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[1/31/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.01, 2015 @ 4:24 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hayato Sakamoto arrived in Miyazaki on Saturday. He will start the year at Ichi-gun spring camp, but will be taking things slow during the first block of workouts -- he missed mini-camp because of lower back tightness. Source: Sponichi 1/31/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/31/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama could toss a bullpen session some time during the third block of spring camp (begins February 11). Source: Nikkan Sports 1/31/2015
  • Team official Eiichi Takano told reporters on Saturday that Mauro Gomez received his passport and could join the team on the first day of the second block of spring camp (February 6). The Tigers also sent a representative to the Dominican Republic to keep an eye on things and help when needed. The plan is for Gomez to arrive in Japan on the 4th, head to Okinawa on the 5th, and be ready to practice on the 6th. Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2015, Sanspo 1/31/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/31/2015

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows visited Naminoue Shrine in Naha on Saturday to pray for a succesful season. Source: Sponichi 1/31/2015
  • Mitsuru Manaka is planning to take a more relaxed approached during spring camp. He does not want players to practice, just for the sake of practising. He wants players to use their time efficiently and responsibly. If they feel they are finished and are satisfied with their session, they are free to leave. Source: Sponichi 1/31/2015

[1/31/2015] Hanshin Tigers unveil 2015 uniforms

by on Jan.31, 2015 @ 8:59 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers unveiled their uniforms for the 2015 season earlier today. They are based on a version used in 1985.

Hanshin Tigers 2015 Uniforms

The Tigers are celebrating their 80th anniversary this season. The uniforms are one part of the celebration. The organization also opened up a web site commemorating their 80-year history.

Source: official announcement (image taken from announcement page), Daily Sports 1/31/2015

[1/30/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.31, 2015 @ 4:36 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano threw fifty pitches in the bullpen on Friday. He threw at about sixty percent. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015
  • Hirokazu Sawamura tossed a bullpen session to a standing catcher on Thursday. Source: Sponichi 1/30/2015
  • Takahiro Suzuki missed practices on Thursday because of a fever. Source: Sanspo 1/30/2015
  • The Sky Tree is the tallest structure in Japan. Tatsunori Hara dubbed Aaron Poreda (198 centimeters), Miles Mikolas (196 centimeters), and Scott Mathieson (191 centimeters) the Sky Three. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015, Sponichi 1/30/2015
  • Seiji Kobayashi admitted that he was in a relationship with Fuji TV reporter Tomo Miyazawa. Friday, a weekly magazine, recently published photos of Miyazawa staying at Kobayashi's apartment in January. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015
  • Hideki Matsui will visit Giants spring camp on February 3 and 4. He will also visit the Yokohama Bay Stars Okinawa camp between February 5 and 7. He will return to the United States after that and will most likely head to Florida for New York Yankees camp on February 21 as a special roving instructor. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez will most likely miss the first day of spring camp. Gomez has applied for a new passport but is still waiting for it to arrive. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015 ... According to Sanspo, Gomez had to leave on the 29th (local time) in order to make it to Okinawa on the 31st. Source: Sanspo 1/30/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami threw thirty-seven pitches in the bullpen on Friday. Kazunari Tsuruoka caught the session. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015, Daily Sports 1/30/2015
  • Atsushi Nomi tossed his second bullpen session of the year on Friday. He threw fifty pitches, all fastballs. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki threw forty-two pitches to a squatting catcher on Friday. Source: Sanspo 1/30/2015 ... Ishizaki tossed thirty-seven pitches, all fastballs, to a half-squatting catcher on Thursday. Source: Sanspo 1/30/2015
  • Ryutaro Umeno swung the bat forty-three times during batting practice on Friday and hit one over the fence. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015 ... Umeno swung the bat thirty-eight times on Thursday and hit two over the fence, both to left. He also worked on hitting the ball the other way and hit twenty baseballs between right and center. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015
  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama threw off a bullpen mound (not off the rubber, not full distance) on Friday for about fifteen minutes to get a feel for the incline. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015
  • Third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi swung the bat forty-three times during batting practice on Thursday and hit two over the fence. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015 ... Egoshi took forty-nine swings during batting practice on Friday and hit nine over the fence. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015
  • Fourth round draft pick Koki Moriya threw fifty pitches, including curves and change-ups, in the bullpen on Thursday. Source: Sanspo 1/30/2015
  • Ryota Imanari swung the bat forty-six times during batting practice on Thursday and recorded twenty-three could-be hits. Eighteen swings came against left-handed pitching and each pitch was hit between center and right. Source: Sanspo 1/30/2015
  • The city of Aki in Kochi is planning on making improvements to the facilities used by the Ni-gun Tigers during spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda told reporters on Friday he dropped about four kilograms around New Years because of the flu and gastroenteritis. He was down to seventy-six kilograms at one point, but is now back to about seventy-eight. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi threw thirty-two pitches to a squatting catcher on Friday. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015
  • Daisuke Yamai threw twenty-two pitches to a squatting catcher on Friday. It was the first time he threw off an incline this year. Takuya Asao also tossed his first bullpen of the year -- a light thirty-five pitch session. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015, Daily Sports 1/30/2015
  • Tatsuro Hamada did not participate in Ni-gun workouts in Yomitan, Okinawa on Friday because of infectious gastroenteritis. There is a chance he may have contracted the norovirus. Hamada had a fever and diarrhea on Thursday night and was examined at a hospital on Friday morning. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015
  • Head coach Shigekazu Mori is okay with first round draft pick Ryosuke Nomura taking his time to get ready for the season. He would rather Nomura be thorough than get hurt. The rookie was the last pitcher to toss a bullpen session during the mini-camp that began on the 27th. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Hisanori Takahashi's registered name will change from Hisanori to Takahashi Hisanori this season. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015
  • Taketoshi Goto is planning to change his uniform name to GOMEZ. He was given the nickname after he apologized to a teammate for being late to a meeting by saying, "gome-en-su." His registered name will remain the same. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015

[1/29/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.30, 2015 @ 2:20 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants held a press conference for Aaron Poreda and Miles Mikolas on Thursday. Source: official announcement ... Poreda watched Mr. Baseball for some insight into Japanese baseball. Source: Chunichi Sports 1/29/2015
  • Scott Mathieson and Leslie Anderson arrived in Japan on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2015
  • Second round draft pick Chiaki Tone threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher on Thursday. Ryoji Aikawa caught a part of the session. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Toshiya Sugiuchi tossed a bullpen session on Thursday. He threw thirty to a standing catcher and nine to a squatting catcher. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Tetsuya Utsumi also tossed a session on Thursday. Hew threw thirty pitches, including curves and change-ups, to a standing catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Kentaro Nishimura threw thirty-three pitches to a standing catcher on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2015
  • Shinnosuke Abe tested three bats weighing different amounts on Wednesday. He took 176 swings during batting practice (live and against a machine) and recorded eighty-five could-be hits. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015
  • Takahiro Suzuki signed an advisory agreement with Adidas for baseball equipment. He was with Asics up until last year. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015
  • There is a chance Hideki Matsui will visit spring camp some time during the third block (begins February 11). Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryutaro Umeno took thirty-eight swings during outdoor batting practice on Thursday and hit two over the fence. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2015
  • Minoru Iwata threw twenty-four pitches, including forkballs and sliders, to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. This was his second session of the year. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015
  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama (inflammation, left sternoclavicular joint) played catch at a maximum distance fifty meters during practices on Wednesday and Thursday. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki is avoiding alcohol and cigarettes. Ishizaki started smoking heavily when he was having problems with a herniated disc a year-and-a-half ago because he thought it kept him from gaining weight. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2015
  • Third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi swung the bat forty-three times during outdoor batting practice on Thursday and hit two over the fence. Both home runs were off left-handed pitching. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Mauro Gomez might not make it to Japan for the start of spring camp on February 1. Passports can be replaced fairly quickly, but work visas can take a little longer, some times as long as two to three weeks. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Kazuo Ito (25) filed marriage papers with a twenty-three-year-old woman from Saitama on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015, Daily Sports 1/29/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Daichi Osera threw thirty-five pitches to a squatting catcher on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Jesus GuzmanKris Johnson, and Mike Zagurski worked out at Mazda Stadium on Thursday for the first time since their arrival in Japan. Source: Daily Sports 1/29/2015 ... The Carp held a press conference for the three players on Wednesday. Guzman was assigned the number 13, Johnson the number 42, and Zagurski the number 58. Source: official announcement ... Johnson's paternal grandmother is Japanese. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ryosuke Hirata swung the bat twenty-four times during batting practice on Wednesday. He focused on hitting the ball to right-center with the first fifteen swings. He will start the year at Ni-gun spring camp because he weighed in at ninety-eight kilograms, six over his ideal weight. Source: Daily Sports 1/29/2015
  • Fifteen pitchers are participating in Chatan mini-camp. Wednesday was the second day. As of Wednesday, first round draft pick Ryosuke Nomura was the only pitcher that had not yet tossed a bullpen session. Pitching coach Yui Tomori was not particularly pleased and said to the media, "Pitchers that do not want to throw can go to Yomitan [camp]." Source: Sports Hochi 1/29/2015 ... Nikkan Sports points out that Nomura last threw a session on the 23rd (twenty-six pitches) and was seen icing his left calf the last few days. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015 ... Nomura threw thirty-four pitches, all fastballs, to a squatting catcher on Thursday. Kazuki Yoshimi joined the team on the 28th and also tossed a bullpen session on Thursday (thirty-two pitches). Source: Sports Hochi 1/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015, Sponichi 1/29/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars held a press conference for Jose Lopez on Thursday. He was assigned the number 2. Source: official announcement
  • Yoslan Herrera will arrive at spring camp about three days late because he is still waiting to get his work visa. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015
  • Keijiro Matsumoto (28) filed marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman from Chiba on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015
  • Hideki Matsui is slated to visit Ginowan spring camp between February 5 - 7. Source: Daily Sports 1/29/2015, Sponichi 1/29/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Lastings Milledge worked out at IMG Academy in Florida during the winter. Milledge has made adjustments to his hitting and dropped about three kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 1/29/2015
  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class ended on Wednesday. First round draft pick Shingo Takeshita and fourth round draft pick Tetsuya Terada were the only players that made it through without getting hurt or sick. Takeshita threw sixty pitches to a squatting catcher. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2015
  • Old time mascots Ya-bo and Su-chan are making appearances in Urasoe, Okinawa. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015, Urasoe Navi
  • Tsubakuro met with the Swallows for contract negotiations on Thursday. He agreed to a deal worth 9,000 yen (down 3,000 yen from last year) plus incentives and an all-you-can-drink supply of Yakult 400 and Toughman Dry. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015

[1/28/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.29, 2015 @ 2:22 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Aaron Poreda arrived at Haneda Airport on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2015 ... Miles Mikolas arrived at Narita Airport on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2015
  • Third round draft pick Hayato Takagi threw thirty-one pitches to a standing catcher on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Hayato Sakamoto (tightness in lower back) did some light training at the Kawasaki facility on Wednesday. He is planning to join the rest of the team in Miyazaki on the 31st. Source: Sponichi 1/28/2015 ... Sakamoto could start the year at Ni-gun spring camp depending on the condition of his lower back. Source: Sponichi 1/28/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger arrived at Kansai Airport on Wednesday. His wife gave birth the couple's fourth child, a boy, in November last year. Source: Sponichi 1/28/2015, Daily Sports 1/28/2015
  • Matt Murton worked on his trunk muscles this off-season and dropped three to four kilograms. Source: Sanspo 1/28/2015
  • Atsushi Nomi threw thirty-six pitches, all fastballs, to a squatting catcher in his first bullpen session of the year on Wednesday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/28/2015, Sponichi 1/28/2015
  • Ryoma Matsuda threw sixty-four pitches, including sliders and change-ups, in the bullpen on Wednesday. It was the most he has thrown this year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami will be trying a new type of glove that should assist him when fielding grounders. He will also be moving away from the color black. The new glove is dark navy. Source: Sponichi 1/28/2015 ... Fujinami threw fifty-six pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday. Twenty fastballs to a standing catcher and thirty-six to a squatting catcher. He threw three curves, three sliders, four forkballs, three change-ups, two two-seamers, and one cutter. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki threw forty pitches, all fastballs, in the bullpen on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2015
  • Kentaro Kuwahara threw forty pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 1/28/2015
  • Kazuyuki Kaneda threw forty-one pitches to a squatting catcher on Tuesday. Kaneda pushed his weight from eighty-one to eighty-three kilograms this winter. Source: Sanspo 1/28/2015
  • Third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi used a bat that weighs 900 grams, about ten lighter than what he used in college, during batting practice on Tuesday. The new bat also had a thicker handle. Source: Sanspo 1/28/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • The city of Nichinan started work on a large indoor facility on June 2 last year. Construction will not be complete until March 31, but the Carp will be allowed to use what is finished during spring camp. The total cost of the facilities will be about 330 million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons held a press conference for Amaury RivasRaul Valdes, and Ricardo Nanita on Wednesday. Source: official announcement
  • Yudai Ono threw twenty-two pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday. Eighth round draft pick Masashi Yamamoto threw sixty-one. Source: Sports Hochi 1/28/2015
  • Daisuke Yamai was presented with the 33rd Dragons Crown Award. He was also given a Crown Hybrid Athlete G. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Jose Lopez arrived at Narita Airport on Wednesday. His flight was delayed three hours because of plane troubles. Source: Daily Sports 1/28/2015 ... Guillermo Moscoso and Aarom Baldiris also arrived at Narita Airport on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/28/2015
  • The media learned Shun Yamaguchi (27) filed marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman on December 25 last year. Yamaguchi worked out in Guam for eighteen days with Chunichi's Takuya Asao. He dropped five kilograms and now weighs ninety-seven kilograms. Source: Sponichi 1/28/2015

Yakult Swallows

[1/27/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.28, 2015 @ 3:30 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hayato Sakamoto delayed his trip to Miyazaki on Tuesday because of some light tightness in his lower back. Sakamoto first started feeling some discomfort in his back while training in Guam. The condition does not appear to be serious. He is expected to join the team by the 31st. Source: Sponichi 1/27/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Matt Murton arrived at Kansai Airport on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015
  • The Tigers are not sure when Mauro Gomez will be arriving in Japan. He was originally scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, but that plan fell through after his passport was stolen (someone broke into his car and took a bag that contained his passport). Hanshin is still hoping he can make it to Okinawa by the 31st. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015, Daily Sports 1/27/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami threw about twenty warm-up pitches to a standing catcher before throwing thirty-six pitches, including the curve, slider, and cutter, to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday. It was his first session of the year. Ryutaro Umeno caught Fujinami. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015, Chunichi Sports 1/27/2015, Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • Seung-Hwan Oh arrived at Kansai Airport on Tuesday. Oh will be in the final year of a two-year deal. He told reporters that he felt good, better than last year. He is currently able to throw at distances between eighty and ninety meters. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015, Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki is planning to only throw fastballs during his bullpen sessions until he starts to hit the corners with frequency. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • Third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi swung at thirty-pitches during live batting practice on Tuesday. It was his first live session since joining the Tigers. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015
  • Uemno is planning to use a Tomoaki Kanemoto model bat this season after swinging a few different types during a meeting with SSK in December. He picked the Kanemoto bat because he liked the grip. Source: Chunichi Sports 1/27/2015
  • Takashi Toritani could become the target of more advertising deals after all the exposure he got this off-season. He could make upwards of about seventy million yen per deal. Source: ZakZak 1/27/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Jesus Guzman, Kris Johnson, and Mike Zagurski arrived at Narita Airport on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • Ryuji Ichioka will be using a green glove this season. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015 ... Ichioka threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher on the 25th. Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • Allen Kuri, Jumpei Ono, Takaya Toda, Shota Nakazaki, and Ichioka all tossed bullpen sessions with squatting catchers. For Kuri, it was his third session in as many days. Nakazaki threw thirty-five pitches, including a forkball he has been working on. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015
  • The Carp unveiled about 330 new products for the 2015 season to the media on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015, Team Shop

Chunichi Dragons

  • Second round draft pick Tomohiro Hamada threw thirty-eight pitches, all fastballs, to a squatting catcher on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki threw ninety-two pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday. It was his tenth session since the start of rookie training camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015

Yakult Swallows

[1/26/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.27, 2015 @ 3:37 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class ended on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/26/2015
  • Kan Otake dropped about six kilograms this off-season. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015
  • Shinnosuke Abe does not plan on taking a catcher's mitt to spring camp. He will be testing out four different kinds of first baseman's mitts. Source: Sponichi 1/26/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryoma Matsuda threw about thirty pitches, including change-ups and sliders, in the bullpen on Sunday. It was his first session at Naruohama this year. Source: Sanspo 1/26/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami packed an acoustic guitar with the rest of his spring camp items. Fujinami started playing after he joined Hanshin to help kill time and relax. He bought the guitar last year. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Daichi Osera threw thirty-six pitches to a standing catcher on Monday. It was his first session of the year. Source: Sanspo 1/26/2015
  • Takaya Toda threw about fifty pitches, including curves, in the bullpen on Monday. It was also his first session of the year. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015
  • Allen Kuri threw fifty pitches to a squatting catcher on Monday. It was his second session in as many days. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/26/2015
  • Keisuke Imai threw thirty pitches to a squatting catcher on Sunday. Imai worked out with Kan Otake in Toyohashi, Aichi from the 17th until the 23rd. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Hector Luna, Anderson Hernandez, Ricardo Nanita, Raul Valdes, Amaury Rivas, and Leandro Mella arrived at Chubu Airport on Sunday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/26/2015
  • The Dragons will spend about 150 million yen on renovations to their indoor training facilities near Nagoya Stadium. Construction began on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

[1/25/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.26, 2015 @ 3:00 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Second round draft pick Chiaki Tone bought a fifty-inch television for around 100,000 yen and gave it to his grandmother. He also paid for a subscription to Nittele G+ so that she can watch Giant games. He is planning to send his father a brand-name bag that costs about 150,000 yen. Source: Sponichi 1/25/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama (left sternoclavicular joint) should be ready for opening day. Assuming no problems, he could pitch in his first game in mid- to late-February. He played catch at a distance of about fifty meters on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 1/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/25/2015
  • The Tigers are planning to send scouts to check on players with other teams at both Ichi-gun and Ni-gun spring camps locations. They will also be shuffling their scouts around to make sure they have a fresh set of eyes checking on talent. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015
  • Development coach Masayuki Kakefu is high on Shintaro Yokota and Naomasa Yokawa. Source: Sponichi 1/25/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Keisuke Imai threw thirty pitches to a squatting catcher on Sunday. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015
  • First round draft pick Takayoshi Noma purchased a vehicle that seats seven with his signing bonus and gave it to his family in Hyogo. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015 ... Noma ended his workouts at Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima on Sunday. He will report back to the team on the 31st in Miyazaki after he takes his college examinations. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015
  • Hiroshima is planning to sign Danilo DeJesus (27) to an Ikusei contract. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015, Sponichi 1/25/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Someone took about 100,000 yen worth of stuff out of Ryosuke Hirata's car. Source: Sponichi 1/25/2015 ... Three Chan Luu bracelets and some loose change were among the items that were missing. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015
  • Senryokugai Kohei Oda (37) decided to retire because he received no offers. He is slated to hold a press conference in Nagoya on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015, Sponichi 1/25/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki wants to use a portion of his first paycheck to buy a nice bicycle. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/25/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato threw about 500 pitches over eight bullpen sessions between January 12 and 22. He threw as many as eighty pitches and as few as fifty. He tossed three sessions on consecutive days twice. Source: Sports Hochi 1/25/2015

[1/24/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.25, 2015 @ 6:10 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano focused on running and long distance throwing during his workouts in Hawaii. He was able to max out his throws to between ninety and 100 meters. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi rejoined workouts on Saturday. He had to leave the team for his college exams on the 18th. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki threw forty-one pitches, all fastballs, to a half-squatting catcher in the bullpen on Friday. It was his fourth session at Naruohama. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015
  • The Tigers may have assigned a couple extra left-handed pitchers to Ichi-gun spring camp so that they can work with Yutaka Enatsu. Source: Sanspo 1/24/2015
  • February 15 could be a big day for players during spring camp. The Tigers are slated to play a practice game against Nippon Ham on February 11, a practice game against Samsung (KBO) on the 13th, and an intra-squad game on the 15th. The plan is to give almost every player a chance to play in at least one of the three games and then determine if assignments need to be changed at the end of the day on the 15th. Most of the focus will be on younger players. Source: Sanspo 1/24/2015 ... Shintaro Fujinami could pitch in his first game on February 15. Source: Sanspo 1/24/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuhei Matsuyama weighed ninety-four kilograms last season. He managed to shed six kilograms this off-season and currently weighs eighty-eight kilograms. He wanted to lose weight this winter because he hurt his left knee last year. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015
  • Seventh round draft pick Daisuke Tada will leave the team on the 25th for his high school examinations. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015
  • Danilo DeJesus arrived in Japan on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons will go back to having one advance scout per Central League team this season for the first time in four years. They worked with three advance scouts last year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki tossed another bullpen session on Saturday. It was his ninth since the start of training camp for the 2014 draft class. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • First round draft pick Shingo Takeshita threw thirty-five pitches, all fastballs, to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Saturday. It was his first session with a squatting catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015
  • Yoshihisa Naruse threw thirty-four pitches off the mound at Jingu Stadium on Friday. It was the first time he threw off an incline this year. Source: Sports Hochi 1/24/2015
  • Yoshinori Sato worked out in Okinawa with Ryohei Kiya and Takeaki Tokuyama for ten days. During those ten days, Yoshinori tossed eight bullpen sessions and threw about 500 pitches. Source: Sponichi 1/24/2015
  • The players had a chance to test the new turf at Jingu Stadium on the 23rd. They will be given more time on the 28th and 29th. Source: Sanspo 1/24/2015

[1/23/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.24, 2015 @ 3:53 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryota Arai will start the year at Ni-gun spring camp because there are concerns about his lower back. Source: Sanspo 1/23/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • Suguru Iwazaki threw thirty pitches in the bullpen on Friday. He was assigned to Ni-gun spring camp because he is behind schedule with his workouts. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • Yuta Iwasada threw forty-two pitches, all fastballs, to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. Source: Daily Sports 1/23/2015
  • Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi is planning to use Daiki Enokida and Kazuya Tsutsui as relievers this season. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • The Tigers' new uniforms will be unveiled later this month. The design will be based off the uniforms used in 1985. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuji Ichioka ended his workouts in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima on the 21st. He also tossed his first bullpen session of the year on the 21st (twenty pitches). Source: Sports Hochi 1/23/2015
  • Shota Nakazaki dropped his fat percentage from twenty-six down to twenty-one or twenty-two percent. Source: Daily Sports 1/23/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • First round draft pick Ryosuke Nomura threw twenty-six pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • Tomoya Yagi threw fifty pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Friday. Source: Sanspo 1/23/2015
  • Ryosuke Hirata currently weighs ninety-eight kilograms and is about six kilograms over his ideal weight. The extra weight and the left ankle problems he had last fall could be why he was assigned to Ni-gun spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/23/2015, Sponichi 1/23/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • Ninth round draft pick Takeshi Kaneko will start the year at Ni-gun spring camp. He could be called up to Ichi-gun spring camp some time around the second block, after he finishes taking his college examinations. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yokohama Stadium is planning to make the switch from metal halide lamps to LED lights. Source: official announcement

Yakult Swallows