Sarfate, Dennis サファテ (さふぁて)
Softbank Hawks | #58 | P
Born: 04/08/1981 (age 38)
Height: 193cm
Weight: 102kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: N/A
History: アリゾナ州立大-ブルワーズ-アストロズ-オリオールズ-3Aノーフォーク-広島-西武

[4/29/2018] Dennis Sarfate has right hip surgery

The media learned on April 27 that Dennis Sarfate had surgery on his right hip. Sarfate was examined at a hospital in Colorado after he returned to the United States on April 20. The closer opted for surgery after discussions with doctors and the Softbank Hawks. He will require about four months for a full recovery. and will rehab the hip in the United States.



[4/18/2018] Dennis Sarfate slowed by leg issues

Kimiyasu Kudo decided to give Dennis Sarfate the night off on April 17 because the closer was having issues with his legs. There are some questions about when the issues started. Kudo indicated that Sarfate might have developed some tightness in his legs after pitching on a lower and softer mound during a game at a rural stadium on April 15. The closer also missed a game on April 10 for allergies, but someone connected to the team also expressed concern for the veteran’s legs.

Source: Sanspo 4/17/2018, Tokyo Sports 4/18/2018, Sanspo 4/18/2018

[UPDATE 4/18 @ 10:10pm]

Sarafate was taken off the active roster today. He spoke to the media and said that he received permission from the Hawks to return to the US for a second opinion. He is not sure how much time he will miss.

Sarfarte first started feeling some tightness in his hips during a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Rakuten Seimei Park on April 7. It still felt strange when he pitched against on April 8. When he went to the hospital on April 10, the media was informed it was for allergies, even though he was there getting an MRI (he told reporters the misinformation was his idea because he did not want opponents to take advantage of his condition).

Source: Sanspo 4/18/2018, Sponichi 4/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/18/2018, Tokyo Sports 4/18/2018, Sports Hochi 4/18/2018


[3/27/2018] Softbank Hawks: Dennis Sarfate gets an extension

The Softbank Hawks announced today that they signed thirty-six-year-old Dennis Sarfate to a three-year contract extension. The extension, including performance bonuses, could be worth around two billion yen.

Sarfate is currently in the final year of a three-year contract. He is set to earn his domestic free agent option some time this season and will turn forty during the final year of his contract. He is twenty-one saves away from 250.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/27/2018, Sponichi 3/27/2018, Sanspo 3/27/2018


[12/12/2017] Softbank gives Dennis Sarfate permission to skip spring camp

The media learned on December 11 that the Softbank Hawks will allow Dennis Sarfate to skip spring camp next year. Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters he trusts Sarfate to handle his own training and that he wanted to give the veteran more time to be with his family.

Sarfate will join the team in March.

Source: Daily Sports 12/12/2017


[11/9/2017] Dennis Sarfate wins 2017 Matsutaro Shoriki Award

The NPB announced today that a selection committee decided to give this year’s Matsutaro Shoriki Award to Dennis Sarfate. He is the first player to win the award since Shinnosuke Abe in 2012, the second foreign person to win the award (the other was Bobby Valentine in 2005 as manager of Lotte), and the first foreign player to ever win the award.

Sarfate hit a number of milestones this season. He racked up his 200th career save in July, became the second player in NPB history to record at least thirty saves in four consecutive seasons in July, became the second player in NPB history to record at least forty saves in three consecutive seasons in August, notched saves in seventeen consecutive appearances between August and September, and broke the NPB’s single-season saves record in September.

Selection Committee: Sadaharu Oh, Shigeru Sugishita, Futoshi Nakanishi, Koji Yamamoto, and Ryusho Kadota.

Source: NPB 11/9/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/9/2017, Sanspo 11/9/2017


[10/23/2017] Status of Softbank Hawks foreign players

All of the main everyday foreign players are expected to return to the Softbank Hawks next year.

Source: Sanspo 10/23/2017

[UPDATE 11/5 @ 10:40pm]

Sarfate and van den Hurk left Japan on November 5.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/5/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2017

[UPDATE 11/7 @ 11:29pm]

Despaigne, Moinelo, and Colas returned to Cuba out of Fukuoka Airport on November 7.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2017

[UPDATE 11/10 @ 2:32am]

The Hawks announced on November 9 that the following players are signed to contracts for the 2018 season: Despaigne, van den Hurk, Moinelo, Sarfate, Suarez, and Colas.

The Hawks also announced that they will not offer Jensen a contract for the 2018 season.

Source: Softbank 11/9/2017, Softbank 11/9/2017 (Jensen)


[10/16/2017] Dennis Sarfate skips Intra-squad outing

Dennis Sarfate was scheduled to pitch in an Intra-squad game at YafuOku Dome on October 15, but skipped his turn because of tightness in his legs. Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters they were just being careful and that he was not too concerned because he heard Sarfate was able to toss a bullpen session. The tightness does not appear to be anything serious.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2017

[UPDATE 10/18 @ 12:58am]

Sarfate is ready to pitch in every game of the Final Stage of the Climax Series. He could also pitch more than one inning an appearance.

Source: Sponichi 10/17/2017


[9/18/2017] Dennis Sarfate to get a few days of rest

According to Sponichi, the Softbank Hawks are planning to give Dennis Starfate a few days of much-deserved rest. He is expected to return to the team in time for their game against Rakuten at YafuOku Dome on September 23.

Source: Sponichi 9/18/2017


[9/10/2017] Dennis Sarfate extends single-season saves record to fifty

Dennis Sarfate entered today’s game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at ZOZO Marine with runners on first and second and no out in the bottom of the ninth. The runners advanced to second and third on steals before Sarfate struck out the side for his fiftieth save of the year. He is the first player in NPB history to reach fifty saves in one season. The save came in his sixty-first game of the year.



[9/7/2017] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for August

Central League


Miles Mikolas, Yomiuri (Second Time)
5 G, 4-1, 37.0 IP, 1.46 ERA, 44 SO, 6 ER

Mikolas picked up his second MVP of the Month award (first award on June 2015). He led the league in wins, ERA, innings pitched, and strikeouts. He pitched at least seven innings and allowed two runs or less in all five of his starts in August. He is the first foreign pitcher in Yomiuri Giants’ franchise history to win the MVP of the Month award two times.


Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Yokohama (Third Time)
25 G, .315 AVG, 29 H, 7 HR, 23 RBI

Tsutsugo won an MVP of the Month award for the third time in his career, and first since July 2016. He batted third in every game in August and led the league in RBI. His batting average and home runs were also among the top players in the league. He led all hitters with a .550 batting average with runner on base.

Pacific League


Dennis Sarfate, Softbank (Second Time)
13 G, 1-1, 11 Sv, 12.1 IP, 1.46 ERA, 20 SO, 2 ER

Sarfate pitched in thirteen games in August and led the league in saves. Eleven saves in one month is second most in Pacific League history (he set the record with twelve in May 2016). He recorded a save in ten consecutive appearances between August 9 and 31. He earned his first MVP of the Month award for May 2016.


Hotaka Yamakawa, Seibu (First Time)
27 G, .326 AVG, 30 H, 9 HR, 28 RBI

Yamakawa batted fifth sixteen times, fourth six times, and sixth five times. He led the league in home runs, RBI, total bases (64), walks (20), on base percentage (.451) and slugging percentage (.696). He recorded two or more hits in eleven games and two or more RBI in ten games. He hit home runs in three consecutive plate appearances on August 2 against Rakuten and recorded three hits and three RBI the following day on August 3 against Rakuten. He recorded at least three RBI in four of the nine Rakuten games in August.

Source: NPB 9/7/2017