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Make-up dates for Kagawa: 9/30, 10/1
Make-up dates for Tokushima: 10/8, 10/9, 10/10
MVP: Masanori Otani (Tokushima) - 3 G, 7-for-15, 4 RBI
Best Pitcher: Naohiro Yamaguchi (Tokushima) - 1 G, 1-0, 6.2 IP, 0 ER
Fighting Spirit: Kodai Sakurai (Kagawa) - 3 G, 4-for-12
The Baseball Challenge League and the Shikoku Island League plus will be holding tryouts in Fresno, California on November 16 and 17. The two leagues are trying to find players interested in playing in Japan. The Baseball Challenge League held tryouts in San Diego last year.
No other information has been posted yet.
Source: Sponichi 9/12/2013
The Shikoku Island League plus announced on Friday that they will organize a winter league that runs between November 4 and 13. Scouts from the Majors and the NPB are expected to attend.
The league will be looking for eighty players, eighteen years and up, to participate in the league. The players will be split up into four teams. Games will be played at stadiums in Kochi. Each team will play nine games. Former professional players from the US and Japan, including players from France, have shown an interest.
The Ishikawa Million Stars held a press conference for Eri Yoshida today. She will join the team on the 19th. She is scheduled to make her first appearance on the 23rd.
Some quotes from the press conference:
"I would like to win a game as a starter."
"I did not as well as I would have like to [with Maui earlier this year], but I feel I have have made progress as a knuckleballer."
"I need to improve my control, otherwise I think it will be difficult for me to record outs."
Source: Daily Sports 8/17/2013
Eri Yoshida's management company has reportedly announced that the twenty-one-year-old pitcher has agreed to play for the BC League's Ishikawa Million Stars. An official announcement is expected within the next few days.
The BC League announced today that the Gunma Diamond Pegasus signed thirty-five-year-old Hiroyuki Kobayashi to a contract. He has been assigned the number forty-one.
Kobayashi was released by the Hanshin Tigers after the 2012 season. He attended a tryout with Lotte in the winter, but failed to impress. He headed to the States earlier this year after signing a minor league deal with the Angels, but was released in March.
Tetsuya Terada tossed a no-hitter against the Gunma Diamond Pegasus for the Niigata Albirex Baseball Club (BC League) today.
Terada became the third pitcher in BC League history to record a no-hitter. The other two: Takashi Shimizu on May 29, 2010 and Ryuji Sugiyama on September 23, 2012.
The following statement by Terada was posted by Niigata:
"I was able to pitch as I usually do through the 8th inning, but got a little nervous in the 9th. There were some tough plays, but the position players behind me did their jobs. I am really grateful.
As long as I continue to pitch, I do not to lose. I will do my best to help the team win with the support of everyone. Please continue to cheer for me."
Terada threw ninety-one pitches, faced twenty-eight batters, struck out eight, and walked one.
Source: official announcement
The Kagawa Olive Guyners of the Shikoku Island League plus held a press conference to introduce twenty-three-year-old Myanmar-born pitcher Zaw Zaw Oo.
Baseball is not a popular sport in Myanmar with a playing population of about fifty. Oo is the first player to step out of the country and sign with either a professional or independent league team.
Oo stands 173cm tall and weighs 65kg. According to Sponichi, he tops out in the 120km/h range and throws a fastball, slider, and an off-speed pitch he calls the Zaw Zaw Ball.
Akinori Otsuka (Shinano Grandserows) tossed batting practice during workouts at Nakano Baseball Stadium in Nagano on Tuesday. It was the first time he faced live hitters in 2,172 days. Otsuka had difficulty keeping his pitches down but still only gave up three could-be hits on forty-five pitches.
Source: Sponichi 6/12/2013
Ishikawa Million Stars' manager Shinji Mori (38) was added to the BC League's active player registry today. He will officially become a manager/pitcher beginning on Saturday.
Mori was drafted out of the Industrial League by the Seibu Lions in 1996. After the 2005 season, he was posted to the Majors but never managed to pitch in a regular season MLB game because he tore his right labrum before the 2006 season and was subsequently released, re-signed to a minor league deal, and then released again. He returned to Japan and signed with Ishikawa as a pitcher/pitching coach in 2009, but never pitched in a game. In 2010, he took on the role of manager and retired as a player.