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[2/16/2015] Samurai Japan Global Baseball Match 2015 Roster

by on Feb.16, 2015 @ 4:46 pm, under International, Samurai Japan
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Uni Pos Name (JPN) Name (ENG) Team History
12 P 松葉 貴大 Matsuba, Takahiro ORI 2013CT, 2014USA
15 P 井納 翔一 Ino, Shoichi YOK 2013CT, 2014USA
17 P 藤浪 晋太郎 Fujinami, Shintaro HAN 2014USA
20 P 澤村 拓一 Sawamura, Hirokazu YOM 2012CUBA, 2013WBC
21 P 又吉 克樹 Matayoshi, Katsuki CHU
24 P 大瀬良 大地 Osera, Daichi HIR 2013CT
26 P 西野 勇士 Nishino, Yuji LOT 2014USA
30 P 武田 翔太 Takeda, Shota SOF 2014USA
35 P 牧田 和久 Makita, Kazuhisa SEI 2013WBC, 2014USA
47 P 松井 裕樹 Matsui, Yuki RAK 2013U18WC
10 C 小林 誠司 Kobayashi, Seiji YOM 2014USA
22 C 伊藤 光 Ito, Hikaru ORI 2013CT, 2014USA
27 C 會澤 翼 Aizawa, Tsubasa HIR
37 C 嶋 基宏 Shima, Motohiro RAK 2012CUBA, 2013CT, 2014USA
2 INF 今宮 健太 Imamiya, Kenta SOF 2013CT, 2014USA
3 INF 松田 宣浩 Matsuda, Nobuhiro SOF 2012CUBA, 2013WBC, 2014USA
4 INF 菊池 涼介 Kikuchi, Ryosuke HIR 2013CT, 2014USA
6 INF 坂本 勇人 Sakamoto, Hayato YOM 2012CUBA, 2013WBC, 2014USA
13 INF 中田 翔 Nakata, Sho HAM 2013WBC, 2013CT, 2014USA
23 INF 山田 哲人 Yamada, Tetsuto YAK 2014USA
33 INF 銀次 Akaminai, Ginji RAK 2013CT, 2014USA
5 OF 雄平 Takai, Yuhei YAK
8 OF 大島 洋平 Oshima, Yohei CHU 2012CUBA
9 OF 丸 佳浩 Maru, Yoshihiro HIR 2013CT, 2014USA
25 OF 筒香 嘉智 Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo YOK 2012CUBA, 2014USA
44 OF 柳田 悠岐 Yanagita, Yuki SOF 2014USA

2012CUBA = member of the 2012 Samuraj Japan Match team
2013WBC = member of the 2013 WBC team
2013CT = member of the 2013 Baseball Challenge team
2014USA = member of the 2014 Suzuki Japan All-Star team
2013U18WC = member of the 2013 18U World Cup team

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 3/5/2015

Uniform numbers added on 3/5.

[2/6/2015] Samurai Japan coaching staff for Global Baseball Match

by on Feb.06, 2015 @ 2:48 pm, under Samurai Japan
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The Samurai Japan coaching staff for the Global Baseball Match in March was released today.

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Pitching Coach 85 若田部 健一 Wakatabe, Kenichi 45
Hitting Coach 41 稲葉 篤紀 Inaba, Atsunori 42
Battery Coach 88 矢野 燿大 Yano, Akihiro 46
Infield/Base Coach 87 仁志 敏久 Nishi, Toshihisa 43
Outfield/Base Coach 83 村松 有人 Muramatsu, Arihito 42

Source: official announcement

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[2/5/2015] Pacific League Climax Series to start on same dates at Central League

by on Feb.05, 2015 @ 11:56 pm, under Independent, NPB, Samurai Japan
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The Pacific League announced that the First Stage of the Climax Series will begin on October 10 and the Final Stage on October 14. These are the same start dates as the Central League.

Source: official announcement

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The NPB announced on Tuesday changes to the reqiurements for the standard baseball.

  1. The goal will be to get as close to a 0.4134 coefficient of restitution as possible (no more ranges, like 0.4034 and 0.4234).
  2. Baseballs will be between nine inches (22.9 centimeters) and nine and a quarter inches (23.5 centimeters) in size.
  3. Baseballs will be between five ounces (141.7 grams) and five and a qaurter ounces (148.8 gams).
  4. Stitch widths will be 5/16 inches (0.8 centimters). Stitch heights will be 1/28 inch (0.9 millimeters)
  5. Everything else will fall under the rules of the baseball agreement.

Source: official announcement

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Advance tickets for Samurai Japan's Global Baseball Match 2015 against Europe will go on sale at Lawson Ticket on Friday (2/6), beginning at 10:00am. Regular tickets will go on sale on the 14th, beginning at 10:00am. Additional information can be found at the official site.

Source: official announcement

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The Kagawa Olive Guyners (Island League) will be participating in the 44th JABA Shikoku Tournament this year.

Source: official announcement

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[1/19/2015] Samurai Japan vs Europe

by on Jan.19, 2015 @ 11:19 pm, under International, Samurai Japan
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Dates March 10 (Tue) and 11 (Wed), start time at 18:00
Venue Tokyo Dome
Home/Away March 10 (Tue) 【Home】 Samurai Japan 【Away】 Europe
March 11 (Wed) 【Home】 Europe 【Away】 Samurai Japan
Dugouts 【First Base】 Samurai Japan 【Third Base】 Europe (Both days)
Rules DH rule, No called games, Tie-breaker rule, No pitch limits
【Tie-breaker Rule】
Extra innings, 10th through the 12th
10th, runners on first and second and no out, start anywhere in the batting order.
11th/12th innings, runners on first and second, order based on where the previous inning ended.
Game ends in tie if after twelve innings.
Dugout Manager (1), Coaches (6), Players (28)
Ball Mizuno 200 (WBSC Approved, NPB Ball)
Tickets Early February

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Source: official announcement

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[1/6/2015] Samurai Japan to play two games in March against team from Europe

by on Jan.06, 2015 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB, Samurai Japan
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NPB Commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki told reporters on Monday that Samurai Japan will most likely face a team from Europe during an international two-game series at Tokyo Dome on March 10 and 11. The European team will be made up of players from countries like the Netherlands, Italy, and France that play in various European or Japanese leagues. European MLB players are not expected to participate.

Soure: Sponichi 1/5/2014, Sanspo 1/6/2014, Sponichi 1/6/2015

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The NPB will send umpires Kengo Iwashita and Yuta Suyama to the Umpire School in Vero Beach, Florida. They will be there from January 7 until February 4.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/6/2014

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