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[10/9/2015] Tokyo Sports posts an interview with Matt Murton

by on Oct.09, 2015 @ 1:32 pm, under NPB
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Tokyo Sports posted the following interview with Matt Murton on October 7.

Did this season leave you feeling unsatisfied?

No, not really. I think I had a good season. People around me might think I had a better year last year, when I won the batting title, but for me, this was a good season.

If you look at the numbers, you finished the season with the second lowest batting average of your Hanshin career.

But I played through issues and I think I grew, I feel I grew stronger. I think working hard and hitting .270 is better than coasting and hitting .300. It's about pushing myself to the limit. I think I was able to do that more this year, than last.

So in that sense, this was a good season.

Yeah. I struggled for a bit at the beginning and I did a lot of thinking this season about what I needed to do. I may have finished with a .276 average, but personally, I'm good with that.

But even if you're satisfied, the organization is not.

I know. No, maybe it's more like I knew. I knew even before the start of the season that there would be no contract for next year. They couldn't tell me what they expected from me.

Does that mean you were prepared for this to be your last season with Hanshin?

Yes. [Kentaro] Sekimoto had his retirement game on the 4th and I went in thinking that that game might also be my last with Hanshin.

What now?

I'm not sure. It might be Japan, it might be the United States. But if Hanshin isn't going to sign me to a contract, then I need to find another option. I've been with Hanshin for six years, so I feel sad, but this is about moving on to the next stage of my life.

The fans will be sad too.

I know. That makes me sad too. I lived in Kobe for six years and I met a lot of people. It's not just about teammates and fans, it's also about the friends I made and the people I met just by living here, like the people at the restaurants I go to... My kids grew up in Kobe. A part of me feels like this is home. That what makes it really difficult to leave.

Is this a turning point in your life?

Yeah. I just turned thirty-four and I'm not sure how long I'll be able to play the game. If there's no interest in me, then my only choice is to retire. Maybe it's time for me to retire, maybe it's not. Who knows. Right now, I'm only thinking about doing my best on the stage God has given me.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/7/2015

[10/7/2015] Hiroshima blanked by Chunichi, 3-0, Hanshin to advance to Climax Series

by on Oct.07, 2015 @ 9:25 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp had to win their game against the Chunichi Dragons tonight to advance to the Climax Series. It was a close game that was scoreless through seven full innings. Chunichi bats came alive in the top of the 8th and scored three runs on four hits, including a double and triple.

The Carp could not get their offense going and was limited to just one hit in the top of the 1st. They did put runners on in the 2nd, 6th, and 9th on walks, but failed to get anyone past second base.

With the 3-0 loss to Chunichi, Hiroshima finishes the season in fourth place, a half-game behind Hanshin.

The Hanshin Tigers will advance to the First Stage of the Climax Series against the Yomiuri Giants.

Date Away Home Venue
10/10 Sat 14:00 Hanshin Tigers Yomiuri Giants Tokyo Dome
10/11 Sun 14:00 Hanshin Tigers Yomiuri Giants Tokyo Dome
10/12 Mon 14:00 Hanshin Tigers Yomiuri Giants Tokyo Dome

[10/5/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Oct.06, 2015 @ 7:14 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani played in his eleventh straight full season. The eleven full seasons is good for a third place tie on the all-time list with Sadaharu Oh. Sachio Kinugasa is in first with seventeen and Tomoaki Kanemoto in second with twelve. This was Toritani's sixth every inning season (2006, 2008, 2012-2015). He is in a second place tie on the all-time list with Hideki Matsui. Kanemoto holds the lead with ten. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/5/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda could start the deciding game of the season on October 7 on four days of rest. Hiroki Kuroda could also be available to pitch if necessary. Source: Sponichi 10/5/2015
  • Kuroda is the fifth pitcher in NPB history to record at least eleven victories in one season after turning forty, first since Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (eleven) and Masahiro Yamamoto (eleven) in 2008. He is the first right-handed pitcher over forty since 1950 to win eleven games. The previous high of ten was set by Choji Murata in 1990. Source: Sponichi 10/5/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Tatsuro Hamada and conditioning coach Ichiro Kitano left for the Dominican Republic out of Chubu International Airport on October 5. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/5/2015

[10/4/2015] Hanshin Tigers 2015 Phoenix League Roster

by on Oct.04, 2015 @ 11:32 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers Phoenix League Roster

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 榎田 大樹 Enokida, Daiki
P 横山 雄哉 Yokoyama, Yuya
P 筒井 和也 Tsutsui, Kazuya
P 秋山 拓巳 Akiyama, Takumi
P 藤原 正典 Fujihara, Masanori
P 守屋 功輝 Moriya, Koki
P 松田 遼馬 Matsuda, Ryoma
P 二神 一人 Futagami, Kazuhito
P 田面巧二郎 Tanabo, Kojiro
P トラヴィス Samura, Travis Mikihisa
C 清水  誉 Shimizu, Takashi
C 小豆畑眞也 Azuhata, Shinya
INF 北條 史也 Hojo, Fumiya
INF 上本 博紀 Uemoto, Hiroki
INF 西田 直斗 Nishida, Naoto
INF 森越 祐人 Morikoshi, Yuto
INF 陽川 尚将 Yokawa, Naomasa
INF 荒木 郁也 Araki, Fumiya
OF 横田慎太郎 Yokota, Shintaro
OF 中谷 将大 Nakatani, Masahiro
OF 田上 健一 Tagami, Kenichi
OF 緒方 凌介 Ogata, Ryosuke


Source: official announcement

[10/2/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.03, 2015 @ 5:27 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Miles Mikolas extended his winning streak to eleven on October 2 and tied Joe Stanka's 1964 NPB record for longest winning streak by a foreign pitcher. Source: Daily Sports 10/2/2015
  • The Giants secured second place in the Central League with their 4-1 victory over the Yokohama Bay Stars on October 2. Source: Sponichi 10/2/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • With their loss against Yakult and Yomiuri's victory against Yokohama on October 2, the Tigers no longer have a shot at finishing in second place in the Central League. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • With the rain out against Chunichi at Mazda Stadium on October 1, Kenta Maeda could start the rescheduled game on four days of rest on October 7. He could also be an option out of the bullpen. Both will depend on the standings. Source: Daily Sports 10/2/2015 ... Maeda became the 169th pitcher in NPB history to reach the 1,500 innings pitched milestone on October 2. He recorded his 1,500th inning in his 217th game, twelfth fastest in NPB history. Source: Sports Hochi 10/2/2015 ... Maeda has hit two home runs over his career: September 28, 2008 against Yakult and October 2, 2015 against Chunichi. Source: Sponichi 10/2/2015

Chunichi Dragons

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryo Akiyoshi pitched in his seventy-third game of the year on October 2 and tied the franchise record Kenichi Matsuoka set in 2010. Source: Sponichi 10/2/2015

Hanshin Tigers 1 – Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2 (October 2, 2015)

by on Oct.02, 2015 @ 10:10 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Hanshin Tigers vs Yakult Swallows @ Jingu Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Iwata, Minoru (HAN) 8-10, 3.31 - Ogawa, Yasuhiro (YAK) 11-8, 3.22

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Hanshin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 1
Yakult 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1X 2 9 0

Attendance: 33986 | Time: 4h2m | Hanshin leads series, 13-12-0

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[10/1/2015] Hanshin Tigers: Ryo Watanabe to retire at the end of the season

by on Oct.02, 2015 @ 10:06 am, under NPB
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Ryo Watanabe held a press conference at the team offices in Nishinomiya, Hyogo on October 1 to announce his retirement.

A few notes from various sources:

  • He hurt his shoulder during spring camp in 2013 and had a difficult time throwing the ball. There was not much improvement this year and that is when he started thinking that it might be time to retire.
  • He feels he has done everything he wanted and is satisfied with how much he was able to accomplish, despite having a small frame. He has not regrets.
  • He enjoyed pitching in relief and never really considered being a starter.
  • Memorable moment: recording his first win on August 3, 2007.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 10/1/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/1/2015, Daily Sports 10/1/2015

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[9/30/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.01, 2015 @ 8:29 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shuichi Murata and Tetsuya Utsumi joined Ichi-gun practices at Giants Stadium on September 30. The Giants are planning to add Murata to the active roster on October 1 and Utsumi on October 2. Utsumi will be used as a reliever. Source: Sponichi 9/30/2015

Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • Possible starters for the remaining four games left on the schedule: Yuya Fukui against Chunichi at Mazda Stadium on October 1, Kenta Maeda against Chunichi at Mazda Stadium on October 2, Kris Johnson against Yakult at Mazda Stadium on October 3, and Hiroki Kuroda against Hanshin at Koshien Stadium on October 4. Source: Daily Sports 9/30/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are planning to send Tatsuro Hamada to play winter ball with the Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Republic for about a month and a half. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars lost their game against Hanshin on a passed ball by Hiroki Minei on September 29. It was the fourteenth time in NPB history a game was decided on a passed ball, first since Hanshin won a game against Chunichi on a passed ball by Iori Katsura on July 9. This was the first time two games in the same league and in the same season were decided on a passed balls. Yokohama has now lost two games on passed balls in franchise history. The other took place on June 14, 1956 against Hiroshima with Kiyoshi Doi behind the plate. Source: Sponichi 9/30/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryo Akiyoshi is one appearance away from tying the franchise high of seventy-three, set by Kenichi Matsuoka in 2010. Source: Sanspo 9/30/2015
  • The Swallows are planning to hold their victory celebration on the field if they clinch first at home. They had a chance to clinch at home on September 29. They will have one more chance on October 1. Staff prepared 2,000 bottles of beer (100 cases) for the celebrations. Source: Sponichi 9/30/2015, Sanspo 9/30/2015