Amador, Japhet アマダー (あまだー)
Rakuten Eagles | #49 | INF
Born: 01/18/1987 (age 33)
Height: 193cm
Weight: 135kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: N/A
Hometown: Mexico
History: セシーテ第一高-メキシコ・ミナティトラン-メキシコ・ベラクルス-メキシコ・メキシコシティ
Roster Changes: added 05/24/2016, removed 05/28/2016, added 07/21/2016, removed 09/02/2016, added 10/01/2016

[8/9/2018] Japhet Amador suspended for six months

The NPB announced that they issued Japhet Amador a six-month suspension for violating their performance-enhancing drug policy.

Amador was part of a group of players that was tested at Rakuten Seimei Park on June 13, 2018. His results tested positive for chlortalidone and furosemide. The drugs are listed under WADA’s prohibited diuretics and masking agents. Amador denied intentionally taking the drugs during an interview with Rakuten personnel on July 30. His samples were retested on August 1 with no change in results.

The Rakuten Eagles notified the NPB of the results and the NPB’s Anti Doping Committee finalized their ruling on August 8.

Amador’s was given a six-month suspension (August 9, 2018 until February 8, 2019). Rakuten is currently awaiting the results of more recent tests to see if there are any changes.

The Eagles released the following statement from Amador:

I have never used performance-enhancing drugs. I have also never intentionally taken any banned substances.

I have never used stimulants or muscle enhancing agents and have never considered using diuretics or masking agents.

I have taken many tests in the past and they were all negative.

I am very surprised at the positive results from this recent test. I am concerned because I have no recollection of taking the drugs.

I am fully cooperating with investigations to discover the cause.

I apologize for worrying everyone.

Source: NPB 8/9/2018, Rakuten 8/9/2018

[UPDATE 8/22 @ 10:40pm]

The media learned today that the Eagles filed an appeal with the NPB because they need more time to complete their investigation (today was the deadline to file). They are in the process of putting together a time line and re-testing Amador to see if they can figure out what exactly happened. The Eagles will have until September 4 to make a case.

Source: ZakZak 8/22/2018, Sports Hochi 8/22/2018, Daily Sports 8/22/2018, Sponichi 8/22/2018, Sanspo 8/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/22/2018

[UPDATE 9/22 @ 11:02pm]

The NPB announced that they are going to stick to their original ruling because, bottom line, he tested positive for chlortalidone and furosemide.

Source: NPB 9/21/2018, Daily Sports 9/21/2018, Sanspo 9/21/2018, Sponichi 9/22/2018


[8/3/2018] Japhet Amador taken off active roster

Japhet Amador was taken off the active roster on August 3 with pain/discomfort in his right side.

Source: Jiji 8/3/2018, Sports Hochi 8/3/2018, Daily Sports 8/3/2018, Sanspo 8/3/2018


[5/13/2018] Japhet Amador taken off active roster

Japhet Amador was taken off the active roster today. Rakuten officials told the media he was having problems with his left knee and was diagnosed with pes anserine bursitis in his left knee on May 12. The Eagles do not think it will too long to heal.

Source: Sanspo 5/13/2018


[3/16/2018] Japhet Amador slowed by mild knee inflammation

Japhet Amador felt discomfort in his left knee during a game against the Yokohama Bay Stars on March 13. He was examined at a hospital in Shizuoka on March 14 and diagnosed with mild inflammation in the pes anserinus.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/16/2018


Japhet Amador: Did You Know



July 28 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome – Amador blasted his eleventh home run of the month and set a new Eagles franchise record for more home runs hit in one month by a foreign player. The previous record of ten was set by Zelous Wheeler in May 2017. Takeshi Yamasaki holds the franchise record of twelve, set in May 2007.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/28/2018

Amador is apparently good with hair. He likes to maintain his own hair style, and sometimes likes to style the hair of his teammates.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/6/2017


[10/6/2017] Japhet Amador taken off active roster for rest

The Rakuten Eagles took Japhet Amador off the active roster on October 4 because of fatigue. The Eagles decided to play it safe and gave Amador some time to rest.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/5/2017


[9/23/2017] Rakuten Eagles expected to offer Wheeler, Peguero, Amador, Herrmann new contracts

According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Rakuten Eagles are expected to offer thirty-year-old Zelous Wheeler, thirty-year-old Carlos Peguero, thirty-year-old Japhet Amador, and thirty-three-year-old Frank Herrmann new contracts for the 2018 season. With regards to Wheeler, they will most likely sign him to a two-year deal.

It is unclear what the Eagles plans are with twenty-seven-year-old Joshua Corrales and thirty-three-year-old Luis Cruz.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2017

[UPDATE 10/23 @ 11:23pm]

Wheeler, Peguero, Amador, and Herrmann are expected to return next year, as is Chia-Hao Sung.

The Eagles will most likely part ways with Corrales and Cruz.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/23/2017, Daily Sports 10/23/2017, Sponichi 10/23/2017

[UPDATE 10/25 @ 3:05am]

Peguero and Herrmann left for the US out of Narita Airport via Sendai Airport on October 24.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/24/2017, Sports Hochi 10/24/2017

[UPDATE 10/25 @ 11:44pm]

Wheeler and Amador returned to their countries out of  Narita Airport on October 25, Wheeler to the United States and Amador to Mexico.

Source: Sanspo 10/25/2017


[9/4/2017] Japhet Amador fined for September 1 ejection

The NPB announced today that Japhet Amador was fined 100,000 yen and issued a stern warning for his ejection during a game against the Softbank Hawks at YafuOku on September 1. Amador charged the mound after Nao Higashihama threw two pitches up and in. He was ejected for threatening behavior.

Source: NPB 9/4/2017


[7/22/2017] Three homer game for Japhet Amador

Japhet Amador blasted three home runs during today’s game against the Orix Buffaloes at Kobo Park Miyagi.

  1. second inning, off Taisuke Yamaoka, one on and two out
  2. fourth inning, off Taisuke Yamaoka, one on and two out
  3. seventh inning, off Gonzalez Germen, none on and no out (lead-off batter)

Amador is the fourth player in the NPB to hit three homers in a game this season. He joined Takeshi Yamasaki (May 17, 2007 against Nippon Ham: HR, HR, 2B, HR) as the only players in Rakuten Eagles’ history to hit three homes in a game. Amador is the first in Rakuten history to accomplish the feat in consecutive trips to the plate.

Source: Sanspo 7/23/2017, Sponichi 7/23/2017, Sponichi 7/22/2017


[3/23/2017] Japhet Amador and Yuichi Adachi out with the flu

The Rakuten Eagles announced today that Japhet Amador and Yuichi Adachi were diagnosed with the flu (influenza B). Amador was diagnosed with the flu after yesterday’s Yokohama game and Adachi earlier this morning. They both missed today’s Yakult game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/23/2017