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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

[11/23/2014] Yomiuri Giants introduce 2014 Draft Class

by on Nov.23, 2014 @ 6:09 pm, under NPB
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Ord Name JPN Team DOB HT/WT POS T/B Level Uni Bonus Contract Date
1 Okamoto, Kazuma 岡本 和真 YOM 1996/06/30 183/95 INF R/R Chiben Gakuen High School 38 80,000,000 12,000,000 11/19
2 Tone, Chiaki 戸根 千明 YOM 1992/10/17 173/93 P L/L Nihon University 50 70,000,000 12,000,000 11/17
3 Takagi, Hayato 高木 勇人 YOM 1989/07/13 178/88 P R/R Mitsubishi Juko Nagoya 54 65,000,000 12,000,000 11/20
4 Tanaka, Daiki 田中 大輝 YOM 1992/08/07 182/76 P L/L Kokugakuin University 69 50,000,000 10,000,000 11/13
I1 Shinohara, Shinpei 篠原 慎平 YOM 1990/06/13 186/95 P R/L Kagawa Olive Guyners 001 1,000,000 2,500,000 11/17
I2 Kawai, Takuya 川相 拓也 YOM 1990/11/25 174/71 INF R/B Obirin (Oberlin) University 004 1,000,000 2,500,000 11/14
I3 Tanaka, Takaya 田中 貴也 YOM 1992/08/27 178/80 C R/L Yamanashi Gakuin University 005 1,000,000 2,500,000 11/16
I4 Takahashi, Shinnosuke 高橋 慎之介 YOM 1994/07/25 187/85 P R/L Kisarazu Sogo High School 010 1,000,000 2,500,000 11/14

[11/22/2014] Free Agents: Takashi Toritani, Chihiro Kaneko, Eiichi Koyano, Keiji Obiki

by on Nov.23, 2014 @ 4:39 am, under NPB
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Takashi Toritani

  • The media learned on Friday that Yutaka Wada already spoke to Tortani and asked him to stay. Their meeting took place after the Nippon Series.

Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

Chihiro Kaneko

  • Softbank Hawks' president and acting owner Yoshimitsu Goto does not personally believe it is necessary to negotiate terms with Kaneko that include posting options. The Hawks have never posted a player of their own and would probably rather avoid setting a precedent.
  • The Hanshin Tigers are also not planning to include any special terms for posting, certainly nothing after just one or two years. The Tigers have made it a point not to post players, with one exception: Kei Igawa.
  • The Tigers could go up to four years on a offer to Kaneko.
  • The Chunichi Dragons might be willing to post Kaneko after one year. They once posted Akinori Otsuka a year after they obtained him in a money trade with Kintetsu.
  • The Orix Buffaloes would like to meet Kaneko for negotiations before the end of the year.
  • Kaneko and team official Ryuzo Setoyama could meet on the 24th. Both are slated to be at Kyocera Dome for fan appreciation day.
  • Kaneko could submit a request to be posted some time after the winter meetings in December.

Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014, Sanspo 11/22/2014, ZakZak 11/22/2014, Daily Sports 11/22/2014, Sponichi 11/22/2014, Sports Hochi 11/22/2014, Sports Hochi 11/22/2014, Sports Hochi 11/22/2014

Eiichi Koyano

  • The Orix Buffaloes may be the front runners to land Koyano. Their offer was apparently better than the two-year, 200 million yen offer the Seibu Lions made.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

Keiji Obiki

  • Obiki will most likely end up selecting the number 2 because he wanted to respect the seriousness that comes from wearing the number 1.
  • Obiki's press conference with the Yakult Swallows will most likely take place some time in early December.

Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014

[11/22/2014] Rumors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Bryan Bullington, Yohei Oshima

by on Nov.23, 2014 @ 4:16 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers likely sweetened their package to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) by adding a fourth year to their three-year offer and the uniform number six. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014

The Yomiuri Giants are close to finalizing contracts with Miles Mikolas (26) and Aaron Poreda (28). The only thing remaining is a standard drug test. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014

The Toyama Thunderbirds (BC League) are interested in Yokohama senryokugai Takuro Ito (21). Toyama will most likely make a move on Ito if he does not receive any offers from NPB teams. Source: Sports Hochi 11/22/2014

Shugo Fujii (37) has received some player contract offers (independent league and overseas leagues), but none from the NPB. He has also received an offer to become a batting practice pitcher for the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

The Seibu Lions are currently checking the overseas market for starting arms. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

The Softbank Hawks announced that they re-signed Daichiro Ito (21), Takeshi Hosoyamada (28), Naoki Shirane (21) and Koki Kanno (22) to Ikusei contracts. They also signed Yokohama senryokugai Yujo Kitagata (20) to an Ikusei contract. He was assigned the number 137. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014, Sports Hochi 11/22/2014

The Orix Buffaloes may be close to finalizing a contract with Bryan Bullington (34). An announcement could be made once Hiroshima removes him from their reserved list. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

Buffaloes' official Ryuzo Setoyama told reporters on Friday that they made a formal offer for Wily Mo Pena (32) about five days go. It was their first official offer. Source: Daily Sports 11/22/2014

Yohei Oshima was offered an estimated seventy-four million yen during contract negotiations with Chunichi on Saturday. He placed the offer on hold because he felt his performance this season was worth more than a 17.75 million yen raise, especially after he was penalized with a 56.25 million yen salary cut last year. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014 ... Ryosuke Hirata also decided not to sign after he was offered a twelve million yen raise. He felt his performance warranted a bigger raise. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

[11/22/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.23, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hideki Matsui is still very much in the mix as a future managerial candidate. Tatsunori Hara will be in the final year of a two-year deal next season. The Giants have not ruled out another extension, but will also consider other options. Matsui will most likely be one of them. Yoshinobu Takahashi is also thought to be a future managerial candidate. Matsui is currently in Japan and may not return to the United States until January. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014, Daily Sports 11/22/2014, Sponichi 11/22/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers held a retirement ceremony for Tomoyuki Kubota (33) and Takeshi Hidaka (37) during fan appreciation day on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014
  • Yutaka Wada gave Ryutaro Umeno, Suguru Iwazaki, and Kazuyuki Kaneda the Manager's Selection Fresh Award. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014
  • Minoru Iwata was the recipient of the 2014 Yanase Hanshin Tigers MVP Award. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014 ... Iwata donated one million yen to the Type 1 Diabetes Research Fund. He has been donating 100K for each victory he records since 2009. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami got tips on how to throw the change-up from Orix's Chihiro Kaneko during the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. He also got pointers on how to throw the curve from Softbank's Shota Takeda. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014
  • Head coach Katsuo Hirata would like first round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama to work on polishing his forkball. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to invite former Tiger Yutaka Enatsu to spring camp as a special instructor. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Koichi Ogata is planning to run a tight ship during Ichi-gun spring camp next year and will demote any player he feels is unprepared, including on the first day. He expects everyone to be ready to go from day one. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014
  • Allen Kuri threw 109 pitches in the bullpen on Friday. He ended up throwing 2,026 pitches during fall camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014
  • Ogata is planning to recommend the organization sign Danilo DeJesus Araujo to a contract. DeJesus could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp next year. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Thirteen pitchers threw a total 14,447 pitches during fall camp, seven threw at least 1,000 pitches. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014

[11/22/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.23, 2014 @ 3:58 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo would prefer players not select ballads for their intro music. He thinks the slower music could put a damper on rallies. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014
  • The Eagles announced that Toshiya Nakashima (34) has decided to retire. A retirement ceremony will be held during fan appreciation day on the 23rd. Nakashima will remain in the organization as a junior coach for the organization's youth baseball clinics. Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Most of the players that attended Kamogawa fall camp will likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp next year. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014
  • Hero Interview Award: fans selected Hideaki Wakui's hero interview from September 28 as their favorite for September/October. Wakui's interview racked up 201 of 651 votes. Alfredo Despaigne's hero interview on September 23 came in second with 197 votes. Source: official announcement

Softbank Hawks

  • There will be a championship parade in Fukuoka for the Hawks on the 24th. Owner Masayoshi Son, chairman Sadaharu Oh, and Nobuhiro Matsuda will be riding in car one; Koji Akiyama, Seiichi Uchikawa, and Ryota Igarashi in car two; president Yoshimitsu Goto, Kenichi Nakata, and Fukuoka Chamber of Commerce chairman Norio Sueyoshi in car three; pitchers and catcher in bus one; infielders, outfielders, and Pepper in bus two; Ikusei players, executive committee members, and the father dog in the tour bus. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014
  • The Hawks announced that Shintaro Ejiri (37) has decided to retire. The Hawks will hold a retirement ceremony during fan appreciation day on the 24th. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Naoki Miyanishi was named the next team captain on Saturday. Source: official announcement
  • The Fighters have set up a strict three-year development program for Shohei Otani that kept him from being used as a position player during the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. The three-year development program is slated to end after the 2015 season, which leaves open the possibility of Otani participating in the 2015 Premier 12 and the 2017 World Baseball Classic as both a pitcher and position player. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014, Daily Sports 11/22/2014
  • Former Fighter Masaya Ozaki (30) has decided to retire. Ozaki attended the first twelve-team tryout on the 9th but did not receive any offers. He decided not to attend the second tryout on the 20th. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

[11/22/2014] Daisuke Matsuzaka turns down Yokohama, could be close to deal with Softbank

by on Nov.22, 2014 @ 10:28 pm, under NPB
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According to Sponichi, Daisuke Matsuzaka (34) may be close to agreeing on a deal with the Softbank Hawks.

Matsuzaka was said to have narrowed down his NPB options to two teams, the Softbank Hawks and Yokohama Bay Stars. The media learned on Friday that he recently turned down the Bay Stars. Yokohama president Jun Ikeda is quoted in a Jiji Press report as saying, "We did what we could. It's up for him to decide what to do."

Softbank may have offered Matsuzaka three or more years on their offer, along with the uniform number eighteen. He is currently in Boston and has already added NPB baseballs to his throwing program. He will most likely finalize his contract with the Hawks when he returns to Japan early next month.

Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014, Jiji Press 11/22/2014

Yomiuri Giants at home Hero of the Year Award: Yoshinobu Takahashi

by on Nov.22, 2014 @ 6:25 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants at home Hero of the Year Award went to Yoshinobu Takahashi (determined by fan balloting).

July 6, vs Chunichi: with the score tied at one and the bases loaded in the 8th, Takahashi gave the Giants a 3-1 lead with a pinch-hit, two-out, two-run single to center.  He also came up with a big hit on July 5: Down 3-2 in the 7th, he blasted a pinch-hit two-run homer.  [official announcement - box score]

[11/21/2014] Seibu Lions unveil new 2015 uniforms

by on Nov.22, 2014 @ 5:48 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions unveiled their 2015 home and road uniforms during a press conference at the team offices in Tokorozawa, Saitama earlier today. Takumi Kuriyama and Shogo Akiyama modeled the uniforms.

The uniforms will be worn by players during fan appreciation day on Sunday.

Source: official announcement, official uniform site

[11/21/2014] Free Agents: Takashi Toritani, Chihiro Kaneko, Yoshihisa Naruse, Eiichi Koyano

by on Nov.22, 2014 @ 5:02 am, under NPB
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Takashi Toritani

  • Toritani may still be wavering about leaving the Hanshin Tigers for the Majors.

Source: Sanspo 11/21/2014

Chihiro Kaneko

  • The Orix Buffaloes are not planning to rush their negotiations with Kaneko. They might wait to see what kind of offers he gets from other clubs.
  • Arn Tellem may have asked other NPB teams to submit offers on Kaneko.
  • Orix team official Ryuzo Setoyama on posting Kaneko: "We are currently not accepting it. He has not told us about wanting to be posted [during negotiations up to now]. We've told him we want him to stay with Orix and help us next season."

Source: Sanspo 11/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/21/2014

Yoshihisa Naruse

  • Naruse could announce his intention to sign with Yakult on Sunday, the day after Lotte's fan appreciation day.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/21/2014

Eiichi Koyano

  • Koyano grew up in Edogawa, Tokyo. He once got lost at Seibu Stadium when he was a child. His wife and daughter live in Tokyo. He told reporters he was used to living apart from his family in Hokkaido, but with offers from three teams on the table (Seibu, Orix, Hippon Ham), there is a good chance will pick Seibu.

Sources: ZakZak 11/21/2014