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[11/11/2013] Samurai Japan returns to Japan, more games slated in March 2014

by on Nov.11, 2013 @ 11:47 pm, under Samurai Japan

Samurai Japan returned to Japan today from their three-game series in Taiwan.  The entire coaching staff, excluding manager Hiroki Kokubo, will be disbanded.  Another set of international games is slated to take place in March next year.  A new set of players and coaches will be selected.

Source: Sponichi 11/11/2013

UPDATE 11/12 @ 2:41pm -

The NPB is planning to schedule international exhibition games against teams in March and November.  Ideally, opponents will be from high IBAF ranked countries.  They are also checking to see if it might be possible to play a game against a team of MLB players.  For that to happen, the games would most likely have to take place in November (perhaps as early as next year) at a domed stadium in Japan.

Source: Daily Sports 11/12/2013

UPDATE 11/12 @ 3:36pm -

Hiroki Kokubo will create a list of forty to fifty Samurai Japan candidates as he checks out players during spring camp next year.  Players will be swapped out as needed (injuries, performance).  Kokubo is interested in playing international games against Cuba.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/12/2013

UPDATE 11/14 @ 1:19am -

Game balls from the team's three victories in Taiwan:

  • Game 1 baseball - Kokubo had all the coaches sign the baseball.
  • Game 2 baseball - Given to the winning pitcher, Daichi Osera.
  • Game 3 baseball - Given to batting practice pitcher Shoji Hiramatsu.  Hiramatsu's father passed away before the series.

Source: Sponichi 11/12/2013