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[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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[1/17/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.18, 2015 @ 2:54 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kan Otake is about four kilograms lighter than last year. Source: Chunichi Sports 1/17/2015
  • Toshiya Sugiuchi started cleaning his toilet before his starts when he was in a slump five years ago. In Feng shui, clean toilets can lead to good health and fortune. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers held a moment of silence at the Naruohama facilities on Saturday to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2015
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka had a follow-up exam on his right elbow on the 14th. He is making good progress and is close to regaining full-range of movement. He will most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki, third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi, and fourth round draft pick Koki Moriya could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Sanspo 1/17/2015, Sanspo 1/17/2015
  • Yuya Ando and Kosuke Kato will most likely be assigned to Ni-gun spring camp. Ando told pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi that he wanted to start the year at Ni-gun camp because he was taking things slow. Source: Sanspo 1/17/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • The 2014 draft class took physical fitness tests on Friday. Source: Daily Sports 1/17/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/17/2015
  • Hiroki Kuroda is prepared to retired if he fails to record at least ten wins this season. "I need to win at least ten games. At this age and with this kind of contract, there are obligations to consider. If I don't meet those obligations, there will come a time where I will need to make a decision," said Kuroda. Source: Daily Sports 1/17/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/17/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai, Yudai Ono, and Kazuki Yoshimi are among the candidates for the opening day start on March 27. A member of the 2014 draft class is also a possibility, like first round draft pick Ryosuke Nomura and second round draft pick Tomohiro Hamada. Source: Daily Sports 1/17/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yuhei Takai used a black and brown glove last season. He will change to a brown-only glove this season because brown leather is better quality than black. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2015

[1/17/2015] Chunichi Dragons 2015 Coaching Staff

by on Jan.18, 2015 @ 1:39 am, under NPB
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Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 27 谷繁 元信 Tanishige, Motonobu 44
Head Coach 80 森 繁和 Mori, Shigekazu 60
Chief Battery Coach 90 達川 光男 Tatsukawa, Mitsuo 59
General Position Player Coach 85 辻 発彦 Tsuji, Hatsuhiko 56
Chief Hitting/Outfield/Base Coach 78 長嶋 清幸 Nagashima, Kiyoyuki 53
Pitching Coach 81 友利 結 Tomori, Yu 47
Pitching Coach 76 近藤 真市 Kondo, Shinichi 46
Hitting/Outfield/Base Coach 71 波留 敏夫 Haru, Toshio 44
Outfield/Base Coach 87 上田 佳範 Ueda, Yoshinori 41
Position Player Coach 84 早川 和夫 Hayakawa, Kazuo 54
Chief Conditioning/Training Coach 92 勝崎 耕世 Katsuzaki, Kosei 49
Conditiong/Training Coach 93 宮前 岳巳 Miyamae, Takemi 46

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 72 佐伯 貴弘 Saeki, Takahiro 44
Position Player/Hitting Coach 88 高柳 秀樹 Takayanagi, Hideki 57
Chief Pitching Coach 75 佐藤 秀樹 Sato, Hdeki 44
Pitching Coach 74 大塚 晶文 Otsuka, Akinori 43
Pitching Coach 86 小笠原 孝 Ogasawara, Takashi 38
Battery Coach 73 小川 将俊 Ogawa, Masatoshi 35
Infield/Base Coach 77 渡辺 博幸 Watanabe, Hiroyuki 44
Outfield/Base Coach 89 英智 Kuramoto, Hidenori 38
Ikusei Position Player Coach 83 松岡 功祐 Matsuoka, Kosuke 71
Conditioning/Training Coach 95 塚本 洋 Tsukamoto, Hiroshi 39
Conditioning/Training Coach 94 北野 一郎 Kitano, Ichiro 37
Conditioning/Training Coach 96 今枝 健二 Imaeda, Kenji 34
Conditioning/Training Coach 91 水野 裕都 Mizuno 32

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Source: Sports Hochi 1/17/2015, Sanspo 1/17/2015

[1/16/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.17, 2015 @ 5:40 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hisayoshi Chono will most likely be assigned to Ni-gun spring camp because he is coming off right elbow and right knee surgery. He will be called up to Ichi-gun camp as soon as he is ready. Second round draft pick Chiaki Tone and third round draft pick Hayato Takagi could start out at Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Sponichi 1/16/2015
  • The Giants are planning to announce their spring camp assignments on the 19th. Source: Sanspo 1/16/2015
  • There is a chance Hideki Matsui will be unable to visit spring camp this year. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2015
  • Owner Kojiro Shiraishi sees Yoshinobu Takahashi (39) as a future managerial candidate. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama (inflammation, left sternoclavicular joint) resumed throwing on Friday. He threw into a net and played catch at a distance of about ten meters. Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki could get a look as a starter. Source: Sanspo 1/16/2015
  • Yuta Iwasada threw twenty-seven pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Friday. It was his first session of the year. He dropped about five kilograms since fall camp. Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2015, Sponichi 1/16/2015
  • The Tigers are planning to announce their spring camp assignments after a coach meeting on the 23rd. Source: Sanspo 1/16/2015
  • Team official Eiichi Takano returned from his trip to Cuba on Thursday. He did not find any suitable talent for this season. The Tigers will continue checking players in the United States and the Dominican Republic. Source: Sanspo 1/16/2015
  • The Tigers are planning to wear a yellow alternate uniform during their Uru-Tora-no Natsu event in late-July. Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Sixth round draft pick Tetsuya Iida threw twenty-seven pitches, fastballs and five change-ups, to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. The pitching coaches were impressed with both pitches. There is a good chance Iida will be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2015
  • Hiroki Kuroda on why he decided to return to Japan: "I will be turning forty in February and I'm not sure how many years I have left. I think I might get a better feel for the importance of each pitch by playing for the Carp. ... There is importance in America as well, but I think I don't have a lot of pitches left in me and I felt I might feel more satisfication in pitching [for the Carp]. ... I didn't really set a limit. I'll be okay if the last mound I throw off of [is in Japan]. I don't want to feel any regrets about not pitching in Japan after ending my career." Kuroda said the energy/feeling he got from Carp fans and others involved also played a big role in his decision. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons players association officials, Yohei Oshima, Masato Matsui, Naomichi Donoue, and Yusuke Matsui, and team staff visited Inuyama Naritasan Temple on Friday to pray for a successful season. Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2015
  • The entire 2014 draft class (excluding Ikusei players) could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp, assuming the training coaches or trainers find no reason to start them at Ni-gun. The Dragons selected the players from higher ranks (college and up) because they were looking for immediate help. Head coach Shigekazu Mori told reporters on Friday that Motonobu Tanishige wants a chance to see the players early on during camp to get a better feel for what they might be able to bring to the table. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2015, Sponichi 1/16/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/16/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

[1/15/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.16, 2015 @ 2:40 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Ryoji Aikawa returned from Saipan on Thursday. He was originally scheduled to arrive on Wednesday night, but there were problems with his flight. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015
  • First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto could make his "debut" during an intra-squad game on February 11 or 12. Source: Sponichi 1/15/2015
  • Ikusei second round draft pick Takuya Kawai ran 3,280 meters during Wednesday's Yo-Yo Endurance Test (twenty meter distance, eighty-two round trips). Source: Sponichi 1/15/2015
  • The Ichi-gun coaching staff met at Giants Stadium on Wednesday to discuss spring camp assignments. The entire 2014 draft class will most likely be assigned to Ni-gun spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015 ... The Giants held a staff meeting in Tokyo on Thursday to discuss plans for the 2015 season and the spring camp schedule. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Fourth round draft pick Koki Moriya is planning to toss a bullpen session some time after the 17th. He ran Monday's 3,000-meter in 14:06 and finished in last place.
  • Shintaro Fujinami interview by ZakZak. You mentioned on TV that you wanted to try [playing in the Majors] when you got to that level. What did you mean? "[I'd like to try] when I become a pitcher that can represent the league and the NPB. There isn't a certain number or standard. I want to be someone everyone recognizes. Like Yu Darvish, Masahiro Tanaka, Kenta Maeda, and Chihiro Kaneko. I want to get to that kind of overpowering level [before I go]." Anyone that becomes overpowering will want to try [the Majors]. "And that's it. Even Darvish said he didn't have to go. This might come out wrong, but players that no longer feel challenged by Japanese yakyu should go. I think it's natural to want to do more." Source: ZakZak 1/15/2015 ... Fujinami added three kilograms since the end of last season and is hoping to add one or two more. Source: Sanspo 1/15/2015
  • Fumiya Hojo will most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Yutaka Wada sees Hojo as a possible back-up to Takashi Toritani. Source: Sponichi 1/15/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • General training camp began on Thursday. Thirty-one players, including nine members of the 2014 draft class, worked out at the Ono facilities. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015
  • Allen Kuri threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher on Thursday. It was his fifth session of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • General training camp at Nagoya Stadium started on Thursday. Workouts will run through to the 25th. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The 2014 draft class visited DeNA headquaters in the Hikarie building in Shibuya on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015, Daily Sports 1/15/2015
  • Shun Tono has tossed two bullpen sessions so far this year (his first session came on the 10th). He has been working non-stop since January 3. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015
  • The Bay Stars have yet to make an official announcement about Yulieski Gourriel because they have not been able to finalize their contract with him. The regular season has already started in Cuba and the focus is on that. There is a chance Gourriel might not make it to Japan until May. Source: Sanspo 1/15/2015
  • Former Bay Star Norihiro Nakamura (41) is still waiting for an offer from an NPB team. He could set February as his deadline to sign a deal. Source: Sanspo 1/15/2015
  • Senryokugai Kosuke Tomita (26) signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015, Sponichi 1/15/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryo Akiyoshi managed to gain eight kilograms since the end of last season. Source: Sanspo 1/15/2015