The Chiba Lotte Marines are planning to install Trackman systems at ZOZO Marine and Lotte Urawa. They are the last team in the Pacific League to add Trackmans to their facilities.
The Chunichi Dragons are testing the Rapsodo system during fall camp. The Dragons are still considering the Trackman system.0 Comments
Keisuke Tanimoto held a press conference today and announced that he decided not to use his free agent option. The Dragons posted the following comment from Tanimoto:
I have decided not to use my FA option and will stay with the Dragons. I thought about this for a long time and I feel satisfied with my decision.
I was traded during the season and even though I had an FA option, the Dragons told me they needed me and that struck a chord and became a deciding factor.
It has only been three or four months since the trade. It would not necessarily be true if I said I was able to properly do my job during that. I feel bad about betraying the fans expectations and will do my best to do well next year.
The team also had a disappointing season this year. I will do what I can to help make a strong team that can make a winner out of Shigekazu Mori next year. I look forward to your passionate cheers next year.
Tanimoto told the media during his press conference that when he thought about where he wanted to retire, he felt being close to home was important.
[UPDATE 11/18 @ 2:16am]
The Dragons announced that they signed Tanimoto to a new contract. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a two-year deal. Tanimoto’s salary next season will be an estimated eighty-five million yen (down fifteen million yen from this season).
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Keisuke Tanimoto earned his domestic free agent option this year. The Chunichi Dragons submitted their offer during a meeting on October 27. They also informed him that they are okay with him exercising his option and remaining with the team.
Tanimoto felt wanted during negotiations, but is also curious about what other teams might offer him. He is slated to meet the Dragons again soon.
Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2017
[UPDATE 11/4 @ 1:52pm]
Tanimoto first met the Dragons on October 28. He is scheduled to meet with them again within the next day or so. The Dragons would like him to stay (they knew he had an option but still traded for him because they wanted to add him to their team) and will leave the door open for him even if he exercises his option. They are not planning to set a hard deadline for his decision.
[UPDATE 11/6 @ 3:31pm]
Tanimoto may now be leaning toward staying with the Dragons. Team Representative Kazuo Nishiyama told reporters on November 5 that negotiations were going well and that a decision might be coming some time soon.
Source: Sports Hochi 11/6/20170 Comments
|Position||Name JPN||Name ENG||Uni||Age|
|Manager||森 繁和||Mori, Shigekazu||80||62|
|Ni-gun Manager||小笠原 道大||Ogasawara, Michihiro||82||44|
|Hitting Coach||土井 正博||Doi, Masahiro||90||73|
|Hitting Coach||石井 昭男||Ishii, Akio||79||62|
|Hitting Coach||波留 敏夫||Haru, Toshio||71||47|
|Hitting Coach||森野 将彦||Morino, Masahiko||75||39|
|Pitching Coach||都裕 次郎||Miyako, Yujiro||88||58|
|Pitching Coach||近藤 真市||Kondo, Shinichi||76||49|
|Player/Pitching Coach||岩瀬 仁紀||Iwase, Hitoki||13||42|
|Pitching Coach||小笠 原孝||Ogasawara, Takashi||86||40|
|Pitching Coach||朝倉健太||Asakura, Kenta||81||36|
|Pitching Coach||岩田 慎司||Iwata, Shinji||87||30|
|Battery Coach||田村 藤夫||Tamura, Fujio||72||58|
|Battery Coach||小川 将俊||Ogawa, Masatoshi||73||38|
|Position Player Coach||早川 和夫||Hayakawa, Kazuo||84||57|
|Infield/Base Coach||森脇 浩司||Moriwaki, Hiroshi||85||57|
|Infield/Base Coach||奈良 原浩||Narahara, Hiroshi||83||49|
|Infield/Base Coach||渡辺 博幸||Watanabe, Hiroyuki||77||47|
|Player/Infield/Base Coach||荒木 雅博||Araki, Masahiro||2||40|
|Outfield/Base Coach||長嶋 清幸||Nagashima, Kiyoyuki||78||55|
|Ikusei Coach||松岡 功祐||Matsuoka, Kosuke||96||74|
|Conditioning Coach||勝崎 耕世||Katsuzaki, Kose||92||52|
|Conditioning Coach||宮前 岳巳||Miyamae, Takemi||93||49|
|Conditioning Coach||塚本 洋||Tsukamoto, Hiroshi||95||42|
Chunichi Dragons 2017 Fall Camp Details
November 1 (Wed) – November 20 (Mon)
Days Off: November 6 (Mon), 10 (Fri), 15 (Wed)
Venue: Nagoya Stadium0 Comments
The media learned on October 20 that Nobumasa Fukuda will be named the new Chunichi Dragons’ chief player representative. The change will become official during a player meeting in November.
Fukuda will be taking over for Yudai Ono. Ono has been the Dragons’ chief player representative since 2016.
Source: Sponichi 10/21/20170 Comments
The Chunichi Dragons are thinking about purchasing a virtual reality (VR) system. The VR systems, currently used by teams like the Rakuten Eagles and Yokohama Bay Stars, help hitters visualize various deliveries and pitch motions. The Dragons struggled against pitchers they faced for the first time this year — eight of them recorded wins. The system could help their hitters become better prepared against first-time pitchers.
The Dragons are also thinking about purchasing a Trackman system.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/20170 Comments
Shigekazu Mori will be traveling overseas for about two weeks in early November. He will be checking on talent and handing off his contacts to Yui Tomori (international scout). Dayan Viciedo and Jordan Norberto are currently the only two foreign players set to return next year. The Chunichi Dragons usually carry six foreign players (three pitchers and three hitters).
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2017
[UPDATE 10/30 @ 9:01pm]
Mori left Japan today to begin his overseas scouting trip. He will most likely spend a bulk of his time in the Dominican Republic and Cuba.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/20170 Comments
Nagoya Dome will be undergoing renovations this winter. Construction will take place between January and February 2018. The stadium should be ready for the exhibition game schedule in March.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/20170 Comments
Chunichi Dragons vs Hanshin Tigers @ Koshien Stadium – 18:00
Starters: Norberto, Jordan (CHU) 6-3, 2.30 – Messenger, Randy (HAN) 11-5, 2.46
Attendance: 35748 | Time: 2h57m0 Comments