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[10/6/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks

by on Oct.07, 2013 @ 1:07 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters drew 1,855,655 in attendance this year.  That is down from the 1,888,524 they recorded last year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/6/2013

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The Fighters will finish in last place for the first time since 2001.  They will also become the first team to go from first to last in back-to-back seasons since Kintetsu in 1980 and 1981.

Source: Sponichi 10/6/2013

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Shohei Otani will reportedly focus solely on his pitching duties while participating in the Phoenix League.  He will most likely start games on six days of rest without any opportunities to play the field in between starts.  He is expected to go back to pitching and hitting during fall camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/6/2013

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Hideki Kuriyama told reporters fall camp will be very rigorous and demanding after the season they had.

Source: Sanspo 10/6/2013

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Fall camp will take place between October 30 and November 12 at Kunigami Stadium in Okinawa.  Players will get the day off on November 3 and 8.

Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

The Lions took Air Do into Sapporo out of Sendai on Saturday.  The pilot announced he was a disappointed Nippon Ham fan but looked forward to Seibu taking Yomiuri down during the Nippon Series.

Source: Sanspo 10/6/2013

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Superstitious: Hisanobu Watanabe borrowed his wife's white Audi for good luck in place of his own black Mercedes-Benz on the 2nd and 3rd.  He also used the Japanese style toilet in the 8th inning on the 2nd and 3rd.  The team got big hits in the 8th inning that led to two victories.  Watanabe stepped into the toilet in the 8th inning on Saturday (no Japanese style toilet at Kleenex Stadium) and while the big hit failed to come in the 8th, it did come in the 9th.

Source: Sponichi 10/6/2013

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Hideaki Wakui pitched in the team's ninth straight game on Saturday and tied the franchise record set by Kazuhisa Inao between September 20 and October 2, 1958.  The PL record of eleven games was set by Michio Sato in 1972.  The NPB record of fourteen games was set by Tadashi Wakabayashi in 1944.

Wakui also recorded his fifth save in five days (through Saturday) and joined Masahide Kobayashi (six straight, between May 25-30, 2001), Shinji Sasaoka (five straight, between June 26-30, 1996), Akinori Otsuka (five straight, between August 19-23, 1998), and Koji Aoyama (five straight, between May 9-13, 2012) as the only players to achieve the feat in NPB history.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/6/2013, Sponichi 10/6/2013

Wakui set a new franchise record on Sunday by pitching in his tenth straight game.  He also joined Kobayashi as the only two pitchers in NPB history to record saves in six straight games on six straight days.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/6/2013

Softbank Hawks

All players are expected to attend fall camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/6/2013

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Head coach Daijiro Oishi and pitching coach Ikuo Takayama will not be returning next season.

Source: Daily Sports 10/6/2013, Nikkan Sports 10/6/2013

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Paul Oseguera was questioned by police at Shin Chitose Airport on Sunday.  The issue was cleared up when a team official stepped and told officers he was a baseball player.  The Mohawk hairstyle may have been the problem, at least according to someone in the organization.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/6/2013

3 comments on “[10/6/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks

    1. fighting ham

      Their “crap” worked in favor of the Lions last night…

      It’s the final showdown tonight!

      1. Steve Novosel

        Oh, I was talking about the Oseguera getting stopped by police at the airport, not Seibu.

        But yeah, game on tonight!!! Going to be a great game, and regardless of the outcome a great series this weekend.

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