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[7/19/2015] Mazda All-Star Series 2015: News and Notes

by on Jul.20, 2015 @ 10:26 am, under NPB
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Notes from July 18 and 19:

  • At nineteen years and eleven months, Seibu's Tomoya Mori became just the second player under twenty in NPB history to hit a home run during an All-Star game. The other was former Seibu Lion Kazuhiro Kiyohara (eighteen years and eleven months in 1986, Game 2 and nineteen years and eleven months in 1987, Game 3. Mori recorded the home run as a pinch-hitter. It was the thirty-seventh pitch-hit home run during an All-Star game (set by thirty-four different players), first since Takeshi Yamasaki in 2010 (Game 1). Mori became the youngest of the thirty-four players. The previous record of twenty-two years and seven months was set by Akinobu Okada in 1980 (Game 1).
  • Seibu's Shogo Akiyama notched his first All-Star hit on July 18, a home run off Yokohama's Kenjiro Tanaka in the 5th.
  • Nineteen Seibu players have hit forty-two home runs during All-Star games.
  • At forty years and five months, Hiroshima's Hiroki Kuroda became the fifth pitcher over forty to pitch in an All-Star game, first since Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi in 2008 (Game 1). The record of forty-two years and two months was set by Kimiyasu Kudo in 2005 (Game 2). Kuroda is just the second pitcher over forty to start an All-Star game. The other was Yutaka Ono in 1997 (Game 1). He set a new record for strikeouts by a pitcher over forty with three. The previous record of two was set by Kudo in 2004 and 2005.
  • Hiroshima's Kenta Maeda threw thirty-eight pitches, all fastballs. He has recorded All-Star victories in 2010 (Game 1), 2012 (Game 2), 2014 (Game 1), and 2015 (Game 2).
  • Tsubasa Aizawa's home run in Game 2 was the the thirty-third home run hit by a Hiroshima player during an All-Star game, first since Shota Dobayashi in 2014 (Game 2). It was the first by a Hiroshima catcher and the eighth by a player that batted ninth in the starting line-up (first since Masahiro Araki in 2011, Game 1).
  • Yomiuri's Tatsunori Hara is 8-4-3 during All-Star games as manager. The eight wins is good for a tie with Katsuya Nomura for sixth on the all-time list. Kazuto Tsuruoka sits atop the list with seventeen managerial All-Star victories.

Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2015, Sponichi 7/18/2015, Sponichi 7/19/2015, Sponichi 7/19/2015, Sponichi 7/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/19/2015, Sanspo 7/19/2015, Sanspo 7/19/2015

[7/18/2015] Mazda All-Star Series 2015: Game 2 Home Run Derby Results

by on Jul.18, 2015 @ 6:27 pm, under NPB
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First Match

  • Yuki Yanagita (pitcher: Tetsuhiro Monna) - 2
  • Tetsuto Yamada (pitcher: Yasuaki Yamasaki) - 3

Second Match

  • Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (pitcher: Shinnosuke Abe) - 1
  • Takeya Nakamura (pitcher: Ginjiro Sumitani) - 2

Finals

  • Tetsuto Yamada (pitcher: Yasuaki Yamasaki) - 1*
  • Takeya Nakamura (pitcher: Ginjiro Sumitani) - 1

* Player with the most home run derby fan votes wins tie.

[7/18/2015] Mazda All-Star Series 2015: News and Notes

by on Jul.18, 2015 @ 5:35 pm, under NPB
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Updates from July 18:

  • The Central League recorded sixteen hits against the Pacific League on July 17. It was the sixth time the CL notched sixteen or more hits in a game in NPB history, first since the league bashed out seventeen in 2009 (Game 1). The all-time high of twenty-three was set by the CL in 2001 (Game 2). The all-time high for the PL is eighteen, set in 2014 (Game 2). The CL is 6-0-1 in their last seven Game 1's going back to 2009.
  • Through July 17, Tatsunori Hara is 7-4-3 as manager of the Central League.
  • Yokohama's Jose Lopez became the first Yokohama player to record a modasho during an All-Star game since Seiichi Uchikawa hit four in 2008 (Game 2); and the first foreign Yokohama player to record a modasho since Robert Rose hit three in 19999 (Game 2).
  • Yokohama's Yasuaki Yamasaki arrived about an hour late to the players association meeting on July 17. He also forgot his uniform belt and had to borrow one from the Yomiuri Giants.
  • On July 17, Yokohama's Yoshitomo Tsutsugo became the first player to bat clean-up in his debut All-Star game and record a hit in his very first plate appearance.
  • Hiroshima's Hiroki Kuroda threw thirty-five pitches in the bullpen at Tokyo Dome on July 17.
  • At twenty-one years and three months, Hanshin's Shintaro Fujinami became the youngest pitcher to win an All-Star MVP on July 17. The previous record of twenty-two years and two months was set by Yutaka Enatsu in 1970. Fujinami became the first Tiger to record an win during an All-Star game since Tomoyuki Kubota in 2007 (Game 1) and the youngest Hanshin to record a win during an All-Star game. He became the sixteenth pitcher in NPB history to toss three perfect innings during an All-Star game, first since Katsuki Akagawa in 2012 (Game 3); and the third pitcher in franchise history to toss three perfect innings. The other two Tigers that tossed three perfect innings: Jiro Ueda in 1970 (Game 3) and Yutaka Enatsu in 1971 (Game 1).
  • Yomiuri's Shinnosuke Abe hit a solo home run on July 17. Yomiuri players have now launched fity-six home runs during an All-Star game. Abe has hit two home runs during an All-Star game over his career (Game 2, 2007 and Game 1, 2015). Eight All-Star games have been played at Tokyo Dome. Abe's home run was the first by a Giant at Tokyo Dome.
  • Nippon Ham's Shohei Otani threw two slow curves on July 17 that he has never thrown (does not plan on throwing) during the regular season.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/18/2015, Sponichi 7/18/2015, Sponichi 7/18/2015, Sponichi 7/18/2015, Sponichi 7/18/2015, Sponichi 7/18/2015, Sanspo 7/18/2015, Sanspo 7/18/2015, Sanspo 7/18/2015, Sanspo 7/18/2015, Sanspo 7/18/2015, Chunichi Sports 7/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/18/2015,

[7/17/2015] Mazda All-Star Series 2015: Shintaro Fujinami Game 1 MVP Interview

by on Jul.18, 2015 @ 3:28 am, under NPB
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Daily Sports posted Shintaro Fujinami's All-Star MVP interview.

You won the MVP award.

We somehow managed to win so this is an honor. I really the fans to enjoy the game so I'm glad I was able to do that. I also got credit for the win, so that makes me really happy.

What was it like facing fellow Osaka Toin alumus Tomoya Mori?

It felt like everyone in the stadium wanted me to throw fastballs, so I went with power. I'm glad I was able to get him out.

The offense came around in the 6th inning.

It was after my night ended, but it got me the win.

How will you use the three million prize money?

I'm not sure. Maybe I'll give it to my parents.

A word to the fans?

I think the Central League will do its job again tomorrow and win.

Source: Daily Sports 7/17/2015

[7/17/2015] Mazda All-Star Series 2015: News and Notes

by on Jul.17, 2015 @ 2:20 pm, under NPB
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Updates from July 17:

  • Nippon Ham's Shohei Otani is not planning to break any speed records during his two-inning All-Star appearance because he is worried it might mess with his mechanics/balance as it did last year when he reared back and topped 162km/h. Hideki Kuriyama is also against Otani trying to throw hard.
  • Hanshin's Shintaro Fujinami is scheduled to follow Yomiuri's Tomoyuki Sugano in Game 1. Hayato Takagi will most likely follow Fujinami.
  • Tatsunori Hara is planning to bat Yokohama's Yoshitomo Tsutsugo fourth. Yakult's Tetsuto Yamada will bat third and Yakult's Shingo Kawabata eighth.
  • Hiroshima's Takahiro Arai couold get the start at first and bat fourth in Game 2.
  • Hara would like to give players in the starting line-up at least three trips to the plate.
  • Kimiyasu Kudo is planning to bat Seibu's Takeya Nakamura fourth in Game 1 and Nippon Ham's Sho Nakata fourth in Game 2. Softbank's Yuki Yanagita will be used off the bench in Game 1 and should make the starting line-up in Game 2. Both Nakata and Yanagita are from Hiroshima.
  • The Pacific League starting line-up for Game 1 will most likely include the Osaka Toin Quartet: Seibu's Hideto Asamura batting third, following by Seibu's Takeya Nakamura, Nippon Ham's Sho Nakata, and Seibu's Tomoya Mori.
  • Kubota Slugger made a black metallic All-Star glove with red highlights for Hanshin's Takashi Toritani. He will be wearing Nike Huarache 2k Filth Cleats. He is set to get the start at short and bat second in Game 1.
  • Zett made a special All-Star glove and bat (for practices) for Seibu's Tomoya Mori. The glove is colorful with silver highlights. The bat is green and silver.
  • Zett prepared two kinds of All-Star gloves for Hanshin's Shintaro Fujinami: a colorful practice glove and a yellow game glove.
  • Hanshin's Seung-Hwan Oh has two All-Star gloves: a gold practice glove with a leopard-skin design and a blue game glove.
  • Seibu's Tomomi Takahashi will be using a yellow glove with a star in the webbing from Zett.
  • Yomiuri's Takahiro Suzuki will be using yellow base-running gloves and cleats from Adidas.
  • Adidas prepared batting gloves, wrist bands, and cleats using black and solar yellow as base color's for Yakult's Tetsuto Yamada.

Source: Daily Sports 7/17/2015, Daily Sports 7/17/2015, Daily Sports 7/17/2015, Daily Sport 7/15/2015, Daily Sports 7/17/2015, Daily Sports 7/17/2015, Sponichi 7/17/2015, Sponichi 7/17/2015, Sponichi 7/17/2015, Sponichi 7/17/2015, Sponichi 7/17/2015, Sponichi 7/17/2015, Sponichi 7/17/2015, Sponichi 7/17/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/17/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/17/2015, Sanspo 7/17/2015, Sanspo 7/17/2015, Sanspo 7/17/2015

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[7/16/2015] Mazda All-Star Series 2015: News and Notes

by on Jul.17, 2015 @ 2:16 am, under NPB
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Notes through July 16:

  • Announced starters for Game 1 at Tokyo Dome: Nippon Ham's Shohei Otani for the Pacific League and Yomiuri's Tomoyuki Sugano for the Central League. Otani will most likely pitch two innings.
  • Potential starters for Game 2 at Mazda Stadium: Nippon Ham's Mitsuo Yoshikawa for the Pacific League and Hiroshima's Hiroki Kuroda for the Central League. If Kuroda gets the start for the CL, he will join Yutaka Ono as the only pitchers in their forties to get a start during an All-Star game.
  • Orix's Yoshio Itoi is set to participate in the All-Star series, even though he is not fully healthy.
  • Softbank's Edison Barrios will sit out the All-Star series with inflammation in his right shoulder. Yuito Mori was named as his replacement.
  • Mizuno sent Rakuten Motohiro Shima and Yuki Matsui All-Star pink and blue gloves.
  • The Mazda All-Star Game 2015 Charity Auction will take place between July 30 (12:00) and August 6 (23:00). Proceeds will be donated to four groups supporting people that were affected by the Great East Earthquake. Sixty-two uniforms worn by players and coaches during the series, in addition to six umpire uniforms, will be on the block.

Source: Sanspo 7/14/2015, Sponichi 7/15/2015, Sponichi 7/16/2015, Sports Hochi 7/15/2015, Sports Hochi 7/16/2015, ZakZak 7/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/16/2015, official announcement (Barrios), official announcement (charity auction), official announcement (starting pitchers)