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[10/22/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 10:41 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions announced on Tuesday that Takeya Nakamura and Shogo Akiyama had surgery to clean out their right elbows at a hospital in Yokohama. Both players are not expected to miss spring camp next year. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Naoki Miyanishi has a stress fracture in his left shin. He was taken off the active roster on September 30 with discomfort in his left shin. He was examined at a hospital, but never got the diagnosis because he thought it might put a damper on his motivation. He returned to the active roster on the 11th without knowing what was wrong with his shin. Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2014, Sponichi 10/22/2014
  • Michael Crotta left for the United States out of Shin Chitose Airport on Wednesday. He will most likely return next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2014
  • There is a good chance Shohei Otani will see a large increase in salary. He could join Daisuke Matsuzaka as the only pitchers out of high school to top the 100 million yen mark in their third year. Source: Sponichi 10/22/2014 ... Otani currently weighs ninety-three kilograms. He is hoping to push his weight to 100 kilograms. Source: Sports Hochi 10/23/2014
  • The Fighters believe forty-five-year-old catcher/battery coach Satoshi Nakajima still has something to contribute as a player. They have asked him to remain active. He will most likely comply. Nakajima has been a player/coach since 2007. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2014
  • Hideki Kuriyama visited the Tokyo Nippon Ham branch on Tuesday. He met team owner Hiroshi Kobayashi and provided him with a report on the 2014 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014

[10/23/2014] 2014 Draft: People that will most likely be in charge of lottery draws

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 9:05 am, under NPB
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Below is a list of the people that will most likely be in charge of lottery draws in the 1st round.

[10/23/2014] Nikkan Sports First Round Draft Predictions (now with alternate picks)

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 8:48 am, under NPB
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Nikkan Sports First Round Draft Predictions

Team Name JPN Name ENG Affiliation Pos
Yakult Swallows 安楽 智大 Anraku, Tomohiro Saibi High School P
         
Yokhama Bay Stars 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University P
  浜田 智博 Hamada, Tomohiro Kyushu Sangyo University P
Chunichi Dragons 山崎 康晃 Yamasaki, Yasuaki Asia University P
         
Hiroshima Carp 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University P
  小野 郁 Ono, Fumiya Nishi Nippon Tankidaigaku Fuzoku High School P
Hanshin Tigers 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University P
  風張 蓮 Kazahari, Ren Tokyo Nogyo University Hokkaido P
Yomiuri Giants 岡本 和真 Okamoto, Kazuma Chiben Gakuen High School INF
  小野 郁 Ono, Fumiya Nishi Nippon Tankidaigaku Fuzoku High School P
Rakuten Eagles 岡本 和真 Okamoto, Kazuma Chiben Gakuen High School INF
  小野 郁 Ono, Fumiya Nishi Nippon Tankidaigaku Fuzoku High School P
Seibu Lions 髙橋 光成 Takahashi, Kona Maebashi Ikuei High School P
         
Chiba Lotte Marines 横山 雄哉 Yokoyama, Yuya Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Kashima P
         
Nippon Ham Fighters 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University P
  小野 郁 Ono, Fumiya Nishi Nippon Tankidaigaku Fuzoku High School P
Orix Buffaloes 山崎 福也 Yamasaki, Sachiya Meiji University P
  佐野 泰雄 Sano, Yasuo Heisei Kokusai University P
Softbank Hawks 松本 裕樹 Matsumoto, Yuki Morioka Daigaku Fuzoku High School P
         

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/23/2014, Nikkan Sports Paper 10/23/2014

[10/23/2014] Sanspo First Round Draft Predictions (now with alternate picks)

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 6:51 am, under NPB
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Sanspo First Round Draft Predictions

Team Name JPN Name ENG Affiliation Pos
Yakult Swallows 安楽 智大 Anraku, Tomohiro Saibi High School P
  竹下 真吾 Takeshita, Shingo Yamaha P
Yokhama Bay Stars 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University P
  松本 裕樹 Matsumoto, Yuki Morioka Daigaku Fuzoku High School P
Chunichi Dragons 山崎 康晃 Yamasaki, Yasuaki Asia University P
  竹下 真吾 Takeshita, Shingo Yamaha P
Hiroshima Carp 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University P
  小野 郁 Ono, Fumiya Nishi Nippon Tankidaigaku Fuzoku High School P
Hanshin Tigers 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University P
  石田 健大 Ishida, Kenta Hosei University P
Yomiuri Giants 岡本 和真 Okamoto, Kazuma Chiben Gakuen High School INF
  松本 裕樹 Matsumoto, Yuki Morioka Daigaku Fuzoku High School P
Rakuten Eagles 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University P
  松本 裕樹 Matsumoto, Yuki Morioka Daigaku Fuzoku High School P
Seibu Lions 髙橋 光成 Takahashi, Kona Maebashi Ikuei High School P
  佐野 泰雄 Sano, Yasuo Heisei Kokusai University P
Chiba Lotte Marines 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University P
  竹下 真吾 Takeshita, Shingo Yamaha P
Nippon Ham Fighters 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University P
  山崎 福也 Yamasaki, Sachiya Meiji University P
Orix Buffaloes 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University P
  山崎 福也 Yamasaki, Sachiya Meiji University P
Softbank Hawks 安楽 智大 Anraku, Tomohiro Saibi High School P
  小野 郁 Ono, Fumiya Nishi Nippon Tankidaigaku Fuzoku High School P

Source: Sanspo 10/23/2014 (Pacific League), Sanspo 10/23/2014 (Central League), Sanspo Paper 10/23/2014

[10/22/2014] ZakZak First Round Draft Predictions

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 3:45 am, under NPB
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ZakZak First Round Draft Predictions

Team Name JPN Name ENG Affiliation Age Pos
Yakult Swallows 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University 22 P
Rakuten Eagles 安楽 智大 Anraku, Tomohiro Saibi High School 17 P
Yokhama Bay Stars 山崎 福也 Yamasaki, Sachiya Meiji University 22 P
Seibu Lions 髙橋 光成 Takahashi, Kona Maebashi Ikuei High School 17 P
Chunichi Dragons 野村 亮介 Nomura, Ryosuke Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Yokohama 21 P
Chiba Lotte Marines 山崎 康晃 Yamazaki, Yasuaki Asia University 22 P
Hiroshima Carp 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University 22 P
Nippon Ham Fighters 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University 22 P
Hanshin Tigers 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Waseda University 22 P
Orix Buffaloes 安楽 智大 Anraku, Tomohiro Saibi High School 17 P
Yomiuri Giants 岡本 和真 Okamoto, Kazuma Chiben Gakuen High School 18 INF
Softbank Hawks 髙橋 光成 Takahashi, Kona Maebashi Ikuei High School 17 P

Source: ZakZak 10/22/2014

[10/22/2014] Hiroyuki Kobayashi announces decision to retire

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 3:23 am, under NPB
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Hiroyuki Kobayashi posted a message on his Facebook account announcing his decision to retire.

Thank you for allowing me to play for the Chiba Lotte Marines, Hanshin Tigers, Anaheim Angels, Gunma Diamond Pegasus, Shinano Grandserows, and Seibu Lions.

I was able to lead a career without any regrets because I had the support of a lot of people.

I would now like to take on the challenge of learning more about baseball by experiencing it from different angles.

To everyone that supported Kobayashi Hiroyuki through the years, thank you very much.

Thank you.

And I look forward to your support in the time to come.

Source: Facebook via Sponichi 10/22/2014

[10/22/2014] SMBC Nippon Series 2014: Broadcast schedule and tickets

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 1:20 am, under NPB
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Date Gm Venue Channel
10/25 Sat 1 Koshien Stadium Asahi Hoso
10/26 Sun 2 Koshien Stadium TBS / NHK-BS
10/28 Tue 3 YafuOku Dome TV Asahi / NHK-BS
10/29 Wed 4 YafuOku Dome Fuji TV / NHK-BS
10/30 Thu 5 YafuOku Dome TBS / NHK-BS
11/01 Sat 6 Koshien Stadium Fuji TV / NHK-BS
11/02 Sun 7 Koshien Stadium Nippon TV / NHK-BS

Source: official announcement

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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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