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Japanese Major League Players Join the Cavalry
Yokohama DeNA BayStars send 4 stars to Canberra for the 2018/19 ABL Season
10/13/2018 11:42 PM ET

This afternoon, the Yokohama DeNA BayStars announced they will send 4 players to Canberra to play for the Cavalry this season, including a Samurai Japan National Team representative and 2 other NPB players.

Nippon Professional Baseball ("NPB") is Japanese Major Baseball and is the largest sports league in Asia.

The BayStars will send 3 pitchers and 1 outfielder to the Cavalry this season, including one Samurai Japan National Team representative who competed against Team Australia in the 2018 Japan Series in Tokyo.

Shota Imanaga is one of NPB's star pitchers. In 2017, Imanaga had an 11-7 win-loss record with a 2.98 earned run average and 140 strikeouts in 148 innings for the BayStars. Imanaga has represented Samurai Japan, Japan's National Baseball Team, on multiple occasions, including in the 2018 Japan Series against Team Australia in Tokyo, where he held the Aussies scoreless in his Game 1 appearance.


Cavalry Director Donn McMichael is pleased with the assigned players. "The BayStars are sending us some top talent, which is a sign of the trust they have in our organisation. We're excited to welcome these players to Canberra and to see them put on the orange jersey."

Interest in the ABL throughout Asia has exploded in recent seasons, sparked by star Taiwanese players competing in the league. This has resulted in significant viewership of ABL content in Taiwan with key Asian highlights totalling over 4 million views collectively. With the size of the Japanese population and their love for baseball as the national sport, that explosive growth is poised to continue in Canberra this summer. If your business is interested in exposure into Japan and throughout Asia, it is not too late to join the Cavalry family as a Major Partner or Broadcast Partner for this upcoming season.

On Saturday night December 8 at 7pm, the Cavalry will host Japan Night at the Fort at MIT Ballpark. Yokohama DeNA BayStars executives will be in attendance and Shota Imanaga will be the starting pitcher for the Cavalry.

Yokohama DeNA BayStars players joining the Cavalry in 2018/19:

Shota Imanaga - Left-handed Starting Pitcher. Imanaga represented Samurai Japan (Japanese National Baseball Team) in 2017 and 2018 in the Japan Series against Team Australia in Tokyo. He will join Cavalry during weeks 2 through 7.

Yuki Kuniyoshi - Right-handed Relief Pitcher. Kuniyoshi is an 8-year NPB veteran with the BayStars and will join Cavalry for the entire ABL Regular Season.

Koki Aoyagi - Outfielder. Aoyagi is a 21-year old BayStars prospect who will join Cavalry for entire ABL Regular Season.

Tomoya Mikami - Right-handed Relief Pitcher. Mikami is a 5-year NPB veteran with the BayStars who will join the Cavalry from weeks 3 through 10.

There will be a corresponding press event for more information, questions, and interviews on Monday 15 October at 1:00pm Canberra Time at BentSpoke Brewery in Braddon.

BayStars Player Announcement Press Conference:

Event: Canberra Cavalry + Yokohama DeNA BayStars Player Announcement.

Date: Monday 15 October

Time: 1:00pm

Location: BentSpoke Brewery, Upstairs, 38 Mort St, Braddon ACT 2612

Attendees: Cavalry Manager Keith Ward, Cavalry Director Dan Amodio

Streamed Online: Canberra Cavalry Facebook Page.

Tickets for Cavalry's Japan Night available here; Cavalry's Japan Night Tickets

Memberships available now;

Please direct questions & interview requests to Dan Amodio at +61 421 735 520 or

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.