Samurai Japan Top Team
Yasuhiro Ogawa is planning to withdraw from the Samurai Japan roster because of pain in his left side. He was unable to participate in the second day of fall camp on Tuesday and was sent back to Tokyo. Said Ogawa, "I started feeling some discomfort during fall practices. When I threw the ball the yesterday, it turned to pain. The decision was made this morning. I could probably throw in the bullpen, but pitching in the game will push me to throw harder and if I go in this condition, I'll just become a problem for the team. I thought it best to speak up early and withdrawing made the most sense. I feel bad about this."
Samurai Japan 21U Team
Masaru Nakamura and Naoyuki Uwasawa will anchor the 21U starting rotation and start the first two games of the 21U World Cup tournament (Nakamura against Australia on the 7th and Uwasawa against Venezuela on the 8th).
NPB Enterprise held a press conference at a hotel in Tokyo on Tuesday. The new company will be a separate entity from the NPB jointly funded by the NPB (thirty million yen) and the twelve NPB teams (five million yen each). They will be in charge of handling and expanding Samurai Japan business opportunities while providing support to all Samurai Japan teams (Women, 12U, 15U, 18U, College, 21U, Amateur, and Top). Their goal will be to pull in about four billion yen in revenue by the next World Baseball Classic in 2017.
- Katsuhiko Kumazaki - Representative Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
- Shigeo Araki - Corporate Officer
- Each of the twelve NPB team representives - Non-executive Directors
- Masayuki Naito - Adviser
- Norihiro Akahoshi - Samurai Japan Ambassador