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[10/11/2015] 2015 Climax Series News and Notes

by on Oct.12, 2015 @ 3:14 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

  • If Yuki Yanagita is not ready for the Final Stage of the Climax Series, the Hawks could turn to Seiji Uebayashi. If Uebayashi gets the start, he will most likely bat lead-off. Seiichi Uchikawa and Dae-Ho Lee could each move up a slot in the order to third and fourth. Nobuhiro Matsuda, Yuya Hasegawa, and Akira Nakamura could follow. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sapporo Dome grounds crew spent about eight hours on October 8 treating the turf and setting a new striped pattern in the outfield area. Source: Sanspo 10/11/2015

Yomiuri Giants

  • On October 10, at forty years and four months, Hirokazu Ibata became the oldest player in NPB history to record a modasho during a play-off or Climax Series games. The previous record of forty years and three months was set by Kazuhiro Wada. Source: Sanspo 10/11/2015

General

  • The Hanshin-Yomiuri game on October 10 ended on a walk-off walk to Yomiuri's Yoshinobu Takahashi. Through the 2014 postseason, thirty-five Nippon Series and eight play-off/Climax Series games ended on walk-offs. The walk-off walk on October 10 was the first in postseason history. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2015 ... Two Nippon Series games were won on walk-offs that did not involve hits: error during Game 6 in 1950 and a sac fly during Game 3 in 2003. At forty years and six months, Takahashi is the first player in his forties to record a walk-off during a playoff or Climax Series game. Toru Sugiura, at forty years and four months, recorded a walk-off home run during Game 1 of the 1992 Nippon Series. Source: Sponichi 10/11/2015