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Rakuten Eagles looking at about twenty foreign players candidates for 2013 season

by on Oct.31, 2012 @ 10:47 am, under NPB
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According to Sponichi, there is a very good chance Jose FernandezLuis GarciaBrett HarperLuis Terrero, and Kelvin Jimenez will not return to the Rakuten Eagles next season.  Further, it seems the Eagles have put together a list of about twenty foreign players they are interested in.

The only foreign players from this year that will probably return next year are Jim Heuser and Brandon Duckworth.

Source: Sponichi 10/31/2012

Rakuten Eagles may only bring one of their current foreign players back in 2013

by on Oct.01, 2012 @ 12:52 pm, under NPB
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According to Sponichi, the Rakuten Eagles may only bring back Jim Heuser back next season.  They do have some concerns about his slide-step and his off-speed pitches, but feel that he will be able to help the team out in 2013.

Darrell Rasner, Kelvin Jimenez, and Brandon Duckworth have had respectable seasons and may still return, but the team will most likely wait until after the season to decide on their fates.

Luis Terrero and Brett Harper most likely will not return.  Jose Fernandez and Luis Garcia are also questionable.  An unnamed team source told reporters that some in the organization felt that if the foreign position players had done better this year, the team would have gone much farther.

Source: Sponichi 10/1/2012

Rakuten Eagles: March 8, 2012

by on Mar.08, 2012 @ 11:34 pm, under NPB
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Head coach Koichi Tabuchi told reporters today that how Luis Terrero does offensively could go a long way towards determining how far the team goes and that the coaches were counting on all their new acquisitions to chip in.

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The Eagles announced today that they will continue their Gambaro Tohoku project this year.  That includes inviting victims of the Tohoku Earthquake to games, visiting schools during the season, and rounding up donations.

Rakuten Eagles: February 11, 2012

by on Feb.11, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Friday

  • Luis Terrero took forty-one swings and collected fifteen could-be hits. (Sponichi)

Friday

  • James Heuser (tryout) threw about fifty pitches, mostly fastballs, in the bullpen. (Sports Hochi)
  • Wataru Karashima threw 100 pitches in the bullpen.  Afterward, he played the game where he could only stop pitching if he managed to toss eight out of ten pitches for strikes -- he failed seven times (he could only throw seven of ten pitches for strikes) and ended up throwing a total 180 pitches. (Nikkan Sports)

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Intra-squad Game info move here.

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Luis Terrero will start in right and bat sixth in today's intra-squad game.

Akinori is scheduled to start at third and bat fifth.

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1st round draft pick Yoshitaka Muto is expected to pitch in an intra-squad game on Sunday.

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6th round draft pick Hiroaki Shimauchi made two errors during joint Ichi-gun/Ni-gun fielding practices on Friday.  He apparently made up for it with a solid outing during batting practice.

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Akinori Iwamura dropped over ten kilograms during the off-season.  He attributes part of his success to eating a salad with no oil dressing before dinner.

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James Heuser started his tryouts with the team at Ni-gun camp on Friday.  His tryouts at Ni-gun camp will continue through to February 14.

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Meiji University manager Tatsuya Yoshinami observed spring camp on Friday.

Rakuten Eagles: January 31, 2012

by on Jan.31, 2012 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB
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Before leaving for Kumejima, Okinawa, around 80 players and staff members attended a send-off party at Sendai Station.  About 1,500 fans attended the event.

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The Eagles held a press conference for Jose Fernandez and Luis Terrero today in Kumejima, Okinawa.

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The Eagles announced today that Hitoshi Taneda (40) stepped down as Ni-gun infield / base-running coach due to personal reasons.

They also announced the following personnel updates:

Makoto Kosaka - from Ikusei coach to Ni-gun infield / base-running coach

Yoshinori Okihara - hired as farm director

Tomoki Sano (? 佐野 朋生) - hired as an interpreter

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Senichi Hoshino strongly denied reports that the team was going after Hideki Matsui.

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Kazuo Matsui could become the next team captain.  He also plans to take part in early morning practices.

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1st round draft pick Yoshitaka Muto found out on Monday that he will be starting at Ichi-gun spring camp, not Ni-gun spring camp.

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The Eagles may decide not to sign Ken Kadokura because Hoshino is concerned about his conditioning/stamina.

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Seven members of the 2011 draft class spent time introducing themselves to about 50 fans (they handed out business cards) at Sendai NAVIC in Aoba-ku, Sendai on Monday.

Rakuten Eagles: January 30, 2012

by on Jan.30, 2012 @ 11:18 pm, under NPB
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The coaches held a meeting at Kleenex Stadium today to go over spring camp practice schedules.

"I do not know about the foreign players, but everyone at Ichi-gun and Ni-gun will take part in early morning practices (7am)," said head coach Koichi Tabuchi.  "Last year we checked on the strengths of the younger players, this year we will check on strengths that are needed to win.  There will be competitions at multiple positions."

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Ni-gun infield / base-running coach Hitoshi Taneda will be stepping down due to personal reasons.  Ikusei coach Makoto Kosaka will take over for Taneda; no one will be hired to take Kosaka's old role.

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The Eagles held a press conference for Keiji Oyama at Kleenex Stadium today.  He was assigned the number 65.

Oyama is scheduled to attend Ichi-gun spring camp.

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The Eagles will be streaming footage from spring camp at Nico Nico Nama Hoso (from February 1 to February 14).  The first day of spring camp will begin at 7am.

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The coaching staff, front office, and players visited Osaki Hachimangu Shrine today in order to pray for a successful season.

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Luis Terrero [and Darrell Rasner?] arrived at Narita Airport on Sunday.

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Masahiro Tanaka is thinking about changing his intro song.  Tanaka used Funky Monkey Babys' Atohitotsu (あとひとつ) last season.

On Sunday, he told reporters that he was working on making some changes to his pitching mechanics (he avoided going into details).

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Senichi Hoshino would love to sign Hideki Matsui as a clean-up hitting DH.  Hoshino has already expressed his interest to team chairman Hiroshi Mikitani.  While Matsui has continually stated that he does not intend to return to Japan this year, circumstances could change if he does not get any MLB offers.

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Ken Kadokura topped out at 138km/h during his tryout on Sunday.  Head coach Tabuchi and the head of team development watched over his session.  Video footage was also recorded and will be reviewed by Hoshino.

Kadokura  is not ready to retire yet and his first choice is to return to Japan.