Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (北海道日本ハムファイターズ)
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[2/19/2019] Ryo Watanabe to miss four to five weeks

Ryo Watanabe developed discomfort in his right side during a practice game against the Hanshin Tigers on February 17. The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that Watanabe was examined at a hospital in Nago on February 18 and diagnosed with a strain in his right internal oblique muscle. He will most likely need four to five weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Nippon Ham 2/19/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/19/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/19/2019, Sponichi 2/19/2019, Daily Sports 2/19/2019

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Akihiro Hakumura (Nippon Ham Fighters): Did You Know

Miscellaneous

2019

February 19 – Hakumura will be making the switch to position player from pitcher. Team officials made the suggestion to the twenty-seven-year-old during a meeting on February 18. Hakumura was surprised, but accepted the change because the Nippon Ham Fighters were trying to provide him with another path to success.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/19/2019, Sanspo 2/19/2019, Daily Sports 2/19/2019

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[2/13/2019] Sho Nakata strains leg during practice game

Sho Nakata hurt his right leg during a practice game against the NC Dinos (KBO) on February 11. He was examined at a hospital on the same day and diagnosed with a strain in his right adductor. It might be about three weeks until he is ready to play in games again.

Source: Sponichi 2/13/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/13/2019, Daily Sports 1/13/2019, Tokyo Sports 1/13/2019

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Justin Hancock (Nippon Ham): Did You Know

Relationships and Family

2019

February 2 – The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that Hancock’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a girl weighing 2,665 grams, at a hospital in Indiana on January 31 (US time).

Source: Daily Sports 2/2/2019, Sponichi 2/2/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2019, Sports Hochi 2/2/2019

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[1/23/2019] Yushi Shimizu to miss about three months

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that Yushi Shimizu had surgery to treat a lumbar herniated disc and to remove a cyst at a hospital in Tokushima. He will most likely require about three months for a full recovery.

Source: Nippon Ham 1/23/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2019, Sanspo 1/23/2019, Sponichi 1/23/2019

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[12/27/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters Uniform Number Assignments

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced the following uniform number assignments:

Source: Nippon Ham 12/27/2018

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[12/25/2018] Kensuke Tanaka to retire after 2019 season

Thirty-seven-year-old Kensuke Tanaka spoke to the media today after meeting the Nippon Ham Fighters to finalize his contract for the 2019 season and announced his plan to retire after the season. He told reporters that he decided to make the announcement early because he wanted to make it easier on everyone. The Fighters asked him to reconsider because he might feel differently later on, but his mind was set: there was a growing gap between what he thought he could do and what he could actually do.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/25/2018, Daily Sports 12/25/2018

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[12/20/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters sign Johnny Barbato

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they signed twenty-six-year-old Johnny Barbato to a contract.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/20/2018

[UPDATE 12/21 @ 11:26am]

According to at least two media reports, Barbato agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated seventy million yen.

Source: Daily Sports 12/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/21/2018

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[12/20/2018] Yomiuri, Nippon Ham to play exhibition games against Seattle and Oakland

According to a report by Sponichi, the Yomiuri Giants and Nippon Ham Fighters will play exhibition games games against the Seattle Marines and Oakland Athletics next year before the MLB’s Opening Series at Tokyo Dome.

Exhibition Games at Tokyo Dome

Source: Sponichi 12/20/2018, Sponichi 12/20/2018

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[12/18/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters sign Nick Martinez to new contract

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they signed Nick Martinez to a new contract for the 2019 season. According to media reports, the two agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 250 million yen.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/18/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/18/2018, Sponichi 12/18/2018, Daily Sports 12/18/2018

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