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by on Jan.22, 2014 @ 3:27 am, under NPB

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Yakult
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Hiroshima
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Hanshin
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Yokohama
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Nippon Ham
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Seibu
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Softbank
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Rakuten
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Lotte
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Orix
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Standings (Last updated: 10/1 @ 11:48pm)

Central League

  Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB AVG ERA
1 Yomiuri 140 79 60 1 .568 0.0 576 544 140 98 .255 3.63
2 Hiroshima 143 74 67 2 .525 6.0 648 606 153 96 .273 3.78
3 Hanshin 144 75 68 1 .524 6.0 599 614 94 55 .264 3.88
4 Chunichi 143 66 73 4 .475 13.0 566 589 86 75 .257 3.71
5 Yokohama 139 65 72 2 .474 13.0 551 603 116 73 .255 3.75
6 Yakult 141 59 79 3 .428 19.5 656 698 137 62 .280 4.64

Pacific League

  Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB AVG ERA
1 Softbank 143 77 60 6 .562 0.0 605 521 95 122 .281 3.27
2 Orix 141 78 61 2 .561 0.0 574 464 107 121 .257 2.92
3 Nippon Ham 142 72 67 3 .518 6.0 584 560 118 133 .251 3.62
4 Lotte 144 66 76 2 .465 13.5 556 642 96 64 .251 4.14
5 Rakuten 140 64 76 0 .457 14.5 543 587 77 64 .256 3.97
6 Seibu 142 61 77 4 .442 16.5 558 588 122 74 .248 3.74

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[10/2/2014] NPB sets new season total attendance record

by on Oct.02, 2014 @ 5:27 pm, under NPB
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The NPB announced that they have so far recorded 22,482,895 in attendance through the end of Wednesday and set a new high in announced totals since teams started releasing official figures in 2005. The previous high of 22,399,679 was set in 2009.

The Pacific League broke ten million in attendance for the first time since 2005 with 10,065,591 through Wednesday. The Central League has so far drawn 12,417,304 and is close to breaking the 12,692,228 mark set in 2009.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/2/2014

Orix Buffaloes Senryokugai – October 1, 2014

by on Oct.02, 2014 @ 4:40 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes announced that they were not going to offer the following personnel and players contracts for the 2015 season:

Personnel

  • Ni-gun pitching coach - Kobayashi, Masahide (40)
  • Ni-gun pitching coach - Kobayashi, Hiroshi (43)
  • Ikusei chief coach - Nishimoto, Takashi (58)
  • Ikusei coach - Akahori, Motoyuki (44)

Players

  • Ihara, Masaki P (27)
  • Katto, Keisuke P (30)
  • Yamazaki, Masataka P (25)
  • Nishikawa, Hiroki OF (27)

The following personnel changes were also announced:

  • Nagamura, Hiroyuki (55) = head coach/chief battery coach to position working with the front office
  • Akagawa, Takahiro (48) = training coach/conditioning coch to head of conditioning
  • Hamuro, Taro (48) = Ikusei coach to assistant staff

Hitting coach Hirotoshi Kitagawa (42) could be reassigned to sales.

Source: official announcement, official announcement, Sponichi 10/1/2014, Sponichi 10/2/2014

[10/2/2014] Kiyoshi Nakahata accepts Yokohama Bay Stars contract for 2015

by on Oct.02, 2014 @ 4:28 pm, under NPB
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Kiyoshi Nakahata accepted Yokohama's offer to remain at the helm in 2015.

Nakahata met team owner Makoto Haruta at Yokohama Stadium today and was reportedly offered a one-year extension. He accepted and is slated to return next year for his fourth season as manager of the Yokohama Bay Stars.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2014, Sponichi 10/2/2014, Daily Sports 10/2/2014, official announcement

Yakult Swallows Senryokugai – October 1, 2014

by on Oct.02, 2014 @ 4:02 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows announced they were parting ways with the following players on Wednesday:

  • Abe, Kenta P (30)
  • Yamamoto, Hitoshi P (25)
  • Oshimoto, Takehiko P (31)
  • Sanada, Hiroki P (30)
  • Nitta, Genki C (32)
  • Matano, Tomoya INF (21)
  • Iwamura, Akinori INF (35)
  • Noguchi, Yoshiyuki INF (33)

Ikusei Players

  • Nakane, Yuji P (25)
  • Sato, Takanori OF (21)

Iwamura, Oshimoto, Sanada, and Matano have expressed an interest in playing next year. Abe is planning to retire and could accept a job as pitching coach in the organization. Nitta and Yamamoto will retire. The Swallows could renew Nakane's Ikusei contract. Things are still undecided with Noguchi and Sato.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 10/1/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/1/2014, Daily Sports 10/1/2014

Mizuno MVP Farm Awards for September 2014

by on Oct.02, 2014 @ 3:48 pm, under NPB
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The Ni-gun Mizuno MVP awards for September.

Eastern League

Kurosawa, Shota - Chiba Lotte Marines
3 G, 2-0, 23.0 IP, 7 SO, 4 BB, 9 ER, 3.52 ERA

Started three games in September. Recorded two wins and a complete game.

Western League

Mima, Yuki - Hiroshima Carp
16 G, 17-for-54, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 0 SB, .315 BA

Led the league in home runs (four) and RBI (twenty). Notched fifteen RBI in four games between the 11th and 14th.

[10/2/2014] Rakuten Eagles: Next Ichi-gun manager could be Hiromoto Okubo

by on Oct.02, 2014 @ 12:35 pm, under NPB
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According to at least two reports, the Rakuten Eagles are planning to offer Hiromoto Okubo the job as manager of the Ichi-gun team next year. The front office considered a number of candidates, but settled on Ni-gun manager Okubo as their top man because of how he handled players Ni-gun. He also has ties with team owner Hiroshi Mikitani.

The Eagles are expected to offer the position to Okubo within the next few days. Sponichi reports that Mikitani could seek Senichi Hoshino's opinion before making a final decision. An official announcement will likely be made at the end of the regular season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2014, Sponichi 10/2/2014

[10/2/2014] Chunichi Dragons reach two million in attendance

by on Oct.02, 2014 @ 10:42 am, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons reached two million in attendance on the last home game of the regular season on Wednesday. They failed to hit two million last year for the first time since Nagoya Dome opened.

Source: Sponichi 10/1/2014

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Attendance

Date Opponent Venue Attendance
03/28 (Fri) Hiroshima Nagoya Dome 33,954
03/29 (Sat) Hiroshima Nagoya Dome 30,778
03/30 (Sun) Hiroshima Nagoya Dome 29,798
04/04 (Fri) Yomiuri Nagoya Dome 27,041
04/05 (Sat) Yomiuri Nagoya Dome 34,293
04/06 (Sun) Yomiuri Nagoya Dome 26,903
04/08 (Tue) Yakult Nagoya Dome 23,428
04/09 (Wed) Yakult Nagoya Dome 23,342
04/10 (Thu) Yakult Nagoya Dome 23,348
04/15 (Tue) Yokohama Nagoya Dome 22,565
04/16 (Wed) Yokohama Nagoya Dome 22,665
04/17 (Thu) Yokohama Nagoya Dome 22,553
04/22 (Tue) Hanshin Nagoya Dome 25,000
04/23 (Wed) Hanshin Nagoya Dome 24,941
04/24 (Thu) Hanshin Nagoya Dome 24,431
05/03 (Sat) Yomiuri Nagoya Dome 37,997
05/04 (Sun) Yomiuri Nagoya Dome 37,920
05/05 (Mon) Yomiuri Nagoya Dome 37,892
05/06 (Tue) Hanshin Nagoya Dome 25,113
05/07 (Wed) Hanshin Nagoya Dome 21,415
05/08 (Thu) Hanshin Nagoya Dome 21,484
05/16 (Fri) Yakult Nagoya Dome 37,582
05/17 (Sat) Yakult Nagoya Dome 27,006
05/18 (Sun) Yakult Nagoya Dome 27,693
05/25 (Sun) Softbank Nagoya Dome 30,942
05/26 (Mon) Softbank Nagoya Dome 26,451
05/28 (Wed) Orix Nagoya Dome 26,834
05/29 (Thu) Orix Nagoya Dome 26,252
06/06 (Fri) Rakuten Nagoya Dome 26,291
06/07 (Sat) Rakuten Nagoya Dome 31,932
06/08 (Sun) Nippon Ham Nagoya Dome 33,368
06/09 (Mon) Nippon Ham Nagoya Dome 26,358
06/17 (Tue) Seibu Hamamatsu 10,204
06/18 (Wed) Seibu Nagoya Dome 26,840
06/21 (Sat) Lotte Nagoya Dome 38,026
06/22 (Sun) Lotte Nagoya Dome 32,364
07/01 (Tue) Yokohama Kanazawa 10,182
07/02 (Wed) Yokohama Toyama 10,826
07/11 (Fri) Hiroshima Nagoya Dome 28,607
07/12 (Sat) Hiroshima Nagoya Dome 35,271
07/13 (Sun) Hiroshima Nagoya Dome 31,718
07/14 (Mon) Hanshin Nagoya Dome 27,954
07/15 (Tue) Hanshin Nagoya Dome 26,602
07/16 (Wed) Hanshin Nagoya Dome 29,033
07/25 (Fri) Yomiuri Nagoya Dome 35,256
07/26 (Sat) Yomiuri Nagoya Dome 38,116
07/27 (Sun) Yomiuri Nagoya Dome 38,010
08/05 (Tue) Hiroshima Toyohashi 11,055
08/06 (Wed) Hiroshima Nagoya Dome 27,599
08/07 (Thu) Hiroshima Nagoya Dome 27,905
08/12 (Tue) Yokohama Gifu 18,466
08/13 (Wed) Yokohama Nagoya Dome 26,121
08/14 (Thu) Yokohama Nagoya Dome 25,617
08/15 (Fri) Yakult Nagoya Dome 25,007
08/16 (Sat) Yakult Nagoya Dome 29,923
08/17 (Sun) Yakult Nagoya Dome 25,055
08/26 (Tue) Yokohama Nagoya Dome 24,463
08/27 (Wed) Yokohama Nagoya Dome 24,668
08/28 (Thu) Yokohama Nagoya Dome 24,723
08/29 (Fri) Hiroshima Nagoya Dome 37,954
08/30 (Sat) Hiroshima Nagoya Dome 32,791
08/31 (Sun) Hiroshima Nagoya Dome 29,880
09/05 (Fri) Hanshin Nagoya Dome 29,656
09/06 (Sat) Hanshin Nagoya Dome 34,839
09/07 (Sun) Hanshin Nagoya Dome 32,373
09/12 (Fri) Yakult Nagoya Dome 24,227
09/13 (Sat) Yakult Nagoya Dome 28,530
09/14 (Sun) Yakult Nagoya Dome 30,936
09/23 (Tue) Yomiuri Nagoya Dome 32,214
09/24 (Wed) Yomiuri Nagoya Dome 25,268
09/25 (Thu) Yomiuri Nagoya Dome 28,249
10/01 (Wed) Yokohama Nagoya Dome 26,814
      2,000,912