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Seibu Lions: Micheal Nakamura, Hiroyuki Oshima to retire after the season

by on Oct.02, 2012 @ 6:23 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced today that Micheal Nakamura (36) and Hiroyuki Oshima (31) will be retiring after the season.

Nakamura's comment:

I have mixed emotions right now, but retirement is something I was thinking about for some time now.  I have decided to retire.

I was not feeling very emotional, but my feelings started to well up a little today after I spoke to the players, manager, coaches, and staff.

[The reason why I decided to retire is because] I was no longer performing at a consistent level.  That I was not playing well the Ichi-gun level last year and this year were also factors in my decision.

My fondest memory is standing on the mound for the last game of the 2006 Nippon Series and winning.  I think that is my best memory.

I plan to return to Australia and the take a year.  I will also watch some baseball.  I played baseball for about twenty-seven years and held a baseball for most of that time.  I think a one-year would be nice.

To the fans, I have only gratitude.  I have not always pitched well and the fans still supported me when I let them down.  I am thankful to all the fans.

Oshima's comment:

I think it impossible to say that I have no regrets, but I was lucky to have had a chance to play for the Seibu Lions for thirteen years.

I am not an everyday kind of player, but I did my best to become a necessary part of the team.  I felt that was becoming a little difficult and decided on retirement.

When I graduated from high school and started out at Ni-gun, I could not hit at all.  I was worried, but then I recorded my first pro hit in my third year.  That made me think I could make it.

I graduated from a local high school, joined a local team, and received a lot of support from fans.  I only wish I could have done more to live up to the cheers.

Source: official announcement

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Seibu Lions: January 27, 2012

by on Jan.27, 2012 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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The Lions had their send-off celebration todayAbout 3,560 fans attended the event.

The players will head to Miyazaki on January 31.

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The Lions held a press conference for Chris Carter, Esteban German, Randy Williams, and Micheal Nakamura today.

Williams is a candidate to close for the team.

Carter's educational background (like Nikkan Sports and Sanspo) is making some waves in the media: graduated from  Stanford University in three years; has a father, brother, and uncle that are all doctors and a second brother that is a pilot.

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The Lions will begin accepting designs for a uniform they will wear during a number of home games in August on February 1.  Children up through Junior High are eligible.  The deadline for submissions is February 20.

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Former Seibu Lions Kimiyasu Kudo (48) reportedly made his debut on TV Asahi's Hodo Station tonight with an interview with Masahiro Tanaka (RAK).

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Seibu Lions agree to terms with Micheal Nakamura

by on Dec.23, 2011 @ 11:12 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced today that they agreed to terms with Micheal Nakamura (35).  Nakamura will be making 40M yen next season and will wear the number 23.

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2011 Stats

Level G W L SV HLD CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
Ichi-gun 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 35 8.1 9 0 1 0 2 3 0 0 4 4 4.32
Ni-gun 42 1 1 5 - 0 0 .500 171 40.2 35 2 12 2 1 35 0 0 8 7 1.55

Nippon Ham Fighters: Terrmel Sledge, Micheal Nakamura

by on Dec.02, 2011 @ 2:16 pm, under NPB
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Nikkan Sports is reporting that the Nippon Ham Fighters are looking into both Terrmel Sledge (34) and Micheal Nakamura (35).  Both players started their NPB careers with the Fighters and are still fairly popular with the fan base.

If the Fighters sign Sledge, he could be used as a DH/1B and could bat fifth behind Yoshio Itoi (third) and Sho Nakata (fourth).  As for Micheal, he would give the Fighters another option out of the bullpen (could help replace Masanori Hayashi and Kazumasa Kikuchi).

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Senryokugai: Yomiuri Giants’ Micheal, Nakazato, Ueno, Konta

by on Nov.15, 2011 @ 7:53 pm, under NPB
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The Giants announced today that they won't be offering Micheal Nakamura (35), Atsushi Nakazato (29), Takahisa Ueno (28), and Toshimasa Konta (31) contract for the 2012 season.

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Micheal Nakamura 2011 Season

Level G W L SV HLD CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
Ichi-gun 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 35 8.1 9 0 1 0 2 3 0 0 4 4 4.32
Ni-gun 42 1 1 5 0 0 .500 171 40.2 35 2 12 2 1 35 0 0 8 7 1.55

Atsushi Nakazato 2011 Season

Level G W L SV HLD CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
Ni-gun 23 3 2 0 - 0 0 .600 159 38.0 36 5 12 0 1 30 1 0 18 16 3.79

Takahisa Ueno 2011 Season

Level G W L SV HLD CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
Ni-gun 38 2 4 8 - 0 0 .333 138 32.2 29 6 11 0 2 28 2 0 16 16 4.41

Toshimasa Konta 2011 Season

Level G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HP SO GDP AVG SLG OBP
Ichi-gun 21 40 38 3 11 1 0 0 12 1 1 2 0 0 2 0 0 6 0 .289 .316 .325
Ni-gun 27 44 41 6 11 3 0 0 14 6 3 2 0 0 2 0 1 7 0 .268 .341 .318

A complete list of Yomiuri Giants senryokugai players can be found here.

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Seth Greisinger likely won’t return to the Yomiuri Giants in 2012

by on Nov.02, 2011 @ 10:12 am, under NPB
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It appears 36-year-old Seth Greisinger won't be returning to the Yomiuri Giants in 2012. On Tuesday, Greisinger dropped by Giants Stadium to gather his things together and told reporters that he wanted to continue pitching in Japan, for any of the 12 NPB teams.

Micheal Nakamura and Carlos Torres also appear to be on they way out.

Jonathan Albaladejo wants to pitch in Japan next year as well and still has a chance to remain a Giant.

UPDATE @ 10:32pm - Albaladejo left Japan today.  Before leaving, he told that he already told the club he wanted to return next year.  His agent is also scheduled to get in touch with the team within the next 2-3 days to see where they stand.

Torres left Japan today as well.  He told reporters that he hasn't heard anything from his agent and that he didn't think he'd be playing with the Giants next year.

Josh Field also left Japan today.

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Seth Greisinger 2011 Season

Level G W L SV HLD CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
Ichi-gun 9 1 5 0 0 0 0 .167 212 47.2 52 2 18 0 2 33 1 0 22 22 4.15
Ni-gun 9 3 1 0 - 0 0 .750 229 56.2 51 3 10 0 3 52 0 0 13 13 2.06

Micheal Nakamura 2011 Season

Level G W L SV HLD CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
Ichi-gun 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 35 8.1 9 0 1 0 2 3 0 0 4 4 4.32
Ni-gun 42 1 1 5 - 0 0 .500 171 40.2 35 2 12 2 1 35 0 0 8 7 1.55

Carlos Torres 2011 Season

Level G W L SV HLD CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
Ichi-gun 6 1 2 0 0 0 0 .333 121 27.1 31 4 11 0 1 19 2 2 19 19 6.26
Ni-gun 14 7 3 0 - 1 0 .700 302 74.1 63 4 15 0 3 71 1 0 23 21 2.54

Jonathan Albaladejo 2011 Season

Level G W L SV HLD CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
Ichi-gun 46 2 2 2 6 0 0 .500 219 51.1 43 2 19 4 5 44 0 0 17 14 2.45
Ni-gun 8 0 0 3 - 0 0 .000 32 8.2 3 0 3 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0.00

Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: January 16, 2011

by on Jan.16, 2011 @ 4:50 pm, under NPB
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Tetsuya Yamaguchi is preparing his body for a third straight 70+ game appearance season.  His primary focus: to add a little more muscle to his frame (about 2-3kg).  Yamaguchi has been running in the morning and then spending about 1.5 hours working with weights in the afternoon.

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Tatsunori Hara told reporters that he probably won't require all players to take part in the morning walks during spring camp because players were already pushing themselves pretty hard.  The extra time in the morning will also give players time to do other things like eating breakfast or massages.

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Micheal Nakamura arrived in Japan on Saturday (he took a Quantas flight into Narita out of Australia).  Nakamura tossed his first bullpen session about a week ago (around 40 pitches) and is looking to return to his previous title (with the Fighters) as closer.  Now that he's in Japan, he'll continue his workouts at Giants Stadium.

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Kentaro Nishimura tossed a bullpen session at Giants Stadium today.  Nishimura has been working on his mechanics (specifically with regards to his weight transfer) since the fall after he found that his body was getting out in front at times.

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Yoshiyuki Kamei worked out for about 6 hours at Giants Stadium yesterday.  In the morning, he worked on his fielding, using a brand new infielder's glove, and took some BP and did some weight training in the afternoon.

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Hisayoshi Chono has added about 2-3kg to his frame since last season in the hopes of increasing his power output.  Seems he's eating a lot of chicken.

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Shigeo Nagashima took in some sumo today.  It was just the second time he caught a sumo match in his life and the first in about 50 years.

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Abe and Nakamura leave after getting hit by batted balls

by on Aug.14, 2010 @ 12:49 am, under NPB
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Both Shinnosuke Abe and Micheal Nakamura came out of the game in the 6th inning after getting hit by batted balls.

With Seiichi Uchikawa up to bat, Abe took a foul ball of his right calf and was replaced by Kazunari Tsuruoka.  In the same at bat, Uchikawa hit a ball back to the mound that Nakamura took off his right foot.  As a precaution, he was taken out of the game and replaced by Tetsuya Yamaguchi.

Both players received ice-packs for their bruises and the team will wait to see how they're feeling on Saturday before deciding what to do next.

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Trio of Obispo, Romero, and Micheal secures a shutout

by on Aug.01, 2010 @ 10:03 am, under NPB
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Wirfin Obispo, Levi Romero, and Micheal Nakamura combined to shutout the Hiroshima Carp last night.  Sanspo is claiming that they became the first foreign trio in franchise history to toss a shutout.  I suppose that all depends on how you classify Nakamura -- he's half Japanese and half Australian.

Incidentally, that last foreign duo to combine for a shutout: Seth Greisinger and Marc Kroon back on 4/17/2008 (vs Chunichi).

In other news:

Greisinger threw 33 pitches in the bullpen yesterday in preparation for an upcoming start.  The Giants game against the Hanshin Tigers on 8/3 still seems most likely.

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NPB News and Notes from 11/15: Kawakami opts for free agency

by on Nov.14, 2008 @ 7:46 pm, under NPB
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Sanspo: Kenshin Kawakami has officially declared that he will opt for free agency. On a post at his blog:

Free Agency - 11/14/2008
I've thought about this real hard over the last few days and have decided to opt for free agency.

I will be submitting the necessary paperwork to the team later tomorrow.

I will now begin consider all my new options moving forward. I'd like to start over from scratch and really think about which teams really want me and which team I really want to play for.

I'll publish another update when I have a better handle on things.

Sanspo: The Nioka-Micheal trade was officially announced at a press conference yesterday. The Giants will send infielder Tomohiro Nioka (32) and pitcher Masanori Hayashi (25) to the Ham Fighters for pitcher Micheal Nakamura (32) and outfielder Takahiko Kudo (27). I'm not really sure how this improves the Ham Fighters, but I suppose if Nioka can find his stroke again, he could give them some much needed pop in the lineup (getting away from the Tokyo media might be just what Nioka needs). From the Giants side of things, this is really a great trade. Nakamura will help shore up the bullpen and give the team perhaps one of the setup-closer combo's in the league. And it rids them of a player that caused some headaches earlier in the season when he (Nioka) was caught leaving a hotel with a high profile ex-news reporter (Mona Yamamoto).

Sanspo: The Hanshin Tigers have an interest in Daisuke Miura. The club is supposedly thinking about presenting a 3 year, 13-oku yen deal to the 34-year-old righty. The Yokohama Bay Stars have reportedly offered Miura a 3-year, 10-oku yen deal plus an 4th year player option. The Tigers were originally preparing an offer of 3-years and 8-oku 5,000-man yen with a 4th year player option but later changed course after realizing that Miura could still opt for free agency. The Bay Stars appear to be set on their offer to Miura. And for those wondering, Sponichi is reporting that Miura has opted for free agency.

Sanspo: Shinobu Fukuhara will most likely stick around with the Tigers for one more year.

Sanspo: Norihiro Nakamura has opted for free agency. Sponichi reports the Fighters as a possible final destination for Nakamura.

Sponichi: Koji Uehara announced his intentions to try out for the Majors during a press conference yesterday. He will officially become a free agent on the 19th and will be ready to start negotiating with teams on the 20th. "It has been my dream to play in the Majors since I was in college. I've held onto this dream for the past 10 years and now I'm finally at within reach of realizing that dream."

Sponichi: Shigeru Morikasa will not be exercising his FA option. Since Morikasa didn't get much playing time this season, his main concern was not knowing how many teams would be interested in his services. With the help of the Carp, he has decided to stick with the team in hopes that the Carp will be able to find a suitable destination for him via trade. The bottom line: Morikasa wants to play.

12:18PM UPDATES

Mainichi: The Giants and Lions have apparently agreed on a deal that will send Takayuki Shimuzu to the Lions for cash. Shimizu expressed a desire to be traded due to a decrease in playing time (he appeared in only 41 games this season).

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