Dai-Kang Yoh took a pitch off his helmet during his at bat in the sixth inning of a game against the Softbank Hawks on June 15. The ball hit him as he tried to get out of the way. He fell to the ground, but quickly got up. He was visibly upset and had to be held back as he shouted toward Yuito Mori on the mound. Both benches cleared and the umpired issued a warning.
Yoh was replaced by a pinch-runner. He was taken to a hospital for tests.
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/15/2017
[UPDATE 6/16 @ 9:27pm]
Yoh did not participate in pre-game practices on the field tonight was left out of the starting line-up against Lotte. He was available off the bench, but did not see any playing. His tests at the hospital last night did not reveal any abnormalities. He is considered day-to-day as a precaution.
Source: Sponichi 6/16/20170 Comments
Daikan Yoh ended practices early on February 9 because of tightness in his lower body. Yoh participated in warm-ups and base-running exercises. He did not play catch or take batting practice.
[UPDATE 2/11 @ 11:46pm]
Yoh is still getting treatment for his lower body and his workouts are still modified. He may not be ready to play in any games this month or early next month.
Source: Nikkan Sports 2/11/2017
[UPDATE 2/12 @ 10:27pm]
The Ichi-gun team will be traveling to Okinawa on February 13 for the start of Naha camp on February 14. Yoh will not be with the team and will instead remain in Miyazaki for rehab. He is feeling better than he was three days ago.
[UPDATE 2/14 @ 11:12pm]
Yoh reported to San-gun camp in Miyazaki today.
Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2017
[UPDATE 2/25 @ 10:41pm]
Yoh joined Ichi-gun practices today. He hit three over the fence during live batting practice.
Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2017
[UPDATE 3/8 @ 12:55am]
The Giants are currently planning to call Yoh up to Ichi-gun on March 15, the same day they play an Ichi-gun exhibition game against Softbank at YafuOku Dome.
[UPDATE 3/18 @ 7:23pm]
Yoh played in a Ni-gun game against Yakult on March 18. He got the start in center and batted lead-off. He walked in his first at bat and grounded out to short in his second at bat. He was replaced on defense in the fourth.
Source: Nikkan Sports 3/18/2017
[UPDATE 3/20 @ 8:31pm]
Yoh got the start in center during a Ni-gun game against Yakult on March 19 and was scheduled to get three at bats, but left on defense in the second inning because of tightness in his legs. There was talk he might be ready to rejoin the Ichi-gun team on March 20, but those plans were put on hold.
Yoh practiced with the San-gun team at Giants Stadium today. His workouts included dashes, playing catch, long distance throwing, and batting practice. He told reporters he was okay swinging the bat and throwing the ball.
[UPDATE 5/2 @ 10:26pm]
Yoh resumed batting practice sessions against pitching machines today. He spent about twenty minutes hitting around 100 baseballs.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/2/2017
[UPDATE 5/14 @ 10:29pm]
Yoh took live batting practice on May 13 for the first time since March. He took a total of about 170 swings against a batting practice pitcher and pitching machine at the indoor Giants Stadium training facilities.
Yoh told reporters he no longer had any problems with swinging the bat, but was still taking it easy running dashes. He also said he might soon be ready to join general workouts.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/14/2017
[UPDATE 5/17 @ 10:00]
Yoh joined regular san-gun practices on May 17.
Source: Sponichi 5/17/2017
[UPDATE 5/23 @ 6:46pm]
Yoh is currently scheduled to play in his first rehab game at San-gun against the BC League’s Niigata Albirex Baseball Club on May 30. It will be his first game since March 19 (Ni-gun against Yakult).
If there are no major setbacks, Yoh might be able to join the Ichi-gun team during Inter-league play.
Source: Sponichi 5/23/2017
[UPDATE 5/24 @ 9:39pm]
Yoh could make the active roster in time for the Nippon Ham series at Sapporo Dome that begins on June 9.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/24/2017
[UPDATE 5/31 @ 2:01am]
Yoh played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Niigata on May 30. He started in center field and batted lead-off. He went 1-for-3 with two RBI: strikeout looking in the first, strikeout swinging in the second, double to left-center in the fourth. This was his first game in general since March 19.
[UPDATE 6/1 @ 1:49am]
Yoh played in his second rehab game on May 31. He started at designated hitter and batted third against Ni-gun Yokokama. He went 0-for-3: fly out to right, fly out to short, ground out to second.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/31/2017
[UPDATE 6/3 @ 9:16pm]
Yoh played in his fourth Ni-gun rehab game today. He got the start at centerfield and batted clean-up against Lotte. He went 1-for-4: F4, L6, Kl, 2B8/9. He was replaced on defense in the ninth.
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/3/2017
[UPDATE 6/5 @ 1:49am]
Yoh went 1-for-4 in a Ni-gun rehab game against Lotte on June 4 (1B8, F8, G5, G6). He got the start in right and batted clean-up. He played the whole game.
Added additional performance notes on 6/5 @ 11:59am.
[UPDATE 6/5 @ 11:26am]
Yoh is scheduled to join the Ichi-gun team on June 6.
Source: Sponichi 6/5/2017One Comment
Dai-Kang Yoh turned down his invite to play in the World Baseball Classic for Taiwan. He recently signed a multi-year contract with the Yomiuri Giants and may have wanted to make a good impression in his first year and avoid any negative backlash that might have ensued had he gotten hurt prior to, or during, the WBC. His struggles with injuries the last few years likely also factored into the decision.
[UPDATE 1/27 @ 11:29pm]
The official line is apparently that Yoh and the Giants discussed the WBC and the latter ultimately asked the former not to participate. It’s possible the Giants may have applied pressure to keep their new addition out of the tournament because of health concerns, but Yoh may have also wanted the extra time to adjust to his new surroundings before the start of the season. Either way, the Giants might be trying to protect Yoh from negative press by saying it was their request.
Source: ZakZak 1/27/20170 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters decided not to take a player as part of their compensation for losing Daikan Yoh to the Yomiuri Giants. They will receive sixty percent of Yoh’s salary from 2016, or about ninety-six million yen. The Fighters have already notified the Giants of their decision.0 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old Dai-Kang Yoh. He was assigned the uniform number 2*. A press conference is scheduled for December 19. This marks the first time one NPB team signed three free agents during one off-season since the start of free agency in 1993.
* Ryota Wakiya’s uniform number will change from 2 to 12.
[UPDATE 12/15 @ 5:09pm]
Yoh may have agreed to a four-year deal worth an estimated one billion yen.
Source: Nikkan Sports 12/15/2016
[UPDATE 12/16 @ 10:38pm]
Yoh apparently agreed to a five-year deal worth an estimated 1.5 billion yen. Depending on the source, negotiations began at either three years and one billion yen or four years and one billion yen.
The Giants are thinking about holding a press conference for Yoh in Taiwan, some time in January. This would be in addition to the press conference scheduled on December 19.
[UPDATE 12/19 @ 8:54pm]
The Giants held a press conference for Yoh at a hotel in Tokyo earlier today. Twelve reporters from seven Taiwanese media agencies were at the press conference.
The Fighters told the media today that they received the Giants’ list of protected players.
[UPDATE 12/21 @ 1:46am]
Tokyo Sports has posted an article with a couple of interesting points:
Source: Tokyo Sports 12/20/2016
[UPDATE 12/21 @ 9:57pm]
The Giants are scheduled to hold a press conference in Tawain on December 28.
Source: Sponichi 12/21/2016
[UPDATE 12/28 @ 9:48pm]
The Giants held a press conference for Yoh at a hotel in Taiwan earlier today.
Source: Yomiuri announcement
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|Yomiuri||The Giants may have offered Yoh the uniform number 2. If he signs and takes the number, Ryota Wakiya will probably change his number from 2 to 12. Source: Sanspo 12/9/2016|
|Yomiuri||The Giants’ offer might be four years at about one billion yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2016|
|Yomiuri||There is a good chance Yoh will sign with the Yomiuri Giants. The two sides are working on a deal that could be finalized before the end of the year. Source: Daily Sports 12/7/2016|
|Orix||Yoh’s agent contacted the Buffaloes via email today to turn them down. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2016|
|Orix||Junichi Fukura asked the Buffaloes not to get into a bidding war for Yoh because they also have to think about developing their own players. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2016|
|The Buffaloes’ offer may have been three years at over 900 million yen. The Giants may have offered about the same amount per year, but with as many as six years. Source: Tokyo Sports 12/5/2016 … The Giants’ offered may have been three years at over one billion yen. Source: Sponichi 12/5/2016|
|Yomiuri||The Giants admitted today that they contacted Yoh’s agent earlier during the week and put in an official offer. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/4/2016, Sponichi 12/4/2016|
|–||Yoh is hoping to make a decision by mid-December. Source: Tokyo Sports 11/29/2016|
|Orix||Junichi Fukura is willing to go anywhere, including Tokyo, Sapporo, and Taiwan, to meet Yoh. He is already planning to go to Taiwan to watch a few Asia Winter League games. Source: Daily Sports 11/25/2016, Nikkan Sports 11/25/2016|
|Orix||The Buffaloes might offer Yoh the uniform number 7. The number became available when Yoshio Itoi decided to sign with Hanshin. Other possibilities include 2, 5, and 9. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2016|
|—||There is a team Yoh wants to play for, but the most important thing for him is family and environment. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2016|
|Rakuten||Masataka Nashida was Yoh’s manager with Nippon Ham between 2008 and 2011. Hoshino would like to see Nashida to put out feelers to see if Yoh is interested. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2016|
|—||It might be down to Orix and Rakuten. Source: Sponichi 11/21/2016|
|Rakuten||Senichi Hoshino told reporters the Eagles will make an offer if they feel they have a chance. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2016|
|—||Yoh could be waiting for the Giants to make a move, according to a Tokyo Sports report. He has hinted it might take him a while to make a decision, even though the Buffaloes might be the only team with an offer on the table (the article mentions the Eagles are not really serious candidates). Source: Tokyo Sports 11/21/2016|
|Rakuten||The Eagles may have offered a four-year deal worth a total one billion yen. Source: Sports Hochi 11/21/2016|
|—||Yoh told reporters on November 20 that he wanted to make a decision about where he was going to play before the end of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2016|
|Orix||Orix Manager Junichi Fukura was a coach in the Nippon Ham organization between 2005 and 2012. Yoh was drafted by Nippon Ham in 2005. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2016|
|Orix||The Buffaloes have started putting together a list of protected players in case they sign Yoh. They believe the Fighters will be looking for players with speed and will adjust their list accordingly. Source: Sports Hochi 11/18/2016|
|Yomiuri||The Giants could throw their hat into the ring. Rakuten may have already left the table. Source: Tokyo Sports 11/17/2016|
|Orix||The Buffaloes could offer a three-year deal worth around 600 million yen. Source: Tokyo Sports 11/16/2016|
|Orix||The Buffaloes could offer a three- to four-year contract. Source: Sponichi 11/16/2016|
|Orix||The Buffaloes told reporters today that they reached out to Yoh’s agent to let them know they were interested. Source: Tokyo Sports 11/15/2016, Sports Hochi 11/15/2016|
|Orix||Yoh could make Taiwan’s WBC roster. If he does and the Buffaloes manage to sign him, they currently see no reason to stop him. Source: Sanspo 11/11/2016|
|Orix||The Buffaloes are interested, but will most likely wait to approach Yoh until they have received a final decision from Yoshio Itoi. Rakuten is also interested in Yoh. If the Buffaloes wait too long, they could lose him to another team. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2016|
|Orix||The Buffaloes are said to be preparing a three-year contract. Source: Sports Hochi 11/10/2016|
Nippon Ham’s last offer: –
2016 Salary: 160 million yen
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Twenty-nine-year-old Daikang Yoh visited the Nippon Ham Fighters’ offices in Toyohira Ward, Sapporo on November 7 to inform the team of his decision. He later held a press conference to announce his decision to use his domestic free agent option.
A part of me wanted to stay with the Fighters after the team won the championship, but this is a young team. This is an option I earned after eleven years. I spent a week thinking about what to do. I feel I still have a lot more to learn and there is only so much time left in my career. I made this decision yesterday with the hopes that my family and I, as well as the organization, can move forward in the right direction.
Yoh is scheduled to return to Taiwan on November 8. His agent will be handling negotiations with other teams.
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Daikan Yoh was hit by a pitch during Game 2 of the Nippon Series on October 23 and suffered a bruise on the back of his left hand. He was left out of the starting line-up tonight, but was on the game day roster.
Source: Sponichi 10/25/20160 Comments
According to a report by Sponichi, twenty-nine-year-old Dai-Kang Yoh is planning to exercise his free agent option. There are rumors that he may be interested in playing for the Softbank Hawks because of family issues (Fukuoka is closer to Taiwan than Hokkaido). He attended a high school in Fukuoka, was a fan of the Hawks, and was selected by the Hawks in the 2005 draft (the Fighters won the drawing).
Incidentally, Sports Hochi is reporting that the Hawks might be interested in Yoh.
[UPDATE 9/30 @ 6:47am]
The Eagles might be willing to offer Yoh a three- to four-year deal worth over one billion yen.
Source: Sanspo 9/30/2016
[UPDATE 10/1 @ 11:15pm]
Yoh has an apartment in Sapporo. He lives there with his wife and six-year-old daughter. He also has a house in Taiwan. Next year, he might end up living alone so that his daughter can go to school in Taiwan. He has said a number of times in the past that Hokkaido was far and that travel was easier from Fukuoka.
Source: ZakZak 10/1/2016
[UPDATE 10/30 @ 4:53pm]
Yoh has told some people close to him that he is planning to exercise his free agent option with the intent of moving to another team. Among teams that might be interested include Orix, Hanshin, and Rakuten.
Yoh will be a class B free agent, which does require compensation.
Source: Sports Hochi 10/30/2016
[UPDATE 10/30 @ 6:13pm]
Daily Sports is carrying a report which seems to indicate that Yoh told reporters he spoke to his family about his option and will probably exercise his option. He also told reporters he was grateful to the organization for their support over the years and that he wanted to sign with a team that needed him the most.
Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2016
[UPDATE 10/30 @ 9:35pm]
Yoh met with the Fighters at Sapporo Dome today. He later told reporters that his first choice was to stay because the Fighters were originally the team he wanted to play for.
Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2016
[UPDATE 10/31 @ 3:40pm]
When Yoh spoke to Nippon Ham officials on Sunday, he told them his feelings, listened to their reactions, then asked for more time to work things out. Discussions with the Fighters are still ongoing.
Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2016
[UPDATE 11/6 @ 12:00am]
The media learned on November 4 that Yoh decided to exercise his free agent option. He could file the paperwork on November 7. A number of teams, like Rakuten and Orix, will probably be interested.
Yoh wanted to sign a multi-year deal last year, but was only offered a one-year contract.
Source: Sponichi 11/5/20160 Comments
Dai-Kang Yoh missed the Lotte game on September 17 because of pain in his right side. He suffered the injury when he caught a ball up against the wall during an Orix game on August 16.
Yoh recently told reporters that he was diagnosed with a fracture in his sixth and seventh ribs on the right side during an examination at a hospital in Sapporo on September 7 and that he had been playing through the pain. The ribs were now healed, but Yoh was still feeling pain when he threw the ball.
The Nippon Ham Fighters are not planning to take Yoh off the active roster and will use him based on how he is feeling.0 Comments