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[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

[9/10/2014] Various baseball headlines from the last few days

by on Sep.11, 2014 @ 3:57 am, under Independent, Industrial, NPB, Other
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Route Inn BC League News

  • Shinano Granserows' manager Akinori Otsuka is expected to face one hitter during the final game of the season on the 15th. He has not pitched since July 1, 2007. Source: Sponichi 9/10/2014
  • Talento Sanma Akashiya is slated to be a coach for one day with the Ishikawa Million Stars on the 13th. Akashiya and Ishikawa general manager/player Masao Kida have known each other for about twenty years. Akashiya was originally planning to watch the game from the stands, but Kida suggested the one-day contract to make things a little more interesting. Source: official announcement, Hokkoku Shimbun 9/7/2014, Daily Sports 9/8/2014
  • The Niigata Albirex Baseball Club clinched first place in the Second-Half Joshinetsu Division on the 7th with a 5-2 victory over the Gunma Diamond Pegasus. Niigata will play Niigata in the Joshinetsu Championship. Source: official announcementSanspo 9/7/2014

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The Ibaraki Golden Golds won the All Japan Club Team Tournament by defeating the Matsuyama Phoenix in the finals game on the 8th, 8-7.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/8/2014

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The Over Forty Baseball League's (rubber baseball) fall season began on the 6th.

Source: Sponichi 9/7/2014

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The NPB's first Ball Wall was donated to Seinan Elementary School.  A ceremony was held on the 8th. Yakult Swallows' players' group chairman Ryosuke Morioka and Shingo Kawabata attended the ceremony as presenters. They taught 267 students how to use the Base Wall.

Source: Sponichi 9/8/2014

[9/1/2014] BC League, Island League announced IPBL Japan

by on Sep.02, 2014 @ 2:20 am, under Independent
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The Route Inn Baseball Challenge League and the Shikoku Island League plus held a press conference on Monday to announce the establishment of The Japan Association of Independent Professional Baseball League (IPBL Japan).  IPBL Japan will be the official contact for independent leagues in Japan.

Chairman: Makoto Kagiyama (Shikoku Island League plus CEO)
Vice Chairman: Tetsuji Murayama (Route Inn Baseball Challenge League Representative)
Executive Director: Yasuomi Iijima (Shinano Grandserows Executive Vice President)
Managing Director: Takanori Kozaki (Shikoku Island League plus Director/Kagawa Olive Guyners Acting Owner)

Source: BC League announcement, Island League announcement

[8/29/2014] Island League, BC League to establish Japan Independent Baseball League Organization

by on Aug.30, 2014 @ 1:00 am, under Independent
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The Shikoku Island League plus and the Route Inn Baseball Challenge League will jointly establish the Japan Independent Baseball League Organization (一般社団法人日本独立リーグ野球機構).  Shikoku Island League plus CEO Makoto Kagiyama will be named president of the new organization.  A press conference is scheduled for September 1 in Tokyo.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/30/2014

[8/9/2014] BC League, Shikoku Island League plus to hold tryouts in the United States

by on Aug.10, 2014 @ 2:23 am, under Independent
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The BC League and the Shikoku Island League plus announced on Friday that they will be holding tryouts in the United States later this year in the fall.  This will be the third year the independent leagues in Japan have held tryouts in the US.

The tryouts will take place in two locations: San Diego, California over a three-day period beginning on October 31 and Fort Myers, Florida over a two-day period beginning on November 5.

Source: Sponichi 8/9/2014

[7/29/2014] Route Inn BC League will continue to work with two divisions

by on Jul.29, 2014 @ 10:13 pm, under Independent
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The Route Inn BC League announced today that they will continue to work with two divisions next season.  Names for the divisions have not yet been decided.  Additional information will be released some time during or after August.

This season:

Joshinetsu

  • Gunma Diamond Pegasus
  • Niigata Albirex Baseball Club
  • Shnano Grandserows

Hokuriku

  • Toyama Thunderbirds
  • Ishikawa Million Stars
  • Fukui Miracle Elephants

Next season:

Division 1

  • Gunma Diamond Pegasus
  • Niigata Albirex Baseball Club
  • Saitama Musashi Heat Bears
  • Fukushima Hopes

Division 2

  • Shinano Grandserows
  • Toyama Thunderbirds
  • Ishikawa Million Stars
  • Fukui Miracle Elephants

Source: official announcement