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[11/11/2015] NPB: Six players file for free agency

by on Nov.11, 2015 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Players that Exercised Free Agent Options

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Team Age Type Salary Rank Compensation Interest
INF 脇谷 亮太 Wakiya, Ryota SEI 34 DOM 24.00M C None Yomiuri
P 高橋 聡文 Takahashi, Akifumi CHU 32 DOM 30.00M C None
Reached agreement with Hanshin
INF 松田 宣浩 Matsuda, Nobuhiro SOF 32 INT 220.00M B Player + 40% 2015 salary OR 60% 2015 salary Softbank/MLB
INF 今江 敏晃 Imae, Toshiaki LOT 32 INT 200.00M A Player + 50% 2015 salary OR 80% 2015 salary Rakuten
INF 田中 浩康 Tanaka, Hiroyasu YAK 33 INT 75.00M B Player + 40% 2015 salary OR 60% 2015 salary
To remain with Yakult (11/12)
INF 木村 昇吾 Kimura, Shogo HIR 35 INT 41.00M B Player + 40% 2015 salary OR 60% 2015 salary  

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[11/4/2015] 2016 Preliminary Inter-league Schedule Released

by on Nov.04, 2015 @ 3:44 pm, under NPB
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The 2016 Inter-league season will begin on May 31 with six games: Nippon Ham vs Yakult, Rakuten vs Hanshin, Seibu vs Yokohama, Lotte vs Hiroshima, Orix vs Yomiuri, and Softbank vs Chunichi.

  • Each team will play nine home games and nine road games for a total eighteen Inter-league games (108 Inter-league games in all).
  • Each team will play three games against each of the teams in the other league.
  • Inter-league series that were played at home in 2015 will be played on the road in 2016. Inter-league series that were played on the road in 2015 will be played at home in 2016.
  • Canceled games will be rescheduled to alternate dates or between June 20 and 23.
  • Venues will be released at a later date.

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[11/4/2015] Nippon Ham Fighters sign pitcher Chris Martin

by on Nov.04, 2015 @ 2:33 pm, under NPB
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The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old pitcher Chris Martin.

The Fighters released the following statement from Martin:

I am very please to officially become a part of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters organization. I want to thank the Fighters organization for the wonderful opportunity. I will do my best to meet the expectations of the Fighters and the fans next season by working hard during the off-season. I am ready to give what I have to help the team win a pennant and the Nippon Series.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015, Sponichi 11/4/2015

[UPDATE 11/5 @ 1:33am]

According to Sanspo, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth eighty million yen plus incentives.

Source: Sanpso 11/4/2015

[UPDATE 11/6 @ 9:28am]

The New York Yankees sold Martin's rights to the Fighters for 750,000 US dollars.

SportsNets' Ben Nicholson-Smith is reporting Martin's contract is worth 1.7 million US dollars (about 200 million yen) over two years with 300,000 US dollars (about thirty-six million yen) in bonuses.

Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2015, Daily Sports 11/5/2015MLB.com, Ben Nicholson-Smith Tweet

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[11/2/2015] Softbank Hawks reach agreement with Robert Suarez

by on Nov.02, 2015 @ 4:22 pm, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-four-year-old pitcher Robert Suarez. A press conference is scheduled for November 3 at Ivy Stadium in Miyazaki.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated fifty million yen.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 11/2/2015, Chunichi Sports 11/2/2015

[UPDATE 11/3 @ 3:45pm]

Suarez was assigned the uniform number 90. He will join the team during fall camp after his press conference on November 3.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/3/2015

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[10/31/2015] 5th Women’s Baseball Japan Cup – Hyogo Dione wins tournament

by on Oct.31, 2015 @ 8:38 pm, under NPB
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Date Time Game  Away Score Home 
10/23 Fri 10:00 1 Hamanji 0-7 Saitama Astraia
10/23 Fri 12:25 2 Hyogo Dione 8-0 Asahi Trust
10/23 Fri 14:45 3 Kyoto Flora 7-1 Shigakkan University
10/24 Sat 10:00 1 Komazawa Gakuen Joshi High School 1-1 Shobi Gakuen University
10/24 Sat 12:35 2 Sakushi Gakuin High School 0-5 Saitama Astraia
10/24 Sat 14:50 3 Hyogo Dione 12-1 Hanasaki Tokuharu High School
10/24 Sat 17:20 4 Saitama Sakae High School 1-2 Kyoto Flora
10/25 Sun 09:00 1 Komazawa Gakuen Joshi High School 0-10 Saitama Astraia
10/25 Sun 11:15 2 Kyoto Flora 4-4 Hyogo Dione
10/25 Sun 14:00 3 Saitama Astraia 0-3 Hyogo Dione

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