The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they added thirty-one-year-old Brandon Laird to their team. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. The media is reporting Laird agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 1.1 million US dollars.
[UPDATE 1/16 @ 2:30pm]
The Marines announced that Laird was assigned the uniform number 54.0 Comments
Brandon Laird appeared to be bothered by back issues the last few days. He spoke about some discomfort after an Orix game on September 17, but said it was nothing serious. He felt tightness/pain in his back during pre-game practices on September 18 and was left out of the starting line-up. He could be headed to the hospital for an examination on September 19.
[UPDATE 9/20 @ 2:45am]
The Fighters announced on September 19 that Laird was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with a strain in his left abdominal oblique. He will most likely require three to four weeks for a full recovery.
[UPDATE 10/10 @ 12:50pm]
Laird has not yet been able to resume batting practice. He may end up having to miss the First Stage of the Climax Series.
Source: Sports Hochi 10/10/20180 Comments
Brandon Laird was taken off the active roster today. He visited Sapporo Dome, but quietly left before the start of the game. He is slated to return to the United States on October 4.
The media learned today that Laird lost a relative during the recent Las Vegas shooting.0 Comments
August 16, 2017 vs Lotte at Sapporo Dome – Laird became the 285th player in NPB history to hit 100 home runs. The home run came in the fifth inning off Lotte’s Jason Standridge. He joined Tony Solaita (1982) and Matt Winters (1992) as the only foreign players in Nippon Ham Fighters’ franchise history to reach 100 home runs within their first three years in the NPB.
September 9, 2017 vs Seibu at MetLife Dome – Laird recorded his thirtieth home run of the season and became just the third player in Nippon Ham Fighters’ franchise history to hit at least thirty home runs in three or more consecutive seasons. The other two were Tony Solaita (1980-1983; 45, 44, 30, 36) and Matt Winters (1990-1993; 35, 33, 35, 35). He is the tenth player in NPB history to accomplish the feat beginning with their first year.
Through May 15, 2018, Laird had seventeen home runs in thirty-two games at Tokyo Dome.
Source: Sponichi 5/16/20180 Comments
Brandon Laird was left out of the starting line-up for today’s game against the Softbank Hawks at YafuOku Dome because he felt tightness in his back during pre-game warm-ups. He did not participate in batting or fielding practice.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/13/2017
[UPDATE 8/14 @ 5:16pm]
Laird told reporters after last night’s game that it hurt when he took deep breaths and that whatever he moved, he felt some pain in the right side of his back. He is considered day-to-day for the time being.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/14/20170 Comments
Brandon Laird left tonight’s game against the Chunichi Dragons after a rough fifth inning.
Laird was hit by a pitch on his left arm (near the elbow) with runners on first and second and two out. He left the field for treatment, but was able to return. Now with the bases loaded, Tomoya Ichikawa hit a ball to right that pushed two runners across the plate. Laird tripped as he rounded second and banged his left knee. He was replaced by a pinch-runner.
The Nippon Ham Fighters later announced that he was removed from the game because he suffered a bruise on his left knee.0 Comments
Tomoyuki Sugano, Yomiuri (Third Time)
5 G, 3-2, 37.0 IP, 2.68 ERA, 31 SO, 11 ER
Sugano led the league with three victories (tied with two others). The three victories were a shutout, one run over eight innings, and seven shutout innings. He recorded the shutout win on May 2 against Yokohama at Tokyo Dome and became the first pitcher since Masaki Saito in 1989 to string together three shutout victories in a row. He also notched his fiftieth career victory during the win he recorded when he gave up a run over eight innings. Sugano is the first Yomiuri pitcher to record an MVP of the Month since Kazuto Taguchi in July 2016.
Dayan Viciedo, Chunichi (Second Time)
25 G, .341 AVG, 30 H, 8 HR, 25 RBI
Viciedo played in all his team’s games in May and batted .341 (fourth in the league) with eight home runs (third) and twenty-five RBI (first). His seven shukunda’s (hits that drove in the first run of the game, game-tying run, go-ahead run, come-from-behind run) were good for a first place tie. He blasted a walk-off home run against Hiroshima on May 19. Teammate Yohei Oshima won the MVP of the Month last month.
Takahiro Norimoto, Rakuten (Second Time)
4 G, 4-0, 32.0 IP, 2.25 ERA, 1 CG, 1 ShO, 46 SO, 8 ER
Norimoto started four games in May and led the league with four victories (tied with one other). He tossed a shutout victory against Lotte on May 10 (12 SO, 5 H, 1 BB). He struck out twelve against Orix on May 3 and Nippon Ham on May 17 and ten against Orix on May 25. Including the last four games he pitched in April (ten against Seibu on the 19th and ten against Lotte on the 26th), he recorded ten or more strikeouts in six consecutive starts.
Brandon Laird, Nippon Ham (Second Time)
23 G, .333 AVG, 27 H, 10 HR, 27 RBI
Laird batted fifth in all of his team’s games in May. He led the league in slugging (.753), RBI (twenty-seven), and home runs (ten, tied with two others) and his sixty-one totals bases were second most in the league. His team won all seven games in which he drove two or more runs. He blasted home runs in four consecutive at bats spanning two games on May 12 and 13.
Nippon Ham players have now won the award seventy-one times, tied for most in league history with Orix.
Source: NPB 6/7/20170 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters hit seven home runs against the Chiba Lotte Marines on May 12. They tied a franchise record set on May 31, 1950 (as Tokyu, nine-inning game) and May 3, 1971 (as Toei, ten-inning game: two in nine innings, five in the tenth inning). The feat was accomplished all three times against the Lotte franchise. The NPB record for most home runs in a game is nine, set by Shochiku (1951), Hanshin (1976), Hankyu (1980), and Lotte (1980). Prior to the Fighters, the last team to hit seven or more home runs in one game was the Yomiuri Giants with eight against the Hiroshima Carp on June 29, 2010.
Lotte’s Hideaki Wakui gave up six of the seven home runs on May 12 and set a new Pacific League record. Thirteen pitchers, including Softbank’s Kenji Otonari on May 13, 2009, held the previous record of five. The NPB record of nine was set by Tokuji Kawasaki on April 26, 1949. The Central League record of seven was set by Zenjiro Tadokoro on June 1, 1958.
Nippon Ham’s Brandon Laird hit home runs in two consecutive trips to the plate on May 12. He followed that with two walks to finish the day and then hit home runs in his first two at bat on May 13. He tied the NPB record with home runs in four consecutive at bats. He is the twentieth player to accomplish the feat, first in the NPB since Tetsuto Yamada in 2015 (Central League) and first in the Pacific League since Nigel Wilson in 1997.
Twenty players that have hit home runs in four consecutive at bats:
Brandon Laird left Sunday’s (April 9) game against the Orix Buffaloes after he took a pitch off his upper arm in the fifth inning. He was replaced on defense in the bottom half of the inning.
Laird had some difficulty moving his arm immediately after the HBP, but did not miss any games. He blasted his first home run of the year tonight off Softbank’s Shota Takeda.0 Comments
Brandon Laird apparently has some pain in his right shoulder. A Nippon Ham official told the media the condition was not serious and not a problem.
Source: Sanspo 2/21/20170 Comments