ZakZak feels that the Yomiuri Giants have yet to reach out to Yasuyuki Kataoka because they are still trying to decide if they really need him. They have a number of internal candidates at second base, like Takayuki Terauchi, Daisuke Nakai, and Daisuke Fujimura, but not everyone in the organization is convinced that they are good enough to play on a daily basis.
Source: ZakZak 11/26/2013
Tokyo Sports wonders if the Yomiuri Giants plan to include Takahiro Aoki on their list of protected players. If they do not, Hiroshima could take him back with their compensation pick for losing Kan Otake.
Source: Tokyo Sports 11/26/2013
The Orix Buffaloes announced that they will meet Katsuki Yamazaki for a second round of negotiations on the 29th.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2013
According to Sports Hochi, the two sides have already reached an agreement and that an announcement could take place in Fukuoka some time this week. Orix is thought to have offered Yamazaki a three-year deal worth 150 million yen that includes an understanding that the organization will make considerations to hire him as a coach after he retires.
Source: Sports Hochi 11/26/2013
The Softbank Hawks could ramp up efforts to sign Jason Standridge and Brian Wolfe after losing out on Kan Otake. They are also looking into Tsuyoshi Wada.
Kenichi Nakata and Shinya Tsuruoka are expected to sign with Softbank.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2013
The Hiroshima Carp are reportedly close to finalizing an extension with Brad Eldred. They were originally planning to part ways with Eldred, but his late-season surge impressed the coaches enough for them to push for his return.
Hiroshima has decided not to re-sign Fred Lewis. As of now, the Carp have five foreign players on the seventy-man roster in 2014: Eldred, Bryan Bullington, Kam Mickolio, Kila Ka'aihue, and Zach Phillips. The front office could add a sixth -- they are looking at right-handed position players.
Source: Daily Sports 11/26/203
The Hiroshima Carp have reportedly signed left-handed pitcher Zach Phillips (27) to a one-year contract worth an estimated forty million yen plus incentives. The deal also includes a fifteen million yen signing bonus and a club option for 2015.
According to Sponichi, part of the reason why the Carp did not to select any Ichi-gun-ready left-handed arms during the draft was because they were close to finalizing their deal with Phillips. The organization sees the lefty as a set-up man, or depending on situations, a closer.
Practices at Okinawa fall camp were cut after morning sessions because of the weather. Morimichi Takagi gave the players the rest of the day off and jokingly asked reporters to right how he made everyone run the distance (seventeen kilometers) back to the team hotel. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/17/2012
Takagi had Naomichi Donoue work on behind-the-back tosses during fielding practice on Saturday.
Said Takagi, "Once you get a handle on it, it is something that can be used. Just a way to show them that there is another way to do things."
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/17/2012
Soma Yamauchi threw thirty pitches in the bullpen on Friday at Nagoya Stadium (twenty-seven to a standing catcher and three to a squatting catcher). It was his first session since he hurt his left shin. Source: Sponichi 11/17/2012, Sports Hochi Osaka 11/17/2012
Takagi threw 600 pitches as a batting practice during workouts at Okinawa fall camp on Friday. The batting practice session actually replaced a previously scheduled fielding/base-running session. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/17/2012
Takagi will go with Hitoki Iwase as the closer next season. If he falters, there will be no letting him pitch out of it by moving him into another role. Instead, he will be demoted to Ni-gun until he turns things around. Retirement could be suggested if he does not manage to get things sorted out. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/17/2012
Comedian Tetsuro Degawa was named the team's very first honorary fan club member on Friday. He may also have a chance to perform in front of the crowd.
The Fan Club will also be renamed the Swallows' Crew in 2013.
The younger players that participated in the Asia Series, like Ryosuke Miyaguni, Kyosuke Takagi, and Daisuke Fujimura, joined the others for fall practice on Friday. Source: Sanspo 11/17/2012
Miyaguni wants to gain some weight by doing weight training exercises during the winter. Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2012
The Tigers would like Orix free agent Takeshi Hidaka to not only help their team out as a player, but also a teacher. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/17/2012
Hayata Ito has managed to increase his swing speed from around 130km/h to about 140km/h. Source: Sanspo 11/17/2012
Yutaka Wada was hit by a pitch while standing in the batter's box during Yusuke Kawasaki's bullpen session on Friday. Kawasaki apologized and said it was because he liked to throw inside.
Wada's reply: "Show me that kind of pitching during games, that is the kind of attitude I like. ... Not many get a chance to hit the manager. The pitch did get away, but those kinds of things can affect batters too."
Source: Sanspo 11/17/2012
Masayuki Kakefu visited Naruohama on business on Friday and also spent some time giving the younger players, like Masaki Anada, Kosei Fujii, and Tetsuya Sakaguchi, a lecture on proper hitting form and used Shinnosuke Abe as an example to follow (specifically, how he keeps his swing level). Wei-Chu Lin and Ryota Arai also caught the tail end of the lecture. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/17/2012
With Ryota Igarashi no longer on the market, the Tigers will turn their attention to the foreign pitching market. According to Sanspo, the Bay Stars may have offered Igarashi a two-year deal worth 500M yen and the Tigers a two-year between 400 to 500M yen. He ultimately picked the three-year deal worth 600M yen from the Softbank Hawks. Source: Sanspo 11/17/2012
The Tigers also now plan to work hard to make sure Kosuke Fukudome does not end up signing with Yokohama. Source: Sanspo 11/17/2012
Possible foreign pitcher candidates: Scott Proctor (KBO), Brad Thomas (CPBL), and Paul Phillips (CPBL). Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2012
Yokohama Bay Stars
GM Shigeru Takada would like to wait for Kosuke Fukudome as long as possible. They also do not plan on moving on Hiroyuki Nakajima until they have a clearer picture of what he wants to do. Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2012
The Bay Stars' documentary on the 2012 season was finalized on the 16th. Tickets to the screening, which will place on December 9, the same day the DVD becomes available for purchase, have already sold out (about 450 of them). Source: Sanspo 11/17/2012, Sponichi 11/17/2012
Nippon Ham Fighters
Masaru Nakamura started Ni-gun game against Yakult on Sunday: 6 IP, 23 BF, 91 NP, 2 H, 0 SO, 5 BB, 2 R, 2 ER). As of now, he has a better chance at being called up over Yuki Saito. Saito will likely get at least one more tune-up start at Ni-gun. Source: Sanspo 8/13/2012, Nikkan Sports 8/13/2012
It is possible Saito may not make it back to Ichi-gun until September. Source: Sports Hochi 8/13/2012
Alessandro Maestri purchased a yellow glove for about fifty dollars in 2010 with the Japanese word "一生懸命" (isshokenmei - best effort) stitched onto the thumb area. Maestri told reporters he did not know what the Japanese word until he came to Japan. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/13/2012, Daily Sports 8/13/2012
Maestri is the first Italian pitcher to play in the NPB. There have been Italian position players: Reno Bertoia (1964) and Steven Rum (1981-1982). He is also the first Orix foreign pitcher to record a win in his first appearance since Jason Phillips on July 6, 2003. Source: Sponichi 8/13/2012
Chiba Lotte Marines
Takahiro Fujioka started a Ni-gun game against the Futures on Sunday and tossed seven shutout innings. He also gave up five hits and struck out ten. Fujioka will likely make his next start at Ichi-gun against Nippon Ham on August 19. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/13/2012
A little more on the PL's 45,000th home run hit on Sunday night by Seibu's Jose Ortiz: the first PL home run was hit on March 11, 1950; before the start of Sunday's games, the PL was sitting on 44,997 home runs; the Central League is at 45,393. Source: Sponichi 8/13/2012
The Tigers had the day off today.
Kenichi Tagami, Haruki Kurose, Ryota Arai, Issei Morita, and Masahiro Nakatani all worked out at Ginoza Stadium on their day off today.
Batting coach Atsushi Kataoka wants every player to work towards being fully ready for the last two exhibition games in February (25 vs Yakult and 26 vs Chunichi). That also means the younger players do not have that much more time to prove that they either deserve more looks or that they belong on the active roster.
Murton is scheduled to play in his first game on February 23 (vs Rakuten, two or so at bats).
Randy Messenger and Jason Standridge are scheduled to pitch in an intra-squad game on February 23. Both pitchers tossed bullpen session on Sunday and spent some time signing autographs after practices.
On Sunday: Kenji Jojima started a game at first for the first time since 9/7/2005 -- he handled two chances without any problem (foul out to first in the 2nd inning and a ground out to first in the 3rd inning). Tomoaki Kanemoto played in a February game for the first time since 2002.
1st round draft pick Hayata Ito's parents were on hand to watch Sunday's game against the Yomiuri Giants.
Former Hanshin manager Akinobu Mayumi visited Okinawa Cellular Stadium Naha on Sunday and met with team officials, including new manager Yutaka Wada.
Yutaka Wada could go with a setup man by committee this year (three to four pitchers).
The Tigers announced today that Ikusei 1st round draft pick Seiya Hirokami missed practices today because he was not feeling well.
Matt Murton has narrowed down his intro music to Phillips, Craig and Dean's Save the Day and Third Day's Trust In Jesus. Murton has decided to take input from fans via Twitter (deadline is February 18).
FYI: Murton's intro music during his first two seasons was Kutless' Strong Tower.
And for those wondering, his website will be located at http://murtonbaseball.com/ (still under construction).
1st round draft pick Hayata Ito's intro music will be the Ultraman Song.
If the Yomiuri Giants are going to start Ryosuke Miyaguni against them on February 19, then the Tigers will have their scouts and players keep a close eye on the youngster. In other words, their goal will not be to hit the pitcher, but to learn more about him.
Kenichi Tagami spent about forty minutes laying down bunts toward third in the batting cages during his day off on Wednesday. He also spent about an hour working on his bunt after Tuesday's game against Hiroshima.
Randy Messenger's Sanspo Tigers' Promise: hit one homer during the season. If he fails, he owes Sanspo some memorabilia. If he succeeds, Sanspo will reward Messenger with sixty meals of Tenka Ippin ramen.
Messenger and Jason Standridge went kite flying on the beach on their day off on Wednesday.
|11||P||Shiomi, Takahiro||Draft 1st Round|
|31||P||Mima, Manabu||Draft 2nd Round|
|42||P||Jimenez, Kelvin||New foreigner|
|61||P||Okamoto, Shinya||Return to NPB||KBO (LG)|
|64||P||Speier, Ryan||New foreigner|
|99||P||Kim, Byung-Hyun||New foreigner|
|1||INF||Iwamura, Akinori||Return to NPB||Oakland A's|
|9||INF||Abe, Toshihito||Draft 3rd Round|
|32||INF||Matsui, Kazuo||Return to NPB||Colorado Rockies|
|60||INF||Kanno, Koki||Draft 5th Round|
|36||OF||Enomoto, Aoi||Draft 4th Round|
|122||P||Kato, Takahiro||Draft Ikusei 1st Round|
|126||P||Sato, Mitsuru||Free agent||Chunichi|
|134||P||Kimura, Kengo||Draft Ikusei 2nd Round|
|132||INF||Kawaguchi, Hayato||Draft Ikusei 3rd Round|
|60||P||Ishikawa, Satoru||Rakuten staff|
|64||P||Yabu, Keiichi||Hanshin coach|
|2||INF||Watanabe, Naoto||Trade (Yokohama)|
|32||INF||Kosaka, Makoto||Rakuten coach|
|99||INF||Nakamura, Norihiro||Hopes to continue playing|
|3||OF||Linden, Todd||Return to US|
|91||OF||Kenshi||Hopes to continue playing|
The following are players that became free agents after the Holdover Lists were published on Thursday.
|P||Carlyle, Buddy||12/21/77||188||93||R||L||Nippon Ham|
|P||Tadano, Kazuhito||4/25/80||181||80||R||R||Nippon Ham|
|P||Kinoshita, Tatsuo||11/28/87||183||87||R||R||Nippon Ham|
|P||Toyoshima, Akiyoshi||1/16/90||170||74||L||L||Nippon Ham|
|OF||Tsuboi, Tomochika||2/19/74||177||79||L||L||Nippon Ham|
|P||De La Cruz, Eulo||3/12/1984||180||95||R||R||Yakult|
You can view individual Holdover Lists via the links below:
In addition to Keiichi Yabu, the Rakuten Eagles also announced today that Ryuji Miyade was informed of his senryokugai status.
The club also announced that Todd Linden and Andy Phillips will not return to club next year.
7/20/2010 1:21am JST
...The Eagles announced on Monday that Andy Phillips was returning to the US in order to get his left knee examined. Phillips was originally taken off the active roster in May with a left flank injury. The knee problems started up sometime during the beginning of Spring and apparently never went away.
7/19/2010 11:15am JST
...Masahiro Tanaka started playing catch again yesterday. Tanaka told reporters he was hoping to return to the active roster some time in early August.