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[1/28/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Jan.29, 2014 @ 12:12 am, under NPB
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Ryota Arai took forty-three during swings batting practice on Tuesday and hit three over the fence.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

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Daiki Enokida threw seventy-one pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday.  4th round draft pick Ryutaro Umeno caught the session.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

Umeno took forty-seven swings during batting practice on Monday and collected twenty-four could-be hits, including one that went over the fence.

Source: Sanspo 1/28/2014

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Shintaro Fujinami's workouts in Okinawa on Monday lasted about five and a half hours (from 10:00am until after 3:30pm) and included playing catch, running, batting practice, and weight training.  He did not toss a bullpen session.

Source: Daily Sports 1/28/2014

Fujinami threw thirty-four pitches, including breaking balls, on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

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1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada threw twenty pitches to a standing catcher on Tuesday.  It was his first bullpen session at the Naruohama training facilities this year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

According to Sports Hochi, the catcher was squatting.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/28/2014

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4th round draft pick Shoya Yamamoto threw thirty-two pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  Shinji Komiyama caught the session.

Source: Sanspo 1/28/2014

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Hayata Ito took fifty-one swings during batting practice on Monday and collected twenty-five could be hits, including two that went over the fence and six up against the outfield wall.  Ito's workouts on Monday started at 10:00am and ended at about 3:30pm.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

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Ryosuke Ogata took forty-nine swings during batting practice on Monday and collected twenty-six could be hits.

Source: Sanpso 1/28/2014

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Takashi Toritani visited children's ward at  Osaka City University Hospital on Monday.  When asked about this year's standings, he predicted Giants, Tigers, Carp, Dragons, Swallows, and Bay Stars.

Needless to say, the prediction was not very popular.  He later explained that he tried to look at things as objectively as possible.  He added that he and the Tigers would do their best to win first place and that in return, he expected the kids to do their best to get better.  He also promised to invite the kids to Koshien as soon as they were healthy enough.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/28/2014Sports Hochi 1/28/2014, Sanspo 1/28/2014, Sponichi 1/28/2014

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Development coach Masayuki Kakefu is planning to tossing batting practice during spring camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

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The Hanshin Department Store will begin selling Hanshin Tigers Chocolates for Valentine's Day beginning on the 29th.

Source: official announcement, Sanspo 1/28/2014

[11/4/2013] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Nov.05, 2013 @ 4:12 am, under NPB
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Shintaro Fujinami wants to improve his change-up and curve.  His top three pitches this season were fastball, cutter, and fork.

Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2013

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Hitting coordinator Masayuki Kakefu worked with Issei Morita on Sunday.

"He can hit the ball pretty far for a Japan person.  That is his strength.  I think it is better to consider him a mini Randy Bass instead of a mini Craig Brazell," Kakefu said.  "I am looking forward to what he can do.  There will be an open roster spot with [Shinjiro] Hiyama's retirement.  He could be an interesting option in a situation where a new foreign player is still considered a question mark."

Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2013

Kafeu feels Morita has enough power for a thirty home run season.

Morita took 129 swings during batting practice on Sunday and hit twenty-seven over the fence.

Source: Sanspo 11/4/2013

Kakefu has also been working with Hayata Ito.  He has been trying to get him to take a more relaxed approach to hitting.

Ito took ninety-four swings during batting practice on Sunday and recorded thirty-eight could be hits.

Source: Sanspo 11/4/2013

According to Tokyo Sports, Kakefu is trying to motive players by praising them.  So far, it appears to be working.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/4/2013

Kakefu's job title will apparently be shorted to DC, as in Development Coordinator.

Source: Sanspo 11/4/2013

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Yutaka Wada and Kakefu are high on Masahiro Nakatani.

Source: Nikkkan Sports 11/4/2013, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2013

Wada is hoping one of the players in the organization can step up and become a bunt specialist.

Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2013

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Ryota Arai has been working on a new swing that involves a smaller leg kick.

Source: Sanspo 11/4/2013

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INF/base-running coach Nobuhiro Takashiro has been helping players with their base-running techniques, with a focus on how to take better secondary leads.

Source: Sanspo 11/4/2013, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2013

[8/24/2013] Injury Updates: Nakai (YOM), Imanari, Ito, Enokida (HAN), Fujii (YOK), Sakata (SEI), Rasner (RAK)

by on Aug.24, 2013 @ 11:31 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Daisuke Nakai took outdoor batting practice on Friday for the first time since he hurt his left knee.  Depending on how things go, he could play a rehab game in early September.

Source: Sanspo 8/23/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Ryota Imanari and Hayata Ito are a little banged up after today's game against the Chunichi Dragons.  Imanari hurt his left leg while trying to score from first on a double to center by Matt Murton in the top of the 9th.  He was removed from the game on defense in the bottom-half of the inning.  Ito was replaced by a pinch-runner after he took an HBP off the area near his right knee in the 7th.

"They both suffered bruises.  Nothing serious," said Yutaka Wada to reporters after the game.

Source: Sanspo 8/24/2013

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Daiki Enokida pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game on the 20th and reportedly left the game a little early because of discomfort in his left elbow.  He joined the Ichi-gun team on Friday and told reporters he was fine.  He is currently scheduled to start a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome on the 27th.

Source: Sanspo 8/24/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Shugo Fujii left tonight's game against the Yomiuri Giants after throwing just seventeen pitches because of discomfort in his left elbow.

Source: Sponichi 8/24/2013

Seibu Lions

Ryo Sakata is scheduled to play in a Ni-gun rehab game on the 27th against Nippon Ham.  It will be his first game in about three months.  Sakata was taken off the active roster on May 20 with a forward dislocation in his left shoulder.

Source: Sponichi 8/24/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Darrell Rasner's night was cut short with pain in his right elbow -- he entered the game in the top of the 9th against Lotte and left after throwing just six pitches.

Source: Sponichi 8/24/2013

[6/20/2013] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Jun.20, 2013 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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The Tigers would ideally like to settle on one main right fielder, instead of a platoon that has, up to now, included Ryo Asai, Kohei Shibata, and Ryota Imanari -- Asai has struggled (6-for-26, .231/.286/.231), Shibata got hurt (left ankle), and Imanari is not an outfielder by trade.  Hayata Ito is an option at right.

Source: Sanspo 6/20/2013

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Pitching coach Kiyooaki Nakanishi told reporters on Wednesday that he did not think both Blaine Boyer and Yasutomo Kubo would make the active roster at the same time, at least not right now.

Source: Sanspo 6/20/2013

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Team president Nobuo Minami, team director Eiichi Takano, general manager Katsuhiro Nakamura, and Yutaka Wada met at a hotel in Kobe on Wednesday.  Issues likely discussed: current team performance, the rest of the season, and the 2014 season.  The meeting lasted nearly two hours.

Source: Sanspo 6/20/2013

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Situational batting practice on Wednesday:

Jason Standridge faced eleven hitters and allowed four hits and struck out one.  Source: Sanspo 6/20/2013 ... Boyer faced five hitters: double to Ryota Arai; strikeout swinging to Shinjiro Hiyama and Tsuyoshi Nishioka; ground out to first to Yamato; and strikeout looking to Takashi Toritani.  He threw twenty-pitches -- he threw one change-up, the rest were fastballs and curves.  Source: Sports Hochi 6/20/2013, Nikkan Sports 6/20/2013 ... Nishioka went 0-for-2: ground out to short against Standridge, strikeout swinging against Boyer.  Source: Sanspo 6/20/2013 ... Matt Murton went 2-for-2: hit a single between third and short against Standridge, hit a double in the gap between right and center against Standridge.  Source: Sanspo 6/20/2013 ... R. Arai went 1-for-2: double off the fence in right, fly out to second.  Source: Sanspo 6/20/2013 ... H. Ito went 2-for-2 with two walks: walk against Standridge, hit to left against Standridge, walk against Hirokazu Shiranita, single to center against Ryoma Matsuda.  Source: Sanspo 6/20/2013

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Former Hanshin Tiger Norihiro Akahoshi was presented with a Best Swimmer Award by the Japan Swimming Club Association.

Source: Daily Sports 6/20/2013

Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: March 27, 2013

by on Mar.27, 2013 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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Hayata Ito worked out with the full-squad for about three hours at Kyocera Dome on Tuesday.  He then went to the Naruohama training facilities and did some weight training for about an hour.

Source: Sanspo 3/27/2013

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1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami will go into his next start after throwing two bullpen sessions instead of three.

Source: Sponichi 3/27/2013

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For the time being, the Tigers plan to only use Takahiro Arai at first base because his right shoulder is not quite 100% yet.

Source: Sanspo 3/27/2013

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Atsushi Nomi started a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on Tuesday and gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits over seven innings of work.  He threw ninety-three pitches and topped out at 143km/h.   Of the six strikeouts he recorded, four came on the fork.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/27/2013

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The Tigers are planning to drink some Yakult before they play their opening day game against the Yakult Swallows on the 29th.  About 100 bottles will be prepared for the team.

Source: Daily Sports 3/27/2013

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Team owner Shinya Sakai plans to catch the opening series on TV (vs Yakult at Jingu, 29th-31st).

Source: Sanspo 3/27/2013

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Yomiuri TV and Hanshin announced that they will donate ten million yen to earthquake relief/reconstruction efforts in northern Japan.  A portion of the revenue from a Yomiuri-Hanshin old timers game in November 2012 and proceeds from a uniform charity auction were pooled together.  The money will be sent to the Japan Red Cross Society this month.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/27/2013

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The season's earliest magic number (144) went up at the Amagasaki Chuo San-chome Shopping District in Hyogo today.  About 150 fans showed up for the unveiling ceremony.  This marks the eleventh year of the magic number display.

Source: Sanspo 3/27/2013

Hanshin Tigers: No timetable on when Hiroki Uemoto will be able to return

by on Feb.27, 2013 @ 9:56 pm, under NPB
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The Tigers told reporters today that Hiroki Uemoto needed four stitches to close cuts above and below his right eye (two each).  Hayata Ito was diagnosed with a contusion in his jaw joint.  There is no timetable for either player.

Source: Sponichi 2/27/2013

UPDATE @ 11:15pm - Uemoto also hurt his left ankle.  He may require additional testing.  He spent the day resting at home today.

Ito did some light training a Koshien.

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Hanshin Tigers: Uemoto, Ito collide while tracking ball in 6th

Hanshin Tigers: Uemoto, Ito collide while tracking ball in 6th

by on Feb.26, 2013 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB
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Hiroki Uemoto and Hayata Ito collided into each other while tracking down a ball hit by Hayato Sakamoto in the 6th inning of tonight's practice against Samurai Japan.  Ito caught the ball despite the collision and lunged forward.  He was able to get back, but Uemoto dropped to the ground and remained there until he was taken off the field on a stretcher.  Both players were examined at a hospital.

Uemoto suffered a cut on his right cheek.  No other information is known at this time.  Ito felt discomfort in his neck.

Source: Daily Sports 2/26/2013, Sports Hochi 2/26/2013

Hanshin Tigers willing to go the extra mile on perks for Kosuke Fukudome

by on Nov.25, 2012 @ 11:48 pm, under NPB
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The Tigers heard that Kosuke Fukudome's family wants to live in the Tokyo area.  If Fukudome signs and his family decides to live in Tokyo, the organization will do there best to provide the veteran with whatever support he needs, including a hotel he can stay at during home games during the season (for road games in Kanto, he will be allowed to stay with his family) and a personal concierge.  Source: Sanspo 11/25/2012

Hanshin could meet with Fukudome as early as the 28th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/25/2012

Said GM Katsuhiro Nakamura about negotiations, "We can not afford to bargain with [Fukudome], but we have to stay within our budget.  If it does not work out, then we have no choice but to give up."  Source: Sports Hochi 11/25/2012

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GM Nakamura also told reporters on Saturday that he is not looking into outfielders on the foreign market at this time because they have Hayata Ito.  And if the team fails to land Fukudome, Ito could get a shot at the everyday job in right.

The Tigers may also hold off on signing other additional foreign players for the time being because they already have four on the roster: Matt MurtonRandy MessengerJason Standridge, and Brooks Conrad.

Source: Sanspo 11/25/2012Nikkan Sports 11/25/2012Daily Sports 11/25/2012

Hanshin Tigers: Takahiro Arai to be taken off active roster today

by on Sep.24, 2012 @ 1:14 pm, under NPB
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Takahiro Arai missed the last two games with pain in his right shoulder and will be taken off the active roster today.  The Tigers only have nine more games left to play and may have Arai focus on being 100% for the 2013 season.

Kenichi Tagami will also be taken off the active roster today.  The two open spots will likely be filled by Hayata Ito and Masashi Nohara.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/24/2012Sanspo 9/24/2012, Sanspo 9/24/2012

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UPDATE @ 5:06pm - Arai was taken off the active roster today because of his right shoulder and to make room on the active roster for other younger players.  Source: Sponichi 9/24/2012

He could be added back to the active roster in time for Kanemoto's retirement game.  Source: Daily Sports 9/24/2012

Hanshin Tigers: Shinjiro Hiyama could attend Ichi-gun spring camp in Okinawa

by on Jan.09, 2012 @ 2:21 pm, under NPB
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Takashi Toritani worked out with Chiba Lotte Marine Tadahito Iguchi at the Okinawa National College of Technology baseball field today.  Workouts included playing catch, fielding practice, BP, and running.  The two have been working out together since 1/6.

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Shinjiro Hiyama is unofficially scheduled to attend Ichi-gun spring camp in Okinawa -- the warmer weather will be better for him as he works his way back from a fractured collarbone.

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Yutaka Wada gave the 2011 draft class the following advice on Sunday: set goals, do not let the pressure get to you and force you to work too hard (do not get hurt), mind you manners, be vocal, and let your personalities show.

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Wada told 1st round draft pick Hayata Ito that he might want to get used to taking notes, similar to the way Matt Murton does.  That should not be a problem for Ito, since he did that while playing college ball.

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2nd round draft pick Hiroaki Saiuchi sprained his right ankle while playing long toss in December.  While Saiuchi can now walk around without any problems and play catch (he has some trouble running dashes), the team is taking precautions and having him start things slow.  He will join the other members of the 2011 draft class as soon as the pain subsides.

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Wada, pitching coach Keiichi Yabu, Atsushi Nomi, Shinobu FukuharaRyo Watanabe, and Ryota Arai took part in the charity auction / autograph session at Asahi Auto Center in Amagasaki, Hyogo on Sunday.  About 1,500 fans attended the event.

Amongst the other items that were auctioned off: a Murton helmet went for 90,000 yen and a Matt Murton autographed spring camp uniform went for 150,000 yen.  A total 1,817,000 yen was raised, all of which will be donated to a foundation that help Amagasaki children that lost parents in traffic accidents.