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[6/27/2015] Kochi Fighting Dogs: Kyuji Fujikawa makes relief appearance against Ehime

by on Jun.28, 2015 @ 5:05 am, under Independent
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Kyuji Fujikawa made an appearance in relief during an exhibition game against the Ehime Mandarin Pirates on June 27. He entered the game in the 6th and tossed two shutout innings. He topped out at 150km/h.

Scouts from Hanshin, Yokohama, and Seibu were at the game.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Ehime 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0
Kochi 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 0

Attendance: 726 | Time: 2h48m | Venue: Kochi Stadium

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Date Role IP NP BF H BB SO R ER Max Vel Att Donation (yen)
06/20 SP 4.0 57 18 5 1 2 1 1 146km/h 2865 ~200,000
06/27 RP 2.0 34 6 0 1 3 0 0 150km/h 726  

Donation = the Kochi Fighting Dogs agreed to donated ten percent of the ticket sales to childcare facilities whenever Fujikawa pitches.

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Source: official report, Daily Sports 6/27/2015, Nikkan Sports 6/27/2015, Sponichi 6/27/2015

[6/21/2015] Kochi Fighting Dogs: Kyuji Fujikawa pitches in an exhibition game

by on Jun.21, 2015 @ 2:38 pm, under Independent
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Kyuji Fujikawa made his Shikoku Island League debut on June 20. He started the game and gave up a run over four innings of work. He topped out at 146km/h. He was originally scheduled to pitch two or three innings, but he pushed to go four.

Scouts from Hanshin, Yokohama, Softbank, and Rakuten were at the game. About 140 members of the media were also at the game.

There was a long line in front of the ticket window, about 700 people, before gates at the stadium opened. Twenty security guards, ten times the usual number, watched over the game. Kochi police were also at the ready.

Fujikawa is slated to pitch against on June 27.

Fujikawa's line: 4.0 IP, 57 NP, 18 BF, 5 H, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 R, 1 ER.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kagawa/Tokushima 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 8 1
Kochi 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 8 2

Attendance: 2865 | Time: 2h43m | Venue: Kochi Stadium

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[6/9/2015] Kyuji Fujikawa News and Notes

by on Jun.09, 2015 @ 5:19 pm, under Independent
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The Kochi Fighting Dogs held a press conference on June 8 to introduce their latest addition, Kyuji Fujikawa. About 100 members of the media and fifteen television cameras covered the event.

Some notes from various updates over the last two to three days:

  • Fujikawa visited Kochi Governor Masanao Ozaki before his press conference on June 8.
  • The two sides agreed to a game-to-game contract worth zero yen (meaning he can opt out at any time).
  • When he pitches: ten percent of ticket sales to be donated to child support facilities, free admission to fans up through to high school
  • Fujikawa was assigned the uniform number 11.
  • Fujikawa is set to make his debut (as a starting pitcher) on June 20.
  • Fujikawa may have turned down Hanshin because he felt they were not serious about him. There have been reports that the front office may have been split about offering him a contract (there were concerns about his elbow). The Tigers may have offered a two year deal worth an estimated 100 to 200 milion yen (may have been closer to 100 than 200). They are still interested in the veteran and are planning to keep an eye on his outings.
  • Fujikawa is still interested in returning to the NPB, under the right conditions.
  • The Fighting Dogs have received a lot of media requests for Fujikawa. They have also received commercial offers.
  • News coverage via YouTube: FNN News, FNN News, Kyodo News

Source: Fighting Dogs Facebook Post, Chunichi Sports 6/9/2015, ZakZak 6/9/2015, ZakZak 6/3/2015, Sanspo 6/2/2015, Nikkan Sports 6/9/2015, Nikkan Sports 6/8/2015, Sponichi 6/9/2015, Sponichi 6/9/2015, Sponichi 6/8/2015, Sponichi 6/8/2015, Sponichi 6/3/2015, Sponichi 6/3/2015, Sponichi 6/2/2015, Sponichi 6/2/2015, Sanspo 6/3/2015, Daily Sports 6/9/2015, Daily Sports 6/9/2015, Tokyo Sports 6/3/2015

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[6/1/2015] Kyuji Fujikawa lands with the Kochi Fighting Dogs

by on Jun.02, 2015 @ 12:05 am, under Independent
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The Kochi Fightings Dogs (Shikoku Island League) announced on June 1 that they reached an agreement with former Hanshin Tiger Kyuji Fujikawa.

Fujikawa posted a message on his blog about his decision and told fans that he decided to sign with the Fighting Dogs for two main reasons: he wanted to play for a team that needed him and he wanted to be close to his family. Fujikawa and his wife are both from Kochi.

And I arrived at my answer today.
My wife and I are from Kochi. I want to help children that have a chance at becoming superstars by pitching in front of them.
I want to see the faces of people that enjoy watching me pitch.
Those people that cheered for me,
I decided to start my baseball career over in the place that helped raise me, Kochi.

The two sides have yet to formally sign a contract. A press conference is scheduled for June 8. He could join the team on June 9.

It should be noted that Fuijkawa has mentioned that he received offers from both MLB and NPB teams. Additionally, it was Fujikawa that reached out to the Kochi Fighting Dogs.

Source: official announcement, Fujikawa blog post, Chunichi Sports 6/1/2015, Daily Sports 6/1/2015, Daily Sports 6/1/2015

[5/23/2015] Ichiro Suzuki, Norichika Aoki, Munenori Kawasaki

by on May.23, 2015 @ 5:58 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki MIA 5/22 BAL 8
MIA 5
LF 4 1 2 0 1 1 1 .292
Batted seventh. Results: 1B7-R[13], BB, Kl, FC, 1B1. He recorded his 2,874th hit in the 2nd inning and passed Babe Ruth on the MLB all-time list.Nikkan Sports 5/23/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/23/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/23/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki SFG 5/22 SFG 11
COL 8
LF 4 1 0 0 1 0 2 .289
Batted lead-off. Results: F7, F8, G4, BB-R[17], G3. Nikkan Sports 5/23/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 5/22 SEA 4
TOR 3
2B 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000
Batted ninth. Results: G6, Ks, G6(DP). Nikkan Sports 5/23/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/23/2015.

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[5/19/2015] Kyuji Fujikawa News and Notes

by on May.20, 2015 @ 12:14 am, under MLB, NPB
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A number of NPB teams could be interested in Kyuji Fujikawa, if he becomes available. Among teams that could be interested: Hanshin, Orix, Rakuten.

The Hanshin Tigers have been keeping an eye on him since he left for the Majors. They have Seung-Hwan Oh, so Fujikawa would be used in another role. Middle relief and set-up man are possibilities. The Tigers also feel he might be able start. They have three spots left on the seventy-man roster.

  • Shinya Sakai: "We can't really do much unless they come to us. That's when things will start moving."
  • Someone connected to the team: "He did a lot for us so we are interested in having him play for use again. There is a question about the kind of pitching he's done over the last couple years, but it's something we would like to think about."
  • Someone connected to the team: "If he is open to playing in Japan, then I think we'll probably submit an offer."

The Orix Buffaloes have just one opening on their seventy-man roster. They will have to decide which is more important, a pitcher or position player.

  • Ryuzo Setoyama: "We will be looking into him." ... "We do have one opening on the seventy-man roster. He is a good player, so we'll look into him, but I'm guessing it won't happen."
  • Someone connected to the team: "We will think about it. Whether we actually pursue him is another story, but we will look into him."
  • Someone connected to the team: "We only have one spot left on the seventy-man roster. We have to think about the balance between pitchers and position players."

The Rakuten Eagles need a little more information before they can make a decision. They already have Yuki Matsui so he would not be a priority. The Eagles have two spots available on their seventy-man roster.

  • Hiroshi Abei: "We first need to see what kind of shape he's in." ... "We don't know anything about his contract and we don't know what kind of situation he's in. ... We'll take a thorough look and if there are no problems, we might see how he stacks up against other foreign candidates."
  • Yozo Tachibana: "We have not had a chance to discuss this yet." ... "If he is planning to come back to Japan and is healthy, then it is something we need to talk about. I'll be talking to [Senichi] Hoshino tonight."
  • Senichi Hoshino: "I probably shouldn't talk too much about this."

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/19/2015, Sponichi 5/19/2015, Sponichi 5/19/2015, Daily Sports 5/19/2015, Daily Sports 5/19/2015, Sanspo 5/19/2015

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Sanspo has posted the following interaction with Fujikawa:

How are you feeling right now?

It's part of the game, so it can't be helped. When I was on the disabled list, they asked if I could pitch a little more in the minors, but I didn't want any part of that, so this doesn't come as a big shock to me.

You were taken off the forty-man roster. What are your plans now?

I value my time with my family. That's the most important thing right now. Whatever will make me and my family the happiest. Even in looking back at my career with Hanshin, I put in a lot of time and missed out on a lot. The rest is talking things over with my agent.

There's the waiver wire and the chance of getting traded, but that aside, if you were to become a free agent, would you consider returning to Japan?

I'm not really thinking about that right now. I need to draw a line somewhere. I take my work seriously, so I'm not about to hurry back to Japan just because things didn't work out in America. Of course, I can throw. I'm not worried about my elbow. But it's about demand. It means nothing if there's no interest.

The Tigers were looking into you last off-season. The owner spoke about you as a Tiger treasure.

I am grateful that they considered me a large part of their organization. Regardless of whether or not I play, I am grateful for that. The owner understood me and I am grateful for that.

He also said: "[Japan is] an option. It's something that could happen if there's interest, but if there's no interest, then I'll think about retirement too. If I drag this out too long, then I might miss my time to quit. Living my life is really important."

Source: Sanspo 5/19/2015, Sanspo 5/19/2015

[5/18/2015] Norichika Aoki, Tsuyoshi Wada, Kyuji Fujikawa

by on May.18, 2015 @ 6:41 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki MIA 5/17 ATL 6
MIA 0
PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .278
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Brad Hand in the bottom of the 8th. Replaced by pitcher A. J. Ramos in the top of the 9th. Results: G6. Sponichi 5/18/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki SFG 5/17 SFG 9
CIN 8
LF 6 0 3 3 0 0 1 .291
Batted lead-off. Results: L6, 1B9 two RBI[10,11]-SB[10], G1, G4f, b1B5 one RBI[12], 1B7. Sponichi 5/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/18/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 5/17 CAP 4
CRD 1
2B 3 0 0 0 1 3   .163
Batted seventh. Results: Ks, BB, Ks, Ks.

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[5/16/2015] Ichiro Suzuki, Norichika Aoki, Kyuji Fujikawa

by on May.16, 2015 @ 6:06 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki MIA 5/15 ATL 5
MIA 3
PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .283
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for David Phelps in the bottom of the 6th. Results: 1B8. Replaced by pitcher Sam Dyson in the top of the 7th. With 2,870 career hits, he is three away from tying Babe Ruth for forty-second on the all-time hit list. Sponichi 5/16/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/16/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki SFG 5/15 SFG 10
CIN 2
PH-LF 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .279
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Madison Bumgarner in the top of the 8th. Results: 1B7-R[15]. Remained in the game as the left fielder. Sponichi 5/16/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/16/2015.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Junichi Tazawa BOS 5/15 BOS 1
SEA 2
6-3 1 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.59
Entered the game in the bottom of the 9th with a runner on second, two out, and the score tied at one. He gave up a walk-off hit to first batter he faced. Sponichi 5/16/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/16/2015.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kyuji Fujikawa TEX 5/15 CLE 8
TEX 3
17-9 5 0.2 2 3 3 0 1 1 16.20
Entered the game in the top of the 5th with runners on first and second, two out, and Texas down 5-3. He gave up a home run to the first batter in the top of the 6th and left three hitters later with runners on first and third, one out, and Texas down 6-3. Both runners he left on base later came around to score. Sponichi 5/16/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/16/2015.

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[5/15/2015] Norichika Aoki, Koji Uehara, Kyuji Fujikawa

by on May.15, 2015 @ 6:25 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki SFG 5/14 SFG 3
CIN 4
PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .273
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Javier Lopez in the top of the 7th. Results: G4(DP). Replaced by pitcher Jean Machi in the bottom of the 7th. Sponichi 5/15/2015, Sponichi 5/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/15/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 5/14 CAP 4
CRD 2
2B 4 0 2 0 0 0   .172
Batted seventh. Results: F6, 2B8[2], 1B8, G4f.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Koji Uehara BOS 5/14 BOS 2
SEA 1
12-8 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.64
Entered the game in the bottom of the 9th with Boston up 2-1. Notched a save (8). Sponichi 5/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/15/2015.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kyuji Fujikawa TEX 5/14 KCR 6
TEX 3
9-8 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Entered the game in the top of the 8th with Texas down 6-3. Sponichi 5/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/15/2015. MLB.tv highlight.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Tsuyoshi Wada CHC 5/14 NAS 4
IOW 6
88-60 24 7.0 4 1 1 0 6 0 2.86
Started the game. Left after seven innings with Iowa up 6-1. He got the win (1-3). Sponichi 5/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/15/2015.

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[5/12/2015] Ichiro Suzuki, Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara

by on May.12, 2015 @ 11:11 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki MIA 5/11 MIA 3
LAD 5
PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .270
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Sam Dyson in the top of the 9th. Results: BB. Removed in the bottom of the 9th. Sponichi 5/12/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/12/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 5/11 CRD 1
WVA 5
2B 4 0 1 0 0 1   .154
Batted eighth. Results: G3, 1B7, G4f, Ks.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Junichi Tazawa BOS 5/11 BOS 5
OAK 4
8-6 2 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.72
Entered the game in the bottom of the 7th with a runner on first, two out, and score tied at four. Left after retiring the first batter he faced in the bottom of the 8th. Sponichi 5/12/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/12/2015.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Koji Uehara BOS 5/11 BOS 5
OAK 4
5-4 2 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.00
Entered the game in the bottom of the 9th with a runner on first, one out, and the score tied at four. Sponichi 5/12/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/12/2015.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kyuji Fujikawa TEX 5/11 RRE 8
NAS 2
19-12 4 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.86
Entered the game in the bototm of the 6th with Round Rock up 2-0. Recorded a hold (5). Sponichi 5/12/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/12/2015.

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