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[12/16/2015] Yomiuri Giants reach agreement with Garrett Jones

by on Dec.16, 2015 @ 5:49 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-four-year-old outfielder Garrett Jones. According to reports by the media, the two sides agreed on a one-year deal worth an 2.5 million US dollars. He was assigned the uniform number 5.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 12/16/2015, Sanspo 12/16/2015, Nikkan Sports 12/16/2015

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[12/11/2015] Hiroshima Carp announces agreement with Bradin Hagens (UPDATE)

by on Dec.14, 2015 @ 2:56 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp are close to signing twenty-six-year-old pitcher Bradin Hagens. They are expected to finalize a formal agreement within the next few days.

Source: Sanspo 12/11/2015

[UPDATE 12/14 @ 2:56pm]

Hiroshima formally announced that they reached an agreement with Hagens. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 475,000 US dollars plus incentives.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 12/14/2015

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[12/13/2015] NPB Fan Appreciation Day Attendance Totals and Other Data

by on Dec.13, 2015 @ 6:43 pm, under NPB
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Team Date Attendance Notes Video Links
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 11/22/2015Sponichi 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 detailsOfficial announcement, Official recap, Tokyo Sports 11/23/2015Daily Sports 11/23/2015Nikkan Sports 11/23/2015 (photos)
Orix 11/23 22,110 Unveiled new uniforms. ... Retirement ceremony for Keiichi Hirano. PLTV Official detailsDaily 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 11/24/2015Nikkan 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 11/23/2015Sponichi 11/23/2015Nikkan 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 11/23/2015Sports 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 11/29/2015Sports 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

[12/11/2015] Yakult Swallows introduce 2015 Draft Class

by on Dec.11, 2015 @ 7:24 pm, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows 2015 Draft Class

The Swallows held a press conference at Yakult Hall in Minato, Tokyo on December 11 to introduce their 2015 draft class.

Ord Uni Name DOB HT/WT POS T/B Level Contract Bonus
1 16 原 樹理
Hara, Juri
1993/07/19 180/79 P R/R 東洋大学
Toyo University
15.00M 100.00M
2 36 廣岡 大志
Hirooka, Taishi
1997/04/09 183/80 INF R/R 智辯学園高等学校
Chiben Gakuen High School
6.00M 50.00M
3 47 高橋 奎二
Takahashi, Keiji
1997/05/14 178/71 P L/L 龍谷大学付属平安高等学校
Ryukoku Daigaku Heian High School
6.00M 50.00M
4 48 日隈 ジュリアス
Higuma, Julius
1997/05/25 184/77 P L/L 高知中央高等学校
Kochi Chuo High School
5.00M 32.00M
5 31 山崎 晃大朗
Yamasaki, Kotaro
1993/08/11 173/68 OF L/L 日本大学
Nihon University
8.00M 38.00M
6 49 渡邉 大樹
Watanabe, Daiki
1997/06/07 182/84 INF R/R 専修大学松戸高等学校
Senshu Daigaku Matsudo High School
5.00M 25.00M

Salaries are estimates made by the media.

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[12/11/2015] Yomiuri Giants sign former Lotte Luis Cruz

by on Dec.11, 2015 @ 6:06 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants announced that they reached an agreement with former Lotte Luis Cruz.

Source: official announcement

[UPDATE @ 7:00pm]

According to Tokyo Sports, the two sides agreed on a two-year deal worth a total four million US dollars. He is expected to get the uniform number 11.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/11/2015

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[12/8/2015] Seibu Lions announce agreement with Andy Van Hekken

by on Dec.08, 2015 @ 10:31 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced earlier today that they reached an agreement with thirty-six-year-old pitcher Andy Van Hekken. He was assigned the uniform number 47. A press conference will be held in January.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract that will be worth about 140 million yen.

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

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