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[11/14/2013] Hanshin Tigers: Seung Hwan Oh, Mauro Gomez, Blaine Boyer

by on Nov.15, 2013 @ 2:11 am, under NPB
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The Tigers might be concerned about their chances of signing Seung Hwan Oh, reports ZakZak.  The estimated costs are creeping up and Samsung may not seriously listen to offers until after the Asia Series.  The news reports are also not helping.  The last thing the Tigers want is another Ryota Igarashi.

Source: ZakZak 11/14/2013

Tokyo Sports reports that Oh may really be looking to sign with an MLB team and that the Hanshin Tigers are just a back-up plan.  Samsung could be pushing Oh to the Majors because they might make more money by posting him.  Oh's agent also recently became independent and may be looking at this as a great opportunity to make a splash by getting his client to sign with an MLB team.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/14/2013

According to Sanspo, the Tigers do not want to get into a bidding war and might end up setting a deadline on negotiations with Oh.

Source: Sanspo 11/14/2013

The Tigers are looking into Dennis Sarfate as a possible candidate to close next season.  Oh is still their top priority, but they are concerned about his price tag and are compiling a list of alternatives.

Source: Sponichi 11/15/2013


The Tigers are thinking about offering Mauro Gomez the number forty-four as a symbol of their hope that he can become a player like Randy Bass or Cecil Fielder.  They both wore the number when they played for Hanshin.

Source: Sponichi 11/14/2013


According to the most recent reports, the Tigers have decided to part ways with Blaine Boyer.

Source: Sponichi 11/15/2013

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[10/16/2013] Rumor: Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers

by on Oct.17, 2013 @ 4:27 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Masahiko Morino has an international FA option.  Not wanting to see the veteran leave, Hiromitsu Ochiai spoke directly to Morino after practices at Nagoya Stadium on Tuesday and asked him to stay.  Their discussions lasted about an hour.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2013, Daily Sports 10/16/2013

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows are planning to offer Shingo Takatsu the open pitching coach job.  Takatsu is reportedly leaning toward accepting the position.

Source: Sponichi 10/16/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Hiroshima is the only team in the NPB that has not signed a free agent since they became available in 1993.  The first free agent they pursued was Seiichi Uchikawa in 2010.

Source: Daily Sports 10/16/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Randy Messenger left for the US out of Kansai International Airport on Wednesday.

"I would like to see what kind of offers MLB teams have put on the table for me.  How [I decide] will depend on those offers and what Hanshin has brought to the table," Messenger said.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2013

According to Sponichi, if Meesenger stays in Japan, it will be with the Tigers.

Source: Sponichi 10/16/2013


Blaine Boyer also left for the US out of Kansai International Airport on Wednesday.

"I love Tiger fans.  I also appreciate the organization's concern for me.  I like pitching for teams like this," Boyer said to reporters before leaving.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2013


The front office has not been able to narrow down clean-up hitting candidates because none fulfill all of the team's requirements.  They are going to hold off on signing a new bat until they can find someone.  They were initially limiting their searches mostly to triple-A players but may expand their search to players on MLB rosters that are looking for a new place to play.

Source: Daily Sports 10/16/2013

Sponichi notes that the Tigers may be looking at players from/near Central America, like Mauro Gomez.

Source: Sponichi 10/16/2013


The Tigers are thinking about bringing Thomas O'Malley back as a batting coach.  If everything goes smoothly and according to plan, O'Malley could begin as early as fall camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2013, Daily Sports 10/16/2013

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[10/3/2013] Injury Updates: Balentien (YAK), Nomi, Boyer (HAN), Nakata, Y. Saito (HAM)

by on Oct.03, 2013 @ 6:54 pm, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

Wladimir Balentien (left Achilles' tendon) told reporters on Wednesday he did not think he would be able to play until Friday.

Source: Sponichi 10/3/2013

Balentien was not in the starting line-up tonight.

Hanshin Tigers

Atsushi Nomi was taken off the active roster on Wednesday because he is not scheduled to pitch over the next ten days.  It apparently had nothing to do with the cut he suffered on his left ring finger during his last start on the 1st.

With regards to Blaine Boyer, Yutaka Wada hinted at an injury he may have sustained during his outing on the 1st by saying they did not want to prolong his recovery.

Source: Sanspo 10/3/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata was added to the active roster on Thursday even though his doctor feels he will not be able to play until the last game of the season.  Hideki Kuriyama wants to use him and Nakata wants to play, but people around him are advising him not to rush things.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2013


Yuki Saito's right shoulder pain was so bad that at one point he could not hold a cup.  He turned down surgery as an option and instead worked on streamlining his mechanics to put less strain on his shoulder.

Saito is expected to participate in the upcoming Phoenix League.  The Fighters are hoping he will be able to pitch in at least three games.  How he does will determine whether or not he attends fall camp.

Source: Sponichi 10/3/2013, Sanspo 10/3/2013

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[9/5/2013] Injury Updates: Hatakeyama (YAK), Boyer, Fukudome (HAN)

by on Sep.05, 2013 @ 6:18 pm, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

The media learned on Wednesday that Kazuhiro Hatakeyama hurt his left side and will be evaluated at a hospital in Tokyo today.  There is a possibility he has a strain in his left abdominal internal oblique muscle.  At worst, he could miss the rest of the season.

Hatakeyama suffered the injury while taking fielding practice at the Ni-gun facilities in Toda on Tuesday.

Source: Sanspo 9/5/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi wanted to use Blaine Boyer for two innings against the Yokohama Bay Stars on Wednesday but decided to pull him after one inning because the reliever complained of tightness in his right shoulder.  He was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Sanspo 9/5/2013


Kosuke Fukudome (left calf) resumed taking indoor batting practice on Wednesday -- soft-toss batting practice for about fifteen minutes; regular batting practice for about ten minutes.  He also did about fifteen minutes of light running and participated in some Ni-gun training exercises.  At the end of workouts, he ran up some stairs.

Source: Daily Sports 9/5/2013

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[5/30/2013] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on May.30, 2013 @ 11:48 pm, under NPB
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Hisashi Takayama worked out with the Ichi-gun team at Koshien today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2013


Brooks Conrad was taken off the active roster again because he is still struggling at the plate -- he went 1-for-7 with five strikeouts after they called him up on the 19th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2013


The Tigers will likely go with a closer by committee approach.  Shinobu FukuharaYuya AndoKazuya Tsutsui, and Kosuke Kato will be in the mix.  The Tigers are hopeful that Yasutomo Kubo can work out his issues and return to the active roster in the minimum ten days.

Source: Sanspo 5/30/2013Daily Sports 5/30/2013Sponichi 5/30/2013


Blaine Boyer is scheduled to receive his work visa on the 31st (assuming no problems with the paperwork or other unexpected delays).  That could mean he pitches in his first Ni-gun game on June 1 against Orix.  If his outing goes well, he might even have a chance to join the Ichi-gun team on the following day.

Source: Sponichi 5/30/2013


Kubo on how things are currently going for him: "I am getting hit even though I feel pretty good out there.  That means I am missing something and just need to figure it out.  I am not here to rest and recover.  I plan to make it back [to the active roster] in ten days.  I will not stop training over their ten days.  I will push myself by doing things like running and weight training."

Source: Daily Sports 5/30/2013

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[5/28/2013] Hanshin Tigers: Portions of Blaine Boyer’s press conference interview

by on May.28, 2013 @ 5:22 pm, under NPB
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Sanspo and Sports Hochi have posted portions of Blaine Boyer's press conference interview.

First Sanspo:

I am very excited.  I am happy to get this opportunity.  I can not wait to put myself out there.

What are your strengths?

My velocity.  I can also get strikes with my curve.  I can also mix in a splitter (fork).

What is your impression of Hanshin?

They are team with tradition.  They also seem like a team that has a thirst for winning.  They kind of remind me of the Yankees and Red Sox in how the entire city of Osaka is rooting for them.

What is your impression of baseball in Japan?

The players spend a lot of time working on the basics and they prepare by practicing a lot.  Many of the players do not make mistakes.  In the US, there are a lot of players with potential, but some do not practice enough and fail.

Do you know any Japanese players?

There are many I have faced.  I remember facing Ichiro during my first year in the Majors.  I also played for Atlanta when  Kenshin Kawakami was there.

Do you know any Japanese?

Hai, konnichiwa.  I would like to improve a bit more.

Do you like Japanese food?

I really liked eating sushi when I was in the US.  But it was American sushi, like the Philadelphia roll and the spicy tune roll, stuff like that.  I would like to try eating real Japanese sushi.  I am also looking forward to the steak.

Do you have any concerns?

Other than being far away from the US, nothing.  I think Japanese people are very nice.

When did you hit ninety-nine mph?

I hit ninety-nine mph a few times about two years ago.  I have hit ninety-eight mph a couple of times this season.  I think my average is somewhere between ninety-four and ninety-seven.

You were teammates with Andruw Jones when you played for the Brave.  He now players for Rakuten.  He is scheduled to play in the Hanshin game on the 28th.  Any news on him?

If there is anything I can pass on to [Hanshin], I would be more than happy to.

Source: Sanspo 5/28/2013

Now Sports Hochi:

Are there any foreign players in the NPB that you know?

I am close to [Jason] Standridge.  He told me that everything about Japan was great.  He has been supportive and he helped me with my decision to sign with Hanshin.

Anyone else?

I know [Matt] Murton from when we faced each other while playing little league when we were around eight.  Back then I was a center fielder -- I did not start pitching until I was eighteen.

GM [Katsuhiro] Nakamura has high expectations for you and has said that you were needed to move past Yomiuri.

I want to go out there with the mindset that I will not lose.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/28/2013

[5/26/2013] Hanshin Tigers announce addition of Blaine Boyer

by on May.27, 2013 @ 12:10 am, under NPB
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Blaine Boyer arrived in Japan on Sunday.  The Hanshin Tigers announced on the same day that they reached an agreement with the thirty-one-year-old pitcher.  A press conference will be held on Monday.  No other details are currently available.

Source: Sponichi 5/27/2013, Daily Sports 5/27/2013


UPDATE @ 4:21pm -

The Tigers held a press conference for Boyer at the team office today.  He has been assigned the number forty-four.  He reportedly signed a one-year deal worth an estimated US$400,000.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 5/27/2013

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[5/19/2013] Hanshin Tigers are interested in Blaine Boyer

by on May.19, 2013 @ 11:25 am, under NPB
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According to reports by Sanspo and Sponichi, the Hanshin Tigers are interested in thirty-one-year-old pitcher Blaine Boyer.  The Tigers are reportedly close to signing a deal with Boyer and could have something in place early next week.  Assuming no kinks in negotiations, the righty could be added to the active roster in mid-June (he will officially sign once he passes his physical and will then have to wait until his work visa comes through).

Sanspo adds that the Tigers lost interest in David Aardsma after they learned he was not interested in playing in Japan.

Sponichi notes that the Tigers also have Guillermo Moscoso, Tim Wood, and Clay Hensley on their list of potential candidates, but Boyer is their top priority.

Source: Sanspo 5/19/2013, Sponichi 5/19/2013

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