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[11/24/2015] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.25, 2015 @ 8:13 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants announced the addition of two new seating sections at Tokyo Dome: Diamond Box, 160 seats at 1.8 million yen a seat, and Championship Seat, 321 seats at 1.5 million yen a seat. The seats offer special perks, like outlets in the arm rest and concierge service. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Pitching coach Isao Koda is planning to talk to Kyuji Fujikawa at least once during the off-season to get a clearer picture of his condition before coaches sit down to talk about spring camp assignments. Source: Daily Sports 11/23/2015
  • Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi will be a special instructor during spring camp next year. He is planning to work players hard. Source: Sanspo 11/23/2015, Daily Sports 11/23/2015
  • Yutaka Enatsu will be a special instructor for about a week during Ni-gun spring camp next year. He is hoping to spend some quality time speaking to players in small, focused groups (between one to three players). Souce: Sanspo 11/24/2015
  • Yuta Iwasada (24) filed marriage papers with a twenty-four-year-old woman from Yamagata. The two met in January 2013 when Iwasada was a third-year student at Yokohama Shoka University. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/23/2015
  • Kojiro Tanabo, Yuta Iwasada, Naomasa Yokawa, and Shintaro Yokota will be playing winter ball in Taiwan. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2015
  • The Tigers last meeting of the year took place at a hotel in Osaka on November 24. Tomoaki Kanemoto made a speech and said that Takashi Toritani, Kosuke Fukudome, Mauro Gomez, Shintaro Fujinami, Atsushi Nomi, Minoru Iwata, Shinobu Fukuhara, and Randy Messenger were the only players with spots on the active roster next year. Toritani was presented with the Tadashi Wakabayashi Award. Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2015, Sponichi 11/24/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons closed out fall camp on November 23. Source: Daily Sports 11/23/2015
  • Chunichi announced on November 23 that Junki Kishimoto, Tomohiro Hamada, Iori Katsura, Shuhei Takahashi, and Shota Tomonaga will be playing winter ball in Taiwan until late-December. Battery coach Masatoshi Ogawa will be with the group. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2015
  • Kei Nomoto's wife gave birth to twins (a boy and a girl) at a hospital in Nagoya on November 18. The girl weighed 3,208 grams and the boy 2,536 grams. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Hyuma Matsui and Tomo Otosaka are scheduled to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic with Yoshitomo Tsutsugo. They will leave Japan on November 29. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2015
  • Yasuaki Yamasaki will have a chance to work out with Daisuke Miura in Atsugi, Kanagawa next year in January. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2015
  • Kensuke Uchimura has been working out at short since fall practices because he feels it might lead to more playing time. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2015
  • The media learned that Shinji Ohara (30) filed marriage papers with a twenty-four-year-old woman on January 23, 2015. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2015

[11/24/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Nov.25, 2015 @ 8:09 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Ken Okamoto, Ren Kajiya, Seiji Uebayashi, Yusuke Masago, and Masahiro Harimoto are set to play winter ball in Taiwan. They will leave Japan on November 25 and return on December 21. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2015
  • Softbank announced that naming rights for the main stadium at Hawks Baseball Park were sold to Tama Home. The name of the stadium will be Tama Home Stadium Chikugo. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2015
  • The Hawks will be working with Omuta, Fukuoka to help revitalize the region. The organization is planning to hold baseball clinics in the area and invite children from the city to their games. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters announced on November 24 that Shota Ono was named team captain for the 2016 season. He will act as both team captain and player representative chairman next year. Source: official announcement
  • Hirotoshi Masui is tired from the extended season (Premier 12) and would like to rest until mid-December. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are planning to hold spring camp at one location next year (Miyazaki), instead of two (Miyazaki and Kochi). Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camps will also be held in Miyazaki, instead of Miyazaki (Ichi-gun) and Miyakojima (Ni-gun). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Players, coaches, and staff attended the team's last meeting of the year on November 24. Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2015
  • The Eagles began construction to replace the artificial turf at kobo Stadium with natural grass on November 24. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2015
  • Yusuke Nishimiya (24) is planning to file marriage papers with a twenty-four-year-old woman from Miyagi before the end of the year. The two met in October last year, started dating in December, and moved into the same apartment in Sendai last month. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2015

[11/24/2015] 2015 NPB Best Nine (Includes Vote Totals)

by on Nov.24, 2015 @ 6:41 pm, under NPB

Central League

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Team Times
P 前田 健太 Maeda, Kenta Hiroshima 3
C 中村 悠平 Nakamura, Yuhei Yakult 1
1B 畠山 和洋 Hatakeyama, Kazuhiro Yakult 1
2B 山田 哲人 Yamada, Tetsuto Yakult 2
3B 川端 慎吾 Kawabata, Shingo Yakult 1
SS 鳥谷  敬 Toritani, Takashi Hanshin 6
OF 筒香 嘉智 Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo Yokohama 1
OF 福留 孝介 Fukudome, Kosuke Hanshin 4
OF 平田 良介 Hirata, Ryosuke Chunichi 1

Pacific League

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Team Times
P 大谷 翔平 Otani, Shohei Nippon Ham 1
C 炭谷銀仁朗 Sumitani, Ginjiro Seibu 1
1B 中田  翔 Nakata, Sho Nippon Ham 1 (2 OF)
2B 田中 賢介 Tanaka, Kensuke Nippon Ham 6
3B 中村 剛也 Nakamura, Takeya Seibu 5 (1 DH)
SS 中島 卓也 Nakashima, Takuya Nippon Ham 1
OF 秋山 翔吾 Akiyama, Shogo Seibu 1
OF 柳田 悠岐 Yanagita, Yuki Softbank 2
OF 清田 育宏 Kiyota, Ikuhiro Lotte 1
DH 李  大浩 Lee, Dae-Ho Softbank 1 (1 1B)

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[11/23/2015] Yakult Swallows unveil 2016 uniforms

by on Nov.23, 2015 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows unveiled their 2016 uniforms by Majestic during Fan Festival 2015.

  • 2016 home uniforms - red, white, and blue ribbing around the collar and sleeve, based off 1974 Yakult uniform designs. Thin red pinstriped with more space in between.
  • 2016 road uniforms - green from the alternate uniforms used for letters, numbers, and highlights. Navy, white, and green ribbing around the collar and sleeve. Yakult in script across the front.
  • 2016 crew uniform - blue, white, and red ribbing around the collar and sleeve. Red for letters and numbers.

Source: official announcement (images taken from official site)

[11/23/2015] Orix Buffaloes unveil 2016 uniforms

by on Nov.23, 2015 @ 11:36 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes unveiled their 2016 uniforms during Fan Festa 2015 earlier today.

  • 2016 home uniforms - no change
  • 2016 road uniforms - uniform top will change from grey to navy (the same color as the 2015 alternate uniforms)
  • The alternate uniforms will remain the same color, but will use Fighting Red for highlights.

They also announced that they signed a cap sponsorship deal with Loyalty Marketing. The Ponta logo will appear on the right side of player caps for the 2016 season.

Source: official announcement, official announcement (images taken from official site)

[11/23/2015] NPB Rumor Mill for the week ending on November 29

by on Nov.23, 2015 @ 11:13 pm, under NPB

NPB rumor mill for the week ending on November 29.


  • Ray, Mickolio, and Wheeler to return to Rakuten in 2016.
  • Yokohama senryokugai Atori Ota to sign minor league deal with San Diego Padres.
  • Dragons may be close to finalizing deals with Dayan Viciedo and Jordan Norberto.
  • Hanshin could be close to finalizing a deal with Toru Murata.
  • Maeda meets Carp official, tells him he wants to be posted.
  • Softbank's Matsuda met Padres on November 23.
  • Seibu closing in on a deal with Andy Van Hekken; purchase contract from Nexen Heroes.

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[11/23/2015] Yomiuri Giants introduce 2015 Draft Class

by on Nov.23, 2015 @ 10:43 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants 2015 Draft Class

The Giants introduced their 2015 draft class to fans during Giants FanFesta 2015 earlier today.

Ord Uni Name DOB HT/WT POS T/B Level Contract Bonus
1 21 桜井 俊貴
Sakurai, Toshiki
1993/10/21 181/82 P R/R Ritsumeikan University 15.00M 100.00M / 50.00M
2 43 重信 慎之介
Shigenobu, Shinnosuke
1993/04/17 173/70 OF R/L Waseda University 12.00M 75.00M
3 46 與那原 大剛
Yonahara, Hirotaka
1998/03/09 190/89 P R/R Futenma High School 6.00M 50.00M
4 52 宇佐見 真吾
Usami, Shingo
1993/06/04 181/87 C R/L Josai Kokusai University 8.00M 45.00M
5 56 山本 泰寛
Yamamoto, Yasuhiro
1993/10/10 176/76 INF R/R Keio Gijuku University 8.00M 40.00M
6 93 巽 大介
Tatsumi, Daisuke
1997/04/26 183/84 P L/L Iwakura High School 5.40M 20.00M
7 91 中川 皓太
Nakagawa, Kota
1994/02/24 183/83 P L/L Tokai University 8.00M 30.00M
8 69 松崎 啄也
Matsuzaki, Takuya
1992/01/20 174/90 INF R/R Nippon Seishi Ishigaki 8.00M 30.00M
I1 015 増田 大輝
Masuda, Daiki
1993/07/29 172/65 INF R/R Tokushima Indigo Socks 2.40M 3.00M
I2 016 小林 大誠
Kobayashi, Daisei
1994/01/15 180/82 C R/L Musashi Heat Bears 2.40M 3.00M
I3   松澤 裕介
Matsuzawa, Yusuke
1992/07/01 181/83 OF L/L Kagawa Olive Guyners xxxx xxxx
I4 018 田島 洸成
Tajima, Kosei
1996/07/13 175/78 INF R/L Musashi Heat Bears 2.40M 3.00M
I5 019 大竹 秀義
Otake, Hideyoshi
1988/07/26 180/87 P R/R Musashi Heat Bears 2.40M 3.00M
I6 020 山下 篤郎
Yamashita, Atsuro
1998/02/24 178/82 P L/L Chinzei High School 2.40M 3.00M
I7 021 矢島 陽平
Yajima, Yohei
1990/06/16 179/82 P R/R Musashi Heat Bears 2.40M 3.00M
I8 022 長谷川 潤
Hasegawa, Jun
1991/06/15 186/74 P R/R Ishikawa Million Stars 2.40M 3.00M

Salaries are estimates made by the media.

Matsuzawa declined the Giants.

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[11/22/2015] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Nov.23, 2015 @ 12:56 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows closed out Matsuyama fall camp on November 21. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2015
  • The media learned on November 21 that Shingo Kawabata will become the Swallows' next player representative chairman. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2015

Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants closed out Miyazaki fall camp on November 20. Source: Chunichi Sports 11/21/2015
  • Keigo Tahara threw a total 1,105 pitches during fall camp camp (only pitcher during camp to throw more than 1,000 pitches). Katsuhiko Kumon tossed a bullpen session everyday during fall camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2015
  • The media learned on November 21 that Toru Anan (31) filed marriage papers with a twenty-five-year-old woman this past spring. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tomoaki Kanemoto is planning to send Tsuyoshi Nishioka to the outfield (or any other position he is capable of playing) if he is unable to win the job at second base. Yamato Maeda, Hiroki Uemoto, and Fumiya Araki could be his main competition at second. Source: Sanspo 11/21/2015, Sponichi 11/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/21/2015
  • The only players that currently have a spot in the opening day line-up, with no guarantees, are Takashi Toritani, Mauro Gomez, and Kosuke Fukudome. Source: Daily Sports 11/21/2015
  • The following ten players are planning a two-day training session at Athlete (gym) in Hiroshima: Hayata Ito, Ryutaro Umeno, Taiga Egoshi, Fumiya Hojo, Kai Ueda, Hiroaki Saiuchi, Ryoma Matsuda, Tsuyoshi Ishizaki, Koki Moriya, and sixth round draft pick Yutaro Itayama. Six trainers from the team will also be present. Kanemoto is planning to drop in as well. Source: Daily Sports 11/21/2015
  • Minoru Iwata donated 920,000 yen to the Japan IDDM Network (Type 1 Diabetes) -- 100,000 yen for each of his eight victories this year plus 120,000 yen in sales of various merchandise. Source: Daily Sports 11/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/21/2015
  • The Tigers will hold a press conference for Kyuji Fujikawa at a hotel in Osaka on November 24. Source: Sanpso 11/21/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Intra-squad game on November 20: Aren Kuri tossed two shutout innings for the Whites. He did not allow any hits and struck out three in a row in the 3rd inning. He did walk a batted in the 4th. Source: Daily Sports 11/21/2015 ... Kazuki Yabuta was one of the starters. He tossed two shutout innings and did not allow any hits. Source: Daily Sports 11/21/2015
  • The Carp closed out Nichinan fall camp on November 21. Source: Daily Sports 11/21/2015

[11/22/2015] Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Nov.23, 2015 @ 12:44 am, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes closed out Kochi fall camp on November 20. Junichi Fukura selected Shunta Goto as his camp MVP. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2015
  • The Buffaloes are planning to increase the number of intra-squad games they play during spring camp next year. They could play ten to eleven intra-squad/practice games next year, up from the seven they played during spring camp this year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2015

[11/22/2015] DeNA to start takeover bid for Yokohama Stadium Co., Ltd.

by on Nov.23, 2015 @ 12:37 am, under NPB
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DeNA has decided to acquire Yokohma Stadium Co., Ltd. in a takeover bid. They currently own 400,000 of the 6,960,000 outstanding shares in the company (5.74%). They will attempt to gain a majority of the shares with an offer of 1,500 per share between November 24, 2015 and January 20, 2016.

DeNA is hoping to accomplish three things by acquiring the stadium.

  1. They want to put down roots in Yokohama and show the city and fans they are serious about staying.
  2. They have big plans for their vision of creating a Community Ballpark and want to move fast (like changing the color of the orange seats to blue and converting the artificial turf to natural grass).
  3. They want to streamline operations (no more sharing of gate receipts and advertising revenue) and improve their chances at making a profit.

Source: Daily Sports 11/21/2015, Daily Sports 11/20/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/20/2015, Sponichi 11/21/2015, Sponichi 11/20/2015, Sanspo 11/21/2015, Sanspo 11/20/2015