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[9/8/2014] NPB raises a little over twenty million yen in All-Star Charity Auction

by on Sep.08, 2014 @ 7:12 pm, under NPB

The NPB announced on Monday that they raised 20,407,722 yen through their All-Star Game 2014 Charity Auction.

The auction took place between July 30 and August 6 with a total sixty-eight items. The money raised, plus an adjustment amount, will be donated to three Tohoku earthquake children's relief funds.

Top Five Uniforms - Winning Bids (yen)

  • Shohei Otani (Nippon Ham) - 1,752,000
  • Hayato Sakamoto (Yomiuri) - 1,103,000
  • Shinnosuke Abe (Yomiuri) - 737,000
  • Shintaro Fujinami (Hanshin) - 702,000
  • Dai-Kang Yoh (Nippon Ham) - 651,000

Source: official announcement

[7/20/2014] Mazda All-Star Series 2014: News and Notes

by on Jul.20, 2014 @ 11:30 pm, under NPB

Central League:

  • Shintaro Fujinami (Hanshin) started Saturday's All-Star game and gave up four runs in the 1st inning.  The last pitcher to give up four or more runs in one inning during an All- Star game was Daisuke Miura in 2012 (four runs in the 3rd inning of Game 3).  Fujinami joined Tetsuya Yoneda (1963, Game 2, six runs), Makoto Inagawa (1963, Game 2, four runs), Hidetake Watanabe (1970, Game 1, five runs), and Tetsuya Ota (1975, Game 1, four runs) as the only pitchers in All-Star history to give up four or more runs in the 1st inning of a game.  Fujinami set a new record for runs allowed in the 1st inning of an All-Star game by a Hanshin pitcher.  The previous high of three runs was set by Kazunori Nishimura in 1955 (Game 2). Source: Sponichi 7/20/2014
  • Hayato Sakamoto (Yomiuri) recorded his third career All-Star home run on Saturday and became the sixth Giant to hit three or more All-Star home runs.  The other five: Sadaharu Oh (thirteen), Hideki Matsui (eight), Shigeo Nagashima (seven), Kazuhiro Kiyohara (four), and Yoshinobu Takahashi (four). Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014
  • Tetsuto Yamada (Yakult) hit a home run on Saturday and at twenty-two years and zero months, became the ninth youngest player to a hit a home run during an All-Star game.  He also became the youngest Swallow to hit a home run during an All-Star game.  The previous record of twenty-two years and seven months was set by Takahiro Ikeyama in 1988 (Game 1). Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014

Pacific League:

  • Shohei Otani picked up an All-Star victory on Saturday.  At twenty years and zero months, he became the second youngest pitcher to record an All-Star win as a starter.  The youngest starting pitcher, at nineteen years and eleven months, was Masaaki Ikenaga during Game 2 of the 1966 All-Star series).  He also became the first Fighter to record an All-Star victory since Takeshi Shimazaki in 1996 (Game 2).  Otani hit 162km/h on the radar gun twice during his appearance and broke Marc Kroon's All-Star record of 161km/h (2008, Game 2) and tied his regular season record of 162km/h (June 1, 2008). Source: Sponichi 7/20/2014, Sponichi 7/20/2014 ... Otani became the fourth youngest pitcher to record an All-Star victory (includings starers and relievers).  The other three: Yukio Ozaki (seventeen years and ten months, 1962, Game 2), Sadaaki Nishimura (nineteen years and seven months, 1954, Game 1), and Masaaki Ikenaga. Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014
  • Yuki Yanagita went 4-for-6 on Saturday and became the seventeenth player in All-Star history to record four or more hits in one game, first since Yasuyuki Kataoka in 2010 (Game 2).  Yanagita and Hiromitsu Kadota (1976, Game 2) are the only players in Hawks' history to record four or more hits in an All-Star game.  He also became the first Hawk to win an All-Star MVP since Seiichi Uchikawa in 2013 (Game 3).  Yanagita and Kazunori Yamamoto (1986, Game 1) are the only players in Hawks' history to win an All-Star MVP in their first appearance. Source: Sponichi 7/20/2014
  • Dai-Kang Yoh won over five million yen in awards during the All-Star series (2.5 million yen in cash and a car valued at a around 2.5 million yen).  He told reporters he plans to donate it to Taiwan. Source: Sponichi 7/20/2014
  • The Pacific League set a new record with eighteen hits in one game on Saturday.  The previous high for the PL was seventeen hits, last set in 1997 (Game 1).  The PL scored twelve runs on Saturday.  It was the fourth time the PL scored twelve or more runs in a game, first since 1990 (Game 2, twelve runs). Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014

[7/19/2014] Mazda All-Star Series 2014: Shohei Otani tops out at 162km/h

by on Jul.19, 2014 @ 9:41 pm, under NPB
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Shohei Otani's pitches from his one inning appearance in Game 2 of the All-Star Series at Koshien Stadium.

Takashi Toritani

2014 All-Star Game 2: Toritani vs Otani

Toritani vs Otani

  Pitch Velocity Result B S O
1 Fastball 161km/h strike looking 0 1 0
2 Fastball 162km/h foul 0 2 0
3 Fastball 159km/h foul 0 2 0
4 Fastball 160km/h hit - 1B7 0 2 0

Tetsuto Yamada

2014 All-Star Game 2: Yamada vs Otani

Yamada vs Otani

  Pitch Velocity Result B S O
1 Fastball 161km/h ball 1 0 0
2 Fastball 160km/h foul 1 1 0
3 Fastball 160km/h foul 1 2 0
4 Fastball 159km/h strikeout - Ks 1 3 1

Wladimir Balentien

2014 All-Star Game 2: Balentien vs Otani

2014 ASG2: Balentien vs Otani

  Pitch Velocity Result B S O
1 Fastball 160km/h ball 1 0 1
2 Fastball 158km/h strike swinging 1 1 1
3 Fastball 158km/h foul 1 2 1
4 Fastball 160km/h foul 1 2 1
5 Fastball 160km/h hit - 1B8 1 2 1

Matt Murton

2014 All-Star Game 2: Murton vs Otani

Murton vs Otani

  Pitch Velocity Result B S O
1 Fastball 161km/h ball 1 0 1
2 Fastball 159km/h foul 1 1 1
3 Slider 132km/h strike swinging 1 2 1
4 Fastball 161km/h ball 2 2 1
5 Fastball 159km/h foul 2 2 1
6 Slider 133km/h ball 3 2 1
7 Fastball 159km/h foul 3 2 1
8 Fastball 157km/h hit - 1B9 3 2 2

Shinnosuke Abe

2014 All-Star Game 2: Abe vs Otani

Abe vs Otani

  Pitch Velocity Result B S O
1 Fastball 162km/h ball 1 0 2
2 Fastball 159km/h ground out - G4 1 0 3


Note: Images and pitch data taken from Yahoo Sports

[7/19/2014] Mazda All-Star Series 2014: News and Notes

by on Jul.19, 2014 @ 1:43 pm, under NPB

Central League:

  • Motonobu Tanishige became the first playing-manager to appear in an All-Star game since Katsuya Nomura in 1977 (starting catcher, batted seventh, Game 3); and the first in the Central League since Katsumi Shiraishi in 1953 (starting shortstop, batted ninth, Game 3). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014 ... Tanishige became the fifth playing-manager to record a hit during an All-Star game since Katsuya Nomura in 1977.  He also joined Fumio Fujimura (1955, Game 2) as the only player to record a hit in his first trip to the plate after becoming a playing-manager. Source: Sponichi 7/19/2014
  • Kenta Maeda picked up his third All-Star victory on Friday, good for a fourth place tie on the all-time list.  Maeda joined Yutaka Enatsu (five victories) and Masaichi Kaneda (three victories) as the only pitchers in Central League history to record three or more All-Star victories.  He also joined Hisashi Yamada (four victories) and Enatsu as the only pitchers to record three or more All-Star victories as starting pitchers.  He and Yamada (7-0) are the only pitchers to begin with three-game winning streaks. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014 ... Maeda became the sixth pitcher in All-Star history to record three victories.  He also became the first Central League pitcher since Suguru Egawa (1980-1982) to start All-Star games in three consecutive seasons. Source: Sports Hochi 7/19/2014 ... The other five pitchers that recorded three or more All-Star victories: Masaichi Kaneda (three victories), Tadashi Sugiura (three victories), Tetsuya Yoneda (four victories), Yutaka Enatsu (five victories), and Hisashi Yamada (seven victories). Source: Sanspo 7/19/2014
  • Brad Eldred joined Art Lopez (Game 1, 1968), Adrian Garrett (Game 1, 1978), and Norio Tanabe (Game 1, 1992) as the only players in All-Star history to record three or more hits and a home run in their very first appearance.  Eldred and Garrett are the only two to accomplish the feat as clean-up hitters. ... Carp players banged out eight hits during Friday's All-Star game -- Eldred (3), Ryosuke Kikuchi (2), Shota Dobayashi (2), Yoshihiro Maru (1) -- and set a new team high.  The previous high of eight was set three times: Game 1 in 1975 (Koji Yamamoto 3, Sachio Kinugasa 2, Tsuyoshi Oshita 1), Game 1 in 1979 (Yamamoto 3, Yoshihiko Takahashi 2, Enatsu 1), and Game 2 in 1995 (Kenjiro Nomura 2, Akira Eto 2, Tomoaki Kanemoto 2). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014 ... Eldred joined Koji Yamamoto (Game 1, 1975, five RBI) and Adrian Garrett (Game 1, 1978, six RBI) as the only players in Hiroshima Carp history to drive in four or more RBI in an All-Star game. Source: Sponichi 7/19/2014 ... Eldred became the ninth player in Hiroshima Carp history to win an All-Star MVP, first player since Kenta Maeda in 2012 (Game 2); and the seventh position player, first since Tomonori Maeda in 2005 (Game 2).  He joined Adrian Garrett (Game 1, 1978) as the only foreign Hiroshima players to win an All-Star MVP. Source: Sanspo 7/19/2014

Pacific League:

  • Shohei Otani, Chihiro Kaneko, and Takahiro Norimoto will have limits since they will be pitching on two days of rest.  Tsutomu Ito hinted that some players might have to make surprise appearances as pitchers since there are not enough arms.  Possibilities include Yoshio Itoi and Kenta Imamiya. Source: Sports Hochi 7/19/2014
  • Dai-Kang Yoh is planning to donate his award money (one million yen) to a charity (or charities) in Taiwan. Source: Daily Sports 7/19/2014


  • TV Asahi is broadcasting this year's All-Star series.  They cut their live broadcast short on Friday night and showed the full game on tape delay on their CS channel at midnight.  Some fans took to Twitter and "最後まで放送" (broadcast until the end) became a trending topic.  TV Asahi is planning to extend their broadcast on Saturday. Source: Tokyo Sports 7/19/2014 ... An NPB official told reporters that their contracts with broadcasters over the last few years do not require full broadcasts for All-Star games.  TV Asahi ended their broadcast on Friday because of agreements with sponsors. Source: Sanspo 7/19/2014

ASG: Pacific League All-Stars 12 – Central League All-Stars 6 (July 19, 2014)

by on Jul.19, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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ASG: Pacific League All-Stars vs Central League All-Stars @ Koshien Stadium - 18:30
Starters: Otani, Shohei (HAM) - Fujinami, Shintaro (HAN)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pacific League 4 0 0 1 1 3 3 0 0 12 18 0
Central League 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 1 0 6 13 0

Attendance: 45361 | Time: 2h58m | Series tied, 1-1-0

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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

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


  • 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