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Hiroshima Carp: Kiyoshi Toyoda to retire after the season

by on Oct.24, 2011 @ 2:24 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced today that 40-year-old Kiyoshi Toyoda will be retiring after the current season.

Career Stats (thru 10/23)

Year Tm G W L Sv CG ShO BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
1995 SEI 4 0 0 0 0 0 21 6.0 3 1 0 0 4 0 0 1 1 1.50 0.50
1996 SEI 18 5 5 0 3 1 441 108.0 101 17 25 3 88 2 0 40 37 3.08 1.17
1997 SEI 23 10 6 0 6 3 616 150.2 128 14 54 2 86 2 0 54 49 2.93 1.21
1998 SEI 7 4 2 0 0 0 158 39.1 34 4 9 0 31 1 0 19 19 4.35 1.09
1999 SEI 20 10 4 0 4 2 490 122.2 111 12 16 3 91 1 2 57 53 3.89 1.04
2000 SEI 26 5 9 1 1 0 500 118.1 130 12 27 2 90 3 2 52 50 3.80 1.33
2001 SEI 47 5 3 28 0 0 196 47.2 42 7 12 1 58 1 2 15 15 2.83 1.13
2002 SEI 57 6 1 38 0 0 204 57.1 32 1 3 1 66 1 1 5 5 0.78 0.61
2003 SEI 58 2 3 38 0 0 215 58.0 37 2 9 1 54 1 1 8 8 1.24 0.79
2004 SEI 34 5 1 11 0 0 142 36.2 26 1 5 0 39 1 0 5 4 0.98 0.85
2005 SEI 35 3 1 19 0 0 150 34.0 42 4 6 0 31 0 0 17 15 3.97 1.41
2006 YOM 38 1 4 13 0 0 159 38.0 39 2 6 0 46 0 0 14 14 3.32 1.18
2007 YOM 47 2 5 4 0 0 195 48.0 46 2 8 2 56 1 0 18 18 3.38 1.13
2008 YOM 50 3 2 0 0 0 186 46.1 45 4 5 1 49 2 0 17 17 3.30 1.08
2009 YOM 46 2 2 5 0 0 172 40.2 35 3 15 1 32 1 0 13 9 1.99 1.23
2010 YOM 16 1 1 0 0 0 70 14.1 22 3 6 0 18 0 0 7 7 4.40 1.95
2011 HIR 32 2 1 0 0 0 104 26.1 27 3 1 0 20 0 0 9 9 3.08 1.06
Totals 558 66 50 157 14 6 4019 992.1 900 92 207 17 859 17 8 351 330 2.99 1.12
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Hiroshima Carp Spring Camp News and Notes: February 3, 2011

by on Feb.03, 2011 @ 10:40 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

=== 2/4 @ 2:10am

Dennis Sarfate threw 40 pitches (including off-speed pitches) in the bullpen today.  Yoshikazu Kura caught the session and told reporters that Sarfate threw as hard as Colby Lewis, but had more movement.

=== 10:40pm

The first block of spring camp ended for the Carp todayKenjiro Nomura told reporters he was concerned about players getting injured during the first block due to pushing too hard or being under-prepared and was glad no one got hurt.  The second block of camp will include more game-like practices like situational BP.

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Kiyoshi Toyoda threw 50 pitches in the bullpen today (30 to a standing catcher and 20 to a squatting catcher).  It was second bullpen session in as many days.

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Hiroshima announced today that Mike Schultz will be arriving in Okinawa on the 4th and will join the team for spring camp beginning on the 5th.  Schultz missed the first block of spring camp due to the flu and got the green light from doctors.

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Yuya Fukui (1st round) continues to take it easy -- he still hasn't thrown in the bullpen and is spending most of his time runningFour other rookie pitchers did toss bullpen sessions on Wednesday: Yuki Iwami (3rd round) threw 70 pitches; Masaya Kanemaru (4th round) threw 58 pitches; Yuki Tsurumoto (7th round) threw 60 pitches; and Kyohei Nakamura (2nd round) threw 42 pitches.

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Hiroshima Carp Spring Camp News and Notes: February 2, 2011

by on Feb.02, 2011 @ 2:25 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

=== 10:46pm

Kenta Kurihara is working on his swing (his left side is apparently opening up too quickly and he isn't using his lower body very effectively).  As part of his training today, Kurihara swung a rake (tonbo) instead of a bat.  After that, he spent some time taking soft toss BP.

===4:51pm

Kiyoshi Toyoda celebrated his 40th birthday today by throwing 40 pitches in the bullpen.

=== 2:25pm

Bryan Bullington threw 30 pitches (including his change, and slider) in the bullpen yesterday.

Said Bullington, "My feel for the ball on the mound still isn't at 100%.  I didn't throw the ball too hard.  Right now, my focus is on throwing strikes. ... I used to watch Atlanta a lot back when they were strong.  Maddux, Glavine...  I'd like to try and become a pitcher like Smoltz."

Bullington also added that he threw a bullpen session about 10 days ago.

Dragons' scout - "His arms and legs are long so it takes a while for the ball to come out.  They throw differently, but if his change is on, it could look similar to [Seth] Greisinger's."

Giants' scout - "He kept his pitches around the plate.  He's tall and call in at an angle."

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Dennis Sarfate threw 25 pitches in the bullpen yesterday at about 75-80%.

Giants' scout - "He's got good velocity and an off-speed pitch that has vertical break."

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Kenta Maeda become the quickest Carp to reach the 100M yen mark

by on Dec.21, 2010 @ 6:43 pm, under NPB
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Kenta Maeda became the quickest Carp to reach the 100M yen mark (out of high school and in his 5th year) on Monday when he signed for 120M yen (plus a 30M yen bonus for his titles).  The previous record of 6th year was set by Tomonori Maeda.  He's also just the 8th player out of high school in (NPB history) to reach the 100M yen market in his 5th year.

Maeda also made three promises: be the opening day pitcher; match the number of wins he records to his uniform number (18); and become the type of pitcher that can be considered Japan's ace.

Chugoku Shimbun is carrying comments from Maeda's press conference:

What are you thoughts on becoming the quickest Carp to the 100M yen mark?

I'm happy my name is now a part of Carp history.  Hitting the 100M mark was one of my goals when I turned pro.  My performance this past season was slightly above my expectations.  I'm doing a good job so far of putting together good seasons.

What kinds of negotiations did you have with the club?

I asked what would have happened if I had the same numbers without the titles.  They told me their offer wouldn't change.  They really thought highly of my season.

How will you spend the off-season?

This is an off-season like no other, my schedule is packed.  My pants feel a little big, so I think I've lost some weight.  But I finished the event portion of my schedule yesterday.  I'll return to Osaka now and slowly get back into a training routine.

What are your plans now?

Just like every year, I'll head to Okinawa for my training in January.  I'll hit the bullpen once spring camp starts.  My responsibilities have increased.  I want to go in strong and pitch well enough so that I'm trusted 100%.

In other team news:

Kiyoshi Toyoda told reporters that he plans on starting over from scratch for the 2011 season.  On Tuesday, Toyoda worked out (doing things like running sprints, playing catch, and lifting weights) at Giants Stadium.

Said Toyoda, "I don't pick where I'll play.  I just need to do whatever I can to help the team win.  I have nothing to lose.  I want to start fresh."

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Hiroshima Carp sign Kiyoshi Toyoda to strengthen pen?

by on Nov.15, 2010 @ 10:12 am, under NPB
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11/22/2010 @ 5:47pm JST

The Carp held a press conference today to announce their signing of Toyoda.  Toyoda apparently gets a 1-year deal worth 20M yen plus incentives and the number 33.

11/15/2010 @ 10:12am JST

The Hiroshima Carp have apparently signed Kiyoshi Toyoda to help out in the bullpen.  The Yomiuri Giants originally offered Toyoda a player / coach position with the team this year, but Toyoda declined because he was still interested in pursuing a career as just a player.

Toyoda showed the Carp he's fully recovered from back problems that limited him to 16 games this season (seems he pitched in a simulated game and probably held bullpen sessions on consecutive days).

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Yomiuri Giants to release Kiyoshi Toyoda

by on Nov.06, 2010 @ 9:35 pm, under NPB
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11/7/2010 1:50pm JST

The Giants apparently offered Toyoda a coaching job but he declined because he wants to continue to playing.

11/6/2010 9:35pm JST

The Yomiuri Giants informed Kiyoshi Toyoda today that they were releasing him.

Career Stats

YR TM G W L Sv CG ShO BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BLK R ER ERA WHIP
1995 SEI 4 0 0 0 0 0 21 6.0 3 1 0 0 4 0 0 1 1 1.50 0.50
1996 SEI 18 5 5 0 3 1 441 108.0 101 17 25 3 88 2 0 40 37 3.08 1.17
1997 SEI 23 10 6 0 6 3 616 150.2 128 14 54 2 86 2 0 54 49 2.93 1.21
1998 SEI 7 4 2 0 0 0 158 39.1 34 4 9 0 31 1 0 19 19 4.35 1.09
1999 SEI 20 10 4 0 4 2 490 122.2 111 12 16 3 91 1 2 57 53 3.89 1.04
2000 SEI 26 5 9 1 1 0 500 118.1 130 12 27 2 90 3 2 52 50 3.80 1.33
2001 SEI 47 5 3 28 0 0 196 47.2 42 7 12 1 58 1 2 15 15 2.83 1.13
2002 SEI 57 6 1 38 0 0 204 57.1 32 1 3 1 66 1 1 5 5 0.78 0.61
2003 SEI 58 2 3 38 0 0 215 58.0 37 2 9 1 54 1 1 8 8 1.24 0.79
2004 SEI 34 5 1 11 0 0 142 36.2 26 1 5 0 39 1 0 5 4 0.98 0.85
2005 SEI 35 3 1 19 0 0 150 34.0 42 4 6 0 31 0 0 17 15 3.97 1.41
2006 YOM 38 1 4 13 0 0 159 38.0 39 2 6 0 46 0 0 14 14 3.32 1.18
2007 YOM 47 2 5 4 0 0 195 48.0 46 2 8 2 56 1 0 18 18 3.38 1.13
2008 YOM 50 3 2 0 0 0 186 46.1 45 4 5 1 49 2 0 17 17 3.30 1.08
2009 YOM 46 2 2 5 0 0 172 40.2 35 3 15 1 32 1 0 13 9 1.99 1.23
2010 YOM 16 1 1 0 0 0 70 14.1 22 3 6 0 18 0 0 7 7 4.40 1.95
Totals 526 64 49 157 14 6 3915 966.0 873 89 206 17 839 17 8 342 321 2.99 1.12
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