Tag: All-Star Game
Wily Mo Pena - six home runs
Wladimir Balentien - two home runs
Shinnosuke Abe - two home runs
Takeya Nakamura - two home runs*
Wily Mo Pena - five home runs
Takeya Nakamura - three home runs
* Nakamura advanced since he received more HR Derby votes.
Some updates from July 21 (post will be updated throughout the day, as needed):
Koji Akiyama changed his mind and decided to go with Yoshihisa Naruse as his game two starter over Mitsuo Yoshikawa.
The last time Naruse pitched in an All-Star Game (8/1/2008) he gave up eight runs (seven earned) on eleven hits over two innings of work.
Yoshikawa will make an appearance in the game out of the bullpen.
Source: Sponichi 7/21/2012
Shota Dobayashi (Hiroshima) will make the starting line-up today at lead-off. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2012
Dai-Kang Yoh (Nippon Ham) hit a homer to lead-off the game for the Pacific League on Friday night. He is the first player since Yoshinobu Takahashi (2001) to hit a lead-off homer in an All-Star game and the first player since Masahiko Morino (2007) to hit a home run in his first All-Star game/AB. Source: Daily Sports 7/21/2012
Yoh is also just the second player to hit a lead-off homer in his first All-Star game/AB. The other: Art Lopez in 1968. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2012
Toshiya Sugiuchi (Yomiuri) is just the second player to record All-Star victories in each league. The other: Hideki Irabu (Lotte, Hanshin). He is also the third player to record a victory for two different teams. The other two: Yutakak Enatsu (Hanshin, Hiroshima) and Irabu. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2012
Norihiro Nakamura (Yokohama) won the MVP for Friday's game. He is the fifth player in NPB history to win an All-Star MVP in both leagues (Kintetsu, Yokhama). The other four: Hiromitsu Ochiai (Lotte, Yomiuri), Kazuhiro Kiyohara (Seibu, Yomiuri), Tsuyoshi Shinjo (Hanshin, Nippon Ham), and Takeshi Yamasaki (Chunichi, Rakuten). He is also the first Yokohama player to hit a home run during an All-Star game since Robert Rose in 2000. Nakamura has now hit five home runs during an All-Star game (four in the PL and one in the CL). Source: Sponichi 7/21/2012
Pacific League vs Central League @ Botchan Stadium - 18:00
Announced Starters: Yoshihisa Naruse (LOT) - Kenta Maeda (HIR)
Attendance: 25612 | Central leads series, 2-0-0 | Time: 2:27
This is a Sho Nakata's Kyocera Dome ground-rule double in the third inning. Not my upload.
Kudos to the person that filmed this -- a little shaky on the panning, but very good footage if you consider how far the camera most likely was from home plate.
Shinnosuke Abe - four home runs
Dae-Ho Lee - five home runs
Wladimir Balentien - eight home runs*
Takeya Nakamura - eight home runs
Dae-Ho Lee - six home runs
Wladimir Balentien - zero home run
* Balentien advanced since he received more HR Derby votes.
Source: Daily Sports 7/20/2012
Some updates from July 20 (post will be updated throughout the day, as needed):
Yuki Saito (Nippon Ham) is scheduled to pitch three innings tonight. Source: Daily Sports 7/20/2012
He told reporters his first pitch will be a fastball. Source: Sponichi 7/20/2012
Shinya Miyamoto (Yakult) is slated to start at third and bat eighth in tonight's game. Source: Sponichi 7/20/2012
Katsuki Akagawa (Yakult) is planning to spend some time hanging around the other left-handed starters on the All-Star roster and perhaps get some pointers on how to throw a change. Source: Sanspo 7/20/2012
Dae-Ho Lee (Orix) wants to make as much noise (as in cheering) on the bench as possible.
"I was a manager selection so I need to be vocal. I need to prepare my throat. Maybe I should get a megaphone. If there is an MVP for setting the mood or for cheering, I will go for that, but I am not really thinking about the game MVP," said Lee jokingly to reporters.
Koji Akiyama (PL manager) is worried about all the traveling and the chance of rain on July 23 (game three in Morioka). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2012
Tetsuya Utsumi (Yomiuri), Hayato Sakamoto (Yomiuri), Hiroyuki Nakajima (Seibu), and Masahiro Tanaka (Rakuten) will be wearing Olympic-colored cleats designed by adidas. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2012
Takashi Toritani (Hanshin) will be using a flashy glove. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2012 (Image taken from Nikkan Sports)
Atsunori Inaba (Nippon Ham) will be sporting NIKE cleats that have the letters "XXXIX / MMXII" (or 39 / 2012) printed near the heel counter. The meaning behind the numbers: Inaba became the thirty-ninth player to reach 2,000 hits in 2012. Source: Sanspo 7/20/2012 (Image taken from Sanspo)
UPDATE 7/20 @ 5:40pm - If/when Masahiko Morifuku (Softbank) gets a shot at pitching, he may drop his arm angle down even more. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2012
Central League vs Pacific League @ Kyocera Dome - 18:00
Announced Starters: Toshiya Sugiuchi (YOM) - Yuki Saito (HAM)
Attendance: 33335 | Central leads series, 1-0-0 | Time: 2:34
Some updates from July 19 (thread will be updated throughout the day, as needed):
Masahiro Tanaka (Rakuten) is slated to start Game 3 of the All-Star Series. Source: Sanspo 7/19/2012
To recap, the starting pitchers for the two leagues will be as follows (visitor vs home):
Game 1 - July 20 - Kyocera Dome - Toshiya Sugiuchi (Yomiuri) vs Yuki Saito (Nippon Ham)
Game 2 - July 21 - Botchan Stadium (Matsuyama) - Mitsuo Yoshikawa (Nippon Ham) vs Kenta Maeda (Hiroshima)
Game 3 - July 23 - Iwate Stadium (Morioka) - Daisuke Miura (Yokohama) vs Masahiro Tanaka (Rakuten)
Takeya Nakamura (Seibu) will most likely be limited to a DH-role during the All-Star Series because of his left knee (and left shoulder). He also told reporters he plans to participate in the Home Run Derby. Source: Sanspo 7/19/2012, Sponichi 7/19/2012
Hayato Sakamoto (Yomiuri) is preparing to use a five-colored glove during the All-Star Series -- red and white from the Japanese flag, blue for Kyocera Dome, orange for Matsuyama, and green for Morioka. This will be Sakamoto's fifth straight All-Star appearance. Source: Sanspo 7/19/2012
Sho Nakata (Nippon Ham) could get some playing time at third during the All-Star Series because Seibu's Nakamura likely will not be able to play defense. Nakata played fifty-one games at third at Ni-gun in 2008, but has never played a single game at third at Ichi-gun.
Source: Sponichi 7/19/2012
UPDATE @ 10:17pm -
The NPB has posted information on stage performances that will be taking place before Game 1 (14:30-16:30).
They also announced that a limited number of same day tickets for Game 1 will be sold between noon and the end of the 5th inning.
And Yuki Saito (Nippon Ham) and Toshiya Sugiuchi (Yomiuri) were officially announced as Game 1 starters.
Morimichi Takagi gave reporters his starting rotation for the All-Star Series:
July 20 - Game 1 - Kyocera Dome - Toshiya Sugiuchi (Yomiuri)
July 21 - Game 2 - Botchan Stadium - Kenta Maeda (Hiroshima)
July 23 - Game 3 - Iwate Stadium - Daisuke Miura (Yokohama)
Source: Sponichi 7/18/2012
The NPB announced details for their Mazda All-Star Game 2012 Charity Auction.
- The auction will take place from August 8 at 12:00 to August 16 at 23:00.
- The auctions will take place online at Yahoo and Rakuten.
- Proceeds will go towards reconstruction efforts in Northern Japan, through the Japanese Red Cross Society.
- Seventy autographed game-day uniforms will be put up for auction (managers, coaches, players).
- Six autographed umpire tops with All-Star logos.
Note: all uniforms will be cleaned before they are shipped out.
The NPB also announced details about SKYACTIV Technology Award.
Requirement: Given to a player that strives for the best and makes fans feels as if the possibilities are endless. A player that provides fans with dreams and hope.
Voter: SKYACTIV Technology Selection Committee