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[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).

[7/3/2014] Mazda All-Star Game 2014: Rosters with Manager Selections

by on Jul.03, 2014 @ 6:05 pm, under NPB
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Central League Pacific League
    Name (JPN) Name (ENG) Team Uni App     Name (JPN) Name (ENG) Team Uni App
Managers
    原 辰徳 Hara, Tatsunori YOM 88 9,21(1)     星野 仙一 Hoshino, Senichi RAK 77 8,14
                  伊東 勤 Ito, Tsutomu LOT 83 5,21
Coaches
    和田 豊 Wada, Yutaka HAN 86 1,9(1)     大久保 博元 Okubo, Hiromoto RAK 95 1,2
    野村 謙二郎 Nomura, Kenjiro HIR 77 1,9     田辺 徳雄 Tanabe, Norio SEI 82 1,3
                  伊東 勤 Ito, Tsutomu LOT 83 5,21
Starting Pitchers
  前田 健太 Maeda, Kenta HIR 18 4   西 勇輝 Nishi, Yuki ORI 21 2
Relievers
  一岡 竜司 Ichioka, Ryuji HIR 30 1   佐藤 達也 Sato, Tatsuya ORI 15 2
Closers
  K.ミコライオ Mickolio, Kam HIR 57 1   平野 佳寿 Hirano, Yoshihisa ORI 16 6
Pitchers
  菅野 智之 Sugano, Tomoyuki YOM 19 2   金子 千尋 Kaneko, Chihiro ORI 19 2
    山口 鉄也 Yamaguchi, Tetsuya YOM 47 4     則本 昂大 Norimoto, Takahiro RAK 14 1
    藤浪 晋太郎 Fujinami, Shintaro HAN 19 2     福山 博之 Fukuyama, Hiroyuki RAK 64 1
    大野 雄大 Ono, Yudai CHU 22 1     岸 孝之 Kishi, Takayuki SEI 11 3
    福谷 浩司 Fukutani, Koji CHU 24 1     五十嵐 亮太 Igarashi, Ryota SOF 53 6
    山井 大介 Yamai, Daisuke CHU 29 1     D.サファテ Sarfate, Dennis SOF 58 2
    井納 翔一 Ino, Shoichi YOK 15 1     大谷 翔平 Otani, Shohei HAM 11 2
    三上 朋也 Mikami, Tomoya YOK 35 1     M.クロッタ Crotta, Michael HAM 20 1
Catchers
阿部 慎之助 Abe, Shinnosuke YOM 10 11 嶋 基宏 Shima, Motohiro RAK 37 6
    谷繁 元信 Tanishige, Motonobu CHU 27 12     伊藤 光 Ito, Hikaru ORI 22 2
    中村 悠平 Nakamura, Yuhei YAK 52 1     大野 奨太 Ono, Shota HAM 2 1
First Basemen
  キラ・カアイフエ Ka'aihue, Kila HIR 13 1   中村 剛也 Nakamura, Takeya SEI 60 6(1)
  T.ブランコ Blanco, Tony YOK 42 5(1)   李 大浩 Lee, Dae-Ho SOF 10 3
Second Basemen
菊池 涼介 Kikuchi, Ryosuke HIR 33 1   浅村 栄斗 Asamura, Hideto SEI 32 2
    藤田 一也 Fujita, Kazuya RAK 6 1
Thirs Basemen
  堂林 翔太 Dobayashi, Shota HIR 7 3 松田 宣浩 Matsuda, Nobuhiro SOF 5 4
  村田 修一 Murata, Shuichi YOM 25 5  
Shortstops
鳥谷 敬 Toritani, Takashi HAN 1 5 今宮 健太 Imamiya, Kenta SOF 2 1
Infielders
    坂本 勇人 Sakamoto, Hayato YOM 6 7     鈴木 大地 Suzuki, Daichi LOT 7 2
    山田 哲人 Yamada, Tetsuto YAK 23 1     大引 啓次 Obiki, Keiji HAM 7 2
                  銀次 Ginji RAK 33 1
Outfielders
  丸 佳浩 Maru, Yoshihiro HIR 9 2 糸井 嘉男 Itoi, Yoshio ORI 7 6
B.エルドレッド Eldred, Brad HIR 55 1   中田 翔 Nakata, Sho HAM 6 4
W.バレンティン Balentien, Wladimir YAK 4 4 陽 岱鋼 Yoh, Dai-Kang HAM 1 3
  M.マートン Murton, Matt HAN 9 4   長谷川 勇也 Hasegawa, Yuya SOF 24 3
    大島 洋平 Oshima, Yohei CHU 8 3     柳田 悠岐 Yanagita, Yuki SOF 44 1
    雄平 Takai, Yuhei YAK 41 1  
Designated Hitters
  W.ペーニャ Pena, Wily Mo ORI 42 2
    Name (JPN) Name (ENG) Team Uni App     Name (JPN) Name (ENG) Team Uni App
Central League Pacific League

Key

  • ◎ = players that were selected through fan votes
  • ☆ = players that were selected through player votes
  • X (Y) = X is the number of times a player made the All-Star roster; Y is the number of times a player did not participate.
  • For managers and coaches: N,X(Y) = N is the nubmer of times the individual made All-Star roster as a manager or coach; X is the total number of times the individual made the All-Star roster; Y is the number of times the individual did not participate.

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[7/3/2014] Senichi Hoshino to manage Pacific League during All-Star Series

by on Jul.03, 2014 @ 3:08 pm, under NPB
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The Pacific League announced today that Senichi Hoshino will manage at the upcoming All-Star series.  Former Rakuten interim manager Yoshinori Sato was slated to step in, but plans changed when he was replaced by Hiromoto Okubo on Wednesday.

There was a case in the past where the manager from the team that placed second the previous season stepped in to manage the series, but none that involved the third place manager.  The PL did not want to set a new precedent and was more comfortable with the idea of working with the Rakuten Eagles.  When the Eagles named Sato their interim manager, the league agreed to let him to take on the reigns with Hoshino acting as a "general" manager.  But the decision was put on hold when Sato was replaced by Okubo on Wednesday.  The PL discussed options and decided to ask Hoshino to manage the series.

FYI: The PL most likely did not consider Okubo an option because of his status as an interim manager replacing another interim manager.  Okubo also told reporters on Wednesday that he did not want to manage the All-Star series and would turn the position down if asked.

Source: Sponichi 7/3/2014, Sponichi 7/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/3/2014

[UPDATE 7/4 @ 2:42am]

The Eagles reportedly received a strong request from the Pacific League for Hoshino to participate.  Both the organization and Hoshino agreed.

Source: Sponichi 7/3/2014

[6/30/2014] Mazda All-Star Game 2014: Player Ballot Results

by on Jun.30, 2014 @ 5:49 pm, under NPB
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Central League Pacific League
    Name JPN Name ENG Team Votes     Name JPN Name ENG Team Votes
Pitchers
1   菅野 智之 1 (2) Sugano, Tomoyuki YOM 326 1   金子 千尋 1 (2) Kaneko, Chihiro ORI 243
2 前田 健太 Maeda, Kenta HIR 137 2 西 勇輝 Nishi, Yuki ORI 140
3   大瀬良 大地 Osera, Daichi HIR 58 3   岸 孝之 Kishi, Takayuki SEI 114
Catchers
1 阿部 慎之助 7 (11) Abe, Shinnosuke YOM 397 1 嶋 基宏 5 (6) Shima, Motohiro RAK 435
2   中村 悠平 Nakamura, Yuhei YAK 113 2   伊藤 光 Ito, Hikaru ORI 113
3   谷繁 元信 Tanishige, Motonobu CHU 78 3   炭谷 銀仁朗 Sumitani, Ginjiro SEI 90
First Basemen
1   T.ブランコ 5 (5)※1 Blanco, Tony YOK 186 1   李 大浩 2 (3) Lee, Dae-Ho SOF 297
2   M.ゴメス Gomez, Mauro HAN 177 2   井口 資仁 Iguchi, Tadahito LOT 106
3   畠山 和洋 Hatakeyama, Kazuhiro YAK 86 3 中村 剛也 Nakamura, Takeya SEI 67
Second Basemen
1 菊池 涼介 1 (1) Kikuchi, Ryosuke HIR 285 1   藤田 一也 1 (1) Fujita, Kazuya RAK 300
2   片岡 治大 Kataoka, Yasuyuki YOM 167 2 浅村 栄斗 Asamura, Hideto SEI 122
3   上本 博紀 Uemoto, Hiroki HAN 107 2   本多 雄一 Honda, Yuichi SOF 122
Third Basemen
1   村田 修一 3 (5) Murata, Shuichi YOM 290 1 松田 宣浩 3 (4) Matsuda, Nobuhiro SOF 426
2   H.ルナ Luna, Hector CHU 241 2   中村 剛也 Nakamura, Takeya SEI 95
3   川端 慎吾 Kawabata, Shingo YAK 94 3   今江 敏晃 Imae, Toshiaki LOT 82
Shortstops
1 鳥谷 敬 1 (5) Toritani, Takashi HAN 402 1 今宮 健太 1 (1) Imamiya, Kenta SOF 294
2   坂本 勇人 Sakamoto, Hayato YOM 272 2   大引 啓次 Obiki, Keiji HAM 144
3   山田 哲人 Yamada, Tetsuto YAK 15 3   松井 稼頭央 Matsui, Kazuo RAK 100
Outfielders
1 W.バレンティン 3 (4) Balentien, Wladimir YAK 431 1 糸井 嘉男 5 (6) Itoi, Yoshio ORI 571
2   M.マートン 2 (4) Murton, Matt HAN 290 2   長谷川 勇也 2 (3) Hasegawa, Yuya SOF 347
3 B.エルドレッド 1 (1) Eldred, Brad HIR 258 3 陽 岱鋼 2 (3) Yoh, Dai-Kang HAM 245
4   長野 久義 Chono, Hisayoshi YOM 206 4   内川 聖一 Uchikawa, Seiichi SOF 242
5 丸 佳浩 Maru, Yoshihiro HIR 203 5   柳田 悠岐 Yanagita, Yuki SOF 196
6   大島 洋平 Oshima, Yohei CHU 185 6 中田 翔 Nakata, Sho HAM 191
7   雄平 Takai, Yuhei YAK 139 7   栗山 巧 Kuriyama, Takumi SEI 48
8   L.アンダーソン Anderson, Leslie YOM 112 7   大谷 翔平 Otani, Shohei HAM 48
9   梶谷 隆幸 Kajitani, Takayuki YOK 108 9   坂口 智隆 Sakaguchi, Tomotaka ORI 38
Designated Hitters
  1 W.ペーニャ 2 (2) Pena, Wily Mo ORI 382
  2   A.ジョーンズ Jones, Andruw RAK 171
  3   李 大浩 Lee, Dae-Ho SOF 62
    Name JPN Name ENG Team Votes     Name JPN Name ENG Team Votes
Central League Pacific League

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Key:

x (n) = x denotes number of times player was selected by players, n denotes number of times player made the All-Star team

◎ selected by fans