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Hiroshima Carp Senryokugai – October 28, 2014

by on Oct.28, 2014 @ 4:08 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced that they will not be offering the following players contracts for the 2015 season:

  • Hisamoto, Yuichi P (36)
  • Umetsu, Tomohiro P (31)
  • Uemura, Kazuhiro C (31)
  • Matsumoto, Takaaki INF (30)
  • Mukae, Yuichiro OF (32)

Matsumoto and Mukae are planning to retire. Hiroshima offered Mukae a job as an assistant coach and Matsumoto a job on the staff. Umetsu wants to play next season and is planning to participate in twelve-team tryouts. Hisamoto is slated to have surgery on his left elbow on November 26. Hiroshima is expected to offer him to an Ikusei contract. Uemura is undecided.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 10/28/2014

[10/27/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.28, 2014 @ 2:56 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shukan Post released an article about Hirokazu Sawamura and Hayato Sakamoto partying after their fourth and final Climax Series loss on October 27. Two Hanshin players, including Hayata Ito, were also mentioned in the article. Sawamura took to Twitter and denied the events. He pointed out that too many people believe what they read and hoped people would try to understand how hard players and teams worked, regardless of what was mentioned in the media. (Note: it seems he deleted his tweets since they are no longer available) Source: News Post Seven 10/27/2014, Daily Sports 10/27/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hisashi Takeuchi tossed thirty pitches in the bullpen on Sunday. He is working on staying back on his pitches while throwing. He had problems with his right shoulder and failed to make the active roster this year. He did succeed in dropping his weight from 100 kilograms to ninety-two. Source: Daily Sports 10/27/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Yakult Swallows

  • Yuhei wants to drop his fat content from ten percent to some where between seven and eight percent while maintaining his current weight of eighty-three kilograms. Source: Sponichi 10/27/2014
  • The Swallows announced that they signed Toshihide Narimoto, Shintaro Mizutani, and Takayuki Saito to coaching contracts for the 2015 season. Narimoto will be a Ni-gun chief pitching coach, Mizutani a Ni-gun infield/base coach, and Saito a Ni-gun hitting coach. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/27/2014

[10/25/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.26, 2014 @ 3:25 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Frederich Cepeda left for Cuba on Saturday. Before leaving, he said to reporters, "Nothing has been decided, but I would like to come back [to the Giants]." Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) tossed a bullpen session on Thursday. He threw forty-two pitches at fifty to sixty percent. He is scheduled to join Ichi-gun fall practices on the 27th. Source: Daily Sports 10/24/2014 ... The session on Thursday was Sugano's first since his right elbow injury. He threw to a standing catcher. Source: Sanspo 10/23/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuhei Matsuyama is planning to lose some weight this winter. He wants to push his weight down to under ninety kilograms for the first time since 2010. He currently weighs ninety-three kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 10/25/2014
  • The Carp offered Shinji Sasaoka a job as Ni-gun pitching coach. An announcement could be made some time next week. Source: Sports Hochi 10/25/2014, Sponichi 10/25/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige spent over an hour mixing with fans during fall practices at Nagoya Stadium on Saturday. He stood for photos with about 500 fans. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are planning to offer Tomochika Tsuboi a job as Ichi-gun hitting coach. They are also planning to offer Katsuya Udo (Tokushima Indigo Socks manager) and Naoya Shimada (batting practice pitcher) jobs as Ni-gun pitching coach. Source: Sports Hochi 10/25/2014

Yakult Swallows

[10/25/2014] Hiroshima Carp come to terms with infielder Jesus Guzman

by on Oct.25, 2014 @ 4:15 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced today that they came to terms with thirty-year-old infielder Jesus Guzman.

According to various news reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 100 million yen plus incentives with a signing bonus of 36.5 million yen. A uniform number has not yet been assigned to Guzman. A team official told reporters the organization had been following Guzman for about three years.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 10/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/25/2014

[UPDATE 10/26 @ 7:05pm]

Sponichi notes that the contract is worth an estimated one million US dollars plus incentives with a signing bonus of 365,000 dollars.

Source: Sponichi 10/26/2014

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[10/24/2014] 1500ESPN: Kris Johnson to join the Hiroshima Carp

by on Oct.24, 2014 @ 2:50 pm, under NPB
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According to a report by 1500ESPN's Darren Wolfson, the Minnesota Twins have sold thirty-year-old pitcher Kris Johnson to the Hiroshima Carp.

... The Carp won the bidding with at least six other Japanese teams showing interest.

"I'm very excited about playing for Hiroshima and appreciate the Twins making it happen," Johnson said via text. "I talked to different players about how great the fans and team treat foreign players. I was really impressed with the respect they showed me during the negotiations."

Source: ESPN 10/22/2014

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[10/22/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 10:49 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano will hold workouts in Arizona in December before the team's first place celebration trip to Hawaii. He will return to Arizona after his return to Hawaii. He also plans to head overseas in January and stay overseas until spring camp because he found it difficult to prepare in the cold weather in Japan last year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/23/2014, Sponichi 10/23/2014
  • Hisayoshi Chono is planning to have right knee surgery. Damage was found in the meniscus during a hospital examination. It could take three to four months for a full recovery. There is a chance he might not be ready for spring camp next year. He is also scheduled to have surgery to clean out his right elbow. Source: Sponichi 10/22/2014
  • Leslie Anderson returned to Florida out of Narita Airport on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yohei Oshima will be working on his base-running skills during fall camp. He has already started making adjustments to his lead during fall practices. Source: Sponichi 10/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada will be signing an advisory contract with Magniflex. Source: Sanspo 10/23/2014

[10/20/2014] Free Agents and Rumors: Masanori Hayashi (Yokohama), Yulieski Gourriel

by on Oct.21, 2014 @ 10:03 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers are interested in Motohiro Shima and Naoki Miyanishi. Source: Sanspo 10/20/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Eishin Soyogi and Shogo Kimura each met team official Kiyoaki Suzuki on Monday. It was their first meeting regarding the 2015 season. The two will likely be given offers during their second meeting some time next week. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014, Sports Hochi 10/21/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Veterans Daisuke Miura and Hitoshi Tamura met with team officials in Yokohama on Monday. Tatsuhiko Kinjo is also expected to meet team officials shortly. All three players have FA options. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014
  • The Bay Stars are planning to offer, or have already offered, Masanori Hayashi a three-year contract with a large bump in salary. They met the thirty-one-year-old pitcher for their first round of negotiations on Monday. Yokohama is not planning to keep their offer on the table if Hayasahi exercises his FA option. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014, Sponichi 10/21/2014
  • Yulieski Gourriel held a press conference in Cuba and said. "There are other goods teams like Yomiuri, but if I could pick, I would choose to return to DeNA. The manager, players, interpreter, and fans treated me well. The fans in Japan are the best." Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014

Yakult Swallows

[10/20/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.21, 2014 @ 9:58 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tatsunori Hara visited Yomiuri headquarters in Tokyo on Monday. He gave top advisor Tsuneo Watanabe and team owner Kojiro Shiraishi his report on the 2014 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014 ... Hara went through 113 different batting orders during the regular season. One of his goals during the off-season is to make sure he does not go through as many different orders next year. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano is not planning to slow his rehab program down just because the Giants failed to make the Nippon Series. He played catch at a distance of about fifty meters on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 10/20/2014, Sponichi 10/20/2014
  • Yoshinobu Takahashi (right middle finger) took outdoor batting practice at Giants Stadium on Sunday. He swung the bat forty times and hit two over the fence. It was his first outdoor session since he hurt his finger in September. Source: Sponichi 10/20/2014
  • Leslie Anderson is planning to get his left elbow cleaned out during the off-season. He will most likely require about two months for a full recovery. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Fall practices under new manager Koichi Ogata began at Mazda Stadium on Monday. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014 ... Ogata would like Rainel Rosario to attend fall camp. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014, Sponichi 10/20/2014
  • Ichi-gun infield/base coach Shinji Ko was named Ni-gun interim manager. His first day on the job will be Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014 ... Ko is planning to give Seiya Suzuki opportunities to play short. Since joining the group in Miyazaki after the Climax Series on the 15th, Suzuki has played the outfield and third. Ogata told reporters he wanted to give Suzuki looks at third and short. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are thinking about offering Meiji University coach Kosuke Matsuoka a coaching job next year. Source: Sanspo 10/21/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa tossed forty-two pitches in the bullpen on Monday. It was his first session since the end of the regular season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014
  • Yoshinori Sato will be attending fall camp for the first time in four years. He has already tossed two bullpen sessions during fall practices. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014 ... Yoshinori threw seventy-six pitches in the bullpen on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014
  • Shohei Tateyama (right elbow) appeared at a talk event in Tokyo on Sunday and told fans that he could be okay to begin pitching in exhibition games some time in late-March next year. He resumed playing catch on Saturday. He is slated to play catch outdoors on Tuesday for the first time since he had surgery on his right elbow back in April. Source: Sanspo 10/20/2014, Sponichi 10/20/2014

[10/19/2014] Rumors: Jose Lopez, Chris Seddon (Yomiuri), Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi)

by on Oct.20, 2014 @ 6:23 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Jose Lopez and Scott Mathieson left Japan on the 19th. Lopez is a question mark for next season. He is interested in returning. Mathieson will be in the second year of a two-year deal in 2015. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Leslie Anderson might require left elbow surgery during the winter. There is a good chance the Giants will ask him back. Frederich Cepeda will most likely return. The Giants are expected to part ways with Chris Seddon. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Yoshiyuki Kamei and Kentaro Nishimura both earned domestic FA options this year. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • The Giants are planning to look into Chihiro Kaneko. Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2014 ... The Giants will be keeping an eye on Yulieski Gourriel and Alfredo Despaigne. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014 ... The Giants are not planning to offer Cepeda a contract for 2015 and are looking into Hiroyuki Nakajima. Source: Sanspo 10/19/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ni-gun manager Katsuo Hirata could be reassigned to Ichi-gun head coach. Ni-gun chief/hitting coach Hideo Furuya could take over as Ni-gun manager. Ichi-gun general coach Haruki Yoshitake could join the front office. Source: Sanspo 10/19/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Eishin Soyogi and Shogo Kimura earned their domestic FA options this year. They are expected to meet team officials on the 20th to discuss their options. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Kenta Maeda has not given up on his dream to play in the Majors and would like to head overseas sooner rather than later. This winter may not be in the cards. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai on his FA option: "There was a time when I wanted to know what kind of interest other teams had in me, but not anymore. More than that, I learned that I have a really strong bond with this team (Chunichi)." Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata would like to see Yulieski Gourriel return to the Bay Stars next season. Nakahata plans to work him harder if he does. "I treated him like a guest this year, things will be different next year. He doesn't really seem interested in defense. He doesn't like practicing, but he will have to if he does not want to become a distraction. I'll sit down and talk to him about it [if he comes back]." Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows would like Hiroyasu Tanaka and Ryoji Aikawa to return in 2015. They are expected to begin negotiations with the two players soon. Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2014

Rakuten Eagles

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are putting together a list of foreign player candidates in case negotiations with Wily Mo Pena fall through. Kila Ka'aihue is one of the candidates on the list. There may be other players with NPB experience on the list. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

[10/18/2014] Rumors: Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi), Wily Mo Pena (Orix), Kila Ka’aihue (Hiroshima)

by on Oct.19, 2014 @ 3:23 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • The media learned Kila Ka'aihue will not be returning to Hiroshima next year. There is a good chance Zach Phillips will be offered a contract. Bryan Bullington was offered a contract, but Kam Mickolio is still a question mark. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai is expected to inform the Dragons of his decision when the two sides get together for their second meeting. He does not appear interested in testing the free agent market. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014 ... Yamai has not made a decision yet and could still exercise his FA option. He hopes to finalize his plans during his second meeting. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014 ... According to a Sanspo report, Yamai may have been offered a multi-year deal worth over 100 million yen. Source: Sanspo 10/18/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines have given Yoshihisa Naruse permission to skip fall practices and spend time away from the team to think about what he wants to do with his FA option. He could meet with team officials again early next week. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Wily Mo Pena left Japan out of Osaka Airport on Saturday. Before leaving, he told reporters he was disappointed the Buffaloes finished in second and wanted to do more to help the team next year, if given the chance. He also said he was not looking for anything specific in his contract and would rather return to Orix next year if possible. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014 ... Pena told reporters he still felt pain in his right pectoralis major and planned to have it examined on the Monday after he returned to the United States. Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2014 ... Pena is seeking a mult-year deal. Orix is thinking more along the lines of a one-year contract. Source: Sports Hochi 10/18/2014
  • The Buffaloes are interested in the KBO's Won-Kun Chang. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014