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[2/25/2014] BC League agrees to naming rights deal with Route Inn Group

by on Feb.26, 2014 @ 1:35 am, under Independent

The BC League announced on Tuesday that they sold naming rights to the league to official league partner Route Inn Group.  The league will officially be called Route Inn BC League.  The two sides agreed to a three-year term that begins on March 1.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 2/25/2014

And in catching up with other BC League news, a new team will be joining the league next year.  The new team will be named the Musashi Heat Bears and will be based out of Saitama.  Business operations began last month.  Logos and mascot characters have already be released.

Source: official announcement

[12/17/2013] Former Buffalo Yokoyama signs with Ehime; Gunma player arrested on assault charges

by on Dec.18, 2013 @ 1:07 am, under Independent
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The Shikoku Island League plus' Ehime Mandarin Pirates announced that they signed former Orix Buffalo Tetsuya Yokoyama (29).

Source: official announcememnt


Gunma Police arrested Hisanori Yamamoto (22) on Tuesday on suspicions of assault.  Yamamoto is a player in the Gunma Diamond Pegasus ( BC League) organization.

According to reports, Yamamoto called a twenty-year-old man out to a Pachinko parking lot on December 9 at around 11:00am and struck him in the face.  The man suffered minor injuries.

In speaking to the police, Yamamoto admitted to the charges and said the man's attitude upset him.  The events came to light after the man filed a report with police on the 16th.

Source: Sponichi 12/17/2013

[12/8/2013] BC League: Masao Kida will return to the Million Stars next season

by on Dec.08, 2013 @ 9:11 pm, under Independent
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Forty-six-year-old Masao Kida has decided to continue playing and will remain with the BC League's Ishikawa Million Stars next season.

Kida attended a tryout with Ishikawa after he was senrokyugai'ed by Nippon Ham after the 2012 season.  He passed the tryout and went on to pitch in fifty-two games this past season (3-1, 15 Sv, 51.0 IP, 37 H, 1 HR, 32 K, 2 BB, 12 R, 10 ER, 1.76 ERA).

Source: official announcement, personal blog 12/8/2013, Sponichi 12/8/2013

[UPDATE 12/9 @ 8:51pm]

Kida will be returning to Ishikawa as a player/general manager, effective January 1, 2014.

Source: official announcementSponichi 12/9/2013, personal blog 12/9/2013

[12/4/2013] BC League: Yuji Yoshioka to take over as manager of the Toyama Thunderbirds

by on Dec.04, 2013 @ 10:27 pm, under Independent
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The Toyama Thunderbirds Baseball Club (BC League) announced today that Yuji Yoshioka will take over as their new manager next season.

Yoshioka played for three different NPB teams over his career (Yomiuri, Kintetsu, and Rakuten).  He spent the last three years as a batting coach for the Ehime Mandarin Pirates in the Shikoku Island League plus.

Source: official announcement

Hitachi Independent Leagues Grand Championship 2013 – Ishikawa takes series, 3-1

by on Oct.13, 2013 @ 11:40 pm, under Independent
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Hitachi Independent Leagues Grand Championship 2013

Date Time Venue Home Score Away Attendance Official
10/19 Sat 18:15 Kanazawa Baseball Stadium Ishikawa 1-2 Tokushima 912 IL, BC 
10/20 Sun 18:15 Kanazawa Baseball Stadium Ishikawa RAIN Tokushima    
10/21 Mon 18:15 Kanazawa Baseball Stadium Ishikawa 7-3 Tokushima 504 IL, BC
10/22 Tue 18:15 Kanazawa Baseball Stadium Make-up Day
10/26 Sat 17:00 JA Bank Tokushima Stadium Tokushima 2-5 Ishikawa 795 IL, BC
10/27 Sun 17:00 JA Bank Tokushima Stadium Tokushima 2-4 Ishikawa 715 IL, BC
10/28 Mon 17:00 JA Bank Tokushima Stadium Tokushima   Ishikawa    
10/29 Tue 18:00 JA Bank Agri Anan Stadium Make-up Day
10/30 Wed 17:00 JA Bank Tokushima Stadium Make-up Day
10/31 Thu 17:00 JA Bank Tokushima Stadium Make-up Day

Source: Island League Announcement, BC League Announcement


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[10/10/2013] BC League: Gunma names Tetsuro Kawajiri new manager

by on Oct.10, 2013 @ 6:07 pm, under Industrial
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The Gunma Diamond Pegasus announced today that former Hanshin Tiger Tetsuro Kawajiri (44) will take over as manager of the team next year.

Kawajiri was drafted by Hanshin in 1994 and traded to Orix in 2003.  He spent one year in the Orix organization before he was selected by Rakuten in the 2004 expansion draft.  He retired in 2005 after pitching in just two Ichi-gun games for the Eagles and spent some time working as a baseball commentator before taking as job as pitching coach for Gunma at the start of the season.

Source: official announcement

[9/29/2013] BC League, Island League postseason play

by on Sep.30, 2013 @ 3:50 am, under Independent
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For those looking for information on Independent League postseason play, please see the links below:

[9/25/2013] BC League Final Standings, Playoff Schedule

Island League: Tokushima and Kagawa advance to Championship Series

Also, I'd like to apologize to Steve Hammond for failing to mention that he was starting Game 1 of the BC League playoffs for the Ishikawa Million Stars on Saturday.  He actually sent me an e-mail on Thursday to let me know and I completely phased and lost track of time.  Sorry Steve!

Incidentally, Ishikawa lost the game 1-0.  I managed to track down Steve's line from the game: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 12 SO, 3 HBP/BB, 1 ER.  Steve, if you see this and notice an error in the stats, or if there is something more you'd like to add, please let me know.