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[10/4/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.05, 2015 @ 8:47 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Yamaguchi appeared in his sixtieth game of the year on October 4. He has pitched in at least sixty games in eight consecutive seasons, beginning in 2008. Source: Sanspo 10/4/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/4/2015
  • Infield/base coach Hironori Suguro returned to being a third base coach on October 3 after he was replaced by head coach Masahiro Kawai on August 25. Source: Sponichi 10/4/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons will Tatsuro Hamada to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic. He is set to leave within the next few days. There is no timetable on his return to Japan. He will be playing for the Tigres del Licey. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2015, Sanspo 10/3/2015
  • The Dragons announced today that they hired Michihiro Ogasawara to be their Ni-gun manager. He will begin with the start of the Phoenix League on October 5 (although officially, he does not start until next season). Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Jose Lopez, Aarom Baldiris, and Guillermo Moscoso departed Japan out of Narita Airport for their homes on October 3. Source: Sanspo 10/4/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Tony Barnette tied Marc Kroon's 2008 NPB record for most saves by a foreign pitcher with his forty-first of the season on October 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2015
  • Ryo Akiyoshi set a new franchise record by pitching in his seventy-four game of the season on October 4. The previous record of seventy-three was set by Kenichi Matsuoka set in 2010. Source: Sanspo 10/4/2015
  • Kazuhiro Hatakeyama set a new franchise high for RBI's by a Japanese player with his 105th of the year on October 2. The previous record of 104 was set by Katsuo Osugi in 1977. Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2015
  • Tetsuto Yamada's weight dropped to around seventy kilograms during the summer. He also developed an irritated rash that ran from his neck down to his upper body. He apparently pushed his weight back up by eating and drinking. Source: Sponichi 10/3/2015
  • The Swallows will prepare for the Final Stage of the Climax Series by sending players to the Phoenix League. Players will head down to Miyazaki on October 8 and play in a few games beginning on October 9. The Final Stage of the Climax Series is set to begin on October 14. Source: Sponichi 10/3/2015