The media learned on Saturday that a second-year student on the Seiryo High School baseball team struck a first-year player in the face back in September that caused injuries that required stitches inside the mouth. The Japan High School Baseball Federation issued the school a stern warning, dated back to October 16.
According to school official, the incident took place on September 2 during a player meeting that took place after practices. The second-year student punched the first-year student in his left cheek with his right fist. The first-year student suffered a chipped tooth and a cut inside his mouth that required four stitches.
The second-year student told officials that the first-year student had a bad attitude during the meeting and that he lost his patience. The next day, the two players told the manager the injury was caused by a errant ball. On October 9, the Ishikawa High School Baseball Federation received an anonymous tip and contacted the school to conduct investigations. Practices were suspended for a week, beginning on the 11th.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2013
The media learned on Monday that Sapporo Sosei High School's baseball manager, a male teacher in his thirties, hit a number of his players on the head as an act of punishment. He has since apologized to his players and has been suspended. The players did not suffer any injuries.
According to high school officials, between late-September and early-October, the manager of the baseball team hit and kicked players after they made mistakes during practices or failed to follow his instructions. He was also said to have thrown a chair.
The school learned about the incidents when a number of players approached another teacher for advice. School officials held an investigation and learned that seven or eight players were the target of his punishments. The same manager was also issued a warning earlier this year when a number students named him in a school-administered survey on physical punishments.
The school has already reported the incidents to the Hokkaido High School Baseball Federation and the Japan High School Baseball Federation.
Source: Sponichi 10/21/2013
UPDATE 10/23 @ 3:00am -
The media learned on Tuesday that Sapporo Sosei's baseball team director, a teacher in his twenties, and baseball team adviser, a man in his thirties, was also hitting members of the team.
The director caught five members of the team playing soccer on September 14 and instructed them to sit on the ground as he kicked each one or two times in the chest area (there was a no-soccer rule because the team was worried players might get hurt). The director also poked a first-year player with a bat on October 6 because he was not being vocal.
The adviser slapped a first-year player in the face four times after he tried to hand in a notebook for a class assignment that was not his own.
The school also learned that the manager hit six players.
Source: Sponichi 10/22/2013
[10/18/2013] Kyushu Kokusai Daigaku Fuzoku High School player arrested on suspicion of attempted arson
Fukuoka Police arrested a seventeen-year-old student from Kyushu Kokusai Daigaku Fuzoku High School on suspicion of attempted arson. The high school held a press conference on Thursday and informed the media that the student was a member of their baseball team and voluntarily dropped out of school on the same day of the press conference. The high school does not plan on withdrawing from the Kyushu High School Tournament that is scheduled to begin on the 26th in Okinawa.
According to reports, in the early morning on June 19, the high school student spread kerosene in a first floor hallway of a four-story boys dormitory. Ninety-five first- through third-year students were sleeping in the dormitory at the time of the fire. No one was injured because a staff member quickly responded to the fire alarm.
Police are trying to find out why the student attempted to start the fire. School officials told the media they were unaware of any incidents where the student was bullied or picked on.
Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2013
The Japan Student Baseball Association met on Friday to determine punishments for the following cases:
Kita Kawachi Satsukigaoka (Osaka) - bullying within the club - three months beginning on August 30
Shimada Shosei (Shizuoka) - bullying within the club - three months beginning on September 15
Nishi Shibata (Niigata) - bullying within the club - six months beginning on September 8
Osaka (Osaka) - violence within the club - six months beginning on September 10
Yokkaichi Chuo Kogyo (Mie) - violence within the club - six months beginning on September 13
Kyoto Kogakkan (Kyoto) - violence within the club - from September 13 until April 5
Kamigori (Hyogo) - violence within the club, smoking - one month beginning on September 7
Kurayoshi Kita (Tottori) - violence within the club, smoking - one month beginning on September 9
Hidaka Nakatsu (Wakayama) - smoking - six months beginning on September 13
Shikama Kogyo (Hyogo, rubber baseball) - drinking - one month beginning on September 20
Sasebo Jitsugyo (Nagasaki) manager - cause of violence, false report - indefinite, beginning on October 1
Sasebo Jitsugyo (Nagasaki) director - false report - two years beginning on October 1
Hirosaki Jitsugyo (Aomori) director - violence - three months beginning on August 28
Kyoei (Aichi) director - violence - one month beginning on September 13
Miyakonojo Higashi (Miyazaki) vice director - violence - three months beginning on September 20
Niimi (Okayama, rubber baseball) manager - violence - six months beginning on September 10
Niimi (Okayama, rubber baseball) director - delayed report - three months beginning on September 24
Luther Gakuin (Kumamoto) director - delayed report - one month beginning on September 20
Tokai Daigaku Yamagata (Yamagata) director - delayed report - one year beginning on September 10
Tokai Daigaku Yamagata (Yamagata) manager - violence, delayed report - two years beginning on September 6
Kashiwa Nittai (Chiba) director - violence, delayed report - three months beginning on July 15
Haguro (Yamagata) director, vice director, manager - allowing junior high school students to join practices - one year beginning on September 21
Tamano Shogyo (Okayama) manager - allowing junior high school students to join practices - one year beginning on October 1
Taisei Gakuin Daigaku (Osaka) teacher in charge - delayed report, false report - six months beginning on September 13
Hachinohe Kita (Aomori) vice director - drunk driving - one year beginning on July 18
Source: Jiji 10/11/2013
University and high school players had until 5:00pm today to file their letters of intent. As of 5:00pm, 127 players (seventy-one high school and fifty-six university) will be elibigle for the 2013 Amateur Draft.
[10/9/2013] Three players on Kagoshima Jitsugyo suspended after slapping teammates for breaking rules
The media learned today that three second-year students on the Kagoshima Jitsugyo High School baseball team slapped three first-year teammates as punishment for breaking team rules.
The high school has suspended the three second-year students. The Japan High School Baseball Federation issued a stern warning to the high school and issued one-month game suspensions to the three students.
According to school officials, on the night of September 9, three second-year students on the baseball team slapped three first-year teammates in the face (cheek) three to four times. The second-year students told school officials that they hit their teammates because they were repeatedly breaking team rules: one first-year student was caught using a tablet (banned by the team) and two first-year students broke curfew.
Source: Sponichi 10/9/2013
The media learned today that four first- and second-year students on the Kagoshima Josei High School baseball team poured hot water on a first-year teammate that required a one-week hospital stay.
According to high school officials, on August 20, four students obtained hot water at the cafeteria in the boys dormitory and poured it on a first-year teammate in a bath area. The first-year teammate attempted to contact his parents, but had his mobile phone taken away from him. Concerned about getting caught, the four students agreed to tell people the first-year teammate chafed his skin.
The school suspended the four students indefinitely. The Japan High School Baseball Federation issued one-month suspensions to the four students and gave the school a stern warning. The first-year teammate filed a report with police.
Source: Sponichi 10/8/2013
The media learned today that a first-year student on the Sasebo Jitsugyo High School baseball team suffered a broken jaw when a former teammate, a third-year student, struck him in the face last August. Additionally, the manager, Akihiko Shimizu, reported the incident to the high school as an accident that took place during practices.
According to the high school, the first-year student was planning to quit the team when Shimizu told the third-year student, on August 31, 2012, to get the student to stay, "even if it meant hitting him." The former third-year student ended up striking the first-year student in the face three times. The first-year student suffered a broken jaw.
Shimizu reported the incident as an accident and told school officials the first-year student was struck by a batted ball. The truth was later revealed when the school approached the first-year student and his mother for confirmation.
During investigations, Shimizu told the school he did not mean for the third-year student to actually hit the first-year student.
Shimizu submitted his resignation as manager of the team and as part-time teacher at the high school. The teacher that acted as director of the team stepped down as director. Both moves were dated October 1.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2013
UPDATE 10/3 @ 4:17pm -
There are suspicions that false information was used to file an insurance claim that may have resulted in a payment worth several hundred thousand yen.
Source: Sponichi 10/2/2013
UPDATE 11/9 @ 4:19am -
Shimizu was issued an indefinite suspension by the Japan Student Baseball Association. He filed a letter of protest on Friday because he felt false information was used to determine his suspension.
There are at least two points in contention: 1) Sasebo's reports makes it sound like he was telling a third-year student to use violence to persuade a teammate from quitting, when he claims he never suggested the use of violence; and 2), he only filed a false report because the first-year student and his mother did not want the incident to become public.
The association will now set up a committee to review the case to see if changes should be made to the ruling.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/8/2013
Toko Gakuen High School pitching prospect Yuki Matsui held a press conference earlier today and announced, in front of about eighty members of the media, that he filed his letter of intent.
Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/2013
Sponichi has posted portion of his press conference from earlier today.
When did you decide you wanted to turn pro?
I have dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player ever since I was small. After participating at high levels, like at last year's Koshien and the 18U World Cup, the desire to test my abilities grew.
What kind of pitcher do you want to become?
I do not really care about strikeouts. I want to help my team win, I want to become a pitcher that can win.
What is your image of the pro leagues?
It is not a place where an inexperienced player like myself can easily find success. I would like to prepare myself for the next stage by starting over from scratch.
Which hitter would you like to face?
Softbank's Seiichi Uchikawa. It seems like he can hit anything.
What do you want to accomplish by turning pro?
I want to become a player that excite fans and provides them with dreams and hope.
Source: Sponichi 9/27/2013