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018 11/08
IN 新井宏昌 Hiromasa Arai [11/08] The Hawks announced that they added Arai to their staff as a Ni-gun hitting coach. … [11/07] The Hawks are planning to offer Arai a job as Ni-gun hitting coach. Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018, Sponichi 11/7/2018 11/08
OUT 高波文一 Fumikazu Takanami San-gun OF/Base Coach [11/05] Takanami will not return next year. 11/05
松山秀明 Hideaki Matsuyama Ni-gun INF/Base Coach [11/04] Matsuyama could be reassigned to the Ichi-gun staff. Sports Hochi 11/4/2018  
IN 本多雄一 Yuichi Honda Retiring [11/08] The Hawks announced that they added Honda to their staff as an Ichi-gun infield/base coach. … [11/04] Honda is expected to join the staff as an Ichi-gun or Ni-gun infield/base coach. Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018, Sports Hochi 11/4/2018, Sponichi 11/4/2018 11/08
STAY 工藤公康 Kimiyasu Kudo Ichi-gun Manager [11/04] Kudo was in the second year of a three-year contract this season. Sports Hochi 11/4/2018  
OUT 達川光男 Mitsuo Tatsukawa Head Coach [11/04] The Softbank Hawks received and accepted Tatsukawa’s resignation after the team failed to win the Pacific League pennant. Daily Sports 11/4/2018 11/04
OUT 水上善雄 Yoshio Mizukami Ichi-gun INF/Base Coach [11/04] Mizukami will not return next year. 11/04
OUT 藤田学 Manabu Fujita Pro Scout Advisor [10/03] Fujita will not return next year. 10/03
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2018 Softbank Hawks Senryokugai

Name JPN Name ENG Notes Official
五十嵐亮太 Ryota Igarashi [12/27] Igarashi’s salary will likely be between 15 and 20 million yen. Sponichi 12/27/2018 … [12/26] The Swallows have made an offer and Igarashi reportedly accepted. The two are expected to finalize a formal agreement in late January. Daily Sports 12/26/2018, Daily Sports 12/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/26/2018, Sports Hochi 12/26/2018 … [11/27] Igarashi is open to any kind of opportunity, be it in Japan or in the United States. Sponichi 11/27/2018 … [11/04] Igarashi is not ready to retire. He is open to tryouts. Tokyo Sports 11/4/2018, Daily Sports 11/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018 11/04
攝津正 Tadashi Settsu [12/30] Settsu is planning to retire after failing to receive offers from other NPB teams. Daily Sports 12/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2018 … [12/21] Settsu has not received any offers (as of December 20). Nikkan Sports 12/21/2018 … [11/04] Not quite ready to retire. Sponichi 11/4/2018, Sponichi 11/5/2018 11/04
寺原隼人 Hayato Terahara [11/27] The Yakult Swallows announced that they reached an agreement with Terahara. Yakult 11/27/2018 … [11/23] The media learned on September 22 that the Swallows reached an agreement with Terahara. A formal announcement could be made soon. Sponichi 11/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/23/2018 … [11/08] The Yakult Swallows are interested. Sponichi 11/8/2018 … [11/06] The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in a potential reunion. Nikkan Sports 11/6/2018 … [11/05] Not quite ready to retire. Sponichi 11/5/2018 11/04
笠原大芽 Taiga Kasahara [11/04] Kasahara could remain with the team as an Ikusei player. Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018, Sports Hochi 11/4/2018 11/04
張本優大 Masahiro Harimoto [11/04] Harimoto could remain with the team as an Ikusei player. Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018, Sports Hochi 11/4/2018 11/04
吉村裕基 Yuki Yoshimura [12/5] Yoshimura is open to the idea of playing overseas. Sports Hochi 12/5/2018 … [11/06] The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in a potential reunion. Nikkan Sports 11/6/2018 11/04
茶谷健太 Kenta Chatani [11/23] Chatani turned down an Ikusei contract and could find a new home with the Chiba Lotte Marines. Nikkan Sports 11/23/2018 … [11/04] Chatani could remain with the team as an Ikusei player. Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018, Sports Hochi 11/4/2018 11/04
城所龍磨 Ryuma Kidokoro [11/29] The Softbank Hawks announced that Kidokoro will be retiring. A press conference is scheduled for November 30. Daily Sports 11/29/2018, Sports Hochi 11/29/2018, Sponichi 11/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/29/2018 … [11/04] Interested in remaining active and will consider options. Sports Hochi 11/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018, Sponichi 11/4/2018 11/04
松本龍憲 Ryuken Matsumoto [10/29] Undecided. Nikkan Sports 10/29/2018 10/29
森山孔介 Kosuke Moriyama [10/29] Considering options. Nikkan Sports 10/29/2018 10/29
山下亜文 Amon Yamashita [12/03] Yamashita signed an Ikusei contract with the Yomiuri Giants. He was assigned the uniform number 024. His salary will be an estimated three million yen. Yomiuri 12/3/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2018, Daily Sports 12/3/2018, Sponichi 12/3/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/4/2018 … [10/29] Undecided. Nikkan Sports 10/29/2018 10/29
小沢怜史 Reiji Kozawa [11/20] The Hawks signed Kozawa to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated seven million yen and the uniform number 123. Nikkan Sports 11/20/2018 … [10/04] Could get Ikusei offer from Softbank. Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018 10/4
古沢勝吾 Shogo Furusawa [11/20] The Hawks signed Furusawa to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated 5.9 million yen and the uniform number 124. Nikkan Sports 11/20/2018 … [10/04] Wants to keep playing. Could get Ikusei offer from Softbank. Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018 10/4
黒瀬健太 Kenta Kurose [11/20] The Hawks signed Kurose to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated five million yen and the uniform number 126. Nikkan Sports 11/20/2018 … [10/04] Could get Ikusei offer from Softbank. Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018 10/4
伊藤祐介 Yusuke Ito [10/04] Considering retirement. Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018 10/4
齋藤誠哉 Seiya Saito [10/04] Wants to keep playing. Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018 10/4
児玉龍也 Ryuya Kodama   10/4
樋越優一 Yuichi Higoshi [10/04] Planning to retire. Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018 10/4
幸山一大 Kazuhiro Koyama [10/04] Undecided. Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018 10/4
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[10/1/2018] Yuichi Honda to retire

The Softbank Hawks announced that thirty-three-year-old Yuichi Honda will be retiring at the end of the season. He is slated to hold a press conference at YafuOku Dome on October 3.

Source: Softbank 10/1/2018

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[9/27/2018] Taisei Makihara hurt his right ankle

Taisei Makihara hurt his right ankle while running the bases during the first inning of a game against the Seibu Lions at MetLife Dome on September 27. He was pulled from the game and taken to a hospital in Tokorozawa, Saitama for tests. He was diagnosed with an injury to his right anterior talofibular ligament.

Source: Sanspo 9/27/2018, Daily Sports 9/27/2018

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[9/21/2018] Ken Okamoto has surgery on right elbow

The Softbank Hawks announced on September 20 that Ken Okamoto had surgery on his right elbow at a hospital in Yokohama. He will most likely need about three months for a full recovery.

Okamoto had been taken off the active roster on July 28 with elbow pain and had resumed throwing practices in late-August.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2018, NishiNippon Shimbun 9/21/2018

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[9/18/2018] Kenta Imamiya hurts left leg

Kenta Imamiya hurt his left leg (thigh) while playing defense in the first inning of a game against the Seibu Lions at MetLife Dome on September 17. He was unable to walk and had to be carried off the field. He received treatment and was later able to walk out of the stadium on his own. He was taken to a hospital for tests. He will be re-examined today.

Source: Sanspo 9/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2018, Sponichi 9/17/2018, Sponichi 9/18/2018, Sports Hochi 9/17/2018, Daily Sports 9/17/2018

[UPDATE 9/18 @ 9:45pm]

Imamiya was examined at a hospital in Tokyo today and diagnosed with an injury to his left semitendinosus and semimembranosus muscles (hamstring). He was taken off the active roster on the same day, with hopes that he can return in the minimum ten days.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/18/2018, Sanspo 9/18/2018

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[9/17/2018] Yuki Yanagita taken off active roster with possible concussion

Yuki Yanagita was hit by a batted ball on the left side of his head while stretching during pre-game workouts on September 16 (Seibu’s Takumi Kuriyama was taking batting practice). He did not lose consciousness and was immediately taken to a hospital in Tokorozawa, Saitama for tests. No abnormalities were discovered at the time and he was diagnosed with a bruise.

Yanagita was taken off the active roster today after a follow-up evaluation pointed to a possible concussion.

Source: Daily Sports 9/16/2018, Sports Hochi 9/16/2018, Sports Hochi 9/16/2018, Sports Hochi 9/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2018, Tokyo Sports 9/17/2018, Sponichi 9/16/2018, Sponichi 9/17/2018, Sanspo 9/17/2018

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[9/6/2018] Yuya Hasegawa suffers bruised big toe

Yuya Hasegawa hurt his right foot when he hit the wall in left while making a defensive play during the third inning of a game against Lotte at ZOZO Marine September 5. He remained in the game until the seventh inning.

Hasegawa was later taken to a hospital in Narashino, Chiba for tests. He was diagnosed with bruise on his right big toe. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sanspo 9/5/2018, Yamagata News 9/6/2018, Nishi Nippon Shimbun 9/6/2018

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[8/29/2018] Kenji Akashi earns international FA option

Thirty-two-year-old Kenji Akashi earned his international free agent option on August 28 with nine years of service time on the active roster. He is in the first year of a three-year contract.

Source: Sanspo 8/28/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/28/2018, Jiji 8/28/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
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
G W L T
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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