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[11/9/2014] Meiji Jingu Tournament: Sendai Ikuei Gakuen beats Urawa Gakuin in Finals

by on Nov.10, 2014 @ 4:47 am, under High School

Gm Date Time Team Score Team
1 11/14 Fri 08:30 Ube Kojo
1-9 Tokai Daigakufuzoku Daiyon
2 11/14 Fri 11:00 Eimei
5-7 Tsuruga Kehi
3 11/15 Sat 08:30 Tokai Daigaku Sugao
7-4 Shizuoka
4 11/15 Sat 11:00 Sendai Ikuei Gakuen
6-1 Tenri
5 11/16 Sun 08:30 Urawa Gakuin
10-0 Tokai Daigakufuzoku Daiyon
6 11/16 Sun 11:00 Tsuruga Kehi
3-8 Kyushu Gakuin
7 11/17 Mon 10:30 Tokai Daigaku Sugao
1-6 Urawa Gakuin
8 11/17 Mon 13:00 Kyushu Gakuin
0-8 Sendai Ikuei Gakuen
9 11/18 Tue 10:30 Urawa Gakuin
1-4 Sendai Ikuei Gakuen

[11/5/2014] Practices suspended at Kanoya Chuo, Imabari Nishi manager slaps player

by on Nov.06, 2014 @ 5:30 am, under High School

The media learned on the 2nd that Kanoya Chuo High School suspended baseball practices because second-year students on the school team were physically assaulting a first-year teammate.

School officials informed the media a first-year student on the baseball team was physically assaulted by five second-year teammates at least six times from late-May to August. The second-year teammates were apparently punishing the first-year student for his practice methods. Acts included slaps to the face and kicks to the buttocks. The first-year student was also forced to sit with his legs folded underneath himself for a long period of time.


The incidents came to light in late-August when the first-year student said he wanted to quit the team. The student is now planning to drop out of the school.

All second-year students on the baseball team were suspended from practices for about three weeks beginning in late-September. A second suspension began on October 2 after the incidents reached the media.

Officials have not yet filed a report with the Kagoshima High School Baseball Federation because their top priority was dealing with the situation. They are expected to contact the federation shortly.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2014, Yomiuri 11/3/2014


The Imabari Nishi High School baseball team manager slapped a second-year player three times on the cheek during the semifinals game of the Fall Shikoku Tournament on the 1st. The Ehime High School Baseball Federation director confronted the manager after the game and the manager admitted to slapping the player. The player did not suffer any injuries.

The school will file a report with the Ehime High School Baseball Federation after it finishes its investigation.

Source: Sponichi 11/5/2014, Yomiuri 11/6/2014

[11/5/2014] 97th Summer Koshien to start on August 6

by on Nov.06, 2014 @ 3:35 am, under High School, Summer Koshien

The Summer Koshien Steering Committee met in Osaka on Wednesday and decided that the 97th Summer Koshien tournament will take place over a fifteen day period beginning on August 6. The tournament will begin earlier than usual out of consideration for the 18U Baseball World Cup, which is scheduled to start on August 28.

Forty-nine high schools will compete in the tournament. Bracket selections will begin at 4:00pm on August 3 at the Festival Hall in Osaka.

In addition, the 60th National High School Rubber Baseball Tournament will take place over a five day period beginning on August 22.

Source: NHK News 11/5/2014, Sanspo 11/5/2014

[10/28/2014] Incidents at Ikeda High School (Tokushima), Zuiryo High School (Aichi)

by on Oct.29, 2014 @ 2:39 am, under High School

The media learned on the 27th that Tokushima Ikeda High School suspended its baseball team from practices and games beginning on the 23rd because players were caught smoking.

According to school officials, one or more players smoked at the team dormitory after practices in early October. The incident came to light on the 23rd when one of the players told a teacher. The school is concerned about the privacy of the players and chose not disclose how many were involved.

The school has already contacted the Tokushima High School Baseball Federation and will also formally file a report. The federation will determine punishment, if necessary.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/27/2014


The former manager of the Aichi Zuiryo High School baseball team, a forty-one-year-old male teacher, hurt a player when he threw a chair last year.

The Aichi Board of Education told reporters on the 28th that in July 2013, a teacher became frustrated with the attitude of his players and threw a folding chair. The chair hit a third-year player that was standing nearby. He suffered an injury to his left arm.

The teacher failed to report the incident to the school or the Aichi High School Baseball Federation. The school learned of the incident this month and conducted an investigation. The teacher told school officials that he was feeling frustrated because they had a game to play the following day and players were not taking things seriously. He added that he did not intend to throw the chair at a player.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/28/2014

[10/25/2014] High School tie-breaker rules could be implemented in spring tournaments

by on Oct.26, 2014 @ 4:46 am, under High School

The Japan High School Baseball Federation's Technical Committee met in Osaka on the 20th and discussed the introduction of tie-breaker rules next year -- for baseball: beginning with spring prefectural tournaments (tournaments leading up to and including the Koshien would not be affected by the rules until at least 2016); and for rubber baseball: beginning with spring regional and national tournaments.

Opinions will further be exchanged during a meeting on November 15. A draft will likely be presented during a board meeting on November 27 for a final decision. Discussions for rubber baseball will take place during a committee meeting on November 4.

Additionally, the Kyushu Region High School Baseball Federation held a board meeting on the 24th and discussed the tie-breaker rules. They are currently planning to approve the implementation of the rules, provided it be done on a trial basis and then judged to see if results were good or bad. They also want to further discuss the timing of the tie-breaker rules -- as it stands, the bases will be loaded with one out beginning in the 10th. Kyushu Federation officials feel players should be given a slightly larger window to compete in.

Source: Sponichi 10/20/2014, Daily Sports 10/21/2014, ZakZak 10/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014, Sponichi 10/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/25/2014

[10/17/2014] Matsuyama Shogyo pulls out from first-year tournament

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 2:02 am, under High School

Matsuyama Shogyo High School announced on Thursday that second-year students on the school baseball team assaulted first-year teammates. The school has already suspended team activities and has filed a report with the Ehime High School Baseball Federation. They have also withdrawn from the first-year tournament that begins on Saturday.

According to school officials, in August/September, three second-year students on the high school baseball team assaulted five first-year teammates on a number of different occasions. The incidents were reportedly the cause of roughhousing or coaching going too far. The team director did not receive a complaint until earlier this month.

Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014, Sponichi 10/17/2014

[10/13/2014] High School baseball to consider tie-breaker rules

by on Oct.14, 2014 @ 1:56 am, under High School

The Japan High School Baseball Federation conducted a survey on player health with its 4,030 member schools. The response rate was 98.0% (3,951). Regarding tie-breaker rules, 49.7% (1,964 schools) were in support of implementing them. The federation will consider testing the rules in stages during tournaments that are not directly connected to the Spring and Summer Koshien. A proposal will be drawn up during a meeting on October 20 and submitted for discussion during a board meeting on November 27.


What can be done to help keep players healthy?
Limits on pitch counts 474
Limits on innings 423
Tie-Breaker rules 1,964
Other (includes no change) 1,090
If tie-breaker rules are implemented, which inning should they start?
After the 9th, beginning in the 10th 508
After the 12th, beginning in the 13th 2,079
After the 14th, beginning in the 15th 194
After the 15th, beginning in the 16th 1,011

Hard Baseball: 4,030 surveys, 3,951 responses
Rubber Baseball: 460 surveys, 444 responses


Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2014, Sponichi 9/29/2014Sponichi 9/30/2014, MSN News 9/29/2014, Asahi Shimbun 9/30/2014

[10/12/2014] Kenta Maeda (Hiroshima) not thinking about Majors, season of regrets

by on Oct.13, 2014 @ 12:01 am, under High School, NPB
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When reporters asked Kenta Maeda about the possibility of posting to the majors this off-season earlier today, he replied, "I'm not really thinking about that right now." He also said, "I have only had a few satisfying seasons, I have more regrets this year."

Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014

My thoughts...

This does not necessarily mean Maeda will not ask Hiroshima to post him during the off-season. This also does not mean Hiroshima will turn down a request, if made. However, had the Carp finished in second or advanced farther along in the postseason, the decision might have been a lot easier for both sides to make. The ideal scenario would have been along the lines of what happened with Masahiro Tanaka and the Rakuten Eagles last year.

However, a case could also be made for posting Maeda. The Carp might be more inclined to post him to recoup the losses from not being able to host the First Stage of the Climax Series because of their third place finish. Not having to pay his salary would also alleviate some of the financial burden. And if Hiroshima gets their way during the upcoming draft (they have their eyes on Waseda University Kohei Arihara), they might be okay with letting go of their ace.

[UPDATE 10/13 @ 3:46pm]

According to reports by Nikkan Sports and Sports Hochi, there is a good chance Maeda will remain in Japan for at least another year because of his and the team's performance this year.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014

[UPDATE 10/13 @ 4:10pm]

From Daily Sports:

"The right belongs to us," said owner Hajime Matsuda. "I would like to let him go, but it might be difficult with this year's performance."

Source: Daily Sports 10/13/2014


High school prospect Tomohiro Anraku told reporters on Saturday that he wanted to learn more about baseball by playing professionally in Japan before taking on the challenge of playing in the Majors at some point in the future.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014

[10/11/2014] PL Gakuen not planning to accept new members for baseball team

by on Oct.11, 2014 @ 8:45 am, under High School

According to a report by Sanspo, PL Gakuen is not planning to accept new members for their baseball team for the next school year. School officials have declined comment. People close to the situation say that the school has contacted parents/guardians of prospective students to inform them that they were not accepting new members for their baseball team because of their failure to properly coach players despite all their efforts to find a capable manager.

Source: Sanspo 10/11/2014, Sanspo 10/11/2014