Sanfo Lassina made his debut with the Kochi Fighting Dogs on September 2. He made an appearance as a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning against the Ehime Mandarin Pirates at Kochi Stadium and struck out on three pitches. He then got the start at third against Ehime at Botchan Stadium on September 4 and grounded out to short in his only trip to the plate in the top of the 3rd and was replaced in the bottom of the inning.
The Route Inn BC League willbe holding tryouts in the United States in Temecula, California on November 7 and 8. The league has been holding tryouts in the US since 2012. They will be working with the Washington Nationals this year. About 100 players are expected to attend.
Kyuji Fujikawa tossed a three-hit shutout against the Kagawa Olive Guyners on September 7. He faced a thirty-two hitters and struck out eight. He gave up two hits in the 1st inning and one hit in the 8th.
Yakult Swallow and Yokohama Bay Star scouts were at the game.
The Central League directors held a meeting on August 31 and discussed replacement rules when players are injured. Specifically, they referred to a Hiroshima - Yokohama game on August 29 when Hiroki Kuroda took a batted ball off his right hand and could not be replaced because he threw his warm-up pitches before the start of the 5th inning. According to the rule book, pitchers that cross the foul line cannot be replaced until they face their first batter. Chief umpire Masato Tomoyose confirmed that umpiring crews will be flexible with the rule in cases of obvious injury.
In addition, it was confirmed that umpiring crews have final say in whether pitchers get tossed for hitting a batter after both benches have been warned.
The CL also decided that they will continue with the pre-season Fan Meeting next year.
Former Japan Association of Independent Professoinal Baseball League (IPBL) players can now earn licenses to coach student athletes through the training program that was set up by the NPB and the Japan Student Baseball Association in 2013.
Kyuji Fujikawa tossed a complete game against the Kagawa Olive Guyners on August 29. He threw 121 pitches and gave up three runs (two earned) on nine hits, including a solo home run in the 6th. He struck out eleven and walked none. He did hit a batter.
The Fukushima Hopes announced on August 21 that they reached an agreement with thirty-nine-year-old Tomokazu Oka. He was assigned the uniform number 44. The Hopes released the following statement from Oka:
I am grateful at the opportunity after almost giving up. There's only about a month left to the season, but I will do my best to do what I can to make the Fukushima [fans] happy.
Oka started the year with the Toyama GRN Thunderbirds, but was released in August with a 3-5 record an a 8.22 ERA in twelve games.
Kyuji Fujikawa made his first official start for the Kochi Fighting Dogs on August 6 against the Tokushima Indigo Socks. He was ejected for throwing a dangerous pitch to the first batter of the game. He could pitch in another game on August 7.
Scouts from the Hanshin Tigers and Orix Buffaloes were at the game.
The Kochi Fighting Dogs announced today that they signed Kyuji Fujikawa to a contract that runs through to the end of the season. Fujikawa had been playing on a game-to-game contract prior to the agreement.
Kochi also announced that Fujikawa is scheduled to make a start on August 6 against the Tokushima Indigo Socks at Kochi Stadium. The second half of the Shikoku Island League season started on August 1.
Kyuji Fujikawa was set to make an appearance during an exhibition game against the Shikoku Island League All-Stars on July 25, but remained in the bullpen because he did not have enough time to prepare. He did toss a bullpen session during the game: he threw forty-six pitches to a squatting catcher. After the game, he spent some time signing autographs.
NPB teams have until July 31 to sign players. The game on July 25 was the last chance Fujikawa had to pitch before the deadline.