by Gen on Nov.01, 2014 @ 6:52 pm, under NPB
Tags: Posting System
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.
by Gen on Nov.01, 2014 @ 6:39 pm, under NPB
Tags: Fall Camp, Hanshin Tigers
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.
Source: official announcement
by Gen on Nov.01, 2014 @ 4:16 pm, under NPB
Tags: Ikusei Reserved List
The NPB Commissioner's Office released the 2014 Ikusei Reserve list on Friday. Ikusei players not on this list were automatically released on Friday
I have also posted 2014 stats for each of the players here.
by Gen on Nov.01, 2014 @ 3:01 pm, under NPB
Tags: 2014 Nippon Series
For those interested, I have posted final pitching and hitting stats for the Nippon Series. You can view them here. You should be able to sort as well.
by Gen on Nov.01, 2014 @ 4:47 am, under NPB
Tags: Bryan Bullington, Chris Carpenter, Chris Narveson, Chunichi Dragons, Daisuke Yamai, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Matt Murton, Mauro Gomez, Shogo Kimura, Takahiro Arai, Yakult Swallows, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yomiuri Giants, Zach Phillips
- 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
- 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
- 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
- The Swallows are not planning to offer Chris Narveson (32) and Chris Carpenter (28) contracts for the 2015 season. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014
by Gen on Nov.01, 2014 @ 4:44 am, under NPB
Tags: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Motohiro Shima, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Tomotaka Sakaguchi, Yoshihisa Hirano
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
by Gen on Nov.01, 2014 @ 4:39 am, under NPB
Tags: Chunichi Dragons, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows, 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Satoshi Miyata, from Breathe, wants to write a song for Yuhei. The two were teammates at Tohoku High School. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014
by Gen on Nov.01, 2014 @ 4:37 am, under NPB
Tags: Chiba Lotte Marines, Nippon Ham Fighters, Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks
- 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
- The Lions posted more information about their fan appreciation day (November 23). Source: official announcement
Chiba Lotte Marines
- 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
by Gen on Nov.01, 2014 @ 4:21 am, under NPB
Tags: 2014 Nippon Series, Nippon Series
- 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
by Gen on Nov.01, 2014 @ 1:07 am, under NPB
The free agency filing period began on Friday. Players with options will have until November 11 to file their options (seven business days, excludes weekends and holidays). The commissioner's office will release a list of free agents on the 12th. Teams will be allowed to approach players on the 13th.