Twenty-seven-year-old Kenta Imamiya was at YafuOku Dome for contract negotiations on December 26. After finalizing his salary for the 2019 season, Imamiya told the media he also signed a four-year contract and wanted to play for the Hawks for as long as possible.
Imamiya’s salary for 2019 will be an estimated 260 million yen plus incentives. There is no set salary for his contract. He is slated to earn his domestic free agent option some time next year.0 Comments
The Softbank Hawks announced the following uniform numbers changes:
Source: Softbank 12/18/20180 Comments
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.
[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.0 Comments
Kenta Imamiya was taken off the active roster on June 13 with inflammation in his right elbow. He was playing threw the injury, but it was beginning to affect not only his fielding, but also his hitting. He will begin rehab today and may require more than the minimum ten days.
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Kenta Imamiya was left out of the starting line-up against Seibu at YafuOku Dome on May 22 because of discomfort in his elbow. He was slated to make the starting line-up, but complained of discomfort in his elbow after participating in pre-game practices. He was taken to a hospital in Fukuoka for an examination.0 Comments
Kenta Imamiya visited a hospital in Fukuoka on March 23 and was diagnosed with viral gastroenteritis. He will get some rest at home until March 25. He is expected to miss the remaining exhibition games on the schedule.0 Comments
Kenta Imamiya developed pain in his right elbow on February 23. He visited a hospital in Fukuoka on February 24 and was diagnosed with elbow synovitis. Imamiya believes he will be fine for opening day, but it is unclear if he will be okay for the Samurai Japan games against Australia on March 2 and 3.0 Comments
Kenta Imamiya was left out of the starting line-up tonight against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome because of fatigue related lower back pain. He was taken to a hospital in Sapporo for tests during pre-game practices. This was the first time he did not make the starting line-up this season.
Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters the turf at Sapporo Dome was hard and that now was not the time to push players.
[UPDATE 7/11 @ 6:56pm]
Imamiya missed two games because of lower back pain and a fever. He was again left out of the starting line-up tonight.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/11/20170 Comments
Imamiya hit the Fukuoka Bank sign on the wall in right during a game against Lotte on July 22 and earned a one million yen reward. He donated the entire sum to relief efforts for the Kyushu Heavy Rainfall Disaster earlier this year in July.
July 5 vs Orix at YafuOku Dome – Imamiya recorded the 250th sac hit of his career and became the nineteenth player in NPB history to reach the milestone. At twenty-five years and eleven months, he is the youngest player to record 250 sac hits. The previous record of twenty-eight years and ten months was held by Masahiro Kawai.
Imamiya notched his 250th sac hit in his 788th game. Only Kawai, at 723 games, managed to reach 250 in fewer games.
Source: Sponichi 7/6/2017
June 5 vs Yakult at Jingu Stadium – Imamiya blasted Softbank’s 8,500th franchise home run. The milestone home run came off Masanori Ishikawa in the second inning. The Hawks are the fourth team in the NPB, behind the Yomiuri Giants, Seibu Lions, and Chunichi Dragons, to reach 8,500 home runs.
August 24 vs Seibu at YafuOku Dome – Imamiya recorded the first lead-off home run of his career (first inning, off Yusei Kikuchi).
Source: Sponichi 8/24/2018
August 26 vs Seibu at YafuOku Dome – Imamiya connected for the first grand slam of his career (second inning, off Chun-Lin Kuo).
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/26/2018
Imamiya is interested in playing in the Majors. He is currently set to earn his international free agent option in 2020.
Source: Nikkan Sports 1/1/2o18
The Hawks announced on June 6 that Imamiya’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a boy weighing 3,192 grams, at a hospital in Oita.
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/6/20180 Comments
Kenta Imamiya’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a boy weighing 3,200 grams, at a hospital in Oita earlier today. Imamiya had ended his workouts in Kitakyushu on January 27 to be with his wife.
Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/20170 Comments