Tag Archive: Yomiuri Giants


[9/19/2018] Ryota Wakiya to retire after the season

Thirty-six-year-old Ryota Wakiya held a press conference at Tokyo Dome on September 19 and announced his decision to retire after the season.

  • He has a hard time summing up his thirteen-year career because so many things happened to him, but he feels he was able to have a good career because of all the support he got from people around him.
  • He is grateful to all the teams he played for, even though he was not able to do as much for them as he wanted.
  • He started thinking about retirement in August because there was not any talk about him making the active roster.
  • He would like to get into coaching after retirement.
  • Hisayoshi Chono asked him what he wanted to eat, he said he wanted to eat junk food.
  • Yoshiyuki Kamei presented him with flowers at the end of the press conference.

Source: Yomiuri 9/19/2018, Sanspo 9/19/2018, Tokyo Sports 9/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/19/2018, Daily Sports 9/19/2018


Daikan Yoh: Did You Know



September 17 vs Chunichi at Tokyo Dome – Yoh entered the game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and blasted the 100th home run of his career off Daisuke Sobue.

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

Relationships & Family


December 14 – The Yomiuri Giants announced that Yoh’s wife gave birth to the couple’s third child, a boy, at a hospital in Taiwan.

Source: Daily Sports 12/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/14/2018, Sponichi 12/14/2018


[9/12/2018] Toshiya Sugiuchi announces decision to retire

Thirty-seven-year-old Toshiya Sugiuchi held a press conference at the Tokyo Dome Hotel on September 12 to announce his decision to retire at the end of the season.

  • He was hoping to have a longer career. He decision to retire comes with regrets: could he have done more, would things have been different if he did not get hurt.
  • He does not think he had an easy career. He suffered failures and made mistakes. He also went through periods where he was afraid to throw the ball, had difficulty sleeping, and just wanted to run away. But all that went away when he stepped on the mound and felt the support from fans, teammates, and family.
  • After spending time with younger players the last few years, he began to feel that he was no longer an active player and that maybe his time had come.
  • He remembers two games: a shutout he tossed against Yu Darvish on September 25, 2010 and a no-hitter he threw against Masahiro Tanaka on May 30, 2012.
  • He had right hip surgery in 2015 and was, more recently, struggling with left shoulder pain.
  • Tetsuya Utsumi made a surprise appearance after he was finished and presented him with flowers.

Source: Yomiuri 9/12/2018, Sanspo 9/12/2018, Sanspo 9/12/2018, Sponichi 9/12/2018, Sponichi 9/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/12/2018, ZakZak 9/12/2018, Daily Sports 9/12/2018, Daily Sports 9/12/2018


[9/1/2018] Hisayoshi Chono taken off active roster

Hisayoshi Chono may have hurt his back when he recorded a single to left in the eighth inning of a game against Hiroshima at Tokyo Dome on August 30. He traveled with the team to Aichi for the Chunichi series, but was taken off the active roster because his back not feeling any better.

Source: Daily Sports 8/31/2018, Daily Sports 9/1/2018, Sponichi 9/1/2018


[8/29/2018] Arquimedes Caminero returns to the US for treatment on elbow

The Yomiuri Giants announced on August 28 that Arquimedes Caminero returned to the United States for treatment on his right elbow. There is currently no timetable for his return.

Source: Daily Sports 8/28/2018, Sponichi 8/28/2018, Sanspo 8/28/2018

[UPDATE 9/12 @ 4:02pm]

The Giants announced that Caminero had surgery to clean his right elbow at a hospital in Miami, Florida. He is expected to return home to the Dominican Republic for rehab work.

Source: Sponichi 9/12/2018

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[8/21/2018] Hisayoshi Chono earns international FA option

Thirty-year-old Hisayoshi Chono earned his international free agent option today with nine years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Jiji 8/21/2018, Sanspo 8/21/2018


[8/9/2018] Jorge Martinez leaves game after hurting finger

Jorge Martinez hit a double to right-center and reached third on a throwing error in the first inning of a game against the Hanshin Tigers at Tokyo Dpome on August 9. He then came around to score on a single to center by Shinnosuke Shigenobu. He did not take the field on defense in the top of the second inning. The media later learned that Martinez hurt his left pinky while sliding into third base.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/9/2018, Daily Sports 8/9/2018, Sanspo 8/9/2018


[8/7/2018] Yomiuri Giants reach two million in attendance

The Yomiuri Giants reached two million in attendance on July 29, their forty-ninth home game of the season. The Giants made it to two million in the same number of games last year.



[8/1/2018] Naoki Yoshikawa fractures left hand in headfirst slide

Naoki Yoshikawa slid headfirst into first base in the sixth inning against Yokohama on August 1 and extended his hitting streak to eighteen games on an infield hit. However, he also hurt his left hand in the process and had to be replaced by a pinch-runner.

Yoshikawa was later taken to a hospital for tests and diagnosed with a fracture in his left hand.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/1/2018, Daily Sports 8/1/2018, Sponichi 8/1/2018, Sanspo 8/1/2018


[7/30/2018] Yomiuri Giants add Seiya Matsubara to seventy-man roster

The Yomiuri Giants added Seiya Matsubara to their seventy-man roster. They held a press conference on July 30 to announced the decision. Matsubara’s uniform number will change from 009 to 59. His contract will be worth an estimated 4.2 million yen.

Matsubara played in seventy-seven Ni-gun games and recorded a slash line of .315/.355/.400.

Source: Yomiuri 7/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/30/2018, Daily Sports 7/30/2018, Sanspo 7/30/2018

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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