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[10/21/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines: Fall camp/practice rosters

by on Oct.21, 2014 @ 5:25 pm, under NPB
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Kamogawa Fall Camp Roster (November 4-21)

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 大嶺 祐太  Omine, Yuta
P 石川 歩 Ishikawa, Ayumu
P 大谷 智久 Otani, Tomohisa
P 涌井 秀章 Wakui, Hideaki
P 藤岡 貴裕 Fujioka, Takahiro
P 唐川 侑己 Karakawa, Yuki
P 松永 昂大 Matsunaga, Takahiro
P 西野 勇士 Nishino, Yuji
P 木村 優太 Kimura, Yuta
P 香月 良仁 Katsuki, Ryoji
P 黒沢 翔太 Kurosawa, Shota
P 益田 直也 Masuda, Naoya
C 吉田 裕太 Yoshida, Yuta
C 田村 龍弘 Tamura, Tatsuhiro
C 江村 直也 Emura, Naoya
C 肘井 竜蔵 Hijii, Ryuzo
INF 高濱 卓也 Takahama, Takuya
INF 鈴木 大地 Suzuki, Daichi
INF 大嶺 翔太 Omine, Shota
INF 細谷 圭 Hosoya, Kei
INF 青松 敬鎔 Aomatsu, Keiyo
OF 清田 育宏 Kiyota, Ikuhiro
OF 伊志嶺 翔大 Ishimine, Shota
OF 角中 勝也 Kakunaka, Katsuya
OF 加藤 翔平 Kato, Shohei
OF 岡田 幸文 Okada, Yoshifumi

Lotte Urawa Stadium Fall Practices (November 4-21)

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 中後 悠平 Nakaushiro, Yuhei
P 上野 大樹 Ueno, Hiroki
P 服部 泰卓 Hattori, Yasutaka
P 内 竜也 Uchi, Tatsuya
P 伊藤 義弘 Ito, Yoshihiro
P 南 昌輝 Minami, Masaki
P 川満 寛弥 Kawamitsu, Hiroya
P 吉原 正平 Yoshihara, Shohei
P 小林 敦 Kobayashi, Atsushi
P 植松 優友 Uematsu, Masatomo
P 阿部 和成 Abe, Kazunari
P 二木 康太 Futaki, Kota
P 金森 敬之 Kanamori, Takayuki
C 金澤 岳 Kanazawa, Takeshi
C 川本 良平 Kawamoto, Ryohei
C 小池 翔大 Koike, Shota
INF 根元 俊一 Nemoto, Shunichi
INF 大松 尚逸 Omatsu, Shoitsu
INF 三木 亮 Miki, Ryo
INF 井上 晴哉 Inoue, Seiya
INF 早坂 圭介 Hayasaka, Keisuke
OF 荻野 貴司 Ogino, Takashi

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Source: official announcement

[10/20/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.21, 2014 @ 9:51 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Norimoto threw about forty pitches in the bullpen on Monday. It was his first session since the regular season ended. He used a Rawlings baseball in preparation for the Suzuki All-Star Series in November. Source: Sports Hochi 10/21/2014
  • Early workouts during fall practice will begin on the 24th. Workouts will begin at 9:00am, about an hour before the start of regular practices. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014
  • Koji Aoyama would like to try closing games again next year. He spoke to Hiromoto Okubo during fall practices and will likely be used in relief. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014
  • Okubo wants players to exercise proper manners -- he expects them to come to full stops when greeting others, particularly those older than them. He believes good manners can lead to better general focus, more positive energy, and a pleasant atmosphere. Source: Sports Hochi 10/21/2014, Sanspo 10/21/2014 ... Okubo is thinking about setting up a relief rotation consisting of two groups of four relievers. Each group would swap out every two weeks to keep arms fresh. Source: Sponichi 10/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2014 ... Okubo ended closed-session practices after about ten minutes on Saturday because he wanted to give the 1,717 fans at the stadium more time to see players working out on the field. Closed-session practices were originally scheduled to last about an hour. Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2014
  • The media learned on Saturday that Hiroyuki Fukuyama had surgery to clean out his right elbow on the 9th. He began his rehab on the 18th. Assuming no setbacks, he could toss a bullpen session in December. Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2014
  • Senichi Hoshino is not planning to accept any honorary posts from Rakuten. He has been asked to stay by owner Hiroshi Mikitani, but without any details about his position. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014

Seibu Lions

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Lotte is planning to invite Teruyoshi Kuji to fall camp as a special instructor. Kuji was an infield/base coach with Hanshin up until last year. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014
  • The Marines posted footage taken from a camera that was strapped to Yoshifumi Okada's head while shagging fly balls at QVC Marine.

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani struck out twelve on Sunday and at twenty years and three months, became the second youngest pitcher to record double-digits strikeouts in a postseason game. Yu Darvish set the record with eleven strikeouts at twenty years and one month during the first game of the Second Stage of the 2006 Playoff. Source: Sanspo 10/20/2014, Sanspo 10/20/2014, Sponichi 10/20/2014 ... Otani became the eighth pitcher (tenth time) to strike out ten or more hitters during a Playoff/Climax Series game. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2014 ... Otani was not available to play on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014
  • The Fighters are planning to keep all of their Ichi-gun coaches. Source: Sports Hochi 10/21/2014, Daily Sports 10/21/2014

[10/20/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines: Roster for exhibition series against Lamigo Monkeys

by on Oct.20, 2014 @ 5:52 pm, under NPB
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Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 大嶺 祐太 Omine, Yuta
P 大谷 智久 Otani, Tomohisa
P 上野 大樹 Ueno, Hiroki
P 藤岡 貴裕 Fujioka, Takahiro
P 唐川 侑己 Karakawa, Yuki
P 松永 昂大 Matsunaga, Takahiro
P 木村 優太 Kimura, Yuta
P 香月 良仁 Katsuki, Ryoji
P 黒沢 翔太 Kurosawa, Shota
P 益田 直也 Masuda, Naoya
C 吉田 裕太 Yoshida, Yuta
C 田村 龍弘 Tamura, Tatsuhiro
C 江村 直也 Emura, Naoya
INF 高濱 卓也 Takahama, Takuya
INF 根元 俊一 Nemoto, Shunichi
INF 鈴木 大地 Suzuki, Daichi
INF 大松 尚逸 Omatsu, Shoitsu
INF 大嶺 翔太 Omine, Shota
INF 細谷 圭 Hosoya, Kei
INF 青松 敬鎔 Aomatsu, Keiyo
INF 早坂 圭介 Hayasaka, Keisuke
OF 清田 育宏 Kiyota, Ikuhiro
OF 伊志嶺 翔大 Ishimine, Shota
OF 角中 勝也 Kakunaka, Katsuya
OF 加藤 翔平 Kato, Shohei
OF 岡田 幸文 Okada, Yoshifumi

Source: official announcement

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[10/18/2014] Rumors: Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi), Wily Mo Pena (Orix), Kila Ka’aihue (Hiroshima)

by on Oct.19, 2014 @ 3:23 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • The media learned Kila Ka'aihue will not be returning to Hiroshima next year. There is a good chance Zach Phillips will be offered a contract. Bryan Bullington was offered a contract, but Kam Mickolio is still a question mark. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai is expected to inform the Dragons of his decision when the two sides get together for their second meeting. He does not appear interested in testing the free agent market. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014 ... Yamai has not made a decision yet and could still exercise his FA option. He hopes to finalize his plans during his second meeting. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014 ... According to a Sanspo report, Yamai may have been offered a multi-year deal worth over 100 million yen. Source: Sanspo 10/18/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines have given Yoshihisa Naruse permission to skip fall practices and spend time away from the team to think about what he wants to do with his FA option. He could meet with team officials again early next week. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Wily Mo Pena left Japan out of Osaka Airport on Saturday. Before leaving, he told reporters he was disappointed the Buffaloes finished in second and wanted to do more to help the team next year, if given the chance. He also said he was not looking for anything specific in his contract and would rather return to Orix next year if possible. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014 ... Pena told reporters he still felt pain in his right pectoralis major and planned to have it examined on the Monday after he returned to the United States. Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2014 ... Pena is seeking a mult-year deal. Orix is thinking more along the lines of a one-year contract. Source: Sports Hochi 10/18/2014
  • The Buffaloes are interested in the KBO's Won-Kun Chang. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

[10/18/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.19, 2014 @ 3:16 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • Hotaka Yamakawa hurt the back of his right thigh while running the bases in a game against Orix on the 16th. He returned to Saitama on Friday and will be examined at a hospital. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014, Daily Sports 10/18/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Players worked out with authorized CPBL baseballs on Saturday. They are scheduled to play three exhibition games against the Lamigo Monkeys later this month and into next. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

[10/17/2014] Rumors: Yoshihisa Naruse (Lotte), Chichiro Kaneko (Orix), Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi)

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 2:39 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers may have shifted their attention to Chihiro Kaneko and Naoki Miyanishi, now that there is a chance Daisuke Yamai might not become available. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai might end up remaining with the Dragons. He feels strongly about staying and was offered a contract that was close to what he was hoping for. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yoshihisa Naruse met with management for about an hour on the 15th. It was their first meeting. He may have been offered a one-year deal with a drop in salary. Said Naruse, "Honestly, there was a bit of a gap in between our interests. It seems they didn't really take my eleven years with the team into serious consideration... I was surprised and it made me sad." The two side are scheduled to meet again sometime on or after the 20th. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/17/2014, Sports Hochi 10/17/2014, Sponichi 10/17/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are planning to begin contract negotiations for potential free agents Chihiro Kaneko, Yoshihisa Hirano, Takahiro Mahara, and Tomotaka Sakaguchi within the next few days. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014

[10/16/2014] Rumors: Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi), Motohiro Shima (Rakuten), Yoshihisa Naruse (Lotte)

by on Oct.17, 2014 @ 2:43 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • The media learned that Daisuke Yamai met general manager Hiromitsu Ochiai at the Nagoya Stadium facilities on the first day of fall practices on the 9th. He was reportedly offered a multi-year deal with a large bump in salary. Yamai asked for some time to consider the offer. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Motohiro Shima apparently has a clause in his contract that gives him the right to exercise his FA option if he plays in a certain number of games. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/16/2014
  • Team owner Hiroshi Mikitani could get involved in talks with Senichi Hoshino. The Eagles would like to offer their former manager some sort of position in the front office, but Hoshino is balking because of how long it took management to hire his replacement. Source: Daily Sports 10/16/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Ginjiro Sumitani was fitted for his 2015 uniform on Thursday. He is still waiting to talk to the front office about next season. Source: Sanspo 10/16/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Team official Nobuhira Hayashi told reporters on Thursday that the organization met with Yoshihisa Naruse to discuss his future. Nothing was decided during the meeting. The two sides will meet again in about ten days. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Hiroki Kokubo signed a contract to be Samurai Japan manager through to 2017. However, he can break out of it to accept a managerial position in the NPB. Source: ZakZak 10/16/2014 ... Sadaharu Oh would like to see a former player step in as the next manager. Kimiyasu Kudo could be his top choice. Source: Daily Sports 10/16/2014, Sports Hochi 10/16/2014 ... Oh told reporters on Thursday he met Kudo in Tokyo on Wednesday for an unrelated matter. Source: Sanspo 10/16/2014 ... Sponichi believes that Oh may have offered the managerial position to Kudo on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are not planning to post Yoshio Itoi. "I have not heard anything about it from him and my assistant Shosaku Yokota has said nothing about it either. I know it's something he wants to do. I hear he is also studying English. But it is not something we expected and he is an important part of our team. He's only been here two years. We haven't even won anything. It's still too early," said team president Ryuzo Setoyama. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/16/2014
  • Orix is interested in Alfredo Despaigne and Yulieski Gourriel. Source: Sports Hochi 10/16/2014

[10/16/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Oct.17, 2014 @ 2:36 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo's four step plan: Plan, Do, Check, and Act. Rinse and repeat. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014 ... Okubo wants players to write a three-line jounal entry about their practices every day: one line about something good, one line about something bad, one line about what to work on the following day. Source: Sanspo 10/16/2014 ... Players might be subjected to a barrage of 1,000 grounders during fall camp. Source: Sports Hochi 10/16/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Orix Buffaloes

  • Hitting coach Takashi Osanai and battery coach Kenji Furukubo will not be returning next year. The Buffaloes accepted their decision to leave. Source: official announcement
  • The Buffaloes announced that they added Shinichi Sato and Daisuke Maeda to their coaching staff. They will be replacing Osanai and Furukubo -- Sato will be a hitting coach and Maeda a battery coach. Source: official announcement

[10/14/2014] Rumors: Yoshihisa Naruse (Lotte), Hitoshi Tamura (Yokohama)

by on Oct.15, 2014 @ 3:02 am, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Hitoshi Tamura re-earned his FA option in August. He already spoke to the Bay Stars earlier this month and told them he was not planning to exercise the option. Tatsuhiko Kinjo also re-earned his option and will likely stay put. Masanori Hayashi is considering his options. Source: Sports Hochi 10/14/2014, Sponichi 10/14/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks could offer former Rakuten coaches Yoshinori Sato and Yasutomo Suzuki jobs on their coaching staff. Source: Daily Sports 10/14/2014
  • Atsuya Furuta and Kimiyasu Kudo could be among managerial candidates under consideration. Source: Sponichi 10/14/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko and Yoshihisa Hirano refrained from making any sort of real comment on their FA options after Tuesday's loss. Takahiro Mahara and Tomotaka Sakaguchi also have options and have yet to make decisions on what to do with them. The Buffaloes are plannning to ask all four to return next year. Source: Sponichi 10/14/2014

[10/13/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.14, 2014 @ 12:59 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • Norio Tanabe is thinking about bringing early morning and evening practices back to fall camp this year. Source: Daily Sports 10/13/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Players ran three 2.7 kilometer stretches along a Makuhari beach during workouts on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014