Tag: Koji Uehara
Tomokazu Oka (37) attended a tryout in Arizona in late-October. A number of MLB teams, including the Baltimore Orioles, are interested in the veteran pitcher.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2013
The Baltimore Orioles will not attempt to re-sign Tsuyoshi Wada. From MASN Sports' Roch Kubatko:
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed today that the club won't attempt to re-sign free-agent pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada after declining to pick up his $5 million option for 2014.
... The Orioles chose not to recall Wada as rosters expanded in September, mostly because they didn't want to experiment with him while in a pennant race.
Duquette had indicated that the Orioles would attempt to re-sign Wada at a reduced rate, perhaps hoping that he'd accept a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, but it's not going to happen. Apparently, the Orioles didn't attempt to negotiate with him.
"I think that the Wada chapter is over with the Orioles," Duquette said. "We're just going in another direction."
Source: MASN Sports 11/21/2013
The latest on Yu Darvish's back, from MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan:
... Darvish, who finished this past season experiencing inflammation in his lower back, was examined by Dr. Drew Dossett this week while in Texas and underwent an MRI. The results showed that the inflammation from the nerve irritation has subsided.
Darvish will continue with his conditioning program and be able to go through his normal offseason throwing program without any issues. He will work out in Texas for the next few days before returning to Japan.
Source: MLB.com 11/21/2013
Koji Uehara returned to Japan today. He rested for about two weeks after the end of the season before resuming workouts about a week ago.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2013
MLB Japan held an event at Ishinomaki General Sports Park today. Hisashi Iwakuma was a special guest.
Source: press release
The 2013 Cy Young Award went to the Detroit Tigers' Max Scherzer (203 points). Yu Darvish finished in second (93 points), Hisashi Iwakuma third (73 points), and Koji Uehara seventh (10 points).
Source: MLB.com 11/13/2013
Hideki Matsui has been invited by the NY Yankees to be a special instructor during spring training next year. Matsui was invited this spring as well, but declined because his wife was due to deliver.
Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2013
The latest on Hiroki Kuroda:
From the NY Daily News' Anthony McCarron:
Robinson Cano, Hiroki Kuroda and Curtis Granderson all got one-year qualifying offers from the Yankees Monday, the team announced, meaning the Yanks will get sandwich-pick draft compensation if they sign elsewhere.
... It's unclear what the 38-year-old Kuroda will do. He pitched well overall for the Yankees in 2013, logging a 3.31 ERA in 201-1/3 innings. But he sagged late in the season. After the Yanks' final game, he said he had some decisions to make and that retiring was a possibility. Kuroda made $15 million last season.
... Players have until 5 p.m. November 11 to accept or reject the qualifying offer.
The latest on Koji Uehara:
From MassLive.com's Ron Chimelis:
... "Without adding any closer or other reliever next year, we are completely comfortable with Koji as our closer,'' the Boston manager said as he met with media Monday at Fenway Park.
... He threw 74 percent of his pitches for strikes, the highest for any pitcher with more than 10 innings since 2000. Uehara was the first pitcher in history to record more than 100 strikeouts and fewer than 10 walks.
... How can the Red Sox consider anybody else?
They probably won't, but Farrell said the Sox will keep in mind that Uehara pitched a full month longer than expected.
He will be 39 in April, so his durability will be scrutinized.
... In all likelihood, Farrell gave Uehara "only'' a 98 percent endorsement because the offseason always carries uncertainty.
From The Boston Herald's Scott Lauber:
... Obama, a longtime White Sox fan, praised Farrell for the job he did in his first year as Red Sox manager. According to information provided by the White House, he also remarked on closer Koji Uehara's remarkably successful season and congratulated David Ortiz on being named World Series MVP.
Uehara's response to Obama's comment:
The pre, pre, presdient!?
Koji Uehara joined Tadahito Iguchi, So Taguchi, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Okajima, and Hideki Matsui as the only six Japanese players in NPB history to win both a Nippon Series and World Series.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2013
Uehara donted his cleats to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Of the 147 players that attained free agency on October 31, two were Japanese players: Hiroki Kuroda and Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2013
The MLB and NPB could agree to details on a new posting agreement some time early next week. The two leagues are expected to make a worldwide announcement.
Source: Sponichi 11/1/2013
From October 30:
|Junichi Tazawa||BOS||10/30||STL 1
|Entered the game in the top of the 7th with the bases loaded, two out, and Boston up 6-1. (H, 2). [MLB highlight]|
|Koji Uehara||BOS||10/30||STL 1
|Entered the game in the top of the 9th with Boston up 6-1. [MLB highlight]|
The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York presented Hideki Matsui with the Eagle on the World Award during their 29th Annual Dinner on the 30th.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2013
Tabloids caught Yu Darvish (27) on a possible date with model Malia (30).
Darvish is currently living in an apartment complex that costs about 700,000 yen to rent. Tabloids have reported in the past that golfer Miho Koga lives there as well.
At about 4:30pm on October 26, Darvish was seen leaving the apartment complex with Koga. The two climbed into the back seat of a car driven by Darvish's brother Kenta. Koga got off at Roppongi Hills and met with a friend at a kaiten sushi restaurent. According to witnesses, she was their about an hour before returning home.
Darvish got off the car at a hotel a few hundred meters away from where Koga was dropped off. Shortly after he walked into the hotel, a woman wearing a black mini skirt waved at Kenta in the car and headed toward the hotel. About an hour later, Darvish and the woman emerged from the hotel and got into the car driven by Kenta.
The second woman was fashion model Malia. She is half Indian and half Japanese. She married soccer player Hayuma Tanaka in 2001 and divorced in 2004. She re-married in 2004 (MMA fighter Norifumi Yamamoto) before once against divorcing in 2009. She bore three children in the two marriages.
Source: ZakZak 10/31/2013
From October 28:
|Did not play|
|Koji Uehara||BOS||10/28||BOS 3
|Entered the game in the bottom of the 8th with a runner on second, two out, and Bosont up 3-1. (S, 2)|
From October 27:
|Junichi Tazawa||BOS||10/27||BOS 4
|Entered the game in the bottom of the 7th with runners on first and second, two out, and Boston up 4-2. (H, 1). [MLB highlight]|
|Koji Uehara||BOS||10/27||BOS 4
|Entered the game in the bottom of the 9th with Boston up 4-2. Ended the game by picking Kolten Wong off second base with Carlos Beltran up to bat. (S, 1). [MLB highlight] ... First Japanese pitcher to record a save during the World Series. [Sponichi 10/28/2013]|
Manabu "Gaku" Tashiro became the first Japanese person to serve as an official World Series scorer. His scorecard from the first game was submitted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on the 26th. His scorecard from the second game will be sent to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in Tokyo.
Tashiro was only supposed to serve as a scorer for the first two games of the World Series. However, he is now slated to reprise his role in Game 4 and remain an official scorer until the end of the series.
Source: Sanspo 10/28/2013
New posting system agreement could be in place by November 1, according to NY Post's Joel Sherman.
The MLB Commissioners Office and Nippon Professional Baseball are closing in on a posting agreement that the sides are optimistic will be in place by Nov. 1, two sources told The Post.
... There had been speculation the system would undergo radical changes, with perhaps even the teams with the three highest posting bids all gaining the rights to negotiate with the players. I have been told there will be alterations in the process, but still only one team will win the post and have exclusive negotiating rights.
It is possible, as a way to give the player more power to chose his destination, he might get to pick a singular team from, say, the top two or three bidders.
From October 26:
|Junichi Tazawa||BOS||10/26||BOS 4
|Entered the game in the bottom of the 7th with runners on first and second, no out, and the game tied at two. Allowed both inherited runners to score when he gave up a double to the first batter he faced (Matt Holliday).|
|Koji Uehara||BOS||10/26||BOS 4
|Entered the game in the bottom of the 9th with a runner on first, one out, and the game tied at four. Gave up a double to the first batter he faced (Allen Craig) that put runners on second and third. The game-winning run came around to score when the next batter, Jon Jay, reached on a fielder's choice and third baseman Will Middlebrooks was called on an interference error. [MLB highlight]|
Bud Selig told reporters on Saturday that they are still negotiating terms for the new posting system agreement.
Source: Daily Sports 10/27/2013
The Texas Ranger could open the season in Japan in 2016. From the Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson:
... One of the two bodies in Japan that selects major-league teams to open the season there is interested in inviting the Rangers to play the next time the country is permitted to host MLB's Opening Series, largely because of right-hander Yu Darvish.
Generally speaking, the Yomiuri Shimbun and Nippon Professional Baseball select which teams they would like to play in Japan, and then meet with Major League Baseball to finish off the plans.
... Australia will play host to National League West rivals Arizona and Los Angeles in 2014, and MLB will start discussing plans for 2015 at some point next year. Japan has played in 2008 and 2012, so its next shot might not be until 2016.
Source: Star-Telegram 10/25/2013
According to MLB.com's Phil Rogers, the Chicago Cubs are very interested in Masahiro Tanaka.
... The Cubs are expected to be among the most heavily represented teams at the Japan Series, with a strong interest in 24-year old right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. He will pitch Game 2 for his Rakuten Golden Eagles, taking a 25-0 record into a game that starts about 5 a.m. CST Sunday.
Tanaka, according to Major League Baseball sources, has become a top priority for Cubs' owner Tom Ricketts and his baseball group, headed by Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. He is expected to be offered up for the posting process by the Golden Eagles after the Japan Series, and the Cubs will bid heavily on it.
So too will all of baseball’s biggest spenders, with the Yankees, Red Sox and Rangers among the teams most frequently mentioned as having interest. The Blue Jays, Mariners, Dodgers and maybe another half dozen teams are also following Tanaka closely.
Source: MLBlogs.com 10/26/2013
From October 24:
|Junichi Tazawa||BOS||10/24||STL 4
|Entered the game in the top of the 7th with a runner on first, two out, and Boston down 4-2.|
|Koji Uehara||BOS||10/24||STL 4
|Entered the game in the top of the 9th with Boston down 4-2.|
From October 19:
|Junichi Tazawa||BOS||10/19||DET 2
|Entered the game in the top of the 7th, with runners on first and second, and Boston down 2-1. (W, 1-0).|
|Koji Uehara||BOS||10/19||DET 2
|Entered the game in the top of the 9th with Boston up 5-2. (S, 3). [MLB highlights: 1, 2, 3] Named 2013 ALCS MVP.|