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[3/29/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons

by on Mar.30, 2016 @ 5:06 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows will be celebrating Jingu Stadium's nintieth anniversary this year. They commissioned Masashi Larry Oiwa to create a commemorative logo, which will be featured on special bases during games on March 29, 30, 31, and July 18. They will also be hosting a Happy 90th Anniversary Jingu Stadium Day on July 18. Source: official announcement

Yomiuri Giants

  • Hisayoshi Chono homered in each of the team's first two games of the season. He is the first player in franchise history to accomplish the feat since Kazuhiro Kiyohara in 2002. The two home runs gave Chono ninety-nine over his career. Source: Daily Sports 3/27/2016, Sponichi 3/27/2016
  • Yoshinobu Takahashi joined Hideo Fujimoto (three in 1944) and Motoshi Fujita (four in 1981) as the only managers in franchise history to start their first year with three straight victories. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/27/2016 ... Takahashi tied the franchise recorded on March 29 with another win. Source: Sanspo 3/29/2016, Sponichi 29/2016
  • TV ratings for opening day: 9.1% from 18:00 and 10.4% from 19:00 (10.7% and 10.2% last year). Source: Sponichi 3/28/2016
  • Ni-gun hitting coach Tomohiro Nioka had surgery to remove a mediastinal tumor. The growth was discovered during a routine examination in January. He will remain in the hospital for about a week and will then spend some time resting at home. Source: Tokyo Sports 3/29/2016

Hanshin Tigers

  • Since 1960, Matt Hague is the only foreign player in franchise history to record at least one RBI and one timely hit in three consecutive games, beginning on opening day. Source: Sanspo 3/28/2016
  • Kyuji Fujikawa started the Chunichi game on March 27. It was his first NPB game since September 15, 2012 and his first NPB start since September 19, 2003. Source: Sponichi 3/27/2016, Daily Sports 3/27/2016
  • First round draft pick Shun Takayama recorded his first career NPB RBI on March 26. He set a new franchise speed record for rookies that made the starting line-up from the beginning of the season by notching his first RBI in his sixth plate appearance. The previous record of ten was set by Yoshinori Okihara in 2001. Source: Sanspo 3/27/2016
  • TV ratings for the first three games of the season: 13.9% (11.8% last year), 9.3% (6.9% last year), and 10.9% (9.4% last year). Source: Daily Sports 3/28/2016

Chunichi Dragons

  • Dayan Viciedo homered in three straight games, beginning on opening day. He is the only foreign player in NPB history to accomplish the feat in the same year he made his debut. Source: Sanspo 3/28/2016
  • Ni-gun battery coach Masatoshi Ogawa and Ichi-gun catcher coach Yoshio Koyama swapped spots on March 28. Source: Sponichi 3/28/2016
  • Junki Kishimoto will be playing for the Island League's Kagawa Olive Guyners from April 1 until the end of Kawaga's season. Source: official announcement
  • Doala attempted his first back-flip (no twist) of the season on March 29 and succeeded. Source: Sanspo 3/29/2016

[3/26/2016] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Mar.27, 2016 @ 9:17 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano won his opening day start on March 25. He has won the opening day game three years in a row. No other pitcher in franchise history has won three straight opening day starts, beginning with their first career opening day start. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/26/2016
  • Yoshinobu Takahshi recorded his first managerial victory on opening day. He joined Hideo Fujimoto (1944), Shigeru Mizuhara (1950), and Motoshi Fujita (1981) as the only rookie managers in franchise history to win their first opening day game. Source: Sanspo 3/26/2016 ... Since the start of the two-league format, eight people have managed a team the year after they retired as players: Soichi Fujita (1954, loss), Shigeru Sugishita (1959, win), Kazuhisa Inao (1970, loss), Shigeo Nagashima (1975, loss), Yoshinori Hirose (1978, loss), Michiyo Arito (1987, loss), Tsutomu Ito (2004, loss), and Takahashi (2016, win). Source: Nikkan Sports 3/26/2016
  • Tetsuya Utsumi started a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on March 24. He gave up a run on two hits over five innings of work. He topped out at 139km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/24/2016
  • The Giants announced that they signed Nihon University to an official sponsor contract for the 2016 season. As part of the agreement, the organization will host a Nihon University Day on May 5, July 7, and August 19. Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

  • First round draft pick Shun Takayama recorded a hit in his first career plate appearance on March 25 and became the first rookie in franchise history to collect a hit in his first plate appearance during an opening day game while batting lead-off since the start of the two-league format. Source: Sanspo 3/26/2016
  • Taichi Okazaki has two RBIs to his name: one he recorded on April 7, 2009 and the other on March 26, 2016. Source: Sponichi 3/26/2016
  • Matt Hague picked up his first NPB hit and RBI in his first plate appearance on March 25 and became the first foreign player to accomplish the feat during an opening day game since Hal Breeden on April 4, 1976. Shane Spencer was the last foreign player in franchise history to record a hit (no RBI) in his first plate appearance during an opening day game on April 1, 2005. Source: Sanspo 3/26/2016, Daily Sports 3/25/2016
  • Randy Messenger recorded a stolen base on opening day. He became the first foreign pitcher in franchise history to steal a base and the first Hanshin pitcher since Shigeru Kobayashi on August 20, 1981. Source: Daily Sports 3/26/2016
  • The Tigers announced that lawyer and former Osaka prosecutor Shigeo Sasaki will join the team as an adviser, effective April 1. Source: Daily Sports 3/24/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp visited Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine on March 24 to pray for a successful season. Source: Daily Sports 3/24/2016

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons stopped an eleven-game losing streak at Kyocera Dome in games against the Hanshin Tigers on March 25. Source: Sponichi 3/25/2016
  • Yudai Ono found out he was going to start the opening day game after a bullpen session on February 1. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/26/2016 ... Ono won his opening day start on March 25 and became the first left-handed Chunichi pitcher to win an opening day game since Masahiro Yamamoto in 2001. Source: Sponichi 3/25/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shoichi Ino won his opening day start on March 25. The last Yokohama pitcher to win an opening day start was Yuji Yoshimi in 2003. Source: Sponichi 3/26/2016