Official: Eric Campbell signs with Hanshin Tigers

Eric Campbell.

It is official, the contract details for Eric Campbell was said to be on a one-year deal worth an estimated 70 million Yen (617,000 USD in annual salary), Campbell will also wear the jersey number 29, according to the report.


New York Mets infielder, Eric Campbell, 29, will be playing his next season with the NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) Hanshin Tigers, of the Central league. Via link, a press conference will be made for Campbell in a few days showing his contract details when he arrives in Japan.

Infielder Casey McGehee was supposed to be the Hanshin Tigers original target to man their 3rd base position, but later backed out due to various reasons, then shifted to other options resulting to the signing of now former Mets infielder, Eric Campbell.

Eric Campbell played for 3 seasons there at the Major league level with the Mets, he owns a batting line of .221/.312/.311 with 7 homeruns and 44 RBI in 196 games played (505 PA, along with 438 AB) overall in his big league career.

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5 thoughts on “Official: Eric Campbell signs with Hanshin Tigers

  1. So: continuing the newly diapered tradition I initiated with Ren’s preceding post, here’s an early familiarization gambit for the Hanshin Tigers (who you could think of as the Red Sox of Japanese baseball as the Yomiuri Giants of Tokyo might be compared with the Borg). They have slugged it out with Tokyo for primacy for decades. I’ve written about this before, but two of the greatest ballgames I’ve ever attended were between those two teams: both 1-0 extra inning games, one won by the Tigers in Tokyo and one by the Giants in Koshien. One of the two, the Tokyo victory, was a walkoff.

    Hanshin shares the Osaka-Kobe regional market with the Orix Buffaloes, but they stay in their single home park in Koshien, near Kobe.

    Here’s the Tigers’ logo:

    Here’s the variant of the logo they wear on their caps. I really like the way the “H” resembles a torii, the traditional Japanese Shinto temple gateway. It helps orfset the Latin alphabet Japanese baseball teams use for their logos and insignia. We’ll get into that a little more when I discuss the history and evolution of Japan League ball later this orfseason:

    Here’s Koshien Stadium, home of the Tigers:

    Here’s the outside of the stadium – wonderfully retro; it’s almost as if they’ve internalized the Red Sox analogy and put up a sort of Asian-Pacific version of Fenway Park:

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  2. Good article. I have to say though, Old Gator is probably mistaken about one of the two wins being a walk-off. According to what he wrote, the road team won both games (Hanshin won in Tokyo and Kyojin won at Koshien)… that implies to me that the home team had a shot in the bottom half of the inning but failed. No?

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  3. Also, Hanshin does not have just one “home park” – it’d be nice to think they do, but every spring for at least one series, and every summer for two, they play at Osaka Dome (Kyocera) in what are considered “home games”… but yes, their true home is Koshien.

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