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[2/22/2018] Koya Mizuno has shoulder surgery

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced on February 22 that Koya Mizuno had surgery to clean his right shoulder at a hospital in Yokohama. There were no complications during the procedure.

Source: Yokohama 2/22/2018, Sanspo 2/22/2018

[UPDATE 2/23 @ 1:14pm]

Mizuno could require about six months for a full recovery. He wanted to avoid surgery and spent the off-season rehabbing the shoulder, but decided to go under the knife because he still felt pain while throwing bullpen sessions in January.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2018

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[2/21/2018] Motoharu Fukuchi to Ni-gun with elbow pain

Motoharu Fukuchi was reassigned to Ni-gun Kadena camp on February 21 because of pain in his left elbow.

Source: Sanspo 2/21/2018

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Katsuki Azuma: Did You Know

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Asuma has two images stitched on the inside of all of his gloves: a pile of poo in gold thread and a star in white thread. The pile of golden poo represents kin-un (financial luck) and the white star represents shiroboshi (victories).

Source: Sanspo 2/15/2018

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[2/12/2018] Yokohama Bay Stars: Imanaga, Ishida, Hamaguchi each pitch three innings

Shota Imanaga and Kenta Ishida started today’s intra-squad game for the Yokohama Bay Stars.

Imanaga pitched three innings, threw forty-nine pitches, gave up two runs on six hits, and topped out at 144km/h. He surrendered two home runs to Neftali Soto (both on fastballs): a two-out solo shot in the first inning and a two-out two-run blast in the third inning.

Ishida allowed two runs on two hits over three innings of work and forty-three pitches. He gave up lead-off home runs to Masayuki Kuwahara in the first and Hiroki Minei in the third.

Haruhiro Hamaguchi made an appearance in relief and tossed three shutout innings. He gave up two hits and walked three.

Imanaga, Ishida, and Hamaguchi are all in the running for this year’s opening day start.

Source: Daily Sports 2/12/2018, Daily Sports 2/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/12/2018, Sponichi 2/12/2018, Sports Hochi 2/12/2018

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[2/9/2018] Kazuki Kamizato reassigned to Ni-gun camp with pain in right side

Kazuki Kamizato felt pain in his right side before the start of general practices on February 8. The Yokohama Bay Stars announced on February 9 that Kamizato was examined at a hospital in Urasoe, Okinawa and diagnosed with inflammation in his right external oblique muscle. He will be reassigned to Ni-gun spring camp.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/9/2018, Sports Hochi 2/9/2018

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[2/2/2018] Shunsuke Saito has some elbow inflammation

Shunsuke Saito will be reassigned to Ni-gun spring camp on February 3 because of some inflammation in his right elbow. Motoharu Fukuchi will be called up to Ichi-gun camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2018, Sanspo 2/2/2018

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[1/29/2018] No more orange seats at Yokohama Stadium

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced on January 29 that the remaining orange seats at Yokohama Stadium (8,402) will be replaced with Yokohama blue seats.

Completion Date Area Seat Color Seat Type Seats
2017/2/28 (Wed) BAY STAR SIDE Infield Reserved S, FA, FB Orange ⇒ Yokohama Blue Fixed ⇒ Tip-up 5,749
STAR SIDE DB Infield Reserved FA Yokohama Blue ⇒ Yokohama Blue Fixed ⇒ Tip-up 160
Outfield Left Side Orange ⇒ Yokohama Blue Fixed ⇒ Fixed 2,653

Construction to swap out orange seats with blue seats began with 6,035 seats in 2016. The stadium was about sixty-seven percent complete after 6,956 seats were replaced in 2017.


Source: Yokohama 1/29/2018

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[1/23/2018] Alex Ramirez applying for Japanese citizenship

According to reports from this morning, forty-three-year-old Alex Ramirez is applying for Japanese citizenship. He first started thinking about becoming a Japanese citizen two years ago and started the process about a year-and-a-half ago. If everything goes smoothly, he could become a Japanese citizen before the end of the year.

Ramirez told the media one of his dreams was to become manager of the national team as a Japanese citizen (citizenship is not a requirement). He is also quoted as saying, “I love Japan and my wife and son are Japanese. I got this far with the support of a lot of people. It would be great if I can give back to Japanese baseball.”

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

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[1/19/2018] Yokohama Bay Stars: player name changes

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced the following name changes today:

Source: Yokohama 1/19/2018

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[1/12/2018] Yokohama adds Takamasa Kasai to seventy-man roster

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they added twenty-three-year-old Ikusei pitcher Takamasa Kasai to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 105 to 94.

Kasai will officially be placed on the seventy-man roster before the end of January. He pitched in twenty-five Ni-gun games last year and went 3-3 with two saves and a 3.72 ERA over 38.2 innings of work.

Source: Yokohama 1/12/2018, Sponichi 1/12/2018, Daily Sports 1/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/12/2018

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