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[9/29/2015] Nippon Ham Fighters: Hiroshi Kisanuki decides to retire

by on Sep.29, 2015 @ 4:27 pm, under NPB
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The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that Hiroshi Kisanuki will be retiring after the season. The provided the following statement from Kisanuki:

I was only with the Fighters for three short years, but I have received warm cheers and I am grateful to the fans. The thing I remember the most is getting hit hard during my first professional outing with Yomiuri and then coming to the Fighters and getting my first hero interview. I don't think I'll ever forget what I saw when stepped up for my first hero interview. Thank you for thirteen years.

A retirement ceremony will be held after the Lotte game at Sapporo Dome on September 30.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 9/29/2015

[UPDATE 9/30 @ 7:26pm]

The Fighters held a press conference for Kisanuki at the team office in Sapporo on September 30.

Kisanuki was added to the active roster today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2015, Daily Sports 9/30/2015, Sponichi 9/30/2015

[UPDATE 9/30 @ 11:59pm]

Kisanuki made it into the game against Lotte on September 30. He entered the game in the 5th and tossed a perfect inning in relief. He struck out Alfredo Despaigne and Tadahito Iguchi to start the inning and got Luis Cruz to ground out to second to end the inning. His two daughters, Yuji Iiyama, and Kenji Yano presented him with flowers. He was tossed into the air three times.

Source: Sponichi 9/30/2015

[UPDATE 10/1 @ 4:26am]

Kisanuki could get a job in the Yomiuri organization.

Source: Sanspo 9/30/2015

[UPDATE 10/1 @ 5:34pm]

Kisanuki was taken off the active roster on October 1.

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[2/6/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Feb.07, 2014 @ 12:33 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Shohei Otani Bullpen 2/6 83 Tossed session in between Yuki Saito (to the right) and Mitsuo Yoshikawa (to the left); was supposed to stop after eighty, but lost track of the count.  Daily Sports 2/6/2014, Sports Hochi 2/6/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/6/2014
Luis Mendoza Bullpen 2/6 33 Including change-ups; first session since the start of camp; seventy percent strength.  Daily Sports 2/6/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Shohei Otani was slated to toss batting practice on Thursday but ended up throwing pitches in the bullpen because weather conditions were not good.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/6/2014
  • Hideki Kuriyama told reporters on Wednesday he might demote players based on their performances during Thursday's intra-squad game.  Source: Nikkan Sorts 2/6/2014

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Starting rotation will likely include Mitsuo Yoshikawa, Masaru Takeda, Kisanuki, and Mendoza.  The final two spots will be up for grabs.  Y. Saito, Otani, Yuya Ishii, and Keisuke Tanimoto are among the possibilities.

Source: Daily Sports 2/6/2014

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Hiroshi Kisanuki is hoping to bike the distance between the Ni-gun team hotel and Hedo Misaki (Cape Hedo) during his next day off on the 10th.  The distance to Hedo Misaki is about twenty kilometers one-way.  He rented a mountain bike on Wednesday (2,000 yen for three hours) and rode out about twelve kilometers for a test run.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2014

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Nippon Ham and Orix in two for three swap: Itoi, Yagi for Kisanuki, Obiki, and Akada

by on Jan.23, 2013 @ 3:54 pm, under NPB
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The Nippon Ham Fighters and Orix Buffaloes have pulled off a two for three swap.

Heading to the Buffaloes: Yoshio Itoi (31), Tomoya Yagi (29)

Heading to the Fighters: Hiroshi Kisanuki (32), Keiji Obiki (28), Shogo Akada (32)

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2013, Daily Sports 1/23/2013, Sports Hochi 1/23/2013, Sponichi 1/23/2013, official announcement (Orix), official announcement (Nippon Ham)

Orix Buffaloes: Hiroshi Kisanuki out with hamstring strain

by on Jun.08, 2012 @ 11:41 pm, under NPB
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Hiroshi Kisanuki was taken off the active roster on Thursday after he hurt his left hamstring while covering first base during a game against the Yakult Swallows on Wednesday.  Kisanuki was checked out at a hospital on Thursday and diagnosed with a left hamstring strain that will require about four weeks for a full recovery.

Kisanuki will get about two weeks of rest before beginning a rehab program at the Ni-gun facilities.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/8/2012

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Orix Buffaloes: February 7, 2012

by on Feb.07, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions

Monday

  • Dae-Ho Lee took fifty-nine swings during regular BP and hit four over the fence.  This was in addition to the 102 swings he took during lunchtime BP. (Sports Hochi Osaka) Going back to the lunchtime BP, close to 70% of the baseballs he hits were hit between center and right. (Sankei)  And over half went for could-be hits. (Tokyo Shimbun)

Tuesday

  • Hiroshi Kisanuki threw 104 pitches. (Nikkan Sports)
  • Hayato Terahara threw sixty-two pitches, mostly fastballs. (Nikkan Sports)
  • Chihiro Kaneko threw twenty-one pitches before having to stop because of stiffness in his right elbow.

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Hiroshi Kisanuki faced Takahiro Okada and 7th round draft pick Shuhei Kojima during batting practice today and threw fifty-two pitches.  Kisanuki hit the bullpen after tossing batting practice.

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Chihiro Kaneko had to cut his bullpen session short today because of stiffness in his right elbowAkinobu Okada later told reporters that he did not think it was serious and that Kaneko would likely be back up and throwing in no time.

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Hayato Terahara threw a bullpen session today after canceling one on Monday.

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Ming-Chieh Hsu started throwing again on Monday.  Hsu was working out under a separate program after he started experiencing tightness in his lower back on January 3.

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Orix Buffaloes Spring Camp News and Notes: February 3, 2011

by on Feb.03, 2011 @ 11:41 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Chan Ho Park threw 44 pitches in the bullpen (including curves and change-ups beginning with the 31st pitch) today -- it was his second bullpen session in as many days.

More on Park's session from Wednesday: he threw a total 25 pitches -- 24 fastballs and the last pitch was a change.  He later told reporters that he only managed 12 strikes out of the 25 pitches he threw.  And that within the 12 strikes he threw, he was only satisfied with about 5 of his pitches.  He gave the session a 50-60% rating.

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Evan MacLane and Alfredo Figaro also tossed bullpen sessions today (they pitched in the same group as Park).  MacLane showed good control during his session while Figaro showed power in his.

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Hiroshi Kisanuki threw 101 pitches in the bullpen today.  He threw at about 70% and also mixed in some off-speed pitches.  Kisanuki later told reporters he was thinking more about the number of pitches than about the actual quality of the pitches during his session today.

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Takahiro Okada took 75 swings of the bat on Wednesday and hit 5 over the fence.  And for the second straight day, he batted in the same group as Seung-Yeop Lee.

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Orix Buffaloes News and Notes: December 15, 2010

by on Dec.15, 2010 @ 7:48 am, under NPB
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Kazuki Kondo is getting a new number next season.  He'll be going from the number 65 to the number 11.  The previous owner of the number, Masanobu Okubo, announced his retirement back in October.

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The Buffaloes announced on Monday that Takahiro Okada will be participating in Imamiya Ebisu Shrine's Hoekago Gyoretsu (宝恵駕籠行列) on 1/9/2011.  Each year the team sends one person (manger or a player) to participate in the ceremony and it seems Okada was selected to represent the club in 2011.

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Train buff Hiroshi Kisanuki got an offer to be a station master for a day at Sendai Station in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima.  Unfortunately the offer was for 3/12/2011 (to commemorate the connection of the Kyushu Shinkansen line and the Sanyo Shinkansen line at Hakata Station), smack dab in the middle of the exhibition game season.  That means Kisanuki will need to get permission from the club before he can accept the offer.

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Giants and Buffaloes work out a trade: Yasunari Takagi for Hiroshi Kisanuki

by on Dec.04, 2009 @ 10:08 am, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants and Orix Buffaloes are apparently working on a trade that would send Hiroshi Kisanuki to the Buffaloes for Yasunari Takagi.

The Giants are in the process of trying to bolster their pitching staff and feel that another left-handed pitcher will bring them one step closer to fulfilling that goal, while the Buffaloes are looking for more depth in the rotation and in the relief core from the right-side.

If talks continue along smoothly, an official announcement could be made some time today.

Hiroshi Kisanuki

Year Team G W L SV CG BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
2003 Yomiuri 25 10 7 0 7 736 175.0 168 18 44 7 180 6 1 74 65 3.34 1.21
2004 Yomiuri 31 7 8 5 2 643 139.2 168 20 50 11 154 1 0 92 78 5.03 1.56
2005 Yomiuri 14 0 1 5 0 56 13.2 13 1 3 0 17 0 0 6 6 3.95 1.17
2006 Yomiuri 3 0 3 0 0 54 10.1 24 3 2 0 7 0 0 11 11 9.58 2.52
2007 Yomiuri 26 12 9 0 0 613 148.2 144 17 35 0 131 1 0 60 51 3.09 1.20
2008 Yomiuri 14 6 5 0 1 318 74.0 87 15 19 1 53 3 0 36 34 4.14 1.43
2009 Yomiuri 1 0 0 0 0 12 2.2 4 2 0 0 2 0 0 3 3 10.13 1.50
Totals 114 35 33 10 10 2432 564.0 608 76 153 19 544 11 1 282 248 3.96 1.35

Yasunari Takagi

Year Team G W L SV CG BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
2001 Kintetsu 5 1 0 0 0 35 6.1 12 1 4 0 6 1 0 10 10 14.21 2.53
2002 Kintetsu 27 3 3 0 0 257 63.1 49 3 17 4 61 4 0 19 18 2.56 1.04
2004 Kintetsu 19 2 7 0 0 283 64.2 54 7 38 3 42 2 0 35 35 4.87 1.42
2005 Orix 8 1 3 0 0 80 17.1 20 5 11 1 11 2 0 12 12 6.23 1.79
2006 Orix 21 0 1 0 0 88 19.2 23 2 8 0 19 0 0 7 7 3.20 1.58
2007 Orix 54 4 3 0 0 226 55.0 48 3 18 1 47 2 0 18 16 2.62 1.20
2008 Orix 10 1 2 0 0 70 15.1 21 3 3 1 8 0 0 16 15 8.80 1.57
2009 Orix 6 1 2 0 0 89 20.0 18 1 14 0 4 0 0 12 11 4.95 1.60
Totals 150 13 21 0 0 1128 261.2 245 25 113 10 198 11 0 129 124 4.26 1.37

=== UPDATE 2:53pm JST

Doesn't really have anything to do with the trade specifically, but it appears as though Yasunari Takagi has plans to get married to a Hiromi Kanesawa (sp? - 金沢宏美).  The wedding ceremony is to take place in a hotel in Osaka on the 12th.

The two have been dating since they met in December 2006 through a common friend.

I guess the question is, is this a good surprise, or a bad surprise for Takagi and his soon to be wife?

=== UPDATE 11:03pm JST

The deal was officially announced earlier today.

Takagi's new uniform number will be 13.  No word on what Kisanuku's new number will be as of yet.

=== UPDATE 12/7/2009 9:31am JST

The Buffaloes assigned Kisanuki the number 12.

=== UPDATE 8:46pm JST

The Giants held a press conference to introduce Takagi on Monday.  The Giants also signed Takagi to a contract worth 24M yen.

=== UPDATE 12/9/2009 1:32am JST

The Buffaloes held their press conference for Kisanuki on Tuesday.