The Eastern League released their 2015 schedules today.
Seven teams will play each other eighteen times for a total 108 games.
Yokohama Bay Stars
Nippon Ham Fighters
Chiba Lotte Marines
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).
The NPB released preliminary information for the Fresh All-Star Game, Farm Championship, and Phoenix League this year.
Fresh All-Star Game 2015
Farm Championship 2015
Miyazaki Phoenix League 2015
Source: official announcement
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).
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
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
Former Yomiuri Giant and Rakuten Eagle John Bowker signed minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants. Source: Baseball America 1/24/2015
Fumimasa Ishibashi will be a part of the coaching staff with the Ogden Raptors this year. Source: MLB.com Source: 1/13/2015
Notes about the schedule:
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.
|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)|
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