Tag: Brent Leach
They also announced that they informed Brent Leach he was no longer a part of the team's plans.
Clayton Hamilton 2011 Season Stats
Brandon Mann 2011 Season Stats
Brent Leach 2011 Season Stats
Sports Hochi is reporting that the Yokohama Bay Stars are leaning towards retaining the services of 28-year-old Brent Leach and 29-year-old Clayton Hamilton for the 2012 season (Yokohama holds 2012 club options for both players).
Brent Leach 2011 Season
Clayton Hamilton 2011 Season
Leach also provided the following comment through the Bay Stars:
I'm really grateful to get another chance to play in Japan. Even after returning to the US, I had thoughts about playing for the Bay Stars. I made some good friends here during spring camp. I want to get to Ichi-gun as quickly as I can and do my best to help the team out.
My wife getting pregnant made me do a lot of thinking. And I wanted to come back to Yokohama and play. If I were a fan, I don't think I'd appreciate a player just leaving. I just feel really bad for what I did. ... From here on, I want to do my best for the team and fans.
The Bay Stars announced today that Brent Leach will be returning to Japan on the 8th and will join the Ni-gun roster for practice on the 9th. Yokohama will follow with the necessary paperwork to get him removed from the restricted list.
Sponichi is reporting that Brent Leach could arrive in Japan sometime next week. He'll come alone as his wife is pregnant.
The Bay Stars are hopeful Leach will be ready to join the starting rotation sometime in August.
And according to a separate Sponichi report, it seems the Bay Stars did a number of things to persuade Leach to return to Japan, like send him a DVD on Yokohama Stadium and have Brett Harper's wife and Terrmel Sledge's wife talk to him over the phone (to tell him and his family that Japan is safe).
Sponichi reports that there's still a chance Brent Leach could return to the club this season (he was placed on the restricted list on 4/1). Seems the Bay Stars sent a rep to check on Leach in the US earlier this month and found that he was thinking about returning to the team.
It seems Brent Leach's run with the Yokohama Bay Stars has come to an end. Leach returned to the US after the earthquakes and doesn't seem to be interested in returning to Japan at this point. It seems the Bay Stars may have already been prepared to lose Leach since pitching coach Atsushi Yoshida was quoted as saying, "I can't really say exactly, but he wasn't in our plans." The actual Japanese could be taken two ways: that the team knew from the start they weren't going to use him right away, or that the team knew he wasn't planning on returning. Either way, it seems he won't be returning.
Yokohama is planning on giving Takayuki Makka one last look on the 2nd (vs Hanshin Tigers @ Yokohama Stadium) to see if he can fill the spot left open by Leach.
UPDATE @ 9:51pm - Leach became the first ever Seigen Senshu (制限選手) today, which basically means a player with limited status (or a player on the restricted list). And that means he won't be able to sign with any teams unless he gets clearance from the NPB commissioner's office.
According to the Bay Stars, Leach seems to want to play in the Japan, but his family is apparently against him returning to Japan. The front office will leave the lines of communication open with Leach to see if something can be worked out.
And for those wondering about what the Bay Stars will owe him in terms of a salary, according to Section 60.2, the team can subtract 1/300th of his yearly salary for each day he misses.
UPDATE 4/2 @ 11:55pm - Nikkan Sports adds that Leach contacted the Bay Stars on the 31st to inform them that he couldn't return to Japan against his families' wishes and as such, couldn't set a firm return date. And Yokohama filed the Seigen Senshu paperwork because they feel he's worth protecting.
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that Brandon Mann, Brett Harper, and Terrmel Sledge returned to Japan today.
Regarding the other two players: Clayton Hamilton will return on the 23rd and there's still no firm date for when Brent Leach will return, but he is expected back before the start of the regular season.
The Yokohama Bay Stars are apparently leaning towards allowing all five of their foreign players (Brent Leach, Clayton Hamilton, Brandon Mann, Brett Harper, and Terrmel Sledge) to return home to US. It the players are showing signs of emotional distress and would like time to return to their families.
All five players ended their practice sessions in the morning to get their things together. They will most likely leave within the next couple of days.