Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (福岡ソフトバンクホークス)
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[1/17/2019] Rikuya Shimizu has right ankle surgery

The Softbank Hawks announced that Rikuya Shimizu had surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle. Shimizu had the procedure at a hospital in Kurume, Fukuoka on January 16 and will remain hospitalized for about ten days. He will most likely require about three months for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2019, Nishinippon Shimbun 1/17/2019

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[12/27/2018] Softbank Hawks lock up Kenta Imamiya with four-year contract

Twenty-seven-year-old Kenta Imamiya was at YafuOku Dome for contract negotiations on December 26. After finalizing his salary for the 2019 season, Imamiya told the media he also signed a four-year contract and wanted to play for the Hawks for as long as possible.

Imamiya’s salary for 2019 will be an estimated 260 million yen plus incentives. There is no set salary for his contract. He is slated to earn his domestic free agent option some time next year.

Source: Sponichi 12/27/2018, Sponichi 12/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/27/2018, Sports Hochi 12/26/2018

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[12/23/2018] Akira Nakamura signs four-year contract

Twenty-nine-year-old Akira Nakamura spoke to reporters after contract negotiations with the Softbank Hawks on December 22. Nakamura agreed to an estimated 240 million yen next year (up 80 million over this season). He also signed a four-year contract with a variable salary (his salary can not go below 240 million yen but can increase, without limit, based on performance), ahead of the domestic free agent option he is slated to earn some time next season.

Source: Sponichi 12/23/2018, Sponichi 12/22/2018, Sanspo 12/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/22/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/22/2018, Sports Hochi 12/22/2018

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[12/18/2018] Softbank Hawks uniform number changes

The Softbank Hawks announced the following uniform numbers changes:

Source: Softbank 12/18/2018

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Softbank Hawks: 2019 Spring Camp

Camp

Source: Softbank 11/30/2018

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Go Kamamoto: Did You Know

Relationships & Family

2018

November 26 – The Softbank Hawks announced that Kamamoto (25) filed marriage papers with a woman from Nagasaki on September 24.

Source: Sponichi 11/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/26/2018

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Tomoki Takata: Did You Know

Relationships & Family

2018

November 26 – The media learned on November 25 that Takata (28) filed marriage papers with a twenty-five-year-old woman from Tokyo in late-October.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2018

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Takuya Kai: Did You Know

Relationships & Family

2018

November 22 – Kai (26) filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old woman from Fukuoka on March 30. She gave birth to the couple’s first child, a boy, on October 10.

Source: Sponichi 11/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2018, Daily Sports 11/22/2018, Sports Hochi 11/22/2018

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[11/17/2018] Yamato Higurashi has right hand surgery

The Softbank Hawks announced that Yamato Higurashi had surgery to remove the hook of the hamate from his right wrist at a hospital in Fukuoka on November 14. He will most likely require about three months for a full recovery.

Source: Sanspo 11/16/2018

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[11/9/2018] Kodai Senga has a tonsillectomy

The Softbank Hawks announced that Kodai Senga had a tonsillectomy at a hospital in Fukuoka on November 8. He will remain in the hospital for a few days and will not be able to participate in fall camp.

Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2018

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