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[1/27/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.28, 2015 @ 3:30 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hayato Sakamoto delayed his trip to Miyazaki on Tuesday because of some light tightness in his lower back. Sakamoto first started feeling some discomfort in his back while training in Guam. The condition does not appear to be serious. He is expected to join the team by the 31st. Source: Sponichi 1/27/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Matt Murton arrived at Kansai Airport on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015
  • The Tigers are not sure when Mauro Gomez will be arriving in Japan. He was originally scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, but that plan fell through after his passport was stolen (someone broke into his car and took a bag that contained his passport). Hanshin is still hoping he can make it to Okinawa by the 31st. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015, Daily Sports 1/27/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami threw about twenty warm-up pitches to a standing catcher before throwing thirty-six pitches, including the curve, slider, and cutter, to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday. It was his first session of the year. Ryutaro Umeno caught Fujinami. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015, Chunichi Sports 1/27/2015, Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • Seung-Hwan Oh arrived at Kansai Airport on Tuesday. Oh will be in the final year of a two-year deal. He told reporters that he felt good, better than last year. He is currently able to throw at distances between eighty and ninety meters. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015, Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki is planning to only throw fastballs during his bullpen sessions until he starts to hit the corners with frequency. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • Third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi swung at thirty-pitches during live batting practice on Tuesday. It was his first live session since joining the Tigers. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015
  • Uemno is planning to use a Tomoaki Kanemoto model bat this season after swinging a few different types during a meeting with SSK in December. He picked the Kanemoto bat because he liked the grip. Source: Chunichi Sports 1/27/2015
  • Takashi Toritani could become the target of more advertising deals after all the exposure he got this off-season. He could make upwards of about seventy million yen per deal. Source: ZakZak 1/27/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Jesus Guzman, Kris Johnson, and Mike Zagurski arrived at Narita Airport on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • Ryuji Ichioka will be using a green glove this season. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015 ... Ichioka threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher on the 25th. Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • Allen Kuri, Jumpei Ono, Takaya Toda, Shota Nakazaki, and Ichioka all tossed bullpen sessions with squatting catchers. For Kuri, it was his third session in as many days. Nakazaki threw thirty-five pitches, including a forkball he has been working on. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • The Carp unveiled about 330 new products for the 2015 season to the media on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015, Team Shop

Chunichi Dragons

  • Second round draft pick Tomohiro Hamada threw thirty-eight pitches, all fastballs, to a squatting catcher on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki threw ninety-two pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday. It was his tenth session since the start of rookie training camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015

Yakult Swallows

[1/27/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.28, 2015 @ 3:26 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Nobuhiro Matsuda threw thirty-four pitches off the bullpen mound on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015
  • Yuki Yanagita gave his mother the Mercedes Benz E250 he got for winning the Yanase Softbank Hawks MVP Award. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Takahiro Matsuba threw forty-five pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015
  • Kazumasa Yoshida signed an athlete contract with Nike. Source: Ram Sports Inc ... Yoshida threw about forty pitches in the bullpen on Monday. Source: Sponichi 1/27/2015
  • Hirotoshi Kitagawa will be running a new section at the Orix site called Pei's Time. He will provide news and information about the team from his point of view. The new section will open at 10:00am on February 1. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani will most likely be used as a hitter if he participates in the Samurai Japan international series on March 10 and 11 because he is currently slated to pitch in an exhibition game against Lotte on March 12. Otani might also be limited to being a designated hitter and playing only on the 10th because of rest issues. Source: Sponichi 1/27/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • Ernesto Mejia, Wade LeBlanc, Anthony Seratelli, Esmerling Vásquez, and Miguel Mejia arrived in Japan on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Alejandro Segovia arrived in Japan on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015
  • Yuki Matsui threw thirty-four pitches, including the slider, change, and splitter, to a squatting catcher on Tuesday. It was the first time he threw to a squatting catcher this year. He also threw four splitters, a pitch he learned more about while working out with Masahiro Tanaka earlier this month. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015
  • Wataru Karashima threw about thirty pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015
  • Second round draft pick Fumiya Ono threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher on Monday. He threw at sixty to seventy percent. Tadashi Ishimine caught the session. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015

[1/27/2015] Mizuno to continue manufacturing NPB baseball

by on Jan.28, 2015 @ 12:00 am, under NPB
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The NPB held an "open competition" to find their next baseball manufacturing partner. The media learned earlier today that the league will renew their contract with Mizuno, citing quality, supply capability, and price as reasons for their decision.

The competition began with four suppliers providing the NPB with sample baseballs. The balls where handed out to the twelve NPB teams for testing during the fall camp. A survey helped narrow the field to two companies. After additional discussions the league decided to go with Mizuno.

The NPB is expected to sign a formal agreement after details have been fleshed out.

Source: NHK 1/27/2015

[1/26/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.27, 2015 @ 3:37 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class ended on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/26/2015
  • Kan Otake dropped about six kilograms this off-season. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015
  • Shinnosuke Abe does not plan on taking a catcher's mitt to spring camp. He will be testing out four different kinds of first baseman's mitts. Source: Sponichi 1/26/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryoma Matsuda threw about thirty pitches, including change-ups and sliders, in the bullpen on Sunday. It was his first session at Naruohama this year. Source: Sanspo 1/26/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami packed an acoustic guitar with the rest of his spring camp items. Fujinami started playing after he joined Hanshin to help kill time and relax. He bought the guitar last year. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Daichi Osera threw thirty-six pitches to a standing catcher on Monday. It was his first session of the year. Source: Sanspo 1/26/2015
  • Takaya Toda threw about fifty pitches, including curves, in the bullpen on Monday. It was also his first session of the year. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015
  • Allen Kuri threw fifty pitches to a squatting catcher on Monday. It was his second session in as many days. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/26/2015
  • Keisuke Imai threw thirty pitches to a squatting catcher on Sunday. Imai worked out with Kan Otake in Toyohashi, Aichi from the 17th until the 23rd. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Hector Luna, Anderson Hernandez, Ricardo Nanita, Raul Valdes, Amaury Rivas, and Leandro Mella arrived at Chubu Airport on Sunday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/26/2015
  • The Dragons will spend about 150 million yen on renovations to their indoor training facilities near Nagoya Stadium. Construction began on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

[1/26/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.27, 2015 @ 3:34 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Hayato Terahara threw thirty-nine pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Monday. Source: Sanspo 1/26/2015
  • Shota Oba threw about 200 baseballs into a net on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/26/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • All six pitchers selected in the 2014 draft tossed bullpen sessions on the last day of rookie training camp on Moday. First round draft pick Sachiya Yamasaki threw about seventy pitches. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/26/2015
  • The Buffaloes will be giving Francisco Caraballo a tryout during spring camp between February 1 and 12. Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 1/26/2015
  • Chihiro Kaneko's rehab (right elbow) has been going well. Kaneko played catch at a distance of about forty meters on Sunday. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015, Sports Hochi 1/26/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/26/2015
  • Hiroshi Moriwaki is planning to check on Hiroyuki Nakajima's mobility and range during the first block of spring camp to get a better feel for where he fits in the infield. If Nakajima can play short, Moriwaki could put Eiichi Koyano at third and Takahiro Okada at first. Source: Sponichi 1/26/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Naoyuki Uwasawa threw forty-five pitches to a squatting catcher on Monday. This was his third session in as many days. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/26/2015
  • The Fighters held a staff meeting on Monday to discuss player assignments. Shohei Otani and Yuki Saito were confirmed for Ichi-gun camp. 1st round draft pick Kohei Arihara is currently slated to start the year at Ni-gun spring camp. A complete list of assignements will be released on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015
  • Otani took fifty-five swings during batting practice on Monday and hit two over the fence. Source: Sports Hochi 1/26/2015 ... Otani could pitch in an intra-squad game on February 9. He could then pitch on seven days of rest until opening day. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/26/2015
  • Kensuke Tanaka has his eyes set on the job at second base. Source: Sports Hochi 1/26/2015, Sponichi 1/26/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines announced that Tomoya Satozaki will remain in the organization as a special adviser. Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura took live batting practice on Sunday for the first time since he had surgery on his right elbow in October last year. He took about twenty easy swings. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Second round draft pick Fumiya Ono threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher on Monday. It was his first session of the year. Source: Sports Hochi 1/26/2015
  • Takahiro Norimoto threw eighteen pitches, including curves, to a squatting catcher on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015
  • Miyagi Prefecture announced on Monday that the Eagles economic impact for the 2014 season was estimated at about 21.2 billion yen, more than the 18.7 billion for the 2013 season. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015

[1/26/2015] Yokohama Bay Stars unveil new home uniforms

by on Jan.26, 2015 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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2015 Yokohama Bay Stars Uniform

The Yokohama Bay Stars unveiled new home uniforms for the 2015 season earlier today. Players will begin to wear the uniforms on the first day of spring camp on February 1.

Each uniform also includes a personal slogan, selected by each player individually, on the tag in the collar.

Yokohama also announced uniform sponsorship contracts with three companies this year: Nojima (left sleeve), List (left hip), and Paloma (helmet).

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[1/26/2015] NPB: Farm Championship to take place on October 3

by on Jan.26, 2015 @ 11:29 pm, under NPB
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The NPB released preliminary information for the Fresh All-Star Game, Farm Championship, and Phoenix League this year.

Fresh All-Star Game 2015

  • Date: July 16 (Thursday)
  • Rain Date: July 17 (Friday)
  • Venue: Muscat Stadium (first time)

Farm Championship 2015

  • Date: October 3 (Saturday)
  • Rain Date: October 4 (Sunday)
  • Venue: Kirishima Sun Marine Stadium Miyazaki (fifth time, third in a row)

Miyazaki Phoenix League 2015

  • From October 5 (Monday) through October 26 (Monday)

Source: official announcement

[1/26/2015] Hiroshima signs Danilo DeJesus to an Ikusei contract

by on Jan.26, 2015 @ 11:18 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced today that they signed twenty-seven-year-old Danilo DeJesus to an Ikusei contract. He was assigned the uniform number 144. A report at Sports Hochi mentions that the two side agreed a deal worth 2,310,687 yen with a signing bonus of one million yen. DeJesus was signed out of the organization's baseball academy in the Dominican Republic. Prior to this year, he was a player in training (renshusei).

Source: official announcement, Sports Hochi 1/26/2015, Jiji Press 1/26/2015

[1/26/2015] 2015 Inter-league Schedule

by on Jan.26, 2015 @ 6:05 pm, under NPB
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Notes about the schedule:

  • Six games will be played on opening day. Seibu at Yomiuri, Nippon Ham at Yakult, Orix at Yokohama, Softbank at Chunichi, Rakuten at Hanshin, and Lotte at Hiroshima.
  • One team will play eighteen games, nine at home and nine on the road.
  • There will be a total 108 games.
  • Teams will play either three games on the road or three games at home against each of the six teams in the opposite league.
  • Home teams this year will become road teams next year; road teams this year will become home teams next year.
  • Rain outs will either be played on available

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