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[6/19/2014] High school player passes out during practices and dies

by on Jun.20, 2014 @ 2:34 am, under High School

The media learned on Thursday that a second-year student on the Yamagata Shogyo High School baseball team passed out during practices and died at the hospital.

According to school officials, the student was attending practices after school on the 16th.  At around 7:30pm, he suddenly crouched down after running five 300-meter dashes and started convulsing.  The manager began life-saving measures soon after and at 7:50pm, an adviser contacted emergency services.

The student was in cardiopulmonary arrest when rescue staff arrived at the scene.  He died at the hospital at around 6:30pm on the 18th.  The cause of death was a ventricular fibrillation caused by a dilated cardiomyopathy.

There were two AED devices on the school grounds, but none near the playing field (one was located near the school lobby and the other in the gym).  The device was not used on the student at the time of the incident.

The baseball team was in the middle of a mini-camp that started on the 16th.  It was canceled on the 17th.  The student in question did not have any known chronic diseases and practices were not particularly grueling.

Source: Sponichi 6/19/2014

[6/19/2014] Various baseball updates from the last few days

by on Jun.20, 2014 @ 2:15 am, under High School, International, NPB

NPB

  • The 2014 Asia Series will be recognized as an official international tournament by the World Baseball Softball Confederation.  The hope is to use the tournament to help promote baseball and softball for the 2020 Olympics. Source: Sponichi 6/18/2014, Daily Sports 6/19/2014
  • NPB Commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki would like to create a Baseball Promotion Division within the NPB to help promote the sport. Source: Sanspo 6/19/2014
  • The NPB is not planning to discuss expansion possibilities (as suggested by the government) during their next owners meeting in early July.  The NPB sees no point in beginning discussions when specifics have not been mentioned and owners are unlikely to approve. Source: Sponichi 6/19/2014

Japan Baseball Promotion Association

  • The Japan Baseball Promotion Association's (JBPA) 20th Anniversary Official Card Set, Series 1, will be released on July 26. Source: official announcement
  • The JBPA will be holding a summer camp for elementary school kids in Ashibetsu, Hokkaido between August 5 and 7. Source: official announcement

Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo

  • The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo will be running an exhibit on the Inter-city Baseball Tournament between July 1 and July 29. Source: official announcement
  • The City of Chiayi in Taiwan donated a bronze statue of Ming-Chieh Wu (aka, Akira Go, Mei-Sho Go, 呉 明捷) to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.  Wu was a pitcher for Kagi Norin during the Imperial Japanese period.  They qualified for the 1931 Koshien tournament and made it to the finals.  Wu also went on to pitch for Waseda University.  The statue will be on display in the high school baseball exhibit area.  Source: official announcement ... FYI: The film Kano, released earlier this year, recounts the story of the Kagi Norin team in 1931.

High School Baseball

  • The 59th National High School Rubber Baseball Tournament will take place over a five-day period beginning on August 25 at Takasago Baseball Stadium and Akashi Tocalo Stadium.

Japan Student Baseball Association hands down sentences [6/19/2014]

by on Jun.19, 2014 @ 8:40 pm, under College, High School
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The Japan Student Baseball Association met on Thursday to determine punishments for the following cases:

Universities

Suspensions

駒大の部長 部員の暴力、報告遅れ=5月29日から3カ月
Komazawa (Tokyo) director - violence within the club, delayed report - three months beginning on May 29

High Schools

Game Suspensions

尾道北(広島) 部員のいじめ=4月28日から1カ月
Onomichi Kita (Hiroshima) - bullying within the club - one month beginning on April 28

京都翔英 部員の暴力=6月11日から1カ月
Kyoto Shoei (Kyoto) - violence within the club - one month beginning on June 11

北九州(福岡) 同=5月31日から1カ月
Kitakyushu (Fukuoka) - violence within the club - one month beginning on May 31

北村山(山形) 同=6月10日から1カ月
Kitamurayama (Yamagata) - violence within the club - one month beginning on June 10

越生(埼玉) 部員の物品強要=6月4日から1カ月
Ogose (Saitama) - extortion of good within the club - one month beginning on June 4

Suspensions

丸亀(香川)の部長、監督 新入生の練習参加規定違反=ともに5月14日から3カ月
Marugame (Kagawa) director, manager - violating rules regarding new students and practices - three months beginning on May 14

いわき総合(福島)の顧問 暴力=5月2日から1カ月
Iwaki Sogo (Fukushima) adviser - violence - one month beginning on May 2

丸岡(福井)の監督 同=5月28日から3カ月
Maruoka (Fukui) manager - violence - three months beginning on May 28

箕面東(大阪)の監督 同=6月4日から3カ月
Minoo Higashi (Osaka) manager - violenece - three months beginning on June 4

秋田商(秋田=軟式)の部長 部員の不正バット使用=6月11日から1カ月
Akita Shogyo (Akita, rubber baseball) director - use of unauthorized bat - one month beginning on June 11

Source: Jiji Press 6/19/2014

[5/12/2014] Bullying, assault among players at Uji Yamada Shogyo High School

by on May.12, 2014 @ 5:12 pm, under High School

The media learned on Sunday that second-year students on the Uji Yamada Shogyo High School baseball team hit and bullied a number of first-year teammates.  The incidents came to light when a first-year teammate informed a teacher that he wanted to quit the team on the 9th.  The school informed the Japan High School Baseball Federation about the incidents on the 10th and has already suspended team activities.

According to high school officials, between late April and early May, four second-year students bullied six first-year teammates.  In one case, second-year students forced first-year teammates to make them laugh.  When refused, they struck their teammates in the stomach and shoulder.

There were also five cases involving three second-year students demanding money from thirteen first-year teammates.  One of the second-year students got about 3,000 yen from a teammate to buy a hat.  Another got about 5,000 yen to buy clothes.

The second-year students and their parents apologized to the first-year teammates and their parents on the 10th.  School officials also issued apologies.

Source: Sponichi 5/12/2014, Sponichi 5/11/2014, Asahi Shimbun 5/11/2014, Ise Shimbun 5/12/2014

Japan Student Baseball Association hands down sentences [5/9/2014]

by on May.10, 2014 @ 2:49 am, under High School
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The Japan Student Baseball Association met on Tuesday to determine punishments for the following cases:

Game Suspensions

総合技術(広島)部員のいじめ=2月24日から4カ月17日
Sogo Gijutsu (Hiroshima) - bullying within the club* - four months and seventeen days beginning on February 24

美里(沖縄)部員のいじめ=2月27日から1カ月
Misato (Okinawa) - bullying within the club - one month beginning on February 27

遠江総合(静岡)部員の暴力=4月26日から1カ月
Totomi Sogo (Shizuoka) - violence within the club - one month beginning on April 26

Suspensions

明秀日立(茨城)のコーチ 暴力=4月2日から3カ月
Meishu Gakuen Hitachi (Ibaraki) coach - violence - three months beginning on April 2

成東(千葉)の監督 同=4月18日から4カ月
Naruto (Chiba) manager - violence - four months beginning on April 18

田子(青森)の部長 同=4月11日から1カ月
Takko (Aomori) director - violence - one month beginning on April 11

南陽工(山口)の副部長 同=4月23日から3カ月
Nanyo Kogyo (Yamaguchi) deputy director - three months beginning on April 23

* This was the first time the JSBA handled a case that resulted in a suicide.  Current first and third-year students will be allowed to participate in the Summer Hiroshima Tournament (they did not take part in the bullying).

Source: Jiji Press 5/9/2014

[4/29/2014] Naniwa High School withdrew from Osaka Qualifier after a slapping incident

by on Apr.30, 2014 @ 1:57 am, under High School

Naniwa High School withdrew from their Spring Kinki Region Osaka Qualifier game on the 27th after they learned a member of the team slapped a teammate.

According to the school, a number of second-year players rounded up all their first-year teammates for a meeting before classes on the 22nd.  The second-year players told their first-year teammates to stop using Twitter because it was not allowed.  One of the second-year players then slapped a first-year teammate on the cheek (once).  The second-year player has since apologized to the first-year teammate.  The first-year teammate did not suffer any injuries.

The incident came to light when parents contacted the school on the 25th.  The school in turn filed a report with the Osaka High School Baseball Federation and withdrew from their game on the 27th.  The team has been suspended.

Source: Sponichi 4/29/2014, Sanspo 4/29/2014

[4/23/2014] 96th Summer Koshien Finals game to start at 1pm

by on Apr.24, 2014 @ 1:06 am, under High School, Summer Koshien
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The Steering Committee for the 96th Summer Koshien met in Osaka on Wednesday.  Among topics covered:

  • The Finals game will go back to starting at 1:00pm for the first time in four years
  • Forty-nine schools will participate in the fifteen-day tournament that begins on August 9 (includes day-off after quarterfinals)
  • Bracket selections for the 1st Round will begin at 4:00pm on August 6 at The Festival Hall in Osaka

Source: Sponichi 4/24/2014

[4/8/2014] Yamashiro High School teachers gets one-year suspension for physical punishment

by on Apr.09, 2014 @ 1:07 am, under High School

Yamashiro High School in Kyoto announced on Tuesday that a fifty-two-year-old male teacher, who was also manager of the school's baseball team, resorted to violence as a form of punishment.

According to school officials, on the night of March 21, during a road trip to Funabashi, Chiba, the teacher slapped a first-year student twice after the student said the team's lodgings were like a reformatory.  That same night, the teacher went out for some drinks.  Upon returning to the lodgings, he found members of the team awake after curfew and punished the team captain, a second-year student, by striking him a number of times with his fist.

None of the players suffered any physical injuries.  The teacher was sorry for his actions and said he should not have resorted to physical punishment.

The Japan Student Baseball Association handed the teacher a one-year suspension on the same day of the announcement.

Source: Sponichi 4/8/2014

Japan Student Baseball Association hands down sentences [4/8/2014]

by on Apr.08, 2014 @ 11:44 pm, under High School
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The Japan Student Baseball Association met on Tuesday to determine punishments for the following cases:

Game Suspensions

Tochio (Niigata) - bullying - six months beginning on February 18

Daito Gakuen (Tokyo) - bullying - six months beginning on February 18

Funabashi Futawa (Chiba) - bullying - one month beginning on March 17

Nakano Nishi (Nagano) - bullying - three months beginning on March 19

Yufu (Oita) - bullying, playing with fire - one month beginning on March 19

Kamo Norin (Niigata) - card gambling - one month beginning on March 4

Osaki Chuo (Miyagi) - larceny, drinking - one month beginning on April 3

Hakata Kogyo (Fukuoka) - smoking - four months beginning on January 22**

Matsusho Gakuen (Nagano) - bullying, destruction of property - from February 13 to September 5*

Suspensions

Tabuse Noko (Yamaguchi, rubber baseball) director - false report - two years beginning on March 12

Okinawa Suisan (Okinawa) former manager - embezzling club activity costs - two years beginning on January 22

Omagari Kogyo (Akita) director - delayed report - three months beginning on March 19

Shichinohe (Aomori) manager - violence, delayed report - six months beginning on February 7

Yamashiro (Kyoto) director/manager - violence - one year beginning on March 26

Wakimachi (Tokushima) director - drunk driving - two years beginning on March 13

* extended after one member of the team broke a school window and another beat a teammate because they were unhappy about the original punishment (six-months beginning on February 13, violence).

** extended another month after more smoking was uncovered (original punishment was three months beginning on January 22).

Updated with extension information on April 11 at 3:23am.

Source: Jiji Press 4/8/2014Nikkan Sports 4/9/2014

[4/4/2014] Asian 18U Baseball Championship Preliminary Roster

by on Apr.04, 2014 @ 8:44 pm, under High School, International
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The Japan High School Baseball Federation released the preliminary roster for the Asian 18U Baseball Championship (Thailand, September 1-7).  The selections are based on performances during the recent Spring Koshien.  Twenty-six players were selected -- nine pitchers, four catchers, eight infielders, and five outfielders.  Additional candidates will be selected after the Summer Koshien.

Pos Name JPN Name ENG School Yr Ht (cm) Wt (kg) T/B
P 田嶋 大樹 Tajima, Daiki Sano Nihon Daigaku 3 182 76 L/L
P 飯塚 悟史 Iizuka, Satoshi Nihon Bunri 3 185 76 R/L
P 田中 空良 Tanaka, Sora Toyokawa 3 177 75 R/L
P 高橋 奎二 Takahashi, Keiji Ryukoku Daigaku Fuzoku Heian 2 176 62 L/L
P 永谷 暢章 Nagatani, Nobaki Riseisha 2 187 87 R/R
P 山岡 就也 Yamaoka, Shuya Hiroshima Shinjo 3 173 70 L/L
P 岸 潤一郎 Kishi, Junichiro Meitoku Gijuku 3 175 75 R/R
P 伊波 友和 Iha, Tomokazu Misato Kogyo 3 180 78 R/R
P 山城 大智 Yamashiro, Daichi Okinawa Shogaku 3 176 77 R/R
C 池田 瞳夢 Ikeda, Hiromu Kanto Daiichi 3 174 78 R/R
C 氷見 泰介 Himi, Daisuke Toyokawa 3 173 71 R/R
C 髙橋 佑八 Takahashi, Yuya Ryukoku Daigaku Fuzoku Heian 3 175 70 R/R
C 岸田 行倫 Kishida, Yukinori Hotoku Gakuen 3 175 76 R/R
INF 直井 秀太 Naoi, Shuta Hakuoh Daigaku Ashikaga 3 174 75 R/L
INF 深江 大晟 Fukae, Taisei Hachinohe Gakuin Kosei 3 176 75 R/R
INF 吉田 叡生 Yoshida, Toshiki Sano Nihon Daigaku 3 173 77 R/L
INF 森 奨真 Mori, Shoma Meitoku Gijuku 3 170 65 R/R
INF 岡本 和真 Okamoto, Kazuma Chiben Gakuen 3 183 95 R/R
INF 安里 健 Asato, Takeru Okinawa Shogaku 3 181 84 R/R
INF 高濱 祐仁 Takahama, Yuto Yokohama 3 182 80 R/R
INF 吉田 有輝 Yoshida, Yuki Riseisha 3 173 70 R/L
OF 大下 誠一郎 Oshita, Seiichiro Hakuoh Daigaku Ashikaga 2 172 87 R/R
OF 伊藤 優希 Ito, Yuki Komazawa Daigaku Fuzoku Tomakomai 3 175 68 R/R
OF 浅間 大基 Asama, Daiki Yokohama 3 182 72 R/L
OF 徳本 健太朗 Tokumoto, Kentaro Ryukoku Daigaku Fuzoku Heian 3 177 68 R/L
OF 赤嶺 謙 Akamine, Ken Okinawa Shogaku 3 176 76 R/R

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Source: Mainichi Shimbun 4/2/2014