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[10/22/2014] Nippon Series: Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 10:52 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami could start Game 3 of the Nippon Series. Source: Sponichi 10/22/2014
  • Nippon Series possible four-man rotation: Randy Messenger, Atsushi Nomi, Fujinami, Minoru Iwata. Source: Sanspo 10/22/2014
  • Kenichi Tagami ran into Hayata Ito while playing defense in the 2nd inning of a Phoenix League game against Doosan on Tuesday. Tagami had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. Tests at a hospital in Miyazaki indicated a cervical spine sprain. The injury does not appear to be serious. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2014
  • Kansai University professor Katsuhiro Miyamoto estimates the economic impact of the Tigers winning the Nippon Series to be around 42.9 billion yen. That is down from previous figures when the Tigers finished in first place in 2003 (148 billion yen) and 2005 (64.3 billion yen). Reasons for the large gap include: a drop in attendance, the team losing steam toward the end of the season, and a failure to finish in first place. There has also been little to no postseason merchandising or celebration sales because stores were not prepared. Source: ZakZak 10/21/2014, Sponichi 10/21/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Jason Standridge will most likely start Game 1 of the Nippon Series. Source: Daily Sports 10/23/214
  • Kenji Otonari could start Game 3 of the Nippon Series. Source: Sanspo 10/22/2014 ... Another possibility is the Game 2 start. Source: Sponichi 10/23/2014
  • Yuki Yoshimura could play the outfield during games at Koshien, but will most likely be used as a bat off the bench since Akira Nakamura has more experience on defense. Source: Sponichi 10/22/2014
  • Dae-Ho Lee against Seung-Hwan Oh (KBO): 8-for-25. Lee faced Oh during the Inter-league on May 24 and went 1-for-1 (single to left). Source: Sponichi 10/22/2014
  • This year's fan festival will take place at YafuOku Dome on November 24. Gates will open at 12:00 and events will begin at 13:00. Source: official announcement, official announcement

[10/22/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 10:49 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano will hold workouts in Arizona in December before the team's first place celebration trip to Hawaii. He will return to Arizona after his return to Hawaii. He also plans to head overseas in January and stay overseas until spring camp because he found it difficult to prepare in the cold weather in Japan last year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/23/2014, Sponichi 10/23/2014
  • Hisayoshi Chono is planning to have right knee surgery. Damage was found in the meniscus during a hospital examination. It could take three to four months for a full recovery. There is a chance he might not be ready for spring camp next year. He is also scheduled to have surgery to clean out his right elbow. Source: Sponichi 10/22/2014
  • Leslie Anderson returned to Florida out of Narita Airport on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yohei Oshima will be working on his base-running skills during fall camp. He has already started making adjustments to his lead during fall practices. Source: Sponichi 10/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada will be signing an advisory contract with Magniflex. Source: Sanspo 10/23/2014

[10/22/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 10:41 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions announced on Tuesday that Takeya Nakamura and Shogo Akiyama had surgery to clean out their right elbows at a hospital in Yokohama. Both players are not expected to miss spring camp next year. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Naoki Miyanishi has a stress fracture in his left shin. He was taken off the active roster on September 30 with discomfort in his left shin. He was examined at a hospital, but never got the diagnosis because he thought it might put a damper on his motivation. He returned to the active roster on the 11th without knowing what was wrong with his shin. Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2014, Sponichi 10/22/2014
  • Michael Crotta left for the United States out of Shin Chitose Airport on Wednesday. He will most likely return next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2014
  • There is a good chance Shohei Otani will see a large increase in salary. He could join Daisuke Matsuzaka as the only pitchers out of high school to top the 100 million yen mark in their third year. Source: Sponichi 10/22/2014 ... Otani currently weighs ninety-three kilograms. He is hoping to push his weight to 100 kilograms. Source: Sports Hochi 10/23/2014
  • The Fighters believe forty-five-year-old catcher/battery coach Satoshi Nakajima still has something to contribute as a player. They have asked him to remain active. He will most likely comply. Nakajima has been a player/coach since 2007. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2014
  • Hideki Kuriyama visited the Tokyo Nippon Ham branch on Tuesday. He met team owner Hiroshi Kobayashi and provided him with a report on the 2014 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014

[10/23/2014] 2014 Draft: People that will most likely be in charge of lottery draws

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 9:05 am, under NPB
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Below is a list of the people that will most likely be in charge of lottery draws in the 1st round.

[10/23/2014] Nikkan Sports First Round Draft Predictions

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 8:48 am, under NPB
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Nikkan Sports First Round Draft Predictions

Team Name JPN Name ENG Affiliation Pos
Yakult Swallows 安楽 智大 Anraku, Tomohiro Saibi High School P
Yokhama Bay Stars 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University P
Chunichi Dragons 山崎 康晃 Yamasaki, Yasuaki Asia University P
Hiroshima Carp 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University P
Hanshin Tigers 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University P
Yomiuri Giants 岡本 和真 Okamoto, Kazuma Chiben Gakuen High School INF
Rakuten Eagles 岡本 和真 Okamoto, Kazuma Chiben Gakuen High School INF
Seibu Lions 髙橋 光成 Takahashi, Kona Maebashi Ikuei High School P
Chiba Lotte Marines 横山 雄哉 Yokoyama, Yuya Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Kashima P
Nippon Ham Fighters 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University P
Orix Buffaloes 山崎 福也 Yamasaki, Sachiya Meiji University P
Softbank Hawks 松本 裕樹 Matsumoto, Yuki Morioka Daigaku Fuzoku High School P

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/23/2014

[10/23/2014] Sanspo First Round Draft Predictions

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 6:51 am, under NPB
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Sanspo First Round Draft Predictions

Team Name JPN Name ENG Affiliation Pos
Yakult Swallows 安楽 智大 Anraku, Tomohiro Saibi High School P
Yokhama Bay Stars 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University P
Chunichi Dragons 山崎 康晃 Yamasaki, Yasuaki Asia University P
Hiroshima Carp 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University P
Hanshin Tigers 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University P
Yomiuri Giants 岡本 和真 Okamoto, Kazuma Chiben Gakuen High School INF
Rakuten Eagles 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University P
Seibu Lions 髙橋 光成 Takahashi, Kona Maebashi Ikuei High School P
Chiba Lotte Marines 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University P
Nippon Ham Fighters 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University P
Orix Buffaloes 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University P
Softbank Hawks 安楽 智大 Anraku, Tomohiro Saibi High School P

Source: Sanspo 10/23/2014 (Pacific League), Sanspo 10/23/2014 (Central League)

[10/22/2014] ZakZak First Round Draft Predictions

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 3:45 am, under NPB
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ZakZak First Round Draft Predictions

Team Name JPN Name ENG Affiliation Age Pos
Yakult Swallows 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University 22 P
Rakuten Eagles 安楽 智大 Anraku, Tomohiro Saibi High School 17 P
Yokhama Bay Stars 山崎 福也 Yamasaki, Sachiya Meiji University 22 P
Seibu Lions 髙橋 光成 Takahashi, Kona Maebashi Ikuei High School 17 P
Chunichi Dragons 野村 亮介 Nomura, Ryosuke Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Yokohama 21 P
Chiba Lotte Marines 山崎 康晃 Yamazaki, Yasuaki Asia University 22 P
Hiroshima Carp 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University 22 P
Nippon Ham Fighters 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University 22 P
Hanshin Tigers 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University 22 P
Orix Buffaloes 安楽 智大 Anraku, Tomohiro Saibi High School 17 P
Yomiuri Giants 岡本 和真 Okamoto, Kazuma Chiben Gakuen High School 18 INF
Softbank Hawks 髙橋 光成 Takahashi, Kona Maebashi Ikuei High School 17 P

Source: ZakZak 10/22/2014

[10/22/2014] Hiroyuki Kobayashi announces decision to retire

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 3:23 am, under NPB
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Hiroyuki Kobayashi posted a message on his Facebook account announcing his decision to retire.

Thank you for allowing me to play for the Chiba Lotte Marines, Hanshin Tigers, Anaheim Angels, Gunma Diamond Pegasus, Shinano Grandserows, and Seibu Lions.

I was able to lead a career without any regrets because I had the support of a lot of people.

I would now like to take on the challenge of learning more about baseball by experiencing it from different angles.

To everyone that supported Kobayashi Hiroyuki through the years, thank you very much.

Thank you.

And I look forward to your support in the time to come.

Source: Facebook via Sponichi 10/22/2014

[10/22/2014] SMBC Nippon Series 2014: Broadcast schedule and tickets

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 1:20 am, under NPB
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Date Gm Venue Channel
10/25 Sat 1 Koshien Stadium Asahi Hoso
10/26 Sun 2 Koshien Stadium TBS / NHK-BS
10/28 Tue 3 YafuOku Dome TV Asahi / NHK-BS
10/29 Wed 4 YafuOku Dome Fuji TV / NHK-BS
10/30 Thu 5 YafuOku Dome TBS / NHK-BS
11/01 Sat 6 Koshien Stadium Fuji TV / NHK-BS
11/02 Sun 7 Koshien Stadium Nippon TV / NHK-BS

Source: official announcement

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