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[7/19/2014] Mazda All-Star Series 2014: News and Notes

by on Jul.19, 2014 @ 1:43 pm, under NPB

Central League:

  • Motonobu Tanishige became the first playing-manager to appear in an All-Star game since Katsuya Nomura in 1977 (starting catcher, batted seventh, Game 3); and the first in the Central League since Katsumi Shiraishi in 1953 (starting shortstop, batted ninth, Game 3). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014 ... Tanishige became the fifth playing-manager to record a hit during an All-Star game since Katsuya Nomura in 1977.  He also joined Fumio Fujimura (1955, Game 2) as the only player to record a hit in his first trip to the plate after becoming a playing-manager. Source: Sponichi 7/19/2014
  • Kenta Maeda picked up his third All-Star victory on Friday, good for a fourth place tie on the all-time list.  Maeda joined Yutaka Enatsu (five victories) and Masaichi Kaneda (three victories) as the only pitchers in Central League history to record three or more All-Star victories.  He also joined Hisashi Yamada (four victories) and Enatsu as the only pitchers to record three or more All-Star victories as starting pitchers.  He and Yamada (7-0) are the only pitchers to begin with three-game winning streaks. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014 ... Maeda became the sixth pitcher in All-Star history to record three victories.  He also became the first Central League pitcher since Suguru Egawa (1980-1982) to start All-Star games in three consecutive seasons. Source: Sports Hochi 7/19/2014 ... The other five pitchers that recorded three or more All-Star victories: Masaichi Kaneda (three victories), Tadashi Sugiura (three victories), Tetsuya Yoneda (four victories), Yutaka Enatsu (five victories), and Hisashi Yamada (seven victories). Source: Sanspo 7/19/2014
  • Brad Eldred joined Art Lopez (Game 1, 1968), Adrian Garrett (Game 1, 1978), and Norio Tanabe (Game 1, 1992) as the only players in All-Star history to record three or more hits and a home run in their very first appearance.  Eldred and Garrett are the only two to accomplish the feat as clean-up hitters. ... Carp players banged out eight hits during Friday's All-Star game -- Eldred (3), Ryosuke Kikuchi (2), Shota Dobayashi (2), Yoshihiro Maru (1) -- and set a new team high.  The previous high of eight was set three times: Game 1 in 1975 (Koji Yamamoto 3, Sachio Kinugasa 2, Tsuyoshi Oshita 1), Game 1 in 1979 (Yamamoto 3, Yoshihiko Takahashi 2, Enatsu 1), and Game 2 in 1995 (Kenjiro Nomura 2, Akira Eto 2, Tomoaki Kanemoto 2). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014 ... Eldred joined Koji Yamamoto (Game 1, 1975, five RBI) and Adrian Garrett (Game 1, 1978, six RBI) as the only players in Hiroshima Carp history to drive in four or more RBI in an All-Star game. Source: Sponichi 7/19/2014 ... Eldred became the ninth player in Hiroshima Carp history to win an All-Star MVP, first player since Kenta Maeda in 2012 (Game 2); and the seventh position player, first since Tomonori Maeda in 2005 (Game 2).  He joined Adrian Garrett (Game 1, 1978) as the only foreign Hiroshima players to win an All-Star MVP. Source: Sanspo 7/19/2014

Pacific League:

  • Shohei Otani, Chihiro Kaneko, and Takahiro Norimoto will have limits since they will be pitching on two days of rest.  Tsutomu Ito hinted that some players might have to make surprise appearances as pitchers since there are not enough arms.  Possibilities include Yoshio Itoi and Kenta Imamiya. Source: Sports Hochi 7/19/2014
  • Dai-Kang Yoh is planning to donate his award money (one million yen) to a charity (or charities) in Taiwan. Source: Daily Sports 7/19/2014

General:

  • TV Asahi is broadcasting this year's All-Star series.  They cut their live broadcast short on Friday night and showed the full game on tape delay on their CS channel at midnight.  Some fans took to Twitter and "最後まで放送" (broadcast until the end) became a trending topic.  TV Asahi is planning to extend their broadcast on Saturday. Source: Tokyo Sports 7/19/2014 ... An NPB official told reporters that their contracts with broadcasters over the last few years do not require full broadcasts for All-Star games.  TV Asahi ended their broadcast on Friday because of agreements with sponsors. Source: Sanspo 7/19/2014