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Yomiuri Giants: Brian Bannister listed as retired by NPB commissioner’s office

by on Apr.26, 2011 @ 6:00 pm, under NPB
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It appears Brian Bannister has decided to retire.  At least that's what the NPB commissioner's office is now reporting.

UPDATE @ 6:45pm - Team rep Hidetoshi Kiyotake told reporters that the club received confirmation that Bannister has no intention of playing baseball in either the US or Japan.

UPDATE @ 10:50pm - Via fighting ham's link down below: Jiji Press has a slightly different quote from Kiyotake: "He told us that after thinking things through, he no longer wanted to play baseball anywhere [in the world].  We have on choice but to respect that decision."

Brian Bannister (YOM) becomes second Seigen Senshu

by on Apr.02, 2011 @ 10:23 pm, under NPB
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The NPB commissioner officially placed Brian Bannister (YOM) on the Seigen Senshu list (essentially the NPB's version of the Restricted List) today.  According to the Yomiuri Giants, Bannister left Japan due to concerns about the Fukushima nuclear reactors.  The team is requesting Bannister to return to Japan, but they haven't been able to agree on a date.

UPDATE 4/3 @ 11:39pm - According to the link fighting ham posted, it seems Bannister refused to hold a talk about a return date with the Giants.  And while Bannister officially became a Seigen Senshu on 4/2, the Giants are thinking of the move more as a "disciplinary discharge" because he isn't making good on his contract.  On top of all of this, the Giants are also considering fining Bannister and doing what they can to make sure he stays a Seigen Senshu until all issues are cleared.

Yomiuri Giants Spring Camp News and Notes: February 13, 2011

by on Feb.13, 2011 @ 7:03 am, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.


Today's intra-squad game:

The reds beat the whites, 5-0 (7 innings).

Takahiko Nomaguchi started the game for the reds and did not allow a run over 2 innings of work.  He also gave up 2 hits and struck out 2.

Jumpei Ono entered the game in the 3rd and tossed 3 perfect innings in relief for the reds.

Tetsuya Matsumoto started in center and batted 1st for the whites.  He went 1-for-3.

Yoshiyuki Kamei started at third and batted 4th for the whites.  He went 0-for-4.

Yesterday's Ni-gun intra-squad game:

The reds beat the whites, 2-0 (6 innings).

Taishi Ota was a starting third baseman and batted 4th for the red team; he went 2-for-3 with a stolen base.

Atsushi Nakazato tossed an inning of relief (4th inning) for the whites and struck out the side.

===== 2/13 @ 9:21pm

The Giants drew over 30,000 fans today.


Seth Greisinger faced Ryuichi Kajimae, Itaru Hashimoto, and Taishi Ota during BP today and threw 38 pitches while giving in 2 could-be hits.  This was Greisinger's first appearance as a BP pitcher this spring.

===== 2/13 @ 4:16pm

Carlos Torres faced Rusty Ryal, Yoshiyuki Kamei, and Shigeyuki Furuki during BP today and threw 48 pitches while giving 8 could-be hits.  This was Torres' second BP outing since the start of spring camp.


Brian Bannister faced Takahito Kudo, Toshimasa Konta, and Kenji Yano during BP today and threw 41 pitches while giving up 1 could-be hit.


Shun Tono threw 91 pitches in the bullpen today.  He also mixed in his fork.


Hirokazu Sawamura (1st round) threw 37 pitches in the bullpen today, including 4 forkballs.  This was Swamura's 5th bullpen this spring.


General pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi told reporters that Shinnosuke Abe will be Sawamura's catcher during his intra-squad appearance on the 15th.


Tetsuya Utsumi apparently got some ideas on how to tweak his delivery by watching ice skaters doing jumps.


Taichi Tanaka (3rd round) has not tossed a bullpen session yet, but told reporters today that he was thinking about throwing one soon.

===== 2/13 @ 7:03am

Ota is scheduled to start at third and bat 4th during today's Ichi-gun intra-squad game.


Jonathan Albaladejo faced Takahito Kudo and Rusty Ryal during BP yesterday and threw 32 pitches while giving up 2 could-be hits.  19 of the 32 pitches Albaladejo threw were called balls and both could-be hits came of Kudo's bat.

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Yomiuri Giants Spring Camp News and Notes: February 3, 2011

by on Feb.03, 2011 @ 7:48 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

=== 1/4 @ 1:50am

Taishi Ota is scheduled to rejoin the Ichi-gun roster beginning on the first day of the second block of spring camp (2/5).


Tetsuya Utsumi threw his fourth bullpen session today in as many days under the watchful eye of Tatsunori Hara.


Jonathan Albaladejo threw 44 pitches (including his off-speed pitches) in the bullpen today.


Hara stood in the batter's box during Brian Bannister's bullpen session today.

Said Hara, "I wanted to see what he could throw.  When you stand in the batter's box yourself, it makes it easier to explain yourself, to say something good.  It puts you on the same page.  He showed good control."


Hoshino tossed BP today.

=== 7:48pm

The six foreign Giants took part in a bean throwing ceremony today, as part of Setsubun.


Seth Greisinger tossed his first bullpen session during spring camp today; he threw a total 51 pitches (fastballs and change-ups).  Greisinger plans on throwing at least three more sessions for a scheduled outing during an intra-squad game on the 17th.


Seven Ni-gun Giants spent about an hour in the batting cages during early morning practice today (8:20am).  Genki Kawano was apparently one of them and took a slider that didn't slide off his back.  He later told reporters that he was fine.


Despite all the hard training (there was an evening practice session on the first day of camp and yesterday's session lasted close to 7 hours), Takanori Hoshi told reporters today that he has managed to gain weight since the start of camp (from 81kg to 82kg).


Masumi Hoshino tossed 136 pitches in the bullpen yesterday.  It was his second bullpen session in as many days (he threw 100 the day before).  The Giants are currently thinking of Hoshino as a potential starter.


General pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi advised Hirokazu Sawamura (1st round) to slow down and take things easy yesterday.  He also old Sawamura that it wasn't the number of pitches he threw, but rather the quality of the pitches he threw.


Rusty Ryal and Yoshiyuki Kamei took grounders at third during situational fielding practice yesterday.  And Hayato Sakamoto was at short and Ryota Wakiya at second.  The session lasted about an hour and 15 minutes.  Kamei also spent about 40 minutes working on back-handing the ball.

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Rosenthal: Yomiuri Giants sign Brian Bannister to a 1-year deal

by on Jan.07, 2011 @ 8:51 pm, under NPB
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1/9/2011 10:22am JST

Sanspo is reporting the deal is worth 120M yen.

1/8/2011 10:52am JST

Bannister's 1-year deal is worth 150M yen.  He was also assigned the number 20.  An official announcement of the signing could be made as early as the 8th.

1/17/2011 8:51pm JST

Via Sponichi: according to a tweet by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Yomiuri Giants signed 29-year-old RHP Brian Bannister to a 1-year deal that includes a club option.

Career and 2010 Stats

2010 KC AAA 0 1 3.68 3 3 0 0 0 0 7.1 10 3 3 1 0 3 1.36
2010 KC MLB 7 12 6.34 24 23 0 0 1 0 127.2 158 92 90 23 50 77 1.63
MLB Totals 37 50 5.09 117 114 2 0 2 0 667.1 724 407 377 86 224 384 1.42
MiLB Totals 30 22 3.29 84 81 2 1 1 1 438.1 404 191 160 29 116 376 1.19
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