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[1/27/2016] Backlogged NPB and Samurai Japan News

by on Jan.28, 2016 @ 12:57 am, under NPB, Samurai Japan

Samurai Japan:

  • Tsubakuro and Doala will make appearances as Sanurai Japan mascots when the top team plays an exhibition game against Chinese Taipei on March 5 at Nagoya Dome. Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 1/25/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/25/2016
  • Top team manager Hiroki Kukubo will be visiting spring camp locations to check on candidates for the Chinese Taipei two-game series in March. He will begin his visit with Softbank and Orix in Miyazaki on February 1. His last stop will be Lotte in Okinawa on February 8. The roster for the Chinese Taipei games will be unveiled before the end of February. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2016, Sanspo 1/26/2016


  • An informal gathering of owners took place at a hotel in Tokyo on January 25. Owners from ten teams, Lotte and Softbank were not present, attended the meeting with NPB commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki. Discussions focused on ways to increase interest in baseball and included issues like the need to make the game more accessible to a younger audience and the importance of the Asia market. There were also discussions on the length of games. The commissioner is hoping to continue holding informal owner gatherings once a year. Source: Sponichi 1/26/2016, Daily Sports 1/26/2016
  • About eighty people attended the NPB Umpire School in December. Six were selected for further tests and will attend Miyazaki spring camp. Students that pass the tests will become umpires in training and will be assigned to Independent Leagues for further training. Source: Sponichi 1/22/2016
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[12/16/2015] Samurai Japan to play two games against Chinese Taipei in March 2016

by on Dec.16, 2015 @ 11:26 pm, under Samurai Japan

Samurai Japan announced today that the top team will be play two exhibition games against Chinese Taipei in March 2016.

  • March 5 (Saturday) - Nagoya Dome @ 19:00
  • March 6 (Sunday) - Kyocera Dome @ 18:00

Additional details will be released as they become available.

Source: official announcement

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[12/14/2015] 2016 Fresh All-Star Game to take place on July 24, and other news

by on Dec.14, 2015 @ 11:22 pm, under College, High School, International, NPB
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The NPB announced that the 2016 Fresh All-Star Game will take place at Muscat Stadium in Kurashiki, Okayama on July 24, 2016. The 2015 Fresh All-Star Game was scheduled to take place at Muscat Stadium this year, but it was canceled due to bad worth caused by a typhoon.

The 2015 Premier 12 is expected to finish in the black by about 120 million yen.

The NPB decided on a number of preventative measures to educate players about damaging activities. Workshops will be held at all spring camp locations in February; teams will educate players and staff on damaging activities using posters and pamphlets; and the NPB commissioner will announce that transfer of money between players dealing with baseball and gambling with large amounts of money will not be allowed. A committee made up of disciplinary representatives from each of the twelve NPB teams will also be established to discuss and exchange opinions.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/14/2015, Daily Sports 12/14/2015, Sponichi 12/14/2015

[UPDATE 12/17 @ 1:29am]

Recap of preventative measures:

  1. workshops for all players during Ni-gun spring camp
  2. educational tools to help educate players -- informative posters and pamphlets about damaging activities
  3. commissioner's statement that money exchanges connected to baseball between players and gambling with large amounts of money is prohibited.
  4. all teams must be involved.
  5. information and opinions can be exchanged and shared through a committee

Source: Sponichi 12/15/2015, Daily Sports 12/15/2015


The Student Baseball Coaching License progam took place at Waseda University in Shinjuku, Tokyo over the weekend (December 12, 13). The two-day program was attended by 119 former professional players. Another session will be held in Osaka next weekend (December 19, 20).

Among the attendees:

Takao Ise
Shoji Sadaoka
Sadaaki Yoshimura
Ryuzo Yamasaki
Tadashi Matsumoto
Hiromi Matsunaga
Takashi Ide
Hiroshi Yagi
Tetsuro Kawajiri
Masahito Kohiyama
Susumu Otomo
Tadahiro Ogino
Seisuke Toyoda
Hiroaki Matsuura

Source: Daily Sports 12/12/2015, Daily Sports 12/13/2015, Nikkan Sports 12/13/2015, Sanspo 12/14/2015

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[12/11/2015] Samurai Japan, Haarlem Baseball Week

by on Dec.11, 2015 @ 12:08 pm, under College, Samurai Japan

The Tokyo Big 6 Baseball League is planning to send a team of players to next year's Haarlem Baseball Week. The manager will be selected from the team that wins the spring league.

Source: Sanspo 12/11/2015


Managers from all Samurai Japan levels met during a management committee meeting on December 4. They confirmed that all levels of the organization will continue their efforts to put together the best teams possible. Hiroki Kokubo, top team manager, also confirmed the possibility of including amateur players and active coaches to the top team for upcoming tournaments. There were two active coaches on the staff for the Premier 12 this year: Seibu's Hiroshi Narahara and Yomiuri's Takayuki Onishi.

Source: Daily Sports 12/5/2015, Sponichi 12/5/2015, Sponichi 12/5/2015, Sanspo 12/4/2015

The amateur level of Samurai Japan is hoping to participate in international tournaments that are scheduled after the Inter-City Baseball Tournament.

Source: Sponichi 12/4/2015

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[11/29/2015] Samurai Japan backlogged news

by on Nov.29, 2015 @ 10:39 am, under Samurai Japan

Samurai Japan is scheduled to play two exhibition games against Taiwan in March 2016.

  • March 5 at Nagoya Dome
  • March 6 at Kyoce Dome

They will most likely play another international series in November 2016.

Source: Daily Sports 11/21/2015, Sponichi 11/23/2015


The money Japan won for finishing in third place at the Premier 12 (400,000 US dollars) will be split in half between team organizers and players/staff.

Source: Sponichi 11/22/2015


Hiroki Kokubo is planning to look into Japanese players in the MLB for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/23/2015


Takeya Nakamura (Seibu) may not be interested in playing in any more international games, according to Sponichi. When asked about his thoughts on the WBC in 2017 during a talk event on November 23, Nakamura said he "[does] not really want to participate [in the tournament]." He added, "I did not accomplish anything [during the Premier 12] and I was the last hitter of the semifinals game. I did not have fun."

In another article, Nakamura explained that felt good while playing games in Taiwan, but tensed up when he returned to Japan because he was playing on home ground. He also said that he would try to have a good season next year so that he might make Samurai Japan roster for the 2017 WBC.

Source: Sponichi 11/24/2015, Tokyo Sports 11/24/2015

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[11/18/2015] Samurai Japan News and Notes: Premier 12 and more

by on Nov.19, 2015 @ 1:47 am, under Samurai Japan
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Samurai Japan updates:

  • Shota Takeda and Tomoyuki Sugano are candidates to start the possible Finals game on November 21. Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2015 ... Sugano threw twenty-eight pitches in the bullpen on November 17 and made adjustments to his pitches on the outside corner against left-handed hitters. Source: Sports Hochi 11/18/2015
  • Shohei Otani threw thirty-two pitches in the bullpen on November 17. Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2015
  • Hiroki Kokubo will set the starting line-up against Korea on November 19 based on Takeya Nakamura's condition (right hamstring). If the slugger can play, he will most likely bat clean-up. Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2015 ... If Nakamura is not able to play, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo could bat fourth again, with Sho Nakata in the five hole. Source: Sponichi 11/18/2015
  • All non-pitchers, other than the three catchers on the roster, got the day off on November 17. Source: Sponichi 11/18/2015

Other Samurai Japan news:

  • The U-15 Asia Challenge Match 2015 is scheduled to take place at Botchan Stadium in Matsuyama between November 21 and 23. Three teams will be competing in the tournament: Japan, Chinese Taipei, and a team from Matsuyama. Sadaaki Yoshimura was named manager of the U-15 on November 12. Rosters were unveiled on November 18. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/12/2015, Sponichi 11/18/2015
  • The top Samurai Japan team could play another exhibition series in March 2016 (there are ongoing talks with Taiwan). If they do, they might turn to younger prospects to fill the roster, like Soka University's Seigi Tanaka and Rakuten's first round draft pick Louis Okoye. Source: Sports 11/18/2015

[UPDATE @ 4:32pm]

Samurai Japan updates:

  • For tonight's game against Korea: Takahiro Norimoto could relieve Shohei Otani. Hiroki Kokubo is expected to use Yuki Matsui as closer. Source: Sponichi 11/19/2015
  • It will either be Shota Takeda or Tomoyuki Sugano for the the possible Finals game start on Novemer 21. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2015, Sponichi 11/19/2015
  • The Hublot Aerofusion Premier 12 will be presented to the Hublot Player of the Day during the Semifinals and to the winner of the MVP. Source: PR Times, Sponichi 11/19/2015
  • According to Tokyo Sports, if Samurai Japan wins the tournament, the one million dollar prize money will be used as follows: half will go to the NPB and the other half to the players. The money going to the players will be used to purchase thirty-five championship rings (twenty-eight players, one manager, six coaches) at about one million yen a piece. Anything left over will be handed out to players based on performance. Source: Tokyo Sports 11/19/2015
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[11/17/2015] Samurai Japan News and Notes for the Premier 12

by on Nov.17, 2015 @ 9:33 am, under Samurai Japan
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Samurai Japan updates:

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