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[11/10/2014] Rumors: Yokohama, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Softbank

by on Nov.11, 2014 @ 5:07 am, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in Orix senryokugai Shun Tono (28) after watching him during the Twelve-team tryouts on Sunday. A number of other teams, including Hiroshima and Lotte, could also be interested in Tono. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Hiroshima Carp are interested in Tono, Nippon Ham senryokugai Shoma Sato (25), Yokohama senryokugai Futoshi Kobayashi (31), and Softbank senryokugai Shintaro Ejiri (37). They will probably keep it to one signing, if any. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014, Daily Sports 11/10/2014 ... Hiroshima signed Sato to a contract on Monday. A press conference will be held on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

Tono is not planning to attend the second tryout. He is currently only thinking about playing in the NPB next year. Source: Chunichi Sports 11/10/2014

Chunichi general manager Hiromitsu Ochiai is interested in Yokohama senryokugai Kuan-Yu Chen (24). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Dragons are planning to give former Softbank Hawk Kyohei Kamezawa (26) a tryout during fall camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines are interested in Orix senryokugai Tomoya Yagi and could give him a tryout. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014

The Softbank Hawks are going to give Yokohama senryokugai Yujo Kitagata (20) a tryout during fall camp, from the 11th until the 14th. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Orix Buffaloes are going to give Chunichi senryokugai Daisuke Tanaka a look during fall camp. Source: Daily Sports 11/10/2014

Yoshiyuki Kamei (32) was offered a multi-year deal but wants a one-year contract because he feels it will keep him motivated. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

Hiroshima's Eishin Soyogi (34) decided not to exercise his FA option after meeting with team officials for the fifth time on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014 ... Soyogi may have agreed to a one-year deal worth 100 million yen. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014 ... Hiroshima also posted an announcement of his decision. Source: official announcement

The Yomiuri Giants could meet Ryoji Aikawa (38) as early as the 13th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Giants are planning to sign Chunichi senryokugai Daiki Yoshikawa (22). Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014

The Hanshin Tigers could sweeten their offer to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) by diverting money they were planning to use for Naoki Miyanishi (three year, 500 million yen). Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014

The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Keiji Obiki (30). Source: Sanspo 11/10/2014

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[11/7/2014] Rumors: Hanshin, Hiroshima, Yakult, Softbank Orix

by on Nov.08, 2014 @ 4:06 am, under NPB
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Hiroyuki Nakajima

  • The Seibu Lions have spoken to Nakajima over the phone. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014 ... Team official Haruhiko Suzuki spoke to Nakajima over the phone for about twenty minutes. He may have offered the former Lion at least three years, an everyday spot at third base batting third, and the uniform number three. He may have also asked him to reach 2,000 hits while in a Seibu uniform. Nakajima is still interested in playing in the United States. Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2014 ... Nakajima may have been offered a three year deal worth over 800 million yen, the every day job at third batting third, the uniform number three, and a plan until retirement. The Lions are not interested in getting into a bidding war. Source: Sponichi 11/7/2014
  • The Lions are the only NPB team that can negotiate with Nakajima without having to worry about compensation. The Tigers may opt to wait until December to avoid the compensation penalty. Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2014

Yoshihisa Naruse

Keiji Obiki

  • Obiki on why he decided to exercise his FA option: "The front office tried really hard to get me to stay, but the coaches never said anything to me about next year. It would have been nice to talk to Hideki Kuriyama once..." Source: Sponichi 11/7/2014, Sports Hochi 11/7/2014


Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • Eishin Soyogi (34) told reporters on Thursday that he still wanted more time to think about his options and that he would most likely speak to the Carp at least one more time. He does not want to have any regrets. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Yakult Swallows are looking into Kam Mickolio (30), in addition to Keiji Obiki and Yoshihisa Naruse. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014

Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

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[10/20/2014] Free Agents and Rumors: Masanori Hayashi (Yokohama), Yulieski Gourriel

by on Oct.21, 2014 @ 10:03 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers are interested in Motohiro Shima and Naoki Miyanishi. Source: Sanspo 10/20/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Eishin Soyogi and Shogo Kimura each met team official Kiyoaki Suzuki on Monday. It was their first meeting regarding the 2015 season. The two will likely be given offers during their second meeting some time next week. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014, Sports Hochi 10/21/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Veterans Daisuke Miura and Hitoshi Tamura met with team officials in Yokohama on Monday. Tatsuhiko Kinjo is also expected to meet team officials shortly. All three players have FA options. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014
  • The Bay Stars are planning to offer, or have already offered, Masanori Hayashi a three-year contract with a large bump in salary. They met the thirty-one-year-old pitcher for their first round of negotiations on Monday. Yokohama is not planning to keep their offer on the table if Hayasahi exercises his FA option. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014, Sponichi 10/21/2014
  • Yulieski Gourriel held a press conference in Cuba and said. "There are other goods teams like Yomiuri, but if I could pick, I would choose to return to DeNA. The manager, players, interpreter, and fans treated me well. The fans in Japan are the best." Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014

Yakult Swallows

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Hiroshima Carp News and Notes: February 20, 2013

by on Feb.20, 2013 @ 11:44 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • Kan Otake: batting practice, faced Eishin Soyogi and Nick Stavinoha, forty-nine pitches, five could-be hits
  • Bryan Bullington: situational batting practice, faced ten batters, three hits
  • Yusuke Nomura: situational batting practice, faced eleven batters, three hits; bullpen, 135 pitches; total 220 pitches

Source: Sports Hochi 2/20/2013, Sports Hochi 2/20/2013, Sports Hochi 2/20/2013


Kam Mickolio ended workouts early today after he felt tightness in his lower back during warm-ups.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/20/2013


Eishin Soyogi was called up to Ichi-gun camp on Tuesday.  He spent about an hour swinging the bat 213 swings during extra batting practice on Tuesday.  He also stood in the batter's box during Shota Nakazaki's bullpen session and took fielding practice at both short and second.

Soyogi has been taking things slow since he had right knee surgery in October 2012.

Source: Sponichi 2/20/2013

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Hiroshima Carp News and Notes: February 19, 2013

by on Feb.19, 2013 @ 11:41 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • Takaya Toda: bullpen, 251 pitches
  • Shota Nakazaki: bullpen, 205 pitches

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2013


The Hiroshima Oyster Growers Association presented Kenjiro Nomura and the Carp with twenty kilograms of raw oysters and 100 oysters with shells.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/19/2013


Sachio Kinugasa visited Nichinan camp today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2013


Eishin Soyogi was called up to Ichi-gun camp today.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/19/2013


Yusuke Nomura will likely start an exhibition game on either March 2 or 3 (vs Chunichi at Nagoya Dome).

Source: Sponichi 2/19/2013


There is a good chance spring camp next year will begin in Nichinan, Miyazaki and end in Okinawa (instead of the other way around).  The new Okinawa Stadium is scheduled to be complete before the end of the year, but the facilities may not be ready in time for early workouts in mid-January next year.  In order to play it safe, the Carp may shift Nichinan camp ahead of Okinawa camp.

The switch may ultimately end up being a good thing since it will allow coaches to check on Ni-gun talent during the first half of camp (something they were able to do this year since both camps are working out in Miyazaki).

Source: Sports Hochi 2/19/2013

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Hiroshima Carp: Eishin Soyogi needs right knee surgery

by on Oct.03, 2012 @ 7:53 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp informed reporters today that Eishin Soyogi will undergo right knee surgery at the end of the season.  Chief trainer Masaya Ishii told reporters Soyogi suffered an injury to the meniscus some time during the beginning of spring and that surgical treatment was necessary.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2012

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Hiroshima Carp: February 24, 2012

by on Feb.24, 2012 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp received twenty kilograms of bare oysters and 100 oysters in shells from the Hiroshima Fishery Cooperative today.


Tomonori Maeda took about 400 pitches against the pitching machine during extra batting practice today.  The session lasted about an hour.  Maeda also moved up about a meter in the cages at one point because he felt the machine was throwing too slow.


Kenjiro Nomura spent about forty-five minutes working with Shota Dobayashi and Yoshitaka Isomura on their hitting after general practices today.  Nomura also tossed pitches to the two players.


Eishin Soyogi began rehab workouts on his left knee on Thursday.  Soyogi started feeling discomfort in the knee after sliding in an intra-squad game on February 19.  As a precaution, he skipped batting practice on Wednesday and got his knee examined at a hospital in Nichinan where he was diagnosed with a contusion on his left knee.


1st round draft pick Yusuke Nomura threw the fork during his bullpen session on Thursday for the first time during spring camp.  The Carp also decided to have him pitch situational batting practice on Saturday.

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Hiroshima Carp: February 23, 2012

by on Feb.23, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • 1st round draft pick Yusuke Nomura threw 149 pitches in the bullpen.  That is a personal high during spring camp this year.  Nick Stavinoha also spent some time standing in the batter's box during the session. (Sanspo)


Eishin Soyogi will begin rehabbing at San-gun due to left knee problem.  Soyogi started feeling some discomfort in the knee on Wednesday and told reporters it was nothing serious and that it was a chronic condition he had to work through.  The team is hopeful he will return without missing much time.


Brian Barden picked up an acoustic guitar before the start of spring camp and has been practicing about thirty minutes everyday.

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