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Nippon Ham Fighters reach deals with Hoffpauir and Wolfe for 2013 season

by on Nov.05, 2012 @ 7:40 pm, under NPB
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The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they signed Brian Wolfe and Micah Hoffpauir to contracts for the 2013 season.  They also announced that Terrmel Sledge will not be returning next year.

The following comments from Wolfe and Hoffpauir were posted by the Fighters:

Wolfe: My love for team, Hokkaido, and the fans have grown strong after spending three years with the Fighters.  My family is happy they will be able to come back here again.  I want to always do my best in front of the fans in Hokkaido and all across Japan.  I will prepare myself for winning the Nippon Series next year by working hard once I return home.

Hoffpauir: I am happy that I will be able to return as a member of the Fighters in 2013 and fight to win with my teammates and the fans.   While we were able to win the pennant, we unfortunately failed to win a Nippon Series.  Next season, I will prepared to use all my abilities to in order to win a Nippon Series.  I look forward to the continued support.

Source: official announcement


UPDATE @ 9:01pm - According to Sports Hochi, Wolfe signed a deal worth 105M yen (up 18M yen) and Hoffpauir 68M yen (up 5M yen).  Source: Sponichi Hochi 10/5/2012

Nippon Ham Fighters: Sledge will not return; Molleken on the cusp

by on Nov.04, 2012 @ 12:45 pm, under NPB
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According to Nikkan Sports, Terrmel Sledge (35) will not be returning to the the Nippon Ham Fighters next season.  An announcement will be made within the next couple of days.

Dustin Molleken's (28) status is still uncertain -- much will depend on negotiations.  Brian Wolfe (31) and Micah Hoffpauir (32) are both expected to return in 2013.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2012


UPDATE @ 11:10pm - Bobby Keppel (30) is also expected to return next year.  Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2012

Nippon Ham Fighters: Wolfe, Hoffpauir to return in 2013

by on Oct.30, 2012 @ 5:12 pm, under NPB
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Brian Wolfe (31) and Micah Hoffpauir (32) will most likely return to the Nippon ham Fighters next season.

The Fighters exercised a club option on Wolfe and have reportedly agreed to pay him about 100M yen next season.  Hoffpauir drew interest from one or more NPB teams but has already unofficially agreed to sign a deal worth an estimated 80M yen.

Still no word on what Nippon Ham is planning with Bobby Keppel.  Terrmel Sledge will most likely not return.

Nippon Ham Fighters: Terrmel Sledge likely will not return in 2013

by on Sep.15, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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According to Nikkan Sports, the Nippon Ham Fighters will most likely part ways with Terrmel Sledge after the current season.  Sledge returned to the US earlier this year in June after injuring his left knee.  He underwent an operation in July and was attempting to comeback this season, but things may have not gone well since there is still no timetable for his return.  The Fighters have most likely written him out of their plans for the 2013 season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/15/2012

Nippon Ham Fighters: Terrmel Sledge, Bobby Keppel have their surgeries

by on Jul.18, 2012 @ 4:51 pm, under NPB
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The Fighters announced today that Terrmel Sledge and Bobby Keppel both went under the knife and Tuesday.

Sledge had his left knee scoped at a hospital in California.  He will begin his rehab in the US before setting a timetable on his return to Japan.

Keppel had his right shoulder cleaned out at a hospital in Florida.  He will head to Missouri for his rehab.

Source: Official team websiteSponichi 7/18/2012

Injury News and Notes: July 10, 2012

by on Jul.11, 2012 @ 2:49 am, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

Eiichi Koyano did not play in Tuesday's game against Lotte becaues he was not feeling well -- he had a fever and the chills; he went to the hospital for an IV treatment.  Koyano might be ok to play on Wednesday.  Source: Sports Hochi 7/11/2012, Nikkan Sports 7/10/2012


The Nippon Ham Fighters announced on Tuesday that Terrmel Sledge will have his right knee scoped on July 17.  Source: Sports Hochi 7/11/2012

Seibu Lions

During Tuesday's game against Softbank, Yasuyuki Kataoka tweaked his right wrist while trying to catch a ball on defense in the top of the 2nd inning.  Kataoka remained in the game but was replaced on defense in the top of the 4th.  He was taken to the hospital during the game and was cleared of any problems to his bones; he is expected to have the wrist re-evaluated on Wednesday.  Source: Sponichi 7/11/2012


Kazuhisa Ishii was taken off the active roster on Tuesday with discomfort in his left elbow.  The Lions are looking at him returning to the starting rotation some time after the All-Star break.  Source: Sports Hochi 7/10/2012

Chunichi Dragons

Masahiro Araki asked to be removed from Tuesday's game against the Hanshin Tigers with discomfort in his left hamstring.  After reaching on a walk in the 7th inning, Araki stole second and, one play later, asked to be removed from the game because of something he felt in his hamstring.  It does not appear to be serious enough to warrant a removal from the active roster.  Source: Sports Hochi 7/11/2012

Yokohama Bay Stars

Alex Ramirez was replaced by pinch-hitter Hichori Morimoto in the 6th inning of Tuesday's game against Yokohama because of discomfort in his right leg.  The team will wait to see how he is doing on Wednesday before making any decisions on what to do next.  Source: Sports Hochi 7/10/2012

Nippon Ham Fighters: Terrmel Sledge taken off active roster with left knee injury

by on Jun.16, 2012 @ 7:14 pm, under NPB
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Terrmel Sledge was taken off the active roster today with pain in his left knee.  He will be returning to the US within the next couple days for an evaluation.

The team trainer told reporters that it was not a sudden development and that the pain had been increasing over time until it got so bad that he missed Thursday's game against the Yomiuri Giants.  The trainer also mentioned that Sledge had surgery on his left knee back in 2008, before arriving in Japan.

Source: Sponichi 6/16/2012

Nippon Ham Fighters: February 25, 2012

by on Feb.26, 2012 @ 1:01 am, under NPB
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7th round draft pick Takumi Oshima may opt to miss his university graduation ceremony (March 26) since he hopes to be in Hokkaido preparing for opening day on March 30.

Oshima did not play in Saturday's exhibition game against the Rakuten Eagles because of some lower back pain.  And while he did take batting practice, he was not available off the bench.


Terrmel Sledge and Brian Wolfe went fishing on their day off on Friday and returned to the player hotel empty-handed.


The Fighters currently have forty-one players at Ichi-gun camp.  Hideki Kuriyama is planning to drop three pitchers and three position players to Ni-gun on February 28 and continue to pare the roster down to about thirty players by March 8.


Bobby Keppel is scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.


The Fighters have set up three meeting rooms on the first floor of their team office in Sapporo.  The three rooms will each have a name: Darvish, Shinjo, and Hillman.

Nippon Ham Fighters: February 11, 2012

by on Feb.11, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Terrmel Sledge showed up to practice today with his hair cut down low -- he apparently cut it himself.


If 7th round draft pick Takumi Oshima wants a shot at making the active roster on opening day, it might have to be as a left-handed bat off the bench since he still needs more work as a catcher and there is no way he will DH, assuming Terrmel Sledge fills that role.

Sports Hochi mentions Oshima could be converted to a first baseman.  But that is a fairly crowded position: Atsunori Inaba, Micah Hoffpauir, and possibly Kensuke Tanaka.


Kenshi Sugiya was picked off during each of the two intra-squad games on February 8 and 9.