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[9/2/2015] Backlogged News: injury replacement rules, and more

by on Sep.03, 2015 @ 4:29 am, under Independent, International, NPB
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The Central League directors held a meeting on August 31 and discussed replacement rules when players are injured. Specifically, they referred to a Hiroshima - Yokohama game on August 29 when Hiroki Kuroda took a batted ball off his right hand and could not be replaced because he threw his warm-up pitches before the start of the 5th inning. According to the rule book, pitchers that cross the foul line cannot be replaced until they face their first batter. Chief umpire Masato Tomoyose confirmed that umpiring crews will be flexible with the rule in cases of obvious injury.

In addition, it was confirmed that umpiring crews have final say in whether pitchers get tossed for hitting a batter after both benches have been warned.

The CL also decided that they will continue with the pre-season Fan Meeting next year.

Source: Daily Sports 9/1/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/1/2015, Sponichi 9/1/2015, Sponichi 8/31/2015

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WBSC signed SSK to a six-year sponsorship deal that covers umpire uniforms for the Premier 12 and Baseball World Cups. The deal runs through to March 31, 2021.

Source: WBSC Tweet, Sanspo 8/27/2015

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Former Japan Association of Independent Professoinal Baseball League (IPBL) players can now earn licenses to coach student athletes through the training program that was set up by the NPB and the Japan Student Baseball Association in 2013.

Source: official announcement (IPBL), official announcement (IPBL), Sponichi 8/18/2015

[8/29/2015] Kochi Fighting Dogs: Kyuji Fujikawa tosses complete game in loss, fans eleven

by on Aug.30, 2015 @ 3:36 am, under Independent
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Kyuji Fujikawa tossed a complete game against the Kagawa Olive Guyners on August 29. He threw 121 pitches and gave up three runs (two earned) on nine hits, including a solo home run in the 6th. He struck out eleven and walked none. He did hit a batter.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kochi 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
Kagawa 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 x 3 9 0

Attendance: 1390 | Time: 2h20m | Venue: Rexxam Stadium

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Date Opp   Role IP NP BF H SO BB R ER Max Vel Venue Att
06/20 Kagawa X SP 4.0 57 18 5 2 1 1 1 146km/h Kochi 2865
06/27 Ehime X RP 2.0 34 6 0 3 1 0 0 150km/h Kochi 726
07/12 Kagawa X RP 2.0 21 7 1 1 1 0 0 146km/h Kochi 452
08/06 Tokushima   SP 0.0 5 1 0 0 0 1 1 146km/h Kochi 767
08/07 Ehime   RP 5.0 73 17 1 12 1 0 0   Kochi 354
08/14 Ehime   SP 5.0 77 19 3 7 1 0 0   Botchan 1608
08/21 Tokushima   SP 6.0 71 22 5 9 0 1 0 147km/h Kochi 1321
08/29 Kagawa   SP* 8.0 121 33 9 11 0 3 2 144km/h Rexxam 1390

* denotes complete game

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Source: official report, Daily Sports 8/29/2015

[8/22/2015] Kochi Fighting Dogs: Fujikawa strikes out nine over six innings

by on Aug.23, 2015 @ 3:22 am, under Independent
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Kyuji Fujikawa started a game agianst the Tokushima Indigo Socks at Kochi Stadium on August 21. He pitched six full innings and gave up one run (unearned) on five hits.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tokushima 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 5 8 4
Kochi 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 5 2

Attendance: 1321 | Time: 2h58m | Venue: Kochi Stadium

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Date Opp   Role IP NP BF H SO BB R ER Max Vel Venue Att
06/20 Kagawa X SP 4.0 57 18 5 2 1 1 1 146km/h Kochi 2865
06/27 Ehime X RP 2.0 34 6 0 3 1 0 0 150km/h Kochi 726
07/12 Kagawa X RP 2.0 21 7 1 1 1 0 0 146km/h Kochi 452
08/06 Tokushima   SP 0.0 5 1 0 0 0 1 1 146km/h Kochi 767
08/07 Ehime   RP 5.0 73 17 1 12 1 0 0   Kochi 354
08/14 Ehime   SP 5.0 77 19 3 7 1 0 0   Botchan 1608
08/21 Tokushima   SP 6.0 71 22 5 9 0 1 0 147km/h Kochi 1321

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Source: official report, Nikkan Sports 8/22/2015

[8/21/2015] BC League: Fukushima Hopes sign Tomokazu Oka

by on Aug.22, 2015 @ 1:07 am, under Independent
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The Fukushima Hopes announced on August 21 that they reached an agreement with thirty-nine-year-old Tomokazu Oka. He was assigned the uniform number 44. The Hopes released the following statement from Oka:

I am grateful at the opportunity after almost giving up. There's only about a month left to the season, but I will do my best to do what I can to make the Fukushima [fans] happy.

Oka started the year with the Toyama GRN Thunderbirds, but was released in August with a 3-5 record an a 8.22 ERA in twelve games.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 8/21/2015, Sponichi 8/12/2015

[8/7/2015] Kochi Fighting Dogs: Fujikawa strikes out twelve in five innings

by on Aug.08, 2015 @ 7:57 am, under Independent
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Kyuji Fujikawa pitched in a game against Ehime on August 7. He entered the game in the 5th inning and proceeded to strike out twelve of the seveteen batters he faced.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Ehime 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 1
Kochi 3 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 x 6 11 0

Attendance: 354 | Time: 3h0m | Venue: Kochi Stadium

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Date   Role IP NP BF H SO BB R ER Max Vel Att
06/20 X SP 4.0 57 18 5 2 1 1 1 146km/h 2865
06/27 X RP 2.0 34 6 0 3 1 0 0 150km/h 726
07/12 X RP 2.0 21 7 1 1 1 0 0 146km/h 452
08/06   SP 0.0 5 1 0 0 0 1 1 146km/h 767
08/07   RP 5.0 73 17 1 12 1 0 0   354

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Source: official report, Nikkan Sports 8/8/2015

[8/6/2015] Kochi Fighting Dogs: Fujikawa tossed for throwing dangerous pitch

by on Aug.07, 2015 @ 3:13 am, under Independent
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Kyuji Fujikawa made his first official start for the Kochi Fighting Dogs on August 6 against the Tokushima Indigo Socks. He was ejected for throwing a dangerous pitch to the first batter of the game. He could pitch in another game on August 7.

Scouts from the Hanshin Tigers and Orix Buffaloes were at the game.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tokushima 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 4 6 0
Kochi 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 x 5 10 3

Attendance: 767 | Time: 3h14m | Venue: Kochi Stadium

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(not my video, found it at YouTube)

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Date   Role IP NP BF H SO BB R ER Max Vel Att
06/20 X SP 4.0 57 18 5 2 1 1 1 146km/h 2865
06/27 X RP 2.0 34 6 0 3 1 0 0 150km/h 726
07/12 X RP 2.0 21 7 1 1 1 0 0 146km/h 452
08/06   SP 0.0 5 1 0 0 0 1 1 146km/h 767

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Source: official report, Tokyo Sports 8/6/2015, Daily Sports 8/6/2015

[8/4/2015] Kochi signs Kyuji Fujikawa through to end of the season

by on Aug.04, 2015 @ 6:20 pm, under Independent
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The Kochi Fighting Dogs announced today that they signed Kyuji Fujikawa to a contract that runs through to the end of the season. Fujikawa had been playing on a game-to-game contract prior to the agreement.

Kochi also announced that Fujikawa is scheduled to make a start on August 6 against the Tokushima Indigo Socks at Kochi Stadium. The second half of the Shikoku Island League season started on August 1.

Source: official announcement

[7/26/2015] Kochi Fighting Dogs: Lack of preparation keeps Fujikawa from pitching on July 25

by on Jul.26, 2015 @ 11:41 am, under Independent
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Kyuji Fujikawa was set to make an appearance during an exhibition game against the Shikoku Island League All-Stars on July 25, but remained in the bullpen because he did not have enough time to prepare. He did toss a bullpen session during the game: he threw forty-six pitches to a squatting catcher. After the game, he spent some time signing autographs.

NPB teams have until July 31 to sign players. The game on July 25 was the last chance Fujikawa had to pitch before the deadline.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/26/2015

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Date Role IP NP BF H SO BB R ER Max Vel Att
06/20 SP 4.0 57 18 5 2 1 1 1 146km/h 2865
06/27 RP 2.0 34 6 0 3 1 0 0 150km/h 726
07/12 RP 2.0 21 7 1 1 1 0 0 146km/h 452

[7/12/2015] Kochi Fighting Dogs: Kyuji Fujikawa tops out at 146km/h against Kagawa

by on Jul.13, 2015 @ 9:58 am, under Independent
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Kyuji Fujikawa made an appearance in an exhibition game against the Kagawa Olive Guyners on July 12. He entered he game in the 6th and tossed two shutout innings. He allowed one hit, struck out one, and topped out at 146km/h.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kagawa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 6 1
Kochi 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0

Attendance: 452 | Time: 2h26m | Venue: Kochi Stadium

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Date Role IP NP BF H SO BB R ER Max Vel Att
06/20 SP 4.0 57 18 5 2 1 1 1 146km/h 2865
06/27 RP 2.0 34 6 0 3 1 0 0 150km/h 726
07/12 RP 2.0 21 7 1 1 1 0 0 146km/h 452

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Source: official report, Sponichi 7/12/2015, Sponichi 7/13/2015