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[1/21/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.22, 2016 @ 4:33 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Mitsuru Manaka is hoping he can give first round draft pick Juri Hara a spot in the opening day starting rotation. Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2016
  • The Swallows decided to assign Wladimir Balentien to Ichi-gun spring camp after seeing footage of his workouts. Source: Sponichi 1/21/2016

Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe has so far dropped his weight from 103.8 to ninety-seven kilograms. He is fifteen percent ready for the season. He would like to be at fifty percent at the start of spring camp, sixty to seventy percent at the start of Okinawa camp, and eighty to ninety percent at the start of the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/21/2016
  • Abner Abreu worked out at Giants Stadium for the first time on January 20. Source: Daily Sports 1/20/2016
  • Garrett Jones registered name will be Garrett. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2016

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Ni-gun Tigers are scheduled to play eleven Western League home games at Koshien Stadium this season (up from last year's nine). Source: Sanspo 1/20/2016
  • Hiroya Shimamoto gained four kilograms and is currently seventy-six kilograms. Source: Sanspo 1/21/2016
  • The Tigers are planning to give Matt Hague a look at third early on during spring camp. Head coach Nobuhiro Takashiro is concerned about Hague's abilities at third, since he has spent more time at first. Left field could also be an option. Source: Sponichi 1/20/2016, Daily Sports 1/20/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • Team officials and staff visited Gokoku Shrine in Hiroshima on January 21 to pray for a successful season. Source: Daily Sports 1/21/2016
  • First round draft pick Akitake Okada could make his "debut" during an exhibition game against Yakult on February 20. Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2016 ... The 2015 draft class visited the Hiroshima Oral Health Center for tests on January 19. Source: Sponichi 1/20/2016

Chunichi Dragons

  • First round draft pick Shinnosuke Ogasawara could pitch in a practice game against the Yomiuri Giants on February 24. Source: Daily Sports 1/21/2016 ... Ogasawara has final exams between January 26 and 28. Source: Sponichi 1/21/2016
  • Hitoki Iwase has been making adjustments to his delivery since last fall. He is also trying to pick up a new pitch with downward movement. Source: Sponichi 1/19/2016
  • Kyohei Kamezawa (27) filed marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman earlier this month. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/18/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yoshitomo Tsutsugo is the first non-pitcher drafted out of high school in franchise history to reach 100 million yen within his first seven seasons in the NPB. The previous record of eight was set by Takanori Suzuki in 1998. Source: Sponichi 1/20/2016
  • Jose Lopez provided the Bay Stars with footage from his workouts. He is expected to arrive in Japan some time next week. Source: Sanspo 1/18/2016
  • Alex Ramirez would like to see the coaching staff checking players at all levels in the organization on a regular basis, not just players within their own levels -- Ichi-gun coaches should have opportunities to see Ni-gun players and Ni-gun coaches should have opportunities to see Ichi-gun players. Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2016

[1/17/2016] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Jan.18, 2016 @ 3:24 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hiroki Kuroda is scheduled to join the team during the last block of Nichinan camp that begins on February 16. It will be the first time Kuroda will be in Nichinan for spring camp since 2007. He did not join the team until Okinawa camp on February 20 last year. Source: Daily Sports 1/17/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/17/2016 ... Kuroda is set to arrive in Miyazaki on Janaury 15 and participate in the last block of Nichinan camp (February 16-18). He arrived in Okinawa on February 17 last year and joined the team on February 18. Source: Sponichi 1/17/2016

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are expected to assign twenty-two to twenty-three pitchers to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2016
  • If first round draft pick Shinnosuke Ogasawara is assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp, he will be the first first round draft pick out of high school in franchise history to be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp since Hiroshi Hirata in 1994. Source: Sanspo 1/17/2016

[1/16/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Jan.17, 2016 @ 2:54 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Mitsuru Manaka is hoping Wladimir Balentien is healthy enough not to miss any games this season. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2016 ... Manaka would also like to see Balentien hit thirty home runs (something that should not be a problem if he is healthy) and show more consistent hustle while playing defense and running the bases. Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/16/2016

Yomiuri Giants

  • The 2015 draft class took a course on mental training on January 16. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2016
  • Yoshinobu Takahashi is planning to introduce a virtual pitching machine during spring camp that includes Shintaro Fujinami, Hiroki Kuroda, Kris Johnson, and Yudai Ono. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2016 ... Takahashi believes the team can win more games if the offense can bat .260 or better and do a better job executing sac bunts. The improved hitting could then lead to roughly four runs a game. Over the last two years, the team has won about eighty percent of the games where the offense scored four or more runs. Takahashi believes there is room for improvement in the late-inning relief corp: Scott Mathieson (eight losses), Tetsuya Yamaguchi (five losses), and Hirokazu Sawamura (three losses) combined for sixteen losses last season. He would also like to see Tomoyuki Sugano find success against the Yakult Swallows before it becomes a bigger problem than it should be. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/16/2016, Sponichi 1/16/2016, Sponichi 1/16/2016
  • Murata has so far managed to lose about five kilograms during the off-season. He now weighs ninety-five kilograms. He is hoping to make it to spring camp at ninety-three. Source: Sanspo 1/16/2016
  • The Giants set early curfews during fall camp last year after three of its players were caught gambling on baseball. They have decided to ease up a little during spring camp: on normal days with practices, curfew will be 10:30pm instead of 10:00pm and on days before off-days. curfew will be 1:00am instead of 12:00am. The ban on golf, pachinko, and mahjong will also be lifted. Source: Sponichi 1/16/2016, Sanspo 1/16/2016

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers could play their first intra-squad game of the year on either February 6 or 7. Younger players are expected to have a number of opportunities to show how much they improved this winter during the first-half of spring camp. Tomoaki Kanemoto has already told reporters that he plans to promote and demote players between Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camps as needed. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/16/2016
  • Taiga Egoshi will be switching the color of his glove and batting gloves from red/brown to black. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • First round draft pick Akitake Okada decided to go gluten-fee after reading a book on Novak Djokovic's diet. Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2016

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons visited Naritasan Nagoya Betsuin Daishoji Temple in Inuyama, Aichi on Janaury 16 to pray for a successful season. Source: Sponichi 1/16/2016
  • First round draft pick Shinnosuke Ogasawara will most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Sponichi 1/16/2016 ... Second round draft pick Yu Sato and fourth round draft pick Hiroto Fuku will also most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/16/2016
  • Ichi-gun pitching coach Shinichi Kondo had surgery to treat a herniated disc in his lower back and is expected to miss some time. Either Ni-gun pitching coach Akinori Otsuka or Ni-gun pitching coach Takashi Ogasawara will be reassigned to Ichi-gun pitching coach. The Dragons announced on January 16 that they added Kenta Asakura to their staff as Ni-gun pitching coach. Asakura will retain his other title as a team operations supervisor. Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/16/2016

[1/15/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.16, 2016 @ 2:47 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Fifth round draft pick Kotaro Yamasaki ran thirty meters in 3.94 seconds on January 14. He was the only member of the 2015 draft class to finish with a time under four seconds. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2016 ... Third round draft pick Keiji Takahashi finished in second with a time of 4.02 seconds. First round draft pick Juri Hara's time was 4.35 seconds. Source: Sanspo 1/15/2016

Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshinobu Takahashi is thinking about letting veteran players train at their own pace during spring camp. Source: Sponichi 1/15/2016
  • First round draft pick Toshiki Sakurai might be ready to toss a bullpen session on the first day of spring camp. Source: Sponichi 1/14/2016 ... The Giants are currently planning to assign Sakurai, second round draft pick Shinnosuke Shigenobu, and seventh round draft pick Kota Nakagawa to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Sponichi 1/14/2016 ... Players participated in a Yo-Yo Intermittent Test on January 14. Seventh round draft pick Kota Nakagawa finished in first with ninety-eight. Shigenobu finished in second with ninety-seven and Sakurai in eighth with seventy-seven. Source: Daily Sports 1/14/2016
  • Hideki Matsui will be a roving special instructor during spring camp (Ichi-gun, Ni-gun, and San-gun). Source: Sponichi 1/14/2016, Daily Sports 1/14/2016

Hanshin Tigers

  • Second round draft pick Seishiro Sakamoto's graduation thesis was on Jackie Robinson. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • General workouts began at the Ono training facilities on January 15. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2016
  • Pitching coach Tatsumi Une feels first round draft pick Akitake Okada can be effective is either a starter or reliever. With Daichi Osera heading back to the starting rotation this year, Okada could find a spot in the bullpen. Une is planning to use him as a starter at first, but could try him in the bullpen if the rotation is full or the bullpen needs arms. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2016
  • Yoshihiro Maru is making adjustments to his stance, like setting his hands at a higher position and using a higher leg kick. He is using more of a downward stroke, instead of an upward stroke. Source: Daily Sports 1/14/2016

Chunichi Dragons

  • General workouts at Nagoya Stadium will take place between January 15 and 25. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2016 ... Players ran five kilometers on January 15. Kodai Ishigaki finished in first. Source: Sanspo 1/16/2016
  • First round draft pick Shinnosuke Ogasawara decided to switch gloves after turning pro. He used to use a Tomoyuki Sugano model glove and is now using a modified Takashi Saito glove (special ordered to be about ten millimeters smaller). Source: Sanspo 1/15/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

[1/13/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.14, 2016 @ 3:30 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • The 2015 draft class ran three 1,000 meter races on January 10. Fifth round draft pick Kotaro Yamasaki finished in first in all three. Source: Sanspo 1/12/2016

Yomiuri Giants

  • Itaru Hashimoto added five kilograms and now weighs eighty kilograms. He changed his bat weight from 940 grams to 850 grams. Source: Sanspo 1/12/2016
  • Koji Uehara will not be able to visist spring camp this year due to schedule conflicts. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2016

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami gained three kilograms since the end of the season. He would like to make spring camp at ninety-six to ninety-seven kilograms. He currently weighs about ninety-five kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 1/11/2016
  • Yuya Ando will be assigned to Ni-gun spring camp in Aki. He requested the assignment because he is used to surroundings and facilities, having spent his last three spring camps in Aki. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2016
  • Second round draft pick Seishiro Sakamoto ran the 3,000 meter on January 11 with the best time: eleven minutes and twenty-one seconds. First round draft pick Shun Takayama finished in fifth (twelve minutes and eight seconds) and third round draft pick Daichi Takeyasu finished in sixth (twelve minutes and third seconds). Source: Daily Sports 1/11/2016 ... Takayama and Sakamoto were unavailable on January 13 because they were handing in their graduation theses. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2016
  • The same natural grass used at Koshien Stadium, perennial rye-grass, was installed at Ginoza Stadium in Okinawa (Ichi-gun spring camp facilities). Construction took two days, beginning on December 4, 2015. The field will be ready for spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2016
  • The Tigers are planning to have Yutaka Enatsu give Ni-gun players a lecture during spring camp on February 6. He will then spend three days, beginning on January 7, as a special instructor. Enatsu is also scheduled to visit Ichi-gun spring camp in Ginoza. Source: Sanspo 1/13/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • First round draft pick Akitake Okada, second round draft pick Hiroki Yokoyama, and sixth round draft pick Oscar Nakaoshi are currently slated to attend Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2016
  • Takahiro Arai participated in a Goma Fire Ritual at Saifukuji Temple in Kagoshima on January 12. He sat in front of flames for about 100 minutes. He has been participating in the ritual every off-season since 2004 (twelve years). Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2016, Daily Sports 1/13/2016
  • Kenta Maeda held a press conference at Madza Stadium on January 11 to formally announce his decision to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Japanese public. January 11 was the last day for fans to purchase Maeda merchandise at the stadium store. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2016 ... Hiroshima is not planning to save Maeda's number. They may offer it to a future draft pick that has potential to become the next staff ace. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2016

Chunichi Dragons

  • Training camp for the 2015 draft class at Nagoya Stadium ended on January 13. General training camp at Nagoya Stadium will begin on January 15. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/13/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The media learned on January 11 that fourth round draft pick Yasutaka Tobashira (25) filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old woman living in Kyoto in November 2015. Source: Sponichi 1/12/2016

[1/10/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.11, 2016 @ 2:53 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Training camp for the 2015 draft class started at Toda Stadium in Saitama on January 9. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2016
  • First round draft pick Juri Hara and fifth round draft pick Kotaro Yamasaki could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. There are currently two opening day starter candidates: Yasuhiro Ogawa and Masanori Ishikawa. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2016
  • Mitsuru Manaka is planning to use his everyday players, non-pitchers including Wladimir Balentien, in practice games as early as possible during spring camp. The first practice game is scheduled to take place on February 13 against Yokohama. Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2016, Sponichi 1/10/2016

Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants are planning to schedule Ni-gun vs San-gun games during spring camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2016
  • The 2015 draft class attended a lecture on what it means to be a Yomiuri Giant on January 9. The players were taught about the organization's history and tradition. Players were also warned about gambling and staying out of trouble involving money. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2016 ... The coaching staff does not want to give the 2015 draft class advice and suggestions until they have had enough time to evaluate them properly. They are also curious to see how far the players can go with what they currently have. They do not want to suffocate them with too many changes, at least not at first. Source: Sponichi 1/9/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/9/2016 ... Second round draft pick Shinnosuke Shigenobu led all players with thirty-seven sit-ups in thirty seconds. First round draft pick Toshiki Sakurai did thirty. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2016 ... The 2015 draft class ran a 3,000-meter race on January 10. Ikusei sixth round draft pick Atsuro Hashimoto finished with the best time: eleven minutes and forty-seven seconds. Shigenobu finished in second with a time of eleven minutes and fifty-five seconds. First round draft pick Toshiki Sakurai finished in fifth with a time of twelve minutes and twenty-nine seconds. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2016 ... Players signed autographs for fans after practices on January 10. Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2016
  • Bicycles were banned in 2013 when Taishi Ota was involved in an accident. The ban was lifted in December 2015 -- forty Bridgestone CYLVA bicycles arrived at the team dormitory on January 9. Source: DailySports 1/10/2016, Sponichi 1/10/2016

Hanshin Tigers

  • The media learned on January 8 that Matt Hague is scheduled to arrive in Japan on January 26. Marcos Mateo will arrive on January 27. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2016 ... Mauro Gomez is planning to arrive in Japan on January 27. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2016
  • Tomoaki Kanemoto is okay with younger players being a little crazy off-the-field (like missing curfews or oversleeping), so long as they keep it off the field, separate from work, and in moderation. Source: Sponichi 1/10/2016, Sanspo 1/10/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • The 2015 draft class moved into the team dormitory in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima on January 9. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2016 ... Training camp began at the Ono training facilities on January 10. Source: Sports Hochi 1/10/2016
  • Former scout Takao Murakami (Miyagawa) dies of heart failure on January 8. He was seventy-nine-years-old. Murakami set the NPB record for most pinch hits with 187. As a scout, he was in charge of players like Manabu Kitabeppu, Tomonori Maeda, and Tsunemi Tsuda. Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2016, Sponichi 1/10/2016

Chunichi Dragons

  • The 2015 draft class moved into the team dormitory in Nagoya on January 9. Training camp began on January 10 at Nagoya Stadium. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/10/2016 ... The players ran five kilometers on January 10. Ikusei fourth round draft pick Mikihiro Nishihama finished in first. He was followed by fourth round draft pick Hiroto Fuku, Ikusei fifth round draft pick Kaito Goya, sixth round draft pick Ryota Ishioka, Ikusei third round draft pick Takuya Mitsuma, Ikusei second round draft pick Shu Yoshida, Ikusei sixth round draft pick Masaru Watanabe, third round draft pick Takuya Kinoshita, first round draft pick Shinnosuke Ogasawara, second round draft pick Yu Sato, fifth round draft pick Toshiki Abe, and Ikusei first round draft pick Seiya Nakagawa. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2016
  • Yohei Oshima has so far added seven kilograms to his frame and weighs seventy-seven kilograms. He has spent a lot of time on weight training this off-season. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/9/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Training camp for the 2015 draft class began at the Ni-gun facilities in Yokosuke, Kanagawa on January 9. First round draft pick Shota Imanaga, second round draft pick Kento Kumabara, third round draft pick Tatsuhiro Shibata, and fourth round draft pick Yasutaka Tobashira could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2016 ... Imanaga finished a 3,000-meter race in first place (twelve minutes and seventeen second). Source: Sports Hochi 1/9/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/9/2016
  • DeNA's friendly takeover bid for Yokohama Stadium is expected to go through. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2016

[1/6/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.07, 2016 @ 3:29 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Fifth round draft pick Kotaro Yamasaki moved into the team dormitory on January 6. Source: official announcement
  • Masanori Ishikawa can throw nine different pitches: fastball, regular and fast sinker, slider, cutter, curve, forkball, shuto, and change-up. He is working on a tenth pitch. Source: Sanspo 1/5/2016

Yomiuri Giants

  • The fifteen members of the 2015 draft class moved into the team dormitory on January 6. Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

  • The six members of the 2015 draft class moved into the team dormitory on January 6. Source: official annoumcement

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons announced that they will hold a retirement game for Masahiro Yamamoto on March 5 at Nagoya Dome against Yakult (exhibition game). Source: Chunichi Sports 1/6/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/6/2016
  • Over twenty areas (like field seats, the dugout, outfield walls, and the mound) at Nagoya Dome are undergoing renovations. The total cost will be several hundreds of million of yen. A lot of the construction is complete, everything should be done before the start of the regular season. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/5/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Alex Ramirez has already told Shun Yamaguchi that he would like to name him the opening day starter. Source: Sponichi 1/5/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/5/2016
  • The Bay Stars are setting up a large common area ("living room") for team personnel at Yokohama Stadium. The room will be used for team meetings and various other team activities. Staff will also be able watch games on big screen televisions. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2016

[12/29/2015] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.30, 2015 @ 1:03 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants closed out their year on December 28. Source: Sponichi 12/28/2015
  • Hideki Matsui's old dormitory room, number 201, has been saved as a special room. The Giants are in need of more space since they are planning to establish as San-gun level and are thinking about cleaning up the room and opening it up to players again. Thirty-five of thirty-eight rooms will be occupied next year. Yomiuri is worried three rooms will not be enough if there is a flu outbreak or if they need to provide a player with a last minute, temporary residence. Source: Sponichi 12/29/2015, Sanspo 12/29/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers closed out their year on December 28. Source: Daily Sports 12/28/2015
  • The Tigers announced the following uniform assignments on December 28: Matt Hague 36, Shinta Hifumi from 36 to 123. Source: Daily Sports 12/28/2015
  • Second round draft pick Seishiro Sakamoto will most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp next year. First round draft pick Shun Takayama is coming off right hand surgery. The Tigers will check his progress during rookie training camp in January before deciding his spring camp assignment. Source: Daily Sports 12/28/2015 ... The media learned on December 27 that Mizuno prepared three differently weighted bats (880, 890, 900 grams) for Takayama. The first round draft pick preferred slightly lighter bats when he played college ball because he found them easier to swing and control. Source: Sanspo 12/28/2015
  • If Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants a job next season, he will have to convince Tomoaki Kanemoto he is capable of stealing at least twenty bases. Source: Daily Sports 12/27/2015
  • Mauro Gomez met Kanemoto before he left Japan. The two talked about a number of things, including Gomez's weight. Kanemoto would like him to lose at least five kilograms during the off-season. He would ideally like to see him lose more, but Gomez is worried it might affect his performance. Source: Daily Sports 12/28/2015, Sponichi 12/28/2015, Nikkan Sports 12/28/2015
  • Former Tiger Kentaro Sekimoto will join Sponichi as a baseball analyst. Source: Sponichi 12/28/2015
  • The Tigers will carry thirteen trainers next year, two more than this year. Source: Sponichi 12/29/2015, Daily Sports 12/29/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hiroshima is planning to invite Sohachi Aniya to spring camp as a special instructor. Source: Daily Sports 12/28/2015

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yasutomo Kubo projects himself to be a four or five starter. Source: Sports Hochi 12/29/2015
  • The spring camp indoor practice facilities in Ginowan, Okinawa will be expanded from 30 meters x 30 meters to 50 meters x 50 meters. The changes should be ready for spring camp in 2018. Source: Sponichi 12/28/2015

[12/19/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons

by on Dec.20, 2015 @ 1:20 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Ni-gun Tigers are scheduled to play a practice game against Hanhwa (KBO) on February 11. Masayuki Kakefu wants to give the start to Kojiro Tanabo (three innings, forty-five pitches). Tanabo is also set to be the first pitcher to appear in a batting practice scrimmage scheduled on the first day of spring camp on February 1. Source: Sports Hochi 12/17/2015, Daily Sports 12/17/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • There has been talk about moving Takuya Asao to the starting rotation, but the thirty-one-year-old pitcher would rather pitch out of the bullpen. Source: Sponichi 12/17/2015
  • Junki Ito (24) filed marriage papers with a twenty-five-year-old woman from Aichi on December 14. Source: Daily Sports 12/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 12/18/2015
  • Kentaro Nishikawa (22) filed marriage papers with a twenty-one-year-old woman living in Ishikawa on December 14. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/18/2015

[12/16/2015] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Dec.17, 2015 @ 1:35 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa agreed to a salary that will be worth an estimated 100 million yen in 2016 on December 14. He reached 100-million yen in his fourth season and set a new franchise speed record for pitchers. Masanori Ishikawa held the previous record by reaching 100-million yen in his fifth year. Source: Chunichi Sports 12/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 12/15/2015
  • The Swallows left for their championship trip to Hawaii out of Narita Airport on December 15. Source: Daily Sports 12/15/2015

Yomiuri Giants

  • Shuichi Murata donated 790,000 yen (10,000 yen per hit this year) to the Sasaerunda Kikin. Money from the fund is used to support families with children that require neonatal care and the medical facilities that provide it. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/15/2015
  • Hideki Asai accepted a job as batting practice pitcher. Source: Daily Sports 12/15/2015
  • Kaoru Okazaki will join the front office as an adviser. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Kyuji Fujikawa threw the ball to a squatting catcher, first at twelve meters (fifty throws) and then at fifteen (120 throws), on flat ground during workouts at Naruohama on December 14. He spent about thirty-five minutes throwing 170 baseballs (no wind-up, set position, including off-speed pitches). Source: Daily Sports 12/15/2015, Sponichi 12/15/2015, Sanspo 12/15/2015
  • Atsushi Nomi will donate 1.1 million yen in toys (100,000 yen for every victory recorded this season) to sixty-six childcare facilities in Nishinomiya and Toyooka. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/15/2015
  • Mauro Gomez is hoping to make it to spring camp on time this year. Source: Sanspo 12/15/2015
  • Former Tiger Taiyo Fujita has decided to join the Roki Techno Baseball Club as a player/coach. Source: Sponichi 12/15/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp announced the following uniform number changes: Takahiro Arai from 28 to 25 and Hiroki Takahashi from 25 to 50. Source: official announcement

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons would like to hold a retirement ceremony for Masahiro Yamamoto on March 6, 2016 (exhibition game against Yakult at Nagoya Dome). Source: Nikkan Sports 12/15/2015
  • Player dormitory Shoryukan - four stories. First floor: cafeteria and baths, general/communal spaces. Floors two through four: nine dorm rooms per floor, enough to house twenty-five to twenty-six players (minus staff). Top prospects or older players tend to get rooms on the top floor. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2015