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[9/27/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters: Makoto Kaneko to retire after the season

by on Sep.27, 2014 @ 5:43 pm, under NPB
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Makoto Kaneko held a press conference at Sapporo Dome today to announce his decision to retire after the current season. Retirement ceremonies/events will be held on September 29 and October 1.

"I have no regrets," said Kaneko. "I love baseball players so I do feel sad about retiring, but I have no regrets over the things I've done during my twenty-one year career."

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Nippon Ham Fighters: Makoto Kaneko, Eiichi Koyano

by on Nov.12, 2012 @ 10:44 pm, under NPB
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Eiichi Koyano (HAM) had his right elbow evaluated at a hospital in Sapporo today and was diagnosed with cubital tunnel syndrome and elbow osteoarthritis.  He will go under the knife for both conditions and will require about eight weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2012, official announcement

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The Fighters announced that Makoto Kaneko had surgery on his left knee at a hospital in Sapporo today.  He is expected to begin his rehab after a fews days in the hospital.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/12/2012

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Nippon Ham Fighters: Makoto Kaneko to have surgery on the 12th

by on Nov.05, 2012 @ 11:36 pm, under NPB
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The Fighters announced that Makoto Kaneko had his left knee evaluated at a hospital in Sapporo today and was diagnosed with a cartilage injury in his femur.  He is scheduled for a bone drilling on the 12th and is expected to require three months for a full recovery.

Source: official announcement

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Nippon Ham Fighters: Makoto Kaneko taken off active roster with knee injury

by on Jun.27, 2012 @ 4:37 pm, under NPB
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Makoto Kaneko was taken off the active roster today with a left knee injury.

Kaneko was evaluated at a hospital on Tuesday and diagnosed with a minor left posterior cruciate ligament injury.  No other information is known at this time.

Source: Jiji.com 6/27/2012

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UPDATE @ 7:48pm - Kaneko will report to the Ni-gun facilities in Kamagaya and attempt to return to the active roster in ten days.  Source: Nikkan Sports 6/27/2012

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Nippon Ham Fighters: Koyano, Kaneko leave game early

by on Jun.26, 2012 @ 8:57 pm, under NPB
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Eiichi Koyano and Makoto Kaneko left the game early after suffering injuries.

Koyano took a thrown ball of his helmet while running the bases in the bottom of the 1st inning.  He was replaced by Kenshi Sugiya at third before the start of the second inning.   Koyano was conscious and suffered a laceration on the right side of his head.  He was taken to the hospital for an examination as a precaution.

Kaneko felt discomfort in his left knee while playing defense in the 1st inning and was replaced by Yuji Iiyama at short before the start of the 3rd inning.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/26/2012, Twitter Sports Hochi 6/26/2012 (1, 2)

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UPDATE @ 10:30pm - Test results came back negative for Koyano.  He did require nine stitches to close the laceration on the right side of his head.  There are currently no plans to take Koyano off the active roster.  Source: Sponichi 6/26/2012

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Nippon Ham Fighters: Makoto Kaneko taken off active roster with calf strain

by on May.04, 2012 @ 3:01 pm, under NPB
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Makoto Kaneko was taken off the active roster today with an injury to his left calf.

Kaneko injured his calf during pre-game practice on Thursday.  He was later examined at a hospital and diagnosed with a soleus muscle strain.  It will take two to three weeks for a full recovery.

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Nippon Ham Fighters: January 31, 2012

by on Jan.31, 2012 @ 11:44 pm, under NPB
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The Fighters arrived in Okinawa today.  A welcoming ceremony was held a Naha Airport.

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Hideki Kuriyama visited the spring camp training grounds after today's general meeting and put out salt to ward off bad spirits.

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The Fighters announced today that Kensuke Tanaka will be the 2012 team captain.

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Eiichi Koyano visited a hospital in Nago, Okinawa today and was informed after a general team meeting that he had the flu (type B).  Koyano has been isolated from the other players and will rest a few days until his fever goes away.

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Sho Nakata returned from his workouts in Hawaii on Monday.

Since the end of the season last year, Nakata has gained about 8kg and currently weighs 100kg.  And even though the team requested that he arrive at spring camp closer to 90kg, he feels he will be able to drop his weight before the start of the season.

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Micah Hoffpauir arrived in Japan on Monday.

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Makoto Kaneko did not like getting massages because they made his body feel tired.  But after having problems with his calf and Achilles last year, he has decided to enlist the help of the trainers to keep his muscles loose this year.

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Nippon Ham Fighters: Masao Kida would like to try and hit 150km/h

by on Jan.09, 2012 @ 6:03 pm, under NPB
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2nd round draft pick Go Matsumoto and 6th round draft pick Naoyuki Uwasawa moved into the player dorm on Sunday.  Matsumoto was the first to show up (around 2pm) and moved in with a 32-inch TV and a humidifier; he also spent time signing about ten autographs.  Uwasawa showed up around 5pm and told reporters he was familiar with the area because he grew up nearby.

7th round draft pick Takumi Oshima moved into the player dorm today.  He told reporters he did not bring any of his softball equipment because it was no longer needed.

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The Fighters announced today that 5th round draft pick Toshiharu Moriuchi (27) filed marriage papers with Shino Sasaki (32) on 1/6.

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Atsunori Inaba took part in a baseball clinic for about 300 elementary and junior high baseball players in Saga City today.

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Makoto Kaneko is currently working out with Takayuki Kanamori, Yusuke Uemura, and Rakuten Eagle Naoto Inada.

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Masao Kida (43) made an appearance at party held at Meguro Gajoen today and told fans that he was most likely going to be used in short relief this season.  He also said that he would like to try and hit 150km/h this year -- he last hit 150km/h in August 2008, one month before turning 40, and topped out at 146km/h last year.

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Nippon Ham Fighters: Makoto Kaneko records 1,500th career hit

by on Apr.20, 2011 @ 10:45 pm, under NPB
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Makoto Kaneko recorded his 1,500th career hit today when he hit a double in his 4th at bat in tonight's game against the Orix Buffaloes.

With a runner on second and 2 out in the 7th, Kaneko hit a run-scoring double to left off Masahide Kobayashi.  Play stopped after Kaneko got to second and after being presented with flowers, he was replaced by a pinch-runner.

Kaneko is the 107th player in NPB history to reach the milestone.  His very first hit came on 10/3/1995 (vs Seibu).

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Nippon Ham Fighters Spring Camp News and Notes: February 3, 2011

by on Feb.03, 2011 @ 11:04 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Atsunori Inaba took about 80 grounders at first during fielding practice today and later told reporters that it made sense for players to learn multiple positions.  When asked how his left shoulder was doing, Inaba said that it still wasn't 100%, but was feeling better.

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Yu Darvish threw 26 pitches (including off-speed pitches) in the bullpen today (squatting catcher).  Darvish was also informed today that he'll be the opening day starter for the 5th year in a row.

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Makoto Kaneko continues to use jika-tabi during fielding practice.  And it seems he's suggesting other players give it a try as well.

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Darvish told reporters today that he'll continue to show Sho Nakata tough love in order to help him get him into shape.

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A little more on Nakta's BP session yesterday: he swung the bat 45 times and actually hit 11 over the fence (including 5 that went out of the stadium.  Nakata also hit 13 over the fense on the first day of spring camp.

Said Nakata, "The fact that I'm focusing on my lower body hasn't changed.  That's why I said it's important to continue strengthening my lower body."

Masataka Nashida on Nakata's hitting so far this spring: "I think he's improved the most.  From the minute he steps into the cage, he doesn't waste one pitch.  That's a good thing."

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