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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

[10/12/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.13, 2014 @ 5:30 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Yudai Mori started a Phoenix League game against Softbank on Saturday and gave up six runs on ten hits over six innings of work. Source: Sports Hochi 10/12/2014
  • Former manager Senichi Hoshino made an appearance on NHK's Sunday Sports and did not completely rule out the possibility of managing again some time in the future. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014
  • The Eagles are expected to name Hiromoto Okubo their new Ichi-gun manager. A handful of Ni-gun coaches will likely be promoted to Ichi-gun, like chief pitching coach Tsutomu Sakai, pitching Hiroshi Takamura, battery coach Tomoyoshi Oishi, and infield/base coach Yoshinori Okihara. Ichi-gun hitting coaches Tomio Tashiro and Yosuke Hiraishi could stay put. Ichi-gun chief coach Toru Nimura could be re-assigned to Ni-gun manager. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tsutomu Ito is planning to assign fewer players to fall camp at Kamogawa this year (about thirty). Those that do not get the call will attend practices at the Ni-gun facilities and will also most likely be assigned to Ni-gun spring camp next year. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014
  • The Marines posted three behind-the-scenes videos from Tomoya Satozaki's retirement game: one, two, three. And for those that missed it, Steve from welovemarines.com posted a couple of videos from Satozaki's retirement game a couple weeks ago: one, two.

[10/11/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.12, 2014 @ 5:32 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles will hold fall camp at Muscat Stadium in Kurashiki, Okayama between November 2 and 19. Fall practices will take place at kobo Stadium between October 14 and 31. Source: official announcement, official announcement
  • Team president Yozo Tachibana told reporters on Friday that they were talking to a number of managerial candidates and that things would probably move fairly quickly once everything was decided. He is planning to talk to owner Hiroshi Mikitani some time during the weekend. Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2014, Sponichi 10/10/2014 ... Senichi Hoshino could be named an "interim" manager if a new manager is not in place by the start of fall practices. Source: Daily Sports 10/11/2014 ... Mikitani returned from an overseas business trip on the 10th. Hiromoto Okubo could be named the next manager within the next few days. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Fall practices at QVC Marine began on Saturday. They will end on the 29th. Fall camp is scheduled to take place between November 4 and 21. Source: official announcement, Sports Hochi 10/11/2014
  • Tadahito Iguchi decided not to have off-season surgery on his right middle finger after he learned the procedure he wanted was riskier than he originally thought. He also learned it would not be to late to have the surgery after trying physical therapy first. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2014

[10/9/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.10, 2014 @ 5:47 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Brian Falkenborg left Sendai out of Sendai Airport on Thursday. His status with the team for 2015 is still undecided. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014
  • Senichi Hoshino declined the doage during his retirement ceremony because he was not interested in getting one so cheap. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are planning to add Masahiro Abe to their coaching staff. Pitching coach Eiji Kiyokawa and hitting coach Hiroyuki Takagi will likely be reassigned to Ni-gun. Source: Sponichi 10/9/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Lotte plans to leave Tomoya Satozaki's twenty-two open until someone proves they deserve it. Source: Daily Sports 10/9/2014
  • Eiji Ochiai will most likely join the staff as an Ichi-gun pitching coach. Ni-gun pitching coach Masahide Kobayashi could be promoted to Ichi-gun coach in charge of the bullpen. Source: Sponichi 10/9/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • If Brandon Dickson gets the Game 2 start for the First Stage of the Climax Series and Orix advances to the next round, he could start Game 3 of the Final Stage of the Climax Series. Source: Daily Sports 10/9/2014
  • Probable starting rotation for the First Stage of the Climax Series: Chihiro Kaneko, Dickson, and Yuki Nishi. Source: Sports Hochi 10/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014
  • The Buffaloes held a press conference for Masafumi Hirai on Thursday. Hirai formally announced his retirement. Source: official announcement ... Orix is planning to make Hirai a Ni-gun pitching coach next year. Source: Sports Hochi 10/9/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani went 1-for-3 during an intra-squad game at Sapporo Dome on Wednesday: G4, 2B one RBI, F7. Source: Sports Hochi 10/9/2014 ... Otani will be used as a pitcher during the First Stage of the Climax Series. If the team makes the Final Stage, he will be used as a designated hitter. If he is feeling good, right field is also a possibility. Source: Sponichi 10/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014