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NPB Roundup for 11/27: 2008 Japan HOF Inductees

by on Nov.27, 2008 @ 10:56 am, under NPB

Sanspo: The Swallows held a press conference earlier today (11/27) to officially announce the signing of Hei Chun Lee. The teams signed the lefty out of the KBO to a 2 year, 7,600-man yen contract plus bonuses. While the team seems him as capable for starting and relieving, it appears as though they may look to him as a starter.

Sanpo: It appears as though Ryan Wing has signed on with the Ham Fighters. No word on contract terms.

Japan Hall of Fame

Koji Yamamoto, Tsuneo Horiuchi, and Seiichi Shima were inducted into the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame. I've included their stats down below.

Koji Yamamoto (山本浩二)

Outfield, Hiroshima
Bats/Throws: R/R
18 YRS, 2284 G, 8052 AB, 2339 H, 1475 RBI, 536 HR, .290 BA

Manager, Hiroshima
10 YRS, 1359 G, 649-681-29, .488 WPCT

Tsuneo Horiuchi (堀内恒夫)

Pitcher, Yomiuri
Bats/Throws: R/R
18 YRS, 560 G, 203-139, 3045 IP, 1865 SO, 3.27 ERA

Manager, Yomiuri
2 YRS, 284 G, 133-144-7, .480 WPCT

Seiichi Shima (嶋清一)

Never had a chance to pitch professionally as he died during the war at the age of 24. He set a record for high school pitchers with back-to-back no hitters during the 25th Annual Secondary School Tournament in 1939. Shima pitched in 5 games during that tournament, completing each one of them. He only gave up 8 hits and struck out 57 batters. Only 12 balls went into the outfield.