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[10/21/2015] Yokohama Bay Stars: Alex Ramirez’s press conference on October 21

by on Oct.22, 2015 @ 12:06 am, under NPB
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The Bay Stars held a press conference at Yokohama hotel earlier today to introduce Alex Ramirez as their newest manager.

Some notes:

  • Over ten television cameras and about 120 members of the media covered the press conference.
  • President Juni Ikeda and general manager Shigeru Takada were also in attendance.
  • He felt the timing of the offer might have been a little early (he imagined gaining more experience through coaching), but is still happy about the opportunity and has confidence he can become a good manager.
  • The oranization expects him to aim for a championship, beginning in his first year. He expects no less from himself and feels no pressure.
  • He likes Yoshitomo Tsutsugo and Takayuki Kajitani and feels he can build a team around them.
  • With all the youth, he wants to build a agressive team. He knows the team has a lot of speed and not a lot of power. He wants to put together a more balances team.
  • He does not plan on doing any of his performances inside the stadium. He would rather see the players continue his tradition. He might do some performances outside of the stadium.
  • He wants to be the kind of manager that spends a lot of time communicating with his players. He also wants to help players build up mental strength.
  • He first started thinking about becoming a manager when he was a member of the Yomiuri Giants. The feelings really grew when he joined the Yokohama Bay Stars because he was able to learn a lot. He also felt, for the first time, that he could make use of his various experiences.
  • He is not too worried about the language barrier because he can speak Japanese fairly well. He does plan to use an interpreter, but only for issues concerning strategy and details.
  • He will be attending the draft on October 22. If the is a draw for the first round draft pick, he will be the one to pull the ticket from the box. He plans to use his right hand because he believes it has powers.
  • He would like to called "Rami-chan kantoku."
  • He has been assigned the uniform number 80.
  • He agreed to a two-year deal with a yearly salary of about seventy miillion yen.

Source: Sponichi 10/21/2015, Sponichi 10/21/2015, Sponichi 10/21/2015, Daily Sports 10/21/2015, Daily Sports 10/21/2015 (questions/answers), Sports Hochi 10/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/21/2015, Tokyo Sports 10/21/2015

Other notes from earlier reports:

  • Head coach Tatsuya Shindo will most likely keep his position. Source: Sanspo 10/21/2015
  • Ramirez has asked the organization to give Akimitsu Ito a job on the staff. Ito was a pitching coach and then a head coach when Ramirez played for the Yakult Swallows. The Swallows have offered Ito a front office position. It is uncertain if he will be available. Source: Sanspo 10/21/2015
  • The Bay Stars selected Ramirez because he understood and accepted the team's direction. They also liked the passion he brought to the table. Source: Sanspo 10/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/21/2015, Sponichi 10/21/2015
  • General manager Shigeru Takada is in charge of selecting the coaching staff. Source: Sanspo 10/21/2015
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[10/19/2015] Yokohama Bay Stars set to name Alex Ramirez their new manager

by on Oct.19, 2015 @ 9:27 am, under NPB
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According to a number of report, the Yokohama Bay Stars are on their way to announcing Alex Ramirez as their new manager. The Bay Stars were looking for three things in their candidates: someone that could continue what Kiyoshi Nakahata started, someone with ties to Yokohama, and someone with coaching experience. Ramirez filled all three requirements to some degree. Yokohama is also planning to hire coaches that can provide Ramirez with support in his first year.

The Bay Stars could hold a press conference to announce the hiring as early as today.

Sanspo is reporting that the two sides may have agreed to a two-year deal worth some where in the neighborhood of seventy million yen a year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/19/2015, NHK 10/19/2015, Daily Sports 10/19/2015, Sponichi 10/19/2015, Sanspo 10/19/2015

[10/19 @ 2:28pm]

The Bay Stars have posted an official announcement of their decision to go with Ramirez.

Source: official announcement

[10/20 @ 7:44am]

The Bay Stars are scheduled to hold a press conference for Ramirez at a hotel in Yokohama on October 21.

Source: ZakZak 10/19/2015

[10/14/2014] Gunma Diamond Pegasus: Alex Ramirez announces decision to retire

by on Oct.14, 2014 @ 10:32 pm, under Independent
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The Gunma Diamond Pegasus posted a message from Alex Ramirez addressing fans about his decision to retire after playing ten years in the United States and fourteen in Japan. If I have the time, I'll try to translate his message. For those that can read Japanese: アレックス・ラミレス選手からのメッセージ (link to the Gunma website).

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[10/6/2014] Alex Ramirez planning to retire after the season

by on Oct.06, 2014 @ 3:54 pm, under NPB
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The media has learned that forty-year-old Alex Ramirez is planning to retire at the end of the season. An announcement will most likely be made within the next few days. Ramirez signed with the Gunma Diamond Pegasus this season as a player / hitting coach. In forty-five games with Gunma, he went 58-for-190 with thirteen doubles, seven home runs, thirty-eight RBI. He apparently decided to retire after he failed to catch interest with NPB teams this year.

Ramirez blasted 379 home runs and recorded 2,017 hits while playing for Yakult, Yomiuri, and Yokohama between 2001 and 2013. He won two home run titles (2003, 2010), one batting title (2009), and led the league in RBI four times (2003, 2007, 2008, 2010. He made Best Nine four times (2003, 2007, 2008, 2009) and was selected to the All-Star team eight times (2002, 2003, 2007-2012).

Source: Sponichi 10/6/2014, Sponichi 10/6/2014

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[4/7/2014] Sports Hochi: Seibu Lions looking into Alex Ramirez

by on Apr.07, 2014 @ 11:35 pm, under NPB
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According to a report by Sports Hochi, the Seibu Lions want a little more pop and are looking into Alex Ramirez as a possible option to bat fifth in their line-up.  A decision on whether or not to sign him could be made within the next few days, after officials have had a chance to watch him play.

The Lions were originally hoping to have Takeya Nakamura on the active roster at the start of the regular season, but back tightness slowed his return.  Hopes were also high for Ryo Sakata, but he dislocated his left shoulder while playing in a Ni-gun game last month.

Team officials like Ramirez because they feel he still has enough to provide the offense with the lift it needs and he would not be a defensive liability since they can pencil him in as their everyday designated hitter.  His past connections with Haruki Ihara, from their days with the Yomiuri Giants, should also help ease any transition pains.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/7/2014

[UPDATE 4/8 @ 1:28pm]

The Gunma Diamond Pegasus will play the Ni-gun Yomiuri Giants on Wednesday and Thursday.  The Lions are planning to send scouts to check on Ramirez during the two games.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/8/2014

[UPDATE 4/8 @ 1:41pm]

Team official Haruhiko Suzuki told reporters they were not planning to make any sudden changes to improve the team.

Source: Daily Sports 4/8/2014

[UPDATE 4/10 @ 12:56am]

Ramirez was the starting designated hitter and batted fourth on Wednesday.  He went 1-for-4: F9, 1B9, Fo3, K.  There were 2,443 fans in attendance, up from the average of about 700 for a weekday day game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/9/2014

[UPDATE 4/11 @ 3:27pm]

Ramirez batted fourth as the designated hitter again on Thursday.  He went 2-for-4.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/11/2014

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[2/13/2014] Alex Ramirez signs with BC League’s Gunma Diamond Pegasus

by on Feb.13, 2014 @ 12:14 pm, under Independent
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The BC League announced today that the Gunma Diamond Pegasus will hold a press conference on Friday to introduce Alex Ramirez (39).

Ramirez started his career in Japan with the Yakult Swallows in 2001.  He moved on to the Yomiuri Giants in 2008 and spent the last two seasons with the Yokohama Bay Stars.  In thirteen NPB seasons, Ramirez accumulated 2,017 hits, 379 home runs, and 1,272 RBI.  He led the league in hits three times, home runs two times, and RBIs four times.  Concerns about his defense and his struggles at the plate limited him to just fifty-six games in 2013.

Source: official announcement

[UPDATE 2/14 @ 4:48pm]

Ramirez has been assigned the number three.  He signed on as a player/batting coach.  His monthly salary will be 400,000 yen.  He told reporters money was never an issue for him because he wanted to continue play.  He returned to Japan because he wants to end his career here.

Source: Sponichi 2/14/2014

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[12/1/2013] Nyjer Morgan, Aarom Baldiris, Alex Ramirez, Rakuten Eagles, Yomiuri Giants

by on Dec.01, 2013 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars will leave the lines of communication open with Nyjer Morgan (33), but will also look into pitchers that might be available on the overseas market.  Pitching is a top priority.

Source: Daily Sports 12/1/2013

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Yokohama is looking into Aarom Baldiris.

Source: Sponichi 12/1/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers will meet Seung Hwan Oh at a hotel in Seoul on the 4th to finalize their contract with him.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/1/2013

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GM Katsuhiro Nakamura told reporters negotiations with Yasutomo Kubo were final and that there were no plans to meet again.

Source: Sanspo 12/1/2013

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants will most likely lose two players as compensation for signing Kan Otake and Yasuyuki Kataoka.  The Carp have already expressed an interest in pursing a player plus money as compensation for losing Otake.  The Lions will most likely select a player plus money since they will not gain a lot by selecting only money and they know the Yomiuri system is stacked.

Source: ZakZak 12/1/2013

Softbank Hawks

Shinya Tsuruoka will most likely be assigned the number eight.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/1/2013

Seibu Lions

The Lions are reportedly interested in Alex Ramirez.  They feel he still has enough left in the tank to succeed as a DH or a right-handed bat off the bench.  They also feel he can help players out with hitting advice.  His positive attitude and popularity among fans are big pluses.

Source: Sponichi 12/1/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles have included Andruw Jones and Casey McGehee on their list of reserved players.

Darrell Rasner, Jim Heuser, Kenny Ray, and Brandon Duckworth were left off the list.

Source: Sponichi 12/1/2013

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[9/29/2013] Rumors: Kenichi Nakata, Alex Ramirez

by on Oct.01, 2013 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Kenichi Nakata

The Tigers are planning to look into domestic free agents that require no compensation.  One such player could be Kenichi Nakata -- he earned his domestic option in August and will be a C level free agent.

Source: Daily Sports 10/1/2013

The Yakult Swallows are also said to be interested in Nakata.

Source: Sanspo 10/1/2013

Alex Ramirez

According to a Daily Sports report on Sunday, the Chiba Lotte Marines are planning to look into Alex Ramirez.

The Marines are looking for a right-handed bat that can provide some pop.  They feel Ramirez might fit the bill: they know he can be a liability on defense, but feel he still has enough left in the tank to help the team with his bat.  They also think signing him would be less of a risk than a player that has no experience in the NPB.  Plus, they like his potential marketability.

Source: Daily Sports 9/29/2013