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Chunichi Dragons Senryokugai – October 1, 2014

by on Oct.02, 2014 @ 10:52 pm, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons announced on Wednesday that they were parting ways with the following ten players:

  • Tsuji, Takehiko P (25)
  • Inoue, Koshi P (26)
  • Yachi, Kento P (26)
  • Oda, Kohei C (37)
  • Tanaka, Daisuke C (29)
  • Nakata, Ryoji INF (26)
  • Morikoshi, Yuto INF (26)
  • Ito, Shingo OF (24)
  • Donoue, Takehiro OF (29)
  • Song, Sang-Hoon OF-Ikusei (21)

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 10/1/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/1/2014, Sports Hochi 10/1/2014

NPB: Roster Changes for 10/2/2014

by on Oct.02, 2014 @ 5:28 pm, under NPB, Roster Updates

Central League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Yomiuri Giants

- Tsuchida, Mizuki P
- Matsumoto, Tetsuya OF

Chunichi Dragons

- Nishikawa, Kentaro P
- Kawasaki, Takahiro P

Yakult Swallows

- Yagi, Ryosuke P

Removed from the Active Roster

Yomiuri Giants

- Tahara, Seiji P
- Imamura, Nobutaka P

Hanshin Tigers

- Hojo, Fumiya INF

Hiroshima Carp

- Ono, Jumpei P

Chunichi Dragons

- Ono, Yudai P
- Luna, Hector INF

Yakult Swallows

- Sugiura, Toshihiro P

Pacific League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Seibu Lions

- Umeda, Naomichi INF

Softbank Hawks

- Iida, Yuya P

Orix Buffaloes

- Fushimi, Torai C

Nippon Ham Fighters

- Arakaki, Hayato P
- Kishisato, Ryosuke OF

Removed from the Active Roster

Rakuten Eagles

- Shiomi, Takahiro P

Seibu Lions

- Hayashizaki, Ryo INF

Nippon Ham Fighters

- Yoshikawa, Mitsuo P
- Kaneko, Makoto INF

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* Players removed from the active roster today will be eligible to return on October 12.

[10/2/2014] NPB sets new season total attendance record

by on Oct.02, 2014 @ 5:27 pm, under NPB
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The NPB announced that they have so far recorded 22,482,895 in attendance through the end of Wednesday and set a new high in announced totals since teams started releasing official figures in 2005. The previous high of 22,399,679 was set in 2009.

The Pacific League broke ten million in attendance for the first time since 2005 with 10,065,591 through Wednesday. The Central League has so far drawn 12,417,304 and is close to breaking the 12,692,228 mark set in 2009.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/2/2014

Orix Buffaloes Senryokugai – October 1, 2014

by on Oct.02, 2014 @ 4:40 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes announced that they were not going to offer the following personnel and players contracts for the 2015 season:

Personnel

  • Ni-gun pitching coach - Kobayashi, Masahide (40)
  • Ni-gun pitching coach - Kobayashi, Hiroshi (43)
  • Ikusei chief coach - Nishimoto, Takashi (58)
  • Ikusei coach - Akahori, Motoyuki (44)

Players

  • Ihara, Masaki P (27)
  • Katto, Keisuke P (30)
  • Yamazaki, Masataka P (25)
  • Nishikawa, Hiroki OF (27)

The following personnel changes were also announced:

  • Nagamura, Hiroyuki (55) = head coach/chief battery coach to position working with the front office
  • Akagawa, Takahiro (48) = training coach/conditioning coch to head of conditioning
  • Hamuro, Taro (48) = Ikusei coach to assistant staff

Hitting coach Hirotoshi Kitagawa (42) could be reassigned to sales.

Source: official announcement, official announcement, Sponichi 10/1/2014, Sponichi 10/2/2014

[10/2/2014] Kiyoshi Nakahata accepts Yokohama Bay Stars contract for 2015

by on Oct.02, 2014 @ 4:28 pm, under NPB
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Kiyoshi Nakahata accepted Yokohama's offer to remain at the helm in 2015.

Nakahata met team owner Makoto Haruta at Yokohama Stadium today and was reportedly offered a one-year extension. He accepted and is slated to return next year for his fourth season as manager of the Yokohama Bay Stars.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2014, Sponichi 10/2/2014, Daily Sports 10/2/2014, official announcement

Yakult Swallows Senryokugai – October 1, 2014

by on Oct.02, 2014 @ 4:02 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows announced they were parting ways with the following players on Wednesday:

  • Abe, Kenta P (30)
  • Yamamoto, Hitoshi P (25)
  • Oshimoto, Takehiko P (31)
  • Sanada, Hiroki P (30)
  • Nitta, Genki C (32)
  • Matano, Tomoya INF (21)
  • Iwamura, Akinori INF (35)
  • Noguchi, Yoshiyuki INF (33)

Ikusei Players

  • Nakane, Yuji P (25)
  • Sato, Takanori OF (21)

Iwamura, Oshimoto, Sanada, and Matano have expressed an interest in playing next year. Abe is planning to retire and could accept a job as pitching coach in the organization. Nitta and Yamamoto will retire. The Swallows could renew Nakane's Ikusei contract. Things are still undecided with Noguchi and Sato.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 10/1/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/1/2014, Daily Sports 10/1/2014

Mizuno MVP Farm Awards for September 2014

by on Oct.02, 2014 @ 3:48 pm, under NPB
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The Ni-gun Mizuno MVP awards for September.

Eastern League

Kurosawa, Shota - Chiba Lotte Marines
3 G, 2-0, 23.0 IP, 7 SO, 4 BB, 9 ER, 3.52 ERA

Started three games in September. Recorded two wins and a complete game.

Western League

Mima, Yuki - Hiroshima Carp
16 G, 17-for-54, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 0 SB, .315 BA

Led the league in home runs (four) and RBI (twenty). Notched fifteen RBI in four games between the 11th and 14th.

[10/2/2014] Rakuten Eagles: Next Ichi-gun manager could be Hiromoto Okubo

by on Oct.02, 2014 @ 12:35 pm, under NPB
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According to at least two reports, the Rakuten Eagles are planning to offer Hiromoto Okubo the job as manager of the Ichi-gun team next year. The front office considered a number of candidates, but settled on Ni-gun manager Okubo as their top man because of how he handled players Ni-gun. He also has ties with team owner Hiroshi Mikitani.

The Eagles are expected to offer the position to Okubo within the next few days. Sponichi reports that Mikitani could seek Senichi Hoshino's opinion before making a final decision. An official announcement will likely be made at the end of the regular season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2014, Sponichi 10/2/2014