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[11/28/2015] Yokohama Bay Stars introduce 2015 Draft Class

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Yokohama Bay Stars 2015 Draft Class

The Yokohama Bay Stars held a press conference at a hotel in Yokohama on November 27 to introduce their 2015 draft class.

Ord Uni Player Name DOB HT/WT POS T/B Level Contract Bonus
1 21 今永 昇太
Imanaga, Shota
1993/09/01 178/80 P L/L 駒澤大学
Komazawa University
15.00M 100.00M
2 1 熊原 健人
Kumabara, Kento
1993/10/19 178/85 P R/L 駒澤大学
Sendai University
12.00M 75.00M
3 31 柴田 竜拓
Shibata, Tatsuhiro
1993/12/16 167/70 INF R/L 國學院大学
Kokugakuin University
10.00M 60.00M
4 10 戸柱 恭孝
Tobashira, Yasutaka
1990/04/11 178/88 C R/L NTT西日本
NTT Nishi Nihon
9.50M 50.00M
5 45 綾部 翔
Ayabe, Kakeru
1997/04/25 187/87 P R/R 霞ヶ浦高等学校
Kasumigaura High School
5.50M 30.00M
6 57 青柳 昴樹
Aoyagi, Koki
1997/05/19 183/84 OF R/R 大阪桐蔭高等学校
Osaka Toin High School
5.00M 25.00M
7 58 野川 拓斗
Nogawa, Takuto
1991/09/06 170/73 P L/L 鷺宮製作所
Saginomiya Seisakusho
8.00M 30.00M
I1 100 網谷 圭将
Amiya, Keisho
1997/10/03 183/82 C R/R 千葉英和高等学校
Chiba Eiwa High School
3.60M 3.00M
I2 101 山本 武白志
Yamamoto, Musashi
1998/02/17 188/90 INF R/R 九州国際大学付属高等学校
Kyushu Kokusai Daigaku Fuzoku High School
3.60M 3.00M
I3 103 田村 丈
Tamura, Jo
1992/11/20 185/86 P R/R 関西学院大学
Kwansei Gakuin University Graudate
3.60M 3.00M

Salaries are estimates made by the media.

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[11/27/2015] Seibu Lions hold press conference for Chen-Chang Lee

by on Nov.27, 2015 @ 5:10 pm, under NPB
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The Lions held a press conference to introduce Chen-Chang Lee at a hotel in Tokyo on November 27. He was assigned the uniform number 54. According to media reports, he agreed to a contract that will pay him an estimated eighty-four million yen plus incentives next year.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 11/27/2015, Sports Hochi 11/27/2015, Sponichi 11/27/2015


Career Stats

2013 26 CLE AL 0 0   4.15 8 0 1 0 0 0 4.1 4 3 2 0 3 0 4 1 0 0 22 1.615
2014 27 CLE AL 1 1 .500 4.50 37 0 6 0 0 0 28.0 30 15 14 3 12 1 26 3 0 3 127 1.500
2015 28 CLE AL 0 0   5.40 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.2 4 1 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 10 3.000
MLB 1 1 .500 4.50 47 0 7 0 0 0 34.0 38 19 17 3 16 1 33 4 0 3 159 1.588

[11/26/2015] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.27, 2015 @ 9:07 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada became the fifth infielder in NPB history to win an MVP before turning twenty-four. The other four: Tetsuharu Kawakami in 1941, Isami Okamoto in 1953, Futoshi Nakanishi in 1956, and Kazuo Matsui in 1998. He could become just the third non-pitcher out of high school in NPB history to reach the 200 million yen mark in salary within his first six years in the NPB. The other two: Ichiro Suzuki in 1996 (fifth year) and Hideki Matsui in 1998 (sixth year). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2015
  • Mitsuru Manaka is planning to push Wladimir Balentien to play in scrimmages and games as soon as they are scheduled (some time around February 15) next year during spring camp. Balentien can always get some rest after he gets a good feel for hitting. Source: Sponichi 11/25/2015, Sanspo 11/25/2015

Yomiuri Giants

  • Kazuma Okamoto, Ren Wada, Nobutaka Imamura, and Kentaro Taira left Japan out of Haneda Airport on November 25. They are heading to Taiwan to play winter ball. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/25/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tomoaki Kanemoto believes Takashi Toritani can easily bat first or second in the line-up, but will need more stolen bases if he is going to bat first. Kanemoto also feels Toritani can bat third, but only if he can hit more home runs. Source: Sponichi 11/26/2015, Daily Sports 11/26/2015 ... Kanemoto will most likely choose between Shintaro Fujinami and Randy Messenger for next year's opening day start. Source: Daily Sports 11/26/2015
  • Kyuji Fujikawa worked out for about five and a half hours at Naruohama on November 25. He started his day by running foul pole intervals for about ten minutes after initial warm-ups. He then moved on to playing catch (five minutes, forty throws at a distance of about twenty-five meters), running more foul pole intervals (twenty minutes), and some weight training. Source: Sponichi 11/26/2015, Daily Sports 11/26/2015 ... Kanemoto would like Fujikawa to prepare for next season as a starter because it will be easier for him to go from starter to reliever than reliever to starter. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2015
  • Kai Ueda is working on hitting from both sides of the plate. He is hoping he will be ready by spring camp next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/25/2015
  • Fujinami was presented with the Miki House Sanspo MVP for the third straight year on November 24. Source: Sanspo 11/25/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons held their last meeting of the year in Nagoya on November 26. Ryosuke Hirata was named captain for the 2016 season. Source: Sponichi 11/26/2015
  • Former Dragon Junichi Kawahara has decided to retire. Kawahara spent the last three years with the Ehime Mandarin Pirates. Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 11/26/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yuta Kakita, Satoshi Iizuka, Koki Yamashita, and Taiki Sekine will be playing winter ball in Taiwan. Source: Sponichi 11/25/2015
  • Alex Ramirez is thinking about keeping Yoshitomo Tsutsugo at captain next season. Source: Daily Sports 11/25/2015
  • Yokohama Shigeru Takada will return in 2016 for his fifth year as general manager. Source: Sanspo 11/25/2015

[11/26/2015] Softbank Hawks, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes

by on Nov.27, 2015 @ 8:57 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks held their last meeting of the year at a hotel in Fukuoka on November 26. Source: Daily Sports 11/26/2015
  • Nao Higashihama will be heading to Los Angeles to train for about two weeks in December. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2015
  • The Hawks announced that Dennis Sarfate and Jason Standridge donated 6.1 million yen to the Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery Initiatives Foundation. Sarfate donated 10,000 for every saved he recorded this season (41 saves = 4.1 million yen). Standridge donated 200,000 yen for every victory he earned (10 wins = 2.0 million yen). Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines held their last meeting of the year at a hotel in Kisarazu, Chiba on November 26. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2015

Seibu Lions

  • The players held their last meeting of the year at a hotel in Hakone on November 26. Ginjiro Sumitani was named the new player representative chairman. Naoto Watanabe and Ken Togame were named vice chairmen, Hideto Asamura treasurer, Tomomi Takahashi secretary, and Yusei Kikuchi assistant chairman. Fumiya Nishiguchi and Hichori Morimoto were presented with a retirement cake. Source: Sponichi 11/26/2015
  • Shogo Akiyama donated the bat he used, the ball he hit, and the uniform and batting gloves he wore when he set the new single season record for hits this season to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo. Source: official announcement, Sponichi 11/25/2015 ... Akiyama currently has no interest in the Majors. Source: Sports Hochi 11/26/2015

Orix Buffaloes

[11/26/2015] Rakuten Eagles reach agreement with Radhames Liz

by on Nov.26, 2015 @ 6:15 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-two-year-old pitcher Radhames Liz. He has been assigned the uniform number 49. According to a report at Daily Sports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth 100 million yen.

The posted the following YouTube message from Liz.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 11/26/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/26/2015, Daily Sports 11/26/2015

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[11/25/2015] Kenta Maeda’s interaction with the media on November 24

by on Nov.26, 2015 @ 12:34 am, under NPB
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Sanspo posted Kenta Maeda's interaction with the media on November 24:

What did you talk about with Carp official Kiyoaki Suzuki?

Things. We can't really talk during the season. I'm grateful that he was able to make time to talk to me so soon after the Premier 12.

How did things go?

Not really much to say. I didn't have a good season last year. It isn't like I tried to have a good season this year just so that I could go to the United States, but I did alright. That's different compared to last year.

What is your schedule like for practices?

December is kind of up to me, I'll be working out at places I can, when I have time.

Why do you want to play [in the United States}?

There are a lot of reasons. I think it's a different kind of game. My experiences in the WBC and other international tournaments made me aware of the high level of play and of my own personal weaknesses. I want to put myself in that.

A high level of play?

It isn't that the level in Japan is low, it's just the scale for everything is different. Like the number of teams. If I do this now, there might be teams interested in me. If there is no chance, then it won't happen. I just want to try.

Source: Sanspo 11/25/2015

Nikkan Sports also posted Maeda's interaction with the media.

Did you have a meeting with the organization?

Yes. I did. I let them know what I was thinking.

What did you talk about with Carp official Kiyoaki Suzuki?

Things. I can't really go into details.

Do you feel relieved?

I wasn't feeling confused or anything. We were always supposed to meet after the Premier 12 and I felt I had to let them know what I was thinking. I'm grateful that Suzuki was able to make time to talk to me so soon after the Premier 12. I think it was good that we were able to do this so soon.

Will you be talking to Suzuki a lot?

I'm not really sure. It isn't like everything was decided today, so I think we will talk.

What about the Majors?

My feelings grow stronger every year. It must have been a few years back, after I mentioned it during contract negotiations, people started asking me about the Majors, they sometimes asked if I was going to the Majors.

Why the Majors?

There are many reasons. I think it's a different kind of baseball. Not everyone can make it there. If I have a shot at making it, then I'd like to take it. A lot of Japanese players are going, but for some, they haven't done as well as they would have liked, or things aren't going as well as they were in Japan. And that's why I want to go. I don't think the level in Japan is low, it's just the scale is so different. There's a difference in the number of teams. If I do this now, there might be a team that wants me. That's also why I want to go. I don't think I'd feel this way if I had no chance.

What about your training?

I haven't decided. I have a little freedom in December, I think I will be training when I can, where I can. I'm not really all that concerned about it. I don't think I'll be appearing in events like I normally do.

What comes next?

My feelings alone mean nothing, so hopefully things will continue to move forward during discussions with the team.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/25/2015

[11/25/2015] NPB 2015 Most Valuable Player Award: Yuki Yanagita (SOF), Tetsuto Yamada (YAK)

by on Nov.25, 2015 @ 7:07 pm, under NPB
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NPB 2015 Most Valuable Player Award

Pacific League

Yuki Yanagita (Softbank)

138 605 502 110 182 31 1 34 317 99 32 8 0 1 88 14 101 9 .363 .469 .631

Central League

Tetsuto Yamada (Yakult)

143 646 557 119 183 39 2 38 340 100 34 4 0 3 81 5 111 11 .329 .416 .610

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