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2014 SMBC Nippon Series – Softbank wins sixth Nippon Series

by on Oct.21, 2014 @ 12:57 am, under NPB
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SMBC Nippon Series

Nippon Series MVP: Seiichi Uchikawa

Best of seven.

Softbank takes series, 4-1.

Date Time Gm Venue Away Score Home Attendance Time
10/25 Sat 18:15 1 Koshien Stadium Softbank
SP: Standridge
L: Standridge
2-6 Hanshin
SP: Messenger
W: Messenger
45293 3:26
10/26 Sun 18:15 2 Koshien Stadium Softbank
SP: Takeda
W: Takeda
2-1 Hanshin
SP: Nomi
L: Nomi
45259 2:57
10/27 Mon     Travel Day
10/28 Tue 18:30 3 YafuOku Dome Hanshin
SP: Fujinami
L: Fujinami
1-5 Softbank
SP: Otonari
W: Otonari
35527 3:30
10/29 Wed 18:30 4 YafuOku Dome Hanshin
SP: Iwata
L: Ando
2-5 Softbank
SP: Nakata
W: Sarfate
35861 3:56
10/30 Thu 18:30 5 YafuOku Dome Hanshin
SP: Messenger
L: Messenger
0-1 Softbank
SP: Settsu
W: Igarashi
36068 3:31
10/31 Fri     Travel Day
11/01 Sat 18:15 6 Koshien Stadium Softbank   Hanshin    
11/02 Sun 18:15 7 Koshien Stadium Softbank   Hanshin    

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[11/1/2014] Posting period begins today

by on Nov.01, 2014 @ 6:52 pm, under NPB
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The posting period began today. Teams interested in posting their players to the Majors must file the necessary paperwork between now and February 1.

For a review of the rules, from MLB.com (12/17/2013):

  • If an NPB Club wishes to make one of its players available to Major League Clubs, the NPB shall notify the Office of the Commissioner of the NPB player's potential availability and the "release fee" that a Major League Club must pay to the NPB Club in order to secure the NPB player's release. The NPB Club may not set the release fee at an amount higher than $20 million and the fee cannot be changed once it has been set by the NPB Club.
  • The Office of the Commissioner shall then "post" the NPB player's availability by notifying all Major League Clubs of the NPB player's availability and the release fee sought by the NPB Club.
  • All "postings" of NPB players must be made between November 1st and February 1st.
  • Beginning the day after the player is posted, and concluding 30 days later, any Major League club willing to pay the release fee set by the NPB Club may then negotiate with the player in an attempt to reach an agreement on a contract.
  • If a Major League Club is able to reach an agreement on a contract with the posted NPB player, the Major League Club must pay the NPB Club the designated release fee, which will occur in installments, the timing of which depends on the size of the release fee.
  • If the posted NPB player fails to reach an agreement with a Major League Club, the release fee is not owed, the NPB player remains under reserve to his NPB Club, and the player may not be posted again until the following November 1.
  • The term of the new posting agreement is three years, continuing from year-to-year thereafter until either the Office of the Commissioner or the NPB gives notice of its intent to terminate the agreement one hundred and eighty days prior to the anniversary of the commencement of the agreement.

[11/1/2014] Hanshin Tigers: Fall camp roster

by on Nov.01, 2014 @ 6:39 pm, under NPB
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The Tigers released their fall camp schedule and roster on Friday.

Fall camp will take place at Aki Stadium in Kochi between November 1 and 20.
Players will get the day of on November 6, 12, and 16.
A practice game against the LG Twins is scheduled for November 7 at 12:30.

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 榎田 大樹 Enokida, Daiki
P 藤原 正典 Fujihara, Masanori
P 秋山 拓巳 Akiyama, Takumi
P 小嶋 達也 Kojima, Tatsuya
P 田面 巧ニ郎 Tanabo, Kojiro
P 鶴 直人 Tsuru, Naoto
P 山本 翔也 Yamamoto, Shoya
P 岩本 輝 Iwamoto, Akira
P 白仁田 寛和 Shiranita, Hirokazu
P 二神 一人 Futagami, Kazuhito
P 伊藤 和雄 Ito, Kazuo
P 玉置 隆 Tamaki, Yutaka
P 島本 浩也 Shimamoto, Hiroya
C 小宮山 慎二 Komiyama, Shinji
C 清水 誉 Shimizu, Takashi
C 小豆畑 眞也 Azuhata, Shinya
C 岡崎 太一 Okazaki, Taichi
C 原口 文仁 Haraguchi, Fumihito
INF 西田 直斗 Nishida, Naoto
INF 黒瀬 春樹 Kurose, Haruki
INF 陽川 尚将 Yokawa, Naomasa
OF 柴田 講平 Shibata, Kohei
OF 横田 慎太郎 Yokota, Shintaro
OF 一二三 慎太 Hifumi, Shinta
OF 中谷 将大 Nakatani, Masahiro

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Source: official announcement

[10/31/2014] Rumors: Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Nov.01, 2014 @ 4:47 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takahiro Arai ended up missing the Nippon Series because of back problems. He finished out the final year of a three-year deal this season. His salary this season was an estimated 200 million yen. There is a good chance the Tigers will offer him something much lower. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014
  • The Tigers will most likely give Matt Murton a nice raise over the estimated 3.5 million US dollars he made this year. They could also offer him a multi-year deal. Hanshin is also negotiating with Mauro Gomez. He made an estimated 1.2 million US dollars this season. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Shogo Kimura met team official Kiyoaki Suzuki at Mazda Stadium on Thursday. Kimura is still not sure what he wants to do with his option. He is expected to finalize his decision next week. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014 ... Kimura was likely offered a raise over the thirty-one million yen he made this year. Source: Spoorts Hochi 10/31/2014
  • The Carp are not planning to offer Bryan Bullington (34) and Zach Phillips (28) contracts for the 2015 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014, Sponichi 10/31/2014 ... Hiroshima was discussing an extension with Bullington and planning to re-sign Phillips, but backed out of both after signing Mike Zagurski and Kris Johnson. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kenta Asakura (33) is not planning to exercise his FA option and will instead most likely sign a one-year deal. Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2014
  • Daisuke Yamai met general manager Hiromitsu Ochiai for contract negotiations on Friday. It was their second meeting since the end of the season. Yamai later told reporters he would be ready to talk about his FA option on November 5. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tatsuhiko Kinjo (38) has been offered a contract to stay, but still needs more time to think. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows are not planning to offer Chris Narveson (32) and Chris Carpenter (28) contracts for the 2015 season. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014

[10/31/2014] Rumors: Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes

by on Nov.01, 2014 @ 4:44 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Motohiro Shima (29) has decided not to exercise his domestic FA option. He informed team official Yozo Tachibana of his decision before practices on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are interested in Hiroyuki Nakajima (32). They see him as someone that can play third and bat third. His old uniform number, three, is also available. Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks are looking into Daisuke Matsuzaka (34). They could offer him a multi-year deal. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014 ... Softbank could offer Matsuzaka a multi-year deal with the uniform number eighteen. They are also interested in Munenori Kawasaki (33). Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014 ... The Hawks could offer Matsuzaka a four year deal worth 400 million yen a year plus incentives. They could also offer him the number eighteen. Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2014
  • Jason Standridge, Brian Wolfe, Dennis Sarfate, and Dae-Ho Lee will be returning next year. They signed two-year deals before the start of the season. Barbaro Canizares, Paul Oseguera, and Edison Barrios are question marks. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • Toru Hosokawa (34) finished out the final year of a four-year deal. He is not planning to exercise his FA option. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • Nobuhiko Matsunaka (40) will most likely stay with Softbank, but is not ready to make a decision. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014
  • Softbank may not go after any domestic free agents this off-season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Tomotaka Sakaguchi (30) earned his domestic FA option this year. There is a good chance he will remain with Orix. He has already spoken to the Buffaloes at least once and has likely received an offer. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • Yoshihisa Hirano (30) spoke to team official Ryuzo Setoyama at Hotto Motto Kobe on Thursday for about ten minutes. He still needs more time to think, but will likely stay. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014 ... The Buffaloes may have offered Hirano a number of different kinds of deals to choose from. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2014

[10/31/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.01, 2014 @ 4:39 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) and Kan Otake (right shoulder) joined Ichi-gun fall practices at Giants Stadium on Friday. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014
  • The Giants will be running a charity auction to raise money for Tohoku earthquake victims. Thirty autographed Orange Uniforms will be on the block. The auction will begin on November 4 at 3:00pm and end on November 11 at 9:00pm. Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

  • Head coach Masahiro Kuroda (66) and general position player coach Haruki Yoshitake (53) will not be returning next year. Ni-gun manager Katsuo Hirata (52) is expected to replace Kuroda. Ni-gun chief/hitting coach Hideo Furuya (59) will likely become the new Ni-gun manager. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • Yoshinori Tateyama (38) has reportedly decided to retire. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to offer Atsushi Fujimoto (37) a job as Ni-gun infield/base coach. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige spent about two hours hitting grounders to Shuhei Takahashi and Hayato Mizowaki during fall camp at Nagoya Stadium on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda threw about thirty pitches in the bullpen using an MLB baseball in preparation for the Suzuki All-Star Series. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Satoshi Miyata, from Breathe, wants to write a song for Yuhei. The two were teammates at Tohoku High School. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014

[10/31/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.01, 2014 @ 4:37 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Fall practices at kobo Stadium ended on Friday. Fall camp will begin on November 2 at Kurashiki, Okayama. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • The Eagles are planning to offer Shuji Yoshida (47) and Kento Sugiyama (45) jobs as pitching coaches. Yoshida at Ichi-gun and Sugiyama at Ni-gun. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • Seiji Tomashino is a candidate for Ichi-gun outfield/base coach. Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2014
  • Former Eagle Kevin Youkilis has decided to retire. Source: ESPN AP 10/30/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions posted more information about their fan appreciation day (November 23). Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks are planning to make an announcement about their new manager on Saturday. Kimiyasu Kudo is expected to take over for Koji Akiyama. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014, Sports Hochi 10/31/2014, Daily Sports 10/31/2014
  • Koji Akiyama was not planning to make an announcement about his decision to step down as manager of the team until after the Nippon Series, but the information leaked out to the press. Family was his main reason for resigning. He was also concerned about his own health because he was regularly taking stomach medicine and sleeping pills. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

[10/31/2014] Nippon Series News and Notes

by on Nov.01, 2014 @ 4:21 am, under NPB
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General News

  • The Softbank Hawks finished off the Hanshin Tigers with a 1-0 shutout victory on Thursday. The last team to record a 1-0 shutout victory during the Nippon Series was Nippon Ham in 2012 (Game 4). Softbank became the fourth team to win the Nippon Series with a 1-0 shutout. The other three teams: the 1954 Chunichi Dragons, the 1960 Taiyo Whales, and the 2007 Chunichi Dragons. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • Softbanks Koji Akiyama (2011, 2014) joined Kazuto Tsuruoka (1959, 1964) and Sadaharu Oh (1999, 2003) as the only managers in franchise history to win two Nippon Series championships. He also joined Shunichi Amachi (1954) as the only managers in NPB history since 1950 to step down after winning a Nippon Series championship. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014 ... Akiyama is the only former outfielder turned manager to win two Nippon Series championships. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014
  • The Hawks recorded their sixth Nippon Series championship on Thursday moved into sole possession of this place on the all-time list. Yomiuri is in first with twenty-two and Seibu in second with thirteen. Yakult fell into fourth with five. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014
  • The Tigers became the second team in NPB to record just one victory in two consecutive Nippon Series appearances (0-4 vs Lotte in 2005 and 1-4 vs Softbank in 2014). The other team was Lotte in 1960 (0-4) and in 1970 (1-4). Only three Nippon Series games have ended on a double play: 1980, 1998, and 2014. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014
  • Based on Nippon Series Agreement, the NPB gets a twenty-four percent cut of ticket revenue after expenses for the first four games of the Nippon Series. The percentage goes up to thirty-seven percent for every game after that. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014

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