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[10/24/2015] Yomiuri Giants: Ibata to retire and join Takahashi’s coaching staff

by on Oct.24, 2015 @ 9:07 am, under NPB
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According to a number of reports filed this morning, Hirokazu Ibata is planning to retire and support former teammate and now Yomiuri manager Yoshinobu Takahashi by joining his coaching staff as an infield/base coach.

Source: Daily Sports 10/24/2015, Chunichi Sports 10/24/2015

[UPDATE @ 5:48pm]

Ibata held a press conference at the team offices today and announced that he was retiring from baseball.

The veteran infielder has known Takahashi since college. They spent a lot of time together when he joined the Giants in 2014. He decided to retire because he never thought he would have a longer career than Takahashi.

Source: official announcementSponichi 10/24/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/24/2015

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Yomiuri Giants 2015 at home Hero Award for June: Hirokazu Ibata

by on Jul.16, 2015 @ 8:31 am, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants at home Hero Award for June went to Hirokazu Ibata (determined by fan balloting).

June 3, vs Orix: with runners on first and third and one out in the 9th inning, Ibata entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Scott Mathieson. Leslie Anderson stole second to put runners on second and third. Ibata stayed alive by fouling off a 1-2 pitch before poking a walk-off hit past a diving second baseman on the fifth pitch of the at bat. [official announcement - box score]

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[4/2/2014] Injury Update: Hirokazu Ibata, Yoshiyuki Kamei (YOM), Tsuyoshi Nishioka (HAN)

by on Apr.02, 2014 @ 11:31 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Ibata suffered a bruised chest when he was thrown out at home plate in the 1st inning (he crashed into catcher Toshiki Kurobane at home plate).  He remained in the game but was replaced on defense in the bottom of the 3rd.  He was taken to the hospital as a precaution.  Source: Daily Sports 4/2/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/2/2014 ... UPDATE @ 11:59pm - No problems were found with his bones.  He told reporters he was fine after returning to the stadium.  Source: Sponichi 4/2/2014
  • Yoshiyuki Kamei (right index finger) practiced at Giants Stadium on Wednesday.  His workouts have been limited since his surgery on March 5.  He added outdoor sessions on Tuesday.  His hand is still wrapped, but he has started rehabbing the fingers on his right hand and has started swinging the bat with his left hand.  There is still no timetable on when he will be able to play in a game.  Source: Sanspo 4/2/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka (broken nose, minor left shoulder dislocation, bruised chest, fractures in both first ribs) was taken off the active roster on Tuesday.  He might not be ready to return until some around the start of Inter-league play on May 20.  Source: Sponichi 4/2/2014
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[11/26/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Hirokazu Ibata agree to terms for 2014 season

by on Nov.26, 2013 @ 2:58 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they came to terms with thirty-eight-year-old infielder Hirokazu Ibata.  A press conference will be held at a later date.  No other information is currently known.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2013

UPDATE 11/26 @ 10:00am -

Ibata may have agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated forty-five million yen.  The Giants could use him at second, as back-up to Hayato Sakamoto at short, or as a right-handed bat off the bench.

Source: Daily Sports 11/27/2013

UPDATE 12/3 @ 7:09pm -

The Giants held a press conference to introduce Ibata at their offices in Tokyo earlier today.  He was assigned the number two.

Source: Daily Sports 12/3/2013

UPDATE 12/4 @ 10:09pm -

Ibata's salary next year will be an estimated forty-five million yen.

Source: Sponichi 12/3/2013

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[11/24/2013] Yasuyuki Kataoka, Kan Otake, Hirokazu Ibata

by on Nov.25, 2013 @ 2:55 am, under NPB
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The media learned on Saturday that Yasuyuki Kataoka could make a decision about where he wants to play next year some time within the next few days.  Asides from his current team, the Seibu Lions, Kataoka has received offers from Rakuten (three years, maximum 500 million yen) and Orix (three years, total 500 million yen).  The Yomiuri Giants are also rumored to be interested and could still reach out to the thirty-year-old free agent.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2013

The Giants may still be interested in Kataoka and could sit down with him this week.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2013

Yomiuri could offer Kataoka a three-year deal worth a total 500 million yen plus the number eight.  The free agent has already apparently decided that he wants to play for the Giants and could agree to sign on the same day he meets them.

Source: Sponichi 11/24/2013

Orix manager Hiroshi Moriwaki is willing to help the front office recruit Kataoka.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2013

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Kan Otake has reportedly decided to leave the Hiroshima Carp and will most likely sign with the Yomiuri Giants.

Sponichi has heard that Otake was at Mazda Stadium on Saturday to say his goodbyes to staff and players.  The free agent denied that he informed the team of his decision to leave.

A formal announcement could be made as early as the 25th.

Source: Sponichi 11/24/2013

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The Yomiuri Giants are reportedly prepared to give Hirokazu Ibata the number two.  Their offer may have been worth forty-five million yen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2013

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[11/23/2013] Hirokazu Ibata, Yasutomo Kubo

by on Nov.24, 2013 @ 2:55 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

The Giants may have wanted Hirokazu Ibata for three reasons: 1) he can play both second and short, 2) he will not cost a lot, and 3) he might be able to help Hayato Sakamoto.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/23/2013

According to Nikkan Sports, the Giants may have offered Ibata a salary of forty-five million yen plus incentives.  He has also reportedly passed his physical.

The move to Tokyo should also be beneficial for Ibata.  His wife is expecting their second child and is planning to deliver in Tokyo.  They have also been looking into private elementary schools in Tokyo for their son.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

GM Shigeru Takada may not be particularly happy with how much information Kiyoshi Nakahata gave out to the media after speaking to Yasutomo Kubo over the phone the other day.  Takada has been trying to keep details about negotiations with players quiet.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/23/2013

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[11/11/2013] Rumors: Rakuten Eagles interested in Ibata, Kataoka

by on Nov.12, 2013 @ 2:12 am, under NPB
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The Eagles have Kazuo Matsui and Kazuya Fujita at short and second, respectively, but neither are expected to play out full seasons based on either age and/or durability issues.  As such, they looking for someone that can handle both middle infield positions and potentially provide Senichi Hoshino with alternate options when Matsui or Fujita need a break (or go down with injuries).  Chunichi's Hirokazu Ibata (38) could be an option.

Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2013

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Sponichi notes that the Eagles might also look into Yasuyuki Kataoka and Hideaki Wakui.

Source: Sponichi 11/11/2013

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[11/8/2013] Rumors: Chunichi Dragons, Hanshin Tigers

by on Nov.09, 2013 @ 3:01 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Hirokazu Ibata on his plans for next year -

I am really having a hard time deciding what I want to do.  I still do not feel that urge to play.  It is still fifty-fifty.  I need to discuss this with my family more.  I will take my time with this decision.

Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Team owner Shinya Sakai is ready to provide the team with whatever support necessary.

Source: Sanspo 11/8/2013

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Tomoyuki Kubota, is not planning to exercise his FA option.

Shinobu Fukuhara and Yuya Ando are expected to hold onto their options.  Yasutomo Kubo is still thinking things through.

Source: Sanspo 11/8/2013

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The Tigers are planning to send an official to Korea in preparation for negotiations with Seung Hwan Oh.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/8/2013

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[11/5/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.06, 2013 @ 1:55 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Sponichi believes the Giants may go after veteran Hirokazu Ibata (38) to fill their hole at second base next year.

Source: Sponichi 11/5/2013

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John Bowker was sent off at the airport by his girlfriend on Monday (she is reportedly a Japanese-American model).  Before leaving, Bowker said to reporters, "Being able to play for Yomiuri next year would be the best for me."

Source: Sponichi 11/5/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Yoshiyuki Ishihara met with team officials at Mazda Stadium on Tuesday and once again held off on making a final decision.  This was his second meeting with the team.  Ishihara told reporters it was not a money issue and that he just needed more time to think.

Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2013

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Kan Otake's meeting with the front office on Monday was likely his last (the two sides met three times).  It will now be up to Otake to decide what he wants to do with his option.

Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers are interested in Chunichi's Kenichi Nakata and Nippon Ham's Shinya Tsuruoka.  They are particularly interested in Nakata because they are looking for arms for the starting rotation and because he is a level C free agent (no compensation).

Source: Sanspo 11/5/2013

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According to Daily Sports, discussions between the Tigers and the Washington Nationals for Mauro Gomez are going well.  Assuming no bumps in negotiations, an announcement could be made some time later this month.

Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2013

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The Tigers are interested in Munenori Kawasaki, regardless of whether or not Takashi Toritani stays with the team.  The organization likes Kawasaki because he can play multiple infield positions and is a solid runner on the base paths.

Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2013

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Toritani does have an interest in playing in the Majors, but is expected to re-sign with the Tigers.

Source: Sanspo 11/5/2013

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Yuya Ando has spoken to the front office once.  He is scheduled to meet with them again some time this week.  He told reporters that all he did was listen during his first meeting with the team and that he planned to discuss things during his second meeting.

Source: Sponichi 11/5/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars are interested in Hanshin's Yasutomo Kubo and could approach him if he decides to exercise his FA option.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/5/2013

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[11/4/2013] Chunichi Dragons to part ways with Hirokazu Ibata

by on Nov.04, 2013 @ 6:05 pm, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons announced today that they are parting ways with veteran Hirokazu Ibata.

The following statement from Ibata was posted to the official team site:

I have not thought about what comes next. Regardless of what I do, I need to get treatment for the hand and leg I had surgery on. I will not think about anything else other than rehab. I am full of appreciation for all that fans that supported me. Thank you very much.

Chunichi tried to work out a deal with Ibata and sat down with him a number of times, but could not come to an agreement on terms for the 2014 season.

"We spoke a number of times, but his mind was firmly set, and unfortunately we could not get a deal signed.  I personally feel that this decision had nothing to do with the money.  We obviously felt he could help us out next year," Chunichi team rep Kazuo Nishiyama said.

Reports over the last couple of days have mentioned that the Dragons wanted to cut his salary by more than forty percent.

Source: official announcement, Sanspo 11/4/2013

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