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Yakult Swallows: 2018 Fall Camp

The Yakult Swallows released some information about fall camp:

  • November 1 (Thu) – November 21 (Wed)
  • Days off: November 8 (Thu), 15 (Thu)
  • Venue: Botchan Stadium

Source: Yakult 10/24/2018

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[10/15/2018] Shinichi Takeuchi to retire

The media learned on October 14 that thirty-four-year-old Shinichi Takeuchi is planning to retire. The Yakult Swallows could offer him a job in the organization. An official announcement is expected within the next few days.

Source: Sanspo 10/15/2018, Sponichi 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018

[UPDATE 10/16 @ 7:05am]

The Swallows announced on October 15 that Takeuchi is retiring. Takuechi also held a press conference to announce his decision. He will remain in the organization with a staff job.

Notes

  • This was a difficult year for Takeuchi. He got hurt before opening day and then missed some time around the All-Star break. He had a hard time at Ni-gun because he wanted to stay sharp by practicing, but was also worried about getting hurt. The young players around him also made things difficult for him. All these things combined pushed him toward retirement.
  • Takeuchi was unsure about how things were going to turn out the last two or three years.
  • Takeuchi jokingly said Norichika Aoki pushed him out of the starting line-up. Aoki’s return meant less time for him at first base because Tomotaka Sakaguchi would also see some playing time at first.

Source: Yakult 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018

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2018 Yakult Swallows Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
MV 福川将和 Masakazu Fukukawa Staff [10/30] The Swallows announced that they added Hashigami as a Ni-gun battery coach. 10/30
NEW 橋上秀樹 Hideki Hashigami Former Seibu Coach [10/30] The Swallows announced that they added Hashigami as a Ni-gun chief coach. … [10/23] The Swallows could offer Hashigami a job as Ni-gun chief coach. Sponchi 10/23/2018, Sports Hochi 10/23/2018 10/30
OUT 野口寿浩 Toshihiro Noguchi Ichi-gun Battery Coach [10/15] The Swallows announced they will not offer Noguchi a new contract for 2019. … [10/15] Noguchi is not expected to return next year. Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018 10/15
OUT 赤堀元之 Motoyuki Akahori Ni-gun Pitching Coach [10/15] The Swallows announced they will not offer Akahori a new contract for 2019. … [10/15] Akahori is not expected to return next year. Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018 10/15
MV 衣川篤史 Atsushi Kinugawa Scorer [10/22] The Swallows announced that Kinugawa agreed to become an Ichi-gun battery coach next year. … [10/15] The Swallows could offer Kinugawa a job as Ichi-gun battery coach. Sanspo 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018, Sponichi 10/16/2018 10/30
10/22
NEW 松岡健一 Kenichi Matsuoka Retiring [10/30] The Swallows announced that they added Matsuoka as a Ni-gun pitching coach. … [10/15] Matsuoka could remain in the organization as a Ni-gun pitching coach. Sanspo 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018, Sponichi 10/16/2018 10/30
OUT 三木肇 Hajime Miki Ni-gun Chief Coach [10/30] The Swallows announced that they are parting ways with Miki. … [10/15] There is a good chance Miki will not return next year. Sponichi 10/15/2018 10/30
OUT 野村克則 Katsunori Nomura Ni-gun Battery Coach [10/30] The Swallows announced that they are parting ways with Nomura. … [10/15] There is a good chance Nomura will not return next year. Sponichi 10/15/2018 10/30
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2018 Yakult Swallows Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes
中村悠平 Yuhei Nakamura [12/13] Nakamura is slated to earn his domestic free agent option in 2019. The Swallows offered Nakamura a three-year deal. Nakamura placed their offer on hold because he wanted more time to think about what he wanted to do. Daily Sports 12/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/13/2018
OUT ウルキデス Jason Urquidez [11/13] The NPB announced that Urquidez cleared waivers and is now a free agent. NPB Transactions
OUT カラシティー Matt Carasiti [12/10] Carasiti is not expected to return next year. Nikkan Sports 12/10/2018Sports Hochi 12/10/2018, Sponichi 12/10/2018 … [11/14] The Swallows will make a decision on Carasiti after considering their options. Nikkan Sports 11/14/2018
STAY ハフ Dave Huff [12/10] The Swallows announced that they signed Huff to a new contract. According to Sponichi, Huff agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 147 million yen. Sports Hochi 12/10/2018, Sponichi 12/10/2018 … [12/09] Huff is expected to return next year. Nikkan Sports 12/9/2018 … [11/14] The Swallows will make a decision on Huff after considering their options. Nikkan Sports 11/14/2018 … [10/16] Huff is interested in returning to the Swallows next year. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2018
STAY ブキャナン David Buchanan [10/15] Buchanan will be in the second year of a two-year contract next season. Sports Hochi 10/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/11/2018
STAY バレンティン Wladimir Balentien [12/10] The Swallows announced that they signed Balentien to a new contract. According to Sponichi, Balentien agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 333 million yen. Sports Hochi 12/10/2018, Sponichi 12/10/2018 … [11/30] According to a Nikkan Sports report, the Swallows have reach a basic agreement with Balentien. They are expected to finalize a formal contract before the end of the year. Nikkan Sports 11/30/2018 … [11/14] The Swallows are talking to Balentien about 2019. Nikkan Sports 11/14/2018 … [10/15] Balentien would like to play for the Swallows for another two to three years. However, money is an issue for the Swallows. They may not be able to give him much more than he is currently making. However, they could offer more years. Tokyo Sports 10/15/2018 … [10/15] Balentien could earn his domestic free agent option next year. Sports Hochi 10/15/2018 … [10/15] The Swallows are planning to make Balentien an offer. Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018 … [10/14] Balentien told reporters that he hoped to return to the Swallows next year. Sponichi 10/14/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018
館山昌平 Shohei Tateyama [10/07] Not ready to retire. Next year will be his seventeenth season. Sponichi 10/7/2018

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2018 Yakult Swallows Phoenix League Roster

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 秋吉 亮 Ryo Akiyoshi
P 寺島 成輝 Naruki Terashima
P 蔵本 治孝 Harutaka Kuramoto
P 山田 大樹 Hiroki Yamada
P 村中 恭兵 Kyohei Muranaka
P 高橋 奎二 Keiji Takahashi
P 沼田 拓巳 Takumi Numata
P 中澤 雅人 Masato Nakazawa
P 屋宜 照悟 Shogo Yagi
P ウルキデス Jason Urquidez
P 平井 諒 Ryo Hirai
P 山中 浩史 Hirofumi Yamanaka
P ジュリアス Julius Higuma
C 松本 直樹 Naoki Matsumoto
C 大村 孟 Hajime Omura
C 山川 晃司 Koji Yamakawa
INF 谷内 亮太 Ryota Yachi
INF 渡邉 大樹 Daiki Watanabe
INF 藤井 亮太 Ryota Fujii
INF 村上 宗隆 Munetaka Murakami
INF 三輪 正義 Masayoshi Miwa
OF 山崎 晃大朗 Kotaro Yamasaki
OF 田代 将太郎 Shotaro Tashiro

Source: Yakult 10/4/2018

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[10/2/2018] Yakult secures second in CL, Nippon Ham third in PL

The Yakult Swallows secured second place in the Central League with their 3-2 victory over the Yokohama Bay Stars. The Nippon Ham Fighters settled for third in the Pacific League after they dropped their game against the Seibu Lions 3-2 and the Softbank Hawks beat the Chiba Lotte Marines 4-2.

The First Stage of the Central League Climax Series will take place at Jingu Stadium. The First Stage of the Pacific League Climax Series will take place at YafuOku Dome.

Source: Sponichi 10/2/2018, Daily Sports 10/2/2018, Sanspo 10/2/2018

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[10/2/2018] Norichika Aoki hurts left hamstring

Norichika Aoki was replaced by a pinch-runner after he hurt his left hamstring while running out a bunt single in the eighth inning of a game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Jingu Stadium on October 2. He will most likely be examined at a hospital on October 3. The Yakult Swallows are planning to take him off the active roster.

Source: Daily Sports 10/2/2018, Daily Sports 10/2/2018, Sponichi 10/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2018, Sanspo 10/2/2018

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2018 Yakult Swallows Senryokugai

Name JPN Name ENG Notes Official
由規 Yoshinori Sato [11/15] The Eagles will sign Yoshinori to an Ikusei contract. … [11/15] If the Eagles sign Yoshinori, it will most likely be to an Ikusei contract. Sports Hochi 11/15/2018 … [11/14] There is a good chance Yoshinori will find a new home with the Rakuten Eagles. Sponichi 11/14/2018 … [11/07] Yoshinori is not planning to attend the NPB tryouts on November 13. He is still working his way back from right shoulder pain. He is hoping to throw off an incline before the end of the month. Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018 … [10/15] The Eagles could offer Yoshinori an Ikusei contract. Sanspo 10/15/2018 … [10/04] The Rakuten Eagles are planning to take a look at Yoshinori. They tried to select him in 2007, but lost to Yakult. Sponichi 10/4/2018 … [10/02] The club was ready to offer him a job in organization, but he is not ready to retire. Open to playing for teams outside the NPB. Daily Sports 10/2/2018, Daily Sports 10/2/2018, Sanspo 10/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2018, Sponichi 10/2/2018 11/15
10/02
成瀬善久 Yoshihisa Naruse [12/13] The Buffaloes are planning to give Naruse a tryout during spring camp next year. Nikkan Sports 12/13/2018, Sanspo 12/13/2018 … [11/13] Naruse is open to playing anywhere, so long as he can get playing time. That includes teams outside of the NPB. Daily Sports 11/13/2018 … [11/08] Naruse is planning to attend the NPB tryout on November 13. Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018 … [10/02] Would like to keep playing. Daily Sports 10/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2018, Sports Hochi 10/2/2018 10/02
久古健太郎 Kentaro Kyuko [10/02] Undecided. Not planning to attend NPB tryout. Daily Sports 10/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2018 10/02
菊沢竜佑 Ryusuke Kikusawa [10/02] Will most likely retire. Daily Sports 10/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2018 10/02
古野正人 Masato Furuno [11/30] Furuno has apparently accept as job as batting practice pitcher for the Hanshin Tigers. Sanspo 12/1/2018 … [11/25] Furuno is planning to retire. He attended the NPB tryouts, but did not receive any offers. Nikkan Sports 11/25/2018, Sanspo 11/25/2018 … [10/02] Undecided. Daily Sports 10/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2018 10/02
大松尚逸 Shoitsu Omatsu [12/26] Omatsu is open to playing overseas. Daily Sports 12/26/2018, Sports Hochi 12/26/2018 … [10/02] Would like to keep playing. Daily Sports 10/2/2018, Sanspo 10/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2018 10/02
比屋根渉 Wataru Hiyane [11/25] Hiyane is planning to play for the Yamato Takada Club (Industrial League Club Team). He attended the NPB tryout, but did not receive any NPB offers. Sanspo 11/25/2018 … [10/02] Would like to keep playing. Daily Sports 10/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2018 10/02
鵜久森淳志 Atsushi Ugumori [10/02] Undecided. Daily Sports 10/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2018 10/02
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Keiji Obiki: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

October 1 vs Yomiuri at Jingu Stadium – Obiki hit home runs in back-to-back trips to the plate. Both home runs came off Mitsuo Yoshikawa. He hit a two-run home run in the second inning and a solo home run in the fourth inning. This was Obiki’s first two-homer game of his career.

Source: Sponichi 10/1/2018, Sports Hochi 10/1/2018, Sanspo 10/1/2018

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[9/30/2018] Yakult and Yokohama use combined forty-eight players in Ni-gun game

The Yakult Swallows and Yokohama Bay Stars set a new Eastern League record by using a combined forty-eight players during a game at Yokosuka Stadium earlier today. The Bay Stars won the game, 4-2.

Other records:

  • new record: most pitchers in one game by two teams – Yakult and Yokohama, seventeen
  • new record: most pitchers in one game by one team – Yokohama, eleven
  • tie record: most players in one game by one team – Yokohama, twenty-seven

Source: Sanspo 9/30/2018

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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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