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[12/31/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.01, 2015 @ 12:58 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Tatsunori Hara would like Yoshinobu Takahashi to keep his time as a player and as a coach separated. For example, he could be a coach during meetings, a player during general practices, and a coach during extended practices. At the very least, he would like to see Takahashi set a structured schedule. Hara feels mixing the two will only complicate things for the veteran. Source: Sponichi 12/31/2014
  • Yoshiyuki Kamei is planning to have different bats for practice and games next year. He will use a heavier bat during practice (about 920 grams, non-cupped) and a lighter bat during games (between 890 and 900 grams, cupped). Source: Sponichi 12/31/2014
  • Seiji Kobayashi signed an advisory contract with Zett. Kobayashi has been using Zett equipment since high school. Source: Sponichi 12/30/2014
  • Hirokazu Sawamura has been training in Hawaii since the 16th (he stayed back after the team's championship trip). He rented a condo with Nippon Ham's Yohei Kagiya and has plans to stay until mid-January. Source: Sponichi 12/30/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Yamato, and Hiroki Uemoto are all considered candidates at short if Takashi Toritani decides to leave for the Majors. Yamato might be the top option, but the Tigers might keep him in center and shift Nishioka to short. Uemoto could be the third option, if Nishioka and Yamato do not work out. Source: Sponichi 12/30/2014
  • Nippon Ham's Shota Ono is slated to earn his domestic FA option next season. If things do not work out with Ryutaro Umeno, the Tigers could be interested in Ono as an option. Source: Sports Hochi 12/30/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami's Sanspo Promise was at least ten victories, an ERA of 2.75 or lower, and a better batting average than Atsushi Nomi. Fujinami racked up eleven victories and bested Nomi's batting average, .173 to .132, but ended with an ERA of 3.53. He sent Sanspo an autographed t-shirt. Yutaka Wada promised a championship with eighty-six or move wins. The team finished in second with seventy-five victories. Wada sent Sanspo eleven autographed baseballs (one ball for every win the team was short). Source: Sanspo 12/31/2014
  • Mauro Gomez led all Tigers with thirty-six front page appearances on Nikkan Sports in 2014. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/31/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp met Hiroki Kuroda at the negotiating table three times before he agreed to return. The first meeting was exploratory and did not involve specifics. Hiroshima made Kuroda an offer during the second meeting on December 8. They continued to push during a third meeting on December 14. Kuroda returned to the United States on the 24th and made his decision two days later. The veteran was leaning toward staying in the Majors through the first two meetings, but had a change of heart after the third meeting. Source: Sponichi 12/29/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are planning to film another documentary next season. It will be the fourth in as many years since DeNA took over control of the team. Source: Sponichi 12/31/2014
  • Kohei Mantani (27) filed marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman from Osaka on the 23rd. Source: Sponichi 12/29/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • There is a good chance Wladimir Balentien (left Achilles) will not return to Japan until March. The Swallows are not planning to rush the slugger and might even start the season without him, if he is not ready. Source: Sanpso 12/30/2014, Sponichi 12/30/2014
  • Shingo Kawabata could bat second next season. Source: Sponichi 12/29/2014
  • Batting practice pitcher/chief advance scout Kenichi Oshio will take over as Advance Scout in Charge of Strategy in 2015. The position was created for Oshio, to recognize his added responsibilities. Source: Sponichi 12/31/2014