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[10/18/2015] Softbank Hawks: Kazuyuki Hoashi to retire

by on Oct.18, 2015 @ 5:38 pm, under NPB
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Kazuyuki Hoashi held a press conference at YafuOku Dome earlier today and announced that he was retiring. Current and former teammates tried to persuade him to reconsider, but he felt it best to end his career after watching young pitchers develop in the Softbank organization. Said Hoashi, "When I came to Fukuoka, I thought about ending my career here. I take pride in being a part of strong Seibu and Softbank teams. Softbank will continue getting better. I want to watch [the team grow] from close by."

Source: Sponichi 10/18/2015, Sanspo 10/18/2015

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Softbank Hawks News and Notes: March 25, 2013

by on Mar.25, 2013 @ 11:47 pm, under NPB
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The opening day starting rotation could be: Tadashi SettsuVicente Padilla, 1st round draft pick Nao HigashihamaKenji OtonariShota Takeda, and 6th round draft pick Hirofumi Yamanaka.

Kazuyuki Hoashi is scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun game against Hanshin at Naruohama on the 31st.  Yamanaka will pitch in a Ni-gun game on the 29th before his first Ichi-gun start on April 4 (vs Seibu at Seibu Dome).

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013

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Bryan LaHair could end up batting fourth on opening day with Wily Mo Pena in the five-hole.  Pena missed the last three exhibition games after taking an HBP off his left wrist.  LaHair was tested as a clean-up over the last six games of the exhibition game season and may have won the chance to bat fourth on opening day.

Seiichi Uchikawa will likely bat third and Nobuhiro Matsuda sixth.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013

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The Kyushu Symphony Ochestra will perform the national anthem on opening day.  Golden Bomber's Kenji Darvish is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.  

Source: official announcement

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A new entrance sign at YafuOku Dome was misspelled fuOku Dome.  The error was apparently caught after the sign went up.  The mistake was temporarily hidden with a white cloth.  A corrected version will be reprinted.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013

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Ever wanted to look like Wily Mo Pena?  Try the Be like Pena cap and beard.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013

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Softbank Hawks News and Notes: February 23, 2013

by on Feb.23, 2013 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • 1st round draft pick Nao Higashihama: bullpen, fifty-two pitches

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2013

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Kazuyuki Hoashi is scheduled to start Sunday's exhibition game against Seibu.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2013

1st round draft pick Nao Higashihama is scheduled to pitch on Sunday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2013

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Shota Takeda is a candidate to start on opening day, if both Tadashi Settsu and Kenji Otonari are not able to after returning from the WBC.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2013

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Naoki Shirane hit a walk-off single during a Ni-gun practice game against Tokyo Gas on the Friday.

With runners on second and third and two out in the 9th, he swung at a pitch and hit a broken-bat grounder through the left side to give the Ni-gun Hawks a walk-off victory.

Shirane managed to drop his weight from 104 to eighty-six kilograms.  He also dropped his fat percentage from twenty-five to twenty percent.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2013

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Yao-Hsun Yang (30) and a thirty-two-year-old woman from Taiwan held an engagement ceremony at a hotel in Taipei on Friday.

Source: Sponichi 2/23/2013

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Softbank Hawks News and Notes: February 16, 2013

by on Feb.17, 2013 @ 1:20 am, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • Vicente Padilla: batting practice, faced two batters, fifty pitches, allowed three could-be hits

Source: Sponichi 2/16/2013

Friday

  • 1st round draft pick Nao Higashihama: bullpen, seventy pitches

Source: Sponichi 2/16/2013

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Mu-Young Kim rejoined workouts today after missing time with the flu (from the 11th).

Source: Sports Hochi 2/16/2013

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Kazuyuki Hoashi threw 255 pitches in the bullpen in two days -- 124 on Thursday and 131 on Friday.  He could start an exhibition game on either the 23rd or 24th.

Hoasahi has been wearing a special belt on his left elbow to help him with his mechanics.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/16/2013

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Shota Takeda is interested in starting the first exhibition game of the year on the 23rd against Seibu because it will be at Ivy Stadium, located in his home prefecture of Miyazaki.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/16/2013

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1st round draft pick Nao Higashihama's next appearance will in an intra-squad game on the 17th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/16/2013

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Softbank Hawks: March 19, 2012

by on Mar.19, 2012 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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The Hawks held a pep rally at Softbank HQ in Shiodome, Tokyo today.  Team owner Masayoshi Son promised to provide players with the new iPad3.  About 500 Softbank employees attended the event.

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Brad Penny and Renyel Pinto rejoined the Ichi-gun team today and worked out at QVC Marine.  Penny is scheduled to pitch on Wednesday and Pinto on Thursday, both games against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome.

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Hiroki Kokubo worked out at the indoor training facilities at QVC Marine on his day-off today.  Kokubo wanted to get in some extra work because he missed some time after hurting his left calf during a game against the Yokohama Bay Stars on March 13.

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If Shingo Tatsumi makes the opening day roster, it will likely be as a reliever.

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Kazuyuki Hoashi's first regular season start could come on April 1 against the Orix Buffaloes at Yahoo Dome.

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Softbank Hawks: March 13, 2012

by on Mar.13, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Hiroki Kokubo left today's game before taking the field on defense in the 1st inning due to tightness in his left calf.  The injury does not appear to be serious and the team expects Kokubo to be in the line-up on Thursday against the Rakuten Eagles.

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Nikkan Sports notes that Yuichi Honda and Kenji Akashi could take the top two spots in the batting order.

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Kazuyuki Hoashi is scheduled to start a Kyoiku League game against Hanshin (at Naruohama) on Sunday, March 18.

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According to Sanspo, the Hawks will most likely open the season with the following starting rotation:

March 30 - April 1 (vs Orix): Tadashi Settsu, Nagisa Arakaki, Hoashi

April 3 - April 5 (vs Rakuten): Hiroki Yamada, Brad PennyRenyel Pinto

Sho Iwasaki and Kenji Otonari are also still in the running.

====== UPDATE 3/14 @ 12:45am

The Hawks will avoid starting Penny and Pinto against the Rakuten Eagles before the start of the regular season and will instead have them make Kyoiku League starts: Penny against Hiroshima on Wednesday and Pinto against Orix on Thursday.

Softbank Hawks: March 5, 2012

by on Mar.05, 2012 @ 11:32 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Sunday

  • Kazuyuki Hoashi threw about forty pitches in the bullpen after his outing against the Chiba Lotte Marines. (Nikkan Sports)

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There is a good chance Yuichi Honda could end up batting lead-off for the Hawks this season.

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Seiichi Uchikawa has been testing a Pete Rose model bat made by Mizuno that is one inch longer longer than his other bat (33.5 to 34.5).

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Kazuyuki Hoashi tossed a bullpen session after his outing on Sunday against the Chiba Lotte Marines because he was not satisfied with how he pitched.

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Hiroshi Shibahara was tossed into the air eight times during his post-game retirement ceremony on Sunday.

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Softbank Hawks: February 20, 2012

by on Feb.20, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under High School, NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Monday

  • Kazuyuki Hoashi threw about 100 pitches to a squatting catcher. (Daily Sports)
  • Masahiko Morifuku threw eighty-four pitches in the bullpen. (Sanspo)

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Kazuyuki Hoashi is scheduled to pitch in an intra-squad game on February 23.

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Masahiko Morifuku was not scheduled to toss a bullpen session today but did because it was warm.

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Yuya Hasegawa joined Group A (Ichi-gun) camp today for practices.  Workouts including batting and fielding practice.  Hasegawa also took extra fielding practice as well.

Hasegawa started the spring at Group B camp because of concerns regarding his right shoulder.

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Yatsushiro, Kumamoto mayor Kazutoshi Fukushima visited Nobuhiko Matsunaka today and presented him with a number of local food products, like tomatoes.  Matsunaka is a native of Yatsushiro.

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Softbank Hawks: February 16, 2012

by on Feb.16, 2012 @ 11:42 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Thursday

  • Tadashi Settsu faced Seiichi Uchikawa and Nobuhiko Matsunaka during batting practice and allowed fourteen hits on sixty-one pitches. (Daily Sports)
  • Kazuyuki Hoashi faced Wily Mo Pena and Alex Cabrera during batting practice and allowed four could-be hits on forty-six pitches. (Nikkan Sports)
  • Rehab coach Kazumi Saito threw thirty-two pitches in the bullpen.  He also had the catcher stand on one knee. (Nikkan Sports)

Wednesday

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Today was the last day of the fourth block of spring camp.  The team has the day off tomorrow.

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Brad Penny wanted to pitch on four days of rest instead of six days of rest.

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Koji Akiyama spent over an hour giving Kenta Imamiya hitting advice on Wednesday -- forty minutes on how to use his lower body while hitting off a tee and about another thirty minutes after full squad bunt practices.

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Takehito Kanazawa canceled his bullpen session on Wednesday because he was feeling tightness in his lower back.  He also did not participate in fielding practice and instead focused on stretches and getting massages.  He is basically day-to-day.

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Toru Hosokawa caught Hiroyuki Kawahara's bullpen session on Wednesday and later advised the 20-year-old to make adjustments to how he throws the curve because he might be tipping the pitch to batters.

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Softbank Hawks: February 6, 2012

by on Feb.07, 2012 @ 3:29 am, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions
 

Monday

  • Renyel Pinto threw thirty-three pitches, including off-speed pitches, to a squatting catcher.  He also had someone calls balls and strikes to get a better fee for the strikezone. (Sanspo)

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Kenji Otonari tossed about fifty pitches during batting practice on Monday.

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Renyel Pinto told reporters on Monday that he tossed his bullpen session at 60-70%.

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Sadaharu Oh saw Toru Hosokawa before general practices on Monday and said he might be able to hit twenty homers this season.

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Kazuyuki Hoashi had originally planned to throw about fifty pitches during his bullpen session on Sunday.  He cut it short after twenty-nine pitches because he did not want to overwork himself.

FYI: there were fifteen cameras and thirty reporters in the bullpen when Hoashi tossed his session.

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With Takahiro Mahara out for an undetermined amount of time, Brian Falkenborg will likely be tasked to close this season.

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