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[3/29/2016] Softbank Hawks, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.30, 2016 @ 5:09 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks have installed TrackMan radar systems at YafoOku Dome and Tama Home Stadium Chikugo. Source: Sponichi 3/29/2016
  • Ni-gun defense/base coach Atsushi Fujimoto was ejected from a Ni-gun game on March 27 after strongly arguing with an umpire. The commissioner's office issued a 50,000 yen fine and a stern warning. Source: Daily Sports 3/28/2016

Seibu Lions

  • Hotaka Yamakawa will be taken off the active roster on March 30 because he is struggling with his bat. Source: Sanspo 3/29/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • All four infielders in the line-up on March 26 -- Takahiro Okada, Masahiro Nishino, Brent Morel, and Hiroyuki Nakajima -- committed an error in the game, a first in franchise history since 1977. Source: Daily Sports 3/27/2016 ... The Buffaloes committed five errors on March 26, a first since April 15, 2003. The team high of eight was set on October 7, 1976. Source: Sanspo 3/27/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye recorded his first NPB steal on March 26. He is the first rookie out of high school to steal a base during an opening series since Futoshi Nakanishi on March 23, 1952. He is the first rookie to accomplish the feat since the start of the draft. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/27/2016 ... Okoye has, for the time being, secured a spot on the active roster. There were plans to send him down to Ni-gun on March 30 to make room for Manabu Mima, but the coaching staff decided to keep him at Ichi-gun during a meeting on March 29. Source: Daily Sports 3/29/2016


  • The Pacific League went without a home run during the first three days of the season for the first time in league history. Home runs during the first three days of the season over the last five years: ten, four, eight, twelve, and eight home runs. Source: Sponichi 3/28/2016