Kubo, Yasutomo 久保 康友 (くぼ・やすとも)
Yokohama Bay Stars | #27 | P
Born: 08/05/1980 (age 41)
Height: 180cm
Weight: 81kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: B
Hometown: Nara
Draft: 2004, Jiyuu
History: 関大一高(甲)-松下電器-ロッテ-阪神
Roster Changes: removed 04/12/2016, added 04/26/2016, removed 04/27/2016, added 06/02/2016, removed 06/17/2016, added 06/28/2016, removed 07/07/2016, added 07/17/2016, removed 08/24/2016

[7/11/2018] Yasutomo Kubo headed to Sugar Land Skeeters

The American Association’s Gary SouthShore RailCats traded Yasutomo Kubo to the Atlantic League’s Sugar Land Skeeters for future considerations on July 9.

Kubo was released by the RailCats on May 11. He was re-signed by the RailCats on June 28.

Source: Sponichi 7/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/10/2018


[4/21/2018] Yasutomo Kubo signs with Gary SouthShore RailCats

The American Association’s Gary SouthShore RailCats posted a press release on April 20 announcing that they signed thirty-seven-year-old Yasutomo Kubo.

The Gary SouthShore RailCats announced the signing of former Japanese major league pitcher Yasutomo Kubo on Thursday. The 37-year-old is 93-84 with a 3.66 ERA and 1,097 strikeouts over 13 seasons in the Nippon Professional Baseball.

Source: Railcats 4/20/2018, ZakZak 4/21/2018, Daily Sports 4/21/2018, Sponichi 4/21/2018

[UPDATE 5/13 @ 6:31pm]

The RailCats released Kubo on May 11.

Source: American Association Transactions, Nikkan Sports 5/13/2018


[10/5/2017] Yasutomo Kubo to look for playing time elsewhere

According to Sponichi, Yokohama Bay Stars will be parting ways with thirty-seven-year-old Yasutomo Kubo because they could not come to terms on an agreement. People close to the situation told reports that the Bay Stars offered Kubo a contract with a substantial pay cut in mid-September.

Kubo wants to continue playing next year and will consider all options, including opportunities overseas.

Source: Sponichi 10/5/2017, Sports Hochi 10/5/2017

[UPDATE 10/14 @ 1:22am]

According to Sanspo, the Chunichi Dragons are looking for starting pitching help and could turn to Kubo.

Source: Sanspo 10/11/2017


[9/28/2017] Yasutomo Kubo planning to play next year

Yasutomo Kubo is planning to play next year. He told reporters on September 27 that he would not be practicing right now if he thought he was going to retire.

Source: Sanspo 9/28/2017


Yasutomo Kubo: Did You Know



Kubo makes slight changes to his approach in pitching based on stadium — he drops his arm angle in larger stadiums for more power and less control and is more about keeping the ball down low and getting ground ball outs in smaller stadiums.

From large to small: Nagoya Dome, Mazda Stadium, Koshien Stadium (short down the line, but deeper in the gaps), Yokohama Stadium, Tokyo Dome, Jingu Stadium.

Source: Sanspo 8/11/2016


February 22 – Kubo left Japan for Mexico on February 22. He has a basic agreement in place with the Leon Braves.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/22/2019

February 27 – Kubo finalized a contract with the Leon Braves on February 25. He was assigned the uniform number 10.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2019


[6/11/2016] Yasutomo Kubo records twenty-second Inter-league victory

Yasutomo Kubo won his start against the Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome on June 10. The victory was his twenty-second during Inter-league play. He is the first pitcher in NPB history to record at least ten Inter-league victories from each league (twelve victories with Lotte, five victories with Hanshin, and five victories with Yokohama).

Source: Sponichi 6/11/2016