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[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] Ichiro Suzuki, Yu Darvish, Fumimasa Ishibashi

by on Jan.26, 2015 @ 11:11 pm, under MLB
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Ichiro Suzuki agreed to a one-year deal with the Miami Marlins. From CBSSports.com:

The Marlins have agreed to terms with free-agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki on Friday, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirms. Craig Mish of MLB Network Radio first reported the deal. According to Heyman, he'll receive $2 million in 2015.

Suzuki, 41, will serve as Miami's fourth outfielder, behind Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich.

Source: CBSSports.com 1/23/2015

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Yu Darvish's elbow is fine, from MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan:

... "This offseason I was able to work on my strength program and my training is going well right now," Darvish said Friday while making a rare public appearance at the Rangers Awards Dinner in Dallas.

It was the first time that Darvish has spoken publicly since he was shut down at the end of the season with mild inflammation in his right elbow. His last start was on Aug. 9 against the Astros, and right now he is throwing off flat ground. Darvish won't go off a mound until the beginning of February, but so far everything has gone well.

"My elbow feels fine and I am able to throw on my throwing program," Darvish said.

... "He's right on schedule," Daniels said. "I think Darvish is very in tune with his body as much as anybody and knows how he's feeling. He's very confident. Like any of these guys, until they're out there you're always going to have some reservation, but that's the worrywart in me. From all the information we have, I'm encouraged. He's basically been cleared to do just about everything."

Source: MLB.com 1/26/2015

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Former Yomiuri Giant and Rakuten Eagle John Bowker signed minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants. Source: Baseball America 1/24/2015

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Fumimasa Ishibashi will be a part of the coaching staff with the Ogden Raptors this year. Source: MLB.com Source: 1/13/2015

[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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[1/26/2015] Rakuten Eagles reach agreements with Kenny Ray and Jim Heuser

by on Jan.26, 2015 @ 5:28 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they reached agreements with Kenny Ray (40) and Jim Heuser (30). Ray was assigned the number 42 and Heuser 97. According to Daily Sports, both pitchers agreed to one-year deals worth an estimated twelve million yen. Ray is slated to arrive in Japan on the 28th, Heuser on the 29th.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 1/26/2015

[1/26/2015] 2015 NPB Team Slogans

by on Jan.26, 2015 @ 5:27 pm, under NPB
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Team Phrase Date
Hiroshima Carp 常昇魂 (じょうしょうだましい) Red Rising 11/23/2014 (official announcement)
Chunichi Dragons 強竜再燃 (きょうりゅうさいねん) stand hard 12/12/2014 (official announcement)
Yomiuri Giants Show The Spirit~新成 (しんせい) 12/19/2014 (official announcement)
Rakuten Eagles 一致団結 (いっちだんけつ) Smart & Spirit 2015 01/21/2015 (official announcement)
Hanshin Tigers Go for the Top as One 01/09/2015 (official announcement)
Seibu Lions ガチ!マジ!LIONS 2015 12/26/2014 (official announcement)
Chiba Lotte Marines 翔破 (しょうは) 熱く! 勇ましく!! 泥臭く!!! 12/31/2014 (official announcement)
Yokohama Bay Stars 導 (みちびく) 01/05/2015 (official announcement)
Softbank Hawks 熱男(アツオ) 01/16/2015 (official announcement)
Orix Buffaloes 輝氣(かがやき)2015 輝こう、一緒に。 01/18/2015 (official announcement)
Yakult Swallows つばめ改革(かいかく) 01/20/2015 (official announcement)
Nippon Ham Fighters EZOlution 01/26/2014 (official announcement) 

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Japan Amateur Baseball Association - 燃えろ社会人野球!~手に汗握る瞬間・感動をあなたのもとへ~ - Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2015