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[10/19/2013] Rumors: Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers

by on Oct.20, 2013 @ 6:17 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Tatsunori Hara could end up signing another two-year extension.

Source: Sponichi 10/19/2013

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A gossip magazine apparently snapped a photo of Hayato Sakamoto taking two women home.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/19/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Hirokazu Ibata is fully prepared to see his 2014 salary drop and is not planning to say anything against it.  Ibata struggled at the start of the season and never recovered.  He also ended up having surgery on his right ankle and elbow.

Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2013

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Tokyo Sports has heard that Hiromitsu Ochiai's contract with Chunichi is fairly low-priced without any incentives or bonuses.  And while his title is GM, it seems his role may be more along the lines of adviser.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/19/2013

Yakult Swallows

Ryoji Aikawa told reporters on Friday that he is not planning to exercise his FA option after having a talk with Junji Ogawa.

Source: Sanspo 10/19/2013

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The media learned on Friday that Hajime Miki will be named Ni-gun INF/base-running coach.

Source: Sanspo 10/19/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Kan OtakeKatsuhiro Nagakawa, and Yoshiyuki Ishihara can all become free agents this winter.  The team is planning to ask all three to return next year.

Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2013

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Kenta Kurihara will likely see a drop in salary.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2013

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The Carp are planning to go with five foreign players on their roster next year.  Bryan Bullington and Kila Ka'aihue are expected to return. Hiroshima is also most likely ask Brad Eldred and Kam Mickolio back for the 2014 season.  In addition to these four, the Carp would like to find a pitcher that can strike hitters out.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2013

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Hiroshima is not planning to sign Fred Lewis and Miguel Socolovich to contracts for the 2014 season.

Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2013

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Hitting coach Hiromasa Arai will likely return in 2014.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Teams have until the end of November to submit their list of players they want to reserve.  The Tigers are planning to keep the lines of communication open with Randy Messenger as close to the deadline as possible.

Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2013

There may be some in the organization that are worried how things might change for Fujinami if Messenger ends up leaving -- the two were apparently somewhat close and Messenger may have provided Fujinami with a steady presence to look up to during the season.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/19/2013

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The Tigers are interested in Brian Falkenborg.  If talks Seung Hwan Oh falls through, they could shift their attention to Falkenborg.

Source: Sanspo 10/19/2013, Nikkan Sports 10/19/2013

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The Tigers are expected to announce the addition of Nobuhiro Takashiro as an INF/base-running coach (third base coach).

Source: Sanspo 10/20/2013

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Hanshin is thinking about offering Hideo Furuya a job as Ni-gun head coach.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2013

[6/14/2013] Hiroshima batting coach Arai suffers skull fracture after taking batted ball of forehead

by on Jun.14, 2013 @ 9:13 pm, under NPB
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Batting coach Hiromasa Arai was tossing baseballs to Fred Lewis during batting practice today when he took a batted ball off the middle of his forehead (Lewis accidentally pulled the ball toward Arai).  He crumpled to the ground upon contact but did not lose consciousness.  He was visibly bleeding.

Arai was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance and examined.  The Carp later announced that he was diagnosed with a contusion and a skull fracture (tests came back negative for any damage to the brain).  He will require about four weeks for a full recovery, including one week of rest.

"[Arai] suffered a fracture and required some stitches.  He told me he was fine and not to worry," said Kenjiro Nomura.

Source: Daily Sports 6/14/2013, Sponichi 6/14/2013

Hiroshima Carp News and Notes: February 16, 2013

by on Feb.17, 2013 @ 2:04 am, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • Yusuke Nomura: situational batting practice: faced seven batters, one hit, topped out at 133km/h

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/16/2013

Friday

  • Yusuke Nomura: bullpen, fifty-nine pitches

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/16/2013

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Kenta Kurihara will likely sit out Sunday's game because of his back.  He is scheduled to travel with the team on a road trip to Okinawa that begins on the 21st.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/16/2013

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Fred Lewis is scheduled to play in Sunday's practice game against Samurai Japan.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/16/2013

Hiroshima Carp News and Notes: February 6, 2013

by on Feb.06, 2013 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Tuesday

  • Kenta Kurihara: sixty-five swings, twenty-three could-be hits (eighteen that went between center and right), one over the fence

Source: Sponichi 2/6/2013

Tuesday

  • Yusuke Nomura: bullpen, fifty-three pitches, squatting catcher, all fastballs

Source: Sponichi 2/6/2013

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The Ichi-gun and Ni-gun teams had the day off today.

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Kenjiro Nomura worked with Fred Lewis on Tuesday.  Lewis missed the start of spring camp because of the flu and got the green light to return to workouts during a check-up on Monday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2013

Lewis practiced on his day-off today.  Workouts included running, playing catch, and indoor batting practice.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2013

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4th round draft pick Ko Shimozuru was assigned to Ni-gun spring camp.  He got a chance to participate in Ichi-gun workouts on Tuesday and impressed coaches enough to merit a longer look.  Shimozuru will remain at Ichi-gun spring camp for the time being.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2013

Hiroshima Carp News and Notes: February 5, 2013

by on Feb.05, 2013 @ 11:41 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • Kenta Kurihara: sixty-five swings, one over the fence

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2013

Today

  • Yusuke Nomura: bullpen, about fifty pitches, squatting catcher, all fastballs
  • Yuichi Hisamoto: bullpen, 123 pitches
  • Katsuhiro Nagakawa: BP, faced Shogo Kimura and Shota Dobayashi, forty-eight pitches, five could-be hits

Source: Sanspo 2/5/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/5/2013, Sports Hochi 2/5/2013

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Fred Lewis (coming back from the flu) joined the team for practices today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2013

Hiroshima Carp News and Notes: February 1, 2013

by on Feb.01, 2013 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • Kenta Maeda: twenty pitches to a standing catcher, twenty pitches to a squatting catcher, plus one additional pitch because he was not satisfied with his fortieth toss

Source: Sponichi 2/1/2013

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Kenta Maeda tossed a bullpen session on the first day of spring camp for the first time since 2010.

Source: Sponichi 2/1/2013

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Fred Lewis missed the first day of spring camp after he was diagnosed with the flu earlier in the day.

Source: Sanspo 2/1/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/1/2013

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Kenjiro Nomura told players during a meeting on Thursday that they should not be afraid of making mistakes.  He also suggested that they laugh mistakes off.

Source: Sanspo 2/1/2013

Nomura is planning to field his best players during a game against Samurai Japan on the 17th.  Anything else would be an insult.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2013

Hiroshima signs Bullington to two-year deal, Lewis to one-year deal

by on Dec.11, 2012 @ 10:34 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced they re-signed Bryan Bullington (32) to a two-year deal.  They also officially announced they signed newcomer Fred Lewis (32) to a one-year deal.

Bullington: two years at 125 million yen plus incentives per year, includes 53 million yen signing bonus.

Lewis: one year at 40 million yen plus incentives, includes a 15 million yen signing bonus and a club option for a second year.  He was also assigned the number forty-one.

Source: official announcement (Bullington), official announcement (Lewis), Nikkan Sports 12/11/2012

Hiroshima Carp sign Fred Lewis to a one-year deal with a club option for 2014

by on Nov.09, 2012 @ 8:19 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp signed thirty-one-year-old outfielder Fred Lewis to a one-year contract worth an estimated 40M yen.  The deal also includes a signing bonus of 15M yen and a team option for the 2014 season.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/9/2012, Sponichi 11/9/2012

See also:

Hiroshima Carp looking to add Fred Lewis to the 2013 roster (includes stats)

Hiroshima not planning to offer Sarfate a contract for 2013, Yokohama interested

by on Nov.08, 2012 @ 11:53 am, under NPB
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Dennis Sarfate finished out the second year of a two-year deal today.  The media learned on Wednesday that Hiroshima is not planning to offer the thirty-one-year an extension for the 2013 season.

Sarfate struggled a little this season, perhaps due to an inguinal hernia surgery he had last winter, and may have also been worried about his wife's health (he returned to the US in June to be with her).  In either case, it seems Hiroshima felt he lost a little something on his fastball and may have felt he would be a risk for the 2013 season.

Kam MickolioNick Stavinoha, and Brad Eldred will likely return next year.  The Carp are talking things over with Bryan Bullington (he finished out a two-year deal).  They are also talking to Fred Lewis.

Source: Sponichi 11/8/2012, Sports Hochi Osaka 11/8/2012, Chugoku Shimbun 11/8/2012, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2012

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According to Sanspo, the Yokohama Bay Stars have added Sarfate to their list of players to look into.  Signing him would allow the team to move Shun Yamaguchi to the starting rotation.  Source: Sanspo 11/8/2012

Hiroshima Carp looking to add Fred Lewis to the 2013 roster

by on Nov.02, 2012 @ 8:25 am, under NPB
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According to Sports Hochi, the Hiroshima Carp will soon sit down with thirty-one-year-old OF Fred Lewis to work out a deal -- the team contacted the MLB about their interest on October 31.

Hiroshima feels Lewis is a good option because he can hit the ball the opposite direction, can hit for average, and has some pop and speed.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/2/2012

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UPDATE @ 9:20pm - Nikkan SportsSponichi, and Sanspo have also filed similar reports about Hiroshima moving toward signing Lewis.

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