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[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

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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

CS: Hiroshima Toyo Carp 0 – Hanshin Tigers 1 (October 11, 2014)

by on Oct.11, 2014 @ 7:47 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Hiroshima Carp vs Hanshin Tigers @ Koshien Stadium - 14:00
Starters: Maeda, Kenta (HIR) 11-9, 2.60 - Messenger, Randy (HAN) 13-10, 3.20

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hiroshima 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Hanshin 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 1 8 0

Attendance: 46721 | Time: 2h52m | Hanshin leads series, 1-0-0

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[10/9/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.10, 2014 @ 5:50 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hisayoshi Chono does not have any interest in coaching because he feels he is not a good teacher. Source: ZakZak 10/9/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano got additional tests on his right elbow. There was no change in diagnosis. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014, Sponichi 10/9/2014
  • Yoshinobu Takahashi (right middle finger) will not be ready for the Climax Series. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Wednesday's Phoenix League game against Seibu: Ryoma Matsuda tossed a shutout inning in relief and struck out two. Of the fourteen pitches he threw, twelve were fastballs. He topped out at 149km/h. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014, Daily Sports 10/9/2014 ... Yuta Iwasada tossed a perfect inning in relief. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014 ... Ryota Arai got the start in right and batted clean-up. He recorded a double in the 5th inning. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014 ... Tsuyoshi Nishioka got the start at third and went 0-for-1 with a walk and a sac fly. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014
  • Atsushi Nomi suffered a cut on his left ring finger while pitching in a Phoenix League game against Yokohama on Tuesday. He did not appear to have any trouble throwing the ball during a game of catch on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014
  • Seung-Hwan Oh could be stretched to pitch up to two innings in all three First Stage games. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014
  • Team owner Shinya Sakai is scheduled to visit Koshien on Friday. He could offer Yutaka Wada an extension for the 2015 season on the same day. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014, Daily Sports 10/9/2014, Sponichi 10/9/2014, Sponichi 10/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014
  • Tickets to Game 1 and 2 of the First Stage of the Climax Series sold out at a little before 1:00pm on the day they became available on Wednesday (October 8). Tickets for Game 3 were sold out later in the day, some time after 6:00pm. Matt Murton is hoping to see a lot more yellow in the stands than red (there were a large number of Hiroshima fans last year). Source: Sponichi 10/9/2014
  • Tomoaki Kanemoto could join the staff as a hitting coach next year. Source: Sports Hochi 10/9/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Out of respect for Kenjiro Nomura, the front office does not plan on making any moves to find a new manager until the team's fate has been decided. They are fully prepared to attend the draft without a manager. Source: Sponichi 10/9/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • In addition to Ginjiro Sumitani, the Dragons could also be interested in Chihiro Kaneko. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014
  • Daisuke Yamai is still waiting to hear from Chunichi. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014
  • The Dragons held a press conference to introduce Masahiro Doi as a special coach that will be working with the team from fall practices to spring camp next year. They also introduced Akinori Otsuka as their new pitching coach. He was assigned the number seventy-four. Source: official announcement, Sanspo 10/9/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Fall practices will begin on the 18th at Jingu Gaien. Fall camp will begin in early-November in Matsuyama, Ehime. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014
  • When new manager Mitsuru Manaka was asked what he wanted to improve the team, he said pitchers. The Swallows will most likely go after pitchers during the draft and could also go after pitchers on the free agent market. There may be interest in Daisuke Yamai and Yoshihisa Naruse. Source: Sponichi 10/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014

[10/8/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Oct.09, 2014 @ 4:59 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Toshiya Sugiuchi, Hisayoshi Chono, Tetsuya Yamaguchi, and Scott Mathieson joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts at Giants Stadium on Wednesday. Tatsunori Hara spent some time working with Shinnosuke Abe behind closed doors. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Minoru Iwata will be available to pitch out of the bullpen during the First Stage of the Climax Series. Source: Sponichi 10/8/2014, Daily Sports 10/8/2014, Nikkan Sorts 10/8/2014
  • Ryota Imanari (right side) is expected to miss the First Stage of the Climax Series because he is still not fully ready. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2014
  • For the first time in franchise history, five players won one or more major titles: Matt Murton (batting average), Mauro Gomez (RBI), Randy Messenger (wins and strikeouts), Seung-Hwan Oh (saves), and Shinobu Fukuhara (hold points). The previous record of four was set in 2005: Makoto Imaoka (RBI), Norihiro Akahoshi (stolen bases) Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (wins), and Kyuji Fujikawa (hold points). This also marked the first time four foreign players from the same team won major titles in the same year. The previous high of three was set by Yomiuri in 2008: Alex Ramirez (RBI), Seth Greisinger (wins), and Marc Kroon (saves). At thirty-eight years of age, Fukuhara became the oldest player in the Central League to win his first major title. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuji Ichioka (right shoulder) pitched in a Phoenix League game against Lotte on Wednesday. He tossed a perfect shutout inning in relief. He topped out at 144km/h, threw fourteen pitches, and struck out one. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2014, Daily Sports 10/8/2014
  • The Carp will open Mazda Stadium to fans for a public viewing of the First Stage of the Climax Series. Admission will be free, but seating will be limited to 15,000. Source: official announcement

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige met with team owner Bungo Shirai in Nagoya on Wednesday to provide his report on the season. Source: Sponichi 10/8/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Guillermo Moscoso, Tony Blanco, and Aarom Baldiris left Japan out of Narita Airport on Wednesday. Blanco told reporters he plans to lose ten kilograms and play in the winter leagues in the Dominican Republic. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2014 ... The Bay Stars hold an option on Blanco for the 2015 season. He told reporters he was not thinking about playing in another country, was interested in retiring in Japan, and would be more than happy to return to Yokohama. Jorge Sosa is also interested in returning to Japan next year. Source: Sponichi 10/8/2014
  • Outfield/base-running coach Akihiko Horai will not be returning next year. Source: official announcement