Thursday, January 17, 2019

Fighters In Arizona, 2019 Edition

For the fourth consecutive year the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters are doing the first part of their spring camp in Arizona.  Like last year it will be at Salt River Fields At Talking Stick in Scottsdale, the spring training home of the Rockies and Diamondbacks.  The team will be there from February 1st to the 12th.  Their schedule is available on the team's website (in Japanese of course) but the important days to note are off days on the 3rd and 8th, an inter-squad game (Red vs White) on the 9th and a game against the KBO's NC Dinos on the 11th.  Both games will be at 12:30.

The Fighters announced who all is coming today.  I've translated the list (and hopefully gotten all the names correct).  There's a couple notable newcomers to the team on the roster - former Orix Buffaloes ace Chihiro Kaneko and former CPBL star Po-Jung Wang.

Number Player/Coach Category
1 Saitoh, Yuki Pitcher
2 Sugiya, Kenshi Infielder
5 Ota, Taishi Outfielder
6 Nakata, Sho Infielder
7 Nishikawa, Haruki Outfielder
8 Kondoh, Kensuke Outfielder
9 Nakashima, Takuya Infielder
12 Matsumoto, Go Infielder
14 Kato, Takayuki Pitcher
15 Uwasawa, Naoyuki Pitcher
16 Arihara, Kohei Pitcher
17 Urano, Hiroshi Pitcher
19 Kaneko, Chihiro Pitcher
20 Uehara, Kenta Pitcher
21 Kiyomiya, Kotaro Infielder
22 Tsuruoka, Shinya Coach
23 Watanabe, Ryo Infielder
25 Miyanishi, Naoki Pitcher
26 Asama, Daiki Outfielder
27 Martinez, Nick Pitcher
28 Hancock, Justin Pitcher
29 Iguchi, Kazutomo Pitcher
30 Kagiya, Yohei Pitcher
32 Yachi, Ryota Infielder
33 Barbato, Johnny Pitcher
34 Hori, Mizuki Pitcher
35 Nishimura, Takahiro Pitcher
36 Nakamura, Masaru Pitcher
38 Ishii, Kazunari Infielder
39 Akiyoshi, Ryo Pitcher
41 Rodriguez, Bryan Pitcher
42 Kurobane, Toshiki Catcher
45 Hiranuma, Shota Infielder
49 Kumon, Katsuhiko Pitcher
51 Ishikawa, Naoya Pitcher
52 Miyadei, Kohei Pitcher
54 Tamai, Taisho Pitcher
57 Sugiura, Toshihiro Pitcher
58 Yokoo, Toshitake Infielder
67 Kishisato, Ryosuke Outfielder
68 Ishikawa, Ryo Catcher
73 Ogata, Koichi Coach
74 Takahashi, Noriyuki Coach
75 Kawana, Shinichi Coach
79 Shiroishi, Noriyuki Coach
80 Kuriyama, Hideki Manager
84 Atsuzawa, Kazuyuki Coach
88 Kaneko, Makoto Coach
92 Kida, Masao Coach
99 Wang, Po-Jung Outfielder

There are also three KBO teams training in Arizona this year.  The KT Wiz and the afore-mentioned NC Dinos will be training in Tucson from the end of January until March 8th.  KT will be at the Kino Sports Complex while I assume that NC will be Hi Corbett Field but I don't know that for sure.  The newly renamed Kiwoom Heroes (formerly Nexen) will be in Peoria from January 30th to February 18th and then in Tucson for some period of time afterward.  

In addition the defending KBO champion SK Wyverns will be in Vero Beach, Florida from January 30th to February 24th.

I don't think there's a CPBL team training in the US this year but I could be wrong.

Thanks to for the information on where the KBO teams are training.

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