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[10/28/2013] Zach Phillips agrees to a one-year deal with the Hiroshima Carp

by on Oct.28, 2013 @ 11:01 am, under NPB
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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.

Source: Sanspo 10/28/2013, Sponichi 10/28/2013, Nikkan Sports 10/28/2013, Chugoku Shimbun 10/28/2013


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Rakuten Eagles: Phillips hits a home run against Swallows

by on Feb.24, 2010 @ 7:04 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp
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=== 11:06pm JST

...Additional notes from Wednesday's practice game against the Yakult Swallows:

Koji Aoyama started and gave up 2 runs over 3 innings of work.

Kohei Hasebe threw 2 innings in relief and gave up 2 runs.

Daisuke Kusano hit a 2-run single in the 9th inning.

The Eagles beat the Swallows, 8-6.

=== 2/24/2010 7:04pm JST

...A note from Wednesday's practice game against the Yakult Swallows:

Andy Phillips hit a home run off Tony Barnette and a double off Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi.

...Additional notes from Tuesday's practice game against the Chunichi Dragons:

Masahiro Tanaka topped out a 146km/h.  He faced 14 batters and threw 56 pitches (28 for strikes).

Wataru Nishimura ended up the game with 2 hits and an RBI.

Yosuke Takasu entered the game as a defensive replacement in the 4th.  He drove in 2 runs in the 6 with a bases loaded single, and drove in a third run in the 7th on a sac fly to left.

The Eagles' offense collected a total 14 hits.

...Tuesday's practice game was Takasu's first game of Spring camp.  He had been taking things slowly due to pain in his left ankle.

Rakuten Eagles sign Andy Phillips to a 1-year deal

by on Jan.13, 2010 @ 6:42 pm, under NPB
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Seems like the Eagles are cornering the market for former New York Yankee players.  They announced today that they signed Andy Phillips to a 1-year deal worth 50M yen and assigned him the number 5.

As a Yankees' fan and an Eagles' fan, it really can't get any better than having three former Yankees playing for the Eagles (albeit Linden wasn't around with the Yanks for that long).

Phillips didn't have a very good season last year, but with a year under his belt, I'm hopeful he'll do better in 2010.

2009 Season

2009 Carp 74 301 264 35 70 15 1 15 132 50 0 0 0 5 27 5 48 7 .265 .500 .339 .845

NPB: Carp hold a press conference to introduce Andy Phillips

by on Jun.28, 2009 @ 12:21 pm, under NPB


...Shinano Grandserows' (out of the Baseball Challenge Independent League) pitcher Masumi Hoshino is getting some attention from Marines' scouts.

"I've had my eye on him since his industrial league days," said Marines scout Masafumi Yamamori. "He had a tendency to leave his pitches up before, but I heard his control improved and that he learned how to throw a cutter."

On Saturday, Hoshino tossed a complete game for his 6th victory of the season.


...The Carp held a press conference on Sunday to officially announce their signing for Andy Phillips. Here are a couple of comments he made:

  • I'm really excited. I spray the ball to all fields and I consider myself a doubles-type hitter.
  • Hideki Matsui told me that he had a lot of fun playing baseball in Japan.
  • In large ballparks you don't have to hit the ball out [every time you're up to bat]. You can also drive in runs by hitting the balls into the gaps.

NPB: Andy Phillips gets 1-year deal from Carp and the number 22

by on Jun.26, 2009 @ 4:15 am, under NPB


...Akihiro Yano started in a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on Friday and was in the game until the 5th. Yano went 1-for-2 and even managed to throw out a runner trying to steal second.


...The Carp have signed Andy Phillips to a 1-year deal worth 40M yen and gets the number 22.


...Jet balloons will be returning to Yahoo Dome on 6/30, in time for a three game series against the Orix Buffaloes.

The video message asking fans to wash/disinfect their hands and to gargle will continue to be played throughout games.


...There are talks about a possible Japan / Korea Championship Game that will pit the champions from the NPB and WBO. The current proposal would have the game take place some time in November.

NPB: Carp pursuing Andy Phillips? Dohmann to be released.

by on Jun.23, 2009 @ 8:08 am, under NPB


...The Carp are showing interest in Andy Phillips and think he can help solve some of their problems on offense. Phillips was playing for the Chicago White Sox AAA farm team earlier during the season but is currently a free agent.

...The Carp will release Scott Dohmann, largely due to his ineffectiveness on the mound. In 9 games with the parent club, Dohmann gave up 16 runs (all earned) on 14 hits, 1 homer, 7 walks and 3 HBPs over 8.1 innings of work for an ERA of 17.28. He also threw 3 wild pitches and had a balk.


...The 91st Annual High School Baseball Tournament doesn't gets underway until August, but the regional tournaments are in full swing. Earlier today, in the second round of the South Hokkaido, Sapporo Regionals, Sapporo Hokuryo HS beat Sapporo Hakuryo HS by the score of 37-0. This would actually be the second time this tournament that a team has beaten their opponent by a margin of 30+ runs: on June 20th, in the first round of the South Hokkaido, Hakodate Regionals, Esashi HS beat Setana Shogyo HS 34-0.

[3/15/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.15, 2014 @ 11:52 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers will end exhibition play with a losing record.  After Saturday's game ended in a tie, they were 1-8-2 with six exhibition games left to play.  Source: Daily Sports 3/15/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami was scratched from his outing against Yokohama on Saturday.  Yutaka Wada told reporters that this was an important time of the year, that there were things that had to be done, and that the decision to skip Fujinami was not injury-related.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/15/2014 ... Fujinami's next two outings could come on the 18th (practice game against Yakult) and 25th (Ni-gun game against Chunichi).  That could put his first regular season start on April 1 against Chunichi.  Source: Sponichi 3/15/2014
  • Starters for the opening series (Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome) could be Atsushi Nomi, Randy Messenger, and Daiki Enokida.  Starters for the next three games (Chunichi at Kyocera Dome) could be Fujinami, Minoru Iwata or Kazuhito Futagami, and Takumi Akiyama.  Source: Sponichi 3/15/2014
  • Messenger missed a couple days of practices because he was not feeling well.  He usually tries to work through his colds, but could not this time around.  Source: Tokyo Sports 3/15/2014
  • With Mauro Gomez moving closer to his Ichi-gun debut, the Tigers have started making preparations.  During fielding practice on Friday, Takahiro Arai was at third and Ryota Imanari in right.  Source: Sanspo 3/15/2014
  • Seung Hwan Oh suggested Korea for the team's championship trip this season (assuming they get that far).  He also volunteered to be the tour guide.  Source: Sponichi 3/15/2014
  • Koshien Stadium unveiled the new player menu items for the 2014 season.
  • Pitch velocities will soon be displayed on the scoreboard at Naruohama after a number of years of negotiations finally culminated in success.  The figures will be manually entered by an operator reading digits off a radar gun behind home plate.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/15/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Through Saturday's exhibition game against Lotte, Kila Ka'aihue is 5-for-5 with six RBI, one home run, and two walks with runners in scoring position. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/15/2014
  • Zach Phillips will most likely be the odd-man out.  Phillips has pitched well but there are not enough foreign player slots on the active roster for him.  Source: Sponichi 3/15/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Starters for the opening series (Hiroshima at Nagoya Dome) could be Yudai Ono, Daniel Cabrera, and Daisuke Yamai.  Starters for the next three games (Hanshin at Kyocera Dome): Toshiya Okada, Kenshin Kawakami, and Some Yamauchi.  Masahiro Yamamoto will likely continue with his preparations at Ni-gun and be used as a back-up/spot-starter starter.  He will most likely get to pitch in at least one game at Nagoya Dome in front of Ichi-gun coaches before the start of the season.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/15/2014
  • Shuhei Takahashi plyed in a Kyoiku League game on Friday and Saturday.  On Friday, he got the start at short and batted third.  He went 1-for-3 with two walks and a home run.  On Saturday, he struck out in his first two at bats before hitting a two-out RBI double in the 6th.  Source: Daily Sports 3/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/15/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • 2nd round draft pick Shingo Hirata will most likely make the opening day roster as a reliever.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/15/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Chris Narveson is out with a fever.  He has been scratched from his outing against Rakuten on Sunday.  Source: Sponichi 3/15/2014

Hiroshima Carp: 2014 Additions / Subtractions

by on Mar.13, 2014 @ 5:01 am, under NPB
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Pos Name JPN Name ENG Method Prev Team
P 大瀬良大地 Osera, Daichi Draft 1st Round  
P 九里 亜蓮 Kuri, Allen Draft 2nd Round  
P 西原 圭大 Nishihara, Keita Draft 4th Round  
P 中村 祐太 Nakamura, Yuta Draft 5th Round  
P 一岡 竜司 Ichioka, Ryuji Player Compensation Yomiuri
P フィリップス Phillips, Zach New Foreigner MLB MIA
INF 田中 広輔 Tanaka, Kosuke Draft 3rd Round  
OF ロサリオ Rainel Rosario New Foreigner Carp Academy

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