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[11/7/2015] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.08, 2015 @ 3:04 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshihisa Naruse threw seventy pitches in the bullpen on the first day of fall camp on November 6. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2015 ... Twelve pitchers threw a total 1,197 pitches on the first day of fall camp on November 6. Source: Sanspo 11/7/2015

Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshinobu Takahashi has select five fall camp leaders: Yoshiyuki KameiYasuyuki Kataoka, and Hisayoshi Chono for the position players, and Tetsuya Utsumi and Kan Otake for the pitchers. Source: Sponichi 11/7/2015
  • The Giants are renting a Kinki Cresco virtual pitching machine for use during fall camp (retails for about five million yen). The machine can throw fastballs between 80 and 160 km/h. It can also throw three kinds of curveballs, two kinds of sliders, and two kinds of forkballs. Source: Sanspo 11/6/2015, Sponichi 11/6/2015
  • The Giants are also be using CORMAX training equipment during fall camp. Source: Sponichi 11/7/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yamato took seventy-five swings during batting practice on November 4 and hit ten over the fence, including a stretch of five in a row. Source: Sponichi 11/5/2015 ... Yamato swung the bat 235 times on November 5 and hit twenty-six over the fence. Twenty-three of the balls he hit over the fence came during the ninety-one swings he took against hitting coach Atsushi Kataoka. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/5/2015
  • Naomasa Yokawa took seventy-seven swings and hit eleven over the fence, including a stretch of four straight, on November 4. Source: Sanspo 11/5/2015 ... Yokawa took forty-five swings on November 7 and hit thirteen over the fence. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2015
  • Ryota Imanari worked out in right on November 4. He does not have a lot of speed, but could get playing time in the outfield because he swings a decent bat. Source: Sponichi 11/5/2015 ... Imanari worked out at third, right, and catcher on November 4. Source: Sanspo 11/5/2015
  • Ryoma Matsuda threw 156 pitches in the bullpen on November 5. Hiroaki Saiuchi threw 120. Source: Sanspo 11/6/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/6/2015, Sponichi 11/6/2015 ... Matsuda threw ninety-four pitches in the bullpen on November 7. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2015
  • Suguru Iwazaki threw 155 pitches in the bullpen on November 5. Source: Sanspo 11/7/2015
  • Tomoaki Kanemoto, based on a suggestion by head coach Nobuhiro Takashiro, had infielders take fielding practice in the outfield and outfielders take fielding practice in the infield during workouts on November 4. Kanemoto feels Fumiya Hojo might also be able to play the outfield, based on his performance during the exercise. Source: Sanspo 11/5/2015 ... Kanemoto left Kochi fall camp on November 4 due to prior engagements. He is getting updates on practices from coaches via e-mail and phone. He is currently scheduled to rejoin the team in Kochi on November 12. Source: Sports Hochi 11/6/2015, Daily Sports 11/6/2015 ... Tomoaki visited Naruohama on November 7 to check on Ni-gun fall camp workouts. Source: Chunichi Sports 11/7/2015, Daily Sports 11/7/2015
  • Masayuki Kakefu wants to hold batting practice scrimmages during the second block of Naruohama camp that begins on November 7. Kanemoto is scheduled to drop by the facilities during the second block, giving players the perfect opportunity to showcase their improvements. Source: Sanspo 11/6/2015
  • Pitching coach Satoru Kanemura will be in charge of the bullpen next year. He is thinking about teaching interested pitchers how to throw the palm ball. Source: Sanspo 11/7/2015
  • Owner Shinya Sakai will be visiting Kochi camp on November 13. An intra-squad game and a relay race are scheduled for the same day. Source: Sanspo 11/6/2015
  • The Tigers drew 6,000 fans during the first four days of Kochi fall camp. They drew 5,300 in twenty days last year. Source: Sponichi 11/5/2015, Sanspo 11/5/2015
  • Masayuki Kakefu signed about 1,500 autographs during the first four days of fall camp at Naruohama. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2015 ... The front office is upset that some fans are turning around and auctioning off the signatures. They are planning to instruct security guards to make sure fans are only lining up once. They also might cancel future signings if auction listings increase. Source: Daily Sports 11/7/2015
  • The media learned that Yutaka Wada will become a senior adviser to owner Shinya Sakai, beginning on December 1. The contract will most likely be for one year. Source: Chunichi Sports 11/7/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Intra-squad game on November 6: Jumpei Ono tossed two shutout innings and did not allow any hits. He topped out at 146km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2015
  • Intra-squad game on November 4: Aren Kuri started the game and tossed two shutout innings. He did not allow any hits. Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2015
  • Daichi Osera has not done any throwing during fall camp because he is resting his arm. He borrowed a glove and played catch left-handed at a distance of about thirty meters on November 5. Source: Daily Sports 11/6/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/6/2015
  • A practice player from Carp Academy (Batista) has caught the eye of Koichi Ogata. He could be offered an Ikusei contract. Source: Daily Sports 11/6/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takayuki Kajitani was named fall camp captain for hitters. Shun Yamaguchi was named fall camp captain for pitchers. Source: Daily Sports 11/6/2015
  • Tomo Otosaka will miss fall camp because of periodontal ligament inflammation. Kota Suda will take his spot. Source: Sanspo 11/5/2015
  • Alex Ramirez wants pitchers to be more aggressive on the inside corners. He is asking catchers and pitchers to throw seventy to eighty percent of their pitches to the inside during fall camp bullpen sessions. Source: Sponichi 11/7/2015

[11/4/2015] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.05, 2015 @ 8:30 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Lastings Milledge returned to the United States on November 2. Source: Sanspo 11/3/2015
  • Director of player personnel Masanori Matsui is slated to become the next farm director. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015

Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshinobu Takahashi is planning to keep fall camp practices focused on individual workouts instead of team workouts. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2015
  • The Giants ran dashes during fall practices at Giants Stadium on November 3 -- ten fifty meter dashes and ten thirty meters dashes. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2015 ... On November 2, eight players -- including Hisayoshi Chono, Yoshiyuki Kamei, Seiji Kobayashi, and Kazuma Okamoto -- ran ten thirty-meter dashes while dragging twenty kilometer weights behind them. Source: Sponichi 11/3/2015, Sanspo 11/3/2015
  • The Giants decided to cancel their end-of-the-year gatherings (party and golf tournament) after three of their players were caught gambling on baseball games. Source: Sponichi 11/3/2015 ... The Giants are planning to keep a tight leash on their players during fall camp. Curfews have been changed (from 10:30pm to 10:00pm on practice days, from 1:00am to 12:00am the day before day offs, and from no set time to 11:00pm on days off) and players are not allowed to play golf on their days off. Source: Sponichi 11/3/2015, Sponichi 11/4/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/3/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015, Daily Sports 11/4/2015, Sanspo 11/4/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Intra-squad game on November 3: Yuta Iwasada started the game for the Whites and tossed three perfect innings. Source: Sanspo 11/4/2015 ... Kojiro Tanabo entered the game in the 5th for the Reds and needed just nine pitches to record a perfect inning in relief (Fo4, G5, Ks). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015 ... Hiroaki Saiuchi relieved Tanabo in the 6th and retired the side in order on twelve pitches (F4, F4, G6). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015 ... Taiga Egoshi got the start in center and batted fourth for the Whites. He recorded two doubles: he hit a double to left off Ryoma Matsuda with runners on first and third and no out in the 1st; and he led off the 4th inning with a double to left off Hiroya Shimamoto. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2015 ... Yamato got the start at second and batted lead-off for the Whites. He hit a timely triple in the 3rd off Matsuda. Source: Sanspo 11/4/2015 ... Hiroki Uemoto started in center and batted third for the Reds. Source: Sanspo 11/4/2015 ... Ryutaro Umeno was the starting catcher for the Whites and batted fifth. He threw out Uemoto trying to steal second in the 4th inning and Ryosuke Ogata at third in the 5th. He went 0-for-4 at the plate. Source: Sanspo 11/4/2015 ... The game was shortened from eight to six innings because some pitchers were not ready due to the last minute scheduling change. Source: Sports Hochi 11/4/2015, Sponichi 11/4/2015
  • The intra-squad game on November 3 was pushed up a day from November 4 without prior notice because Tomoaki Kanemoto wanted to show fans (about 2,500 of them) his appreciation for their support. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015 ... Kanemoto kept Kazuhito Futagami and Hiroaki Saiuchi on their toes by stepping into the batter's box during their bullpen session on November 2. Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2015, Sponichi 11/3/2015 ... Kanemoto is thinking about adding weight training to the standard practice schedule, beginning next year. Source: Sponichi 11/3/2015 ... Kanemoto is planning to visit Naruohama during fall camp to check on the rest of the players in the organization and for a meeting with Masayuki Kakefu. Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2015
  • Taiga Egoshi hit twenty-four over the fence during batting practice after the intra-squad game on November 3. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2015
  • Ryota Imanari worked out as a catcher on November 2 for the first time in three years. Source: Sanspo 11/3/2015
  • Kakefu feels it might do outfielder Shintaro Yokota some good to play some first based on his body size and the way he moves around on the field. The extra position should bring him more opportunities to play. Working out at another position might also help with his defense in the outfield. Source: Sanpso 11/4/2015
  • The Tigers are planning to use Mizuno's Swing Tracer during Kochi fall camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2015
  • Kakefu spent about forty minutes signing autographs for around 300 fans after practices at Naruohama on November 4. Kakefu signed autographs for around 300 fans on November 1 (forty minutes) and about 600 on November 3 (ninety minutes). There was no autograph session on November 2 because of the weather. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Intra-squad game on November 3: Atsuya Horie was one of the starters. He tossed three shutout innings. He allowed one hit, walked three, and topped out at 145km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015, Daily Sports 11/4/2015 ... Koya Fujii tossed a shutout inning in relief. He walked the first batter he faced, but did not allow any hits. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2015
  • The Carp are making sure Daichi Osera and Shota Nakazaki are resting their arms during fall camp because of their workload this past season. The two led the team in appearances with fifty-one games and sixty-nine games, respectively. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Practice game against the Shikoku Island League on November 3: Junki Ito started the game and gave up a run on two hits and a walk over three innings of work. He faced twelve hitters, tossed sixty-two pitches, and recorded a strike on the first pitch just twice. He was set to pitch five innings, but his day was cut short because Motonobu Tanishige felt he was not pitching with a purpose. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015 ... Naomichi Donoue got the start at first and batted second. He went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Issei Endo started at short and batted lead-off. He went 3-for-6 with three RBI. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takayuki Kajitani started the season at eighty-four kilograms. He was down to seventy-six kilograms in June. He is now back to eighty kilograms and is hoping to push his weight to between ninety and ninety-five for the start of the 2016 season. Source: Sanspo 11/4/2015
  • Alex Ramirez wants the team to shoot fo eight to one-hundred stolen bases next year. Source: Sponichi 11/3/2015

[11/2/2015] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.03, 2015 @ 3:05 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows officially announced that Wladimir Balentien will be participating in the Premier 12 as a member of the Netherlands national baseball team. Source: official announcement
  • Mitch Dening's wife is scheduled to give birth to the couple's first child, a boy, in December. Source: Sanspo 11/2/2015
  • Orlando Roman withdrew from the Premier 12 so that he can focus on his preparations for 2016. Source: Sanspo 11/2/2015

Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano threw thirty-two pitches in the bullpen on October 29. It was his first session since the season ended. Source: Sanspo 10/30/2015
  • Hideki Matsui is ready to provide Yoshinobu Takahashi with whatever help and support he needs. That could include accepting an invite to be a special instructor during spring camp next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • The first day of Kochi fall camp on November 1 started at 10:00am and ended after 5:00pm. Source: Sponichi 11/2/2015
  • Naomasa Yokawa took eight-four swings during regular batting practice on the first day of fall camp and hit ten over the fence. During evening workouts, he swung the bat 242 times and hit forty-one over the fence. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2015, Daily Sports 11/2/2015 ... Taiga Egoshi took a total 326 swings and hit twenty-four over the fence. Source: Sanspo 11/2/2015
  • About 2,000 fans showed up for the first day of fall camp in Aki, Kochi on November 1. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2015 ... About 500 were in attendance for the start of fall camp at Naruohama on November 1. Around 300 stayed back after practices for an autograph session with Masayuki Kakefu. Source: Tokyo Sports 11/1/2015, Sponichi 11/2/2015
  • Tomoaki Kanemoto could pull players aside in the evenings during fall camp and work with them directly, if he feels they need it. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2015, Sponichi 11/1/2015
  • Kanemoto feels it is still too early to think about shifting Takashi Toritani to another position so he can focus more on his hitting. "Toritani can still play short. I actually think staying at short will help with his offense," said Kanemoto. Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2015 ... Kanemoto wants Toritani to play a more active role as captain of the team, even more so than the previous four years. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2015, Sponichi 11/1/2015
  • Ichi-gun pitching coach Isao Koda wants every pitcher to not only work on their control during fall camp, but also work on a new pitch. Ryoma Matsuda is working on a change-up, Hiroya Shimamoto a shuto, Hiroaki Saiuchi a slider, Kojiro Tanabo a forkball, and Suguru Iwazaki and Takumi Akiyama curveballs. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2015
  • The Tigers are planning to release Shinta Hifumi and are expected to re-sign him to an Ikusei contract. Source: Sponichi 11/1/2015
  • Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi is set to attend spring camp next year as a special pitching instructor. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2015 ... The organization is also thinking about inviting Norihiro Akahoshi to spring camp as a special instructor. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2015
  • The Tigers announced that Keiichiro Yotsufuji will be taking over as managing director of the organization on November 1. Current managing director Nobuo Minami will step down and become a team adviser. Source: official announcement

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Practice game against the Shikoku Island League on November 1: Ryosuke Nomura started the game and gave up a run on six hits over five innings of work. Source: Sanspo 11/1/2015
  • Practice game against the Shikoku Island League on October 31: Katsuki Matayoshi entered the game in the 9th and tossed a shutout inning in relief. He faced four hitters and broke two bats, one on a inside 140km/h fastball and the other on a 136km/h shuto. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2015
  • The Dragons announced that Takeshi Kaneko (22) married a twenty-three-year-old woman living in Osaka in January. They had a boy in February. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2015, Sports Hochi 11/2/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are planning to send Taiki Sekine, Yuta Kakita, Koki Yamashita, and Satoshi Iizuka to Taiwan to play winter ball. Source: Sponichi 11/2/2015
  • Shun Yamaguchi will become the Bay Stars' next player representative. Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2015

[10/30/2015] Hanshin Tigers interested in Matt Hague

by on Oct.30, 2015 @ 2:09 pm, under NPB
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According to Nikkan Sports, the Hanshin Tigers are interested in thirty-year-old infielder Matt Hague. The Tigers are looking for a right-handed hitter with pop that can play third. They are also looking for someone that might be able to replace Matt Murton in the line-up.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2015 @ 11:25am, Nikkan Sports 10/30/2015 @ 6:26am

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[10/28/2015] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Oct.29, 2015 @ 9:29 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada could be given the uniform number 1 during the off-season. Nine players have worn the number since 1950, most recently Norichika Aoki (2010-2011). Source: Sponichi 10/28/2015

Yomiuri Giants

  • Hisayoshi Chono is set to take over as the new player representative in 2016. Source: official announcement
  • The Giants announced on October 26 that Tatsunori Hara will assume the role of special adviser, effective January 1, 2015. Source: official announcement
  • The Giants will be putting together a San-gun team (made up of about twenty to twenty-five players, mostly Ikusei), complete with a full coaching staff. The team will play about ninety games a year against teams from the Independent Leagues, college leagues, and Industrial Leagues. Source: official announcement
  • Former Giant Junichi Kawahara announced that he was retiring on October 28. He spent the last few years with the Ehime Mandarin Pirates (Island League). Source: Daily Sports 10/28/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami is hoping to push his weight to ninety-five kilograms this off-season. He spent most of this season around ninety-two, ninety-three kilograms. His goal is to ultimately reach 100 kilograms. Source: Sponichi 10/28/2015
  • Tomoaki Kanemoto is thinkng about using Ryota Imanari as an emergency back-up catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/28/2015
  • If Tsuyoshi Nishioka is given a shot to win the everyday job at second base, Hiroki Uemoto could head to the outfield. Source: Sanspo 10/26/2015 ... Even if Uemoto stays at second base, Tomoaki Kanemoto wants the option of being able to play him in the outfield every now and then to give older players, like Kosuke Fukudome, the day off. He was in center field during fielding practice on October 28. Source: Daily Sports 10/29/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Intra-squad game on October 28: Kenta Maeda started the game and gave up a run on two hits over three innings of work. He threw forty-nine pitches, struck out four, and walked one. Source: Daily Sports 10/28/2015, Sports Hochi 10/28/2015
  • Kenta Maeda is messing around with a change-up that has a little more vertical movement (sinking action, same motion, slightly different grip) than his normal change-up for use against right-handed hitters. Source: Daily Sports 10/29/2015
  • Maeda and Hiroki Kuroda will be appearing in next year's team calendar. Maeda for the month of January and Kuroda, with Takahiro Arai, for the month of March. The team used October as the cutoff for eligibility. Source: Sports Hochi 10/23/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Doi is working as a special instructor during fall camp again this year. Source: Sanspo 10/28/2015
  • The Dragons ended fall practices at Nagoya Stadium on October 26. Fall camp began on October 28. Source: Sponichi 10/26/2015
  • Hector Luna made the Dominican Republic national team for the Premier 12. Source: Daily Sports 10/24/2015

[10/21/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Oct.22, 2015 @ 2:00 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez left Japan on October 21. He spoke to reporters and said he would gladly return to the Tigers next season because he liked the organization, the fans, and the stadium. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ren Nakata dropped his weight from ninety-four to eighty-three while rehabbing his right shoulder this year. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige met team owner Bungo Shirai on October 19 to review the 2015 season. He also confirmed that his uniform number (27) will remain the same. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2015

[10/20/2015] Hanshin Tigers: Tomoaki Kanemoto’s press conference on October 19

by on Oct.20, 2015 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB
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The Tigers held a press conference in an Osaka hotel on October 19 to introduce Tomoaki Kanemoto as their new manager.

Various notes:

  • Twenty television cameras, thirty photographers, about 250 members of the media attended the press conference.
  • The press conference started at 4:30pm. Media registrations were scheduled to start at 3:30pm but began about fifteen minutes early because of the large turnout.
  • Over half the seats were filled about an hour before the start of the press conference.
  • Owner Shinya Sakai, president Nobuo Minami, and director Keiichiro Yotsufuji were also a part of the press conference.
  • He is both worried and hopeful. Hopeful in that he just wants to get in there and do it.
  • He started off being mostly worried and concerned. That changed to wanting to do something to help the team.
  • He decided to accept the offer because he could feel how passionate and determined the organization was to improve the team.
  • It took him time to make the decision because he was initially indifferent about the job. He also felt like he had nothing special to bring to the table.
  • He wants to put together a team fans can have fun watching and feel excited about. He wants a team where everyone (managers, coaches, players, staff, and the front office) is on the same page.
  • He wants to see low scoring games with players doing their best for each out, each play, each base.
  • He feels the team might be missing the motivation to play, the drive to win.
  • He knows rebuilding the team will take time, but he also wants to do his best to win as they rebuild. He does not want to feel like he has time to accomplish the task he was asked to do.
  • He believes practice and awareness will help the team improve -- players should not practice for the sake of practicing, but to improve aspects of their game.
  • He wants to help grow the next group of hitters with pop. He feels players like Taiga Egoshi, Shintaro Yokota, and Naomasa Yokawa have the potential. He seems to be particularly high on Egoshi (based on what he has seen so far).
  • He referred to Toshiyuki Mimura, Hiromitsu Ochiai and Tatsunori Hara when speaking about the kind of manager he wanted to become.
  • He was worried about his lack of coaching experience, but he also sees that lack as a potential positive: not knowing means he will not be fettered by preconceived notions.
  • He wants the coaches involved and everyone practicing toward a goal.
  • He wants passionate coaches that agree with his line of thinking. He wants coaches that are willing to do whatever it takes to help a players develop.
  • Next year's slogan could be "厳しく明るく," or "strict and cheerful."
  • He has not thought about what kind of players the team should sign to help. He would ideally like to work with the current group of players, but realizes that is not realistic.
  • He is planning to attend the 2015 Amateur Draft. If there is a drawing in the first round, he will be the one to select the ticket.
  • The two sides agreed to a three-year contract with an estimated yearly salary of 120 million yen. A number has not yet been assigned.
  • Owner Sakai promised, with help from all levels (staff, coaches, and front office members), to provide Kanemoto with whatever support he needed.

Source: official announcement, Sanspo 10/19/2015, Sanspo 10/19/2015 (questions/answers), Sponichi 10/20/2015 (questions/answers), Sponichi 10/20/2015 (questions/answers), Sports Hochi 10/19/2015, Sports Hochi 10/19/2015 (questions/answers), Sports Hochi 10/20/2015, Daily Sports 10/19/2015, Daily Sports 10/19/2015, Daily Sports 10/19/2015, Daily Sports 10/19/2015 (questions/answers), Daily Sports 10/20/2015, Daily Sports 10/20/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/19/2015, Nkkan Sports 10/20/2015, Tokyo Sports 10/19/2015

Other related updates:

  • Kanemoto is the thirty-third manager in franchise history.
  • Kanemoto could be assigned his old uniform number 6. Senichi Hoshino's old uniform number 77 could also be a possibility.
  • Kanemoto visited the clubhouse at Koshien on October 20 and met coaches and players. He also sat down with a number of players individually.
  • Kanemoto could have an economic impact of about 4.2 billion yen next year, assuming the team is competitive.
  • The Tigers are not going to expect results in the first two years.
  • The organization has been approached by a larger number of foreign players since news about Kanemoto broke.
  • The front office is planning to go over foreign player and free agent options with Kanemoto. Anything they might have decided before, will be "reset" until it has been cleared with the new manager.
  • The media learned on October 19 that president Nobuo Minami will be stepping down. Director Keiichiro Yotsufuji will most likely take over as the next president. Minami will mostly keep a spot in the organization as an adviser. The move should be effective November 1.
  • A number of names have been dropped by the media as possible coaching candidates to support Kanemoto: Atsushi Kataoka, Akihiro Yano, Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi, and Teruyoshi Kuji.

Source: ZakZak 10/19/2015, Tokyo Sports 10/19/2015, Sponichi 10/19/2015, Sponichi 10/20/2015, Sponichi 10/20/2015, Chunichi Sports 10/20/2015, Sports Hochi 10/20/2015, Daily Sports 10/20/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/20/20154, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2015

[UPDATE 10/21 @ 4:05pm]

Public relations manager Yasuhiro Nakamura has been assigned to Kanemoto.

Source: Sanspo 10/20/2015

[10/20/2015] Hanshin Tigers 2016 Coaching Staff

by on Oct.20, 2015 @ 10:31 pm, under NPB
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Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 6 金本 知憲 Kanemoto, Tomoaki 47
Head Coach 70 高代 延博 Takashiro, Nobuhiro 61
Chief/Infield/Base Coach 78 平田 勝男 Hirata, Katsuo 56
Strategy/Battery Coach 88 矢野 燿大 Yano, Akihiro 46
Pitching Coach 90 香田 勲男 Koda, Isao 50
Pitching Coach 73 金村 曉 Kanemura, Satoru 39
Hitting Coach 81 片岡 篤史 Kataoka, Atsushi 46
Hitting Coach 79 濱中 治 Hamanaka, Osamu 37
Assistant Hitting Coach 80 トーマス・オマリー O'Malley, Thomas 54
Infield/Base Coach 71 久慈 照嘉 Kuji, Teruyoshi 46
Outfield/Base Coach 87 中村 豊 Nakamura, Yutaka 42
Training Coach 91 伊藤 敦規 Ito, Atsunori 52

Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 31 掛布 雅之 Kakefu, Masayuki 60
Chief/Fielding/Base Coach 83 古屋 英夫 Furuya, Hideo 60
Chief Pitching Coach 84 久保 康生 Kubo, Yasuo 57
Pitching Coach 72 高橋 建 Takahashi, Ken 46
Hitting/General Coach 77 今岡 誠 Imaoka, Makoto 41
Hitting Coach 96 筒井 壮 Tsutsui, So 40
Fielding/Base Coach 74 藤本 敦士 Fujimoto, Atsushi 38
Fielding/Base Coach 76 平野 恵一 Hirano, Keiichi 36
Battery Coach 82 山田 勝彦 Yamada, Katsuhiko 46

* additional coaches will be released as information becomes available


Source: official announcement (first post, 10/27 update, 10/30 update, 11/7 update), new coach press conference: Kanemoto (10/19), Yano (10/27), Hirano (10/28), Kataoka (11/28), Imaoka (10/30), Kuji (10/30), Kanemura (11/4), Takahashi (11/7)

[10/17/2015] Hanshin Tigers: Tomoaki Kanemoto accepts offer to become next manager

by on Oct.17, 2015 @ 9:54 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers announced earlier today that Tomoaki Kanemoto accepted their offer to become their next manager. Kanemoto contacted the organization some time after 5:00pm to inform them of his decision. The Tigers are planning to hold a press conference in the not so distant future.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 10/17/2015, Daily Sports 10/17/2015Nikkan Sports 10/17/2015, Sponichi 10/17/2015

[UPDATE 10/19 @ 12:46am]

The Tigers are scheduled to hold a press conference on October 19 to introduce Kanemoto as their new manager. The two sides may have agreed on either a three- or four-year deal.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2015