Tag: Motohiro Shima
According to a report by Sponichi, the Rakuten Eagles signed Motohiro Shima to a four-year extension. His salary next season will be 120 million yen, double what he made this season. The value of the contract after that will depend on performance (as per his request).
Source: Sponichi 12/7/2013
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
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 Gen on Aug.18, 2013 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
Tags: Chiba Lotte Marines, Chunichi Dragons, Craig Brazell, Injuries, Lastings Milledge, Masahiro Araki, Motohiro Shima, Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Takeya Nakamura, Yakult Swallows
Masahiro Araki was taken off the active roster today with pain in his left quadriceps muscle.
Source: Sponichi 8/18/2013
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
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
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.
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 (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).
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
According to a report by Sanspo, the Hanshin Tigers are interested in a possible trade with the Rakuten Eagles that involves twenty-seven-year-old Motohiro Shima. The Tigers would reportedly be willing to part with some pitchers in order to make the deal work.
Source: Sanspo 11/1/2012
Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to join the Ichi-gun players for workouts on Friday. That could mean he gets an Ichi-gun start on May 30 against the Yomiuri Giants (at Tokyo Dome).
Motohiro Shima was taken off the active roster today after he was diagnosed with a fracture in his right thumb (metacarpal). He will likely require about a month for a full recovery (he will have pins inserted within the next day or so).
Shima suffered the injury when he took a foul tip off his thumb during a game against the Orix Buffaloes on May 13.
The Eagles took part in a welcoming ceremony at Kin Stadium today. The facilities at the stadium are still incomplete (no indoor training area or secondary field) and will likely require another two to three years before completion.
Batting coach Hiromoto Okubo told reporters that they are planning to put together their best possible line-ups using the players they currently have on hand, for their upcoming practice games.
Kazuo Matsui did not play in any of the team's three intra-squad games. He will, however, most likely be in the starting line-up (at short, batting third) when the team plays the Yokohama Bay Stars on February 18.
Katsuya Nomura visited Okinawa camp today. He told reporters he was a little worried about the team with Hisashi Iwakuma gone.
Kazuyoshi Tatsunami also visited Okinawa camp today.
Motohiro Shima stayed back after general workouts for extra batting practice in the cages (against a pitching machine) today.
- February 18 vs Yokohama - Ryohei Isaka
- February 21 vs Yomiuri - Kohei Hasebe
- February 22 vs Hanshin - Keiji Uezono
- February 24 vs Samsung (KBO) - 1st round draft pick Yoshitaka Muto
- February 25 vs Nippon Ham - Takahiro Shiomi
- February 26 vs Yakult - Masahiro Tanaka (4+ innings)
If it is raining in Okinawa and there is no where else to practice (since Kin Stadium has no indoor facilities), batting coach Hiromoto Okubo will check to see if the banquet hall at the player hotel are available. While they will not be allowed to use baseballs, players will still be able to work on their swings. And it seems the team has prepared about 1,000 sponge balls.
Kenji Tomura worked out for about two hours at Kleenex Stadium on Tuesday. Tomura later spoke to reporters and said that his goal was to stay healthy, maintain a spot in the starting rotation, and record double-digit victories. He also said that he was working on a new pitch that has some break, like a forkball, cutter, or two-seamer.
Takashi Kawai also worked out at Kleenex Stadium on Tuesday (played catch, threw into a net).
Shinichiro Koyama, Motohiro Shima, Tomohiro Tsuchiya, and Kazuya Takahori left for Okinawa on Tuesday. Before leaving, Koyama dropped by Kleenex Stadium in the morning and told reporters that he planned to lose some weight during his workouts in Okinawa.
Takahiro Shiomi told reporters on Monday that while bunting was a top priority, he also wanted to work on collecting hits (his ultimate goal is to hit a homer).
Shiomi once hit four homers in three games during his third year at Teikyo Dai Go High School.
1st round draft pick Yoshitaka Muto weighed around 69-70kg last year; he has thus far managed to push that up to around 75kg by increasing the amount he eats.
2nd round draft pick Yoshinao Kamata started his training on 1/3 and has focused primarily on working his lower body (30-40 minutes of running every day plus ten 300-meter dashes a day). He also has not down any throwing for about three months.
The NPB announced today that the 2011 Georgia Spirit Award went to Masahiro Tanaka, for his complete game, 12-strikeout victory against the Nippon Ham Fighters on September 10 (he received 15,852 of the 91,275 votes that were cast by fans). It was also the game in which he faced Yuki Saito for the first time since the summer of 2006 and the game in which he recorded his 15th victory of the year. Georgia video - Box score
The Runner-Up Award was given to Motohiro Shima for his inspiring game against the Chiba Lotte Marines on April 12 (selected by a committee). Shima committed an catching error in the 4th inning that allowed Lotte to take a 1-0 lead. He then came back and hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the 7th to the put Eagles ahead, 4-1. Georgia video - Box score
UPDATE 12/13 @ 4:38pm - NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato told reporters he wanted to see the Georgia Awards continue to expand in the coming years.
The selection committee is made up of Hisashi Yamada, Yutaka Takagi, Hideki Kuriyama, Tsutomu Ito, Seijun Ninomiya (sports writer), and Mitsuo Kobayashi (Shukan Baseball).