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[12/8/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes

by on Dec.09, 2014 @ 1:24 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ayumu Ishikawa is working on a new sinker that is about ten kilometers slower than the sinker he currently throws. This will give him a curve at around 110km/h, a sinker at 120, and a sinker and slider at 130. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2014, Sponichi 12/7/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Players and staff left for their championship trip to Hawaii out of Fukuoka Airport on Monday. They are slated to return on the 14th. Source: Sports Hochi 12/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/8/2014
  • The Hawks announced that they hired Yusaku Iriki (42) as a San-gun pitching coach. He was assigned the number 99. Source: official announcement
  • The Hawks hired Kenta Hagiwara (34) as their new scout in charge of Latin America. Hagiwara was an interpreter with Nippon Ham before working with teams that played winter ball in places like the Dominican Republic and Venzuela. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2014, official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

  • Orix (Hankyu) has played 9,919 games. Assuming no rain outs, they should reach 10,000 on July 10 against Rakuten at kobo Stadium. Source: Sponichi 12/8/2014
  • The Buffaloes are estimating Hiroyuki Nakajima will help increase the female fan base by 500 to 1,000 per game next season. The organization is planning to increase and improve women's bathrooms at Kyocera Dome to account for the potential increase. Source: Sports Hochi 12/8/2014