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[12/14/2015] 2016 Fresh All-Star Game to take place on July 24, and other news

by on Dec.14, 2015 @ 11:22 pm, under College, High School, International, NPB
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The NPB announced that the 2016 Fresh All-Star Game will take place at Muscat Stadium in Kurashiki, Okayama on July 24, 2016. The 2015 Fresh All-Star Game was scheduled to take place at Muscat Stadium this year, but it was canceled due to bad worth caused by a typhoon.

The 2015 Premier 12 is expected to finish in the black by about 120 million yen.

The NPB decided on a number of preventative measures to educate players about damaging activities. Workshops will be held at all spring camp locations in February; teams will educate players and staff on damaging activities using posters and pamphlets; and the NPB commissioner will announce that transfer of money between players dealing with baseball and gambling with large amounts of money will not be allowed. A committee made up of disciplinary representatives from each of the twelve NPB teams will also be established to discuss and exchange opinions.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/14/2015, Daily Sports 12/14/2015, Sponichi 12/14/2015

[UPDATE 12/17 @ 1:29am]

Recap of preventative measures:

  1. workshops for all players during Ni-gun spring camp
  2. educational tools to help educate players -- informative posters and pamphlets about damaging activities
  3. commissioner's statement that money exchanges connected to baseball between players and gambling with large amounts of money is prohibited.
  4. all teams must be involved.
  5. information and opinions can be exchanged and shared through a committee

Source: Sponichi 12/15/2015, Daily Sports 12/15/2015

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The Student Baseball Coaching License progam took place at Waseda University in Shinjuku, Tokyo over the weekend (December 12, 13). The two-day program was attended by 119 former professional players. Another session will be held in Osaka next weekend (December 19, 20).

Among the attendees:

Takao Ise
Shoji Sadaoka
Sadaaki Yoshimura
Ryuzo Yamasaki
Tadashi Matsumoto
Hiromi Matsunaga
Takashi Ide
Hiroshi Yagi
Tetsuro Kawajiri
Masahito Kohiyama
Susumu Otomo
Tadahiro Ogino
Seisuke Toyoda
Hiroaki Matsuura

Source: Daily Sports 12/12/2015, Daily Sports 12/13/2015, Nikkan Sports 12/13/2015, Sanspo 12/14/2015

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Japan Student Baseball Association Punishments [12/11/2015]

by on Dec.11, 2015 @ 10:01 pm, under College, High School
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The Japan Student Baseball Association met on December 11 to determine punishments for the following cases:

University

Suspensions

至誠館大の監督
Shiseikan University manager
暴力
Violence
10月14日から1カ月
One month beginning on October 14
愛知大の副部長
Aichi University vice director
違法行為
Misconduct
11月30日から3カ月
Three months beginning on November 30

High School

Game Suspensions

飛龍(静岡)
Hiryu (Shizuoka)
部員のいじめ
Bullying
11月18日から1カ月
One month beginning on November 18
大洲農(愛媛)
Ozu Nogyo (Ehime)

Bullying
12月2日から3カ月
Three months beginning on December 2
城西(東京)
Josai (Tokyo)
部員の暴力
Violence
10月30日から3カ月
Three months beginning on October 30
安房(千葉)
Awa (Chiba)
同、いじめ
Violence, bullying
11月16日から6カ月
Six months beginning on November 16
真颯館(福岡)
Shinsokan (Fukuoka)
同、喫煙
Violence, bullying, smoking
11月13日から3カ月
Three month beginning on November 13
出水工(鹿児島)
Izumi Kogyo (Kagoshima)
部員の窃盗、飲酒、喫煙
Larceny, drinking, smoking
11月10日から6カ月
Six months beginning on November 10
岐南工(岐阜)
Ginan Kogyo (Gifu)
部員の窃盗、盗品授受、喫煙、不正行為
Larceny, exchange of stolen goods, smoking, misconduct
11月9日から6カ月
Six months beginning on November 9

Suspensions

福岡第一(福岡)の部長、監督
Fukuoka Daiichi (Fukuoka) director, manager
部員の暴力の報告遅れ
Delayed report on violence
10月8日から1年
One year beginning on October 8
川之江(愛媛)の監督
Kawanoe (Ehime) manager
暴力
Violence
11月9日から1カ月
One month beginning on November 9
立正(東京)の顧問
Rissho (Tokyo) adviser
同、報告遅れ
Violence, delayed report
11月24日から3カ月
Three months beginning on November 24
京都翔英(京都)の監督
Kyoto Shoei (Kyoto) manager
同、報告遅れ
Violence, delayed report
11月7日から3カ月
Three months beginning on November 7
高森(山口)の部長
Takamori (Yamaguchi) director
わいせつ図画陳列
Obscene images
11月5日から2年
Two years beginning on November 5

Banned

大阪府の審判員
Osaka umpire
児童買春
Child prostitution

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Source: Jiji Press 12/11/2015

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[12/11/2015] Samurai Japan, Haarlem Baseball Week

by on Dec.11, 2015 @ 12:08 pm, under College, Samurai Japan
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The Tokyo Big 6 Baseball League is planning to send a team of players to next year's Haarlem Baseball Week. The manager will be selected from the team that wins the spring league.

Source: Sanspo 12/11/2015

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Managers from all Samurai Japan levels met during a management committee meeting on December 4. They confirmed that all levels of the organization will continue their efforts to put together the best teams possible. Hiroki Kokubo, top team manager, also confirmed the possibility of including amateur players and active coaches to the top team for upcoming tournaments. There were two active coaches on the staff for the Premier 12 this year: Seibu's Hiroshi Narahara and Yomiuri's Takayuki Onishi.

Source: Daily Sports 12/5/2015, Sponichi 12/5/2015, Sponichi 12/5/2015, Sanspo 12/4/2015

The amateur level of Samurai Japan is hoping to participate in international tournaments that are scheduled after the Inter-City Baseball Tournament.

Source: Sponichi 12/4/2015

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[12/7/2015] Backlogged NPB News and Notes

by on Dec.08, 2015 @ 12:24 am, under College, High School, NPB
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Central League Fan Meeting 2016

The Central League's fourth fan meeting will take place on March 14, 2016 at Pacifico Yokohama Hall C/D in Yokohama, from 11:00 until 17:00.

Additional information will be posted in late January.

Source: official announcement

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The NPB Student Baseball Coaching License programs took place in Osaka and Tokyo on November 28 and 29, respectively. Seventy-seven former NPB players and forty former Independent League players attended the training course in Osaka. Eighty-five former NPB players and thirty-two former Independent League players attended the training course in Tokyo.

Among the attendees:

Osaka Tokyo
Taira Sumitomo Takao Ise
Kinji Shimatani Shoji Sadaoka
Masahiro Kuroda Sadaaki Yoshimura
Sumio Hirota Takashi Ide
Kazuyuki Yamamoto Hitoshi Taneda
Takashi Yamaguchi Tetsuro Kawajiri
Hiromasa Arai Masahito Kohiyama
Ryuzo Yamasaki Osamu Hoshino
Yasuo Yoshida Susumu Otomo
Hiroshi Yagi Tadahiro Ogino
Koichi Oshima Ryo Sakakibara
Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi  
Hideo Koike  
Terunobu Seto  
Norihiro Nakamura  
Keiji Uezono  

The Student Baseball portion of the Coaching License program will take place in Tokyo (December 12 and 13) and Osaka (December 19 and 20) later this month.

Source: Sponichi 11/28/2015, Sponichi 11/29/2015, Sponichi 11/29/2015Nikkan Sports 11/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/29/2015Daily Sports 11/29/2015

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The Game Operation Committee met in Tokyo for the last time this year on December 1. The NPB is planning to keep the committee together next year for more deliberations on how to improve game times. This year, nine inning games averaged three hours and thirteen minutes, four minutes less than last year. The NPB will hand out a booklets on game-shortening measures to all twelve NPB teams before the start of spring camp next year.

Source: Sponichi 12/2/2015, Chunichi Sports 12/1/2015

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The NPB is planning to remove the draft logo from losing ballot cards next year due to recent mix-ups. All ballot cards have the draft logo stamped on the left side of a folded card. Winning ballots have the phrase "koshoken kakutei" (negotiating rights confirmed) stamped on the right side. Losing ballots have nothing stamped on the right side. Ballot cards with only the draft logo on the left side were mistaken as the winning card at least twice in draft history.

Source: Sanspo 12/4/2015

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The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association (JPBPA) met on December 3. The following were among issues discussed during the meeting:

  • Motohiro Shima was officially named JPBPA union chairman for the fourth straight year.
  • Yohei Oshima was officially named JPBPA chairman.
  • Acting secretary general Tadahito Mori was named secretary general.
  • Players should be free to exercise their FA option without having to worry about their own teams not accepting their decision. The JPBPA is planning to ask the NPB to address the situation.
  • The JPBPA is planning to visit Ichi-gun and Ni-gun teams during spring camp next season to hold gambling awareness meetings/lectures.

Source: Sponichi 12/4/2015, Sponichi 12/4/2015, ZakZak 12/5/2015, Tokyo Sports 12/4/2015, Daily Sports 12/4/2015, Sanspo 12/4/2015

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[12/7/2015] 2016 Major University Championships Schedule

by on Dec.07, 2015 @ 9:17 pm, under College

65th Japan National Collegiate Baseball Championship

Seven days beginning on June 6
Jingu Stadium and Tokyo Dome
Twenty-seven colleges - Kyushu Bracket will be split in two: Northern Kyushu (Fukuoke, Oita, Nagasaki) and Southern Kyushu (Miyazaki, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Okinawa).

40th Japan-USA University Baseball Championship Series

July 12 and 13 at Hard Off Eco Stadium Niigata
July 15 at Jingu Stadium
July 16 and 7 at Shizuoka Kusanagi Baseball Stadium

47th Meiji Jingu Baseball Championship

Six days beginning on November 11
Jingu Stadium

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2015, Sponichi 12/7/2015

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[11/18/2015] 46th Meiji Jingu Tournament: Day 6

by on Nov.18, 2015 @ 10:04 pm, under College
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University

Game 1

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 R
Asia 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Waseda 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

official box score

Asia University won their fifth Jingu Tournament, first since 2013.

Kotaro Otake (Waseda) started the game and gave up 2 runs over 13.2 innings of work. He threw 163 pitches, faced forty-six hitters, allowed six hits, walked/hit none, and struck out five.
Tatsuya Maruko (Waseda) started at first and batted fourth. He went 1-for-5 with a home run in the 4th inning.

Masahiro Endo (Asia) tied the game by stealing home in the 7th (catcher misplayed a missed squeeze attempt). They won the game on a wild pitch by Kazuya Yoshino (Waseda) in the top of the 14th.

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[11/17/2015] 46th Meiji Jingu Tournament: Day 5

by on Nov.17, 2015 @ 4:45 pm, under College, High School
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High School

Game 1

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Takamatsu Shogyo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3 8
Tsuruga Kehi 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 3

official box score

Takamatsu Shogyo records first tournament win in first tournament appearance in thirty-seven years.

Keizo Yonebaku (Takamatsu) got the start a short and batted third. He went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base.
Kosei Mino (Takamatsu) started at second and batted fifth. He went 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBI.

Soichiro Yamazaki (Tsuruga Kehi) tossed a complete game and took the loss: 9.0 IP, 156 NP, 42 BF, 13 H, 9 SO, 3 BB/HBP, 7 ER. Yamazaki fell apart in the 8th inning when he loaded the bases with two infield hits and a walk. A wild pitch and a two-run single by Takamatsu's Yonkebaku tied the game a three. Yamazaki allowed two more runs before getting out of the inning with Tsuruga Kehi down 5-3.

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University

Game 1

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Jobu 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Waseda 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 x 2

official box score

Kazuya Ojima (Waseda) recorded a complete game victory: 9.0 IP, 126 NP, 32 BF, 2 H, 8 SO, 4 BB/HBP, 1 ER.
Tatsuya Maruko (Waseda) started at first and batted fourth. He went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the 4th inning.

Game 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Tokai 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 3
Asia 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 x 4

official box score

Gen Mizumoto (Asia) recorded a pinch-hit, come-from-behind two-run home run in the bottom of the 8th with two out.

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[11/16/2015] 46th Meiji Jingu Tournament: Day 4

by on Nov.16, 2015 @ 10:21 pm, under College, High School
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High School

Game 1

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Tsuruga Kehi 0 0 1 0 3 2 0 0 2 8
Aomori Yamada 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 5

official box score

Game 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Takamatsu Shogyo 0 1 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 7
Osaka Toin 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 6

official box score

Daiki Ura (Takamatsu Shogyo) missed the start with a viral infection. Sotaro Tada got the start at the last minute. Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2015

Yuki Takayama (Osaka Toin) entered the game in the 9th and tossed a shutout inning in relief (1.0 IP, 11 NP, 3 BF, 0 H, 2 SO, 0 BB, 0 ER). He set a new personal high by topping out at 150km/h. Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2015

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University

Game 1

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Tokai 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 3
Kan Taiheiyo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

official box score

Taisuke Maruyama (Tokai) started the game and tossed six shutout innings (104 NP, 25 BF, 3 H, 5 SO, 5 BB/HBP, 0 ER).

Game 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Jobu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Dohto 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1

official box score

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[11/15/2015] 46th Meiji Jingu Tournament: Day 3

by on Nov.15, 2015 @ 11:42 pm, under College, High School
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High School

Game 1

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Toho 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3
Aomori Yamada 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 x 4

official box score

Game 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Takamatsu Shogyo 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 1 2 7
Sapporo Daiichi 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2

official box score

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University

Game 1

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Asia 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Ritsumeikan 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1

Toshiki Sakurai (Ritsumeikan) went the distance and took the loss. 9.0 IP, 132 NP, 33 BF, 6 H, 9 SO, 2 BB/HBP, 2 ER.

official box score

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[11/14/2015] 46th Meiji Jingu Tournament: Day 2

by on Nov.14, 2015 @ 10:16 pm, under College, High School
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High School

Game 1

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Soshi Gakuen 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Tsuruga Kehi 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 x 5

official box score

Soichiro Yamazaki (Tsuruga Kehi) recorded a complete game victory: 9.0 IP, 135 NP, 34 BF, 4 H, 11 SO, 2 BB/HBP, 1 ER.

Game 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Kisarazu Sogo 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
Osaka Toin 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 1 x 5

official box score

Yuki Takayama (Osaka Toin) tossed a complete game victory: 9.0 IP, 137 NP, 42 BF, 9 H, 3 SO, 7 BB/HBP, 2 ER.

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University

Game 1

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Aichi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Waseda 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 x 3

official box score

Seiya Nakagawa (Aichi) went the distance and took the loss: 8.0 IP, 136 NP, 36 BF, 8 H, 7 SO, 3 BB/HBP, 3 ER.

Kotaro Otake (Waseda) recorded a three-hit shutout against Aichi: 9.0 IP, 104 NP, 34 BF, 4 SO, 2 BB/HBP, 0 ER.
Eigoro Mogi (Waseda) started at third and batted third. He went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI.

Game 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Tenri University 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Kan Taiheiyo University 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 x 3

official box score

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