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[2/6/2014] Bryan LaHair, Masahiro Tanaka

by on Feb.06, 2014 @ 9:44 pm, under MLB
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Former Softbank Hawk Bryan LaHair signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians that includes an invite to Spring Training.  From MLB.com's Jordan Bastian:

... On Wednesday, Cleveland announced that it has signed LaHair to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to attend Spring Training. The 31-year-old first baseman will compete for at-bats as a designated hitter and could work his way into the mix as a role player off the bench.

... In parts of three Major League seasons -- spent with the Mariners (2008) and Cubs (2011-12) -- LaHair posted a .260/.334/.430 slash line in 195 games. He owns a .295 average and .865 OPS in 970 career Minor League games. Last season, LaHair played for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, hitting .230 with 16 home runs and 57 RBIs in 11 [sic] games in Japan.

Source: MLB.com 2/5/2014


Masahiro Tanaka updates from Thursday, February 6, 2014.

  • Yoshiki Sato spoke to reporters today and said that Tanaka might be able to head to the United States as early as the 9th.  The media also learned that Tanaka got his visa on the 4th.
  • Tanaka did light workouts at Kobo Stadium today.  He also threw thirty-six pitches to a standing catcher  in the bullpen.
  • Tanaka did not show up at Kobo Stadium on Wednesday because an Industrial League team was using the facilities.
  • Tanaka was formally taken off the Eagles' reserved list on Wednesday.  The MLB team that successfully signs a posted player must pay the first installment of the posting fee within fourteen days of contract confirmation by the MLBPA and the commissioner's office.  NPB teams must then remove the player from their reserved list within five business days (which essentially means they become free agents).

Source: Sponichi 2/6/2014, Sponichi 2/6/2014, Sponichi 2/6/2014

[10/6/2013] Softbank Hawks will likely part ways with Yang, Padilla, Falkenborg, Pena

by on Oct.06, 2013 @ 1:19 pm, under NPB
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According to a report by Daily Sports, the Softbank Hawks will likely part ways with pitchers Yao-Hsun Yang (30) and Vicente Padilla (36).  There is also a good chance Brian Falkenborg (35) and Wily Mo Pena (31) will not return to Softbank next year, although the organization might wait to see what else is available on the market before finalizing any decisions.

Bryan LaHair (30), Edison Barrios (24), and Paul Oseguera (29) will likely return next season.

Source: Daily Sports 10/6/2013

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[9/26/2013] Injury Updates: Balentien (YAK), K. Maeda (HIR), Yamato (HAN), Iguchi, Kakunaka (LOT)

by on Sep.27, 2013 @ 3:24 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

Wladimir Balentien was replaced on defense in the 5th inning of Thursday's game against Yomiuri because he felt tightness in his left Achilles' tendon.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/26/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda took a batted ball off the area near his right knee in the 1st inning of Thursday's game against the Chunichi Dragons.  He was carried off the field for treatment and returned to the mound a few minutes later and was able to continue pitching.

Source: Daily Sports 9/26/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Yamato played in a rehab practice game against Orix at Naruohama on Thursday.  He played center for a few innings (only defense) before he came out of the game and went to Koshien Stadium to workout in front of the Ichi-gun coaches.

Source: Sponichi 9/26/2013

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks announced that Bryan LaHair will have surgery on his left wrist.  He will require about three months for a full recovery.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/26/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Tadahito Iguchi and Katsuya Kakunaka did not play on Thursday -- Iguchi because of a bruise on his left knee and Kakunaka because of back pain.  Toshiaki Imae (left calf) also started the night on the bench, but made it into the game as a pinch-hitter in the 9th and walked in a run.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/26/2013

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[7/7/2013] Injury Updates: Abe (YOM), Luna (CHU), Hidaka (HAN), Nakamura (SEI), LaHair (SOF)

by on Jul.07, 2013 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Shinnosuke Abe (right side) is expected to return to the starting line-up some time this coming week.

Source: Sponichi 7/7/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Hector Luna was already having problems with his knee when he grounded out to third in the 2nd inning of Saturday's game against the Yakult Swallows.

"I thought things would only get worse if I kept playing. ... It started hurting about a month ago, but I played through it.  This is because I am playing on artificial turf, something the US does not have a lot of. ... Hopefully I will be ok to return in Naha [on the 9th against Hanshin]," said Luna.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/7/2013, Sports Hochi 7/7/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Takeshi Hidaka was taken off the active roster today with an injury to his left quadriceps muscle.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/7/2013

Seibu Lions

Takeya Nakamura (left knee surgery) took some fielding practice in the infield at Seibu 2 Stadium today.  He took grounders at third and made throws to first.  He also made some running throws.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/7/2013

Softbank Hawks

Bryan LaHair did not participate in pre-game practices and did not play in today's game against the Rakuten Eagles.  He was on the list of players available to play tonight, but was not in the dugout during the game because he was getting treated at a hospital.  He was reportedly out with food poisoning.

Source: Sponichi 7/7/2013, Nikkan Sports 7/7/2013

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Softbank Hawks News and Notes: March 25, 2013

by on Mar.25, 2013 @ 11:47 pm, under NPB
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The opening day starting rotation could be: Tadashi SettsuVicente Padilla, 1st round draft pick Nao HigashihamaKenji OtonariShota Takeda, and 6th round draft pick Hirofumi Yamanaka.

Kazuyuki Hoashi is scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun game against Hanshin at Naruohama on the 31st.  Yamanaka will pitch in a Ni-gun game on the 29th before his first Ichi-gun start on April 4 (vs Seibu at Seibu Dome).

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013


Bryan LaHair could end up batting fourth on opening day with Wily Mo Pena in the five-hole.  Pena missed the last three exhibition games after taking an HBP off his left wrist.  LaHair was tested as a clean-up over the last six games of the exhibition game season and may have won the chance to bat fourth on opening day.

Seiichi Uchikawa will likely bat third and Nobuhiro Matsuda sixth.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013


The Kyushu Symphony Ochestra will perform the national anthem on opening day.  Golden Bomber's Kenji Darvish is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.  

Source: official announcement


A new entrance sign at YafuOku Dome was misspelled fuOku Dome.  The error was apparently caught after the sign went up.  The mistake was temporarily hidden with a white cloth.  A corrected version will be reprinted.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013


Ever wanted to look like Wily Mo Pena?  Try the Be like Pena cap and beard.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013

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Softbank Hawks News and Notes: February 19, 2013

by on Feb.19, 2013 @ 11:26 pm, under NPB
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Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camps had the day off today.


Hayato Terahara is scheduled to start a practice game against WBC Brazil on the 28th.

Source: Daily Sports 2/19/2013


Koji Akiyama spent about an hour hitting about 500 baseballs to Hiroyuki Kawahara at close range during workouts on Monday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2013


Sadaharu Oh does not want Bryan LaHair to worry about his pre-season numbers and instead wants him to focus on getting used to Japanese baseball.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2013


1st round draft pick Nao Higashihama could start an exhibition game against Yakult at Jingu Stadium on March 17.  He is also slated to start an exhibition game against Seibu at Ivy Stadium on the 24th.

Source: Sponichi 2/19/2013

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Softbank Hawks News and Notes: February 18, 2013

by on Feb.18, 2013 @ 11:42 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • Shota Takeda: bullpen, 104 pitches, including curve and slider, session was videotaped

Source: Sports Hochi 2/18/2013


Bryan LaHair is having a difficult time adjusting to the velocity differences and said to reporters on Sunday, "The timing and the velocity is different.  It is faster [in the Majors]."

LaHair picked up his first hit in his eleventh intra-squad game plate appearance.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/18/2013


1st round draft pick Nao Higashihama's next outing could come against Seibu on the 24th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/18/2013

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Softbank Hawks: Bryan LaHair signed a two-year deal with option year

by on Dec.07, 2012 @ 10:35 pm, under NPB
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According to a report by Daily Sports, the Softbank Hawks actually signed Bryan LaHair (30) to a three-year deal that could be worth up to fifteen million US dollars (or about 1.2 billion yen).


Base two-year deal worth 4.5 million US dollars.

Performance bonuses based on things like plate appearances, home runs, and titles that could max out at two million US dollars a year for the first two years.

Third year is an option.  If he records certain amount of plate appearances in his second year, his option will automatically kick in at 2.5 million US dollars plus performance bonuses.

Source: Daily Sports 12/7/2012

Softbank Hawks sign LaHair to two-year deal worth US$4.5 million

by on Nov.22, 2012 @ 9:41 am, under NPB
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According to a report by Sports Hochi, the Softbank Hawks' deal with Bryan LaHair could be worth over 500 million yen a year.  The Hawks were looking for a left-handed bat and may see LaHair as their everyday first baseman next year.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/22/2012


UPDATE @ 10:19am - Noticed a Sponichi article that mentions the possibility of a three-year deal worth up to 1.2 billion yen.  Source: Sponichi 11/22/2012

UPDATE @ 11:11am - Sanspo figures it will be a two-year deal worth one billion yen.  That's more in line with the Sports Hochi report.  Source: Sanspo 11/22/2012

UPDATE @ 7:59pm - According to the latest report by Sports Hochi, the Hawks signed LaHair to a two-year deal worth US$4.5 million (about 370 million yen).  The deal also include a club option for a third year.  LaHair has been assigned the number thirty-five.  Source: Sports Hochi 11/22/2012

The Hawks have also made an official announcement of the signing.  Source: official announcement