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CL News and Notes: Bay Stars want Shuichi Murata to stay in Yokohama

by on Aug.16, 2011 @ 2:28 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Enyelbert Soto's next start will likely come on the 18th against the Yomiuri Giants.


Hirokazu Ibata could return to the active roster as early as sometime this week.


The Dragons will be making a couple of changes to their coaching staff, effective today.

Kazuhiko Ishimine - Ni-gun batting coach to Ichi-gun

Yoshinori Ueda - Ichi-gun batting / OF / fielding coach to Ni-gun

It should be noted that the Dragons don't really have distinct divisions between Ichi-gun and Ni-gun coaches as other teams do.  It's more about which coaches happen to be traveling with which level team at the time.

Hanshin Tigers

Craig Brazell is one home run away from his 100th NPB homer.  And Takahiro Arai is 3 away from 250 career homers.


The Tigers rotation against the Hiroshima Carp: Atsushi Nomi, Jason Standridge, and Ikketsu Sho.


The Tigers plan on using a combination of Daiki Enokida and Tatsuya Kojima in the 7th innings.  The last two innings will go to Hiroyuki Kobyashi and Kyuji Fujikawa.


The Tigers are leaning towards offering Tomoaki Kanemoto an extension for the 2012 season.


Owner Shinya Sakai returned to Japan yesterday.  His comments:

I was able to see baseball in the country where it began.  I don't know if it'll lead to something yet.  I went to Yankee Stadium and Turner Field for the first time [in my life].  They pulled in a lot of fan and both stadiums were easily accessible. ... I had a chance to stand on the fields.  I even saw [Mariano] Rivera and [Derek] Jeter. ... I'm sure the experience of watching an MLB game at an MLB stadium will end up helping us out at some point.

When asked if he wanted Rivera or Jeter, Sakai said "No."  And when asked if he knew Kei Igawa was in the Yankees' farm system, he said, "I didn't know that.  But I did see [Larry] Parrish."

Parrish is currently the hitting coach for the Atlanta Braves and played for the Hanshin Tigers in 1990.

Yomiuri Giants

Hirokazu Sawamura is still on schedule to make his next start on the 19th vs Yakult (Tokyo Dome).

Yakult Swallows

Chief / pitching coach Daisuke Araki told reporters yesterday that while they still consider Tony Barnette their main closing option, they'll also consider using other relievers like Kenichi Matsuoka, Takehiko Oshimoto, and Kentaro Kyuko depending on the situation.

Regarding Kyuko, Araki said, "If there are a lot of lefties, we'll probably [go with him].  There's something special about him and he can pitch multiple innings.  Kyuko is great.  There isn't another first year player like him."

Hiroshima Carp

Kenjiro Nomura spent time behind the plate as BP catcher during practice yesterday.

Yokohama Bay Stars

Team president Takao Kaji told reporters yesterday that he really wanted Shuichi Murata to stay in Yokohama (Murata will earn his international FA option this year), to continue being the face of the team, and to be the team leader.


19-year-old Yuki Kuniyoshi could get a start during an upcoming series against the Hanshin Tigers that begins on the 19th.

Tomokazu Oka could return to the active roster in time for a start against the Tigers on the 21st, but based on his numbers from last year (3 G, 0-2, 14.0 IP, 24 H, 4 HR, 3 BB, 5 SO, 16 R, 10 ER, 6.43 ERA), the Bay Stars could instead give the start to Kuniyoshi.

Kuniyoshi's Ni-gun numbers from this year: 8 G, 1-2, 37.1 IP, 28 H, 16 BB, 32 SO, 10 R, 7 ER, 1.69 ERA.

4 comments on “CL News and Notes: Bay Stars want Shuichi Murata to stay in Yokohama

  1. Alex

    Why would the Tigers extend Kanemoto? I understand he’s a Tigers legend but he’s seriously at the end of his career.

    1. Gen Post author

      According to the article, they still think he has something left in the tank. It doesn’t really get into the specifics though, so I’m not entirely sure what kind of role they envision him being in.

      Having to deal with aging veterans that are popular with the fans is never an easy thing — do you think of the fans, or the bottom line?

  2. Alex

    That’s a solid point. I can’t help but look at the Dragons and their aging IF core of Ibata/Araki and feel the same.

    1. Arthur

      His tank emptied two years ago, there’s nothing left. I don’t think this is really for the fans either – every Tigers fan I’ve spoken to who has even the slightest baseball knowledge knows he’s done and wants him to become a pinch hitter or retire (check out the post about the shareholders’ meeting, I think it was in May). I’m afraid this is all our breathtakingly stupid management, the ones who didn’t even talk to Uchikawa in the offseason. They’ll probably offer him a raise!

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