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[10/22/2014] Norichika Aoki

by on Oct.22, 2014 @ 5:17 pm, under MLB
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Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki KCR 10/21 SFG 7
KCR 1
RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000
Batted second. L1, Ks, G6, G4(DP). Nikkan Sports 10/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/22/2014, Sponichi 10/22/2014, Sponichi 10/22/2014

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Former Rakuten Eagle Casey McGehee was named the National League Comeback Player of the Year by Sporting News Baseball. From MLB.com's Adam McCalvy:

... McGehee's comeback was more literal than most, as he played in Japan in 2013 before returning to Major League Baseball on a one-year deal with the Marlins, for whom he proved a capable run-producer and lineup-stabilizer. Making the most of a career-high 160 games played, McGehee batted .287 with four home runs, 76 RBIs, 29 doubles and 177 hits -- the National League's fourth-highest hit total.

... "When I went over [to Japan] I wasn't necessarily thinking about coming back," he said in September. "I had it in my mind that this is where it was going to be. I had to come to terms with that. When I found out I had a chance to come back, it meant a lot to me. There have been a lot of guys that have went over there and had success that haven't been able to come back, for whatever reason. I knew the chances of that happening weren't very good to begin with. I guess I'm proud of being able to say I went there and was able to come back."

Source: MLB.com 10/21/2014

[12/19/2013] Rakuten offense takes hit, Casey McGehee signs one-year deal with Miami Marlins

by on Dec.19, 2013 @ 1:23 pm, under MLB, NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles offense took a hit today with word that Casey McGehee signed a one-year deal with the Miami Marlins.

From MLB.com's Joey Nowak:

... The 31-year-old infielder spent the 2013 season with the Rakuten Golden Eagles, and he helped lead the club to the Japan Series Championship in its ninth season. McGehee appeared in all 144 regular-season games -- he surmised 125-130 of them were at third base -- batting .292 with 28 home runs, 30 doubles and 93 RBIs. In 11 postseason games, he hit .289 with a home run and two RBIs.

"The whole time that I was going through this process, I think in the back of my mind I was really hoping to get a chance back in the big leagues," McGehee said on Wednesday. "I wasn't going to take just any situation; I had to feel like it was going to be a good fit for myself and for the organization as well. The situation I found myself in, I couldn't have asked for a better one."

... "Even before he went to Japan, the feedback we had gotten is just a tremendous teammate and a leader of men on clubs," said Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill. "Wherever he's been, he's been respected, and we felt like bringing that type of person and player on our club ... is just consistent with what we've been trying to do this offseason in trying to upgrade our talent on the field."

Source: MLB.com 12/18/2013

And from Santa Cruz Sentinel's Jim Seimas:

... McGehee - a 31-year-old third baseman out of Soquel High who has played five seasons in the majors - agreed to join the Miami Marlins on Wednesday after passing his physical a day earlier. His one-year deal is worth a base $1.1 million, plus $400,000 in incentives.

... "I was able to speak with the team in Japan last night," McGehee said. "That was the hard part for me because I really did enjoy my time there, I'm going to miss it. ... But when I signed with them, the best-case scenario was I have a good year and come back. So I couldn't be more happy."

Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel 12/18/2013

On a side note: as a Rakuten fan, it is sad to see him leave, but I wish him the best of luck with his new team.

[12/4/2013] Dennis Sarfate, Aarom Baldiris, Hideaki Wakui, Hanshin Tigers

by on Dec.05, 2013 @ 1:51 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

According to Daily Sports, the Hawks may be close to finalizing a one-year deal with Dennis Sarfate that could be worth around 100 million yen.

Source: Daily Sports 12/4/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles should be able to get a firm reply from Casey McGehee within the next week or so.  Rakuten's last offer was reportedly a three-year deal worth about 500 million yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/4/2013

The Eagles might look into Aarom Baldiris as a possible replacement for McGehee.

Source: ZakZak 12/4/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines are still working out a deal with Hideaki Wakui's representative.  According to Tokyo Sports, it could take a couple more weeks for the two sides to reach an agreement.  There is also a chance talks fall apart and Wakui ends up remaining in Saitama.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/3/2013

Sanspo is also reporting that discussions between Lotte and Wakui have hit a bit of a bump.  Lotte official Nobuhira Hayashi is not overly optimistic, but also not worried.

Source: Sanspo 12/4/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers could be interested in Yokohama's Shugo Fujii as compensation for losing Yasutomo Kubo.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/4/2013

ZakZak wonders if the Tigers might be interested in Norihiro Nakamura as compensation for losing Yasutomo Kubo, if he is available.  He would come cheap and he could serve as either a third baseman or a right-handed bat off the bench.  Incidentally, Nakamura is a Hanshin fan.

Source: ZakZalk 12/3/2013

[12/1/2013] Nyjer Morgan, Aarom Baldiris, Alex Ramirez, Rakuten Eagles, Yomiuri Giants

by on Dec.01, 2013 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars will leave the lines of communication open with Nyjer Morgan (33), but will also look into pitchers that might be available on the overseas market.  Pitching is a top priority.

Source: Daily Sports 12/1/2013

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Yokohama is looking into Aarom Baldiris.

Source: Sponichi 12/1/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers will meet Seung Hwan Oh at a hotel in Seoul on the 4th to finalize their contract with him.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/1/2013

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GM Katsuhiro Nakamura told reporters negotiations with Yasutomo Kubo were final and that there were no plans to meet again.

Source: Sanspo 12/1/2013

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants will most likely lose two players as compensation for signing Kan Otake and Yasuyuki Kataoka.  The Carp have already expressed an interest in pursing a player plus money as compensation for losing Otake.  The Lions will most likely select a player plus money since they will not gain a lot by selecting only money and they know the Yomiuri system is stacked.

Source: ZakZak 12/1/2013

Softbank Hawks

Shinya Tsuruoka will most likely be assigned the number eight.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/1/2013

Seibu Lions

The Lions are reportedly interested in Alex Ramirez.  They feel he still has enough left in the tank to succeed as a DH or a right-handed bat off the bench.  They also feel he can help players out with hitting advice.  His positive attitude and popularity among fans are big pluses.

Source: Sponichi 12/1/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles have included Andruw Jones and Casey McGehee on their list of reserved players.

Darrell Rasner, Jim Heuser, Kenny Ray, and Brandon Duckworth were left off the list.

Source: Sponichi 12/1/2013

[11/27/2013] Yomiuri meets Kataoka; Orix interested in Alex Cabrera; McGehee confident he can play in the States

by on Nov.28, 2013 @ 12:06 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

The Hanshin Tigers will continue keep their eye on the foreign market for additional help (focus on pitching) and are open to signing a fifth foreign player.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/27/2013, Sanspo 11/27/2013

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Team official Eiichi Takano told reporters that there were no new developments with Yasutomo Kubo and Kenichi Nakata.

Source: Sponichi 11/27/2013

Yomiuri Giants

The Yomiuri Giants met Yasuyuki Kataoka at a hotel in Tokyo on Wednesday.  They may have offered him a two-year deal worth about 300 million yen and the number eight.  Tatsunori Hara spoke to Kataoka over the phone during the meeting.  The Giants see him as their potential full-time second baseman.

Source: ZakZak 11/27/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Orix Buffaloes are looking into Alex Cabrera (41).  He is currently playing winter ball in Venezuela with Tiburones de La Guaira and is 53-for-132 in thirty-seven games with a slash line of .402/.487/.765.

There is some concern about Cabrera's age, but they like his power potential and the fact that he will not take up a slot as a foreign player.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/27/2013, MiLB profile

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Team director Ryuzo Setoyama will be heading to the US in early-December to help the team secure a foreign player that will fill the hole left by Dae-Ho Lee's departure.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2013

The Buffaloes offered Aarom Baldiris a multi-year deal.  Setoyama hinted on Wednesday that talks were not going well.

Source: Sponichi 11/27/2013

Seibu Lions

Team official Haruhiko Suzuki told reporters on Wednesday that there was a good chance Esteban German and Dennis Sarfate will not be returning next year since they have yet to hear back from them.  Other NPB have shown an interest in both players.

Soure: Sponichi 11/27/2013, Sports Hochi 11/27/2013

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The Lions are planning to select players plus money as compensation for losing Hideaki Wakui (rank A) and Yasuyuki Kataoka (rank B).

Source: Sponichi 11/27/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The latest on Casey McGehee, from the New York Daily News' Anthony McCarron:

"I enjoyed my time over there and we had a good run, winning the whole thing," McGehee said. "There's still part of me that's confident I can perform in the States and do what I did in Milwaukee again. I want to see what my choices are.

"I wouldn't regret going back to Japan, but I'd at least like to know if there's a chance here."

... "I finally had a year going where I was consistent and didn't have big drop-offs," McGehee said. "That was good for me. It just kind of confirmed things that I have to do to be successful and that part was really rewarding."

Source: New York Daily News 11/26/2013

[11/21/2013] Rakuten Eagles: Andruw Jones will likely return, Casey McGehee should be ok as well

by on Nov.21, 2013 @ 1:53 pm, under NPB
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According to Nikkan Sports and Daily Sports, Andruw Jones (36) will most likely return next season.  Daily Sports adds that Jones will likely return under the same terms he agreed to this past season -- a one-year deal worth 300 million yen.

Negotiations with Casey McGehee (31) also appear to be going well as team officials were quoted as saying, "Things should be ok."  The two sides still have to work out the final details, but it seems as though McGehee will be returning next season as well.

Source: Daily Sports 11/21/2013, Nikkan Sports 11/21/2013

[10/4/2013] Rumors: Yokohama Bay Stars, Casey McGehee

by on Oct.05, 2013 @ 1:46 am, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars will be keeping their eye on several pitchers this winter, including Kenshin Kawakami, Hisanori Takahashi (if he decides to return), Brian Wolfe, and Hideaki Wakui.

Source: Sponichi 10/4/2013

Rakuten Eagles

SportsNet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that Casey McGehee will explore potential MLB opportunities during the upcoming off-season.  A snip:

In his first season overseas, the 30-year-old infielder hit 27 home runs while driving in 90 and posting an .883 OPS for the Eagles. He isn't ruling out staying in Japan, but he plans to explore a return to MLB in the coming months.

[...] "It has been a great season in Japan and at the end of the season he will decide whether to continue in Japan or return here," agent Barry Meister said.

Source: SportsNet 10/2/2013

[8/28/2013] Nikkan Sports: Hanshin Tigers discuss options for the 2014 season

by on Aug.28, 2013 @ 6:19 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers held an organizational meeting on the 27th in Tokyo to discuss potential improvements for the 2014 season.

According to Nikkan Sports, the Tigers:

  • Have their eye on KBO pitcher Seung-Hwan Oh.  If they can sign him, they see him as their closer.
  • Are interested in Rakuten Eagle Casey McGehee.  McGehee signed a one-year deal and could become available (he may also consider returning to the Majors next year).  They were initially looking into candidates that play first and third, but may shift their attention toward third basemen since Takahiro Arai has been playing well this year.  There are a number of other infielders (first baseman) on their list of candidates, like Jeff Clement and Orix Buffalo Dae-Ho Lee.
  • Are not planning to retain Brooks Conrad.  They will also most likely part ways with Robert Zarate.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/28/2013, Nikkan Sports 8/28/2013, Nikkan Sports 8/28/2013

[8/28/2013] Injury Updates: Luna (CHU), Nakata (HAM), Pena (SOF), McGehee, Rasner (RAK)

by on Aug.28, 2013 @ 2:37 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Hector Luna will be returning to the Domincan Republic on the 29th.  He will most likely opt to have surgery on his right knee.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/27/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata began working out again on Tuesday after most of the swelling in his hand left hand subsided.  Nakata suffered a fissure fracture in his left fifth metacarpal during a game against Rakuten on the 21st.  He will have to keep his workouts light (like running and trunk strengthening exercises) until the fracture heals.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/27/2013

Softbank Hawks

Wily Mo Pena (right knee) played in his first rehab game on Tuesday.  He made it into a Ni-gun game against Chunichi at YafuOku Dome as a pinch-hitter and recorded a run-scoring hit.  Assuming no problems, he could begin playing defense on the 30th.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/27/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Casey McGehee was not feeling well and left Tuesday's game against Orix on defense in the 4th inning.  He was taken to a hospital in Osaka and diagnosed with a fever induced by pharyngitis.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 8/28/2013

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Darrell Rasner was taken off the active roster on Sunday with pain in his right elbow.

Source: Sponichi 8/27/2013