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[1/31/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hayato Sakamoto arrived in Miyazaki on Saturday. He will start the year at Ichi-gun spring camp, but will be taking things slow during the first block of workouts -- he missed mini-camp because of lower back tightness. Source: Sponichi 1/31/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/31/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama could toss a bullpen session some time during the third block of spring camp (begins February 11). Source: Nikkan Sports 1/31/2015
  • Team official Eiichi Takano told reporters on Saturday that Mauro Gomez received his passport and could join the team on the first day of the second block of spring camp (February 6). The Tigers also sent a representative to the Dominican Republic to keep an eye on things and help when needed. The plan is for Gomez to arrive in Japan on the 4th, head to Okinawa on the 5th, and be ready to practice on the 6th. Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2015, Sanspo 1/31/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/31/2015

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows visited Naminoue Shrine in Naha on Saturday to pray for a succesful season. Source: Sponichi 1/31/2015
  • Mitsuru Manaka is planning to take a more relaxed approached during spring camp. He does not want players to practice, just for the sake of practising. He wants players to use their time efficiently and responsibly. If they feel they are finished and are satisfied with their session, they are free to leave. Source: Sponichi 1/31/2015

[1/31/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks arrived in Miyazaki on Saturday and participated in a parade to celebrate their Nippon Series Championship. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/31/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/31/2015
  • Ryota Igarashi learned that he throws the forkball using the same grip Hiroshima's Hiroki Kuroda uses to throw a slider. He thinks it might have something to do with the fingers: he uses his index finger instead of his middle finger when throwing the ball. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/31/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters held a press conference for Brandon Laird and Jeremy Hermida on Saturday. Source: official announcement
  • Shohei Otani tossed his fifth bullpen session of the year on Friday. Otani saw more movement in his slider after making some changes to the way he throws the pitch, particularly the grip. Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2015, Sponichi 1/31/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/31/2015 ... Otani's list of pitches, ordered by confidence: fastball, fast curve, forkball, slider, and change-up. Source: Sponichi 1/31/2015
  • Sho Nakata weighed 106 kilograms before he left to train in Hawaii. He returned at ninety-eight kilograms. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/31/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The first round of major roster moves could come on February 16, after intra-squad games on February 14 and 15. Kagoshima Ni-gun camp is slated to begin on February 17. Source: Sports Hochi 1/31/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Tomoya Mori is a candidate for the Samurai Japan team that will be playing two international games in March. Source: Sponichi 1/31/2015
  • There will be a new seating area on the third base side at Seibu Prince Dome this season. Construction has already started. The section should be ready for the Orix series that begins on March 27. Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2015
  • Tele Asa Ch 2 will be airing all Seibu home games this year. That includes exhibition and inter-league games. Source: official page, official announcement

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Norimoto is currently slated to get the opening day start on March 27 at Sapporo Dome against the Nippon Ham Fighters. Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2015

[1/31/2015] Hanshin Tigers unveil 2015 uniforms

by on Jan.31, 2015 @ 8:59 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers unveiled their uniforms for the 2015 season earlier today. They are based on a version used in 1985.

Hanshin Tigers 2015 Uniforms

The Tigers are celebrating their 80th anniversary this season. The uniforms are one part of the celebration. The organization also opened up a web site commemorating their 80-year history.

Source: official announcement (image taken from announcement page), Daily Sports 1/31/2015

[1/30/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.31, 2015 @ 4:36 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano threw fifty pitches in the bullpen on Friday. He threw at about sixty percent. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015
  • Hirokazu Sawamura tossed a bullpen session to a standing catcher on Thursday. Source: Sponichi 1/30/2015
  • Takahiro Suzuki missed practices on Thursday because of a fever. Source: Sanspo 1/30/2015
  • The Sky Tree is the tallest structure in Japan. Tatsunori Hara dubbed Aaron Poreda (198 centimeters), Miles Mikolas (196 centimeters), and Scott Mathieson (191 centimeters) the Sky Three. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015, Sponichi 1/30/2015
  • Seiji Kobayashi admitted that he was in a relationship with Fuji TV reporter Tomo Miyazawa. Friday, a weekly magazine, recently published photos of Miyazawa staying at Kobayashi's apartment in January. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015
  • Hideki Matsui will visit Giants spring camp on February 3 and 4. He will also visit the Yokohama Bay Stars Okinawa camp between February 5 and 7. He will return to the United States after that and will most likely head to Florida for New York Yankees camp on February 21 as a special roving instructor. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez will most likely miss the first day of spring camp. Gomez has applied for a new passport but is still waiting for it to arrive. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015 ... According to Sanspo, Gomez had to leave on the 29th (local time) in order to make it to Okinawa on the 31st. Source: Sanspo 1/30/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami threw thirty-seven pitches in the bullpen on Friday. Kazunari Tsuruoka caught the session. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015, Daily Sports 1/30/2015
  • Atsushi Nomi tossed his second bullpen session of the year on Friday. He threw fifty pitches, all fastballs. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki threw forty-two pitches to a squatting catcher on Friday. Source: Sanspo 1/30/2015 ... Ishizaki tossed thirty-seven pitches, all fastballs, to a half-squatting catcher on Thursday. Source: Sanspo 1/30/2015
  • Ryutaro Umeno swung the bat forty-three times during batting practice on Friday and hit one over the fence. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015 ... Umeno swung the bat thirty-eight times on Thursday and hit two over the fence, both to left. He also worked on hitting the ball the other way and hit twenty baseballs between right and center. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015
  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama threw off a bullpen mound (not off the rubber, not full distance) on Friday for about fifteen minutes to get a feel for the incline. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015
  • Third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi swung the bat forty-three times during batting practice on Thursday and hit two over the fence. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015 ... Egoshi took forty-nine swings during batting practice on Friday and hit nine over the fence. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015
  • Fourth round draft pick Koki Moriya threw fifty pitches, including curves and change-ups, in the bullpen on Thursday. Source: Sanspo 1/30/2015
  • Ryota Imanari swung the bat forty-six times during batting practice on Thursday and recorded twenty-three could-be hits. Eighteen swings came against left-handed pitching and each pitch was hit between center and right. Source: Sanspo 1/30/2015
  • The city of Aki in Kochi is planning on making improvements to the facilities used by the Ni-gun Tigers during spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda told reporters on Friday he dropped about four kilograms around New Years because of the flu and gastroenteritis. He was down to seventy-six kilograms at one point, but is now back to about seventy-eight. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi threw thirty-two pitches to a squatting catcher on Friday. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015
  • Daisuke Yamai threw twenty-two pitches to a squatting catcher on Friday. It was the first time he threw off an incline this year. Takuya Asao also tossed his first bullpen of the year -- a light thirty-five pitch session. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015, Daily Sports 1/30/2015
  • Tatsuro Hamada did not participate in Ni-gun workouts in Yomitan, Okinawa on Friday because of infectious gastroenteritis. There is a chance he may have contracted the norovirus. Hamada had a fever and diarrhea on Thursday night and was examined at a hospital on Friday morning. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015
  • Head coach Shigekazu Mori is okay with first round draft pick Ryosuke Nomura taking his time to get ready for the season. He would rather Nomura be thorough than get hurt. The rookie was the last pitcher to toss a bullpen session during the mini-camp that began on the 27th. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Hisanori Takahashi's registered name will change from Hisanori to Takahashi Hisanori this season. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015
  • Taketoshi Goto is planning to change his uniform name to GOMEZ. He was given the nickname after he apologized to a teammate for being late to a meeting by saying, "gome-en-su." His registered name will remain the same. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015

[1/30/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.31, 2015 @ 4:14 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Jason Standridge and Dae-Ho Lee arrived at Fukuoka Airport on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015
  • The Hawks held a press conference for Rick VandenHurk on Friday. Source: official announcement, Ustream
  • About 175 people from the Hawks, including Sadaharu Oh, Kimiyasu Kudo, staff, and players, visited Hakozaki Shrine on Friday to pray for a successful season. Roughly 5,000 fans also showed up to watch the ceremony. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015, Daily Sports 1/30/2015
  • Around seventy members of the media and eight television cameras were at the Saitozaki facilities on Thursday, covering Daisuke Matsuzaka's first public outing after his press conference on December 5, 2014. In between public appearances, Matsuzaka spent time training in Tokyo, the United States, and Okinawa. His goals this season are to make the starting rotation and get as close to 200 innings pitched as possible. Source: Chunichi Sports 1/30/2015, Daily Sports 1/30/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Tony Blanco weighed 120 kilograms last season. He stuck to a low calorie diet this winter and dropped eight kilograms. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015, Daily Sports 1/30/2015
  • Hiroyuki Nakajima will be using four different bats this season. They are all different sizes, shapes, and weights. Source: Sponichi 1/30/2015 ... Nakajima was seen on Friday with hair from both sides of his head shaved off. Source: Sponichi 1/30/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Jeremy Hermida and Brandon Laird arrived in Japan on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015
  • Shohei Otani took forty-eight swings during batting practice on Thursday and hit six over the fence. He also participated in his first fielding practice scrimmage of the off-season and made a strong no-hop throw to third from his position in right field. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015, Daily Sports 1/30/2015 ... Otani tossed a bulpen session on Friday. He threw fifty pitches to a squatting catcher. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015, Daily Sports 1/30/2015 ... According to Nikkan Sports, Otani threw sixty-eight pitches in the bullpen and fifty were with a squatting catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015
  • Sho Nakata finished his training in Hawaii on the 29th. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015, Daily Sports 1/30/2015 ... Nakata arrived at Haneda Airport on Friday. He managed to lose three to four kilograms. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015
  • Naoyuki Uwasawa is still planning to toss a bullpen session on the first day of spring camp on February 1, even though he missed a couple days to a bug bite. He is also slated to pitch in an intra-squad game on February 9. He hopes to toss a number of sessions before the game. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015
  • Hiromi Oka was benching fifty-five kilograms after he hurt his left leg last May. He is now up to eighty-five kilograms. He increased his weight by four kilograms and is currently at eighty-five. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka returned to Kyoto on the 25th to finishi his graduation thesis. He tossed a bullpen session to a squatting catcher on the 26th. He made it back to the Ni-gun facilities on the 28th and tossed another session to a squatting catcher on Thursday. He told reporters that his thesis came back with corrections he had to fix. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015, Daily Sports 1/30/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Tatsuya Oishi had right shoulder problems last year and was unable to pitch in an Ichi-gun game. He will start the year at Ni-gun spring camp. He told reporters on Thursday he felt no pain in his shoulder and that he planned to toss a bullpen session on the first day of spring camp as a way to show coaches he would be ready to pitch in exhibition games. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015

Rakuten Eagles

[1/30/2015] Chunichi Dragons unveil new alternate uniform

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The Chunichi Dragons unveiled their 2015 alternate "Shoryu" uniforms on Friday.

2015 Alternate "Shoryu" Uniform

The uniforms will be worn during four home games at Nagoya Dome this year.

Replica uniforms will be handed out to fans that attend the following four games:

  • April 5 (Sun) - against the Hiroshima Carp
  • May 22 (Fri) -  against the Yomiuri Giants
  • June 5 (Fri) - against the Orix Bufaloes
  • August 8 (Sat) - against the Yakult Swallows

Source: official announcementofficial announcement, Ustream

Japan Student Baseball Association hands down sentences [1/30/2015]

by on Jan.30, 2015 @ 11:35 pm, under High School
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The Japan Student Baseball Association met on Friday to determine punishments for the following cases:

Game Suspensions

美里(沖縄)
Misato (Okinawa)
部員の賭け行為
Gambling
11月17日から1カ月
One month beginning on November 17
福岡講倫館(福岡)
Fukuoka Korinkan (Fukuoka)
部員の暴力
Violence
10月16日から6カ月
Six months beginning on October 16
武相(神奈川)
Buso (Kanagawa)
部員の暴力
Violence
12月22日から3カ月
Three months beginning on December 22
長野日大(長野)
Nagano Nihon Daigaku (Nagano)
部員の物品強要
Extortion of items
1月7日から1カ月
One month beginning on January 7
那須拓陽(栃木)
Nasutakuyo (Tochigi)
部員のいじめ
Bullying
12月19日から1カ月
One month beginning on December 19
新潟第一(新潟)
Niigata Daiichi (Niigata)
部員のいじめ
Bullying
12月24日から1カ月
One month beginning on December 24

Suspensions

福岡講倫館(福岡)の監督
Fukuoka Korinkan (Fukuoka) manager
暴力
Violence
10月23日から1年間
One year beginning on October 23
鹿児島商(鹿児島)の監督
Kagoshima Shogyo (Kagoshima) manager

Violence
12月13日から3カ月
Three months beginning on December 13
今治西(愛媛)の監督
Imabari Nishi (Ehime) manager

Violence
11月5日から3カ月
Three months beginning on November 5
宇部商(山口)の副部長
Ube Shogyo (Yamaguchi) vice director

Violence
12月19日から3カ月
Three months beginning on December 19
帝京第五(愛媛)の監督
Teikyo Daigo (Ehime) manager

Violence
1月8日から3カ月
Three months beginning on January 8
乙訓(京都)の監督
Otokuni (Kyoto) manager

Violence
1月13日から6カ月
Six months beginning on January 13
盛岡第一(岩手)の部長
Morioka Daiichi (Iwate) director

Violence
1月21日から1カ月
One month beginning on January 21
向原(広島)の監督
Mukaihara (Hiroshima) manager

Violence
12月24日から1年間
One year beginning on December 24
共栄学園(東京)の監督
Kyoei Gakuen (Tokyo) manager

Violence
1月14日から2カ月
Two months beginning on January 14
市柏(千葉)の副部長
Kashiwa (Chiba) vice director
勤務時間中の飲酒
Drinking while on duty
1月7日から1カ月
One month beginning on January 7
那須拓陽(栃木)の部長
Nasutakuyo (Tochigi) director
いじめの報告遅れ
Delayed report on bullying
12月10日から3カ月
Three months beginning on December 10
武岡台(鹿児島)の副部長(県高野連理事長)
Takeokadai (Kagoshima) vice director (Kagoshima HS BB Fed Pres)
服務規定違反
Violating service regulations
6月27日から3カ
Three months beginning on June 27

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Source: Jiji Press 1/30/2015

[1/29/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.30, 2015 @ 2:20 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants held a press conference for Aaron Poreda and Miles Mikolas on Thursday. Source: official announcement ... Poreda watched Mr. Baseball for some insight into Japanese baseball. Source: Chunichi Sports 1/29/2015
  • Scott Mathieson and Leslie Anderson arrived in Japan on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2015
  • Second round draft pick Chiaki Tone threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher on Thursday. Ryoji Aikawa caught a part of the session. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Toshiya Sugiuchi tossed a bullpen session on Thursday. He threw thirty to a standing catcher and nine to a squatting catcher. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Tetsuya Utsumi also tossed a session on Thursday. Hew threw thirty pitches, including curves and change-ups, to a standing catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Kentaro Nishimura threw thirty-three pitches to a standing catcher on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2015
  • Shinnosuke Abe tested three bats weighing different amounts on Wednesday. He took 176 swings during batting practice (live and against a machine) and recorded eighty-five could-be hits. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015
  • Takahiro Suzuki signed an advisory agreement with Adidas for baseball equipment. He was with Asics up until last year. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015
  • There is a chance Hideki Matsui will visit spring camp some time during the third block (begins February 11). Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryutaro Umeno took thirty-eight swings during outdoor batting practice on Thursday and hit two over the fence. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2015
  • Minoru Iwata threw twenty-four pitches, including forkballs and sliders, to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. This was his second session of the year. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015
  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama (inflammation, left sternoclavicular joint) played catch at a maximum distance fifty meters during practices on Wednesday and Thursday. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki is avoiding alcohol and cigarettes. Ishizaki started smoking heavily when he was having problems with a herniated disc a year-and-a-half ago because he thought it kept him from gaining weight. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2015
  • Third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi swung the bat forty-three times during outdoor batting practice on Thursday and hit two over the fence. Both home runs were off left-handed pitching. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Mauro Gomez might not make it to Japan for the start of spring camp on February 1. Passports can be replaced fairly quickly, but work visas can take a little longer, some times as long as two to three weeks. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Kazuo Ito (25) filed marriage papers with a twenty-three-year-old woman from Saitama on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015, Daily Sports 1/29/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Daichi Osera threw thirty-five pitches to a squatting catcher on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Jesus GuzmanKris Johnson, and Mike Zagurski worked out at Mazda Stadium on Thursday for the first time since their arrival in Japan. Source: Daily Sports 1/29/2015 ... The Carp held a press conference for the three players on Wednesday. Guzman was assigned the number 13, Johnson the number 42, and Zagurski the number 58. Source: official announcement ... Johnson's paternal grandmother is Japanese. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ryosuke Hirata swung the bat twenty-four times during batting practice on Wednesday. He focused on hitting the ball to right-center with the first fifteen swings. He will start the year at Ni-gun spring camp because he weighed in at ninety-eight kilograms, six over his ideal weight. Source: Daily Sports 1/29/2015
  • Fifteen pitchers are participating in Chatan mini-camp. Wednesday was the second day. As of Wednesday, first round draft pick Ryosuke Nomura was the only pitcher that had not yet tossed a bullpen session. Pitching coach Yui Tomori was not particularly pleased and said to the media, "Pitchers that do not want to throw can go to Yomitan [camp]." Source: Sports Hochi 1/29/2015 ... Nikkan Sports points out that Nomura last threw a session on the 23rd (twenty-six pitches) and was seen icing his left calf the last few days. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015 ... Nomura threw thirty-four pitches, all fastballs, to a squatting catcher on Thursday. Kazuki Yoshimi joined the team on the 28th and also tossed a bullpen session on Thursday (thirty-two pitches). Source: Sports Hochi 1/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015, Sponichi 1/29/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars held a press conference for Jose Lopez on Thursday. He was assigned the number 2. Source: official announcement
  • Yoslan Herrera will arrive at spring camp about three days late because he is still waiting to get his work visa. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015
  • Keijiro Matsumoto (28) filed marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman from Chiba on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015
  • Hideki Matsui is slated to visit Ginowan spring camp between February 5 - 7. Source: Daily Sports 1/29/2015, Sponichi 1/29/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Lastings Milledge worked out at IMG Academy in Florida during the winter. Milledge has made adjustments to his hitting and dropped about three kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 1/29/2015
  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class ended on Wednesday. First round draft pick Shingo Takeshita and fourth round draft pick Tetsuya Terada were the only players that made it through without getting hurt or sick. Takeshita threw sixty pitches to a squatting catcher. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2015
  • Old time mascots Ya-bo and Su-chan are making appearances in Urasoe, Okinawa. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015, Urasoe Navi
  • Tsubakuro met with the Swallows for contract negotiations on Thursday. He agreed to a deal worth 9,000 yen (down 3,000 yen from last year) plus incentives and an all-you-can-drink supply of Yakult 400 and Toughman Dry. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015

[1/29/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.30, 2015 @ 2:11 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Rick VandenHurk arrived at Fukuoka Airport on Thursday. He visited the Saitozaki facilities and did some light workouts. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015, Sponichi 1/29/2015
  • The Hawks are not planning to hire extra security guards to keep an eye on Daisuke Matsuzaka during spring camp. They may have someone on staff check in to make sure he is not being overrun by fans. There are also no plans to assign him a personal media relations assistant. Source: Sports Hochi 1/29/2015 ... Matsuzaka worked out at the Saitozaki facilities on Thursday. After running, he played some catch (about forty throws) and threw sliders, change-ups, and curves. He is not planning to toss a bullpen session on the first day of spring camp. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Kenta Imamiya is trying to use more of his lower body when swinging the bat. He switched over to a slightly longer bat -- from 33.5 inches to thirty-four inches. Imamiya is hoping to add a little more pop to his swing (not necessarily home runs). He is also working on going to the opposite field on inside pitches. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015
  • Kodai Senga threw ninety pitches, including the slider, curve, and forkball, to a squatting catcher on Wednesday. He told reporters his shoulder was still at about sixty percent. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Nao Higashihama and fifth round draft pick Yosuke Shimabukuro tossed bullpen sessions at the same time on Wednesday. Higashihama threw twenty pitches, all fastballs, to a squatting catcher. Shimabukuro fifty-three pitches to a standing catcher. Both players are from Okinawa. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes held a press conference for Tony Blanco and Bryan Bullington on Thursday. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class ended on Thursday. First round draft pick Kohei Arihara graded his performance at fifty or sixty percent. Source: Sports Hochi 1/29/2015 ... Arihara (right elbow) might not toss a bullpen session until some time during the second block of spring camp (begins on February 6). Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Naoyuki Uwasawa missed practices on Wednesday because of a swollen and inflamed right leg. He was treated at a hospital. The cause may have been a bite from a bug. It will most likely take two to three days for the leg to feel better. If it gets infected, it could take a week or two. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Shohei Otani is thinking about re-visiting the change-up. He threw it a few times a game during his first year, but moved away from it last year because he felt he did not need it (he was also able to turn to the forkball). Now in his third year, he thinks it might be good to bring it back. He threw twenty-five pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Wednesday. He threw from the set position and mixed in sliders, curves, and three change-ups. Source: Sports Hochi 1/29/2015, Sponichi 1/29/2015 ... Otani threw fifteen fastballs, three curves, four sliders, and three change-ups. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2015
  • Yuya Ishii's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy weighing 3,184 grams, on Thursday. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • Norio Tanabe will allow players to decide how to wear their uniforms. Source: Sports Hochi 1/29/2015, Sponichi 1/29/2015
  • There will be early and evening practices during spring camp. Some everyday players will also be assigned individual block practices. Source: Sports Hochi 1/29/2015
  • Tomoya Mori is trying to get a drivers license. He has taken and failed the test three times so far. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles held a press conference for Gaby Sanchez and Kam Mickolio on Thursday. Source: official tweet
  • Zelous Wheeler and Kenny Ray arrived in Japan on Thursday. Source: official tweet
  • First round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku will be sharing rooms with Takahiro Norimoto during spring camp. Norimoto was spring camp roommates with Yuki Matsui last year. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015
  • Sixth round draft pick Masashi Kato told reporters on Wednesday that he recorded the worst number for hamstring strength in team history when the 2014 draft class took their physical fitness tests on the 24th. Source: Sports Hochi 1/29/2015
  • Ikusei first round draft pick Takumaru Yaoita weighed seventy-eight kilograms before he moved in the team dormitory on the 11th. He now weighs eighty-one kilograms. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015

General

  • Ichiro Suzuki may have considered a return to Japan, but only if he received no offers from the Majors. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • JSports will carry home games for Hiroshima, Chunichi, Orix, and Rakuten this year. Their coverage will begin on February 1. Source: official announcement

[1/29/2015] NPB: Results from player surveys on second careers

by on Jan.29, 2015 @ 10:24 pm, under NPB
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The NPB released results from their annual player survey on second careers earlier today.

  • 244 players from all twelve NPB teams participated in the survey.
  • Average age: 23.9 years old (18-32 years of age)
    • 18-22: 81 players (33 percent)
    • 23-26: 114 players (47 percent)
    • 27-29: 42 players (17 percent)
    • 30+: 7 players (3 percent)
  • Average number of playing years: 3.9 years (1-14 years)
  • Background before turning pro:
    • high school: 53 percent
    • college: 26 percent
    • employee/industrial league: 19 percent
    • other: 2 percent
  • Average salary: 9,550,000 yen
  • Single/Married Percent: 74 percent/26 percent
  • Positions:
    • pitchers: 45 percent
    • catchers: 14 percent
    • infielders: 22 percent
    • outfielders: 19 percent
  • 69.3 percent of players are worried about their lives after retirement (down from 73.9 percent last year).  Most were worried about their income (45.6 percent) and future (42.7 percent).
  • The top five jobs players might be interested in after retirement:
    1. high school coach: 75 percent
    2. university, industrial league coach: 64 percent
    3. pro yakyu coach: 60 percent
    4. scout, advance scout: 56 percent
    5. instructor at baseball academy: 55 percent

Source: official results (in Japanese)