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[11/29/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines re-sign Rosa, Cruz

by on Nov.29, 2014 @ 11:25 pm, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they finalized 2015 contracts with Carlos Rosa (30) and Luis Cruz (30). Rosa agreed to a deal worth an estimated sixty-five million yen (down ten million), Cruz to a deal worth an estimated eighty-five million yen (up ten million).

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 11/29/2014, Jiji Press 11/29/2014

[11/28/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.29, 2014 @ 2:51 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles announced that secondary Ni-gun spring camp will take place at Okuragahama Sogo Park in Hyuga, Miyazaki. Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuya Hasegawa will have surgery on his right ankle on December 4. He will most likely require two months for a full recovery. Source: Sponichi 11/28/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Hikaru Ito will become the next players chairman. He will take over the reigns from Tomotaka Sakaguchi. Source: Sponichi 11/28/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • When Masahiro Yamamoto asked Shohei Otani if he would continue to pitch and hit in the Majosr if given the opportunity, he replied, "If possible, yes." When asked if he had to pick, he said, "They saw me as a pitcher so there is a good chance it will be as pitcher." Source: Sanspo 11/28/2014

[11/24/2014] Rumors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Alfredo Despaigne, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 2:43 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers have made the best offer to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) so far, according to people close to the situation. Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

Leslie Anderson, Frederich Cepeda, Scott Mathieson, and Hector Mendoza will most likely return to the Yomiuri Giants next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014

Ryosuke Hirata (26) is not planning to accept the Chunichi Dragons' terms for 2015 until he is fully satisfied he is getting paid his fair share, even if it means negotiations run into next year. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines would like Alfredo Despaigne (28) to return to their team next year. They are planning to offer a salary of about 200 million yen plus permissions to skip spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014

The Softbank Hawks may be close to announcing an agreement with Daisuke Matsuzaka (34). Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

The Eiichi Koyano heading to the Orix Buffaloes, the Seibu Lions will most likely check the overseas market for third basemen, in addition to a starting pitcher. Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

The Orix Buffaloes are interested in Tony Blanco (34). Source: Sanspo 11/24/2014

[11/24/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 12:50 am, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Lotte senryokugai Takumi Kobe (29) has decided to retire. He attended the first twelve-team tryout on the 9th, but did not receive any offers. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks held a retirement ceremony for Shintaro Ejiri (37) during fan appreciation day on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014
  • About 350,000 people gathered along the 2.5 kilometer stretch of road covered by the Hawks' championship parade on Monday. Source: ZakZak 11/24/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes held a retirement ceremony for Masafumi Hirai (39) during fan appreciation day on Monday. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is slated to meet with the Fighters for contract negotiations on December 5. He made an estimated thirty million yen this season and could see his salary jump to 100 million yen based on his accomplishments. If he signs for 100 million yen, he will join Daisuke Matsuzaka as the only players out of high school to reach the mark in their third year. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014 ... Hideki Kuriyama would like to see Otani become a mix of Hideki Matsui and Nolan Ryan. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014, Daily Sports 11/24/2014
  • Hidekazu Kawano's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 2,950 grams, at 7:10pm on the 22nd.

[11/22/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.23, 2014 @ 3:58 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo would prefer players not select ballads for their intro music. He thinks the slower music could put a damper on rallies. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014
  • The Eagles announced that Toshiya Nakashima (34) has decided to retire. A retirement ceremony will be held during fan appreciation day on the 23rd. Nakashima will remain in the organization as a junior coach for the organization's youth baseball clinics. Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Most of the players that attended Kamogawa fall camp will likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp next year. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014
  • Hero Interview Award: fans selected Hideaki Wakui's hero interview from September 28 as their favorite for September/October. Wakui's interview racked up 201 of 651 votes. Alfredo Despaigne's hero interview on September 23 came in second with 197 votes. Source: official announcement

Softbank Hawks

  • There will be a championship parade in Fukuoka for the Hawks on the 24th. Owner Masayoshi Son, chairman Sadaharu Oh, and Nobuhiro Matsuda will be riding in car one; Koji Akiyama, Seiichi Uchikawa, and Ryota Igarashi in car two; president Yoshimitsu Goto, Kenichi Nakata, and Fukuoka Chamber of Commerce chairman Norio Sueyoshi in car three; pitchers and catcher in bus one; infielders, outfielders, and Pepper in bus two; Ikusei players, executive committee members, and the father dog in the tour bus. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014
  • The Hawks announced that Shintaro Ejiri (37) has decided to retire. The Hawks will hold a retirement ceremony during fan appreciation day on the 24th. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Naoki Miyanishi was named the next team captain on Saturday. Source: official announcement
  • The Fighters have set up a strict three-year development program for Shohei Otani that kept him from being used as a position player during the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. The three-year development program is slated to end after the 2015 season, which leaves open the possibility of Otani participating in the 2015 Premier 12 and the 2017 World Baseball Classic as both a pitcher and position player. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014, Daily Sports 11/22/2014
  • Former Fighter Masaya Ozaki (30) has decided to retire. Ozaki attended the first twelve-team tryout on the 9th but did not receive any offers. He decided not to attend the second tryout on the 20th. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

[11/21/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.22, 2014 @ 4:02 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo is planning to ask players to submit their workouts plans for the off-season and provide the team with regular updates on their progress. Source: Sanspo 11/21/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Senior director Hisanobu Watanabe is planning to attend the winter meetings in San Diego early next month. Source: Sanspo 11/21/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Shohei Kato told reporters on Thursday that he probably swung the bat about 21,000 times during fall camp. Tsutomu Ito was not impressed. Said Ito, "It isn't the number, it's the quality. I think I saw 1,000 [good swings]." Source: Sanspo 11/21/2014

Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is planning to spend his winter working out at the Kamagaya facilities. Source: Sponichi 11/21/2014

[11/20/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.21, 2014 @ 1:44 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo is planning to give players an outline of the spring camp schedule for next year before the end of November. Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tatsuya Uchi had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow at a hospital in Kanagawa on Wednesday. He will require about five months for a full recovery. Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • YafuOku Dome will be upgraded with an LED lighting system during the off-season. Construction will begin on January 8. The system will be ready to use on February 28. Source: official announcement
  • Masato Yoshii will be juggling his duties as Ichi-gun pitching coach with his duties as a graduate school student at the University of Tsukuba. He might ask players to become subjects for his research work. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters are planning to open rooms 501 (previous tennant with Yuki Saito) and 502 (previous tennant was Sho Nakata) up to players from the 2014 draft class. Room 501 could go to first round draft pick Kohei Arihara. Room 502 could go to second round draft pick Yushi Shimizu. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2014
  • The Fighters announced the following uniform number changes: Haruki Nishikawa, from twenty-six to eight; and Masahiro Inui, from sixteen to thirty-two. Source: official announcement

[11/19/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Nov.20, 2014 @ 1:58 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo is thinking about selecting players for the starting line-up and rotation based on their past track records during the spring, summer, and fall. For example, he might give players with strong summer performances in the past an edge during the summer months. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Shogo Akiyama's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy weighing 3,255 grams, at a hospital in Yokosuka, Kanagawa. Source: Sanspo 11/19/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The 2014 team calendar will be feature Yoshihisa Naruse for the month of June. Lotte placed orders for the calendar in October, before Naruse decided to exercise his FA option. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014

[11/18/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.19, 2014 @ 4:11 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Tadashi Ishimine took about ninety swings during soft-toss batting practice on Monday and hit thirty over the fence. Ishimine is the only left-handed hitting catcher on the team. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014
  • Hiromoto Okubo wants to give pitchers like Keiji Uezono, Kenji Tomura, and Yoshitaka Muto a serious chance to prove themselves during exhibition games next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014 ... Okubo has not decided on an opening day starter. Source: Sponichi 11/18/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Chunichi senryokugai Kento Yachi (26) and Yokohama senryokugai Kuan-Yu Chen (24) joined Kamogawa fall camp on Monday for tryouts. They each tossed three shutout innings during a batting practice scrimmage. Yachi topped out at 145km/h, Chen at 143km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/17/2014 ... Yachi gave up five hits over three inning and Chen one hit over three innings. Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Nao Higashihama threw about 110 pitches in the bullpen on Monday. He got pointers on how to throw a change-up from pitching coach Yoshinori Sato. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014
  • The Hawks announced that they added Tetsuya Iida (46) as an Ichi-gun outfield/base coach. He was assigned the number 78. Source: Sponichi 11/17/2014
  • The Hawks announced the addition of Masato Yoshii (49) as Ichi-gun pitching coach. He has been assigned the number 77. Source: Sponichi 11/18/2014
  • Kimiyasu Kudo received the Best Whisky Lover award during the Whisky Hills Awards 2014 ceremony. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Shingu Chamber of Commerce's Young Entrepreneurs Group, in cooperation with the Kumano Hayatama Shrine, has decided to give Shohei Otani the 2014 Hayatama Award. Past recipients include Marc Kroon (2006), Daisuke Matsuzaka (2007), and Kenta Maeda (2013). Source: Sponichi 11/18/2014
  • For those that care: former Fighter Yu Darvish (28) tweeted that he and wrestler Seiko Yamamoto (34) decided not to hide their relationship from the public. Source: Tweet via Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014