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Yokohama Bay Stars News and Notes: February 13, 2013

by on Feb.13, 2013 @ 11:46 pm, under NPB

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • 2nd round draft pick Kazuki Mishima: situational batting practice, faced nine hitters, allowed one hit (infield hit to Takehiro Ishikawa), topped out at 142km/h
  • Daisuke Miura: batting practice, faced Tatsuhiko Kinjo and Hitoshi Tamura, sixty-six pitches, all fastballs, Tamura hit three over the fence (including two in a row)

Source: Sanspo 2/13/2013, Daily Sports 2/13/2013


Masanori Hayashi and Kenjiro Tsuruoka joined Ichi-gun camp today for workouts.  Nyjer Morgan had to return to Yokohama to finalize his visa paperwork.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/13/2013


Shigeru Kaga told teammates during morning shout-outs today that his wife gave birth to their second child on January 24.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/13/2013


2nd round draft pick Kazuki Mishima is scheduled to make his "debut" during a practice game against Nippon Ham on the 16th.

Source: Sanspo 2/13/2013


Kiyoshi Nakahata wants to see changes made to the first round of the amateur draft: instead of having all twelve teams select players and hold drawings when two or more teams select the players, he wants the entire draft to be done in snake fashion, beginning with the last place teams.

Nakahata spent about fifteen minutes explaining his thoughts about the draft to NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato on Monday.

Source: Sanspo 2/13/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/13/2013, Sports Hochi 2/13/2013

6 comments on “Yokohama Bay Stars News and Notes: February 13, 2013

  1. Arthur

    I think Nakahata is absolutely right. The teams that finish bottom don’t have much hope of improving if they can’t get the best amateur talent. I hope NPB listen.

    1. Steve Novosel

      Eh, yes and no on that with me. I like the way it’s done now, honestly, it’s really intriguing. Requires guts and strategy. It’s like a game, really.

      A snake draft would reduce if not eliminate Sugano/Chono drama for sure, but it would also eliminate Otani-type drama as well.

    2. fighting ham

      It has to come with a shorter FA service time. That will be bad news for those who don’t have money. Those havenots are usually the bottom dwellers. So, it might not resolve anything in the long run.

  2. muratafan

    Virtually every other professional league, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL and the Euro Soccer leagues work this way.

    Bottom line is that no one wants to see the Giants become ‘average’ since NPB’s revenue ride on their success. Plus, it would involve change, not a good thing for many in NPB.

  3. IM

    It’s ok to be different, I think they should keep it the way it is with maybe some minor tweaks. The MLB has had signablilty issues with their snake-style draft as well. Maybe it’s time to stop making excuses, especially now that Yokohama has an ownership that will spend some money.

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