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[1/27/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.28, 2015 @ 3:30 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hayato Sakamoto delayed his trip to Miyazaki on Tuesday because of some light tightness in his lower back. Sakamoto first started feeling some discomfort in his back while training in Guam. The condition does not appear to be serious. He is expected to join the team by the 31st. Source: Sponichi 1/27/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Matt Murton arrived at Kansai Airport on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015
  • The Tigers are not sure when Mauro Gomez will be arriving in Japan. He was originally scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, but that plan fell through after his passport was stolen (someone broke into his car and took a bag that contained his passport). Hanshin is still hoping he can make it to Okinawa by the 31st. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015, Daily Sports 1/27/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami threw about twenty warm-up pitches to a standing catcher before throwing thirty-six pitches, including the curve, slider, and cutter, to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday. It was his first session of the year. Ryutaro Umeno caught Fujinami. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015, Chunichi Sports 1/27/2015, Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • Seung-Hwan Oh arrived at Kansai Airport on Tuesday. Oh will be in the final year of a two-year deal. He told reporters that he felt good, better than last year. He is currently able to throw at distances between eighty and ninety meters. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015, Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki is planning to only throw fastballs during his bullpen sessions until he starts to hit the corners with frequency. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • Third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi swung at thirty-pitches during live batting practice on Tuesday. It was his first live session since joining the Tigers. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015
  • Uemno is planning to use a Tomoaki Kanemoto model bat this season after swinging a few different types during a meeting with SSK in December. He picked the Kanemoto bat because he liked the grip. Source: Chunichi Sports 1/27/2015
  • Takashi Toritani could become the target of more advertising deals after all the exposure he got this off-season. He could make upwards of about seventy million yen per deal. Source: ZakZak 1/27/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Jesus Guzman, Kris Johnson, and Mike Zagurski arrived at Narita Airport on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • Ryuji Ichioka will be using a green glove this season. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015 ... Ichioka threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher on the 25th. Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • Allen Kuri, Jumpei Ono, Takaya Toda, Shota Nakazaki, and Ichioka all tossed bullpen sessions with squatting catchers. For Kuri, it was his third session in as many days. Nakazaki threw thirty-five pitches, including a forkball he has been working on. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • The Carp unveiled about 330 new products for the 2015 season to the media on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015, Team Shop

Chunichi Dragons

  • Second round draft pick Tomohiro Hamada threw thirty-eight pitches, all fastballs, to a squatting catcher on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki threw ninety-two pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday. It was his tenth session since the start of rookie training camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015

Yakult Swallows

[1/26/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.27, 2015 @ 3:37 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class ended on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/26/2015
  • Kan Otake dropped about six kilograms this off-season. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015
  • Shinnosuke Abe does not plan on taking a catcher's mitt to spring camp. He will be testing out four different kinds of first baseman's mitts. Source: Sponichi 1/26/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryoma Matsuda threw about thirty pitches, including change-ups and sliders, in the bullpen on Sunday. It was his first session at Naruohama this year. Source: Sanspo 1/26/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami packed an acoustic guitar with the rest of his spring camp items. Fujinami started playing after he joined Hanshin to help kill time and relax. He bought the guitar last year. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Daichi Osera threw thirty-six pitches to a standing catcher on Monday. It was his first session of the year. Source: Sanspo 1/26/2015
  • Takaya Toda threw about fifty pitches, including curves, in the bullpen on Monday. It was also his first session of the year. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015
  • Allen Kuri threw fifty pitches to a squatting catcher on Monday. It was his second session in as many days. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/26/2015
  • Keisuke Imai threw thirty pitches to a squatting catcher on Sunday. Imai worked out with Kan Otake in Toyohashi, Aichi from the 17th until the 23rd. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Hector Luna, Anderson Hernandez, Ricardo Nanita, Raul Valdes, Amaury Rivas, and Leandro Mella arrived at Chubu Airport on Sunday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/26/2015
  • The Dragons will spend about 150 million yen on renovations to their indoor training facilities near Nagoya Stadium. Construction began on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

[1/25/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.26, 2015 @ 3:00 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Second round draft pick Chiaki Tone bought a fifty-inch television for around 100,000 yen and gave it to his grandmother. He also paid for a subscription to Nittele G+ so that she can watch Giant games. He is planning to send his father a brand-name bag that costs about 150,000 yen. Source: Sponichi 1/25/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama (left sternoclavicular joint) should be ready for opening day. Assuming no problems, he could pitch in his first game in mid- to late-February. He played catch at a distance of about fifty meters on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 1/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/25/2015
  • The Tigers are planning to send scouts to check on players with other teams at both Ichi-gun and Ni-gun spring camps locations. They will also be shuffling their scouts around to make sure they have a fresh set of eyes checking on talent. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015
  • Development coach Masayuki Kakefu is high on Shintaro Yokota and Naomasa Yokawa. Source: Sponichi 1/25/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Keisuke Imai threw thirty pitches to a squatting catcher on Sunday. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015
  • First round draft pick Takayoshi Noma purchased a vehicle that seats seven with his signing bonus and gave it to his family in Hyogo. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015 ... Noma ended his workouts at Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima on Sunday. He will report back to the team on the 31st in Miyazaki after he takes his college examinations. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015
  • Hiroshima is planning to sign Danilo DeJesus (27) to an Ikusei contract. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015, Sponichi 1/25/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Someone took about 100,000 yen worth of stuff out of Ryosuke Hirata's car. Source: Sponichi 1/25/2015 ... Three Chan Luu bracelets and some loose change were among the items that were missing. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015
  • Senryokugai Kohei Oda (37) decided to retire because he received no offers. He is slated to hold a press conference in Nagoya on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015, Sponichi 1/25/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki wants to use a portion of his first paycheck to buy a nice bicycle. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/25/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato threw about 500 pitches over eight bullpen sessions between January 12 and 22. He threw as many as eighty pitches and as few as fifty. He tossed three sessions on consecutive days twice. Source: Sports Hochi 1/25/2015

[1/24/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.25, 2015 @ 6:10 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano focused on running and long distance throwing during his workouts in Hawaii. He was able to max out his throws to between ninety and 100 meters. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi rejoined workouts on Saturday. He had to leave the team for his college exams on the 18th. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki threw forty-one pitches, all fastballs, to a half-squatting catcher in the bullpen on Friday. It was his fourth session at Naruohama. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015
  • The Tigers may have assigned a couple extra left-handed pitchers to Ichi-gun spring camp so that they can work with Yutaka Enatsu. Source: Sanspo 1/24/2015
  • February 15 could be a big day for players during spring camp. The Tigers are slated to play a practice game against Nippon Ham on February 11, a practice game against Samsung (KBO) on the 13th, and an intra-squad game on the 15th. The plan is to give almost every player a chance to play in at least one of the three games and then determine if assignments need to be changed at the end of the day on the 15th. Most of the focus will be on younger players. Source: Sanspo 1/24/2015 ... Shintaro Fujinami could pitch in his first game on February 15. Source: Sanspo 1/24/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuhei Matsuyama weighed ninety-four kilograms last season. He managed to shed six kilograms this off-season and currently weighs eighty-eight kilograms. He wanted to lose weight this winter because he hurt his left knee last year. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015
  • Seventh round draft pick Daisuke Tada will leave the team on the 25th for his high school examinations. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015
  • Danilo DeJesus arrived in Japan on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons will go back to having one advance scout per Central League team this season for the first time in four years. They worked with three advance scouts last year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki tossed another bullpen session on Saturday. It was his ninth since the start of training camp for the 2014 draft class. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • First round draft pick Shingo Takeshita threw thirty-five pitches, all fastballs, to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Saturday. It was his first session with a squatting catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015
  • Yoshihisa Naruse threw thirty-four pitches off the mound at Jingu Stadium on Friday. It was the first time he threw off an incline this year. Source: Sports Hochi 1/24/2015
  • Yoshinori Sato worked out in Okinawa with Ryohei Kiya and Takeaki Tokuyama for ten days. During those ten days, Yoshinori tossed eight bullpen sessions and threw about 500 pitches. Source: Sponichi 1/24/2015
  • The players had a chance to test the new turf at Jingu Stadium on the 23rd. They will be given more time on the 28th and 29th. Source: Sanspo 1/24/2015

[1/23/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.24, 2015 @ 3:53 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryota Arai will start the year at Ni-gun spring camp because there are concerns about his lower back. Source: Sanspo 1/23/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • Suguru Iwazaki threw thirty pitches in the bullpen on Friday. He was assigned to Ni-gun spring camp because he is behind schedule with his workouts. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • Yuta Iwasada threw forty-two pitches, all fastballs, to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. Source: Daily Sports 1/23/2015
  • Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi is planning to use Daiki Enokida and Kazuya Tsutsui as relievers this season. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • The Tigers' new uniforms will be unveiled later this month. The design will be based off the uniforms used in 1985. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuji Ichioka ended his workouts in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima on the 21st. He also tossed his first bullpen session of the year on the 21st (twenty pitches). Source: Sports Hochi 1/23/2015
  • Shota Nakazaki dropped his fat percentage from twenty-six down to twenty-one or twenty-two percent. Source: Daily Sports 1/23/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • First round draft pick Ryosuke Nomura threw twenty-six pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • Tomoya Yagi threw fifty pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Friday. Source: Sanspo 1/23/2015
  • Ryosuke Hirata currently weighs ninety-eight kilograms and is about six kilograms over his ideal weight. The extra weight and the left ankle problems he had last fall could be why he was assigned to Ni-gun spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/23/2015, Sponichi 1/23/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • Ninth round draft pick Takeshi Kaneko will start the year at Ni-gun spring camp. He could be called up to Ichi-gun spring camp some time around the second block, after he finishes taking his college examinations. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yokohama Stadium is planning to make the switch from metal halide lamps to LED lights. Source: official announcement

Yakult Swallows

[1/22/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.23, 2015 @ 2:09 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Second round draft pick Chiaki Tone threw twenty-seven pitches in the bullpen on Thursday. Source: Sponichi 1/22/2015
  • Kentaro Nishimura threw about forty pitches to a standing catcher at Giants Stadium on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015
  • Tetsuya Utsumi, Tetsuya Yamaguchi, Yuya Kubo, Yuki Koyama, Shoki Kasahara, Ryosuke Miyaguni, and Nobutaka Imamura returned from mini training camp in Guam on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015
  • Yamaguchi (left elbowed) managed to toss a bullpen session on the 21st. He threw twenty-five pitches to a standing catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Kazuo Ito threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 1/22/2015
  • Ryota Arai has been going to Sensyudou (acupuncture and chiropractic clinic) to treat his lower back problems since September last year. Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2015
  • Kenichi Tagami has recorded a hit in each of his first plate appearances of the year since 2011. Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Shota Nakazaki threw thirty-three pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. It was his first session of the year. Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2015
  • Hirotaka Egusa threw thirty pitches in the bullpen on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015
  • Eishin Soyogi started the 2013 and 2014 seasons off at Ni-gun spring camp out of concern for his right knee. He has a lot more to prove this year and asked to be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp this year. He trained in Guam for the second year in a row and spent twelve days, beginning on January 8, working out from 9:00am until 7:00pm. Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015
  • The Carp have sold out of season tickets for the 2015 season (seven types priced between 98,700 and 367,500 yen). The team's performance last year, coupled with priority sales to All-Star tickets this year, helped push about 7,700 tickets through December. The news of Hiroki Kuroda helped sell the remaining 600 or so since then. Hiroshima sold around 6,300 season tickets for the 2014 season. Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2015, Sports Hochi 1/22/2015, Sponichi 1/22/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Third round draft pick Shota Tomonaga took some live batting practice on Wednesday. He swung the bat thirty-eight times and recorded over twenty could-be hits. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa threw thirty-one pitches in the bullpen on the 19th. Source: Sanspo 1/22/2015

[1/22/2015] Chunichi Dragons: Three new seating areas at Nagoya Dome

by on Jan.22, 2015 @ 8:01 pm, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons announced three new seating areas at Nagoya Dome this year.

Variety Terrace Seats

  • Located in the Diamond Seat section on the third base side
  • Four sets of six seats (57,000 yen), two sets of four seats (38,000 yen), and one set of three seats (28,500 yen)
  • Limited to season ticket owners (excluding outfield seats) and fan club members

Doala Terrace Seats

  • Located in the Infield S seat section on the third base side
  • Four sets of four seats (30,000 yen)
  • Decorated with a Doala theme

Dela-Raku Pair Seats

  • Located in the Infield S seat section on the third base side
  • Twenty sets of "pair" seats (14,000 yen)
  • One pair seat takes up the area of three normal seats and includes a table

Source: official announcement

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The Dragons also announced that they signed an official partnership agreement with Suzuki that runs from January 1, 2015 until December 31, 2017. The agreement includes advertisements on uniforms, use of the Suzuki logo, and use of the Chunichi Dragons logo and materials. The Suzuki logo will appear on the team uniform this year (right hip area on pants).

The Dragons now have four official partners:

  • Asics (uniform supplier)
  • Edion (helmet advertisement)
  • Chunichi Shimbun (left sleeve advertisement)
  • Suzuki (uniform advertisement)

Source: official announcement

[1/20/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.21, 2015 @ 2:11 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto worked out with the rest of the players on Tuesday after taking things slow on Sunday because of lower back tightness. He told reporters he felt fine. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2015
  • Hirokazu Ibata is thinking about switching his glove manufacturer from Mizuno to Adidas. Source: Sponichi 1/20/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka left Japan from Kansai Airport on Tuesday. He will continue the next stage of his training in Hawaii. Source: Daily Sports 1/20/2015
  • Kosuke Fukudome returned from his workouts in Hawaii on Tuesday. He spoke to reporters at the airport and said he was running without any worries about his left knee. Source: Sports Hochi 1/20/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki and fourth round draft pick Koki Moriya tossed bullpen session at Naruohama on Tuesday. It was their third session in as many days. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2015
  • Daiki Enokida threw fifty-three pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen at Naruohama on Tuesday. It was his first session of the year. Source: Sports Hochi 1/20/2015
  • Minoru Iwata returned to Japan on the 19th after spending about two weeks training in Arizona. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2015
  • Nearly all players, including foreign players, will get to play in an intra-squad game schedule on February 15. Source: Sanspo 1/20/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • First round draft pick Takayoshi Noma took forty-one swings during live batting practice on Tuesday. He faced pitches from both sides. It was his first real session since mid-November. Source: Daily Sports 1/20/2015
  • Third round draft pick Atsuya Horie tossed a bullpen session on Tuesday. He threw seventy-five pitches to a standing catcher and mixed in curves, sliders, and change-ups. It was his first session since turning professional. Source: Daily Sports 1/20/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/20/2015
  • Yuki Iwami (27) is planning to file marriage papers with a twenty-five-year-old woman from Aichi on the 25th. Source: Daily Sports 1/20/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • First round draft pick Ryosuke Nomura threw about twenty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday. He threw off a mound for the first time since the 21U World Cup last November. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2015
  • Eighth round draft pick Masashi Yamamoto and ninth round draft pick Takeshi Kaneko tossed bullpen sessions on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2015
  • Shinji Tajima tossed a bullpen session at Nagoya Stadium on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Mitsuru Manaka is not planning to schedule evening workouts during spring camp. Source: Sponichi 1/20/2015
  • Wladimir Balentien (left Achilles tendon) is expected to arrive in Japan some time in mid-March. Source: Sponichi 1/20/2015

[1/19/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.20, 2015 @ 1:52 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto took things slow during practices on Sunday because of discomfort in his lower back. He first started feeling some tightness in his lower back on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2015
  • Second round draft pick Chiaki Tone tossed twenty pitches in the bullpen on Sunday. It was his first session since turning professional. Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Naoto Tsuru worked out with Kyuji Fujikawa in Okinawa on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/19/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki threw sixteen warm-up pitches before throwing thirty fastballs to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Sunday. Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2015 ... Ishizaki tossed another session on Monday, his second in as many days. He threw thirty pitches, all fastballs, to a standing catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/19/2015
  • Fourth round draft pick Koki Moriya threw forty-six pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Sunday. He threw twenty-five fastballs, followed by one curve, another fastball, another curve, three fastballs, another curve, and then fourteen fastballs to finish off the session. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/19/2015 ... Moriya also threw thirty pitches in the bullpen on Monday, his second session in as many days. Source: Sponichi 1/19/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • The 2014 draft class practiced at Mazda Stadium on Monday for the first time. Morning workouts were held at the Ono facilities and shifted to the stadium in the afternoon. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/19/2015
  • Ikusei outfielder Tsukasa Morishita shaved his head on Saturday and said to reporters on Sunday, "I feel this will be the end if I don't make it this year. I did it to psych myself up." Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2015
  • Former Carp Kila Ka'aihue (30) signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals that includes an invitation to Spring Training. Source: MLB.com's William Ladson 1/19/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Second round draft pick Tomohiro Hamada threw twenty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2015
  • Ikusei second round draft pick Kodai Ishigaki threw thirty-five pitches in the bullpen on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/19/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Kenichi Matsuoka worked out at Jingu Gaien on Monday. He was in the United States between January 2 and 18 working out in Los Angeles with Kentaro Kyuko. Source: Sponichi 1/19/2015
  • Shohei Tateyama (right elbow) threw off the bullpen mound on Monday (twenty-six pitches to a standing catcher). He will most likely start the year at Ni-gun spring camp. Tateyama was training in Hawaii from mid-December until January 16th. Source: Sports Hochi 1/19/2015, Sanspo 1/19/2015
  • Masanori Ishikawa tossed batting practice to Yuhei, Hiroyasu Tanaka, and Akihisa Nishida for about thirty minutes on Sunday. Ishikawa dropped his fat content by three percent to fifteen. Source: Sponichi 1/19/2015
  • The Swallows announced on Monday that seventh round draft pick Izumi Hara was diagnosed with influenza A. Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2015

[1/19/2015] Former Dragon Ta-Feng Chen dies after battle with leukemia

by on Jan.19, 2015 @ 7:31 pm, under NPB
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Former Chunichi Dragon Ta-Feng Chen, also known as Yasuaki Taiho, died of acute myeloid leukemia at Nagoya hospital at 10:41pm on the 18th. He was fifty-one years old.

Chen was selected by the Dragons in the second round of the 1988 draft (he took on a job in the Chunichi organization after he graduated from Nagoya Shoka University to earn his status as a Japanese player). He was later traded to the Hanshin Tigers in 1998 (Chen, Akihiro Yano for Koichi Sekikawa and Teruyoshi Kuji) and returned to Nagoya in 2001. He was released after the 2002 season and wanted to continue playing, but retired because there was no interest. He did some scouting for Chunichi after retirement and helped the organization sign Wei-Ying Chen.

Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2015, Sponichi 1/19/2015

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