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[10/16/2014] Rumors: Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi), Motohiro Shima (Rakuten), Yoshihisa Naruse (Lotte)

by on Oct.17, 2014 @ 2:43 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • The media learned that Daisuke Yamai met general manager Hiromitsu Ochiai at the Nagoya Stadium facilities on the first day of fall practices on the 9th. He was reportedly offered a multi-year deal with a large bump in salary. Yamai asked for some time to consider the offer. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Motohiro Shima apparently has a clause in his contract that gives him the right to exercise his FA option if he plays in a certain number of games. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/16/2014
  • Team owner Hiroshi Mikitani could get involved in talks with Senichi Hoshino. The Eagles would like to offer their former manager some sort of position in the front office, but Hoshino is balking because of how long it took management to hire his replacement. Source: Daily Sports 10/16/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Ginjiro Sumitani was fitted for his 2015 uniform on Thursday. He is still waiting to talk to the front office about next season. Source: Sanspo 10/16/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Team official Nobuhira Hayashi told reporters on Thursday that the organization met with Yoshihisa Naruse to discuss his future. Nothing was decided during the meeting. The two sides will meet again in about ten days. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Hiroki Kokubo signed a contract to be Samurai Japan manager through to 2017. However, he can break out of it to accept a managerial position in the NPB. Source: ZakZak 10/16/2014 ... Sadaharu Oh would like to see a former player step in as the next manager. Kimiyasu Kudo could be his top choice. Source: Daily Sports 10/16/2014, Sports Hochi 10/16/2014 ... Oh told reporters on Thursday he met Kudo in Tokyo on Wednesday for an unrelated matter. Source: Sanspo 10/16/2014 ... Sponichi believes that Oh may have offered the managerial position to Kudo on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are not planning to post Yoshio Itoi. "I have not heard anything about it from him and my assistant Shosaku Yokota has said nothing about it either. I know it's something he wants to do. I hear he is also studying English. But it is not something we expected and he is an important part of our team. He's only been here two years. We haven't even won anything. It's still too early," said team president Ryuzo Setoyama. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/16/2014
  • Orix is interested in Alfredo Despaigne and Yulieski Gourriel. Source: Sports Hochi 10/16/2014

[8/19/2014] Rakuten Eagles: Shima, K. Matsui earn FA options

by on Aug.19, 2014 @ 8:30 pm, under NPB
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Motohiro Shima earned his domestic FA option today with eight years of service time on the active roster.  He signed a four-year contract in December 2013.  When asked if he might consider exercising the option down the road, he said he wanted discuss things with the organization first.

Kazuo Matsui earned his option for the second time.  "I didn't think I'd be able to earn it a second time, so it hasn't really sunk in.  An option is an option and I am happy about it, but right now, I want to focus on the current season."

Source: Sports Hochi 8/16/2014

[5/17/2014] Injury Report: Hiroki Uemoto (Hanshin), Kenta Maeda (Hiroshima)

by on May.17, 2014 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kentaro Nishimura will need about a month to recover from a strain in his right biceps femoris. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shinobu Fukuhara (right adductor) was at Naruohama on Friday.  He played catch at a distance of about twenty meters.  It was the first time he held workouts outdoors since he was taken off the active roster on the 11th. Source: Sponichi 5/17/2014
  • Hiroki Uemoto (right thumb) played in a batting practice scrimmage at Naruohama on Friday.  He went 1-for-2: walk on five pitches, fly out to right on the second pitch, single to left on 1-1 fastball.  He also took fielding practice at second base. Source: Sponichi 5/17/2014, Daily Sports 5/17/2014, Sanspo 5/17/2014 ... Uemoto played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Orix on Saturday.  He got the start at second and batted lead-off.  He went 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base. Source: Sports Hochi 5/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/17/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda took a ball hit by Shinnosuke Abe off his right thigh with a runner on first and two out in the 6th inning of Saturday's game against the Yomiuri Giants.  He managed to complete the play at first for the final out of the inning, but had to helped off the field.  He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 7th.  The Carp will wait to see how Maeda is feeling on Sunday before deciding what steps to take next. Source: Daily Sports 5/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/17/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Takuya Asao (right elbow) pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hiroshima on Saturday.  He entered the game in the 6th and gave up two runs on three hits over an inning of work.  He threw eleven pitches. Source: Sports Hochi 5/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/17/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Motohiro Shima hurt his left leg when Takumi Kuriyama tried to score from second on a two-out single hit to right by Hideto Asamura in the 7th inning of Saturday's game against the Seibu Lions.  Shima had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.  He was later diagnosed with a bruise on his left thigh and is considered day-to-day. Source: Sports Hochi 5/17/2014, Nikkan Sport 5/17/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The media learned that Hayato Terahara is having problems with his right knee and is considering surgery as an option. He was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on the 12th. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/17/2014
  • Seiichi Uchikawa was the designated hitter on Thursday and Friday because he still had some pain in his right buttock. Source: Daily Sports 5/17/2014

[4/4/2014] Injury Report: Kazuki Yoshimi (Chunichi), Atsushi Kita (Nippon Ham)

by on Apr.05, 2014 @ 1:24 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi tossed batting practice on Thursday for the first time since his surgery in June 2013.  It was the first time he faced hitters since May 7, 2013.  He threw fifty-five pitches.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/4/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Motohiro Shima was left out of the starting line-up on Friday because the Eagles wanted to give him the night off after he took a foul-tip off his right foot on Thursday.  Source: Sanspo 4/4/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Naoya Masuda (right elbow) could make it back to the active roster in time for the Nippon Ham series over the weekend or for the Orix series that begins on the 8th.  Source: Sponichi 4/4/204

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Atsushi Kita hurt his right shoulder while diving after a ball in foul territory in the 7th inning of Thursday's game against Softbank at YafuOku Dome.  He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on Friday and diagnosed with shoulder inflammation.  He was taken off the active roster on the same day and will begin his rehab at Kamagaya on Sunday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/4/2014

[10/12/2013] Tokyo Sports: Eagles worried about Shima; Lee could be asking for 800 million yen

by on Oct.12, 2013 @ 11:47 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

Motohiro Shima is scheduled to earn his domestic FA option next season.  According to Tokyo Sports, the Eagles are concerned the Chunichi Dragons may already be setting their sights on Shima as the catcher to replace Motonobu Tanishige.

Shima is from Gifu and attended Chukyo Daigaku Fuzoku Chukyo High School in Aichi.  He grew up as a Dragons' fans.

While Shima has developed fairly strong ties to the Tohoku region, there is a chance he will exercise his option to see what the market can bear.  If that happens, the Dragons are expected to pursue the catcher.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/12/2013

Orix Buffaloes

According to Tokyo Sports, Dae-Ho Lee may have set a lower limit of 800 million yen over two years.

Lee's camp arrived at 800 million yen by adding 100 million yen to their current two-year contract, which is estimated to be about 700 million yen (200 million yen signing bonus and 250 million yen per year).

The Buffaloes were thinking 700 million yen by adding 200 million to the current two-year contract, minus the signing bonus.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/12/2013

[8/18/2013] Injury Updates: Araki (CHU), Balentien, Milledge (YAK), Nakamura (SEI), Shima (RAK), Brazell (LOT)

by on Aug.18, 2013 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Masahiro Araki was taken off the active roster today with pain in his left quadriceps muscle.

Source: Sponichi 8/18/2013

Yakult Swallows

Wladimir Balentien hurt his left leg and was replaced by a pinch-runner after hitting a single to left in the 6th.  There are no plans for him to go to the hospital at this point in time.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 8/18/2013


The Swallows announced that Lastings Milledge will return to the US on Monday to get his left ankle examined.  There is no time table for his return.

Source: Sanspo 8/18/2013

Seibu Lions

Takeya Nakamura played in a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on Saturday.  He was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 0-for-1 with two walks.  Nakamura complained of left shoulder discomfort while swinging the bat.

Source: Sponichi 8/18/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Motohiro Shima hurt his left shoulder while trying to make a play at home plate with Esteban German charging down the line in the 9th inning of tonight's game against the Seibu Lions.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 8/18/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Craig Brazell left tonight's game against the Orix Buffaloes after he took an HBP off his right elbow during his at bat in the 6th.  He was examined at a hospital in Chiba and diagnosed with a bruise (no damage to the bone).  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 8/18/2013, Daily Sports 8/18/2013

Motohiro Shima officially named new JPBPA chairman

by on Dec.06, 2012 @ 9:16 pm, under NPB

Motohiro Shima (Rakuten) was officially named the new chairman of the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association (JPBPA) during a organizational meeting at a hotel in Osaka earlier today.  He took over for former chairman Takahiro Arai (Hanshin).  As chairman, Shima is: the 8th in JPBPA history; the first player from the Pacific League; and, at twenty-seven years of age, the youngest (first player in his twenties to be named JPBPA chairman).  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2012, Sanspo 12/6/2012

Arai made a parting speech today and mentioned that he was disappointed he could not do more to help make it easier for former players to find jobs as coaches at the high school level.  Shima will now resume where Arai left off.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2012, Nikkan Sports 12/6/2012


Snaspo has posted portions of Shima's press conference.

What did you think when you were selected?

I was a bit worried.  I am still in my sixth year as a professional [player].  At first, I wondered if I could really handle this position.

Why did you accept?

I decided after Arai approached me and asked that I take over because I was the only one he felt could handle it.

What are some of the things you learned from watching former chairman Arai?

The biggest thing is saying what is on your mind, saying what you feel.  When Arai speaks, he mixes in emotion.  I would like to be like that.

What kinds of things will you do to help Tohoku Earthquake victims?

We have been sending baseballs and equipment.  Continuing to do things like that over the next few decades will be important.

What are you plans for the JPBPA?

I think it will be important to remember how this association grew and developed as we step forward and carve out a new history.  I do not want to forget our past as we take on new challenges.

Source: Sanspo 12/6/2012


Past JPBPA Chairmen

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata (Yomiuri Giants) - November 5, 1985
  • Tatsunori Hara (Yomiuri Giants) - July 25, 1989
  • Akinobu Okada (Hanshin Tigers, Orix BlueWave) - July 26, 1992 
  • Kozo Shoda (Hiroshima Carp) - December 5, 1995
  • Atsuya Furuta (Yakult Swallows) - December 4, 1998
  • Shinya Miyamoto (Yakult Swallows) - December 1, 2005
  • Takahiro Arai (Hanshin Tigers) - December 4, 2008

Takahiro Arai to step down as JPBPA chairman after current term ends

by on Nov.18, 2012 @ 10:15 pm, under NPB
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Takahiro Arai (Hanshin) is planning to step down as the chairman of the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association (JPBPA) once he finishes his current term in December.  Motorhiro Shima (Rakuten), vice chairman, could step in as his replacement.  The matter will be discussed during the next meeting on December 6.

Arai has served four straight terms as chairman of the JPBPA.  There have been seven chairmen in the association's history.  Four terms is second only to Atsuya Furuta's seven terms.  If Shima is selected as the next chairman, he will be the first out of the Pacific League in the JPBPA's twenty-seven year history (Akinobu Okada was a member of the Orix BlueWave when he stepped down, but he was a member of the Hanshin Tigers when he first took office).

Source: Sports Hochi 11/18/2012, Sponichi 11/18/2012


JPBPA Chairmen

Kiyoshi Nakahata (Yomiuri Giants) - November 5, 1985

Tatsunori Hara (Yomiuri Giants) - July 25, 1989

Akinobu Okada (Hanshin Tigers, Orix BlueWave) - July 26, 1992 

Kozo Shoda (Hiroshima Carp) - December 5, 1995

Atsuya Furuta (Yakult Swallows) - December 4, 1998

Shinya Miyamoto (Yakult Swallows) - December 1, 2005

Takahiro Arai (Hanshin Tigers) - December 4, 2008