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[9/23/2015] Seibu Lions: Fumiya Nishiguchi announces retirement

by on Sep.23, 2015 @ 7:16 pm, under NPB
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Fumiya Nishiguchi held a press conference at the Seibu Lions' team offices in Tokorozawa, Saitama today to announce his decision to retire after the season.

A few notes taken from various sources:

  • Baseball was tough sport, but he still managed to enjoy pitching.
  • He struggled at Ichi-gun the last few years. He was prepared to retire around the summer and made his final decision in September.
  • When he spoke to team officials during the past winter, he said he wanted to try one more year and would quit if things didn't turn out well.
  • He never thought about extending his career by becoming a reliever because he considers himself a starter.
  • Spent his entire career in the Seibu organization because he like the facilities and felt comfortable there.
  • He is ready to pitch at Ichi-gun this season, if called.
  • There were three people he owes his career to: former manager Osamu Higashio, former pitching coach Shigekazu Mori, and former catcher Tsutomu Ito.
  • He wishes he could have completed at least one of the three failed no-hitters he tossed during his career (he carried two no-hitters into the 9th with two out and lost a perfect game in the 10th inning). At the time, he made himself feel better by saying that it was good he did not waste his luck on the no-hitters. Now he feels it might be okay if the fans enjoyed the games. But all the same, he still wishes he could have completed at least one.
  • He also wishes he could have recorded a victory during the Nippon Series.
  • He does not regret ending his career eighteen wins shy of 200.
  • He has not had a chance to think about what he wants to do after that baseball yet.
  • A game he cannot forget: a game against Orix at Green Stadium Kobe on April 14, 1996. He gave up a walk-off home run to Troy Neel in the 11th inning. He threw 177 pitches that game.

Source: official announcement, ZakZak 9/23/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/23/2015, Sports Hochi 9/23/2015, Daily Sports 9/23/2015, Sponichi 9/23/2015, Sanspo 9/23/2015

[UPDATE 9/28 @ 10:52pm]

Nishiguchi was added to the active roster on September 28. He made his last career appearance against Lotte at Seibu Dome on the same day. He entered the game in the 5th with none on and two out with Seibu down by a run. He walked the one hitter he faced. After the game, teammates tossed him into the air thirteen times.

Source: Sponichi 9/28/2015

[UPDATE 9/29 @ 5:33pm]

Nishiguchi was taken off the active roster on September 29.

[UPDATE 10/2 @ 9:30pm]

The Lions are thinking about offering Nishiguchi a job in the front office.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2015Nikkan Sports 10/2/2015

[UPDATE 10/28 @ 4:34pm]

The Lions announced on October 28 that Fumiguchi will be joining the front office. He will be checking games and practice methods in Taiwan, China, Australia, and the Japanese Independent Leagues. His main focus will be to expand his knowledge of baseball.

Source: official announcement

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[5/23/2014] Injury Report: Esteban German (Orix), Seiichi Uchikawa (Softbank)

by on May.24, 2014 @ 12:10 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Daisuke Nakai is no longer having problems with his right elbow and was added to the active roster on Friday.  He started playing rehab games as a designated hitter in late-March and took to playing left earlier this month.  In thirty-four Ni-gun games, he went 33-for-105 with seven home runs and twenty RBI (.314/.365/.581). Source: Sponichi 5/23/2014
  • Hirokazu Sawamura's (right shoulder) next Ni-gun rehab game will likely come on the 27th against Yakult.  He is scheduled to go three innings.  He could return to the active roster some time in June. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/23/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shinobu Fukuhara (right adductor) is scheduled to pitch in a batting practice scrimmage at Naruohama on Saturday.  Fukuhara could be close to a return to the active roster.  Depending on how he is feeling on Sunday, he could make it back to the active roster as early as the 25th against Lotte.  If he wants a little more time, he could also pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game against Softbank on the 27th. Source: Sponichi 5/23/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Fumiya Nishiguchi was taken off the active roster on Friday with discomfort in his left side. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/23/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Seiichi Uchikawa was replaced by a pinch-runner in the bottom of the 6th on Friday against Hanshin because he felt "a jolt" of pain near his right buttock.  It is the same area that has been giving him problems since late-April.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/23/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • With a runner on first and no out in the 8th on Friday's game against Hiroshima, Eishin Soyogi hit a pop-up in the infield.  Third baseman Esteban German and catcher Hikaru Ito collided in an attempt to catch the ball.  German had a hard time getting up and was taken out of the game.  According to the Buffaloes, he had a cut on his chin that required five stitches.  He is a question mark for Saturday's game. Source: Sponichi 5/23/2014
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[2/5/2014] Seibu Lions News and Notes

by on Feb.06, 2014 @ 2:26 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Fumiya Nishiguchi Bullpen 2/4 60 Threw the last three to a squatting catcher; third session in four days.  Sponichi 2/5/2014


The first block of spring camp ended on Tuesday.


Koji Yamasaki arrived in Miyazaki on Wednesday and will join Group A camp on Thursday.  He will take 2nd round draft pick Hotaka Yamakawa's spot.

Source: Sponichi 2/5/2014, Sponichi 2/5/2014


3rd round draft pick Takuya Toyoda and 6th round draft pick Masatoshi Okada visited five tourist attractions during their day-off on Wednesday: Sakaemachi Beach, Minato-no Eki Meitsu, Michi-no Eki Nango, Prince Energy Eco Farm Nango, and Yowara Shrine.

Source: official announcementNikkan Sports 2/5/2014


Greg Reynolds, Cody Ransom, and Randy Williams went out of some McDonald's on their day off on Wednesday.

Source: Sanspo 2/5/2014


The coaches would like to give Fumiya Nishiguchi one start every ten days.

Source: Sponichi 2/5/2014


There may be up to four closer candidates: Randy WilliamsMichael Bowden, Tomomi Takahashi, and Ken Togame.  Haruki Ihara told reporters on Monday that he was not planning on going with just one closer.

Source: Daily Sports 2/4/2014

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[8/8/2013] Injury Updates: Tateoka, Nakai (YOM), Milledge (YAK), Wolfe (HAM), Nishiguchi (SEI)

by on Aug.08, 2013 @ 9:15 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Soichiro Tateoka was examined at a hospital in Tokyo today and diagnosed with a ligament injury in his right ankle.  He is scheduled to begin his rehab at Giants Stadium on Friday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2013


Daisuke Nakai played catch and took some soft-toss batting practice today for the first time since he injured his left knee.

Source: Sanspo 8/8/2013

Yakult Swallows

Lastings Milledge crashed into the wall in left while chasing down a hit by Kazuhiro Wada in the 2nd inning of today's game against Chunichi and hurt his left ankle.  He got some treatment and returned to the game but ended up leaving one batter later.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Brian Wolfe left today's game after he developed a cramp in his right side while throwing warm-up pitches before the 7th inning of tonight's game against Seibu.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2013

Seibu Lions

Fumiya Nishiguchi was pulled from the game after he started feeling discomfort in his right calf after throwing one pitch to Shota Ono with a runner on first and two out in the 6th inning of today's game against Nippon Ham.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2013

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Seibu Lions: March 10, 2012

by on Mar.10, 2012 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB
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Takayuki Kishi felt some discomfort in his back today and will be scratched from his exhibition game start against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama on Sunday.

"[Kishi] injured his flank around this time last year and missed some time.  We will not push him until the discomfort goes away," said Hisanobu Watanabe.

The chief trainer told reporters that Kishi is feeling discomfort in a different area than last year and that he will likely be ok after skipping one start.


Fumiya Nishiguchi (coming back from the flu) is scheduled to re-join the Ichi-gun roster on Monday.  After that, he could start a game as early as March 14 (vs Hiroshima at Seibu Dome).


According to Sponichi, the Lions have three closer candidates: Enrique GonzalezRandy Williams, and Micheal Nakamura.  Gonzalez is thought to be the front-runner because he actually closed out games last year at winter ball while the other two did not (although they do have experience).

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Seibu Lions: March 2, 2012

by on Mar.02, 2012 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB
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The Lions worked out indoors at Seibu 2 Stadium today.


Fumiya Nishiguchi tossed a bullpen session today.  Nishiguchi returned to practices on Thursday after missing time because of the flu.


Through Thursday, Ryoma Nogami has not allowed a run over six innings of work (span of four games).


Hisanobu Watanabe feels Enrique Gonzalez can be successful as either a starter or closer.

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Seibu Lions: March 1, 2012

by on Mar.01, 2012 @ 11:52 pm, under NPB
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Fumiya Nishiguchi started practicing again today after missing a few days to the flu.  His workouts included throwing off the bullpen mound (standing catcher), long distance throwing, and running.

Nishiguchi will be sent down to Ni-gun temporarily until he is fully ready to rejoin the Ichi-gun players.


Hideto Asamura did not play in today's practice game against the LG Twins because he twisted his left ankle during practice.  The sprain does not appear to be serious and he is expected to play on Saturday (exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants).


According to Nikkan Sports, Hideaki Wakui, Takayuki Kishi, Kazuhisa Makita, and Fumiya Nishiguchi are all strong candidates to make the starting rotation.  Other possible starting candidates include: Kazuhisa Ishii, Yusei Kikichi, Tatsuya Oishi, Enrique Gonzalez, and 1st round draft pick Ken Togame.

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Seibu Lions: February 27, 2012

by on Feb.27, 2012 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB
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The team had the day off today.


Yusei Kikuchi and Enrique Gonzalez worked out on their day off today.

Gonzalez could pitch in a practice game on Tuesday against the Chiba Lotte Marines.


Fumiya Nishiguchi was diagnosed with the flu today.


Kazuhisa Makita threw about thirty warm-up pitches before Sunday's practice game start against the Orix Buffaloes.  That is up from his usual ten pitches when making relief outings.  Makita told reporters he might try throwing a bit more for his next start.

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Seibu Lions: February 17, 2012

by on Feb.17, 2012 @ 11:37 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • Fumiya Nishiguchi threw about ninety pitches in the bullpen. (Sponichi)


Fumiya Nishiguchi was not scheduled to toss a bullpen session today but did in order to go over his mechanics.


Takeya Nakamura hit baseballs to the outfield during extra fielding practice for outfielders today.  He also ended up hitting a few over the fence.

"I was aiming for the area in front of the fence, but with the wind blowing, the balls just kept carrying," said Nakamura.

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Seibu Lions: February 6, 2012

by on Feb.07, 2012 @ 3:28 am, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions


  • Ming-Chieh Hsu threw forty-five pitches, including off-speed pitches. (Nikkan Sports)


  • Fumiya Nishiguchi threw 105 pitches.  It was his fifth bullpen session in as many days. (Daily Sports)
  • Kazuhisa Ishii threw 130 pitches. (Sanspo)
  • 2nd round draft pick Hirotaka Koishi threw fifty-two pitches. (Nikkan Sports)


The Lions prepared 100 surgical masks for people visiting the team on Monday.


1st round draft pick Ken Togame tossed batting practice today.  He faced Masato Kumashiro and Takuya Hara and allowed two could-be hits on thirty-six pitches.

2nd round draft pick Hirotaka Koishi faced Shogo Akiyama and Hideto Asamura during batting practice today.  He threw forty-three pitches, nineteen for balls.


Takeya Nakamura is thinking about using a heavier bat this season: from 930 grams to 950 grams.  Nakamura has been using a 940 gram bat during practices so far.

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