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[6/28/2014] Gunma clinches BCL’s Joshinetsu, Tokushima clinches first-half Island League

by on Jun.29, 2014 @ 1:43 am, under Independent
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The BC League's Gunma Diamond Pegasus clinched first place in the Joshinetsu Division on Saturday with a 21-11-3 record.

Source: official announcement

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The Tokushima Indigo Socks clinched first place for the first-half of the Shikoku Island League plus season on Saturday with a 22-14-4 record.  The Kagawa Olive Guyners have the same record, but they went 5-6-1 in head-to-head games against Tokushima.

Source: official announcement

[6/24/2014] Route Inn BC League Updates: New teams in 2015, Ustream Channel

by on Jun.24, 2014 @ 5:39 pm, under Independent
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The BC League announced that their league will be made up eight teams next year.

Current Teams

Gunma Prefectural Team Gunma Diamond Pegasus http://d-pegasus.com/
Niigata Prefectural Team Niigata Albirex Baseball Club http://www.niigata-albirex-bc.jp/
Nagano Prefectural Team Shinano Grandserows http://www.grandserows.co.jp/
Toyama Prefectural Team Toyama Thunderbirds http://www.t-thunderbirds.jp/
Ishikawa Prefectural Team Ishikawa Million Stars http://www.m-stars.jp/
Fukui Prefectural Team Fukui Miracle Elephants http://www.m-elephants.com/

New Teams

Saitama Prefectural Team Musashi Heat Bears http://www.musashibears.com/
Fukushima Prefectural Team TBA TBA

Additional information will be released as it become available.

Source: official announcement

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The BC League has set up an official Route Inn BC League Ustream Channel. The league hopes to use the channel to stream games, press conferences, interviews, and various other types of content.

Source: official announcement

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The Gunma Diamond Pegasus announced on Monday that Alex Ramirez left Japan earlier in the day to attend to a sick family member. He will return when conditions improve.

Source: official announcement

[5/21/2014] Fukushima formally announces plans to build team for BC League

by on May.21, 2014 @ 11:34 am, under Independent
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A committee representative in Fukushima held a press conference with the BC League on Tuesday to formally announce efforts to create a baseball team in the prefecture.  The committee is already recognized as an associate member of the BC League.  They are expected to gain approval to become full members during a BC League meeting later next month.

The committee is planning to establish a formal company in Fukushima in August with 100 million yen in capital.  Committee Representative Tomiyuki Ogiya will take over as president.  Team specifics, like name, logos, colors, and mascot character, will also be released in August.  Work on finding sponsorship contracts, filling the coaching staff, conducting tryouts, and taking part in the player draft will begin in September.

The Fukushima team will not have one stadium to call home.  They are planning to spread their home games across nine different ballparks in the prefecture.  That could work out to about four games per stadium.

Saitama is also in the process of building a team for the BC League (the Musashi Heat Bears).  The league could field up to eight teams next season.

Source: Fukushima Mimpo 5/21/2014Asahi Shimbun 5/21/2014Sankei News 5/21/2014Daily Sports 5/21/2014

[5/13/2014] Fukushima looking to join Baseball Challenge League

by on May.13, 2014 @ 1:47 pm, under Independent
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Fukushima Prefecture is an associate member of the Baseball Challenge League (BC League).  They are hoping to become full participants by establishing a team.  An official announcement could be made within the next few days.  If the prefecture can secure funding from a number of local companies, they could formally join the BC League in 2015.

The BC League is currently made up of teams from six prefectures: Gunma, Niigata, Nagano, Toyama, Ishikawa, and Fukui.  Saitama was announced as a new addition at the end of last year.  If Fukushima makes it into the fray, the league could field eight teams in 2015.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/13/2014

 

[4/26/2014] BC League: Gunma agrees to terms with former NPB players Romero and Zarate

by on Apr.26, 2014 @ 11:43 pm, under Independent
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The BC League's Gunma Diamond Pegasus announced today that they agreed to terms with former NPB pitchers Levi Romero (30) and Robert Zarate (27).  Romera spent some time in the Yomiuri (2009-2012) and Softbank (2012) organizations.  He was assigned the number twelve.  Zarata played for Gunma in 2010 before signing with the Hanshin Tigers (2011-2013).  He was assigned the number forty-three.

Source: official announcement

[3/19/2014] Hiroshima Carp to send two Carp Academy players to Island League

by on Mar.19, 2014 @ 8:20 pm, under Independent, NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced that they will be sending the following two Carp Academy players to the Shikoku Island League plus this season:

  • DeJesus (デヘスス), Pitcher, #144 - Kochi Fighting Dogs - March 24 until the end of the first-half of the season
  • Reyes (レジェス), Infielder, #146 - Kochi Fighting Dogs - March 24 until the end of the second-half of the season (or postseason)

Source: official announcement

[3/1/2014] Shikoku Island League plus looking to expand scouting presence in United States

by on Mar.01, 2014 @ 8:38 am, under Independent
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According to a Kyodo News report, the Shikoku Island League plus has signed business partnerships with two as of yet unnamed club teams based out of Southern California.  The league is ultimately interested in operating a baseball team in the United States during the summer next year to help them find new talent.

Source: Sponichi 3/1/2014

[2/25/2014] BC League agrees to naming rights deal with Route Inn Group

by on Feb.26, 2014 @ 1:35 am, under Independent
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The BC League announced on Tuesday that they sold naming rights to the league to official league partner Route Inn Group.  The league will officially be called Route Inn BC League.  The two sides agreed to a three-year term that begins on March 1.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 2/25/2014

And in catching up with other BC League news, a new team will be joining the league next year.  The new team will be named the Musashi Heat Bears and will be based out of Saitama.  Business operations began last month.  Logos and mascot characters have already be released.

Source: official announcement

[2/13/2014] Alex Ramirez signs with BC League’s Gunma Diamond Pegasus

by on Feb.13, 2014 @ 12:14 pm, under Independent
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The BC League announced today that the Gunma Diamond Pegasus will hold a press conference on Friday to introduce Alex Ramirez (39).

Ramirez started his career in Japan with the Yakult Swallows in 2001.  He moved on to the Yomiuri Giants in 2008 and spent the last two seasons with the Yokohama Bay Stars.  In thirteen NPB seasons, Ramirez accumulated 2,017 hits, 379 home runs, and 1,272 RBI.  He led the league in hits three times, home runs two times, and RBIs four times.  Concerns about his defense and his struggles at the plate limited him to just fifty-six games in 2013.

Source: official announcement

[UPDATE 2/14 @ 4:48pm]

Ramirez has been assigned the number three.  He signed on as a player/batting coach.  His monthly salary will be 400,000 yen.  He told reporters money was never an issue for him because he wanted to continue play.  He returned to Japan because he wants to end his career here.

Source: Sponichi 2/14/2014

[12/19/2013] The Baseball First League; 2014 Industrial League Tournaments

by on Dec.19, 2013 @ 8:34 pm, under Independent, Industrial

The Hyogo Blue Sandars and the 06 Bulls held a press conference in Osaka today to announce details for the Baseball First League.  At least three teams will be a part of the league.  New teams could be announced in January.  The inaugural season will consist of sixty-four games per team between April and October.  Similar to the Kansai Independent League, tickets will be sold to games and players will not be paid a salary.

Additional details about the league will be released in January.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 12/19/2013, Kobe Shimbun 12/19/2013

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The Japan Amateur Baseball Association released a list of major tournaments for the 2014 calendar year.  Of importance:

  • 85th Inter-City Tournament - twelve days beginning on July 18 at Tokyo Dome - thirty-four teams
  • 39th All Japan Club Team Tournament - four days beginning on September 5 at Seibu Dome - sixteen teams
  • 40th Industrial League Championship - eleven days beginning on November 1 at Kyocera Dome Osaka - thirty-four teams

Source: tournament list