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Hall of Fame 2022

Masahiro Yamamoto, who set numerous age-related record as a front-line starter, and Shingo Takatsu, who is second on Japan’s all-time saves list have been elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame, the hall announced Friday.

Both Yamamoto, who pitched his entire career for the Chunichi Dragons, and Takatsu, spent most of playing years with the Yakult Swallows, were elected from the Players Division ballot. They were joined by the late founder of Tokai University, Shigeyoshi Matsumae, who was elected by the special committee for his role in promoting baseball internationally.

For the second straight year, no new inductees were elected from the Experts Division, which considers other achievements in addition to what individuals accomplish during their playing career.

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Kotatsu League scorecard

New 70-man roster signings through January 8, 2022

Central League

Yakult Swallows

Hanshin Tigers

Yomiuri Giants

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • RHP Sho Iwasaki — From SoftBank as free agent compensation for RHP Katsuki Matayoshi.

DeNA BayStars

Pacific League

Orix Buffaloes

Lotte Marines

Rakuten Eagles

SoftBank Hawks

  • SS Freddy Galvis
  • RHP Tyler Chatwood
  • RHP Colin Rea back after being released so he could see to family matters in the States.
  • RHP Katsuki Matayoshi — free agent from Chunichi

Nippon Ham Fighters

Seibu Lions