|Hanshin||11/21||43,000||Retirement ceremonies for three players: Akihito Fujii, Kentaro Sekimoto, and Ryo Watanabe. ... Yanase Hanshin Tigers MVP: Kosuke Fukudome. ... 2016 team slogan announcement: 超変革: Fighting Spirit. ... Fan Appreciation Day MVP: Ryota Imanari (second year in a row).||LINK||Official details, Sanspo 11/22/2015, Sponichi 11/22/2015, Sponichi 11/22/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/21/2015 (photos)|
|Lotte||11/22||24,000||Science with Takuya Furuya and Eisuke Tanaka.||PLTV||Official details, Sponichi 11/22/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2015 (photos)|
|Nippon Ham||11/22||36,380||Talk and autograph sessions with fans.||1, 2, 3||Official details, Official recap, Daily Sports 11/22/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2015,|
|Hiroshima||11/23||32,500||Retirement ceremony for: Akihiro Higashide ... Revealed 2016 team slogan: 真赤激: Burn it up! (Makkageki)||Official details, Official announcement, Official recap, Tokyo Sports 11/23/2015, Daily Sports 11/23/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/23/2015 (photos)|
|Orix||11/23||22,110||Unveiled new uniforms. ... Retirement ceremony for Keiichi Hirano.||PLTV||Official details, Daily Sports 11/23/2015, Sponichi 11/23/2015, Sanspo 11/24/2015|
|Rakuten||11/23||15,353||Retirement ceremonies for three players: Makoto Moriyama, Tomohiro Umetsu, and Wataru Nishimura.||PLTV||Official details, Official recap, Nikkan Sports 11/23/2015|
|Seibu||11/23||53,100||PLTV||Official details, Official recap, Nikkan Sports 11/23/2015|
|Softbank||11/23||38,765||Yanase Fukuoke Softbank Hawks MVP: Yuki Yanagita. ... Retirement ceremony for Kazuyuki Hoashi.||PLTV||Official details, Official recap, Daily Sports 11/24/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/23/2015 (photos)|
|Yakult||11/23||41,500||Unveiled new uniforms. ... 2015 Swallows Buzzwords: 1st place - Yakult Style, 2nd place - Yakult Smile, 3rd place - Triple Three.||Official details, ZakZak 11/23/2015, Sponichi 11/23/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/23/2015 (photos)|
|Yomiuri||11/23||45,778||Retirement ceremony for six players: Hirokazu Ibata, Tatsuhiko Kinjo, Takahiro Aoki, Takahiko Nomaguchi, Fuminori Yokogawa, and Tomoya Inzen. ... And a special retirement ceremony for Yoshinobu Takahashi. Faced Tomoyuki Sugano in one at bat. Shinnosuke Abe was the catcher. Takahashi hit the second pitch he saw toward left-center. He was tossed into the air six times by teammates. ... Shigeo Nagashima was a special guest. ... Home run derby. ... The 2015 draft class was introduced to fans.||Official details, Takahashi retirement ceremony official recap, Tokyo Sports 11/23/2015, Sports Hochi 11/23/2015, Sponichi 11/23/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/23/2015 (photos)|
|Chunichi||11/28||28,000||Home run derby: Atsushi Fujii vs Ryosuke Hirata. Derby ended with no home runs for both hitters. Motonobu Tanishige broke the tie with a "pinch-hit" home run. Masahiko Morino and Michihiro Ogasawara also took turns at the plate, but Tanishige was the only player to hit a home run.||Official details, Official recap, Nikkan Sports 11/28/2015 (photos), Nikkan Sports 11/28/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/29/2015, Sports Hochi 11/28/2015|
|Yokohama||11/28||36,196||New fan appreciation day attendance record. Since DeNA took over: 10,600 in 2012, 22,353 in 2013, and 23,155 in 2014.||Official details, Daily Sports 11/28/2015|
Tag: Fan Appreciation Day
I was meaning to post this list a few weeks earlier, but got caught up in a few things and could not finish it until today. Hopefully better late then never.
BTW: I'm going to try and go to the Swallows event on Sunday. If any Yakyubaka readers are going to be there, give a shout out in the comment section below or drop me an e-mail and maybe we can meet.
|11/23||Lotte||20150||link 1, link 2||link|
|11/23||Softbank||26447||link 1, link 2||link|
Attendance figures were taken from various news sources and may not be 100 percent accurate.
Fan Appreciation Days
|Yomiuri||11/23||Drawing (105 yen)||official announcement|
|Hiroshima||11/23||9:00-15:30||Need to claim free tickets||official announcement|
|Yokohama||11/23||10:00-15:30||300 yen||official announcement|
|Nippon Ham||11/23||TBA||TBA||official announcement|
|Softbank||11/18||9:30-||Fan Club: 1,000 yen
General: 1,200 yen
|Orix||11/25||11:00-||Adults: 2,000 yen
Kids: 1,000 yen
LAST UPDATED on 10/22 @ 8:56pm
This is a list of upcoming Fan Appreciation Day events for each of the 12 teams. Click the "Official" link for more information on each of the events (the links are to the official sites).
Fan Appreciation Day
|Seibu Lions||11/23||Seibu Dome||Official|
|Rakuten Eagles||11/23||Kleenex Stadium||Official|
|Yomiuri Giants||11/23||Yomiuri Giants||Official|
|Hiroshima Carp||11/23||Mazda Stadium||Official|
|Yokohama Bay Stars||11/23||Yokohama Stadium||Official|
|Chiba Lotte Mariners||12/3||QVC Marine Field||Official|
|Hanshin Tigers||12/3||Koshien Stadium||Official|
|Nippon Ham Fighters||12/4||Sapporo Dome||Official|
|Yakult Swallows||12/4||Jingu Stadium||Official|
|Softbank Hawks||12/11||Yahoo Dome||Official|
The Orix Buffaloes were the last team to hold their Fan Appreciation Day this year.
Below are the attendance figures that were either quoted by the media or by the teams.
|Nippon Ham Fighters||11/20||42,326|
|Chiba Lotte Marines||11/21||~30,000|
|Yokohama Bay Stars||11/23||~24,000|
A list of Fan Appreciation Dates.
Note: Links lead to informational pages found at each of the individual official team sites. Most, if not all, of the none-free Fan Appreciation drawings and sales have actually already closed (I was meaning to post this sooner, but got sidetracked).
|Yomiuri Giants||11/23||9:45-||Tokyo Dome||Drawing||44,038|
|Chunichi Dragons||11/27||11:00-14:30||Nagoya Dome||Drawing||~36,000|
|Yakult Swallows||11/23||11:00-15:00||Jingu Stadium||Free||17,863|
|Hanshin Tigers||11/20||10:00-||Koshien Stadium||Drawing||~36,000|
|Hiroshima Carp||11/23||10:30-15:30||Mazda Stadium||Apply for ticket||~28,000|
|Yokohama Bay Stars||11/23||TBA||Yokohama Stadium||Free||~24,000|
|Nippon Ham Fighters||11/20||11:00-16:00||Sapporo Dome||Drawing + 300yen||42,326|
|Rakuten Eagles||11/23||10:00-16:00||Kleenex Stadium||Fan Club first + 200yen||16,050|
|Softbank Hawks||11/21||11:00-17:00||Yahoo Dome||1,200yen||28,500|
|Seibu Lions||11/23||9:00-15:00||Seibu Dome||Free||55,800|
|Chiba Lotte Marines||11/21||Chiba Marine Stadium||~30,000|
|Orix Buffaloes||11/28||10:30-14:00||Kyocera Dome||Free||~14,000|
Fan Appreciation Day was rained out for the Kobe 9 Cruise, but many fans still showed up for their last chance to see Eri Yoshida.
Yoshida spent over an hour signing autographs and taking pictures with fans and said that she was glad to have another chance to meet her fans one last time.
Today marked Yoshida's final day in a Kobe 9 Cruise uniform.
"I haven't made any decisions yet," said Yoshida. "I'm not sure if I'll go to any tryouts, but I will continue practicing. I will record my first victory or save next year."