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[2/5/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.06, 2016 @ 3:45 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows had the day off on February 5.
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Urasoe camp on February 4. Source: Sanspo 2/4/2016

Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants had the day off on February 5.
  • First round draft pick Toshiki Sakurai ran 3,000 meters in eleven minutes and thirty-six seconds on February 4. It was the second best time among pitchers. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2016 ... Nobutaka Imamura finished in first: eleven minutes and thirty-four seconds. Source: Daily Sports 2/4/2016

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers had the day off on February 5.
  • Ryota Imanari packed three gloves for spring camp: catcher's mitt and an infielder's and outfielder's glove. Source: Daily Sports 2/5/2016
  • Battery coach Akihiro Yano spent over an hour hitting 238 baseballs to second round draft pick Seishiro Sakamoto during extra fielding practice on February 3 -- 148 baseballs from between short and third; and 90 baseballs from the catcher's position. Source: Sanspo 2/4/2016

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons had the day off on February 4.
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Chatan camp on February 5. Source: Sports Hochi 2/5/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Alex Ramirez hit 210 baseballs to Toshihiko Kuramoto and Tatsuhiro Shibata during extra fielding practice on February 4. Source: Sanspo 2/4/2016 ... Ichi-gun had the day off on February 5. Ramirez visited Ni-gun camp to watch player workouts. Source: Daily Sports 2/5/2016
  • Naoki Shirane weighed 105 kilograms when he played high school ball. His weight dropped to as low as seventy-eight kilograms after turning pro. He currently weighs about ninety kilograms. Source: Sports Hochi 2/5/2016
  • Hiroshi Kobayashi will join Ichi-gun camp on February 6. Source: Sanspo 2/5/2016

[2/5/2016] Hanshin Tigers: UruTora Yellow Uniforms

by on Feb.05, 2016 @ 7:54 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers unveiled the 2016 UruTora alternate uniforms on February 5. Minoru Iwata and Ryota Arai modeled the uniforms for the press.

The uniforms will be worn during UruTora-no Natsu 2016.

  • July 26-28 vs Yakult
  • July 29-31 vs Chunichi

The uniforms will also be worn during a series against Yakult (May 6-8) as a preview.

Source: official announcement

[2/3/2016] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.04, 2016 @ 5:22 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Marcos Mateo is set to pitch in an intra-squad game on February 14. Source: Sanspo 2/3/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • Curse of the ehomaki (lucky direction rice wrap). According to Tokyo Sports, foreign Carp players are cursed if they eat an ehomaki during Setsubun (end of the winter). Over the last three years: Mike Zagurski hurt his right ankle the day after Setsubun (2015), Zach Phillips hurt his left knee (2014), and Miguel Socolovich developed tightness in his right calf (2013). The Carp, while not completely convinced of the curse, did not allow their foreign players to eat ehomaki on Setsubun, just in case. Source: Tokyo Sports 2/3/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kazuki Mishima and Yoshiki Sunada could gets starts during an intra-squad game on February 7. Source: Sponichi 2/3/2016
  • Naoki Shirane will be called up to Ichi-gun camp because Toshiro Miyazaki hurt his right ankle during practices on February 3. Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2016
  • Alex Ramirez spent about twenty minutes signing autographs after general practices on February 3. Roughly 200 fans waited in line. Nearly half missed the chance to get an signature because of scheduling issues. Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2016

[2/2/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.03, 2016 @ 5:25 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Toshihiro Sugiura is slated to start a practice game against Yokohama on February 13. Source: Sanspo 2/2/2016
  • Fifth round draft pick Kotaro Yamasaki led all players by running 3,250 meters during a twelve-minute run on February 2. Source: Sponichi 2/2/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016

Yomiuri Giants

  • Kazuma Okamoto and Daisuke Nakai took fielding practice at third base during early workouts on February 2. Infield coach Hirokazu Ibata hit baseballs to the two players for about thirty minutes. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016
  • First round draft pick Toshiki Sakurai believes in throwing more bullpen sessions than pitches per session. He has never thrown more than about fifty pitches in a session. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016
  • Shigeo Nagashima is scheduled to visit the team during spring camp on February 13 and 14. Hideki Matsui is slated to be with the team through to February 14. Source: ZakZak 2/2/2016
  • The Miyazaki Chamber of Commerce and Industry presented the team with Miyazaki specialties on February 2. Among the items: eight kilograms of strawberries, twenty kilograms of beef, and ten kilograms of spiny lobster. Source: Daily Sports 2/2/2016

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tomoaki Kanemoto wants team trainers to be firm with players when they are working in the weight room. Before the start of the off-season, Kanemoto told everyone in the organization that he expected players to be fully prepared at the start of camp. He also emphasized the importance of weights. When he visited the weight room on the first day of spring camp, he noticed some players were not lifting as much as they should and reminded trainers to push players harder. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016, ZakZak 2/2/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp announced on February 2 that assistant hitting coach Yuichiro Mukae was diagnosed with gastroenteritis. He was not feeling well the night before and was examined at a hospital in Nichinan. He got the day off on February 2 and rested at the team hotel. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Nichinan camp on February 2. Source: Daily Sports 2/2/2016

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Shota Imanaga and second round draft pick Kento Kumabara could pitch during a practice game against KIA (KBO) on February 17. Source: Sports Hochi 2/2/2016
  • Former manager Kiyoshi Nakahata visited the team on the first day of spring camp on February 1. Source: Chunichi Sports 2/2/2016

[2/1/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.02, 2016 @ 5:10 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows attended a welcoming ceremony at the Urasoe city offices on February 1. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016

Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • The first day of practices started at 10:00am. About 200 members of the media, eighteen television cameras, and roughly 300 fans were on hand. A welcoming ceremony took place inside Ginoza Dome before practices because of the rain. Source: Daily Sports 2/1/2016, Sports Hochi 2/1/2016
  • Nelson Perez was reassigned to Ichi-gun spring camp because of Hayata Ito's injury (right shoulder). Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2016
  • Batting practice scrimmage on February 1 (Ni-gun): Fumihito Haraguchi recorded three hits, including a home run to left. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • The team's welcoming ceremony on February 1 took place indoors because of bad weather. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016

Chunichi Dragons

  • A welcoming ceremony was held indoors on February 1 because of the bad weather. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

[1/31/2016] Hanshin Tigers 2016 Road Uniforms

by on Jan.31, 2016 @ 7:36 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers unveiled their 2015 road uniforms earlier today. Kosuke Fukudome and Atsushi Nomi modeled the new look for the press.

The grey is taken from the uniforms used between 2002 and 2005. The black raglan sleeves provide a sharp and powerful look. The Tigers will begin taking orders for pro collection uniforms at their online shop on February 1. Replica uniforms, caps, and other items will become available in early April.

Source: official announcement

[1/30/2016] Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers, Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.31, 2016 @ 7:18 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

Hanshin Tigers

Yomiuri Giants

  • General manager Tatsuyoshi Tsutsumi told reporters on January 30 that Shinnosuke Abe will be registered as a catcher this season. He was registered as an infielder last year. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2016 ... Abe spent some time in the bullpen on January 29. He caught Hayato Takagi, Tetsuya Yamaguchi, and Ryosuke Miyaguni (seventy-five pitches in all). Source: Sanspo 1/30/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2016
  • Players were given a lecture on muscle strain prevention -- Ni-gun players on January 29 and Ichi-gun players on January 30. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2016, Sanspo 1/30/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp held a press conference for Jay Jackson, Jason Pridie, and Bradin Hagens on January 29. Source: official announcement
  • Former Carp Kenta Maeda ended his workouts in Hiroshima on January 30.

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ricardo Nanita dropped twelve kilograms since last year. Nanita weighed 93.6 kilograms at the start of spring camp last year. He gained over six kilograms after he had surgery on his left elbow in August. He is now at eighty-eight kilograms. His fat dropped from twenty-one percent to 10.5 percent. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Rookie training camp ended on January 30. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2016
  • First round draft pick Shota Imanaga and second round draft pick Kento Kumabara will most likely get to pitch in an intra-squad game on February 11. Source: Sponichi 1/30/2016

[1/28/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.29, 2016 @ 5:56 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Kyle Davies arrived in Japan on January 28. Source: Sponichi 1/28/2016
  • Wladmir Balentien arrived in Japan on January 28. Balentien started a fund (CB4 - Coco Balentien uniform number 4) during the off-season to help promote baseball in Curaçao. Source: Daily Sports 1/28/2016

Yomiuri Giants

  • Scott Mathieson and Leslie Anderson arrived in Japan on January 27. They were on the same flight. Source: Sponichi 1/28/2016 ... Miles Mikolas also arrived in Japan on January 27. Source: Sponichi 1/28/2016 ... Mathieson is open to ending his career in a Yomiuri uniform. Source: Daily Sports 1/28/2016
  • The Giants held a press conference for Garrett Jones and Luis Cruz on January 28. Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers held a press conference for Marcos Mateo and Rafael Dolis on January 28. Source: official announcement
  • There may be some concerns within the organization about Matt Hague's propensity to tweet. The Tigers understand Twitter can be a powerful marketing/public relations tool if used properly, but they are worried about the potential fallout from a bad/errant tweet. Source: ZakZak 1/28/2016, Tokyo Sports 1/28/2016
  • Shintaro Fujinami managed to push his weight up to 96.5 kilograms (up 4.5 kilograms). Source: Sports Hochi 1/28/2016, Daily Sports 1/28/2016
  • Shinobu Fukuhara's wife gave birth to the couple's fourth child, a boy weighing 3,192 grams, at a hospital in Hyogo on January 27. Source: Daily Sports 1/28/2016

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Anderson Hernandez arrived in Japan on January 28. Source: Tokyo Sports 1/28/2016
  • The Dragons held a press conference for Juan Jaime, Jordan Norberto, and Dayan Viciedo on January 28. Source: official announcement
  • Kazuki Yoshimi has already tossed four bullpen sessions. He is planning to pace himself a little more since he is coming off right elbow surgery (October 2015). Source: Sponichi 1/28/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yoslan Herrera arrived in Japan on January 28. Source: Sponichi 1/28/2016
  • The Bay Stars held a press conference for Jamie Romak and Zach Petrick on January 28. Romak was assigned the uniform number 52, Petrick the number 67. Source: official announcement (Romak), official announcement (Petrick), official announcement (uniform numbers)
  • Noriharu Yamazaki added ten kilograms during the off-season without increasing fat. He now weighs eighty-six kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 1/28/2016
  • The Bay Stars will be making a couple of minor changes at Yokohama Stadium, as a part of their Community Ballpark project. 1) More seats will be converted to blue: a total 6,035 seats (2,654 seats in right, and 3,381 infield reserved seats on the third base side). Additional seats will be converted in stages at a later date. 2) The infield seat section on the first base side will be renamed to Bay Side and the section on the third base side will be renamed to Star Side. The organization is trying to get rid of the first base side for home team fans and third base side of visiting team fans split. 3) A Bay Stars section will be created on the third base side. Source: official announcement

[1/27/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.28, 2016 @ 12:59 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Matt Hague and his wife arrived in Japan on January 26. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2016 ... The Tigers held a press conference for Hague at their offices in Nishinomiya on January 27. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2016
  • Nelson Perez arrived in Japan on January 26. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/27/2016
  • Mauro Gomez, Marcos Mateo, and Rafael Dolis are slated to arrive in Japan on the same flight. Source: Sanspo 1/26/2016 ... The three arrived in Japan on January 27. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2016
  • Takashi Toritani used bats that were 910 to 920 grams at 33.5 and 34 inches last season. He will be using a lighter bat this year: 890 to 895 grams at 34 inches. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/26/2016
  • ZETT has prepared two differently colored gloves for Shintaro Fujinami (by request): a dark purple and a reddish-brown. Fujinami used a black and reddish-brown glove in his first year, a black in his second year, and a navy glove last year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/27/2016, Sponichi 1/27/2016
  • MBS TV is planning to broadcast footage from spring camp on a daily basis. Source: Sponichi 1/27/2016

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

[1/25/2016] Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.26, 2016 @ 8:37 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryota Arai was able to leg press 616 kilograms (405 kilograms in weights, fifty kilograms in equipment, and two staff members weighing a total 161 kilograms) for fourteeen reps on January 23. His previous high was somewhere between 400 and 500 kilograms. He has so far added eight kilograms this off-season (from ninety-three last to season to 101 kilgorams). Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2016, Daily Sports 1/24/2016
  • Sixth round draft pick Yutaro Itayama vision was 0.6 when he played college ball. He recently got contact lenses that improved his sight to 1.5. (1.0 = 20/20 vision) Source: Sanspo 1/24/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • Shota Dobayashi is trying a heavier and longer bat: from 880 grams to 930 grams and 34 inches to 34.5 inches. It is the same model bat used by Takahiro Arai. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2016, Sponichi 1/25/2016

Chunichi Dragons

  • Drew Naylor arrived in Japan on January 24. He has already tossed three bullpen sessions. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2016 ... Naylor worked out five days a week during the off-season. He spent the first month working with weights, then focused on running. He dropped two kilograms (currently weighs 108) and also lowered his body fat. Source: Tokyo Sports 1/24/2016
  • Dayan Viciedo arrived in Japan on January 24. Source: Sports Hochi 1/24/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Alex Ramirez is not necessarily looking for a smart catcher that can hit. What he wants, at the very least, is a catcher that has good hands, can make the plays at home plate, and has a strong arm to gun out runners at second. The catcher does not have to worry about anything else, since the dugout will be making all the decisions. Source: Sponichi 1/24/2016