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[10/22/2014] Hiroyuki Kobayashi announces decision to retire

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 3:23 am, under NPB
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Hiroyuki Kobayashi posted a message on his Facebook account announcing his decision to retire.

Thank you for allowing me to play for the Chiba Lotte Marines, Hanshin Tigers, Anaheim Angels, Gunma Diamond Pegasus, Shinano Grandserows, and Seibu Lions.

I was able to lead a career without any regrets because I had the support of a lot of people.

I would now like to take on the challenge of learning more about baseball by experiencing it from different angles.

To everyone that supported Kobayashi Hiroyuki through the years, thank you very much.

Thank you.

And I look forward to your support in the time to come.

Source: Facebook via Sponichi 10/22/2014

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[7/21/2014] Seibu Lions sign former Lotte, Hanshin Hiroyuki Kobayashi

by on Jul.21, 2014 @ 8:18 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced today that they signed thirty-six-year-old pitcher Hiroyuki Kobayashi.  The Lions are planning to hold a press conference for Kobayashi on Tuesday.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 7/21/2014

[UPDATE 7/22 @ 7:00pm]

Kobayashi agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated six million yen.  He was assigned the number fifty-two.

Source: Sponichi 7/22/2014

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2014 Stats (BC League)

Team ERA G W L S CG IP BF NP H HR SO BB HBP R ER WP BK
Shinano 1.26 26 2 1 1 0 28.2 120 440 28 0 21 6 1 12 4 2 0
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[8/14/2013] BC League: Hiroyuki Kobayashi signs with Gunma

by on Aug.14, 2013 @ 5:58 pm, under Independent
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The BC League announced today that the Gunma Diamond Pegasus signed thirty-five-year-old Hiroyuki Kobayashi to a contract.  He has been assigned the number forty-one.

Kobayashi was released by the Hanshin Tigers after the 2012 season.  He attended a tryout with Lotte in the winter, but failed to impress.  He headed to the States earlier this year after signing a minor league deal with the Angels, but was released in March.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 8/14/2013

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[3/6/2013] Hiroyuki Kobayashi to remain in US for time being, willing to sign minor league deal

by on Mar.06, 2013 @ 4:01 pm, under MLB, Other
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It seems Hiroyuki Kobayashi plans to remain in Arizona for the time being and figure out what he wants to do next by discussing things with his agent.  His first priority is to continue his playing career in the US.  He is open to signing a minor league deal.

Source: Sponichi 3/6/2013

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Akinori Otsuka currently lives in San Diego but plans to return to Japan to see if he can continue his playing career with an Independent League team.

Source: Sponichi 3/6/2013

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[3/5/2013] Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Junichi Tazawa

by on Mar.05, 2013 @ 2:01 pm, under MLB
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Hiroyuki Kobayashi was released by the Angels on Monday.  From the LA Times' Mike DiGiovanna:

Hiroyuki Kobayashi has shown a decent split-fingered fastball, which he used to strike out two batters in Sunday's split-squad game against the Chicago Cubs.

But he apparently didn't show enough of a fastball to stick with the Angels, who released the Japanese right-hander Monday morning.

... Kobayashi's agent, Alan Nero, said the Angels released the pitcher because he had virtually no chance of making the team, and the Angels wanted to give him a better chance of catching on with another club.

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Junichi Tazawa finalized a one-year deal with Boston Red Sox on Monday.

Source: Boston.com via Sanspo 3/5/2013

2/1/2013: Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Masahiro Tanaka, Shintaro Fujinami

by on Feb.01, 2013 @ 7:08 am, under MLB
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According to a report by Sponichi, Hiroyuki Kobayashi has agreed to a minor league deal (split contract) with the LA Angels that also includes an invite to spring training.

Source: Sponichi 2/1/2013

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A number of MLB teams, including the Texas Rangers, are interested in Masahiro Tanaka (Rakuten) and could send scouts to check on him during spring camp.

Source: Sponichi 2/1/2013

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A number of MLB teams are reportedly planning to send scouts to check on Hanshin Tiger 1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2013

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Chiba Lotte Marines: G.G. Sato passes tryout, not currently interested in Hiroyuki Kobayashi

by on Nov.25, 2012 @ 3:15 pm, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that G.G. Sato (34) passed his tryout with the team.

The Marines release the following statement from Sato:

"I am very happy to hear that I passed by tryout.  I would like to start over with the team managed by Tsutumo Ito.  I want to try and help this team.  I feel lucky to have this chance to play in Chiba, where I grew up.  I will do my best."

Hiroyuki Kobayashi also took a tryout with the team, but the Marines were not impressed and decided to pass on him.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/25/2012, Daily Sports 11/25/2012

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UPDATE 11/26 @ 8:31pm - Sato got a one-year deal worth six million yen.  The Marines will likely hold a press conference to announce his signing in early December.  Source: Sponichi 11/26/0212

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Chiba Lotte Marines to give G.G. Sato, Takahiro Saeki, Hiroyuki Kobayashi tryouts during fall camp

by on Nov.01, 2012 @ 12:55 pm, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines are planning to give G.G. Sato (34) and Takahiro Saeki (42) a tryout during the second block of fall camp, which begins on November 6.

Sato spent a large part of the year playing baseball in Italy before joining the ROKI TECHO Baseball Club (Industrial League) in September.  Saeki was released by Chunichi last year and has been looking for an opportunity to play.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/1/2012

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UPDATE @ 4:55pm - Updated reports note that the Marines are also planning to give Hiroyuki Kobayashi a look.  Tryouts will most likely last a few days and take place after the first twelve-team joint tryout on the 9th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2012, Sports Hochi 11/1/2012

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Hanshin Senryokugai: Eight players including Hiroyuki Kobayashi and Shingo Matsuzaki

by on Oct.02, 2012 @ 5:59 pm, under NPB
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The Tigers announced today that they will not sign the following players to contracts for the 2013 season:

Pos Player JPN Player ENG Age
P 小林 宏之 Kobayashi, Hiroyuki 34
P 松崎 伸吾 Matsuzaki, Shingo 29
P 石川 俊介 Ishikawa, Shunsuke 27
P 蕭  一傑 Sho, Ikketsu 26
P 横山龍之介 Yokoyama, Ryunosuke 24
P 吉岡 興志 Yoshioka, Koji 25
OF 野原 祐也 Nohara, Yuya 27
OF 甲斐 雄平 Kai, Yuhei 24

Source: official announcementSponichi 10/2/2012

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UPDATE 10/3 @ 2:09pm - Updates on player statuses:

Sho would like to continue playing and will look to Japan first.  Source: Sanspo 10/3/2012

H. Kobayashi would like to continue playing.  Source: Sanspo 10/3/2012

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Chiba Lotte Marines looking into former players Naoyuki Shimizu, Hiroyuki Kobayashi

by on Sep.21, 2012 @ 4:28 pm, under NPB
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According to Sponichi, the Chiba Lotte Marines are looking into a couple of former players: Naoyuki Shimizu (Yokohama; senryokugai on Thursday) and Hiroyuki Kobayashi (Hanshin; likely to become senryokugai)

Said Nobuhira Hayashi, director of team operations, "I have not received any internal updates ... They are our former aces.  [Shimizu] was once a player rep and [H. Kobayashi] did leave via a free agency, but we have no restrictions on reacquiring players. ... It hurts that they do not have recent performance stats.  For veteran players, it is not about three years down the road, but what they do for us next year."

Source: Sponichi 9/21/2012

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