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Katsuya Nomura’s official ties with Rakuten Eagles to end later this month

by on Dec.29, 2012 @ 3:31 pm, under NPB
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Katsuya Nomura's three-year agreement as honorary manager of the Rakuten Eagles is slated to end later this month.  The Eagles do not plan on renewing.

Nomura was not offered an extension after guiding the organization to its first Climax Series in 2009.  Instead, he was given a three-year deal as honorary manager of the team.  His duties included appearing at games and providing the team with advice.

Source: Sponichi 12/29/2012, Sports Hochi 12/29/2012, Nikkan Sports 12/29/2012


UPDATE @ 4:23pm - The Eagles posted an official announcement that their contract with Nomura.  Source: official announcement

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Rakuten Eagles Spring Camp News and Notes: February 13, 2011

by on Feb.13, 2011 @ 6:46 am, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.


Today's intra-squad game:

The whites beat the reds, 2-0 (7 innings).

Yesterday's intra-squad game:

Ryo Hijirisawa and Kensuke Uchimura both stole 3 bases a piece.

Taishi Nakagawa started at third and batted 7th; he went 3-for-3 with a homer and 4 RBI.

Tetsuro Nishida started at short and batted 9th; he went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and a stolen base.

Ryan Speier entered the game in the 4th and tossed 2 shutout innings.

===== 2/13 @ 9:06pm

Senichi Hoshino apparently wasn't too pleased at how today's practice game ended.  After the game, he rounded up the players and said, "Hits and home runs are hard to come by.  You need to think what about what kinds of things you can do to annoy the opponent."


Masahiro Tanaka threw 207 pitches in the bullpen today.  He also had someone stand in the left batter's box.  This was Tanaka's first ever 200+ pitch bullpen session and it comes just a couple days after tossing 120 pitches (2/11).   And it seems Tanaka started to feel a little fatigue after he threw around 130 pitches.

===== 2/13 @ 6:46am

The Eagles drew 950 fans yesterday.


Katsuya Nomura was all over the place yesterday -- he arrived in Kumejima at 10:30am and met with Senichi Hoshino and team president Hiroshi Mikitani for about 30 minutes; after that he visited the bullpen to watch the pitchers and spent some time talking to Motohiro Shima; he then visited the Ni-gun grounds for about an hour (he wanted to check on players like Takeshi Yamasaki) and ate lunch at the Ni-gun facilities while speaking to a number of players; he finished by returning to the Ichi-gun grounds to watch the intra-squd game.

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Katsuya Nomura attends a Shidax old timers baseball club gathering

by on Jan.23, 2011 @ 4:34 pm, under Industrial, NPB

Katsuya Nomura attended an old timers Shidax Baseball Club gathering on Saturday (he was manager / GM for the club between 2003 and 2005 and asked that Shidax chairman, Tsutomu Shida, consider restarting the baseball club that was disbanded in 2006 and then consider hiring him back as manager of the team.

While Shidax won't be bringing their baseball club, it seems Shida is thinking about asking Nomura to join him at more events in the future.

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Rakuten Eagles News and Notes: December 19, 2010

by on Dec.19, 2010 @ 3:52 pm, under NPB
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Akinori Iwamura feels the Rakuten Eagles are the team everyone should keep their eye on next season, not the Nippon Ham Fighters.  He also stressed again that he'll be more than happy to give younger players advice if they ask for it.

On Saturday, Iwamura took part in a baseball clinic in Tokyo that lasted about 3 hours.


Katsuya Nomura and his stepson Don Nomura sat down to record a video version of Katsuya Nomura's book Nomura's Thoughts for Fuji TV on the 18th.  The two spoke for over 4 hours on the topic of baseball and life.  The program will be broadcast in three segments on Fuji TV One (a CS channel) between January and March.  The program will also be available on DVD after the original broadcasts.


26-year-old Satoshi Nagai and 26-year-old former model Mami Kitani held their wedding ceremony in Yokohama on Saturday.  Players like Masahiro Tanaka and Naoto Watanabe attended the ceremony.

Kitani is currently 4 months pregnant.


Ryo Hijirisawa's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a healthy boy, on Friday.

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Rakuten Eagles News and Notes: December 10, 2010

by on Dec.10, 2010 @ 5:19 pm, under NPB
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Next season will be Masahiro Tanaka's 5th pro season.  On Thursday, he agreed to a 2011 salary of 200M yen plus incentives (up 20M yen).  For a pitcher out of high school to reach the 200M yen range, that's faster than Daisuke Matsuzaka (6th pro season), as quick as Ichiro Suzuki (5th year), and one year behind Yu Darvish (4th season).


Satoshi Nagai also met with the team on Thursday and placed a 72.5M yen (up 15.5M yen) offer on hold.  It appears there's about a 2.5M yen difference between the two sides.

Nagai wants the Eagles to place more importance in the fact he was able to provide the starting rotation with much needed stability over the last two seasons.  The two sides will meet again on the 20th.


Teppei was apparently quite sad about Naoto Watanabe being traded away and teared up while telling reporters that he understood that trades are part of the job description, but that it was something he never expected.

Kensuke Uchimura was also apparently surprised by the move and said that he received a lot of encouragement from Watanabe.  Uchimura added that he wanted to try his best to fill in the hole that opens with Watanabe's departure.


Kazuo Matsui and Hiroyuki Nakajima (Seibu Lions) recorded a radio show for Bunka Hoso on Thursday.  The show will air on 1/3/2010 and is titled "Matsui Kazuo, Nakajima Hiroyuki - New Year's gathering - What baseball means to us" (松井稼頭央 中島裕之 新春ビッグ対談 僕らのベースボール).

Seems Matsui also encouraged Nakajima to chase after his dreams of playing in the Majors.

"I'd like to see his dream come true," said Matsui.  "A of things happened during my 7 years and I consider them all good experiences.  And I recommend the Central League because of the time differences."


Katsuya Nomura was asked to provide his thoughts on Saito Yuki and said, "He's got warm hands.  He's the type that lives and dies on control and pitch selection.  What will decide his fate is his catcher."

Nomura was then asked about the news regarding Tanaka's trip with Mai Satoda and he replied, "What a fool.  I think I taught him wrong.  Saito?  He'll be fine.  He's different [from Tanaka]."

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Katsuya Nomura wants the NPB to do more to keep players in Japan

by on Oct.30, 2010 @ 11:20 pm, under NPB
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Katsuya Nomura made an appearance at Wataricho, Miyagi on Saturday and spoke about how the importance of stopping Japanese players from heading to the Majors.

"Everyone will [end up going] to America," said Nomura.  "What will become of Japan's pro yakyu?  The best can help teach the best.  Kaneda brought up Oh and Nagashima, and Oh and Nagashima helped bring up Enatsu. ... Strict rules need to be created.  I wonder what the commissioner is doing."

While I do agree that something needs to be done, I'm not entirely sure that creating harsher rules will stop the flow.  I think what's more important is creating a better working environment for players and improving the level of play in the NPB.

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Rakuten Eagles’ offer to Senichi Hoshino to come soon?

by on Oct.18, 2010 @ 11:30 am, under NPB
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Now that the Hanshin Tigers are no longer a part of Climax Series play, the Rakuten Eagles are "free" to formally offer Senichi Hoshino a contract.  Sanspo feels that that could happen as early as today, since both sides took the same stance of not making any moves while the Tigers were still a part of Climax Series play.  Interestingly enough, Sanspo also includes a quote from Eagles' club rep Jun Yoneda suggesting that the Eagles won't be making any moves so soon after the Tigers' elimination out of consideration for the club.

Nikkan Sports mentions the 19th as a possibility and adds that the Eagles will likely try to push negotiations along so that they'll have something ready for the end of October.

And Sponichi is carrying two articles on Takeshi Yamasaki speaking about the possibility of Hoshino becoming the next manager of the Eagles.

In one of the articles, Yamasaki questions why the team even made a departure away from Katsuya Nomura at the end of the 2009 season when they only ended up firing his replacement, Marty Brown, after just one season.

In the other, Yamasaki talks about three fundamental rules he plans on teaching some of the younger players in order to help make their transition over to the new manager quicker and easier.  The three rules: be a stickler for details; be quick and clear with your replies; be sure to eat breakfast every day.  Yamasaki knows Hoshino since they were both a part of the Dragons organization in the 90s -- Yamasaki as a player and Hoshino as a manager.

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Rakuten: Katsuya Nomura will return as honorary manager in 2011

by on Oct.12, 2010 @ 12:26 pm, under NPB
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Katsuya Nomura will likely return as the Rakuten Eagles' honorary in 2011.  Nomura is currently in the first year of a 3-year deal.

Nomura didn't get to visit Kleenex Stadium much early on during the season due to health problems, but that changed once he got healthier.  According to an Eagles' rep, Nomura provided the team with timely advice over the course of the season.

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Katsuya Nomura: It won’t be easy with Hoshino

by on Oct.08, 2010 @ 8:59 pm, under NPB
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Katsuya Nomura thoughts on the current Rakuten Eagles' plan for signing Senichi Hoshino:

He's a one-man show, so it won't the same.  Things will be harder for the club [to control]. ... His biggest hit was getting Tomoaki Kanemoto.  That's what he's good at. ... But Hanshin has money.  And Rakuten doesn't. ... He's the complete opposite of me, so that could make things interesting.  Not really sure how it'll make things interesting though.

Katsuya Nomura to return to Eagles?

by on Sep.29, 2010 @ 11:49 am, under NPB
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Daily Sports filed a report yesterday that mentions the Eagles may be looking to bring Katsuya Nomura back as manager of the team.

An unnamed source mentions that the question of whether Brown was really the right manager for the Eagles was raised at a recent Rakuten board of directors' meeting.  And while the Eagles likely haven't put together a list of candidates, the unnamed source mentioned that the usual suspects will probably be included in any list the team makes (like Osamu Higashio), and that also includes the previous manager (in this case, Nomura).

It seems there are also some in the Eagles' organization that are now questioning whether or not they fired Nomura a bit too early.

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