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[10/22/2014] 2014 Battery Award: Kaneko/Ito and Sugano/Abe

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 12:01 am, under NPB
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The winners of the 2014 Battery Award were announced today.

2014 Battery Award

League Catcher Pitcher Team
Pacific Ito, Hikaru Kaneko, Chihiro Orix
Central Abe, Shinnosukei Sugano, Tomoyuki Yomiuri

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[UPDATE 10/23 @ 8:42am]

Kaneko=Ito was a unanimous selection. The combination of Takahiro Norimoto and Motohiro Shima was also considered.

There were some in the selection committee that felt no one combination in the Central League deserved the award. There were a couple of other options in addition to Abe=Sugano. Yasutomo Kubo and Toshiki Kurobane; Randy Messenger and Ryutaro Umeno; and Seung-Hwan Oh and Kazunari Tsuruoka. In the end, Abe=Sugano beat out Oh=Tsuruoka by one vote.

Source: Sponichi 10/23/2014

Phoenix League: Scores from October 22, 2014

by on Oct.22, 2014 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Shikoku Island League at Ivy Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Nippon Ham 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
Island League 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2

Home Runs
None

Official Box Score

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Yokohama Bay Stars vs Hanwha Eagles at Ikimenomori Stadium 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Yokohama 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4
Hanwha 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1

Home Runs
None

Official Box Score

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Rakuten Eagles vs Chunichi Dragons at Kirishima Sun Marine Stadium Miyazaki

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Rakuten 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3
Chunichi 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 1 x 7

Home Runs
None

Official Box Score

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Orix Buffaloes vs Doosan Bears at Himuka Baseball Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Orix 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Doosan 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 x 3

Home Runs
None

Official Box Score

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Chiba Lotte Marines vs Softbank Hawks at Sokken Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Lotte 0 0 3 1 0 2 2 2 1 11
Softbank 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1

Home Runs
Lotte: Hosoya, Kei; Omine, Shota; Takahama, Takuya

Official Box Score

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Yakult Swallows vs Hanshin Tigers at Saitobaru Athletic Park Baseball Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Yakult 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2
Hanshin 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 x 3

Home Runs
None

Official Box Score

Hanshin: Shunsuke went 2-for-4 with a stolen base. Sanspo 10/23/2014

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Seibu Lions vs LG Twins at Nango Stadium

Canceled due to rain.

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Yomiuri Giants vs Hiroshima at Tenpuku Stadium

Canceled due to rain.

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[10/22/2014] Rakuten Eagles: Coaching changes/additions

by on Oct.22, 2014 @ 11:35 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles announced the following changes to the coaching staff on Wednesday:

Coach Old Position New Position
Takamura, Hiroshi Ni-gun pitching coach Ichi-gun pitching coach
Sakai, Tsutomu Ni-gun chief pitching coach Ni-gun manager
Nimura, Toru Ichi-gun chief coach Ni-gun chief coach
Yonemura, Osamu Ichi-gun outfield/base coach Ni-gun fielders coach
Moriyama, Ryoji Ichi-gun pitching coach Ni-gun pitching coach

The Eagles also announced the addition of Tadaharu Sakai (44) as Ni-gun infield/base coach

Source: official announcement, official announcement

[10/22/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters to part ways with S. Akada, Ni-gun pitching coach T. Kato

by on Oct.22, 2014 @ 11:17 pm, under NPB
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The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they are parting ways with Shogo Akada (34). Akada does not plan on retiring and will try to sign with another team.

The Fighters also announced that they were not going to offer Ni-gun pitching coach Takeharu Kato a contract for the 2015 season.

Source: official announcement, official announcement, Sports Hochi 10/22/2014

[10/22/2104] Nikkan Sports Mock Draft from October 12

by on Oct.22, 2014 @ 10:27 pm, under NPB
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Nikkan Sports posted a Mock Draft on October 12. Names are constantly changing for each team, so what you see here may not be completely current, but provide a decent representation of which players are hot. I will continue to post more on the draft up until the start tomorrow.

First Round

  1. Yakult - Anraku, Tomohiro
  2. Rakuten - Arihara > Matsumoto > Shimabukuro, Yosuke
  3. Chunichi - Kato, Takayuki
  4. Seibu - Anraku > Matsumoto, Yuki
  5. Yokohama - Takahashi, Kona
  6. Lotte - Takahama, Yuto
  7. Hiroshima - Arihara, Kohei
  8. Nippon Ham - Arihara > Matsumoto > Asama, Daiki
  9. Hanshin - Yamazaki, Yasuaki
  10. Orix - Yamasaki, Sachiya
  11. Yomiuri - Arihara > Okamoto, Kazuma
  12. Softbank - Nakamura, Shogo

Second Round

  1. Yakult - Takagi, Ban
  2. Rakuten - Watanabe, Yuta
  3. Chunichi - Nomura, Ryosuke
  4. Seibu - Yokoyama, Yuya
  5. Yokohama - Ishizaki, Tsuyoshi
  6. Lotte - Ono, Fumiya
  7. Hiroshima - Kurihara, Ryoya
  8. Nippon Ham - Tone, Chiaki
  9. Hanshin - Sano, Yasuo
  10. Orix - Katsuki, Kazuya
  11. Yomiuri - Horie, Atsuya
  12. Softbank - Egoshi, Taiga

Third Round

  1. Softbank - Yamakawa, Koji
  2. Yomiuri - Tanaka, Eisuke
  3. Orix - Kuramoto, Toshihiko
  4. Hanshin - Kazahari, Ren
  5. Nippon Ham - Hamada, Tomohiro
  6. Hiroshima - Fukuchi, Motoharu
  7. Lotte - Iwasa, Kaito
  8. Yokohama - Takeshita, Shingo
  9. Seibu - Wakimoto, Naoto
  10. Chunichi - Shimizu, Yushi
  11. Rakuten - Tada, Daisuke
  12. Yakult - Nohira, Hiroki

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014

[10/22/2014] 2014 NPB Free Agent List

by on Oct.22, 2014 @ 6:50 pm, under NPB
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The NPB posted a list of eighty-eight players with free agent options (up from eighty last year).

  • Domestic options earned this year: 23
  • International options earned this year: 16 (8 re-earned)
  • Options with injury exceptions: 1

Players will have seven business days, which excludes the weekend and holidays) after the end of the Nippon Series to exercise their options. Negotiations can begin the day after players are officially listed as free agents by the NPB.

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[10/22/2014] 2014 Tokyo Dome MVP: Tomoyuki Sugano

by on Oct.22, 2014 @ 5:01 pm, under NPB
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The 2014 Tokyo Dome Award went to Tomoyuki Sugano. Sugano went 5-1 with two complete games and an ERA of 2.34 while pitching at Tokyo Dome this year.

Tatsunori Hara was presented the Tokyo Dome Special Award for his part in successfully guiding the team to a first place finish during the team's 80th anniversary season. The Yomiuri Giants went 38-24-1 in sixty-three games at Tokyo Dome this year.

Source: official announcement, official announcement

[10/21/2014] Rumors: Yoshihisa Naruse (Lotte), Alfredo Despaigne

by on Oct.22, 2014 @ 2:55 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers could be shifting their attention to Yoshihisa Naruse because they believe their chances of landing Chihiro Kaneko are slim to none (Kaneko could end up staying with Orix, or could exercise his FA option, but may not have any interest in Hanshin). Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are planning to offer Kei Igawa a contract for the 2015 season. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014

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Alfredo Despaigne

  • Lotte official Nobuhira Hayashi flew to Cuba a few days ago to begin discussions for the 2015 season
  • Despaigne is interested in returning to Lotte next year
  • A number of NPB teams are looking into Despaigne, including the Yomiuri Giants and Orix Buffaloes

Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014

[10/21/2014] Seibu Lions: Uniform Number Assignments/Changes

by on Oct.22, 2014 @ 1:02 am, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced the following uniform number assignments/changes on Tuesday:

  • Ichi-gun Manager Norio Tanabe - 90
  • Ichi-gun Hitting coach Masahiro Abe - 76
  • Ichi-gun Pitching coach Yoshihiro Doi - 72
  • Ni-gun Pitching coach Shinji Mori - 89
  • Toshihiro Iwao - from 12 to 31
  • Ryo Sakata - from 31 to 88
  • Tatsuya Takeno - from 90 to 79

Source: official announcement