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[11/2/2015] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.03, 2015 @ 3:05 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows officially announced that Wladimir Balentien will be participating in the Premier 12 as a member of the Netherlands national baseball team. Source: official announcement
  • Mitch Dening's wife is scheduled to give birth to the couple's first child, a boy, in December. Source: Sanspo 11/2/2015
  • Orlando Roman withdrew from the Premier 12 so that he can focus on his preparations for 2016. Source: Sanspo 11/2/2015

Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano threw thirty-two pitches in the bullpen on October 29. It was his first session since the season ended. Source: Sanspo 10/30/2015
  • Hideki Matsui is ready to provide Yoshinobu Takahashi with whatever help and support he needs. That could include accepting an invite to be a special instructor during spring camp next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • The first day of Kochi fall camp on November 1 started at 10:00am and ended after 5:00pm. Source: Sponichi 11/2/2015
  • Naomasa Yokawa took eight-four swings during regular batting practice on the first day of fall camp and hit ten over the fence. During evening workouts, he swung the bat 242 times and hit forty-one over the fence. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2015, Daily Sports 11/2/2015 ... Taiga Egoshi took a total 326 swings and hit twenty-four over the fence. Source: Sanspo 11/2/2015
  • About 2,000 fans showed up for the first day of fall camp in Aki, Kochi on November 1. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2015 ... About 500 were in attendance for the start of fall camp at Naruohama on November 1. Around 300 stayed back after practices for an autograph session with Masayuki Kakefu. Source: Tokyo Sports 11/1/2015, Sponichi 11/2/2015
  • Tomoaki Kanemoto could pull players aside in the evenings during fall camp and work with them directly, if he feels they need it. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2015, Sponichi 11/1/2015
  • Kanemoto feels it is still too early to think about shifting Takashi Toritani to another position so he can focus more on his hitting. "Toritani can still play short. I actually think staying at short will help with his offense," said Kanemoto. Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2015 ... Kanemoto wants Toritani to play a more active role as captain of the team, even more so than the previous four years. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2015, Sponichi 11/1/2015
  • Ichi-gun pitching coach Isao Koda wants every pitcher to not only work on their control during fall camp, but also work on a new pitch. Ryoma Matsuda is working on a change-up, Hiroya Shimamoto a shuto, Hiroaki Saiuchi a slider, Kojiro Tanabo a forkball, and Suguru Iwazaki and Takumi Akiyama curveballs. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2015
  • The Tigers are planning to release Shinta Hifumi and are expected to re-sign him to an Ikusei contract. Source: Sponichi 11/1/2015
  • Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi is set to attend spring camp next year as a special pitching instructor. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2015 ... The organization is also thinking about inviting Norihiro Akahoshi to spring camp as a special instructor. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2015
  • The Tigers announced that Keiichiro Yotsufuji will be taking over as managing director of the organization on November 1. Current managing director Nobuo Minami will step down and become a team adviser. Source: official announcement

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Practice game against the Shikoku Island League on November 1: Ryosuke Nomura started the game and gave up a run on six hits over five innings of work. Source: Sanspo 11/1/2015
  • Practice game against the Shikoku Island League on October 31: Katsuki Matayoshi entered the game in the 9th and tossed a shutout inning in relief. He faced four hitters and broke two bats, one on a inside 140km/h fastball and the other on a 136km/h shuto. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2015
  • The Dragons announced that Takeshi Kaneko (22) married a twenty-three-year-old woman living in Osaka in January. They had a boy in February. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2015, Sports Hochi 11/2/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are planning to send Taiki Sekine, Yuta Kakita, Koki Yamashita, and Satoshi Iizuka to Taiwan to play winter ball. Source: Sponichi 11/2/2015
  • Shun Yamaguchi will become the Bay Stars' next player representative. Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2015

[10/28/2015] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Oct.29, 2015 @ 9:29 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada could be given the uniform number 1 during the off-season. Nine players have worn the number since 1950, most recently Norichika Aoki (2010-2011). Source: Sponichi 10/28/2015

Yomiuri Giants

  • Hisayoshi Chono is set to take over as the new player representative in 2016. Source: official announcement
  • The Giants announced on October 26 that Tatsunori Hara will assume the role of special adviser, effective January 1, 2015. Source: official announcement
  • The Giants will be putting together a San-gun team (made up of about twenty to twenty-five players, mostly Ikusei), complete with a full coaching staff. The team will play about ninety games a year against teams from the Independent Leagues, college leagues, and Industrial Leagues. Source: official announcement
  • Former Giant Junichi Kawahara announced that he was retiring on October 28. He spent the last few years with the Ehime Mandarin Pirates (Island League). Source: Daily Sports 10/28/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami is hoping to push his weight to ninety-five kilograms this off-season. He spent most of this season around ninety-two, ninety-three kilograms. His goal is to ultimately reach 100 kilograms. Source: Sponichi 10/28/2015
  • Tomoaki Kanemoto is thinkng about using Ryota Imanari as an emergency back-up catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/28/2015
  • If Tsuyoshi Nishioka is given a shot to win the everyday job at second base, Hiroki Uemoto could head to the outfield. Source: Sanspo 10/26/2015 ... Even if Uemoto stays at second base, Tomoaki Kanemoto wants the option of being able to play him in the outfield every now and then to give older players, like Kosuke Fukudome, the day off. He was in center field during fielding practice on October 28. Source: Daily Sports 10/29/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Intra-squad game on October 28: Kenta Maeda started the game and gave up a run on two hits over three innings of work. He threw forty-nine pitches, struck out four, and walked one. Source: Daily Sports 10/28/2015, Sports Hochi 10/28/2015
  • Kenta Maeda is messing around with a change-up that has a little more vertical movement (sinking action, same motion, slightly different grip) than his normal change-up for use against right-handed hitters. Source: Daily Sports 10/29/2015
  • Maeda and Hiroki Kuroda will be appearing in next year's team calendar. Maeda for the month of January and Kuroda, with Takahiro Arai, for the month of March. The team used October as the cutoff for eligibility. Source: Sports Hochi 10/23/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Doi is working as a special instructor during fall camp again this year. Source: Sanspo 10/28/2015
  • The Dragons ended fall practices at Nagoya Stadium on October 26. Fall camp began on October 28. Source: Sponichi 10/26/2015
  • Hector Luna made the Dominican Republic national team for the Premier 12. Source: Daily Sports 10/24/2015

[10/28/2015] Hiroshima Carp 2016 Coaching Staff

by on Oct.28, 2015 @ 7:01 pm, under NPB
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Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 79 緒方 孝市 Ogata, Koichi 46
Head Coach 71 高 信二 Ko, Shinji 48
Outfield/Base Coach 74 河田 雄祐 Kawada, Yusuke 47
Infield/Base Coach 90 玉木 朋孝 Tamaki, Tomotaka 40
Hitting Coach 75 石井 琢朗 Ishii, Takuro 45
Hitting Coach 72 東出 輝裕 Higashide, Akihiro 35
Assistant Hitting Coach 91 迎 祐一郎 Mukae, Yuichiro 33
Pitching Coach 78 畝 龍実 Une, Tatsumi 51
Pitching Coach 73 小林 幹英 Kobayashi, Kanei 41
Training Coach 84 植田 幸弘 Ueda, Yukihiro 51

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 89 水本 勝己 Mizumoto, Katsumi 47
Outfield/Base Coach 85 永田 利則 Nagata, Toshinori 54
Infield/Base Coach 80 山田 和利 Yamada, Kazutoshi 50
Hitting Coach 83 朝山 東洋 Asayama, Toyo 39
Hitting Coach 92 森笠 繁 Morikasa, Shigeru 39
Pitching Coach 88 佐々岡 真司 Sasaoka, Shinji 48
Pitching Coach 87 澤崎 俊和 Sawazaki, Toshikazu 41
Player/Battery Coach 40 倉 義和 Kura, Yoshikazu 40

San-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
General Coach 82 浅井 樹 Asai, Itsuki 43
Pitching Coach 86 菊地原 毅 Kikuchihara, Tsuyoshi 40
Pitching Coach (strengthening) 93 青木 勇人 Aoki, Hayato 38


Source: official announcement

[10/26/2015] Hiroshima’s Kenta Maeda wins 2015 Sawamura Award

by on Oct.26, 2015 @ 6:12 pm, under NPB
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The selection committee for the Eiji Sawamura Award met today and decided to give this year's award to Hiroshima's Kenta Maeda.

For a pitcher to be considered for the award, they must meet as many of the following criteria as possible:

  • fifteen or more wins
  • 150 or more strikeouts
  • ten or more complete games
  • 2.50 or better ERA
  • 200 or more innings
  • twenty-five or more games
  • .600 or better winning percentage

Maeda won fifteen games, struck out 175, tossed five complete games, recorded a 2.09 ERA, threw 206.1 innings, pitched in twenty-nine games, and had a winning percentage of .652. He only missed in one category, complete games. Maeda also won the award in 2010.

Hanshin's Shintaro Fujinami and Nippon Ham's Shohei Otani were also under consideration.

Selection Committee Members: Tsuneo Horiuchi (chief), Masaji Hiramatsu, Choji Murata (absent), Manabu Kitabeppu, and Hisashi Yamada.

Source: official announcement

[UPDATE 10/28 @ 9:21pm]

A little more on the selection: Horiuchi did not think it was necessary to name a recipient for the award this year. Maeda was an option, based on the number of criteria he met, but Horiuchi was not impressed with his performance, mostly because it was not much better than what he accomplished when he won the award the first time around in 2010. He felt the pitcher needed to do more to win the award a second time.

Horiuchi felt Otani had a first-half that warranted a Sawamura Award, but the second-half left a lot to be desired. Fujinami was also considered a really strong candidate with his 221 strikeouts.

Source: ZakZak 10/28/2015

[10/21/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Oct.22, 2015 @ 2:00 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez left Japan on October 21. He spoke to reporters and said he would gladly return to the Tigers next season because he liked the organization, the fans, and the stadium. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ren Nakata dropped his weight from ninety-four to eighty-three while rehabbing his right shoulder this year. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige met team owner Bungo Shirai on October 19 to review the 2015 season. He also confirmed that his uniform number (27) will remain the same. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2015

[10/14/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.15, 2015 @ 10:48 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger and Matt Murton returned to their homes in the United States on October 13. Source: Daily Sports 10/13/2015
  • The Tigers finished 273-281-21 under Yutaka Wada. The 273 wins is seventh most for a Hanshin manager. Source: Sanspo 10/13/2015

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yudai Ono will prepare for the Premier 12 by pitching in at least two Phoenix League games: October 18 against LG and October 24 against Yakult. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2015, Daily Sports 10/13/2015
  • Motonobu Tanishige spent about an hour-and-a-half signing autographs for fans after fall practices at Nagoya Stadium on October 12. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yasuaki Yamasaki is hoping to pick up a few things from other closers (like Nippon Ham's Hirotoshi Masui, Yomiuri's Hirokazu Sawamura, and Rakuten Yuki Matsui) while playing at the Premier 12. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2015

Yakult Swallows

[10/11/2015] Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Oct.12, 2015 @ 3:00 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • Kris Johnson's wedding date is set: November 14. He will be spending nine days in Maui for his honeymoon. Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • About twenty players attended the first day of fall practices at Nagoya Stadium on October 11. Workouts lasted about four hours and included batting practice and running. Source: Daily Sports 10/11/2015
  • Takuya Asao's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a girl weighing 2,610 grams, at a hospital in Aichi on October 9. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Head coach Tatsuya Shindo is currently watching over players during fall practices at Bay Stars Stadium. Source: Sports Hochi 10/11/2015

[10/9/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.10, 2015 @ 5:22 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • Video Research reported that TV ratings for the RCC TV broadcast of the last game of the season on October 7 averaged 36.8% between 6:30 and 7:00 and 44.5% between 7:00 and 9:06 (Hiroshima region). Ratings peaked at 50.5% at 8:21pm. The 44.5% established a new high for the season. The previous high of 35.1% was set on opening day on March 27. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/8/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto is planning to resume workouts soon because he could be a batting practice pitcher for the team during spring camp next year. Source: Daily Sports 10/9/2015
  • Raul Valdes, Hector Luna, Anderson Hernandez, and Ricardo Nanita left Japan for their homes out of Chubu International Airport on October 9. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Former Swallow Akinori Iwamura will reprise his role as player/manager of the Fukushima Hopes next season and could potentially add another title to his name as their team representative. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2015

[10/8/2015] Hiroshima Carp: Akihiro Higashide to retire

by on Oct.08, 2015 @ 11:41 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced that they accepted player/Ni-gun hitting coach Akihiro Higashide's decision to retire. A press conference will be held in Hiroshima in the near future.

The thirty-five-year-old infielder suffered a serious injury to his left knee while sliding into home plate during an spring camp intra-squad game in 2013 and never managed to make it back to Ichi-gun. He added Ni-gun hitting coach to his title when he accepted the position last October.

Source: Chunichi Sports 10/8/2015, Daily Sports 10/8/2015, Daily Sports 10/8/2015

[UPDATE 10/10 @ 10:44pm]

Higashide held a press conference at the team offices in Minami-ku, Hiroshima earlier today.

Notes taken from various sources:

  • He felt he did okay over the first fourteen years of his career. The last three, not so much.
  • He made it into baseball because of his speed. He had decided to quit once his legs stopped working for him.
  • He considered retiring after his leg injury during spring camp in 2013.
  • He does not feel sad about the decision.
  • Most of his memories are not positive: he remembers feeling like he would never make it professionally, not having the confidence to play in Ichi-gun games, and the taunts he heard after making mistakes. He does remember feeling happy when he could tell his skills were improving.
  • He is proud of how he was able to actively approach older players around him for advice.
  • He wishes (half-jokingly) he had a chance to pitch.
  • Working as a coach this year, his main message to younger players was to enjoy and value the process, and to work through issues as they came up.
  • He could remain in the organization as a coach.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 10/10/2015, Daily Sports 10/10/2015

[UPDATE 10/11 @ 9:15pm]

The Carp are planning to hold a retirement ceremony for Higashide during fan appreciation day in November.

Source: Daily Sports 10/11/2015

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