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[12/22/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Dec.23, 2014 @ 2:25 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hisayoshi Chono could start the year at Ni-gun spring camp next year, depending on his condition. He is currently rehabbing after right knee and right elbow surgery in early November. Source: Daily Sports 12/22/2014
  • Tomoya Inzen's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 2,868 grams, on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/22/2014
  • Former Giant Hideki Matsui will be appearing on a television program called Sawako-no Asa on the 27th. During the recording for the show on Sunday, he said he had no interest in commentary because for him, baseball was something to do, not talk about it. He also said that if he was going to return to the sport, it would be in a position on the field, like a coach or manager. However, he currently has no interest in returning to the game full-time. Source: Sponichi 12/22/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi is planning to sit down with Shintaro Fujinami to talk about his spring camp menu. "I was thinking about pushing things back with Fujinami and [Minoru] Iwata. They were on the Samurai Japan roster so they ended up pitching quite a bit. I'd like to discuss that with them before the start of spring camp," said Nakanishi. Fujinami has mentioned wanting to pitch more during spring camp. Nakanishi is concerned about the workload coming off a longer than usual season. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/22/2014
  • Ryota Arai had problems with his lower back this season. He has been working on keeping his weight down by cutting back on carbohydrates. He has so far lost about four kilograms and is at ninety-three. He has also been doing more core workouts and running. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/22/2014
  • Takashi Toritani may not have decided where he is going to play next season, but the Tigers have to begin making decisions about his merchandising opportunities if they want things to be ready by spring camp. They are planning to proceed under the assumption that he stays. Source: Sports Hochi 12/22/2014, Sanspo 12/22/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hirotaka Egusa's (34) wife, Yoshie Takeshita (36), is pregnant with the couple's first child. Source: Sponichi 12/22/2014

[12/18/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.19, 2014 @ 3:08 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • In the trial between Hidetoshi Kiyotake and the Yomiuri Giants, the Tokyo District Court ruled against Kiyotake and ordered him to pay Yomiuri 1.6 million yen in damages. Kiyotake filed the original lawsuit in December 2011 after his termination following an internal scuffle over personnel changes. He sued Yomiuri for sixty-two million yen for an unfair dismissal and defamation. Yomiuri countered with a 100 million yen defamation lawsuit of their own. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/18/2014, Daily Sports 12/18/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yoshikazu Kura could become the first player in franchise history to play in a game as catcher after turning forty. Hiroshima has had ten players in their forties but none have been catchers. Kura will turn forty on July 27, 2015. Source: Daily Sports 12/18/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryo Akiyoshi's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy, on the 16th. Source: Sponichi 12/18/2014

[12/16/2014] Rumors: Chihiro Kaneko, Matt Murton, Kenta Maeda

by on Dec.17, 2014 @ 1:27 am, under NPB
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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman is reporting that Kyuji Fujikawa's (34) one-year deal with the Texas Rangers is for one million US dollars plus bonuses. Source: Jon Heyman Tweet 12/15/2014 ... The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Stefan Stevens also tweeted that the one million is guaranteed and includes a club option. Source: Stefan Stevens Tweet 12/16/2014

The Chunichi Dragons spoke to the Baseball Federation of Cuba in early December and were recommended two pitchers. The Dragons declined but are still considering possibilities. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014

The media learned on Monday that the Hanshin Tigers may have reached out to Chihiro Kaneko's agent earlier this month and offered a multi-year deal that may have been for about three years. Source: Sports Hochi 12/16/2014, Sanspo 12/16/2014 ... According to Nikkan Sports, the Tigers could offer up to three years at about 1.5 million yen. Kaneko is planning to narrow down his option to two or three teams and could make a decision before the end of the year. Hanshin might also be okay with posting him after two years. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014

The Tigers announced that they reached an agreement with Matt Murton (33) for the 2015 season. The two sides agreed on a one-year deal worth an estimated 3.9 million US dollars. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014, Daily Sports 12/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014

Kenta Maeda (26) is planning to let the Hiroshima Carp know that he is still strongly interested in playing in the Majors when he meets team officials during preliminary salary negotiations. Source: Daily Sports 12/16/2014

Toru Hosokawa (34) finished off the final year of a four-year contract this season. He met the Softbank Hawks on Tuesday for contract negotiations and agreed to a new two-year deal. His salary next season will be an estimated 100 million yen (up thirty-six million yen). Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014

The Rakuten Eagles are planning to add Darrell Rasner (33) to their staff as a US-based scout. An announcement is expected in the next few days. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014

[12/16/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.16, 2014 @ 11:46 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Naomasa Yokawa used a Hirokazu Ibata model glove this season. Development coordinator Masayuki Kakefu advised him to use a larger glove if he was going to continue at third base. Yokawa decided to switch to a glove similar to the one Shuichi Murata uses. It is about five millimeters longer overall with a thumb section that is roughly five millimeters shorter. It also has a larger and deeper palm/pocket. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014
  • Travis Mikihisa Samura is thinking about going with Travis over Samura for his uniform. Source: Sanspo 12/16/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Yakult Swallows

  • Mitsuru Manaka told reporters he plans to assign all eight members of the 2014 draft class to Ni-gun spring camp next year. "I want to see how they're doing. If they're physically okay, we can call them up by around the 14th," said Manaka. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014
  • Tetsuto Yamada had a tonsillectomy on the 14th. He will be discharged from the hospital on the 19th and will not be able to eat solid foods for about two weeks. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014
  • Genki Nitta joined the staff as a batting practice pitcher. He threw over 1,600 pitches during fall camp. He also caught over 1,000 pitches in the bullpen. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014

[12/11/2014] Hiroshima Carp introduce 2014 Draft Class

by on Dec.11, 2014 @ 9:58 pm, under NPB
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Ord Name JPN Team DOB HT/WT POS T/B Level Uni Bonus Contract Date
1 Noma, Takayoshi 野間 峻祥 HIR 1993/01/28 180/80 OF R/L Chubu Gakuin University 37 100,000,000
50,000,000
15,000,000 11/19
2 Yabuta, Kazuki 薮田 和樹 HIR 1992/08/07 188/82 P R/R Asia University 23 70,000,000 10,000,000 11/25
3 Horie, Atsuya 塹江 敦哉 HIR 1997/02/21 177/76 P L/L Takamatsu Kita High School 36 40,000,000 5,000,000 11/15
4 Fujii, Koya 藤井 皓哉 HIR 1996/07/29 181/83 P R/L Okayama Sanyo High School 41 38,000,000 5,000,000 11/13
5 Kuwahara, Tatsuki 桑原 樹 HIR 1996/07/04 180/73 INF R/L Tokoha Kikugawa High School 45 35,000,000 5,000,000 11/07
6 Iida, Tetsuya 飯田 哲矢 HIR 1991/03/28 182/80 P L/L JR Higashi Nihon 39 40,000,000 8,000,000 11/20
7 Tada, Daisuke 多田 大輔 HIR 1996/05/25 189/92 C R/R Naruto Uzushio High School 64 25,000,000 4,500,000 11/14
I1 Matsuura, Kodai 松浦 耕大 HIR 1993/04/06 175/75 C R/R MSH Iryo Senmon Gakko 121 3,000,000 3,000,000 11/07
I2 Kimura, Satoshi 木村 聡司 HIR 1996/05/06 180/75 INF R/R Tokoha Tachibana High School 123 2,500,000 2,500,000 11/13

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Source: official announcement

[12/8/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.09, 2014 @ 1:27 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants held a press conference to introduce Ryoji Aikawa and Tatsuhiko Kinjo on Monday. Aikawa was assigned the number twenty-three, Kinjo the number thirty-three. Source: official announcement .. Aikawa selected the number twenty-three in honor of his late mother (her birthday was on July 23). Source: Daily Sports 12/8/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers' first practice game during spring camp is slated to take place on February 11 against Nippon Ham. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/8/2014
  • Hanshin has played 9,926 games. Assuming no rain outs, they will reach 10,000 on June 30 against Yakult at Jingu. They have also recorded 4,976 victories. Source: Sponichi 12/8/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa will be moving out of the team dormitory and into his own place this month. Source: Chunichi Sports 12/8/2014

[12/7/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.08, 2014 @ 12:47 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shinya Azuhata (26) is planning to marry a twenty-six-year-old woman living in Aichi. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2014
  • Kazuyuki Kaneda and Akira Iwamoto will be working out with Seung-Hwan Oh in Guam for about ten days in January. Source: Sanspo 12/7/2014, Sponichi 12/7/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants to compete as a middle infielder. Source: Sponichi 12/6/2014 ... Nishioka's divorce from model Naoko Tokuzawa (30) was recently finalized. Source: Sponichi 12/6/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Shota Dobayashi will use three different kinds of bats next season. Type 1: The same kind of bat he used this season (910 grams, thirty-four inches). Type 2: Same as Type 1, but lighter, between 880-900 grams. Type 3: Same as Type 1, but with a thicker handle. Source: Sponichi 12/7/2014, Daily Sports 12/7/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Katsuki Matayoshi faced Manny Ramirez three times while playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic. Ramirez went 1-for-2 with a walk. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2014
  • The Chubu Sports Writers Club decided to give Daisuke Yamai their baseball MVP award. Source: Sanspo 12/6/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshihisa Naruse was using a Shota Dobayashi model bat this season. He will continue to use the same model, but will switch over to a Kazuhiro Wada bat handle. The bat will also be about ten grams lighter, between 880 and 890 grams. Source: Sponichi 12/6/2014

[12/5/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.06, 2014 @ 6:44 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers are thinking about going with a yellow alternate uniform next season as part of their 80th anniversary celebration. Source: Sanspo 12/5/2014
  • Ryota Arai turned down an offer to change his uniform number from thirty-two to twenty-five. Twenty-five was the number his brother Takahiro wore the last seven seasons with the Tigers. Said Arai, "I felt if someone was going to wear it, it might as well be me. I asked people what they thought. I like thirty-two and the number twenty-five reminds me of my brother." Source: Sanspo 12/5/2014
  • Tatsuya Kojima (29) had surgery to clean out his right knee on Tuesday and was discharged from the hospital on Thursday. Source: Daily Sports 12/5/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Katsuki Matayoshi returned to Japan on Friday. He was playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic. In seventeen games, Matayoshi went 0-2 with a 1.69 ERA. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/5/2014, MiLB Player Stats
  • Masahiro Yamamoto ordered a pair of protective glasses during a meeting with Mizuno representatives on Friday. Yamamoto is coming off surgery to treat a detached retina in October. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/5/2014
  • Yohei Oshima used cleats that weighed 305 grams this past season. He was shown lighter models weighing between 270 and 290 grams during a meeting with SSK representatives on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/5/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Nagisa Arakaki's uniform number will change from forty-five to sixty-six. Source: official announcement
  • Wladimir Balentien had surgery on his left Achilles on October 1. He is now at the point where he can wear regular footwear while walking around indoors. The Swallows are not expecting him to be ready to report to the first day of spring camp. They will try to set a timetable in January. Source: Daily Sports 12/5/2014

[12/5/2014] Hiroshima finalizes terms for 2015 with Heath and Rosario

by on Dec.05, 2014 @ 4:41 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced on Thursday that they finalized terms for 2015 with Deunte Heath (29) and Rainel Rosario (25). Heath agreed to a one-year deal wroth an estimated 750,000 US dollars (up 520,000 US dollars from this year). Rosario will be in the second year of a four year deal that will pay an estimated 276,000 US dollars (up 170,000 US dollars from this year).

Source: Sponichi 12/5/2014, Daily Sports 12/5/2014

[11/30/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Dec.01, 2014 @ 2:18 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Utsumi is donating 144 school backpacks (randoseru), one for every inning he pitched this season, to youth facilities this year. Utsumi has donated 959 school backpacks since 2009. Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yutaka Enatsu will be a special spring camp instructor between February 1 and 7. Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2014
  • Randy Messenger could get the opening day start on March 27 against Chunichi at Kyocera Dome. Shintaro Fujinami could start the first game of the second series of the season on March 31 against Yakult at Jingu Stadium. He could also get the home opener on April 7. Source: Sanspo 11/30/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Tsubasa Aizawa will be working out in Guam with Eishin Soyogi and Tetsuya Kokubo in January next year. Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2014
  • Koichi Ogata would like to sit down with Takahiro Arai before the end of the year to get a better feel for what the veteran is thinking. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/30/2014 ... Arai would like a chance to compete for the everyday job at third. Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2014