Hanshin Tigers (阪神タイガース)

[2/6/2018] Hanshin Tigers: Ono, Saiki to start Wednesday’s intra-squad game

Tomoaki Kanemoto told reporters today that he is planning to use Taiki Ono and Hiroto Saiki as starting pitchers during an intra-squad game tomorrow (February 7). Both pitchers are vying for spots in the starting rotation this season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2018

[UPDATE 2/6 @ 11:03pm]

Yuta Iwasada, Shintaro Fujinami, Tsuyoshi Ishizaki, and Ryoma Matsuda are also slated to pitch in the intra-squad game.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/6/2018

[UPDATE 2/7 @ 4:05pm]

Ono got the start for the Whites and gave up two hits over two shutout innings. He retired the side in order in the first inning and ended the second with a double play with runners on first and second.

Source: Daily Sports 2/7/2018

Fujinami entered the game in the third innings and pitched two innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits. He faced ten hitters and threw forty-one pitches. Both runs came in his second inning of work.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/7/2018, Daily Sports 2/7/2018, Sponichi 2/7/2018

Wilin Rosario started at designated hitter and batted fourth for the Reds. He picked up a hit in his second trip to the plate (a two single to left off Iwasada in the fourth inning with no runners on).

Source: Daily Sports 2/7/2018

Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at shortstop and batted lead-off. He hit a two-run home run off Saiki in his second trip to the plate.

Source: Daily Sports 2/7/2018

[UPDATE 2/7 @ 9:32pm]

Yusuke Oyama got the start and second and batted fifth for the Reds. He recorded three hits.

Ishizaki gave up three hits and recorded two shutout innings for the Whites.

Source: Sponichi 2/7/2018



[1/31/2018] Hanshin Tigers: Ul-Tora Yellow Uniforms

The Hanshin Tigers revealed their 2018 Ul-Tora uniforms on January 31. Randy Messenger and Ryutaro Umeno modeled the uniforms during a press conference.

The base color is yellow with a light tiger pattern that represents strength. The numbers are on fire, similar to the Ul-Tora logo.

The uniforms will be worn during six Ul-Tora games in July. They will also be “previewed” during three games in May.


Source: Hanshin 1/31/2018


[1/25/2018] Hanshin Tigers: The Classic Series 2018 Uniforms

The Hanshin Tigers unveiled the uniforms they will be wearing for The Classic Series against the Yomiuri Giants this season (May 25-27 at Koshien Stadium) on January 24.

The uniforms are light blue and have black and yellow jagged stripes running down the sides of the pant legs and around the sleeve cuffs. Similar uniforms were worn during road games between 1975 and 1978. The uniforms were modeled by Takumi Akiyama and Kentaro Kuwahara.

Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/24/2018


Takahiro Kumagai: Did You Know


Kumagai unofficially (timed by the media) ran to first in 3.70 seconds during rookie workouts on January 22. When he was in college, his best time around all the bases was 13.8 seconds.

Source: Sanspo 1/23/2018, Sponichi 1/23/2018, Daily Sports 1/23/2018


Yutaro Itayama: Did You Know



Haruto Takahashi: Did You Know


Takahashi ran the 3000 meter in eleven minutes and forty-eight seconds (11.48 minutes) on January 10, 2018.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/11/2018, Daily Sports 1/11/2018


Hanshin Tigers: 2018 Spring Camp

Hanshin Tigers 2018 Spring Camp Details


February 1 (Thu) – 28 (Wed)
Days Off: February 5 (Mon), 9 (Fri), 14 (Wed), 19 (Mon), 23 (Fri)

Venue: Kariyushi Hotels Ballpark Ginoza in Okinawa


Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 能見 篤史 Atsushi Nomi
P 岩貞 祐太 Yuta Iwasada
P 馬場 皐輔 Kosuke Baba
P 藤浪 晋太郎 Shintaro Fujinami
P 岩田 稔 Minoru Iwata
P 藤川 球児 Kyuji Fujikawa
P 小野 泰己 Taiki Ono
P 石崎 剛 Tsuyoshi Ishizaki
P 才木 浩人 Hiroto Saiki
P マルコス・マテオ Marcos Mateo
P 髙橋 聡文 Akifumi Takahashi
P 秋山 拓巳 Takumi Akiyama
P ディエゴ・モレノ Diego Moreno
P 青柳 晃洋 Koyo Aoyagi
P ランディ・メッセンジャー Randy Messenger
P 松田 遼馬 Ryoma Matsuda
P 桑原 謙太朗 Kentaro Kuwahara
P 岩崎 優 Suguru Iwazaki
P 島本 浩也 Hiroya Shimamoto
P ラファエル・ドリス Rafael Dolis
C 坂本 誠志郎 Seishiro Sakamoto
C 長坂 拳弥 Kenya Nagasaka
C 梅野 隆太郎 Ryutaro Umeno
C 原口 文仁 Fumihito Haraguchi
INF 鳥谷 敬 Takashi Toritani
INF 北條 史也 Fumiya Hojo
INF 大山 悠輔 Yusuke Oyama
INF 熊谷 敬宥 Takahiro Kumagai
INF 西岡 剛 Tsuyoshi Nishioka
INF ウィリン・ロサリオ Wilin Rosario
INF 糸原 健斗 Kento Itohara
INF 陽川 尚将 Naomasa Yokawa
INF 植田 海 Kai Ueda
OF 糸井 嘉男 Yoshio Itoi
OF 福留 孝介 Kosuke Fukudome
OF 髙山 俊 Shun Takayama
OF 江越 大賀 Taiga Egoshi
OF 島田 海吏 Kairi Shimada
OF 中谷 将大 Masahiro Nakatani
OF 俊介 Shunsuke Fujikawa



February 1 (Thu) – 28 (Wed)
Days Off: February 5 (Mon), 9 (Fri), 14 (Wed), 19 (Mon), 23 (Fri)

Venue: Aki Tigers Stadium in Kochi


Additional information will be added to this post as it becomes available.

Source: Hanshin 1/8/2018, Hanshin 1/24/2018, Hanshin 1/24/2018


[1/6/2018] Senichi Hoshino passes away

The media learned that Rakuten Eagles’ Vice Chairman Senichi Hoshino passed away on January 4. He was seventy years old.

Hoshino apparently fell sick toward the end of last year and canceled plans to spend time with family in Hawaii at the last minute. He did attend Hall of Fame celebrations in Tokyo on November 28, 2017 and in Osaka on December 1 last year.

As a pitcher with the Chunichi Dragons, Hoshino went 146-121 with a 3.60 ERA over 2128.2 innings spanning 500 games between 1969 and 1982. As a manager, he led the Dragons to two first place finishes, the Hanshin Tigers to one first place finish, and the Rakuten Eagles to one first place finish that culminated in his first and only Nippon Series Championship. He was voted into the Hall of Fame last year.

Source: Sponichi 1/6/2018

[UPDATE 1/7 @ 5:19am]

Additional information:

Source: Sanspo 1/7/2018

[UPDATE 1/10 @ 1:51am]

The Hanshin Tigers and Chunichi Dragons scheduled memorial games for Hoshino.


[12/30/2017] Hanshin Tigers interested in Byung-Ho Park, Jung-Ho Kang, Hyun-Soo Kim

The Hanshin Tigers are interested in thirty-one-year-old Byung-Ho Park (KBO LG, KBO Nexen, MLB Minnesota) as an option for the 2019 season. Thirty-year-old Jung-Ho Kang (KBO Hyundai, KBO Nexen, MLB Pittsburgh) and twenty-nine-year-old Hyun-Soo Kim (KBO Doosan, MLB Baltimore, MLB Philadelphia, KBO LG) are other possibilities. This is in addition to twenty-four-year-old Po-Jung Wang (CPBL Lamigo).

It should be noted that a number of other NPB teams are also interested in Wang, like the Chunichi Dragons, Orix Buffaloes, Yomiuri Giants, and Softbank Hawks.

The Tigers are also keeping an eye on thirty-five-year-old Seung-Hwan Oh (KBO Samsung, NPB Hanshin, MLB St. Louis). They currently have no openings in the bullpen, but that could change if someone gets hurt or struggles. There are also rumors that Oh might be interested in a return to the NPB.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/30/2017, Daily Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017Sponichi 12/30/2017, Sanspo 12/30/2017, Sanspo 12/30/2017


Wilin Rosario: Did You Know


Rosario wanted to make a good impression and was eight minutes late to his introductory press conference on January 28, 2018 because he wanted to wear a suit. He wore a grey suit with a light-blue tie.

Source: Daily Sports 1/28/2018


Rosario asked the Hanshin Tigers to prepare a catcher’s mitt for him during contract negotiations in December 2017. The Tigers are planning to use Rosario at first, but having the option to use him at catcher would give them more roster flexibility. Rosario seems fully prepared to play where ever the team needs him. Source: Daily Sports 12/30/2017