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[1/26/2015] 2015 Inter-league Schedule

by on Jan.26, 2015 @ 6:05 pm, under NPB
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Notes about the schedule:

  • Six games will be played on opening day. Seibu at Yomiuri, Nippon Ham at Yakult, Orix at Yokohama, Softbank at Chunichi, Rakuten at Hanshin, and Lotte at Hiroshima.
  • One team will play eighteen games, nine at home and nine on the road.
  • There will be a total 108 games.
  • Teams will play either three games on the road or three games at home against each of the six teams in the opposite league.
  • Home teams this year will become road teams next year; road teams this year will become home teams next year.
  • Rain outs will either be played on available

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[1/26/2015] 2015 NPB Team Slogans

by on Jan.26, 2015 @ 5:27 pm, under NPB
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Team Phrase Date
Hiroshima Carp 常昇魂 (じょうしょうだましい) Red Rising 11/23/2014 (official announcement)
Chunichi Dragons 強竜再燃 (きょうりゅうさいねん) stand hard 12/12/2014 (official announcement)
Yomiuri Giants Show The Spirit~新成 (しんせい) 12/19/2014 (official announcement)
Rakuten Eagles 一致団結 (いっちだんけつ) Smart & Spirit 2015 01/21/2015 (official announcement)
Hanshin Tigers Go for the Top as One 01/09/2015 (official announcement)
Seibu Lions ガチ!マジ!LIONS 2015 12/26/2014 (official announcement)
Chiba Lotte Marines 翔破 (しょうは) 熱く! 勇ましく!! 泥臭く!!! 12/31/2014 (official announcement)
Yokohama Bay Stars 導 (みちびく) 01/05/2015 (official announcement)
Softbank Hawks 熱男(アツオ) 01/16/2015 (official announcement)
Orix Buffaloes 輝氣(かがやき)2015 輝こう、一緒に。 01/18/2015 (official announcement)
Yakult Swallows つばめ改革(かいかく) 01/20/2015 (official announcement)
Nippon Ham Fighters EZOlution 01/26/2014 (official announcement) 

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Japan Amateur Baseball Association - 燃えろ社会人野球!~手に汗握る瞬間・感動をあなたのもとへ~ - Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2015

[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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[1/9/2015] Yokohama Bay Stars could be finalizing deal with Yoslan Herrera

by on Jan.09, 2015 @ 9:31 pm, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in thirty-three-year-old right-handed pitcher Yoslan Herrera. The Bay Stars see Herrera as a closing candidate.

The two sides may already be in the middle of negiations and could be at a point where they only have to work out the details. An announcement could be made soon.

Source: Nikkan Sportws 1/9/2015

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[12/31/2014] Hanshin Tigers interested in Hyeon-Jong Yang and Kwang-Hyun Kim

by on Dec.31, 2014 @ 9:42 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers are interested in pitchers Hyeon-Jong Yang (26) and Kwang-Hyun Kim (26).

Yang was posted to the Majors earlier this offseason, but KIA rejected the winning bid. Kim was also posted to the Majors, but could not work out an agreement with the San Diego Padres. The Tigers will be keeping an eye on both left-handed pitchers in case either is open to pitching in the NPB.

Source: Daily Sports 12/31/2014, Sports Hochi 12/31/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/31/2014, Sponichi 12/31/2014

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[12/27/2014] Yakult Swallows close to inking Logan Ondrusek

by on Dec.27, 2014 @ 6:06 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows may be close to finalizing a contract with twenty-nine-year-old pitcher Logan Ondrusek. They could make an announcement within the next few days. The Swallows see Ondrusek as a possible candidate to close next year. He will be replacing Chris Carpenter on the roster. The Swallows announced on the 24th that they decided not to offer Carpenter a contract for the 2015 season.

Source: Sponichi 12/27/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/27/2014

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[12/17/2014] Yakult Swallows introduce 2014 Draft Class

by on Dec.17, 2014 @ 8:18 pm, under NPB
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Ord Name JPN Team DOB HT/WT POS T/B Level Uni Bonus Contract Date
1 Takeshita, Shingo 竹下 真吾 YAK 1990/10/20 180/82 P L/L Yamaha 22 100,000,000 15,000,000 11/19
2 Kazahari, Ren 風張 蓮 YAK 1993/02/26 185/86 P R/R Tokyo Nogyo University Hokkaido 32 70,000,000 12,000,000 11/28
3 Yamakawa, Koji 山川 晃司 YAK 1996/11/15 184/86 C R/R Fukuoka KoDai Joto High School 55 50,000,000 6,000,000 11/21
4 Terada, Tetsuya 寺田 哲也 YAK 1987/04/02 185/92 P R/R Kagawa Olive Guyners 38 35,000,000 10,000,000 11/10
5 Nakamoto, Yusaku 中元 勇作 YAK 1988/12/12 178/73 P L/L Hakuwa Victorys 39 35,000,000 8,000,000 11/17
6 Doi, Hiroaki 土肥 寛昌 YAK 1990/11/16 181/88 P R/B Honda Suzuka 45 30,000,000 8,000,000 11/12
7 Hara, Izumi 原 泉 YAK 1992/07/26 190/95 OF R/R Daiichi Kogyo University 65 25,000,000 7,000,000 11/13
I1 Nakashima, Shogo 中島 彰吾 YAK 1992/06/15 178/72 P R/R Fukuoka University 111      

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Source: official announcement

[12/17/2014] Rakuten Eagles close to finalizing deal with Gaby Sanchez

by on Dec.17, 2014 @ 12:03 pm, under NPB
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According to a report by Sponichi, the Rakuten Eagles are close to finalizing a one-year deal with thirty-one-year-old infielder Gaby Sanchez. The deal may be pending a physical and could be worth an estimated 250 million yen plus incentives. An announcement could be made shortly. The Eagles have been looking for a new clean-up hitter to replace Andruw Jones.

Source: Sponichi 12/17/2014

[UPDATE @ 11:50pm]

The two sides may have agreed, in principle, to a one-year deal worth an estimated 300 million yen (includes incentives).

Source: Daily Sports 12/17/2014, Daily Sports 12/17/2014

[UPDATE 12/18 @ 10:44pm]

According to media reports, the deal is worth an estimated 2.5 million US dollars, or about 292.5 million yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/18/2014, Kahoku 12/18/2014

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[12/16/2014] 2015 Industrial League Tournaments

by on Dec.16, 2014 @ 5:04 pm, under Industrial
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Major Tournaments

# Name Period Venue Teams
86 都市対抗 Intercity Tournament 07/18, 12 days Tokyo Dome 32 (34)
40 全日本クラブ野球選手権 All Japan Club Team Tournament 09/04, 4 days Seibu Prince 16 (16)
41 社会人野球日本選手権 Industrial League Championships 10/26-11/9, 11 days* Kyocera Dome 32 (34)

* dates to be finalized after discussion with Orix

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