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[12/13/2014] Rumors: Takashi Toritani, Kyuji Fujikawa, Yuhei

by on Dec.14, 2014 @ 12:54 am, under NPB
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The media learned Takashi Toritani (33) met the Hanshin Tigers for a second time this off-season on the 11th. The organization again asked that he remain. Toritani told the Tigers he planned to make a decision once all MLB offers were on the table. When asked by reporters if he was going to make a decision before the end of the year, he said he was not sure. He could meet with Hanshin again early next week. Source: Daily Sports 12/13/2014, Sanspo 12/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/13/2014


Takahiro Mahara (33) turned down a multi-year deal and incentives from the Orix Buffaloes because he does not think they are necessary. "I want to play for this team. I've never signed [a multi-year deal]. I have no interest in incentives. I take each year as a new challenge," said Mahara. When asked about the international FA option he is slated to earn next year, he replied, "I'm not thinking about that at all." Source: Sports Hochi 12/13/2014, Daily Sports 12/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/13/2014

Kenta Maeda (26) could meet team officials for preliminary salary negotiations on the 16th. If talks go smoothly, the Hiroshima Carp might be able to sign Maeda to an agreement before the end of the year. There is a chance the actually signing could take place next year if talks break down or there are scheduling conflicts. Source: Sports Hochi 12/13/2014, Sponichi 12/13/2014

The Chunichi Dragons signed Takahiro Kawasaki (21) to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated 4.4 million yen. His uniform number will change from 51 to 201. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 12/13/2014

Yuhei (30) is slated to meet the Yakult Swallows on the 16th to resume salary negotiations. It will be his second meeting with team officials this off-season. He placed their initial offer on hold, but is planning to sign on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 12/13/2014, Daily Sports 12/13/2014


Kyuji Fujikawa (34) and the Texas Rangers are close to finalizing a one-year contract with an option. The deal is pending a physical. Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson Tweet 12/13/2014, MLB.com's TR Sullivan Tweet 12/13/2014

[12/13/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.14, 2014 @ 12:50 am, under NPB
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Pacific League

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara could make his "debut" during a spring camp intra-squad on February 15. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/13/2014

Central League

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami will most likely be allowed to work out with Kenta Maeda in January next year. Source: Sponichi 12/13/2014
  • Yutaka Wada is planning to sit down with players like Yamato and Tsuyoshi Nishioka to discuss possible position changes if Takashi Toritani decides to sign with an MLB team this off-season. Source: Sports Hochi 12/13/2014, Nikkan Soprts 12/13/2014
  • The Tigers are slated to play nine practice games during spring camp in February (seven at Okinawa). One of their games, on February 28, will be against the Orix Buffaloes. Source: Daily Sports 12/13/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Taketoshi Goto asked the Bay Stars if he could register his name as Gomez, a nickname he received when a teammate misheard his apology (gomensu). It might not be possible to make it his official NPB name, but Yokohama might be willing to use it on his uniform. Source: Sponichi 12/13/2014


  • The 2014 draft class rookie seminar will most likely take place on January 13 instead of early-March next year. Former Rakuten manager Senichi Hoshino took to the media this year during the pre-season and questioned why the seminar did not place in January or February when the schedule was still light. Source: Sponichi 12/10/2014, ZakZak 12/13/2014

[12/12/2014] Rumors: Takashi Toritani, Kensuke Tanaka

by on Dec.13, 2014 @ 1:31 am, under NPB
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Scott Boras told reporters that there was always a chance Takashi Toritani (33) could return to the Hanshin Tigers next year. The agent also indicated a decision will most likely be made before the end of the year. Source: Sanspo 12/12/2014, Sanspo 12/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/12/2014

Kensuke Tanaka (33) was hoping to return to the United States next year, but did not receive any offers. A number of NPB teams have shown interest, but the infielder is expected to choose the Nippon Ham Fighters. Source: Nikkan Soprts 12/12/2014

The Seibu Lions could find themselves in a position where they might be interested in Yokohama senryokugai Norihiro Nakamura (41). Source: ZakZak 12/12/2014

[12/11/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.12, 2014 @ 2:41 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Daiki Enokida will pitch in whatever role the team assigns him, but would like to know how he will be used sooner rather than later, so that he can prepare accordingly. He asked the team during salary negotiations on Wednesday if they could let him know as soon as possible. Source: Sanspo 12/11/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Head coach Shigekazu Mori returned to Japan on Thursday from his overseas scouting trip. Mori was checking on talent in the Dominican Republic. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/11/2014

Yakult Swallows

[12/10/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.11, 2014 @ 2:20 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe is open to catching in emergency situations. Source: Sponichi 12/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014
  • The Giants will try to increase fan attendance to Ni-gun games by scheduling more events next year. Source: Daily Sports 12/10/2014
  • About 220 members of the organization (players, staff, family) left for a championship trip to Hawaii out of Narita Airport on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 12/10/2014 ... Hisayoshi Chono opted to skip the trip to spend time rehabbing his right knee and elbow. Source: Sponichi 12/10/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Atsushi Nomi recorded a winning record during the first-half of a full season just once in his career (8-4 in 2013). He did a lot of running that year and plans to work more of it into his routine in 2015 (particularly through to June). Nomi is not planning to throw the ball until the new year. Source: Sanspo 12/10/2014, Sponichi 12/10/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants to play second or short, but the Tigers could use him in the outfield or at third. Source: Sanspo 12/10/2014
  • The Tigers have given Shintaro Fujinami the green light to buy a car. Players drafted out of high school living in Kofuso (team dorm) generally are not allowed to own a car until after their third year, but officials made an exception for Fujinami because he is already at Ichi-gun and can benefit from having his own transportation. Source: Sanspo 12/10/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ryuya Ogawa will be in the Philippines on the 13th and 14th. He is slated to hold a baseball clinic on the 13th. Source: Sponichi 12/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014
  • Masato Matsui (27) will file marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman living in Miyazaki on Thursday. Source: Sanspo 12/10/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takayuki Kajitani will be moving from a 920 gram bat at 33.5 inches to a 910 gram bat at 34 inches. Source: Sports Hochi 12/10/2014

[12/9/2014] Rumors: Yoshihisa Hirano, Yuhei

by on Dec.10, 2014 @ 2:06 am, under NPB
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Hanshin's Shintaro Fujinami (20) appeared on a variety TV show on Monday and admitted that he would want a chance to play in the Majors if he ever reached that level of play. Source: Sanspo 12/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/9/2014, Daily Sports 12/9/2014

Orix's Yoshihisa Hirano (30) agreed to a three-year deal worth 900 million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/9/2014

Takeya Nakamura (31) met Seibu Lion officials for salary negotiations on Monday and agreed to a thirty million yen raise (from 350 to 380 million yen). Nakamura is now the highest paid Japanese player in franchise history. He started the day tied with Kazuo Matsui at 350 million yen. Source: Sponichi 12/9/2014, Daily Sports 12/9/2014

Yuhei (30) was not satisifed with the salary offer he received from the Yakult Swallows on Tuesday and decided to hold off on signing an agreement for the 2015 season. His meeting with team officials lasted about an hour and forty-five minutes. Source: Sponichi 12/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/9/2014

[12/9/2014] Hanshin Tigers reach two-year agreement with Mauro Gomez

by on Dec.09, 2014 @ 8:44 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers announced today that they finalized an extension with Mauro Gomez (30) for the 2015 season. According to reports by the media, Gomez agreed to a two-year deal that will pay an estimated 1.7 million US dollars (about 200 million yen, up from the eighty-five million this season) next year. The second year will be a team option.

The Tigers released the folowing statement from Gomez:

I am very happy about finalizing my contract. I don't really enjoy the long-distance flight to Japan, but I like Koshien Stadium and the thought of being able to play there again will help me get through it.

We were able to make it to the Nippon Series this year, but we could not win it. I'd like to do what I can to help the team win every game from the start of the regular season through to the Nippon Series. I will try my best to improve on the numbers I put up this year and also hit a few more home runs. I'll train hard before heading to spring camp in February. Please cheer for me again next year.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 12/9/2014, Sanspo 12/9/2014

[12/8/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.09, 2014 @ 1:27 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants held a press conference to introduce Ryoji Aikawa and Tatsuhiko Kinjo on Monday. Aikawa was assigned the number twenty-three, Kinjo the number thirty-three. Source: official announcement .. Aikawa selected the number twenty-three in honor of his late mother (her birthday was on July 23). Source: Daily Sports 12/8/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers' first practice game during spring camp is slated to take place on February 11 against Nippon Ham. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/8/2014
  • Hanshin has played 9,926 games. Assuming no rain outs, they will reach 10,000 on June 30 against Yakult at Jingu. They have also recorded 4,976 victories. Source: Sponichi 12/8/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa will be moving out of the team dormitory and into his own place this month. Source: Chunichi Sports 12/8/2014

[12/8/2014] Hanshin Tigers announce uniform number changes/additions

by on Dec.08, 2014 @ 7:23 pm, under NPB


Position Name JPN Name ENG Uni
Head Coach 平田 勝男 Hirata, Katsuo 72 → 78
Hitting Coach 関川 浩一 Sekikawa, Koichi 78 → 77
70-Man Roster 藤原 正典 Fujihara, Masanori 15 → 42
70-Man Roster 島本 浩也 Shimamoto, Hiroya 126 → 69
Ikusei Roster 田面 巧二郎 Tanabo, Kojiro 41 → 116


Position Name JPN Name ENG Uni
Ni-gun Pitching Coach 香田 勲男 Kosa, Isao 90
Ni-gun Hitting Coach 濱中 治 Hamanaka, Osamu 79
Ni-gun Fielding/Base/Hitting Coach 藤本 敦士 Fujimoto, Atsushi 74
Pitcher 桑原 謙太朗 Kuwahara, Kentaro 64
Infielder 森越 祐人 Morikoshi, Yuto 37
Ikusei 佐村トラヴィス幹久 Samura, Travis Mikihisa 118


Source: official announcement

[12/8/2014] Hanshin Tigers introduce 2014 Draft Class

by on Dec.08, 2014 @ 5:02 pm, under NPB
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Ord Name JPN Team DOB HT/WT POS T/B Level Uni Bonus Contract Date
1 Yokoyama, Yuya 横山 雄哉 HAN 1994/02/21 183/85 P L/L Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Kashima 15 100,000,000
15,000,000 11/26
2 Ishizaki, Tsuyoshi 石崎 剛 HAN 1990/09/09 182/85 P R/R Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Kashima 30 70,000,000 12,000,000 11/17
3 Egoshi, Taiga 江越 大賀 HAN 1993/03/12 182/83 OF R/R Komazawa University 25 60,000,000 10,000,000 11/27
4 Moriya, Koki 守屋 功輝 HAN 1993/11/25 183/82 P R/R Honda Suzuka 43 50,000,000 8,400,000 11/24
5 Ueda, Kai 植田 海 HAN 1996/04/19 175/72 INF R/R Omi High School 62 30,000,000 5,000,000 11/13


Source: official facebook 12/8/2014