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Hiroshima Carp and Chad Tracy part ways

by on Sep.26, 2011 @ 8:43 pm, under NPB
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Chad Tracy was released by the Hiroshima Carp; his status was made official by the commissioner's office today.

Tracy was taken off the active roster on 6/6 with hip problems and returned to the US on 6/9 for treatment.

Said GM Kiyoaki Suzuki, "Since we couldn't be sure if he'd be able to return this season, we couldn't include him in our plans for the 2012 season."

Career NPB Stats

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HBP SO GIDP AVG SLG OBP OPS
2011 HIR 40 164 149 10 35 12 0 1 50 19 0 0 0 2 11 2 34 7 .235 .336 .293 .632
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Hiroshima Carp: Chad Tracy removed from the active roster

by on Jun.06, 2011 @ 5:58 pm, under NPB
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According to Nikkan Sports, the Carp removed Chad Tracy from the active roster today after he was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia (鼠径ヘルニア).  Daily Sports notes that Tracy spoke with Kenjiro Nomura this morning about the pain and then went to the hospital for the examination.  No word as to whether or not Tracy will return to the US at this point.

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Hiroshima Carp Spring Camp News and Notes: February 6, 2011

by on Feb.06, 2011 @ 12:55 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

===== 2/7 @ 12:33am

Takeru Imamura threw 64 pitches in the bullpen today and is scheduled to toss BP tomorrow (2/7).

===== 2/6 @ 9:3pm

Kan Otake threw a total 30 pitches in the bullpen today (standing catcher, with the last 10 pitches being thrown the hardest).  For Otaka, it was his first session in about 4 months.

Said Otake, "I guess I felt alright.  The question is whether or not I was able to use my body and shoulder on the incline.  And I think I did ok in that regard, so that was good.  I had fun.  My pitches were better than I was expecting."

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Chad Tracy faced Hirofumi Ueno during BP today and took 13 swings and hit one over the fence.

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Takahiro Iwamoto took 15 swings during BP today and collected 7 could-be hits, 2 of which went over the fence.

===== 2/6 @ 12:55pm

Yuya Fukui (1st round) cut his practice session short yesterday due to stiffness in his left hamstring.

Said Fukui to reporters yesterday, "I've pulled my hamstring a number of times in the past and it's in that same area, so I want to be careful.  I think I'll be able to practice as usual tomorrow."

The bullpen session he had scheduled for today was canceled.  And for workouts today, he started things off by warming up with the entire team, but spent the rest of his day with Mike Schultz (light running, played catch).

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Kazuhiro Sasaki saw Kenta Maeda's bullpen session yesterday and made the following comment to reporters:

Even though he wasn't throwing the ball hard, there were a number of pitches that had a lot of life.  He's completely different.  He's got good balance.  At this time of year every year, there are some pitchers that change their mechanics, but he's already got his mechanics set.  It's amazing.

His balance in general is very good and he uses his arm well.  He doesn't have to throw to have life on his pitches.  Just by watching him doing regular exercises, I can see he's very flexible.

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Kenta Kurihara took soft toss BP with his upper arms tied down to his body with rubber tubes.  It apparently helps batters make better use of their lower arms and wrists.

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Hiroshima Carp Spring Camp News and Notes: February 5, 2011

by on Feb.05, 2011 @ 4:28 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

===== 2/5 @ 11:19pm

Maeda tossed a bullpen session today: standing catcher, 20 warm-up pitches followed by 20 pitches (no windup delivery).  Tsubasa Aizawa was the catcher.

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As planned, Mike Schultz joined the Ich-gun team for practice today.  Schultz didn't toss a bullpen session and kept his workouts light.

===== 2/5 @ 4:28pm

Team owner Hajime Matsuda spent the day watching the players at spring camp today.  He watched Chad Tracy take BP and appeared satisfied with his performance and when asked about Yuya Fukui (1st round), didn't seem worried and said that Fukui should continue to do things at his own pace.

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More on the conversation Fukui had with Kenta Maeda during their dinner on Thursday night: Maeda apparently told Fukui that he plans on tossing a bullpen session during the first day of the second block of camp.  The two also talked about how they treated their sessions: Maeda apparently doesn't like throwing a lot in the bullpen while Fukui is the type that needs to throw 100 or so pitches in order to get his shoulder ready.

Said Fukui, "It seems Meada doesn't throw a lot in the bullpen.  He said he didn't like it.  But I was brought up in the bullpen. ... Meada does what he needs to do.  He knows what's going on.  While watching him play catch, he takes each throw very seriously. ... Once I get into the bullpen, I think things will fall into place fairly quickly.  And I'd like to keep pitching after that.  I want to throw 100+ pitches work on building up my shoulder while in Okinawa."

At this point, it seems Fukui might toss his first session on the second day of the second block (2/6).

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Nikkan Sports posted the following comments that were taken from Tracy yesterday:

The first block of camp is over.  How are you feeling?

I pushed myself and I'm feeling a little tired.  But I think my body is getting into better and even though this is my first spring camp in Japan, I think I'm making good progress.  I think my hitting is also coming around.

Were you surprised you were able to make it through Japanese spring camp?

No, nothing like that.  But compared to the US, teams in Japan practice for longer hours and have more things to do.  There's just a lot of practicing involved.

It can't be easy for a player that was once a regular player on an MLB roster to come to Japan.

I didn't hesitate [with this decision].  I thought Hiroshima's offer was my best chance.  If I stayed in the US, I probably would have had to start in the minors and work my way back up to the majors.  Coming to Japan means I'll get a chance to play.  Right now is probably the best time for me to be here.

When did you start playing baseball?

I started playing on teams when I was 4.  I also played football and basketball.  I also did some swimming.  I think my experiences with other sports helps me with baseball.  I learned how to be tough by playing football, improved my jumping abilities with basketball, and strengthened my shoulders with swimming.

What kind of hitter are you?

I'm a contact hitter that hits the ball to all fields.  If you can make contact, you can make something happen.  I'm also good at driving runners home.  If you've got runners on base and can make contact, you're going to end up collecting RBIs.

What about your power?

Home runs aren't the only way to drive in runs.  There's nothing wrong with hitting them, but in the end, it's about helping the team win.  So it doesn't matter how, just so long as score runs.

What is your impression of Japanese pitchers?

I've faced [Takashi] Saito and [Hiroki] Kuroda.  I've also watched footage of other Japanese pitchers.  They throw good pitches.  I want to be able to react to whatever they throw.

Do you have confidence that you'll make it in Japan?

Of course.  I can't wait for the season to start.

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Hiroshima Carp agree to terms with 3 foreign players

by on Dec.07, 2010 @ 9:27 pm, under NPB
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12/8/2010 2:12pm JST

Tracy apparently signed a 1-year deal worth US$800,000 (about 64M yen) with a signing bonus of US$500,000 (about 40M yen).  That's apparently a club high for a first year position player -- the all-time club high of US$850,000 for a first year foreign player belongs to Colby Lewis.

The other two players: Bullington gets a 1-year, US$650,000 deal while Sarfate gets a 1-year, US$450,000 deal.

12/7/2010 9:27pm JST

The Hiroshimna Carp formally announced today that they agreed to terms with 30 year-old INF Chad Tracy, 30 year-old RHP Bryan Bullington, and 29 year-old RHP Dennis Sarfate.

The Carp also assigned the number 43 to Tracy, the number 42 to Bullington, and the number 58 to Sarfate.

See also:

Bryan Bullington signs with the Hiroshima Carp

Hiroshima Carp going after Dennis Sarfate, Chad Tracy

Hiroshima Carp looking into Chad Tracy

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Hiroshima Carp going after Dennis Sarfate, Chad Tracy

by on Nov.18, 2010 @ 1:52 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp are apparently looking into 29-year old pitcher Dennis Sarfate and 30-year old infielder Chad Tracy.

Chugoku Shimbun notes that the Carp have offered Tracy a deal worth US$1.3M (108M yen).

The Carp are looking for a reliever, a third baseman with pop, and a starter.  Sarfate and Tracy will likely fill those first two positions.  The Carp are also expected to make a player for a foreign pitcher that can fill the third position.

Dennis Sarfate's 2010 Season and Career Stats

YR TM LvL W L ERA G GS CG ShO GF Sv IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2010 BAL AAA 2 2 2.73 47 0 0 0 37 20 56 32 18 17 4 27 72 1.05
MLB Totals 5 4 4.53 92 4 0 0 26 0 119 97 67 60 11 81 131 1.49
MiLB Totals 45 43 3.65 235 107 1 0 71 25 707 629 335 287 62 380 703 1.43

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Hiroshima Carp looking into Chad Tracy

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Hiroshima Carp looking into Chad Tracy

by on Nov.17, 2010 @ 11:07 am, under NPB
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According to Daily Sports, the Hiroshima Carp are looking into 30-year-old infielder Chad Tracy.

Tracy was originally drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 2001 draft.  He remained with the Dbacks through 2009 and then bounced around between the Cubs, Yankees, and Marlins in 2010.

2010 and Career Stats

YR TM Lvl G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP IBB SH SF GIDP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2010 CHC AAA 26 91 21 36 8 0 5 18 5 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .396 .427 .648 1075
2010 CHC MLB 28 44 6 11 2 0 0 5 5 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .327 .295 622
2010 NYY AAA 18 68 14 22 5 0 6 18 4 6 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 .324 .356 .662 1018
2010 FLA MLB 41 102 5 25 6 0 1 10 6 21 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 .245 .297 .333 630
MLB Totals 773 2484 304 690 161 9 79 333 216 433 11 5 18 25 3 26 50 .278 .337 .445 782
MiLB Totals 406 1585 270 535 104 10 36 256 122 160 8 7 12 14 1 22 29 .338 .384 .484 868
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