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[7/18/2014] Mazda All-Star Series 2014: News and Notes

by on Jul.18, 2014 @ 4:49 pm, under NPB
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Central League notes:

  • Tatsunori Hara plans to use players selected by fans during the first game of the series.  He is also thinking about using Motonobu Tanishige as his Game 1 catcher and Shinnosuke Abe as his Game 2 catcher.  He is not planning on use any Yomiuri players in the starting line-up for Game 1.  There have been three cases in the past where Yomiuri players did not make it into the starting line-up for an All-Star Game -- Game 2 in 1993, Game 3 in 1999, and Game 2 in 2009 -- but none in Game 1. Source: Sponichi 7/18/2014 ... Takashi Toritani and Matt Murton will most likely make the starting line-up for Game 2. Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2014 ... The starting line-up for Game 1 will most likely be Yoshihiro Maru in center, Ryosuke Kikuchi at second, Takashi Toritani at short, Brad Eldred in left, Kila Ka'aihue at first, Wladimir Balentien at designated hitter, Yuhei in right, Shota Dobayashi at third, and Tanishige at catcher. Source: Tokyo Sports 7/18/2014
  • Takashi Toritani will be using a special two-tone glove for the All-Star series.  The two colors are yellow and light blue (Seibu color). Source: Sponichi 7/18/2014, Daily Sports 7/18/2014
  • Hayato Sakamoto, Tetsuya Yamaguchi, and Tetsuto Yamada will be getting special World Cup national soccer team themed gear from Adidas to use during the All-Star series. Source: Sponichi 7/18/2014
  • Motonobu Tanishige will be the eighth player/manager in NPB history to appear in an All-Star series, first since Atsuya Furuta in 2006.

Pacific League notes:

  • There is a good chance Sho Nakata will be used as a pinch-hitter due to his left knee injury.  He will be sporting Nike Lunar Vapor Trout cleats. Source: Sponichi 7/18/2014

General:

  • Shintaro Fujinami and Shohei Otani will be just the second pair of starting pitchers twenty years or younger to face each other during an All-Star game.  The first pair: Kazunori Nishimura and Motoji Takuwa in 1955. Source: Sponichi 7/18/2014

[7/17/2014] Mazda All-Star Series 2014: Awards, Charity Auction, Game 2 HR Derby Player Change

by on Jul.17, 2014 @ 7:01 pm, under NPB
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Game 1 at Seibu Dome:

  • MVP Award (one player)
    From the NPB, three million yen prize
  • Fighting Spirit Award
    From the NPB, one million yen prize
  • Home Run Award
    From Mazda, money prize

Game 1 at Koshien Stadium:

  • MVP Award (one player)
    From the NPB, three million yen prize
  • Fighting Spirit Award
    From the NPB, one million yen prize
  • Be a Driver Award (one player)
    From Mazda, one of the following: Mazda Axela, Mazda Atenza, Mazda CX-5
  • Home Run Award
    From Mazda, money prize

Source: official announcement

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Mazda All-Star Game 2014 Charity Auction

Uniforms worn during the All-Star Game will be auctioned off for charity through online auction services provide by Yahoo and Rakuten between July 30 at 12:00 until August 6 at 23:00.

Sixty-two autographed uniforms worn by players and coaches and six umpire uniforms (tops only) will be a part of the auction.

Proceeds will be donated to the following funds:

Source: official announcement

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Wily Mo Pena pulled out from the Game 2 Home Run Derby competition because of discomfort in his lower back.  Dai-Kang Yoh was named as his replacement.  Pena is still scheduled to participate in the series as a player.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 7/17/2014

[7/15/2014] Mazda All-Star Series 2014: Opening ceremony information

by on Jul.15, 2014 @ 5:01 pm, under NPB
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Game 1, July 18 at Seibu Dome

  • National Anthem: Shigeru Matsuzaki
  • Ceremonial First Pitch: Lions Junior Team
  • Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for Hideo Nomo, Koji Akiyama, and Kazuhiro Sasaki
  • Other:
    • Special appearance by the Women's Samurai Japan
    • Performances by cheerleaders from all twelve NPB teams

Game 2, July 19 at Koshien

Additional events that will take place at both stadiums:

  • Home Run Derby
  • Performances by mascots from all twelve NPB teams
  • Green Baseball Project - Aodamo tree planting ceremony

Source: official announcement

[7/12/2014] Mazda All-Star Series 2014: Senichi Hoshino to step down as Pacific League manager

by on Jul.12, 2014 @ 3:38 pm, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles' president Yozo Tachibana spoke to the media today and announced that Senichi Hoshino will not be able to manage the Pacific League during the upcoming All-Star Series.  He cited health issues as a reason.

Tachibana spoke to Hoshino over the phone in the morning and both sides decided it would be best for him to step down.  The NPB has already been notified.

"[Hoshino] tried his best to prepare himself for the All-Star Series, but he is still not ready.  We told the NPB he had to step down.  I am very sorry that this decision had to come just a week before [the series]," Tachibana said.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/12/2014

[7/11/2014] Mazda All-Star Series 2014: Home Run Derby Ballot Results

by on Jul.11, 2014 @ 5:21 pm, under NPB
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Home Run Derby Ballot Results

Game 1 - Seibu Dome

Central League Pacific League
  Player (JPN) Player (ENG) Team Uni Votes   Player (JPN) Player (ENG) Team Uni Votes
◎1 B.エルドレッド Eldred, Brad HIR 55 4040 ◎1 中村 剛也 Nakamura, Takeya SEI 60 4081
◎2 W.バレンティン Balentien, Wladimir YAK 4 2248 ◎2 柳田 悠岐 Yanagita, Yuki SOF 44 2561
3 阿部 慎之助 Abe, Shinnosuke YOM 10 870 3 W.ペーニャ Pena, Wily Mo ORI 42 1646
4 T.ブランコ Blanco, Tony YOK 42 696 4 中田 翔 Nakata, Sho HAM 6 914
5 雄 平 Takai, Yuhei YAK 41 629 5 糸井 嘉男 Itoi, Yoshio ORI 7 499

Game 2 - Koshien Stadium

Central League Pacific League
  Player (JPN) Player (ENG) Team Uni Votes   Player (JPN) Player (ENG) Team Uni Votes
◎1 B.エルドレッド Eldred, Brad HIR 55 3394 ◎1 柳田 悠岐 Yanagita, Yuki SOF 44 2916
Alt T.ブランコ Blanco, Tony YOK     ◎2 W.ペーニャ Pena, Wily Mo ORI 42 2714
◎2 W.バレンティン Balentien, Wladimir YAK 4 1760 Alt 陽 岱鋼 Yoh, Dai-Kang HAM    
3 M.マートン Murton, Matt HAN 9 1750 3 中田 翔 Nakata, Sho HAM 6 1909
4 村田 修一 Murata, Shuichi YOM 25 721 4 中村 剛也 Nakamura, Takeya SEI 60 1191
5 T.ブランコ Blanco, Tony YOK 42 670 5 糸井 嘉男 Itoi, Yoshio ORI 7 868

Notes

  • July 17  - Wily Mo Pena withdrew from the Game 1 competition due to discomfort in his lower back.  Dai-Kang Yoh was named as his replacement. official announcement, Sponichi 7/17/2014
  • July 19 - As a precaution, Brad Eldred withdrew from the Game 2 competition after he fouled a pitch off the area near his left ankle.  Tony Blanco was announced as his replacement on Saturday. official announcement, Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014

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Individual Ballots: 11,259
Total Votes: 41,988

[7/10/2014] Mazda All-Star Series 2014: Ginji to replace Nobuhiro Matsuda on PL roster

by on Jul.10, 2014 @ 3:39 pm, under NPB
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The NPB announced that Rakuten's Ginji will be replacing Softbank's Nobuhiro Matsuda on the Pacific League roster.

Source: official announcement (NPB), official announcement (Rakuten)

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[7/9/2014] Mazda All-Star Series 2014: Nobuhiro Matsuda to withdraw from series

by on Jul.09, 2014 @ 11:27 pm, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks announced today that Nobuhiro Matsuda will withdraw from the 2014 All-Star Series because of his fractured right index finger.  The withdrawal means he will also have to sit the first ten games after the All-Star break.

Matsuda's statement:

I am sorry to all the fans and players that selected me to the All-Star roster.  I am filled with regret.  I want to focus on making it back [to the active roster] as soon as I can.  I am disappointed that I will not be able to participate this year.  I will do my best so I can be selected again next season for the fifth consecutive year.

Source: official announcementSponichi 7/9/2014

[7/4/2014] Mazda All-Star Game 2014: Home Run Derby Balloting

by on Jul.04, 2014 @ 12:00 am, under NPB
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Voting for Home Run Derby participants begins now and ends July 9 at 23:59.  Final totals will be announced on July 11.

There will be two Home Run Derby tournaments, one before each of the two All-Star Games.  Two players from each league will participate in the derby.

Tournament Set-up

  • Match 1: Player A vs Player B
  • Match 2: Player C vs Player D
  • Finals: Winner of 1 faces off against Winner of 2

Rules

  • Each player gets seven outs
  • Looking strikes will not count toward the out
  • Swinging strikes and fouls, any contact other than a home run will be an out
  • In the even of a tie, whichever player has more of the following wins/advances:
    • fan votes, or
    • home runs this season, or
    • home runs last season
  • If both players hit zero home runs during the Finals, then the tournament will end in a tie

More information can be found at the official NPB All-Star site (in Japanese).