Jan 15, 2016

Dragons ink former Japan star Tamura on developmental deal

Outfielder Hitoshi Tamura, a key contributor on Japan’s 2006 World Baseball Classic championship team, has joined the Chunichi Dragons on a developmental contract, the Central League club said Friday. The 38-year-old Tamura, who was released by the Yokohama BayStars in December, will receive an ...

Dec 1, 2015

Dragons part ways with veteran infielder Luna

The Chunichi Dragons parted company with Hector Luna on Tuesday, when the 35-year-old first baseman was left off the Central League club’s reserve list. In three seasons with the Dragons, Luna batted .316 with 34 home runs. He scored 187 runs and drove in ...

Oct 24, 2015

Longtime Dragons star Ibata retires at age 40

Hirokazu Ibata, the iconic former shortstop for Chunichi Dragons and a seven-time Golden Glove winner, announced his retirement on Saturday. “I never imagined I’d be able to carry on until the age of 40. These 18 years have been like a dream,” said the ...

Oct 20, 2015

Ex-Dragons hurler Kawakami announces retirement

Chunichi Dragons right-hander Kenshin Kawakami, the 2004 Sawamura Award winner and Central League MVP, announced his retirement on Tuesday. “I still wanted to play a few years,” the 40-year-old Kawakami told a news conference. “I know I’m close to my limits, but I wanted ...

Swallows close in on Central League pennant

Sep 28, 2015

Swallows close in on Central League pennant

Tsuyoshi Ueda had four hits, including a two-run home run to spark the Tokyo Yakult Swallows to a 6-2 win over the Chunichi Dragons that left Yakult one win away from its sixth Central League pennant. Ueda opened the bottom of the first with ...

Dragons' Yamamoto, 50, announces retirement

Sep 26, 2015

Dragons' Yamamoto, 50, announces retirement

Chunichi Dragons pitcher Masahiro Yamamoto, who turned 50 in August, said Saturday he will retire at the end this season. “The current reality is that the Dragons are moving forward to rejuvenate the team before my eyes and I strongly felt that it would ...

Dragons manager Tanishige to end playing career

Sep 21, 2015

Dragons manager Tanishige to end playing career

Chunichi Dragons player-manager Motonobu Tanishige said Monday that this will be his last season as an active player. The 44-year-old Tanishige, who holds Nippon Professional Baseball’s record for games played with 3,019, is the fourth Dragons player to announce his retirement this month following ...

Chunichi's Ogasawara announces retirement

Sep 17, 2015

Chunichi's Ogasawara announces retirement

Chunichi Dragons infielder Michihiro Ogasawara announced Thursday he will retire as an active player at the end of this season. “I feel relieved, kind of like this day has finally come,” Ogasawara told a news conference. “I have got all kinds of mixed feelings ...

Sep 12, 2015

Wada to hang up cleats at end of season

Chunichi Dragons veteran outfielder Kazuhiro Wada will retire at the end of the season, he told reporters before a game against the Tokyo Yakult Swallows on Saturday afternoon at Nagoya Dome. “Stay tuned for details,” the 43-year-old Wada said. In his 19th year of ...