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2014 Suzuki Japan All-Star Series

by on Nov.09, 2014 @ 11:21 pm, under Samurai Japan
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Series MVP: Yanagita, Yuki.

Samurai Japan won the series, 3-2.

Date Time Gm   Score   Venue Attendance TV
11/10 Mon 18:00 EX Softbank-Nippon Ham 1-0 Samurai Japan YafuOku Dome 23446 Fuji TV
11/11 Tue 18:00 EX MLB All-Stars 8-7 Hanshin-Yomiuri Koshien Stadium 26946 Nippon TV
11/12 Wed 18:00 1 MLB All-Stars 0-2 Samurai Japan Kyocera Dome 33003 Nippon TV
11/14 Fri 18:00 2 MLB All-Stars 4-8 Samurai Japan Tokyo Dome 42277 Nippon TV
11/15 Sat 18:00 3 MLB All-Stars 0-4 Samurai Japan Tokyo Dome 46084 Nippon TV
11/16 Sun 18:00 4 MLB All-Stars 6-1 Samurai Japan Tokyo Dome 43705 TV Asahi
11/18 Tue 19:00 5 MLB All-Stars 3-1 Samurai Japan Sapporo Dome 30159 TBS
11/20 Thu 18:00 EX MLB All-Stars 4-6 Samurai Japan Okinawa Cellular Stadium Naha 17941 TBS


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[11/7/2014] Posts of Interest for the 2014 Off-season

by on Nov.07, 2014 @ 7:06 am, under NPB

[11/21/2014] Fan Appreciation Day 2014

by on Nov.21, 2014 @ 5:15 pm, under NPB
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I was meaning to post this list a few weeks earlier, but got caught up in a few things and could not finish it until today. Hopefully better late then never.

BTW: I'm going to try and go to the Swallows event on Sunday. If any Yakyubaka readers are going to be there, give a shout out in the comment section below or drop me an e-mail and maybe we can meet.


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[11/21/2014] NPB General News and Notes

by on Nov.21, 2014 @ 4:23 pm, under NPB, Samurai Japan

The 2014 NPB Awards will be sponsored by Taisho Seiyaku.


  • Formal Name: NPB Awards 2014 supported by Lipovitan D.
  • Date: November 26 (Wednesday)
    • Farm Awards: 12:30 - 13:30
    • NPB Awards: 16:30 - 18:45
  • Sponsor: Taisho Seiyaku

Source: official announcement


The NPB will select an All-Time Best Nine to commemorate their eightieth anniversary. The results will be unveiled during the NPB Awards ceremony on the 26th.

Source: Sponichi 11/21/2014


The NPB is planning to schedule a number of international games in March next year for Samurai Japan. Possible opponents are Cuba, Mexico, and the Netherlands. Two games will most likely take place at Tokyo Dome.

The NPB is hoping to play international games in the spring and fall every year as part of their Samurai Japan program.

Source: Sponichi 11/21/2014

[11/21/2014] 2014 Sapporo Dome MVP goes to Dai-Kang Yoh

by on Nov.21, 2014 @ 3:40 pm, under NPB
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Sapporo Dome announced today that Dai-Kang Yoh was selected by fans as this year's Sapporo Dome MVP. Yoh also won the award last year.

Yoh recorded thirteen home runs and thirty-eight RBI at Sapporo Dome this past season. Fans selected him on 1,114 ballots out of 2,648.

In addition to Yoh, Sapporo Dome also announced two winners of the Sapporo Dome Merit Award: Atsunori Inaba and Makoto Kaneko. The two players, now retired, were recognized for their accomplishments at Sapporo Dome over their careers.

Source: official announcement

[11/20/2014] Free Agents and Rumors: Chihiro Kaneko, Ryoji Aikawa, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Nov.21, 2014 @ 1:56 am, under NPB
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Chihiro Kaneko

  • The Hanshin Tigers met Kaneko's agent in Tokyo on Wednesday.
  • The Tigers did not submit an offer during the meeting. They were more curious about Kaneko's itentions and plans.
  • Hanshin is still not planning to get involved until they know for certain what Kaneko wants.
  • Hanshin is interested in sitting down with Kaneko, but only if the Orix Buffaloes decide not to post him.
  • Kaneko has hired Arn Tellem.

Sources: Daily Sports 11/20/2014, Sports Hochi 11/20/2014, Liz Mullen Tweet 11/18/2014

Ryoji Aikawa

  • Aikawa is planning to announce his decision on Friday. He is expected to sign with the Yomiuri Giants.
  • The Giants will most likely offer Aikawa the number 23.
  • Yomiuri's offer will most likely be a one-year deal worth around sixty million yen.

Sources: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2014, Daily Sports 11/20/2014, Sanspo 11/20/2014


Five NPB teams, including the Hanshin Tigers, are interested in Hiroyuki Nakajima (32). The Tigers may have offered 1.2 billion yen over four years. The other four teams could be Seibu, Chunichi, Yokohama, and Orix. A Tigers' official told reporters they feel their offer needs to be the best. Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2014 ... Nakajima is currently training in the United States. According to Sanspo, Nakajima's family left for the United States on the 19th for a "family meeting." A decision could be made soon. A person close to Nakajima told reporters there was a seventy to eighty percent chance he would sign with the Tigers. Hanshin could send someone to the US in early-December to finalize negotiations. Source: Sanspo 11/20/2014

[11/20/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.21, 2014 @ 1:53 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tatsunori Hara is going to hold off on making a decision about whether or not Ren Wada should be converted to a catcher. Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Naomasa Yokowa was Yutaka Wada's fall camp MVP. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2014
  • Takashi Toritani will appear in the 2014 team calendar under the month of April. Takahiro Arai will appear in a group photo under the month of November. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Intra-squad game on Wednesday: Shoma Sato entered the game in the 5th and retired the side in order. He needed just four pitches to record three outs. Daily Sports 11/20/2014
  • Through Wednesday, Allen Kuri has thrown 1,777 pitches during fall camp. He threw sixty-one pitches during his intra-squad outing on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Takeaki Tokuyama is one of Mitsuru Manaka's fall camp MVPs. Tokuyama spent time working on keeping his pitches low and using the slide step during his bullpen sessions. He has thrown 1,050 pitches during fall camp. Source: Sanso 11/20/2014

[11/20/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.21, 2014 @ 1:44 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo is planning to give players an outline of the spring camp schedule for next year before the end of November. Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tatsuya Uchi had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow at a hospital in Kanagawa on Wednesday. He will require about five months for a full recovery. Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • YafuOku Dome will be upgraded with an LED lighting system during the off-season. Construction will begin on January 8. The system will be ready to use on February 28. Source: official announcement
  • Masato Yoshii will be juggling his duties as Ichi-gun pitching coach with his duties as a graduate school student at the University of Tsukuba. He might ask players to become subjects for his research work. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters are planning to open rooms 501 (previous tennant with Yuki Saito) and 502 (previous tennant was Sho Nakata) up to players from the 2014 draft class. Room 501 could go to first round draft pick Kohei Arihara. Room 502 could go to second round draft pick Yushi Shimizu. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2014
  • The Fighters announced the following uniform number changes: Haruki Nishikawa, from twenty-six to eight; and Masahiro Inui, from sixteen to thirty-two. Source: official announcement

[11/20/2014] Yakult Swallows: Swallows Crew Uniforms

by on Nov.20, 2014 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows unveiled a fourth uniform they will wear to six home games at Jingu Stadium during the 2015 season. Masanori Ishikawa and Yasuhiro Ogawa will model the uniform during fan appreciation day on November 23. Fans that sign up for Swallows Crew 2014 Fan Club memberships (excluding Right and Free levels) will receive a free replica of the uniform.


  • April 17-19 vs Yokohama
  • June 5-7 vs Lotte

Source: official announcement

[11/20/2014] Keiji Obiki decides to sign with the Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.20, 2014 @ 6:20 pm, under NPB
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Keiji Obiki (30) contacted the Yakult Swallows earlier today to tell them that he has decided to sign with them.

"He contacted us to let us know he was going to sign with us. I'm relieved," said team official Masanori Matsui. He continued, "Our younger players up the middle are getting better, but this gives us more depth. Hopefully the competition will help push things in a positive direction."

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2014