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[4/27/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Softbank, Rakuten, Lotte, Orix

by on Apr.27, 2013 @ 2:44 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters will likely go with Brian Wolfe, Masaru Takeda, and Masaru Nakamura against Orix (April 27-29).  Followed by Mitsuo Yoshikawa and Hiroshi Kisanuki.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/27/2013

M. Takeda joined up with the Ichi-gun team today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/27/2013


1st round draft pick Shohei Otani is currently scheduled to play in a Ni-gun game against Yokohama at Kamagaya on Sunday.  It could be pushed back to Monday if the ankle is giving him problems.  Depending on how things turn out, there is a chance he could pitch in a Ni-gun game against Lotte at Kamagaya on the 30th.

Otani could return to the active roster some time in early May.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/27/2013

Otani could also toss a bullpen session on Sunday.

Source: Sponichi 4/27/2013

Parent company Nippon Ham announced a new item on Friday: the dual sausage pack that contains a smoked sausage and a white sausage.  The "dual" concept was taken from Otani's dual positions as pitcher and position player.

Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

Hisanobu Watanabe was not particularly happy that Hideaki Wakui was late to practice on Friday, especially because it was the day after his second straight start in which he failed to pitch past the 6th inning.

Workouts started at 11:00am and Wakui arrived about thirty minutes late because of traffic.  He might fined by the team.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/27/2013, Daily Sports 4/27/2013, Sponichi 4/27/2013

Softbank Hawks

Wily Mo Pena has been studying footage of his swing from past seasons.  Batting coach Hiroshi Fujimoto told reporters Pena was having trouble generating power because he was not using his back leg properly.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/27/2013


The Hawks started using a three kilogram yellow metal bat for training purposes last year.  A number of players, like Nobuhiro Matsuda and Yuki Yanagita, used the bat during soft-toss batting practice on Friday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/26/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Takashi Saito is scheduled to pitch one inning in a Ni-gun game against Seibu at Kleenex Stadium on Sunday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/27/2013


Senichi Hoshino thinks players drafted out of high school are at a disadvantage when it comes to life after baseball because they miss out on extra learning opportunities (compared to players drafted out of Universities or the Industrial Leagues).  In order to help them out, he would like to see the team test their high school rookies on a variety kinds of topics.

In 1987, when Hoshino managed the Chunichi Dragons, the organization had younger players at Ni-gun take a Kanji aptitude test.

Source: Daily Sports 4/27/2013, Sponichi 4/27/2013


The Eagles will be giving away Tohoku Green uniforms to all fans that attend games on June 21 (vs Softbank @ Koriyama), July 30 (vs Seibu @ Morioka), July 31 (vs Seibu @ Akita), August 20 (vs Nippon Ham @ Yamagata), July 27 (vs Ni-gun Seibu @ Aomori), and July 28 (vs Ni-gun Seibu @ Hachinohe).

Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yuta Omine is slated to start Sunday's game against Softbank at QVC Marines.  It will be his first game since April 17, 2011 (vs Nippon at Sapporo Dome).  If he gets the win, it will be his first since June 30, 2010 (vs Softbank at Chiba Marine).

Omine is currently 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA in five Ni-gun games.

Orix Buffaloes

In addition to Mike Schultz and 3rd round draft pick Torai Fushimi, Satoshi Komatsu also joined the Ichi-gun team on Friday.  All three were added to the active roster today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/26/2013

2 comments on “[4/27/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Softbank, Rakuten, Lotte, Orix

    1. Steve Novosel

      Serious question – are you new to Japanese baseball? These guys practice all the time, and hard. Before games, on off days, all winter, you name it.

      If you’re on a team, you practice.

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