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[11/29/2015] Route Inn BC League 2015 Awards

by on Nov.29, 2015 @ 10:10 am, under Independent
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Route Inn BC League 2015 Awards

2015 MVP

Pitcher P 間曽 晃平 Maso, Kohei Niigata 21 G, 13-5, 8 CG, 157.1 IP, 84 K, 1.94 ERA
Non-Pitcher C 平野 進也 Hirano, Shinya Niigata 8 HR, 53 RBI, .362 (81-for-224)

2015 Best Nine

Pos Name Team Stats
P 間曽 晃平 Maso, Kohei Niigata 21 G, 13-5, 8 CG, 157.1 IP, 84 K, 1.94 ERA
C 平野 進也 Hirano, Shinya Niigata 65 G, 8 HR, 53 RBI, .362 (81-for-224)
1B ジョニー・セリス Celis, Johny Fukui 65 G, 11 HR, 54 RBI, .312 (58-for-186)
2B 角 晃多 Sumi, Kota Musashi 73 G, 26 2B, .40 RBI, 332 (90-for-271)
3B 森岡 大和 Morioka, Yamato Gunma 73 G, 18 2B, 22 RBI, .340 (96-for-282)
SS 岡下 大将 Okashita, Hiromasa Fukushima 66 G, 8 HR, 39 RBI, .302 (78-for-258)
OF 野呂 大樹 Noro, Daiki Niigata 73 G, 52 R, 45 SB, .229 (66-for-288)
OF 野原 祐也 Nohara, Yuya Toyama 68 G, 5 HR, 55 RBI, .336 (79-for-235)
OF 貴規 Sato, Takanori Fukushima 73 G, 30 2B, 39 RBI, ..326 (98-for-301)
DH 大松 陽平 Omatsu, Yohei Fukui 68 G, 10 2B, 30 RBI, .350 (69-for-197)

2015 Best Manager

Name Team Stats
赤堀 元之 Akahori, Motoyuki Niigata First Half: 23-11-3 (1st place)
Seond Half: 19-17-0 (2nd place)
BC League Champions

Source: Award Announcement

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[9/7/2015] Sanfo Lassina makes his debut, BC League tryouts in the US, JWBL tryouts in Saitama

by on Sep.08, 2015 @ 9:19 am, under Independent, Women's Baseball
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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.

Source: Daily Sports 9/7/2015, September 2 Official Results, September 4 Official Results


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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/7/2015


The Japan Women's Baseball League (JWBL) will be holding tryouts at Kawaguchi Stadium in Saitama on September 17 and 18.

Day 1:

  • Position players: fifty-meter run, long distance throwing, baes-running, hitting, fielding
  • Pitchers: playing catch, long distance throwing, pitching
  • All players: fielding scrimmage, infield plays, baseball clinic

Day 2:

  • Scrimmage (batting practice scrimmage of intra-squad game)
  • Interview, physical, baseball clinic

This will be the second tryout this year. The first tryout took place in June at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto. About forty participated and three made the cut. Youtube: Day 1, Day 2.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 9/7/2015

[8/21/2015] BC League: Fukushima Hopes sign Tomokazu Oka

by on Aug.22, 2015 @ 1:07 am, under Independent
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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.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 8/21/2015, Sponichi 8/12/2015

[6/6/2015] Tuffy Rhodes makes his debut with Toyama, goes 1-for-3

by on Jun.07, 2015 @ 3:35 am, under Independent
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Tuffy Rhodes played in his first game with the Toyama GRN Thunderbirds on June 6. It was a game against the San-gun Softbank Hawks at Takaoka Seibu Sogo Koen Stadium. Rhodes was the starting designated hitter and batted clean-up. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and a double (Ks, 2B9, BB, Ks). There were 1,936 fans on hand to watch Rhodes' debut game.

Source: Sponichi 6/6/2015

I found a couple Youtube clips that might be of some interest:


And for those wondering about Julio Franco, the Ishikawa Million Stars are currently in last place in the ADVANCE-West with a record of 7-18-1. As a player, Franco is 18-for-57 with four doubles, nine runs, fifteen RBI, ten strikeouts, and thirteen walks in eighteen games. (Through June 6)

Franco's Million Stars and Rhodes' Thunderbirds are in the same division. The two teams are next scheduled to play each other on June 12 at Takaoka.

[5/25/2015] BC League: Tuffy Rhodes coming back to Japan

by on May.25, 2015 @ 3:46 pm, under Independent
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The BC League's Toyama GRN Thunderbirds announced today that they signed forty-six-year-old Tuffy Rhodes to player/coach contract. Rhodes' registered number will be Rhodes and he was assigned the uniform number 16. A press conference is scheduled for June 3. Additional details will be released at a later date.

Toyama posted the following comment from Rhodes (translation take from the official site):

I’m happy to be back with Japan with [Yuji] Yoshioka and the Toyama team. It’s been 6 long year. Nippon yukuzo!! Yosha!!

[2/10/2015] Route Inn BC League Home Opener Schedule

by on Feb.10, 2015 @ 6:10 pm, under Independent

2015 Route Inn BC League home opener schedule

April 11 (Saturday)

  • Niigata Albirex BC vs Fukushima Hopes at Kaiseizan Stadium - 13:00
  • Musashi Heat Bears vs Gunma Diamond Pegasus at Jomo Shimbun Shikishima Stadium - 13:00
  • Nippon Ham Ni-gun vs Shinano Granderows at Matsumoto Stadium - 13:00
  • Hanshin Ni-gun vs Toyama Thunderbirds at Alpen Stadium - 13:00
  • Fukui Miracle Elephants vs Ishikawa Million Stars at Kanazawa Stadium - 13:00

April 12 (Sunday)

  • Fukushima Hopes vs Niigata Albirex BC at Hard Off Eco Stadium - 13:00
  • Hanshin Ni-gun vs Fukui Miracle Elephants at Fukui Phoenix Stadium - 12:00

April 18 (Saturday)

  • Fukushima Hopes vs Musashi Heat Bears at Kumagaya Sakura Sports Park Stadium - 13:00

Note: the eight teams in the Route Inn BC League will play some games against NPB Ni-gun teams during the 2015 season. These games will be considered official, as such, wins, losses, and team and individual player stats will be included in the season totals.

Source: official announcement

[2/8/2015] BC League: Julio Franco to manage Ishikawa Million Stars

by on Feb.08, 2015 @ 7:04 pm, under Independent
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The Ishikawa Million Stars announced today that they added fifty-six-year-old Julio Franco to their team as a player/manager for the 2015 season. They also announced that they added Masato Kobayashi as a head coach. A press conference will be held on the 10th. Franco will not be in attendance.

Source: official announcement