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[10/15/2014] Hiroshima Carp introduces Koichi Ogata as new Ichi-gun manager

by on Oct.15, 2014 @ 6:39 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp held a press conference at Mazda Stadium earlier today to introduce Koichi Ogata (45) as their newest Ichi-gun manager.

According to news reports, Ogata agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated seventy million yen. His uniform number will remain the same (seventy-nine).

Source: official announcementNikkan Sports 10/15/2014, Sponichi 10/15/2014, Daily Sports 10/15/2014

[10/14/2014] Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.15, 2014 @ 2:56 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yuta Muto is planning to work on pitching from the wind-up. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014
  • Katsuki Matayoshi left for the Dominican Republic out of Chubu International Airport on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014
  • Kazuki Yoshimi (right elbow, right wrist) threw thirty pitches to a half-squatting catcher during workouts on Monday. He is hoping to close fall camp out by throwing to a squatting catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows would like to play up to four exhibition games against outside teams during fall camp in November. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/14/2014
  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) is tossing about two bullpen session a week. He is hoping to attend Ichi-gun fall camp. Source: Daily Sports 10/14/2014
  • The turf will be replaced at Jingu Stadium for the first time since 2008. The old turf will be used to replace the tattered turf in the indoor training facility. The mound will also be touched up. Total construction will cost an estimated 300 million yen. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014, Sanspo 10/14/2014

[10/14/2014] Hiroshima Carp offers managerial position to Koichi Ogata

by on Oct.14, 2014 @ 10:56 pm, under NPB
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Koichi Ogata met with team official Kiyoaki Suzuki for about three hours today. After the meeting, he told reporters he was offered the managerial job.

"I was formally offered [the managerial position]. I honestly have no reason to decline. I spent the last five years as a coach because I wanted to help the team. There will be an official announcement tomorrow, but my feelings are set," said Ogata.

Source: Daily Sports 10/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/14/2014, Sports Hochi 10/14/2014, Sponichi 10/14/2014

[10/13/2014] Rumors: Brad Eldred, Deunte Heath, Wily Mo Pena

by on Oct.14, 2014 @ 1:14 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp would like to sign Eishin Soyogi (34) and Shogo Kimura (34) to contracts for the 2015 season. Deunte Heath (29), Brad Eldred (34), and Rainel Rosario (25) will likely return (Rosario will be in the second year of a four-year deal next season). Zach Phillips (28) might get asked back as a starter. Brian Bullington (34), Kam Mickolio (30), and Kila Ka'aihue (30) are still question marks. Source: Sports Hochi 10/13/2014 ... Hiroshima holds 2015 options on Ka'aihue and Phillips. Source: Daily Sports 10/13/2014 ... Eldred, Bullington, and Heath will be returning to the United States on the 14th. Hiroshima holds an option on Eldred for the 2015 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/13/2014
  • Katsuhiro Nagakawa (33) earned has an international FA option, but will likely return next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • According to Sanspo, the Buffaloes are planning to part ways with Wily Mo Pena and will shift their attention toward the talent pool in Cuba. Source: Sanspo 10/13/2014

[10/12/2014] Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.13, 2014 @ 5:39 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Fall practices at Nagoya Stadium on Monday will not be open to the public due to poor weather conditions caused by Typhoon #19. Source: official announcement
  • Motonobu Tanishige spent roughly twenty minutes signing autographs for about 200 fans during fall practices at Nagoya Stadium on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yulieski Gourriel began his trip back to Cuba out of Haneda Airport on Sunday. Before leaving, he told reporters he did okay in Japan, but could probably do more next year since he should be able to play a full season. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014
  • The Bay Stars are the only NPB team without a Climax Series win. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014
  • Yokohama was not planning to offer Ni-gun coach Itaru Ninomiya a contract for 2015, but changed course and asked him to return. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Keiji Iwahashi was taken off the active roster on July 12 with pain in his left elbow. He ended up having surgery on the elbow on September 5. He will require about three months for a full recovery and should be able to resume throwing before the end of the year. He did some running outdoors on Saturday for the first time since his surgery. Source: Sanspo 10/12/2014
  • There will be no head coach next season. Mitsuru Manaka said during a radio interview that he will probably turn to Hajime Miki for support. Miki was a Ni-gun infield/base coach this year. He is expected to get a promotion to Ichi-gun strategy/infield/base coach during the off-season. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014
  • Orlando Roman returned to Puerto Rico on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014

[10/12/2014] Kenta Maeda (Hiroshima) not thinking about Majors, season of regrets

by on Oct.13, 2014 @ 12:01 am, under High School, NPB
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When reporters asked Kenta Maeda about the possibility of posting to the majors this off-season earlier today, he replied, "I'm not really thinking about that right now." He also said, "I have only had a few satisfying seasons, I have more regrets this year."

Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014

My thoughts...

This does not necessarily mean Maeda will not ask Hiroshima to post him during the off-season. This also does not mean Hiroshima will turn down a request, if made. However, had the Carp finished in second or advanced farther along in the postseason, the decision might have been a lot easier for both sides to make. The ideal scenario would have been along the lines of what happened with Masahiro Tanaka and the Rakuten Eagles last year.

However, a case could also be made for posting Maeda. The Carp might be more inclined to post him to recoup the losses from not being able to host the First Stage of the Climax Series because of their third place finish. Not having to pay his salary would also alleviate some of the financial burden. And if Hiroshima gets their way during the upcoming draft (they have their eyes on Waseda University Kohei Arihara), they might be okay with letting go of their ace.

[UPDATE 10/13 @ 3:46pm]

According to reports by Nikkan Sports and Sports Hochi, there is a good chance Maeda will remain in Japan for at least another year because of his and the team's performance this year.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014

[UPDATE 10/13 @ 4:10pm]

From Daily Sports:

"The right belongs to us," said owner Hajime Matsuda. "I would like to let him go, but it might be difficult with this year's performance."

Source: Daily Sports 10/13/2014


High school prospect Tomohiro Anraku told reporters on Saturday that he wanted to learn more about baseball by playing professionally in Japan before taking on the challenge of playing in the Majors at some point in the future.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014

[10/12/2014] Hanshin Tigers could advance to Final Stage with just one victory

by on Oct.12, 2014 @ 6:06 am, under NPB
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According to the CL Climax Series rules, the First Stage must end by October 14, the day before the start of the Final Stage.

The Tigers will advance to the Final Stage under the following scenarios:

  • Rain out on Sunday and Monday
  • Loss on Sunday, rain out on Monday and Tuesday
  • Loss on Sunday, rain out on Monday, win or a tie on Tuesday

It was really important for the Hiroshima Carp to win the first game because of the uncertainty of the weather due to Typhoon #19 and because the tie favors the Hanshin Tigers. The only way they can advance now is if they win two in a row with up to one rain out.

The weather forecast for the area around Koshien Stadium through to Tuesday, from Yahoo Weather (based on information taken at 10/12 @ 6:00am):

  • Sunday - cloudy
  • Monday - light rain turning to heavy rain in the evening
  • Tuesday - strong winds, rain

FYI: the Tigers would have also advanced if every game of the series was rained out.

[UPDATE @ 7:21pm]

I forgot to include that Hanshin will also advance to the Final Stage if they win or tie the second game of the series. Today's game ended in a tie so Hanshin advances. The reason for this is because the First Stage is a best of three where the tie goes to the team with the better season record.

CS: Hiroshima Toyo Carp 0 – Hanshin Tigers 0 (October 12, 2014)

by on Oct.12, 2014 @ 5:40 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Hiroshima Carp vs Hanshin Tigers @ Koshien Stadium - 14:00
Starters: Osera, Daichi (HIR) 10-8, 4.05 - Nomi, Atsushi (HAN) 9-13, 3.99

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Hiroshima 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Hanshin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 7 0

Attendance: 46815 | Time: 3h35m | Hanshin leads series, 1-0-1

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[10/11/2014] CL Climax Series: Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Oct.12, 2014 @ 5:39 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Utsumi and Hirokazu Sawamura pitched in a batting practice scrimmage at Tokyo Dome on Thursday. They each faced eight hitters and gave up one hit. Source: Sponichi 10/10/2014
  • About 1,500 people attended a Pennant Victory and Climax Series Rally Party on Thursday. Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2014

Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • Shota Nakazaki will likely step in as closer Kam Mickolio recovers from a leg injury. Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2014