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Softbank Hawks: March 27, 2012

by on Mar.27, 2012 @ 11:45 pm, under NPB
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About twenty-four members of the organization, including Koji Akiyama and chairman Sadaharu Oh, visited the Hawks' Kannon at Yahoo Dome today and prayed for a successful season. [Ustream Video]


Seiichi Uchikawa, who was taking things slow after feeling discomfort in his left shoulder, started taking batting practice today.

Said Uchikawa to reporters, "It has improved in comparison to how things were before, but it still does not feel completely right. ... I do not plan on taking any breaks before the start of the regular season and I am preparing under the assumption that I will be playing."


Hiroki Yamada's first regular season start will likely be against the Rakuten Eagles on April 3 (Kleenex Stadium).


According to Nikkan Sports, pitching coach Ikuo Takayama said on Monday that he told six pitchers when they will be making their first starts.  Assuming Tadashi Settsu is ok to go on opening day, Nagisa Arakaki will most likely start the second game of the season (March 31, vs Orix, at Yahoo Dome).

For Arakaki, it will be his first Ichi-gun game since May 9, 2009 (vs Seibu at Yahoo Dome).


The Kyushu Sports Writers Association held a general meeting today in Fukuoka and awarded the Softbank Hawks (and the Higashi Fukuoka High School rugby team) with their top award for winning the Nippon Series last year.


The Hawks announced today that Ericsson will be a helmet sponsor this year.

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Softbank Hawks: March 21, 2012

by on Mar.21, 2012 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB
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Lotte manager Norifumi Nishimura found a "minor problem" with Hiroki Yamada pitching out of the set position during Tuesday's game and notified the home plate ump.  The ump in turn informed Yamada that it was difficult to tell when he was going into the set and that he might want to do something that would make it easier to see what was going on.  The ump also said he was not breaking any rules, that it was just a minor note, and that it came from Nishimura.  Yamada later told reporters he shrugged off what the home plate ump told him because it was not something coming from him, but from Nishimura.


The Hawks announced today that they will be holding an Oen Festival on March 24 and 25 in the open area out in front of Iwataya.

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Softbank Hawks: January 19, 2012

by on Jan.19, 2012 @ 11:45 pm, under NPB
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Yuya Hasegawa did some running in the morning with the 2011 draft class today.  In the afternoon, he did his own thing and spent some time taking BP (in the cages and soft-toss).


Hiroki Yamada has been taking in 6,000 kilocalories per dinner since his training camp in Miyazaki began on 1/6.  Over that span he has managed to add 3kg to his frame and now weighs 95kg.

One-day intake example: all you can eat buffet for breakfast; two lunch boxes, one with a variety of vegetables and the other with three rice balls for lunch; three grilled chicken pieces about the size of a hand, a bowlful of spinach, and a plateful of meat and potatoes for dinner.


Kenji Akashi, Keisuke Kaneko, Kenta Imamiya, Shuhei Fukuda, and 3rd round draft pick Masayoshi Tsukada could be amongst the players competing for the starting job at short (Munenori Kawasaki's old position).


The media learned on Wednesday that Yuichi Honda will be a spokesperson (Kansai Region) for Asahi Beer.  A commercial featuring Honda will be shot some time later this month. Ads will pop up pretty much everywhere, including TV, radio, the big screen at Yahoo Dome, various big screens throughout Kansai, posters, and fliers, beginning in March.

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Asia Series: Settsu and Yamada could be the only Nippon Series starters

by on Nov.22, 2011 @ 6:42 am, under NPB, Postseason
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According to Sponichi: Tsuyoshi Wada and Toshiya Sugiuchi probably won't be going to the Asia Series -- Wada wants rest and Sugiuchi is still recovering from some left shoulder pains.  D.J. Houlton is scheduled to return to the US today.  That leaves Tadashi Settsu and Hiroki Yamada as the only Nippon Series starters that will probably be available for the Asia Series.

Nobuhiko Matsunaka (right knee) and Hiroki Kokubo (back, neck) will be missing the Asia Series because of injuries.

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Softbank Hawks Spring Camp News and Notes: February 9, 2011

by on Feb.10, 2011 @ 1:08 am, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.


The Hawks have the day off today.


Ayatsugu Yamashita (1st round) worked on his hitting during his day off today.


Hiroki Yamada showed off the two-seamer he picked-up while playing in the Australian Winter League during BP yesterday and broke Nobuhiro Matsuda's bat with it.

Said Yamada, "It was a two-seamer I threw that broke the bat.  It's like a reverse cutter.  I first tried it using it in Australian and thought it was a viable pitch.  And so I tried it against batters for the first time today. ... The ball I used in Australia moved a lot more, but I think I might be able to use it here.  I'll continue working with it and try to get it ready for use in games. ... If I can use it to get batters to hit the ball on the ground, or maybe to induce double plays.  It'll also expand my repertoire."

Yamada is hoping to secure a spot in the starting rotation this year.


Tsuyoshi Wada threw 63 pitches in the bullpen yesterday under the watchful eye of Nikkan Sports baseball analyst Satoru Komiyama.

Said Wada, "Fatigue is starting to build up and there wasn't much life to my fastball.  I wanted to show Komiyama a better session.  But, I did have good control over my off-speed pitches.  I want to continue polishing my curve so that I can throw it even when I'm behind in the count."

And Komiyama's thoughts on Wada's session: "Wada can use his curve to help get ahead in the count.  It'll be interesting to see how much he can throw it during intra-squad and exhibition games.  I'd like to see him get a better feel for it by throwing it in those games.  Make it one of his out pitches.  He might not be much to look at in the bullpen, but he's the type of pitcher that will try anything to get a batter out.  I'm pretty sure he'll have a good year.  He should keep aiming higher and it's always good to have a wide variety of pitches."

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Senryokugai: Swallows announce 6 players

by on Oct.03, 2010 @ 11:22 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows announced earlier today that the following 6 players won't be given contracts for the 2011 season:

27-year-old Hidehiro Okamoto P

28-year-old Satoshi Nishizaki P

37-year-old Jun Hagiwara P

21-year-old Hiroki Yamada P

26-year-old Yusuke Kajimoto INF

28-year-old Koji Tsukamoto P (Ikusei)

Of these 6 players, Hagiwara, Yamada, and Kajimoto have expressed that they would like to continue playing baseball next season.

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