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[11/13/2014] Hanshin Tigers sign Atsushi Nomi to a three-year deal

by on Nov.13, 2014 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-five-year-old Atsushi Nomi. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a three-year deal worth an estimated 450 million yen.

Speaking at a press conference held earlier today at the team offices in Nishinomiya, Atsushi said, "...it means a lot that they offered me a three-year deal at this age." He added, "I didn't have a good year, but they still said that they needed me. That made me really happy."

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/13/2014, Sponichi 11/13/2014

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[11/11/2014] Free agency file period ended on Tuesday

by on Nov.12, 2014 @ 4:54 am, under NPB
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The free agency filing period ended on Tuesday (11/11). The NPB will release a full list of players that exercised their options on Wednesday (11/12). Teams will be allowed to approach players on Thursday (11/13).

Chihiro Kaneko (31) filed his FA option on Tuesday. "I decided to exercise my FA option. As I said before, I would like to consider all options, that is why I made this decision. I now want to focus on Japan vs MLB baseball," said Kaneko. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014, Sponichi 11/11/2014 ... The Softbank Hawks are interested in Kaneko. Source: Sanspo 11/11/2014 ... According to Daily Sports, Kaneko could be trying to force Orix's hand by exercising his option: if it is the difference between compensation for losing him through free agency (either 100 million yen and a player or 160 million yen) and posting (roughly 2.3 billion yen), it would make more sense to post him. If Orix is still not interested in posting Kaneko, the righty could still leave via free agency and try to work out an agreement with whichever new team he signs with. Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2014

Takashi Toritani (33) filed his FA option. The Hanshin Tigers have not given up on Toritani and will try their best to persuade him to stay. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014, Daily Sports 11/11/2014

Atsushi Nomi filed his FA option, but only as a formality as he has already agreed to stay with the Hanshin Tigers. Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2014

Eiichi Koyano (34) held a press conference at a hotel in Tokyo on Tuesday and announced his decision to exercise his FA option. Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2014, Daily Sports 11/11/2014 ... A number of teams, including the Seibu Lions and Orix Buffaloes, are looking into Koyano. The veteran may have a preference for the Kanto region since he grew up in Tokyo and has a house in the area. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014

Kazuo Matsui (39) wants to retire an Eagle and is not planning to exercise his FA option. He met with team official Yozo Tachibana twice after the season for contract negotiations. He is expected to sign a multi-year deal. Source: Sanspo 11/11/2014, Daily Sports 11/11/2014

Kentaro Sekimoto (36) will not be exercising his FA option. He is close to finalizing a deal with the Hanshin Tigers. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014

Hiroyasu Tanaka (32) will not exercise his FA option. He told reporters on Monday that he wanted to win a championship with the Yakult Swallows. Source: Sanspo 11/11/2014, Daily Sports 11/11/2014 ... Tanaka may have been offered a one-year deal worth seventy-five million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014

The Swallows are hoping to schedule meetings with Yoshihisa Naruse (29) and Keiji Obiki (30) on the 13th. They plan to call Mitsuru Manaka back to Tokyo if they can. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014

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[11/7/2014] Rumors: Hanshin, Hiroshima, Yakult, Softbank Orix

by on Nov.08, 2014 @ 4:06 am, under NPB
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Hiroyuki Nakajima

  • The Seibu Lions have spoken to Nakajima over the phone. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014 ... Team official Haruhiko Suzuki spoke to Nakajima over the phone for about twenty minutes. He may have offered the former Lion at least three years, an everyday spot at third base batting third, and the uniform number three. He may have also asked him to reach 2,000 hits while in a Seibu uniform. Nakajima is still interested in playing in the United States. Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2014 ... Nakajima may have been offered a three year deal worth over 800 million yen, the every day job at third batting third, the uniform number three, and a plan until retirement. The Lions are not interested in getting into a bidding war. Source: Sponichi 11/7/2014
  • The Lions are the only NPB team that can negotiate with Nakajima without having to worry about compensation. The Tigers may opt to wait until December to avoid the compensation penalty. Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2014

Yoshihisa Naruse

Keiji Obiki

  • Obiki on why he decided to exercise his FA option: "The front office tried really hard to get me to stay, but the coaches never said anything to me about next year. It would have been nice to talk to Hideki Kuriyama once..." Source: Sponichi 11/7/2014, Sports Hochi 11/7/2014

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Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • Eishin Soyogi (34) told reporters on Thursday that he still wanted more time to think about his options and that he would most likely speak to the Carp at least one more time. He does not want to have any regrets. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Yakult Swallows are looking into Kam Mickolio (30), in addition to Keiji Obiki and Yoshihisa Naruse. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014

Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

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[11/1/2014] Rumors: Yomiuri, Hanshin, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Nov.02, 2014 @ 3:52 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kentaro Nishimura (29) is avoiding FA option discussions with the media. Yoshiyuki Kamei (32) told reporters on Friday he felt strongly about remaining with the Giants. Source: Daily Sports 11/1/2014 ... Both players may have been offered multi-year deals. Source: Sponichi 11/1/2014
  • The Giants are expected to re-sign Takahiko Nomaguchi, Kosuke Naruse, Chikara Yoshikawa, and Ko Takahashi to an Ikusei contracts. Source: Sponichi 11/1/2014

Hanshin Tigers

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai (36) is planning to stay with the Dragons. He may have agreed to a three-year deal worth a total of about 400 million yen. The contract will be finalized on the 5th. Source: Daily Sports 11/1/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are interested in Daisuke Matsuzaka. Source: Sponichi 11/1/2014
  • There is a good chance Tatsuhiko Kinjo (38) will exercise his FA option. The Bay Stars are not planning to leave their offer on the table if Kinjo exercises his option. Source: Sports Hochi 11/1/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryoji Aikawa (38) wants to test the FA waters and is planning to exercise his option. He has already informed the Swallows and could file the necessary paperwork on Tuesday. Yakult is open to negotiating after he becomes a free agent. The Yomiuri Giants could be interested. Source: Daily Sports 11/1/2014 ... Aikawa is looking for a shot at winning the everyday catching job. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2014

[9/20/2014] Injury Report: Kosuke Tanaka (Hiroshima), Atsushi Nomi (Hanshin)

by on Sep.21, 2014 @ 6:04 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryota Imanari (right side) resumed outdoor practices at Naruohama on Friday. He still feels pain when running, hitting, and throwing. Source: Sanspo 9/20/2014
  • Atsushi Nomi left his start on the 17th with some tightness in his left shoulder. He participated in pitcher practices on Thursday and did some light running. He told reporters the tightness was not a problem. Source: Sanspo 9/19/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kosuke Tanaka was released from the hospital on Saturday. Tanaka took a batted ball off his head during pre-game workouts on Friday and diagnosed with a wound on the front part of his head. He needed fourteen stitches to close a cut on his head. Tests did not reveal any other abnormalities. He stayed in the hospital overnight as a precaution. He is currently slated to report to San-gun for rehab on the 23rd. Source: Daily Sports 9/20/2014
  • Rainel Rosario has not been in the starting line-up because of pain in the back of his left thigh and right adductor muscle. Source: Sports Hochi 9/20/2014
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[7/8/2014] Injury Report: Daichi Osera, Brad Eldred (Hiroshima)

by on Jul.09, 2014 @ 2:31 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Itaru Hashimoto (left thigh) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Lotte on Tuesday.  He got the start in center and batted third.  He went 3-for-5 with three RBI.  He told reporters he was at about ninety percent. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/8/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka (right elbow) could return to the starting line-up on the 10th against the Hiroshima Carp at Koshien. Source: Sports Hochi 7/8/2014
  • Atsushi Nomi (left side) will probably toss a couple more bullpen sessions before a possible start on the 13th.  He will most likely begin throwing breaking/off-speed pitches during his next session. Source: Sponichi 7/8/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • 1st round draft pick Daichi Osera took a batted ball off his right hand during Tuesday's game against Hanshin.  With a runner on first and one out, Yamato hit a ball back to the mound that hit Osera near the base of the thumb and index finger.  He was removed from the game as a precaution. Source: Sponichi 7/8/2014, Daily Sports 7/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/8/2014
  • Brad Eldred was pulled from Tuesday's game against Hanshin after he hurt his left middle finger while trying to check his swing during his at bat in the 8th inning. Source: Sponichi 7/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/8/2014
  • Ryuji Ichioka (right shoulder) pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hanshin on Tuesday.  He entered the game in the 7th and gave up two runs (none earned) on one hit over an inning of work.  He topped out at 144km/h. Source: Sports Hochi 7/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/8/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa (right hand) joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Tuesday.  He is could get a start on the 12th against Yokohama at Jingu Stadium. Source: Sponichi 7/8/2014
  • Wladimir Balentien (left Achilles tendon) worked out at the Ni-gun facilities in Toda, Saitama on Tuesday.  During outdoor batting practice, he swung the bat 100 times and hit twenty-one over the fence.  He could return to the active roster in time for a game against Yokohama at Jingu on the 13th. Source: Daily Sports 7/8/2014 ... Balentien and Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (left biceps femoris) could make it back to the active roster in time for the Yomiuri series that begins on the 14th at Tokyo Dome. Source: Sanspo 7/8/2014
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[7/7/2014] Injury Report: Atsushi Nomi (Hanshin), Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (Yakult)

by on Jul.07, 2014 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Atsushi Nomi (left side) threw about fifty pitches, all fastballs, in the bullpen on Monday. Source: Sanspo 7/7/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (left biceps femoris) could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on the 11th.  Wladimir Balentien (left Achilles tendon) could also play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on the same day. Source: Daily Sports 7/7/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • There is still a chance Senichi Hoshino might not be able to manage at the All-Star series.  The Eagles are hoping to make some sort of a decision before the end of the week. Source: Sanspo 7/7/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/7/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Michel Abreu (lower back) is scheduled to return to Japan on July 18.  He will join Ichi-gun practices on the 19th and resume workouts at Ni-gun on the 20th. Source: official announcementDaily Sports 7/7/2014
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[6/30/2014] Injury Report: Atsushi Nomi (Hanshin), Yuichi Hisamoto (Hiroshima)

by on Jun.30, 2014 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Atsushi Nomi was taken off the active roster on Monday after he felt something in his left side during his start against Chunichi on Sunday. Source: Daily Sports 6/30/2014 ... Nomi was examined at the hospital on Monday.  The injury does not seem to be serious. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/30/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yuichi Hisamoto was examined at a hospital in Hiroshima on Monday and diagnosed with an injury to his left flexor carpi ulnaris muscle.  He will most likely have to wear a cast for three weeks.  It is uncertain how much time he will need for a full recovery. Source: Daily Sports 6/30/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Kyohei Muranaka's (lower back) is scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun game against Rakuten at July 1.  If he is okay, he could start an Ichi-gun game against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium on July 6. Source: Sponichi 6/30/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Koji Yamasaki complained of pain in his left hand after playing in a game on the 18th against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome.  He was taken off the active roster on the 20th and had surgery to treat the injury on Monday. Source: Sponichi 6/30/2014
  • Takeya Nakamura (right elbow) could return to the starting line-up on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 6/30/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenji Otonari pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hanshin on Sunday.  He gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks over 7.2 innings of work.  He faced thirty-one hitters and struck out six. Source: Tokyo Sports 6/30/2014
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[6/29/2014] Injury Report: Yuichi Hisamoto (Hiroshima), Atsushi Nomi (Hanshin)

by on Jun.29, 2014 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kentaro Nishimura (right thigh) pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on Sunday.  He faced three hitters a total ten times.  He threw thirty pitches, allowed two could be hits, and walked one.  He topped out at 145km/h.  It was his second scrimmage since his injury. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/29/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yutaka Wada told reporters on Sunday Atsushi Nomi had some discomfort in his side. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/29/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yuichi Hisamoto left Sunday's game with pain in his left elbow.  Kenjiro Nomura indicated to reporters that he was planning to take Hisamoto off the active roster.  He will be examined at a hospital. Source: Sports Hochi 6/29/2014, Nikkan Sports 6/29/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ryosuke Hirata was examined at a hospital in Nagoya and diagnosed with an inversion sprain in his left ankle.  The Dragons have not released any information about how long much time Hirata might need for a full recovery. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/29/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Katsuya Kakunaka missed Saturday's game against Orix because of pain in his right shoulder.  He hurt the shoulder when he ran into the wall while playing defense on Friday.  He was examined at a hospital in Chiba and diagnosed with a bruise. Source: Sanspo 6/29/2014, Sponichi 6/29/2014 ... Kakunaka was back in the starting line-up on Sunday.
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[6/14/2014] Hanshin Tigers: Nomi sets new CL record by striking out ten or more in five straight starts

by on Jun.14, 2014 @ 6:50 pm, under NPB
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Astushi Nomi set a new Central League record today by striking out ten or more in five consecutive starts.

  • May 16 vs Yokohama - eleven strikeouts (8.0 innings)
  • May 24 vs Softbank - thirteen strikeouts (6.0 innings)
  • May 31 vs Nippon Ham - ten strikeouts (8.0 innings)
  • June 6 vs Orix - ten strikeouts (7.1 innings)
  • June 14 vs Seibu - ten strikeouts (6.0 innings)

Hideo Nomo holds the NPB record with ten or more strikeouts in six straight starts in 1991.  Three other players have recorded ten or more strikeouts in five consecutive starts, all accomplished in the Pacific League: Nomo (1990, 1993), Toshiya Sugiuchi (2009), and Yu Darvish (2010).  

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