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[10/28/2015] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Oct.29, 2015 @ 9:29 am, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada could be given the uniform number 1 during the off-season. Nine players have worn the number since 1950, most recently Norichika Aoki (2010-2011). Source: Sponichi 10/28/2015

Yomiuri Giants

  • Hisayoshi Chono is set to take over as the new player representative in 2016. Source: official announcement
  • The Giants announced on October 26 that Tatsunori Hara will assume the role of special adviser, effective January 1, 2015. Source: official announcement
  • The Giants will be putting together a San-gun team (made up of about twenty to twenty-five players, mostly Ikusei), complete with a full coaching staff. The team will play about ninety games a year against teams from the Independent Leagues, college leagues, and Industrial Leagues. Source: official announcement
  • Former Giant Junichi Kawahara announced that he was retiring on October 28. He spent the last few years with the Ehime Mandarin Pirates (Island League). Source: Daily Sports 10/28/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami is hoping to push his weight to ninety-five kilograms this off-season. He spent most of this season around ninety-two, ninety-three kilograms. His goal is to ultimately reach 100 kilograms. Source: Sponichi 10/28/2015
  • Tomoaki Kanemoto is thinkng about using Ryota Imanari as an emergency back-up catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/28/2015
  • If Tsuyoshi Nishioka is given a shot to win the everyday job at second base, Hiroki Uemoto could head to the outfield. Source: Sanspo 10/26/2015 ... Even if Uemoto stays at second base, Tomoaki Kanemoto wants the option of being able to play him in the outfield every now and then to give older players, like Kosuke Fukudome, the day off. He was in center field during fielding practice on October 28. Source: Daily Sports 10/29/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Intra-squad game on October 28: Kenta Maeda started the game and gave up a run on two hits over three innings of work. He threw forty-nine pitches, struck out four, and walked one. Source: Daily Sports 10/28/2015, Sports Hochi 10/28/2015
  • Kenta Maeda is messing around with a change-up that has a little more vertical movement (sinking action, same motion, slightly different grip) than his normal change-up for use against right-handed hitters. Source: Daily Sports 10/29/2015
  • Maeda and Hiroki Kuroda will be appearing in next year's team calendar. Maeda for the month of January and Kuroda, with Takahiro Arai, for the month of March. The team used October as the cutoff for eligibility. Source: Sports Hochi 10/23/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Doi is working as a special instructor during fall camp again this year. Source: Sanspo 10/28/2015
  • The Dragons ended fall practices at Nagoya Stadium on October 26. Fall camp began on October 28. Source: Sponichi 10/26/2015
  • Hector Luna made the Dominican Republic national team for the Premier 12. Source: Daily Sports 10/24/2015

3 comments on “[10/28/2015] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

    1. Gen Post author

      It’s hard to say what the Carp will do. I don’t really see any positives for the team if they post him this year. Sure they get the posting money, but they could get that next year too (assuming doesn’t get hurt). And if Kuroda decides to retire, the rotation is going to be that much weaker next season.

      I think there are too many question marks for the Carp to happily say yes to posting Maeda. They still might post him though. A lot will depend on how discussions ended last year. Not everything makes it out to the media and it’s always possible they promised to post him after the 2015 season. But imagine how much hurt the team would be in if both Maeda and Kuroda don’t return next year. They have young pitchers that could step in, but in terms of big-ticket draws, they would lose two major names. Is that something they can afford to do?

      There’s still plenty of time for both sides to figure out the timing though. And the Carp could easily wait until Kuroda makes his decision about 2016.

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