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[11/29/2015] Shikoku Island League 2015 Awards

by on Nov.29, 2015 @ 10:11 am, under Independent
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Shikoku Island League 2015 Awards

2015 MVP

Pos Name Team Stats
P 正田 樹 Shoda, Itsuki Ehime 13 G, 7-3, 98 SO, 0.74 ERA

2015 Yomiuri Shimbun Best Nine

Pos Name Team Stats
P 正田 樹 Shoda, Itsuki Ehime 13 G, 7-3, 98 SO, 0.74 ERA
C 赤松 幸輔 Akamatsu Kosuke Kagawa .276 (58-for-210), 9 HR, 37 RBI, 1 SB
1B コルビー Colby, Zachary Ehime .284 (65-for-229), 5 HR, 28 RBI, 5 SB
2B 大木 貴将 Oki, Takamasa Kagawa .327 (81-for-248), 12 RBI, 43 SB
3B 原口 翔 Haraguchi, Sho Kagawa .282 (66-for-234), 1 HR, 16 RBI, 7 SB
SS 松嶋 亮太 Matsushima, Ryota Tokushima .275 (68-for-247), 1 HR, 28 RBI, 11 SB
OF 松澤 裕介 Matsuzawa, Yusuke Kagawa .275 (70-for-255), 10 HR, 43 RBI, 1 SB
OF 鷲谷 綾平 Washiya, Ryohei Tokushima .288 (72-for-250), 1 HR, 29 RBI, 22 SB
OF 中川 竜也 Nakagawa, Tatsuya Kagawa .304 (63-for-207), 12 HR, 34 RBI
DH 小林 義弘 Kobayashi, Yoshihiro Tokushima .288 (65-for-226), 4 HR, 22 RBI, 1 SB

2015 Best Umpire

Name Info
山口 正太郎 Yamaguchi, Shotaro NPB Umpire School graudate, worked about 120 games this year.

Source: MVP Announcement, Best Nine Announcement, Best Umpire Announcement, General Announcement

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[11/29/2015] Route Inn BC League 2015 Awards

by on Nov.29, 2015 @ 10:10 am, under Independent
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Route Inn BC League 2015 Awards

2015 MVP

Pitcher P 間曽 晃平 Maso, Kohei Niigata 21 G, 13-5, 8 CG, 157.1 IP, 84 K, 1.94 ERA
Non-Pitcher C 平野 進也 Hirano, Shinya Niigata 8 HR, 53 RBI, .362 (81-for-224)

2015 Best Nine

Pos Name Team Stats
P 間曽 晃平 Maso, Kohei Niigata 21 G, 13-5, 8 CG, 157.1 IP, 84 K, 1.94 ERA
C 平野 進也 Hirano, Shinya Niigata 65 G, 8 HR, 53 RBI, .362 (81-for-224)
1B ジョニー・セリス Celis, Johny Fukui 65 G, 11 HR, 54 RBI, .312 (58-for-186)
2B 角 晃多 Sumi, Kota Musashi 73 G, 26 2B, .40 RBI, 332 (90-for-271)
3B 森岡 大和 Morioka, Yamato Gunma 73 G, 18 2B, 22 RBI, .340 (96-for-282)
SS 岡下 大将 Okashita, Hiromasa Fukushima 66 G, 8 HR, 39 RBI, .302 (78-for-258)
OF 野呂 大樹 Noro, Daiki Niigata 73 G, 52 R, 45 SB, .229 (66-for-288)
OF 野原 祐也 Nohara, Yuya Toyama 68 G, 5 HR, 55 RBI, .336 (79-for-235)
OF 貴規 Sato, Takanori Fukushima 73 G, 30 2B, 39 RBI, ..326 (98-for-301)
DH 大松 陽平 Omatsu, Yohei Fukui 68 G, 10 2B, 30 RBI, .350 (69-for-197)

2015 Best Manager

Name Team Stats
赤堀 元之 Akahori, Motoyuki Niigata First Half: 23-11-3 (1st place)
Seond Half: 19-17-0 (2nd place)
BC League Champions

Source: Award Announcement

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[10/20/2015] Ishikawa Million Stars: Julio Franco to coach for Lotte Giants (KBO)

by on Oct.21, 2015 @ 12:21 am, under Independent
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The Ishikawa Million Stars announced on October 20 that Julio Franco will not be returning as manager next year and will instead be heading to Korea to be a Ni-gun hitting coach for the Lotte Giants (KBO).

The Million Stars released the following statement from Franco (pasted as is):

To all my millionstars fan and people in Ishikawa, I‘m very sorry that I have to go so soon to my journey. I was very grateful to be a millionstars’ manager. I will always have you in my heart that the team will have a special place in my life. I hope MillionStars well next season. Thank you for everything and continue assisting to the game to support the MillionStars. I will see you again.

Source: official announcement

[9/29/2015] Japan Independent League Grand Championship – Ehime wins championship

by on Sep.29, 2015 @ 9:37 pm, under Independent
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2015 Japan Independent League Grand Championship (Best of Five, Ehime wins the series, 3-2)

Gm Date Time Venue Away Score Home Attendance Link
1 10/03 Sat 13:00 Satogaike Stadium Ehime Mandarin Pirates 2-3 Niigata Albirex Baseball Club 1563 Box
2 10/04 Sun 13:00 Sanjo PEARL METAL Stadium Ehime Mandarin Pirates 0-1 Niigata Albirex Baseball Club 1830 Box
alt 10/05 Mon 18:00 Sanjo PEARL METAL Stadium Ehime Mandarin Pirates   Niigata Albirex Baseball Club    
alt 10/06 Tue 18:00 Sanjo PEARL METAL Stadium Ehime Mandarin Pirates   Niigata Albirex Baseball Club    
3 10/10 Sat 18:00 Botchan Stadium Niigata Albirex Baseball Club 0-4 Ehime Mandarin Pirates 2528 Box
4 10/11 Sun 18:00 Botchan Stadium Niigata Albirex Baseball Club 2-3 Ehime Mandarin Pirates 1182 Box
5 10/12 Mon 18:00 Botchan Stadium Niigata Albirex Baseball Club 1-3 Ehime Mandarin Pirates 1478 Box
alt 10/13 Tue 18:00 Botchan Stadium Niigata Albirex Baseball Club   Ehime Mandarin Pirates    
alt 10/14 Wed 18:00 Botchan Stadium Niigata Albirex Baseball Club   Ehime Mandarin Pirates    
alt 10/15 Thu 18:00 Botchan Stadium Niigata Albirex Baseball Club   Ehime Mandarin Pirates    

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Grand Championship MVP

Naoaki Abe - 5 G, 1 W, 1 Sv, 7.2 IP, 0 ER

Fighting Spirit Award

Naoya Adachi - 5 G, 9-for-19

[9/17/2015] Kochi Fightings Dogs: Kyuji Fujikawa’s season is over

by on Sep.18, 2015 @ 4:20 am, under Independent
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Kyuji Fujikawa was in uniform for the Kochi Fightings Dogs' last game of the season on September 17. He did throw pitches in the bullpen in the 6th and 8th innings, but the team never managed to regain the lead after falling behind 2-1 in the 4th.

Scouts from Yakult, Chunichi, Hiroshima, Seibu, and Orix were at the game. Attendance was 911.

Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2015

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2015 Appearances with Kochi

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
09/07 Kagawa   SP* 9.0 131 32 3 8 1 0 0   Kochi 509

* complete game
X exhibition game

[9/15/2015] Kochi Fighting Dogs: Fujikawa scratched from start with ankle sprain

by on Sep.15, 2015 @ 9:40 pm, under Independent
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The Kochi Fighting Dogs announced earlier today that Kyuji Fujikawa was scratched from his start on September 16 because he sprained his left ankle during practices on September 14. In turn, Fujikawa will be available on September 16 and 17.

Kochi also posted the following statement from Fujikawa:

I played in Kochi for about three months and I planned to take the mound in appreciation of my time here, but unfortunately, I had to be scratched from my start. I'm sure many of you were looking forward to [my start]. But I feel sorry for those that were looking forward [to my start]. However, I will do my best to get myself ready to pitch even just one inning, so please, everyone, come out to the stadium.

Source: official announcement

[9/10/2015] Kyuji Fujikawa’s last start with Kochi currently set for September 16

by on Sep.10, 2015 @ 8:36 pm, under Independent
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Kyuji Fujikawa told fans at his blog that his next start with the Kochi Fighting Dogs, currently set for September 16 against Tokushima, would be his last.

From his blog post:

... My next outing will be my last. The game is scheduled to start at 18:00 at Kochi Stadium on [September] 16.

In the three months I've been in Kochi, I was able to enjoy the summer with my wife and kids and I was able to eat a lot of delicious food. I didn't think I could have such a good time while playing baseball. Thank you for the wonderful time!

I am grateful to the Fighting Dogs organization and to everyone involved in the independent league.

These things will be in my thoughts as I do my best in the last game.

I was thinking it would be better to give younger players a chance, but the pitching coach told me it would be okay for my to pitch in the end.

There is no doubt that this will be my last outing with the Kochi Fighting Dogs, so bring your baseball boys and girls out to the game!

The Kochi Fighting Dogs also announced that Fujikawa was going to make his last start on September 16 and that his contract with the team was going to end with the last game of the season.

Source: blog post 9/10/2015 via Nikkan Sports 9/10/2015, official announcement

[9/7/2015] Sanfo Lassina makes his debut, BC League tryouts in the US, JWBL tryouts in Saitama

by on Sep.08, 2015 @ 9:19 am, under Independent, Women's Baseball
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Sanfo Lassina made his debut with the Kochi Fighting Dogs on September 2. He made an appearance as a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning against the Ehime Mandarin Pirates at Kochi Stadium and struck out on three pitches. He then got the start at third against Ehime at Botchan Stadium on September 4 and grounded out to short in his only trip to the plate in the top of the 3rd and was replaced in the bottom of the inning.

Source: Daily Sports 9/7/2015, September 2 Official Results, September 4 Official Results

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The Route Inn BC League willbe holding tryouts in the United States in Temecula, California on November 7 and 8. The league has been holding tryouts in the US since 2012. They will be working with the Washington Nationals this year. About 100 players are expected to attend.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/7/2015

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The Japan Women's Baseball League (JWBL) will be holding tryouts at Kawaguchi Stadium in Saitama on September 17 and 18.

Day 1:

  • Position players: fifty-meter run, long distance throwing, baes-running, hitting, fielding
  • Pitchers: playing catch, long distance throwing, pitching
  • All players: fielding scrimmage, infield plays, baseball clinic

Day 2:

  • Scrimmage (batting practice scrimmage of intra-squad game)
  • Interview, physical, baseball clinic

This will be the second tryout this year. The first tryout took place in June at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto. About forty participated and three made the cut. Youtube: Day 1, Day 2.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 9/7/2015