Chunichi Dragons (中日ドラゴンズ)

[12/6/2018] Chunichi Dragons uniform number changes

The Chunichi Dragons announced the following uniform numbers changes:

Source: Chunichi 12/6/2018


[12/3/2018] Chunichi Dragons sign Enny Romero

The Chunichi Dragons announced that they signed twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Enny Romero. He was assigned the uniform number 70. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 50 million yen plus incentives.

Source: Chunichi 12/3/2018, Sponichi 12/3/2018, Sports Hochi 12/3/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2018, Sanspo 12/3/2018


[11/25/2018] Kazuki Yoshimi signs two-year contract

Thirty-four-year-old Kazuki Yoshimi considered using the domestic free agent option he earned this season, but ultimately opted to stay with the Chunichi Dragons after multiple discussions with team officials. He spoke to the press on November 25 after formally signing a new contract. According to various reports, Yoshimi may have agreed to a two-year deal worth an estimated 180 million yen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/25/2018, Sports Hochi 11/25/2018, Sanspo 11/25/2018


Masataka Iryo: Did You Know

Relationships & Family


November 25 – Iryo (29) filed marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman from Gifu on November 22.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/25/2018, Sanspo 11/26/2018


Yusuke Kinoshita: Did You Know

Relationships & Family


November 23 – Kinoshita told reporters that his wife gave birth to their second child, a boy weighing 2,870 grams, on November 20.

Source: Sponichi 11/23/2018


[11/18/2018] Chunichi Dragons unveil slightly updated look for 2019

The Chunichi Dragons unveiled new uniforms during their fan appreciation event on November 17.

The concept behind the new uniforms is pride in history and tradition. Dragons blue represents pride. It is the only color that is needed. A simpler design brings out the Dragons feel. The thick blue lines along the shirt sleeves are gone. Thin blue lines are used for accent around the sleeve cuff and neck, down the front along the buttons, and along the side of the pants. The Dragons logo in blue is print on the front chest.

Road uniforms are the inverse of the home uniforms. The logo Chunichi is printed on the front chest.

Source: Chunichi 11/17/2018, Sanspo 11/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2018


[11/18/2018] Chunichi Dragons add Masaru Watanabe to seventy-man roster

The Chunichi Dragons announced that they added Masaru Watanabe to their seventy-man roster. He has not yet been assigned a new uniform number. His salary next season will be an estimated five million yen.

Source: Chunichi 11/18/2018, Sanspo 11/18/2018, Sports Hochi 11/18/2018


[11/13/2018] Shota Suzuki to have surgery on right finger

Shota Suzuki is planning to have surgery to treat blood flow issues in his right index finger. Suzuki explained to reporters that the finger started hurting in July. After considering his options, he finally decided to go under the knife because he did not want to head into 2019 season worrying about the pain.

Suzuki will have the surgery some time later this month and should be able to resume throwing practices after about two months.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2018


Chunichi Dragons 2019 Coaching Staff

Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
92 監督
与田 剛
Tsuyoshi Yoda
91 ヘッドコーチ
Head Coach
伊東 勤
Tsutomu Ito
85 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
村上 隆行
Takayuki Murakami
71 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
波留 敏夫
Toshio Haru
74 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
阿波野 秀幸
Hideyuki Awano
84 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
赤堀 元之
Motoyuki Akahori
80 バッテリーコーチ
Battery Coach
中村 武志
Takeshi Nakamura
83 内野守備走塁コーチ
INF/Base Coach
奈良原 浩
Hiroshi Narahara
78 外野守備走塁コーチ
OF/Base Coach
工藤 隆人
Takahito Kudo

Farm Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
82 監督
小笠原 道大
Michihiro Ogasawara
79 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
石井 昭男
Akio Ishii
75 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
森野 将彦
Masahiko Morino
87 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
門倉 健
Ken Kadokura
86 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
小笠原 孝
Takashi Ogasawara
81 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
浅尾 拓也
Takuya Asao
72 バッテリーコーチ
Battery Coach
田村 藤夫
Fujio Tamura
88 内野守備走塁コーチ
INF/Base Coach
荒木 雅博
Masahiro Araki
89 外野守備走塁コーチ
OF/Base Coach
90 巡回野手コーチ
Roving Pos Player Coach
立石 充男
Mitsuo Tateishi


Uni Position Name
96 コンディショニングコーチ
Conditioning Coach
勝崎 耕世
Kose Katsuzaki
93 コンディショニングコーチ
Conditioning Coach
宮前 岳巳
Takemi Miyamae
95 コンディショニングコーチ
Conditioning Coach
塚本 洋
Hiroshi Tsukamoto

Source: Chunichi 10/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/18/2018, Sports Hochi 11/18/2018


2018 Chunichi Dragons Draft Results

Round Name Pos Team T B Ht Wt DOB NK SA SP SH DS TC
1 根尾 昂
Neo, Akira
INF 大阪桐蔭高
Osaka Toin HS
R L 177 80 2000/04/19 A+ A S A+ A A+
2 梅津 晃大
Umetsu, Kodai
P 東洋大
Toyo U
R R 187 90 1996/10/24 A A A A A A
3 勝野 昌慶
Katsuno, Akiyoshi
P 三菱重工名古屋
Mitsubishi Juko Nagoya
R R 183 89 1997/06/12 B B B B B A
4 石橋 康太
Ishibashi, Kota
C 関東第一高
Kanto Daiichi HS
R R 180 87 2000/12/07 B B B B B A
5 垣越 建伸
Kakikoshi, Kenshin
P 山梨学院高
Yamanashi Gakuin HS
L L 184 96 2000/04/03 B B B C B B
6 滝野 要
Takino, Kaname
OF 大阪商業大
Osaka Shogyo U
R L 185 76 1996/07/08 C B C