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[11/30/2015] Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.01, 2015 @ 7:38 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows announced the following uniform number changes: Kyohei Muranaka from 15 to 43; Ryohei Kiya from 16 to 64; Ryuhei Kawakami from 36 to 69; Yoshinori Sato from 11 to 121; Ryo Hirai from 67 to 167. Source: official announcement, Sponichi 11/30/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka is planning to spend about a month training in Hawaii, beginning in late-December. Source: Sanspo 11/30/2015

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yudai Ono was named the new player representative chairman. Naomichi Donoue and Koji Fukutani were named vice chairmen and Issei Endo and Shinji Tajima were named treasurers. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/30/2015
  • Motonobu Tanishige is planning to go with Ono as his opening day starter next year (barring any major changes/issues between now and then). Source: Sports Hochi 11/30/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/30/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yoshitomo Tsutsugo is hoping to push his weight up to 105 kilograms while playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic and up to 107 kilograms by the start of spring camp. He believes his performance drops when his weight falls under 100 kilograms. Source: Sports Hochi 11/30/2015

[11/30/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes

by on Dec.01, 2015 @ 7:26 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Yuya Hasegawa was named new player representative chairman. Yuki Yanagita, Kenji Otonari, and Kenta Imamiya will be vice chairmen. Source: Sponichi 11/30/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • CS channel GAORA is planning to provide live spring camp coverage from Arizona next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/30/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Former Lotte Shunsuke Watanabe has accepted a coaching job with Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Kazusa Magic (Industrial League). Watanabe spent the last two years playing baseball in the United States with the Lancaster Barnstormers. Source: Sponichi 11/30/2015

Seibu Lions

  • The media learned on November 29 that Takayuki Yamaguchi (26) filed marriage papers with a twenty-eight-year-old woman from Aichi earlier this year on May 15. The two first met in 2009 when Yamaguchi was playing for Toyota. Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2015, Sponichi 11/30/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Nobuyoshi Yamada has been working on a change-up since the summer. He got tips on how to throw the pitch from Nippon Ham's Masaru Takeda during the Phoenix League. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/30/2015

[11/30/2015] Nippon Ham Fighters 2016 Coaching Staff

by on Nov.30, 2015 @ 5:08 pm, under NPB
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Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 80 栗山 英樹 Kuriyama, Hideki 54
Pitching Coach 81 吉井 理人 Yoshii, Masato 50
Pitching Coach 87 黒木 知宏 Kuroki, Tomohiro 41
Hitting Coach 79 城石 憲之 Shiroishi, Noriyuki 42
Hitting Coach 88 金子 誠 Kaneko, Makoto 40
Catcher/Assistant Hitting Coach 78 高橋 信二 Takahashi, Shinji 37
Infield/Base/Strategy Coach 90 白井 一幸 Shirai, Kazuyuki 54
Outfield/Base Coach 75 川名 慎一 Kawana, Shinichi 45
Bench Coach 84 厚澤 和幸 Atsuzawa, Kazuyuki 43

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 72 田中 幸雄 Tanaka, Yukio 47
General/Pitching Coach 89 伊藤 剛 Ito, Takeshi 38
Pitching Coach 74 高橋 憲幸 Takahashi, Noriyuki 44
Hitting Coach 73 林 孝哉 Hayashi, Takaya 42
Hitting Coach 77 小田 智之 Oda, Tomoyuki 36
Battery Coach 82 的場 直樹 Matoba, Naoki 38
Catcher/Assistant Battery Coach 70 米野 智人 Yoneno, Tomohito 33
Infield Coach 85 小坂 誠 Kosaka, Makoto 42
Outfield/Base Coach 76 紺田 敏正 Konta, Toshimasa 35
Training Coach - 中垣 征一郎 Nakagaki, Seiichiro 45


Source: official announcement

[11/30/2015] Yakult Swallows hold press conference for Sakaguchi, Ugumori

by on Nov.30, 2015 @ 4:57 pm, under NPB
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The Swallows held a press conference at their office earlier today to introduce their two newest additions: Tomotaka Sakaguchi (31) and Atsushi Ugumori (28).

Sakaguchi agreed to a deal worth an estimated thirty million yen in 2016. He was assigned the uniform number 42.

Ugumori signed a contract worth an estimate 7.5 million yen in 2016. He was assigned the uniform number 91.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/30/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/30/2015, Sponichi 11/30/2015, Daily Sports 11/30/2015

NPB: Roster Changes for 11/30/2015

by on Nov.30, 2015 @ 4:50 pm, under NPB, Roster Updates

Commissioner's Office


Team Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
CHU P 14 朝倉 健太 Asakura, Kenta
CHU INF 36 小笠原 道大 Ogasawara, Michihiro
CHU OF 5 和田 一浩 Wada, Kazuhiro

Removed from Restricted List

Team Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
YOK INF 91 L.グリエルJr. Gurriel Jr., Lourdes


[11/29/2015] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.30, 2015 @ 8:24 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Shohei Tateyama has managed to make it back from three Tommy John surgeries. The Japan Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society is planning to use Tateyama as a case study during their next meeting on December 3. Source: Sponichi 11/27/2015

Yomiuri Giants

  • Ikusei practices began at Giants Stadium in Kawasaki on November 27. Source: Sponichi 11/27/2015
  • Infield/base coach Hirokazu Ibata told reporters they might see the five-man infield shift next season. Ibata's speaks from experience: in a game against Hiroshima in 2006, with the bases loaded and one out in the 12th, the Carp set a five-man infield shift that ended with him grounding out to third. Source: Chunichi Sports 11/29/2015, Daily Sports 11/29/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tomoaki Kanemoto's first game will be a practice game against Rakuten on February 16. Source: Daily Sports 11/28/2015
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka might only have about two weeks during spring camp to prove that he deserves the job as second base. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/28/2015
  • Head coach Nobuhiro Takashiro would like to implement a "weight day" at Ichi-gun and Ni-gun spring camp next year, where all players work out in the weight room together. Source: Sanspo 11/29/2015
  • Ryoma Matsuda will sign an advisory contract with Xanax. Source: Sanspo 11/28/2015
  • The Tigers officially announced that Yutaka Wada will assume the role of senior adviser on December 1. Source: Sponichi 11/27/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Uniform number changes: Shota Nakazaki from 56 to 21; Kosuke Tanaka from 63 to 2; Yuichi Hisamoto from 120 to 65; Sora Tsuji from 124 to 56; and Kosuke Nakamura from 126 to 68. Source: official announcement

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yudai Ono will be the new player representative chairman next year. Source: Sponichi 11/29/2015
  • Ryosuke Hirata will be the Dragons' first captain since Toru Nimura in 1995. Source: Sanspo 11/27/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shun Yamaguchi was named new player representative chairman on November 26. Source: Sanspo 11/27/2015
  • Yasuaki Yamasaki will spend about three weeks in Los Angeles in early December. He will be train at Athletes' Performance while studying English. Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2015

[11/29/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Nov.30, 2015 @ 8:10 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks are thinking about converting Seiichi Uchikawa to a first baseman to fill a potential hole left by Dae-Ho Lee's departure. Uchikawa has already placed an order for a first baseman's mitt. Source: Daily Sports 11/28/2015
  • Yuki Yanagita could start the year at Ni-gun spring camp depending on the condition of his right elbow. He had surgery to clean the elbow on November 13 and started rehab on November 24. The Hawks do not want him to feel rushed. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/28/2015 ... Softbank announced that Yanagita (27) filed marriage papers with a twenty-four-year-old woman from Fukuoka this past July. The couple are expecting their first child next year. Source: Sponichi 11/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/29/2015, Daily Sports 11/29/2015
  • Tomoki Takata has had trouble staying healthy during spring camp during his first three years of professional baseball. Kimiyasu Kudo warned the twenty-five-year-old that if he misses any time during spring camp next year, he will not get a chance to make Group A camp (Ichi-gun). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/28/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shogo Yagi (26) will be filing marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman from Yokohama on December 10. The two met four years ago when Yagi was playing for JX-ENEOS. They started living together in Kamagaya, Chiba earlier this year in April. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2015, Sponichi 11/29/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines are planning to hold two press conferences for their 2015 draft class: one for the media on December 1 and another for the general public on December 2. Source: Daily Sports 11/27/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Kona Takahashi was hoping to work out with Takayuki Kishi this winter, but the Lions turned down his request and assigned him to Seibu 2 Stadium because they feel he still might be a little too young and inexperienced. Source: Sports Hochi 11/29/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes held their last meeting of the year on November 27. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2015
  • Takahiro Matsuba pushed his weight to eighty-four kilograms this season. He dropped his weight down to eighty kilograms by the end of fall camp because he felt the added weight worked against him. He plans to keep his weight at eighty kilograms for the 2016 season. Source: Daily Sports 11/27/2015, Sponichi 11/27/2015
  • Hiroyuki Nakajima will be changing the kanji characters for his first name, from 裕之 to 宏之. Source: Daily Sports 11/27/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Norimoto is set to become the pitching staff captain next season. Source: Daily Sports 11/28/2015
  • The Eagles announced a number of uniform number changes on November 29: Akihisa Makida from 5 to 25; Kohei Hasebe from 17 to 30; Takumi Miyoshi from 2 to 57; and Yasuhito Uchida from 8 to 36. Source: official announcement

[11/29/2015] 2015 Asia Winter Baseball League NPB Roster

by on Nov.29, 2015 @ 11:41 am, under NPB

The 2015 Asia Winter Baseball League is underway in Taiwan. Teams from five leagues are participating in the league: Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL), Nippon Professional Baseball Organization (NPB), Korean Baseball Organization (KBO), Confederation of European Baseball (CEB), and Chinese Taipei Baseball Association (CT, an amateur Taiwan baseball team).

Schedules and results can be found at the official 2015 Asia Winter Baseball League site.

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[11/29/2015] NPB: concussed players can return in fewer than ten days

by on Nov.29, 2015 @ 11:20 am, under NPB

The NPB Game Operations Committee met on November 26 and decided to ask players during a JPBPA Meeting in Osaka on December 3 to exchange opinions about hard slides near second base. The NPB is already planning changes to rules on hard slides at home plate for the 2016 season.

Source: Sponichi 11/27/2015


The NPB Player Relations Committee held a meeting on November 27 and decided to allow players to return to the active roster in fewer than ten days after a concussion. The NPB is planning to create a guideline for teams to follow before the start of the 2016 season.

Source: Sponichi 11/27/2015, Sponichi 11/28/2015