Ryutaro Umeno is said to be next in line to take over as Hanshin Tigers chief player representative. Umeno is currently the vice player rep. An official announcement is expected during the final team player meeting of the year later this month.
Umeno will be taking over for Keisuke Kano.0 Comments
Tomoaki Kanemoto told reporters on November 23 that he is planning to give thirty-six-year-old Randy Messenger the opening day start next season. For Messenger, it will be his fifth opening day start and fourth in as many years. He will become the first foreign pitcher in NPB history to record four consecutive opening day starts. The current record of three is held by Joe Stanka (1961-1963) and Messenger.
Opening Dat Starts
|2013/03/29||vs Yakult||Jingu Stadium||W||6.0||25||5||2||1||6||3|
|2015/03/27||vs Chunichi||Kyocera Dome||6.0||25||6||0||1||4||3|
|2016/03/25||vs Chunichi||Kyocera Dome||L||6.0||38||10||6||0||5||3|
|2017/03/31||vs Hiroshima||Mazda Stadium||W||5.0+||26||7||3||0||8||2|
Added additional comments about consecutive opening day starts on 11/24 at 3:42pm0 Comments
The media learned on November 22 that former Hanshin Tiger Shinta Hifumi and two other individuals (minors) were arrested by Okinawa police earlier this month on suspicion of assaulting a woman. No other information is known at this time.0 Comments
Umeno recently purchased a 300,000 yen Specialized bicycle. He plans to ride it to Koshien Stadium (twenty to twenty-five minutes one way) as part of his training regime this winter0 Comments
Thirty-seven-year-old Kyuji Fujikawa finished out the second year of a two-year deal this season. The Hanshin Tigers met Fujikawa at the end of the season and told him he was an important part of their team. Sanspo is reporting that the Tigers might be getting ready to offer the veteran a new multi-year contract (possibly two years).
Source: Sanspo 11/17/20170 Comments
|Orix||As for November 21, the Buffaloes told the media there was nothing new to report. They are prepared to meet Yamato as many times as needed. Sanspo 11/22/2017|
|—||The Tigers are not expecting Yamato to attend their last meeting of the year on the 22nd. Yamato might also skip Fan Appreciation Day on the 25th. Nikkan Sports 11/22/2017, Sanspo 11/22/2017|
|Orix||The Buffaloes may have offered a three-year deal worth over 300 million yen. They may also be willing to give him an everyday job and the uniform number 7. Their meeting with Yamato lasted about two hours. Sports Hochi 11/18/2017, Sponichi 11/18/2017, Daily Sports 11/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/18/2017|
|Hanshin||The Tigers may have offered a three-year deal worth more than the estimated fifty million yen he made this season. They are planning to stay put and watch what other teams are doing until they hear back from him. Sponichi 11/17/2017|
|Orix||The Buffaloes met Yamato in Ashiya, Hyogo on November 17. Sponichi 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017|
|Yokohama||The Bay Stars met Yamato met Yamato in the Kansai region on November 16. They may have offered a three-year deal worth around 350 million (Sports Hochi), more than 300 million (Sponichi), around 300 million (Nikkan Sports). They could go up to four years. Sports Hochi 11/17/2017, Sponichi 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017|
|Yokohama||The Bay Stars might offer a three-year deal worth an estimated total 300 million yen. They could go as high as four years. Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017, Daily Sports 11/16/2017|
|Orix||The Buffaloes are thinking about offering at least three years. Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017, Sponichi 11/16/2017|
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The Hanshin Tigers signed twenty-two-year-old Shintaro Yokota to an Ikusei contract on November 16. Yokota was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February. He received treatment for the tumor and found out he was in remission in late-August. He returned to the player dormitory in early-September and has been training since then.
[UPDATE 11/18 @ 3:00am]
Yokota’s salary remains unchanged at an estimated 8.7 million yen.0 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers are looking into twenty-nine-year-old Leonys Martín. The Tigers feel he has enough pop to bat fourth for them. They like his speed and his defensive abilities.
Source: Sanspo 11/14/20170 Comments
Taiki Ono left fall camp in Kochi and returned to Osaka on November 12 because of pain in his right knee.
Source: Daily Sports 11/12/2017
[UPDATE 11/13 @ 4:19pm]
Ono started feeling pain in his right knee on November 9. The Hanshin Tigers are concerned because he had surgery on his right knee during his third year of high school. Ono had the knee examined today.
[UPDATE 11/14 @ 3:12pm]
Ono was examined at a hospital in Osaka on November 13 and diagnosed with inflammation in the medial side of his right knee.
[UPDATE 11/19 @ 2:01am]
Ono started playing catch on November 18. He threw the ball indoors at a distance of about thirty meters.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/20170 Comments