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[12/22/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Dec.23, 2014 @ 2:25 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hisayoshi Chono could start the year at Ni-gun spring camp next year, depending on his condition. He is currently rehabbing after right knee and right elbow surgery in early November. Source: Daily Sports 12/22/2014
  • Tomoya Inzen's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 2,868 grams, on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/22/2014
  • Former Giant Hideki Matsui will be appearing on a television program called Sawako-no Asa on the 27th. During the recording for the show on Sunday, he said he had no interest in commentary because for him, baseball was something to do, not talk about it. He also said that if he was going to return to the sport, it would be in a position on the field, like a coach or manager. However, he currently has no interest in returning to the game full-time. Source: Sponichi 12/22/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi is planning to sit down with Shintaro Fujinami to talk about his spring camp menu. "I was thinking about pushing things back with Fujinami and [Minoru] Iwata. They were on the Samurai Japan roster so they ended up pitching quite a bit. I'd like to discuss that with them before the start of spring camp," said Nakanishi. Fujinami has mentioned wanting to pitch more during spring camp. Nakanishi is concerned about the workload coming off a longer than usual season. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/22/2014
  • Ryota Arai had problems with his lower back this season. He has been working on keeping his weight down by cutting back on carbohydrates. He has so far lost about four kilograms and is at ninety-three. He has also been doing more core workouts and running. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/22/2014
  • Takashi Toritani may not have decided where he is going to play next season, but the Tigers have to begin making decisions about his merchandising opportunities if they want things to be ready by spring camp. They are planning to proceed under the assumption that he stays. Source: Sports Hochi 12/22/2014, Sanspo 12/22/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hirotaka Egusa's (34) wife, Yoshie Takeshita (36), is pregnant with the couple's first child. Source: Sponichi 12/22/2014

[12/21/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.22, 2014 @ 3:44 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami will most likely get a start during the opening season series (vs Chunichi at Kyocera Dome, March 27-29). That should line him up for two starts against the Yomiuri Giants in the following month (April 2-5, April 17-19). The first three pitchers in the rotation could be Randy Messenger, Atsushi Nomi, and Fujinami. Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi thinks it would be best to split Messenger and Fujinami, so the order could be Messenger, Nomi, and Fujinami, or Fujinami, Nomi, and Messenger. Plans will be finalized during spring camp. Source: Sanspo 12/21/2014 ... The second pitcher could also be Minoru Iwata. Source: Sponichi 12/21/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka could resume throwing practices (playing catch, throwing into a net) on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 12/21/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Daisuke Miura has recorded at least one hit in every season since 1993. Motonobu Tanishige holds the NPB record with at least one hit in twenty-six consecutive seasons (1989-2014). Source: Nikkan Sports 12/21/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada had a tonsillectomy on the 14th and was discharged from the hospital on the 19th. He will return to Osaka later this month and resume regular practices in January. Source: Sanspo 12/21/2014

[12/20/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.21, 2014 @ 2:11 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hayato Sakamoto agreed to a raise of forty million yen and will make an estimated 220 million next season. He joined Hideki Matsui as the only Yomiuri position player lifers out of high school in franchise history to top 200 million yen. Source: Sponichi 12/20/2014, Sanspo 12/20/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Bass is open to the idea of being a special instructor during spring camp. Source: Sponichi 12/20/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masato Kobayashi (34) retired after the season and will join the media relations staff. Source: Sponichi 12/20/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The turf at Jingu Stadium will be replaced during the off-season for the first time since 2008 (Hibrid Turf Exciting will be installed). Construction will be complete in January. The new turf will be unveiled to the general public during an exhibition game against Lotte on March 20. Source: official announcement, Sanspo 12/20/2014
  • The alternate Tokyo uniforms will most likely be used during home game against the Yomiuri Giants in April and August. The Giants could also wear their alternate Tokyo uniforms. Source: Sports Hochi 12/20/2014

[12/19/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.20, 2014 @ 5:32 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

Yakult Swallows

  • The media learned on Thursday that the Swallows will be introducing a new set of alternate home uniforms with the word "Tokyo" across the chest. The new design will be unveiled in January. It will be the first time a Yakult uniform has featured the word "Tokyo" on the chest. Source: Sanspo 12/19/2014
  • Shingo Kawabata's wife is seven months pregnant with the couple's first child. Source: Sanspo 12/19/2014

[12/18/2014] Chihiro Kaneko, Yakult Swallows, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Dec.19, 2014 @ 3:12 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers want a chance to speak directly with Chihiro Kaneko (31), but were told by his agent that he will only meet with the top teams. The Tigers believe that means they will have to one of a handful of teams remaining after Kaneko narrows down his options. The Tigers are expected to offer a three-year deal, but could also go to four years. Source: Sponichi 12/18/2014 ... The Tigers could offer Kaneko two kinds of multi-year deals: a two-year contract with posting and a longer term contract that could go up to four years. They could also offer the uniform number eighteen. Source: Sports Hochi 12/18/2014 ... The Tigers understand they may have to revise their offer a number of times before reaching an agreement. Source: Daily Sports 12/18/2014

The media learned on Wednesday that the Yakult Swallows received a list of protected players from the Yomiuri Giants on Monday. The Swallows are planning to make a decision on their compensation for losing Ryoji Aikawa after Lotte and Nippon Ham decide on their compensation for Yoshihisa Naruse and Keiji Obiki. Source: Sanspo 12/18/2014, Sponichi 12/18/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines are still hoping to decide on their compensation for losing Yoshihise Naruse before the end of the year. Source: Sanspo 12/18/2014

[12/17/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.18, 2014 @ 3:48 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hideki Matsui and Derek Jeter will participate in the Tomodachi Charity Baseball Game on March 21, 2015 at Tokyo Dome. A number of events are scheduled for the day, including a baseball clinic, home run derby, charity auction, and youth baseball game. Source: Sponichi 12/17/2014
  • The Giants announced that Shugo Fujii will join their staff as a batting practice pitcher. He was assigned the number 221. Source: official announcement
  • The Giants were seeking thirty-three million yen in damages against Shukan Jitsuwa (weekly tabloid) for articles that claimed the organization was paying a portion of their players more than what was written in their contracts. The Tokyo District Court sided with the Giants but adjusted damages to 2.2 million. Source: Daily Sports 12/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka (right elbow) will most likely attend Ichi-gun spring camp next year. Source: Daily Sports 12/17/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami feels he would do a lot better if given the opportunity to pitch in more scrimmages and practice games during the pre-season. "To be honest, I wanted to throw more. I wanted to pitch into the seventh and eighth innings during exhibition games, instead of having five-inning or 100-pitch limits," said Fujinami. He added, "Ever since high school, I prepared myself by pitching a lot in games." Fujinami would rather pitch in scrimmages and games than toss bullpen sessions or batting practice. Source: Sanspo 12/17/2014, Daily Sports 12/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/17/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars apparently told Toshiki Kurobane that if he did not quit smoking, they would change his uniform number 9 back to 59. Yokohama first requested that he quit when they gave him the number 9 last winter, but Kurobane did not think it was a requirement. Source: Sponichi 12/17/2014 ... The Bay Stars have implemented a no smoking policy for players they have drafted, beginning in 2012. They have also banned somking on the field. Source: Sports Hochi 12/17/2014

[12/16/2014] Rumors: Chihiro Kaneko, Matt Murton, Kenta Maeda

by on Dec.17, 2014 @ 1:27 am, under NPB
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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman is reporting that Kyuji Fujikawa's (34) one-year deal with the Texas Rangers is for one million US dollars plus bonuses. Source: Jon Heyman Tweet 12/15/2014 ... The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Stefan Stevens also tweeted that the one million is guaranteed and includes a club option. Source: Stefan Stevens Tweet 12/16/2014

The Chunichi Dragons spoke to the Baseball Federation of Cuba in early December and were recommended two pitchers. The Dragons declined but are still considering possibilities. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014

The media learned on Monday that the Hanshin Tigers may have reached out to Chihiro Kaneko's agent earlier this month and offered a multi-year deal that may have been for about three years. Source: Sports Hochi 12/16/2014, Sanspo 12/16/2014 ... According to Nikkan Sports, the Tigers could offer up to three years at about 1.5 million yen. Kaneko is planning to narrow down his option to two or three teams and could make a decision before the end of the year. Hanshin might also be okay with posting him after two years. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014

The Tigers announced that they reached an agreement with Matt Murton (33) for the 2015 season. The two sides agreed on a one-year deal worth an estimated 3.9 million US dollars. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014, Daily Sports 12/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014

Kenta Maeda (26) is planning to let the Hiroshima Carp know that he is still strongly interested in playing in the Majors when he meets team officials during preliminary salary negotiations. Source: Daily Sports 12/16/2014

Toru Hosokawa (34) finished off the final year of a four-year contract this season. He met the Softbank Hawks on Tuesday for contract negotiations and agreed to a new two-year deal. His salary next season will be an estimated 100 million yen (up thirty-six million yen). Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014

The Rakuten Eagles are planning to add Darrell Rasner (33) to their staff as a US-based scout. An announcement is expected in the next few days. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014

[12/16/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.16, 2014 @ 11:46 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Naomasa Yokawa used a Hirokazu Ibata model glove this season. Development coordinator Masayuki Kakefu advised him to use a larger glove if he was going to continue at third base. Yokawa decided to switch to a glove similar to the one Shuichi Murata uses. It is about five millimeters longer overall with a thumb section that is roughly five millimeters shorter. It also has a larger and deeper palm/pocket. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014
  • Travis Mikihisa Samura is thinking about going with Travis over Samura for his uniform. Source: Sanspo 12/16/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Yakult Swallows

  • Mitsuru Manaka told reporters he plans to assign all eight members of the 2014 draft class to Ni-gun spring camp next year. "I want to see how they're doing. If they're physically okay, we can call them up by around the 14th," said Manaka. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014
  • Tetsuto Yamada had a tonsillectomy on the 14th. He will be discharged from the hospital on the 19th and will not be able to eat solid foods for about two weeks. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014
  • Genki Nitta joined the staff as a batting practice pitcher. He threw over 1,600 pitches during fall camp. He also caught over 1,000 pitches in the bullpen. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014

[12/15/2014] Rumors: Takashi Toritani, Alejandro Segovia, Shunsuke Watanabe

by on Dec.16, 2014 @ 2:41 am, under NPB
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Takashi Toritani is expected to give the Hanshin Tigers his final decision during their next meeting. He is said to be talking to the Toronto Blue Jays and San Diego Padres. Both teams might be willing to sign him to an MLB contract, but neither will likely go more than a year with a team option. Source: Sanspo 12/15/2014

The Tigers could have someone check on talent in Venezuela some time in January. They are also interested in Shunsuke Watanabe (38). He is currently playing for Leones del Caracas. He wants to make it back to the Majors, but could be open to returning to Japan if he gets no offers. Source: Sports Hochi 12/15/2014, MLB.com Player Page

Yoshio Itoi (33) met with Orix officials for salary negotiations on Monday and agreed to a 100 million yen raise. He is slated to make an estimated 350 million yen, plus incentives, in 2015. He was also selected to become the next team captain. Itoi is still interested in the Majors, but is currently more concerned about winning a championship with Orix. Source: Sports Hochi 12/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/15/2014

The media learned that the Rakuten Eagles are planning to sign Alejandro Segovia (24) to an Ikusei contract. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/15/2014

Hiroshima's Kenta Maeda (26) apparently told fans at a dinner event on Sunday that pitching in the Majors and winning a championship with the Carp were both his goals. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/15/2014

[12/15/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Yakult, Rakuten, Lotte, Softbank

by on Dec.16, 2014 @ 2:36 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants returned to Japan on Monday from their championship trip to Hawaii. Soure: Nikkan Sports 12/15/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano will spend the next few weeks training in Arizona and Hawaii. He left for Arizona after the team's championship trip ended on the 14th and will spend some time there before returning to Hawaii with his family to bring in the new year. He will remain in Hawaii after his family leaves to continue his off-season workouts. He is not expected to return to Japan until some time in late January. Source: Chunichi Sports 12/15/2014, Sanpso 12/15/2014 ... The webbing of Sugano's new glove is apparently a mashup of the Batman and Superman logos. Source: Sanpso 12/15/2014

Hanshin Tigers

Yakult Swallows

  • The Hiroyasu Tanaka Cup Committee won naming rights to Otsukagaoka Chuo Park Baseball Stadium. The city of Kashiwa, Chiba agreed to a five-year deal worth 150,000 yen a year, effective from April 2015. The stadium will most likely be renamed to the Hiroyasu Tanaka Stadium during the duration of the agreement. An official announcement will be made in February. Source: Sanspo 12/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/15/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • First round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku has been tentatively assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp next year. The Eagles do not want to rush him, but do want to give him a chance to work out with other Ichi-gun players. Soruce: Sanspo 12/15/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tadahiro Ogino would like to keep his registered name as Tada Ogino since that is what he has used since he joined the NPB. He plans to file a request with the team in the new year. Source: Sanpso 12/15/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenta Imamiya will be switching to an eighty-six centimeter bat next season (about a centimeter longer than what he used this year). He decided to make the change after trying Ryosuke Kikuchi's (Hiroshima) bat during the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. Source: Daily Sports 12/15/2014