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Girls Professional Baseball League becomes the Japan Women’s Baseball League

by on Jan.18, 2013 @ 2:21 am, under Women's Baseball
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The Girls Professional Baseball League (GPBL) announced some major changes on Thursday.

New Name

The GPBL will now be called the Japan Women's Baseball League (JWBL).

New Teams and New Season Format

The Kyoto Asto Dreams, Hyogo Swing Smileys, and Osaka Brabee Honeys will be no more.

There will essentially be two seasons.  That means there will also be champions.

Victoria Series (regular season)

Teams: West Flora and East Astraia.

Western Japan Opening Day: March 30, 31 at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto
Eastern Japan Opening Day: April 20, 21 at Meiji Jingu Stadium 

The two teams will play a twenty-four game season that is split into two halves (twelve games each, split between Western Japan and Eastern Japan).  Each team will be able to carry up to thirty players, but only eighteen will be eligible to play on any given day.

Tiara Cup (tournament)

Teams: West Flora, South Dione, East Astraia, and North Reia.

Opening Day: April 13, 14 at Kochi Municipal Baseball Stadium

The four teams will battle it out over a two-day tournament.  Games will take place in sixteen different locations across Japan.

The four teams competing in the Tiara Cup will be made up of players from the two teams in the Victoria Series.  West Flora will be split into West Flora and South Dione.  East Astraia will be split into East Astraia and North Reia.

Source: official site, Sponichi 1/17/2013

Below is footage from the press conference (as posted by the JWBL).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TVCW9mPgKc

Girls Professional Baseball League Awards Convention 2012

by on Dec.25, 2012 @ 6:26 pm, under Women's Baseball
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The Girls Professional Baseball League Awards Convention took place today.

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Awards

Award Player JPN Player ENG Team
Rookie Award 大田秀奈美 Ota, Honami Hyogo
Best Smile Award 大田秀奈美 Ota, Honami Hyogo
New Records Award 大田秀奈美 Ota, Honami Hyogo
Ota Koji Award  小西 美加 Konishi, Mika Osaka
黒木 弥生 Kuroki, Yayoi Osaka
Granderson Award 益田 詩歩 Masuda, Shiho Osaka
Speed-Up Award  田中 幸夏 Tanaka, Sachika Hyogo
益田 詩歩 Masuda, Shiho Osaka
Full Innings Award  田中 幸夏 Tanaka, Sachika Hyogo
中村  茜 Nakamura, Akane Hyogo
J-Sports MIP Award 小西つどい Konishi, Tsudoi Osaka
Big Play Award  中平 千佳 Nakahira, Chika Kyoto
小西つどい Konishi, Tsudoi Osaka
Fine Play Award 河本  悠 Kawamoto, Yu Kyoto
No Error Award 三浦 伊織 Miura, Iori Kyoto
Merit Award 坪内  瞳 Tsubouchi, Hitomi Hyogo

Titles

Stat  Player JPN Player ENG Team
CS Pct .304 碇 美穂子 Ikari, Mihoko Osaka
Sac Bunts 17 早田 咲紀 Soda, Saki Kyoto
Home Runs 2 小西 美加 Konishi, Mika Osaka
OBP .500 堀越 美紀 Horikoshi, Miki Hyogo
RBI 31 大倉 三佳 Okura, Mika Kyoto
Hits  48 中村  茜 Nakamura, Akane Hyogo
48 三浦 伊織 Miura, Iori Kyoto
AVG .390 三浦 伊織 Miura, Iori Kyoto
Stolen Bases 17 三浦 伊織 Miura, Iori Kyoto
Saves 9 河本  悠 Kawamoto, Yu Kyoto
Strikeouts 52 大田秀奈美 Ota, Honami Hyogo
Innings 140.2 小西 美加 Konishi, Mika Osaka
Wins 11 小西 美加 Konishi, Mika Osaka
ERA 2.14 小西 美加 Konishi, Mika Osaka

Best Nine

Pos Player JPN Player ENG Team
P 小西 美加 Konishi, Mika Osaka
C 川保 麻弥 Kawaho, Maya Hyogo
1B 田中 朋子 Tanaka, Tomoko Kyoto
2B 田中 幸夏 Tanaka, Sachika Hyogo
3B 岩谷 美里 Iwaya, Miri Hyogo
SS 厚ヶ瀬美姫 Atsugase, Miki Hyogo
OF 三浦 伊織 Miura, Iori Kyoto
OF 中村  茜 Nakamura, Akane Hyogo
OF 大倉 三佳 Okura, Mika Kyoto

Special Award

Player JPN Player ENG Team
小西 美加 Konishi, Mika Osaka
川端 友紀 Kawabata, Yuki Kyoto
田中 幸夏 Tanaka, Sachika Hyogo
中村  茜 Nakamura, Akane Hyogo
三浦 伊織 Miura, Iori Kyoto

Kakutani (MVP) Award

Player JPN Player ENG Team
小西 美加 Konishi, Mika Osaka

55 Challengers beat GPBL 11-8 in charity game

by on Dec.15, 2012 @ 10:35 pm, under NPB
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The Girls Professional Baseball League play a charity game against the 55 Challengers* today at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto today.  The 55 Challengers beat the GPBL 11-8.

Yasutomo Kubo (Hanshin) started the game and gave up two runs on three hits over two innings of work.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
GPBL 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 8
55 Challengers 0 1 3 0 3 3 1 0 x 11

* made up of NPB players born in 1980.

Source: Daily Sports 12/15/2012

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UPDATE 12/16 @ 8:36pm - Kubo took over at second beginning in the third inning and went 2-for-2.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 12/16/2012

Iori Miura (Kyoto) collected hit off Kubo and Yoshisa Hirano (Orix).  Hirano is not a member of the 55 Club, but was invited to play because he is from Kyoto.

The Pro Yakyu 55 Club plans to donate about 400,000 yen (money raised from playing in the game) to help bring baseball back to disaster areas.

Source: Sponichi 12/16/2012

GPB: Tokyo team to join league next season

by on Oct.29, 2012 @ 9:07 pm, under Women's Baseball
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The Girls Professional Baseball (GPB) announced today that a team from Tokyo will be joining the league next season.  Additional details of the new team will be released some time in December.

Whether the team from Tokyo will actually compete in the GPB next season is reportedly not yet known.

Source: official announcement, Sanspo 10/29/2012

GPB: 2nd Women’s Baseball Japan Cup – Hyogo wins the tournament

by on Oct.29, 2012 @ 9:03 pm, under Women's Baseball
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2nd Women's Baseball Japan Cup
Dates: 10/26 - 10/28
Venue: Wakasa Stadium Kyoto
Official site

Schedule and Results

Date Time Gm Away Score Home  
10/26
(Fri)
14:00 1 Samurai 3-4 Osaka Brabee Honeys link
16:10 2 Hyogo Swing Smileys 6-1 Kamimura Gakue HS link
18:15 3 Kyoto Asto Dreams 7-2 Kamata Joshi HS link
10/27
(Sat)
10:00 4 Hanasaki Tokuharu HS 0-4 Osaka Brabee Honeys link
12:00 5 Heisei Kokusai Univ 3-9 Hyogo Swing Smileys link
14:00 6 Kyoto Asto Dreams 8-1 Saitama Sakae HS link
16:10 7 Shobi Gakuen Univ 5-1 Fukuchiyama Seibi HS link
10/28
(Sun)
10/29
(Mon)
09:00
10:00
8 Osaka Brabee Honeys 1-6 Hyogo Swing Smileys link
11:00
12:00
9 Kyoto Asto Dreams 2-2 Shobi Gakuen Univ link
13:00
14:30
10 Kyoto Asto Dreams 0-2 Hyogo Swing Smileys link

* Games are 7 innings long, unless:

  • excluding the Finals game, games that reach the 1.5 hour mark will not go into the next inning.
  • the game won't go into extra innings (or the next extra inning) if a game is still tied after 1.5 hours. If a game ends in a tie, a drawing will be held to determine which team advances.
  • the finals game will be a 7-inning game. The 1.5 hour long rule will not apply. Games will be played until a winner is decided.
  • games will be considered official after 4 innings or 1.5 hours, which ever is first.
  • excluding the Finals game, games will be called if one team has a 10 or more run lead after 4 innings or a 7 or more run lead after 6 innings.

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October 26

Game 1

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Samurai 0 0 0 0 0 3   3 3 2
Osaka Brabee Honeys 1 2 0 0 0 1x   4 10 2

Ended after six because the game was at 1 hour and 38 minutes.

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Game 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hyogo Swing Smileys 0 3 0 1 0 2 0 6 12 0
Kamimura Gakue HS 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0

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Game 3

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Kyoto Asto Dreams 1 0 0 2 4 0   7 9 1
Kamata Joshi HS 0 0 0 0 0 2   2 2 3

Ended after six because the game was at 1 hour and 38 minutes.

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October 27

Game 4

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hanasaki Tokuharu HS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Osaka Brabee Honeys 1 3 0 0 0 0 x 4 9 0

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Game 5

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Heisei Kokusai Univ 2 0 0 1 0 0   3 3 0
Hyogo Swing Smileys 0 0 0 4 5 x   9 13 1

Ended after six because of the 1.5 hour rule.

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Game 6

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Kyoto Asto Dreams 1 2 2 3 0     8 11 1
Saitama Sakae HS 0 0 1 0 0     1 3 1

Ended after five because the game was at 1 hour and 29 minutes.

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Game 7

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Shobi Gakuen Univ 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 5 7 0
Fukuchiyama Seibi HS 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 3

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October 28

Game 8

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Osaka Brabee Honeys 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 7 1
Hyogo Swing Smileys 0 0 5 0 1 0 x 6 11 2

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Game 9

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Kyoto Asto Dreams 0 0 1 0 0 1   2 8 1
Shobi Gakuen Univ 0 2 0 0 0 0   2 5 1

Ended after six because the game was at 1 hour and forty-seven minutes.

Kyoto won drawing to advance to the Finals.

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Game 10

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Kyoto Asto Dreams 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Hyogo Swing Smileys 2 0 0 0 0 0 x 2 4 1

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Tournament MVP: Minako Uemura

GPB: Osaka Brabee Honeys win 2012 Championship Game

by on Oct.25, 2012 @ 1:30 am, under Women's Baseball
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Second-Half

  Team G W L T WPCT GB
1 Osaka Brabee Honeys 20 9 8 3 0.529 -
2 Hyogo Swing Smileys 20 9 9 2 0.500 0.5
3 Kyoto Asto Dreams 20 8 9 3 0.471 1.0

First-Half

  Team G W L T WPCT GB
1 Kyoto Asto Dreams 20 14 5 1 0.737 -
2 Hyogo Swing Smileys 20 8 10 2 0.444 5.5
3 Osaka Brabee Honeys 20 6 13 1 0.316 8.0

2012 GPB Championship Game

Date Time Venue First Half Winner
(First Base Side)
  Second Half Winner
(Third Base Side)
Link
11/5 (Mon) 18:30 Wakasa Stadium Kyoto Asto Dreams 5-6 Osaka Brabee Honeys link, link

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November 5

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Kyoto Asto Dreams 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 5 7 0
Osaka Brabee Honeys 0 0 1 0 1 1 3x 6 7 2

GPBL: 2nd Women’s Baseball Japan Cup

by on Oct.02, 2012 @ 1:22 am, under Women's Baseball
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The Girls Professional Baseball League (GPBL) will be hosting the 2nd Women's Baseball Japan Cup between October 26 and 28 at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto.

The following teams will be participating in the tournament.

High School

  • Kamimura Gakuen High School (Kagoshima)
  • Fukuchiyama Seibi High School (Kyoto)
  • Kamata Joshi High School (Tokyo)
  • Saitama Sakae High School (Saitama)
  • Hanasaki Tokuharu High School (Saitama)

University

Club Teams

GPBL

Source: official announcement, official announcement

GPBL All-Star Game from August 4, 2012

by on Aug.06, 2012 @ 12:57 am, under Women's Baseball
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The Girls Professional Baseball League played their second All-Star game at Hotto Motto Field Kobe on Saturday. The West beat the East, 5-0. Mika Konishi got the start and victory for the West; Hitomi Tsubouchi started and lost the game for the East.

Final Score

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
East 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
West 3 2 0 0 0 0 x 5 12 0

Time: 1h 48m

Some stats:

Mika Konishi started the game for the West and tossed three shutout innings: 3 IP, 12 BF, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 SO, 4 FO, 3 GO.

Iori Miura 3-for-3 (West; started in center, batted first) - walk, single to right, double to right (thrown out trying to stretch to triple), double to left (caught trying to steal third).

Miri Iwaya 2-for-3 (West; started at third, batted fifth) - RBI single to right, RBI single to right (stole second), fly out to right.

GPBL Charity All-Star Game from August 2, 2012

by on Aug.03, 2012 @ 9:11 pm, under Women's Baseball
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The Girls Professional Baseball League played a charity All-Star game at Sendai Municiple Stadium on Thursday.  The East beat the West, 6-1.  Kei Arai was the winning pitcher on record; Honami Ota the losing pitcher.

Final Score

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
West 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 1
East 2 1 0 3 0 0 x 6 10 0

Time: 1h 55m

Some stats:

Kei Arai started the game for the East and tossed three shutout innings: 3 IP, 10 BF, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 SO, 3 FO, 5 GO.

Yuki Kawabata (East; started at short, batted third) - 2-for-3 with one RBI: sac fly, ground out to second, single to center, single to left.

Hitomi Tsubouchi (East; started in center, batted sixth) - 2-for-3: single to left, sac bunt, ground out to the pitcher, single to left.

Maya Kawaho (East; starting catcher, batted fourth) - 2-for-2: RBI single to right, single to center (stole second).

Iori Miura 2-for-4 (West; started in center, batted first) - single to left (stole second), ground out to short, infield single, strikeout swinging.

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The GPBL are slated to play another All-Star game at Hotto Motto Field Kobe on August 4.  Line-ups and starters have been posted at the official league site (in Japanese).