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Shohei Ohtani visits former Fighters teammates at spring camp

Baseball / MLB Feb 10, 2019

Shohei Ohtani visits former Fighters teammates at spring camp

Shohei Ohtani took a break from his rehabilitation program on Saturday to visit his former Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters teammates in Arizona. The slugging Los Angeles Angels pitcher and American League rookie of the year is entering his second major league season since the Fighters ...

Fighters re-sign hurler Nick Martinez

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Dec 18, 2018

Fighters re-sign hurler Nick Martinez

Right-hander Nick Martinez has re-signed with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, the Pacific League club announced Tuesday. Martinez, a 28-year-old who made 68 starts for the Texas Rangers before moving to the Fighters, went 10-11 with a 3.51 ERA this year for Nippon Ham. He ...

Fighters, Swallows authorize four-player trade

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Dec 11, 2018

Fighters, Swallows authorize four-player trade

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters and Tokyo Yakult Swallows have agreed to a four-player deal, the two NPB teams announced Tuesday. The Fighters, in need of relief pitchers, sent right-hander Hirotoshi Takanashi and infielder Kengo Ota in exchange for right-hander Ryo Akiyoshi and infielder Ryota ...

Trey Hillman among Miami Marlins' new coaching hires

Baseball / MLB Dec 6, 2018

Trey Hillman among Miami Marlins' new coaching hires

Former Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters manager Trey Hillman has joined the Miami Marlins as the team's new first base and infield coach, it was announced on Wednesday. The Marlins also brought in Mel Stottlemyre Jr., formerly the Seattle Mariners pitching coach, and Jeff Livesey as ...

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Dec 5, 2018

Fighters acquire former Cubs pitcher Justin Hancock

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters announced Wednesday they have signed a one-year contract with pitcher Justin Hancock for an estimated ¥70 million (about $620,000). Hancock threw 12.1 innings of relief for the Chicago Cubs this past season, getting 11 strikeouts with a 1.46 ERA. The ...