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[7/23/2014] BC League: Akinori Otsuka suspended for slapping three players

by on Jul.24, 2014 @ 12:51 am, under Independent
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The Shinano Grandserows Baseball Club of the BC League announced on Wednesday that player/manager Akinori Otsuka was suspended from all team activities, effective July 23.  According to a press release posted by the Grandserows, Otsuka went over the line with his coaching duties after a game against the Niigata Albirex Baseball Club on July 21.  The incident has been reported to the BC League.  A disciplinary hearing will be held on the 26th.

The Grandserows posted the following statement from Otsuka:

I went over the line with my duties as coach.  This kind of incident is unworthy of a coach and is something that should not be forgiven.  I regret from the bottom of my heart that it happened in front of children during a memorial game for Mikito Mizushima and his mother.

I would like to offer my deepest and sincerest apologies to all the fans and to the supporters of the league for breaking the BC League's Charter, which lists the league as being for the region and for the region's children.  I am very sorry.

Source: official announcement

[UPDATE 7/24 @ 10:01pm]

The BC League provided an update on what happened on the 21st: Otsuka slapped three players during a post-game meeting that was held in front of the dugout.  None of the players were hurt.  All three attended practices the following day.

A concerned fan contacted the league offices on the 22nd.  An internal investigation confirmed the incident.  The league will hold a disciplinary hearing on the 26th.

Source: official announcement

[7/18/2014] New BC League team from Fukushima will be named the Fukushima Hopes

by on Jul.18, 2014 @ 3:41 pm, under Independent
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The new team being established in Fukushima for the BC League in 2015 will be named the Fukushima Hopes.

The team organizers selected Hope as the team name because they wanted to become a beacon of light for kids that were affected by the Tohoku Earthquake.  The group also unveiled the team logo and mascot.  They are planning to field name suggestions for their mascot from elementary and junior high school kids in the prefecture.

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Source: Sponichi 7/18/2014, images taken from BC League press release

[6/28/2014] Gunma clinches BCL’s Joshinetsu, Tokushima clinches first-half Island League

by on Jun.29, 2014 @ 1:43 am, under Independent
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The BC League's Gunma Diamond Pegasus clinched first place in the Joshinetsu Division on Saturday with a 21-11-3 record.

Source: official announcement

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The Tokushima Indigo Socks clinched first place for the first-half of the Shikoku Island League plus season on Saturday with a 22-14-4 record.  The Kagawa Olive Guyners have the same record, but they went 5-6-1 in head-to-head games against Tokushima.

Source: official announcement

[6/24/2014] Route Inn BC League Updates: New teams in 2015, Ustream Channel

by on Jun.24, 2014 @ 5:39 pm, under Independent
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The BC League announced that their league will be made up eight teams next year.

Current Teams

Gunma Prefectural Team Gunma Diamond Pegasus http://d-pegasus.com/
Niigata Prefectural Team Niigata Albirex Baseball Club http://www.niigata-albirex-bc.jp/
Nagano Prefectural Team Shinano Grandserows http://www.grandserows.co.jp/
Toyama Prefectural Team Toyama Thunderbirds http://www.t-thunderbirds.jp/
Ishikawa Prefectural Team Ishikawa Million Stars http://www.m-stars.jp/
Fukui Prefectural Team Fukui Miracle Elephants http://www.m-elephants.com/

New Teams

Saitama Prefectural Team Musashi Heat Bears http://www.musashibears.com/
Fukushima Prefectural Team TBA TBA

Additional information will be released as it become available.

Source: official announcement

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The BC League has set up an official Route Inn BC League Ustream Channel. The league hopes to use the channel to stream games, press conferences, interviews, and various other types of content.

Source: official announcement

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The Gunma Diamond Pegasus announced on Monday that Alex Ramirez left Japan earlier in the day to attend to a sick family member. He will return when conditions improve.

Source: official announcement

[5/21/2014] Fukushima formally announces plans to build team for BC League

by on May.21, 2014 @ 11:34 am, under Independent
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A committee representative in Fukushima held a press conference with the BC League on Tuesday to formally announce efforts to create a baseball team in the prefecture.  The committee is already recognized as an associate member of the BC League.  They are expected to gain approval to become full members during a BC League meeting later next month.

The committee is planning to establish a formal company in Fukushima in August with 100 million yen in capital.  Committee Representative Tomiyuki Ogiya will take over as president.  Team specifics, like name, logos, colors, and mascot character, will also be released in August.  Work on finding sponsorship contracts, filling the coaching staff, conducting tryouts, and taking part in the player draft will begin in September.

The Fukushima team will not have one stadium to call home.  They are planning to spread their home games across nine different ballparks in the prefecture.  That could work out to about four games per stadium.

Saitama is also in the process of building a team for the BC League (the Musashi Heat Bears).  The league could field up to eight teams next season.

Source: Fukushima Mimpo 5/21/2014Asahi Shimbun 5/21/2014Sankei News 5/21/2014Daily Sports 5/21/2014

[5/13/2014] Fukushima looking to join Baseball Challenge League

by on May.13, 2014 @ 1:47 pm, under Independent
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Fukushima Prefecture is an associate member of the Baseball Challenge League (BC League).  They are hoping to become full participants by establishing a team.  An official announcement could be made within the next few days.  If the prefecture can secure funding from a number of local companies, they could formally join the BC League in 2015.

The BC League is currently made up of teams from six prefectures: Gunma, Niigata, Nagano, Toyama, Ishikawa, and Fukui.  Saitama was announced as a new addition at the end of last year.  If Fukushima makes it into the fray, the league could field eight teams in 2015.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/13/2014

 

[4/26/2014] BC League: Gunma agrees to terms with former NPB players Romero and Zarate

by on Apr.26, 2014 @ 11:43 pm, under Independent
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The BC League's Gunma Diamond Pegasus announced today that they agreed to terms with former NPB pitchers Levi Romero (30) and Robert Zarate (27).  Romera spent some time in the Yomiuri (2009-2012) and Softbank (2012) organizations.  He was assigned the number twelve.  Zarata played for Gunma in 2010 before signing with the Hanshin Tigers (2011-2013).  He was assigned the number forty-three.

Source: official announcement

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

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

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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