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Masumi Kuwata coaches youth baseball players in Russia

by on Sep.19, 2012 @ 8:12 pm, under Other
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Masumi Kuwata made an appearance at a baseball event for youth baseball players in Khabarovsk, Russia today.  Kuwata gave the young players tips on running, playing catch, and fielding.

The event was organized by an NPO group in Japan that is attempting to help spread baseball all over the world, the Japanese Consulate General in Russia, and Khabarovsk City.  Takeshi Nonogaki also took part in the event.

Said Kuwata, "The great [Victor] Starffin came from Russia.  Russians have long arms and legs.  They also have power.  If they practice hard, they will get better."

Source: Sponichi 9/19/2012

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Sky Perfect TV commercial featuring Kiyohara and Kuwata to get one-hour show

by on May.11, 2012 @ 3:38 am, under NPB
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A series of Sky Perfect TV commercials featuring Kazuhiro Kiyohara and Masumi Kuwata talking about baseball has been such a big hit that a special one-hour program was created (according to a Daily Sports report, there's about three to four hours of footage and only a small part of that was used for the commercials).  Topics will include the PL Gakuen years, the rivalry years, the teammate years, and retirement.

The program will be broadcast on May 12 between 8:00pm and 9:00pm on Sukachan 5.

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General NPB News and Notes: December 11, 2010

by on Dec.11, 2010 @ 11:01 pm, under NPB
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The Kizuna-no Kai (a group of former baseball players that were all born in 1967) got together to hold a baseball clinic for kids at Nagoya Dome today.  30 members of the group attended the event, including Masumi Kuwata, Koji Noda, and Koji Otsuka, to coach 56 middle students over a 2 and a half hour period.

Kazuhiro Kiyohara could not attend due to a prior engagement.

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The NPB Meikyukai will be holding a general meeting in Hawaii on the 15th (16th Japan time).  Hideo Nomo will be in attendance for the first time in his career.  Nomo made the Meikyukai when he recorded his 200th career victory in 2005.

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Names that have been dropped for the Eagles’ job

by on Sep.30, 2010 @ 2:30 pm, under NPB
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3:20pm JST

A Sponichi report drops Senichi Hoshino's name as a potential candidate.  Said Hoshino, "I haven't heard anything about [the Eagles wanting me], but I guess that means people haven't forgotten about me yet.  That's a good thing."

2:30pm JST

A number of names have been mentioned in the media as possible candidates for the managing position with the Rakuten Eagles.  Those names include:

Pitching coach Yoshinori Sato

Ni-gun manager Toru Nimura

Former Seibu Lions manager Osamu Higashio

Former pitcher Masumi Kuwata

Among these four, Nikkan Sports provides reasons for why Higashio and Kuwata might make sense:

Higashio won two league titles while with the Seibu Lions and was also one of the finalists for the Rakuten managing job last year.  Higashio also has a connection to Kazuo Matsui.  If the Eagles are really serious about Kaz, they might look to Higashio for help.

Kuwata has both MLB and NPB experience.  He's also a name that a lot of people know and has also dropped hints along the way that he's interested in teaching / coaching.  But he could also be a little more difficult to sign than Higashio.

In the end, the Eagles are looking for manager that can mold a young team into a long-term contender.

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8/18/2010: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Takashi Saito

by on Aug.18, 2010 @ 2:34 pm, under MLB
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Games from the 17th:

Mariners 4 - Orioles 0
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-5: foul out to left, fly out to center, fly out to left, infield single, single to left.  Ichiro also stole his 30th base of the season after his single in the 9th inning.

Red Sox 6 - Angels 0
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 2-for-3: single to center, ground out to first, walk, single to right.

Braves 10 - Nationals 2
Takashi Saito entered the game in the 8th with the Braves up 8-2 and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 1 H, 2 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Padres 1 - Cubs 0
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-3: line out to third, DP, ground out to short, walk.

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Kei Igawa tossed two shutout innings (6th and 7th) in relief against the triple-A Columbus Clippers on the 17th.  Final line: 21-17 NP-S, 7 BF, 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

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Kenshin Kawakami was the starting pitcher against the triple-A Norfolk Tides on the 17th and gave up 2 runs (1 earned) over 4 innings of work.  Final line: 69-40 NP-S, 16 BF, 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR.

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Ryohei Tanaka tossed a shutout inning (6th inning) in relief against the double-A Trenton Thunder on the 17th and picked up his 6th win of the season.  Tanaka is now 6-11 on the year.  Final line: 3 BF, 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.

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Ryota Igarashi was called back up the MLB roster on the 17th.  Since he was on the road with Buffalo, he had to rush back to Buffalo and then head to Houston -- he was in the bullpen in the middle of the third inning.

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Assuming no setbacks, Hideki Okajima is hoping to make it back to the MLB roster on the 22nd.  Okajima threw 45 pitches in the bullpen on the 17th.

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Senichi Hoshino was at the Mariners - Orioles games the other day with the Japanese team playing at the Cal Ripken World Series.  Before the game, Hoshino was able to meet up with Ichiro Suzuki and Koji Uehara.  He also had a chance to talk to former Chunichi player (and now Mariners' batting coach) Alonzo Powell.

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Masumi Kuwata dropped by Fenway Park and had a chance to meet with both Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima.  It was Kuwata's first visit to Fenway Park.

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Kento Tsujimoto tossed a shutout inning in relief against the Yuma Scorpions on the 16th.  Final line: 3 BF, 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO.

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Masumi Kuwata graduates from Waseda University

by on Mar.25, 2010 @ 6:05 pm, under Other
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=== 3/27/2010 3:41am JST

Kuwata apparently wants to study winemaking overseas and has already contacted a number of places for more information.  As for the rice, he wants to learn about that in Kyushu.

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Masumi Kuwata graduated from Waseda University's Graduate School of Sport Sciences on Thursday.  Seems he'll switch gears and focus on making rice and win next.

Why rice and wine?

Here is Kuwata's reasoning:

You need a lot of time and love in order to make rice and wine.  I want to learn what is needed to help grow baseball players through nature.

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Masumi Kuwata’s Thesis Given an Award for Excellence

by on Mar.07, 2010 @ 3:16 am, under Other
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Masumi Kuwata's thesis on amateur baseball in Japan was given an award for excellence (修士1年生優秀論文).  On Saturday, he presented his thesis at Waseda University.

Based on what I could piece together, Kuwata surveyed around 300 active pro-baseball players in 2009 on their junior high school and high school baseball years.  The questions were broken down into five main categories: practice length, practice methods, coaches, punishments, and injuries.

After sifting through all the responses, Kuwata found that many players questioned the methods that were used on them: excessive practice schedules that led to overwork and injuries; problems with the coaches; finding the right balance between studying and baseball; and whether harsh punishments were necessary.  More than half of the players also apparently said that they wouldn't want to coach players using the same methods that were employed on them.

For those wondering, the thesis is 96 pages long.

I'd actually love to get my hands on a copy of his thesis.  Sounds like a lot of interesting information.  Although I think it would have been even more interesting if Kuwata included questions on current practice methods used by pro baseball teams.

On a side note...  I have seen his thesis is labeled as 「『野球道』の再定義による日本野球界のさらなる発展策に関する研究」 but in the program notes, it's listed as 「アマチュア野球の抱える課題に関する研究-現役プロ野球選手に対するアンケートをもとにー」.  I'm not really sure which title is correct.  They're actually somewhat similar, but the second is more targeted.

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