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[5/31/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Softbank, Rakuten, Lotte

by on May.31, 2013 @ 5:46 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Katsuya Nomura grumped that 1st round Shohei Otani was disrespecting the sport and the older players by trying to be a two-position player.

"Unbelievable.  It is very difficult becoming a great player at one position.  He is disrespecting pro yakyu. ... At eighteen, he is still just a kid.  The older players need to do what it takes to make sure he does not succeed. ... If I was still playing, I would not let him hit. ... If I were his manager, I would use him as a pitcher."

Soure: Sponichi 5/31/2013

Seibu Lions

Fumikazu Kimura took grounders at third after working out in the outfield during fielding practice on Thursday.  Kimura is trying to get more playing time by increasing the number of positions he can play.

Source: Daily Sports 5/31/2013

Hisanobu Watanabe's nickname for Kimura is Carlos.

Source: Sponichi 5/31/2013

Softbank Hawks

Shinya Kayama was called up today.  He will primarily be used as a left-handed option out of the bullpen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/31/2013


Sho Iwasaki likes closing because of the amount of responsibility that comes that comes with the position.  If he pitches well as a closer, the Hawks are open to leaving him there, even after Brian Falkenborg returns (plus, the team is not sure if Falkenborg will be able to pitch on consecutive days).

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/31/2013, Sponichi 5/31/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Takahiro Norimoto plans to purchase his first car after he records his first shutout.

Source: Sponichi 5/31/2013


Kohei Hasebe (left knee surgery last May) pitched in a Ni-gun game on Thursday, his first outing since an exhibition game in February 2012.  Hasebe gave up two runs on three hits over an inning of work.

"I was really excited the other day.  I was not really nervous.  My entire body feels a little sore, but there is no damage.  I felt my pitches were working for me," said Hasebe to reporters today.

Source: Daily Sports 5/31/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Naoya Masuda is the eleventh player in NPB history (fifth in the PL), since the start of the two-league format, to pitch in seventeen games in one month.  If he pitches again today, he will tie the mark Kazuhisa Inao set in September 1956.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/31/2013


Yoshihisa Naruse would like to make Hisayoshi Chono, Hayato Sakamoto, or Shinnosuke Abe his 1,000th strikeout victim.

Source: Sponichi 5/31/2013

One comment on “[5/31/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Softbank, Rakuten, Lotte

  1. Arthur

    Yeah! You tell him, Nomura! How dare that stupid kid try and make history because he’s awesomely talented! Heck I’d send him down to nigun. Or make him a ballboy for a while. Needs to learn his place.

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