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[6/10/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Nippon Ham Fighters agree to trade

by on Jun.10, 2015 @ 3:40 pm, under NPB
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The media learned on June 9 that the Yomiuri Giants and Nippon Ham Fighters were working on a trade involving four players. According to people with knowledge of the negotiations, the Giants' are planning to send thirty-four-year-old outfielder Kenji Yano and twenty-nine-year-old pitcher Hideki Sunaga to the Fighters for thirty-one-year-old pitcher Toshiyuki Yanuki and twenty-six-year-old outfielder Atsushi Kita. The trade should fill needs for both teams -- Nippon Ham was looking for a right-handed bat and Yomiuri wanted to bolster their bullpen. The two sides could make an official announcement later today.

Source: Sponichi 6/10/2015, Sponichi 6/10/2015, Sponichi 6/10/2015, Sponichi 6/10/2015, Nikkan Sports 6/10/2015, Daily Sports 6/10/2015, Chunichi Sports 6/10/2015

[UPDATE @ 7:14pm]

The Fighters and Giants announced that they finalized a trade. Yomiuri will send Yano and Sunaga head to Nippon Ham for Yanuki and Kita. Both teams also announced uniform numbers for the players.

  • Yanuki - 48
  • Kita - 66
  • Sunaga - 33
  • Yano 37

Source: Nippon Ham announcement, Yomiuri announcement

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Yomiuri Giants: Shigeyuki Furuki has a fracture in his left shoulder blade; Hideki Sunaga has left elbow surgery

by on Mar.13, 2012 @ 10:25 pm, under NPB
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The media learned today that Shigeyuki Furuki has a fracture in his left shoulder blade.  A timetable for his recovery is unknown and it seems likely he will miss the start of the regular season.

Furuki likely suffered the fracture when he his left shoulder hit the ground while playing defense in the 8th inning against the Softbank Hawks on March 10.  He was originally diagnosed with a contusion.

The Yomiuri Giants also announced today that Hideki Sunaga had surgery on his left elbow (UCL - 左肘内側側副靱帯再建手) on Monday.

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Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: January 15, 2011

by on Jan.15, 2011 @ 9:32 pm, under NPB
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Hidetoshi Kiyotake returned to Japan on Friday after spending 5 days in the US.  Kiyotake (and 6 other members of the front office) spent some time in Florida with New York Yankees baseball executive, Damon Oppenheimer to discuss things like how to discover new talent.  The Yankees also told the Giants that each year, they start with a few thousand possible draft candidates and ultimately squeeze that down to about 150.

The Yomuri Giants apparently came away from the trip feeling that there were a number of changes they could make to help them with their program.

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Tetsuya Utsumi has been donating randoserus (children's backpack) to various childcare facilities since 2008 (one for every strikeout he records).  He told reporters on Friday that he'd like to try and donate 200 this season.  And he'll be turning to the fork he's trying to pick up to help him accomplish that feat.

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Hideki Sunaga tossed about 60 pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen today.  Sunaga has actually taken things a little slowly this winter -- when he was with the Nippon Ham Fighters, he used to toss bullpen session in December, but this winter, he spent most of his time in December running and didn't toss his first bullpen until 1/13.

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Yuki Furukawa worked out at Giants Stadium today (playing catch, throwing in the bullpen to a standing catcher, running).  Furukawa dropped his arm angle down last year, ended up hurting his shoulder, and failed to log any inning at the Ichi-gun level.  Furukawa told reporters today that he no longer cared about throwing from the side and just wanted to get back to the level he was at in 2009.

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Tetsuya Matsumoto is trying to improve his hitting (and strengthen his arms) by swinging the bat with one hand during soft toss BP.  On Friday, Matsumoto swung a 1.2kg training bat a total 240 times (120 with each hand).  After that, he swung the bat an additional 120 times (with both hands).

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Shinnosuke Abe has been working closely with the younger players in Guam: he gave hitting advice to Ikusei catcher Genki Kawano and hit a bunch of grounder to Daisuke Fujimura.

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Taishi Ota worked out for about 5 hours at Giants Stadium on Friday.

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Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: new Winning Giabbit logo

by on Jan.11, 2011 @ 10:50 pm, under NPB
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Yoshinobu Takahashi took BP for the second straight day (33 swings, 2 over the fence) today.  He training also included running, playing catch, and taking fielding practice.  His practice session today lasted about 4 hours.

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After doing some running at Giants Stadium earlier today, Hideki Sunaga moved indoors and threw 31 pitches to a squatting catcher (11 of which were sliders).  This was the first day time this year that Sunaga threw off-speed pitches during his bullpen session.

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Shota Kimura worked out at Giants Stadium today (running, playing catch).  Kimura experienced right elbow problems last year but told reporters that his elbow felt fine after playing some catch indoors today.  He added that he would be happy if he could get some time in the bullpen at some point before the end of the month.

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Team president Tsunekazu Momoi told reporters that the team was thinking of setting up a team shop at Tokyo Sky Tree when it opens next year.  There will apparently be about 300 spaces available for shops inside the tower.

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The Giants revealed their new Winning Giabbit logo today (the last time it was redone was back in 2006).  The new logo will not only be shown on the big screen at Tokyo Dome, but will also appear on Giants' merchandise.  It should be noted that the original Giabbit logo and Giabbit mascot are not being phased out (the design itself will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year).

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Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: January 5, 2011 (part 2)

by on Jan.05, 2011 @ 9:34 pm, under NPB
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Yoshiyuki Kamei worked out at Giants Stadium today and worked on his fielding (at third) and hitting.

Said Kamei, "I just want to do what I can to learn how to play third.  I've also completely removed the OF from my mind. ... For me, instead of making adjustments, I need to show everyone I can play.  There are plenty of things I need to work on."

Hidetoshi Tsuburaya, Hideki Asai, and Hayato Sakamoto also took fielding practice with Kamei.

Tsuburaya later told reporters that he was impressed with how well Kamei moved around and that there was plenty he could learn from him.

Asai also spent about 20 minutes hitting grounders to Kamei.

Sakamoto is planning on working on his lower body (to improve his hitting power) during his training in Guam.

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Hideki Sunaga arrived at Giants Stadium around 9am today and did some running and played some catch.  Sunaga is apparently looking forward to the new start he was given when he was traded to the Giants for Wirfin Obpiso.

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Shun Tono is hoping to lose about 4-5kg (drop from 89kg to around 85kg) during his training in Guam.  The Guam group took off from Narita today.

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Hisayoshi Chono started his year last year at 11:11:11am.  This year, he started things off at 11:00am.  Seems this year his start time was just a coincidence.  Chono spent about 30 minutes running outside before taking BP indoors.

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Giants send Obispo packing to Hokkaido, get Sunaga and Konta

by on Nov.05, 2010 @ 5:14 pm, under NPB
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11/9/2010 10:48pm JST

The Giants held a press conference for Sunaga and Konta on Monday and assigned them the numbers 37 and 44, respectively.  As of yesterday, they were scheduled to join the rest of the Giants at Fall camp today.

The Fighters held their press conference for Obispo today.  No decision yet on what number he will be wearing.

11/6/2010 2:33pm JST

This is just the 6th time a foreign player was traded in the NPB and the first in 8 years.

The Giants are hoping Sunaga can compete for a job in the starting rotation.  As for Konta, it seems they wanted him for his speed and glove.

11/5/2010 5:14pm JST

The Yomiuri Giants and the Nippon Ham Fighters have apparently agreed on a trade that will send Wirfin Obispo to the Nippon Ham Fighters for Hideki Sunaga and Toshimasa Konta.

Wirfin Obispo

YR TM G W L Sv CG ShO BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
2007 YOM 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 1.0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.00
2009 YOM 14 6 1 0 1 0 233 58.2 44 7 11 4 48 0 0 16 16 2.45 0.94
2010 YOM 14 2 3 0 0 0 223 48.1 60 9 18 7 22 2 0 33 28 5.21 1.61
Totals 30 8 4 0 1 0 461 108.0 105 16 30 11 71 2 0 49 44 3.67 1.25

Hideki Sunaga

YR TM G W L Sv CG ShO BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
2004 HAM 5 0 2 0 0 0 68 12.2 21 3 10 0 8 1 0 13 13 9.24 2.45
2005 HAM 1 0 0 0 0 0 30 9.0 4 0 2 0 6 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.67
2006 HAM 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 6.0 4 1 2 0 3 0 0 1 1 1.50 1.00
2007 HAM 3 0 0 0 0 0 12 1.1 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 8 8 54.00 6.00
2009 HAM 9 0 1 0 0 0 83 18.0 20 6 8 3 7 0 0 17 17 8.50 1.56
2010 HAM 5 0 0 0 0 0 47 10.1 14 1 5 0 9 1 0 9 9 7.84 1.84
Totals 24 0 3 0 0 0 263 57.1 69 13 29 3 33 2 0 48 48 7.53 1.71

Toshimasa Konta

YR TM G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HBP SO GIDP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2003 HAM 2 5 5 1 2 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .400 .400 .800 1.200
2006 HAM 21 20 19 4 5 2 0 0 7 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 5 0 .263 .300 .368 .668
2007 HAM 94 59 57 14 14 2 1 0 18 5 7 1 1 0 1 0 17 0 .246 .259 .316 .574
2008 HAM 89 160 140 32 33 4 1 1 42 6 14 4 10 0 9 1 40 0 .236 .287 .300 .587
2009 HAM 56 75 65 11 15 2 1 0 19 4 2 1 5 1 4 0 22 0 .231 .271 .292 .568
2010 HAM 55 76 66 13 17 4 0 1 24 5 6 2 2 1 7 0 18 1 .258 .324 .364 .692
Totals 317 395 352 75 86 14 4 2 114 21 30 9 18 2 22 1 103 1 .244 .289 .324 .615
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Fighters decide to demote Hideki Sunaga

by on Sep.15, 2010 @ 3:44 pm, under NPB
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The Fighters appear to have decided to demote Hideki Sunaga (HAM) after he gave up 5 runs (all earned) on 7 hits over 4 innings of work last night.

Sunaga told reporters last night that he was trying to throw his fastball over for a strike but couldn't and that he really needed to work on getting ahead of the count because falling behind really made things difficult for him.

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