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[2/10/2015] Route Inn BC League Home Opener Schedule

by on Feb.10, 2015 @ 6:10 pm, under Independent
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2015 Route Inn BC League home opener schedule

April 11 (Saturday)

  • Niigata Albirex BC vs Fukushima Hopes at Kaiseizan Stadium - 13:00
  • Musashi Heat Bears vs Gunma Diamond Pegasus at Jomo Shimbun Shikishima Stadium - 13:00
  • Nippon Ham Ni-gun vs Shinano Granderows at Matsumoto Stadium - 13:00
  • Hanshin Ni-gun vs Toyama Thunderbirds at Alpen Stadium - 13:00
  • Fukui Miracle Elephants vs Ishikawa Million Stars at Kanazawa Stadium - 13:00

April 12 (Sunday)

  • Fukushima Hopes vs Niigata Albirex BC at Hard Off Eco Stadium - 13:00
  • Hanshin Ni-gun vs Fukui Miracle Elephants at Fukui Phoenix Stadium - 12:00

April 18 (Saturday)

  • Fukushima Hopes vs Musashi Heat Bears at Kumagaya Sakura Sports Park Stadium - 13:00

Note: the eight teams in the Route Inn BC League will play some games against NPB Ni-gun teams during the 2015 season. These games will be considered official, as such, wins, losses, and team and individual player stats will be included in the season totals.

Source: official announcement

[2/8/2015] BC League: Julio Franco to manage Ishikawa Million Stars

by on Feb.08, 2015 @ 7:04 pm, under Independent
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The Ishikawa Million Stars announced today that they added fifty-six-year-old Julio Franco to their team as a player/manager for the 2015 season. They also announced that they added Masato Kobayashi as a head coach. A press conference will be held on the 10th. Franco will not be in attendance.

Source: official announcement

[2/5/2015] Pacific League Climax Series to start on same dates at Central League

by on Feb.05, 2015 @ 11:56 pm, under Independent, NPB, Samurai Japan
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The Pacific League announced that the First Stage of the Climax Series will begin on October 10 and the Final Stage on October 14. These are the same start dates as the Central League.

Source: official announcement

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The NPB announced on Tuesday changes to the reqiurements for the standard baseball.

  1. The goal will be to get as close to a 0.4134 coefficient of restitution as possible (no more ranges, like 0.4034 and 0.4234).
  2. Baseballs will be between nine inches (22.9 centimeters) and nine and a quarter inches (23.5 centimeters) in size.
  3. Baseballs will be between five ounces (141.7 grams) and five and a qaurter ounces (148.8 gams).
  4. Stitch widths will be 5/16 inches (0.8 centimters). Stitch heights will be 1/28 inch (0.9 millimeters)
  5. Everything else will fall under the rules of the baseball agreement.

Source: official announcement

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Advance tickets for Samurai Japan's Global Baseball Match 2015 against Europe will go on sale at Lawson Ticket on Friday (2/6), beginning at 10:00am. Regular tickets will go on sale on the 14th, beginning at 10:00am. Additional information can be found at the official site.

Source: official announcement

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The Kagawa Olive Guyners (Island League) will be participating in the 44th JABA Shikoku Tournament this year.

Source: official announcement

[12/27/2014] JABA, NPB News and Notes

by on Dec.28, 2014 @ 2:59 am, under Independent, Industrial, NPB
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The NPB announced that they signed Takuya Mizuguchi (20) to an Ikusei Umpire contract. Mizuguchi completed the NPB Umpire School last year and was assigned to the Shikoku Island League this year, where he won the Top Umpire Award.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 12/24/2014

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Former Independent League players will no longer count against the Japan Amateur Baseball Association's (JABA) three former professional players per team cap. Under previous rules, former Independent League players were included in the count. Additionally, one-year restriction periods will be dropped for former Independent League players from either the BC League or Shikoku Island League.

Source: official document, Island League announcementSponichi 12/11/2014

[10/14/2014] Gunma Diamond Pegasus: Alex Ramirez announces decision to retire

by on Oct.14, 2014 @ 10:32 pm, under Independent
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The Gunma Diamond Pegasus posted a message from Alex Ramirez addressing fans about his decision to retire after playing ten years in the United States and fourteen in Japan. If I have the time, I'll try to translate his message. For those that can read Japanese: アレックス・ラミレス選手からのメッセージ (link to the Gunma website).

[10/1/2014] 2014 Japan Independent League Grand Championship – Tokushima wins championship

by on Oct.02, 2014 @ 6:14 am, under Independent
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Japan Independent League Grand Championship

Date Time Venue Home Score Away Attendance Official
10/04 18:00 JA Bank Tokushima Stadium Tokushima (Island League) 3-1 Gunma (BC League) 976 BCL, IL
10/05 18:00 JA Bank Tokushima Stadium Tokushima (Island League) 8-8 Gunma (BC League) 525 BCL, IL
10/06 18:00 JA Bank Tokushima Stadium Rain Date
10/07 18:00 JA Bank Tokushima Stadium Rain Date
10/11 18:00 Maebashi Baseball Stadium Gunma (BC League) 12-5 Tokushima (Island League) 1,250 BCL, IL
10/12 18:00 Maebashi Baseball Stadium Gunma (BC League) 2-5 Tokushima (Island League) 1,007 BCL, IL
10/13 13:00
or 18:00
Maebashi Baseball Stadium Gunma (BC League) 3-6 Tokushima (Island League) 472 BCL, IL
10/14 18:00 Maebashi Baseball Stadium Rain Date
10/15 18:00 Maebashi Baseball Stadium Rain Date
10/16 18:00 Maebashi Baseball Stadium Rain Date