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[12/13/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.14, 2014 @ 12:50 am, under NPB

Pacific League

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara could make his "debut" during a spring camp intra-squad on February 15. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/13/2014

Central League

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami will most likely be allowed to work out with Kenta Maeda in January next year. Source: Sponichi 12/13/2014
  • Yutaka Wada is planning to sit down with players like Yamato and Tsuyoshi Nishioka to discuss possible position changes if Takashi Toritani decides to sign with an MLB team this off-season. Source: Sports Hochi 12/13/2014, Nikkan Soprts 12/13/2014
  • The Tigers are slated to play nine practice games during spring camp in February (seven at Okinawa). One of their games, on February 28, will be against the Orix Buffaloes. Source: Daily Sports 12/13/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Taketoshi Goto asked the Bay Stars if he could register his name as Gomez, a nickname he received when a teammate misheard his apology (gomensu). It might not be possible to make it his official NPB name, but Yokohama might be willing to use it on his uniform. Source: Sponichi 12/13/2014


  • The 2014 draft class rookie seminar will most likely take place on January 13 instead of early-March next year. Former Rakuten manager Senichi Hoshino took to the media this year during the pre-season and questioned why the seminar did not place in January or February when the schedule was still light. Source: Sponichi 12/10/2014, ZakZak 12/13/2014