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[11/2/2015] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.03, 2015 @ 3:05 am, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows officially announced that Wladimir Balentien will be participating in the Premier 12 as a member of the Netherlands national baseball team. Source: official announcement
  • Mitch Dening's wife is scheduled to give birth to the couple's first child, a boy, in December. Source: Sanspo 11/2/2015
  • Orlando Roman withdrew from the Premier 12 so that he can focus on his preparations for 2016. Source: Sanspo 11/2/2015

Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano threw thirty-two pitches in the bullpen on October 29. It was his first session since the season ended. Source: Sanspo 10/30/2015
  • Hideki Matsui is ready to provide Yoshinobu Takahashi with whatever help and support he needs. That could include accepting an invite to be a special instructor during spring camp next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • The first day of Kochi fall camp on November 1 started at 10:00am and ended after 5:00pm. Source: Sponichi 11/2/2015
  • Naomasa Yokawa took eight-four swings during regular batting practice on the first day of fall camp and hit ten over the fence. During evening workouts, he swung the bat 242 times and hit forty-one over the fence. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2015, Daily Sports 11/2/2015 ... Taiga Egoshi took a total 326 swings and hit twenty-four over the fence. Source: Sanspo 11/2/2015
  • About 2,000 fans showed up for the first day of fall camp in Aki, Kochi on November 1. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2015 ... About 500 were in attendance for the start of fall camp at Naruohama on November 1. Around 300 stayed back after practices for an autograph session with Masayuki Kakefu. Source: Tokyo Sports 11/1/2015, Sponichi 11/2/2015
  • Tomoaki Kanemoto could pull players aside in the evenings during fall camp and work with them directly, if he feels they need it. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2015, Sponichi 11/1/2015
  • Kanemoto feels it is still too early to think about shifting Takashi Toritani to another position so he can focus more on his hitting. "Toritani can still play short. I actually think staying at short will help with his offense," said Kanemoto. Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2015 ... Kanemoto wants Toritani to play a more active role as captain of the team, even more so than the previous four years. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2015, Sponichi 11/1/2015
  • Ichi-gun pitching coach Isao Koda wants every pitcher to not only work on their control during fall camp, but also work on a new pitch. Ryoma Matsuda is working on a change-up, Hiroya Shimamoto a shuto, Hiroaki Saiuchi a slider, Kojiro Tanabo a forkball, and Suguru Iwazaki and Takumi Akiyama curveballs. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2015
  • The Tigers are planning to release Shinta Hifumi and are expected to re-sign him to an Ikusei contract. Source: Sponichi 11/1/2015
  • Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi is set to attend spring camp next year as a special pitching instructor. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2015 ... The organization is also thinking about inviting Norihiro Akahoshi to spring camp as a special instructor. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2015
  • The Tigers announced that Keiichiro Yotsufuji will be taking over as managing director of the organization on November 1. Current managing director Nobuo Minami will step down and become a team adviser. Source: official announcement

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Practice game against the Shikoku Island League on November 1: Ryosuke Nomura started the game and gave up a run on six hits over five innings of work. Source: Sanspo 11/1/2015
  • Practice game against the Shikoku Island League on October 31: Katsuki Matayoshi entered the game in the 9th and tossed a shutout inning in relief. He faced four hitters and broke two bats, one on a inside 140km/h fastball and the other on a 136km/h shuto. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2015
  • The Dragons announced that Takeshi Kaneko (22) married a twenty-three-year-old woman living in Osaka in January. They had a boy in February. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2015, Sports Hochi 11/2/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are planning to send Taiki Sekine, Yuta Kakita, Koki Yamashita, and Satoshi Iizuka to Taiwan to play winter ball. Source: Sponichi 11/2/2015
  • Shun Yamaguchi will become the Bay Stars' next player representative. Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2015