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[9/24/2015] Japan Post’s Motonobu Tanishige Commemorative Stamp Set

by on Sep.24, 2015 @ 9:13 pm, under NPB
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The Chugoku Branch of the Japan Post announced today that they will be selling a special limited edition Motonobu Tanishige stamp set commemorating his 3,018th career game. The set will become available on October 2 at seventy-three locations in the Chugoku region. Each set will include a sheet of ten stamps and an A4-sized board featuring information about Tanishige's career. There will be a limit of 1,000 sets at 2,000 yen per set. The set will also become available through Japan Post's online store on October 5.

Source: official announcement (pdf)

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[9/21/2015] Chunichi Dragons: Motonobu Tanishige announces decision to retire as a player

by on Sep.22, 2015 @ 7:30 am, under NPB
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Motonobu Tanishige held a press conference at Nagoya Dome on September 21 to announce that he was retiring as a player.

A few notes taken from various sources:

  • There are times he thinks "the time for retirement has come," and other times when he thinks "the time for retirement has already come?" He wishes he could play until he was sixty.
  • He knew this might be his last season while preparing for the season during the winter.
  • He made his final decision to retire in early September.
  • He struggled with injuries from the start of the season (left calf, right shoulder, lower back).
  • His biggest reason for retiring was his body not being able to take the grind any more and wearing down.
  • He never thought his career would last twenty-seven years when he first started playing professionally.
  • He was able to keep going because he wanted to win and was always trying to think of ways of keeping opponents down.
  • Over the years, he did feel that catching was hard on the body (although he could not be sure since he never played another position professionally), but never once thought about quitting.
  • He figures there is no one in Japan has caught as many pitches as he has. He thinks his bigger and thicker left hand is proof of that.
  • He is grateful to the Dragons for giving him the opportunity to be a player/manager.
  • He plans to pencil himself into the starting line-up for the last game at Nagoya Dome this season on September 24. His last official game will most likely come on September 26, when Chunichi plays Yokohama at Yokohama. Yokohama is where he started his career.
  • He is currently set to return as full-time manager of the Dragons next year.
  • He remembers the press conference when he was first introduced to the media. He remembers how happy his parents looked.
  • Memorable moment: winning a championship with Yokohama in 1998. Memorable moments with Chunichi include no-hitters by Kenshin Kawakami (August 1, 2002), Masahiro Yamamoto (September 16, 2006), and Daisuke Yamai (June 28, 2013); the combined no-hitter with Yamai and Hitoki Iwase (November 11, 2007); and his walk-off hit against Yakult at Nagoya Dome on September 24, 2011.

Source: official announcement, Tokyo Sports 9/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/21/2015, Sponichi 9/21/2015, Sports Hochi 9/21/2015, Sanspo 9/21/2015

[UPDATE 9/24 @ 11:37pm]

Tanishige played in his last game at Nagoya Dome on September 24. He made the starting line-up at catcher and batted eight. He went 1-for-1: 1B7 one RBI. He was replaced by a pinch-runner after his hit in the 2nd inning. Kosuke Fukudome and singer/songwriter Chiharu Matsuyama presented him with flowers. Teammates tossed him into the air five times after the game (he initially turned them down). Source: Daily Sports 9/24/2015, Sponichi 9/24/2015, Sponichi 9/24/2015

[UPDATE 9/27 @ 1:22am]

Tanishige played in the last game of his career on September 26. He made the starting line-up at catcher and batted eighth against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama Stadium. He grounded out to short in his one at bat and removed himself on defense in the 2nd. His three sons and Daisuke Miura presented him with flowers. Players from both teams tossed him into the air five times after the game. Source: Sponichi 9/26/2015

[UPDATE 9/27 @ 6:23pm]

Tanishige was taken off the active roster on September 27.

[UPDATE 10/2 @ 9:28pm]

The Hiroshima Carp held a mini retirement ceremony for Tanishige before their game at Mazda Stadium on October 2. Coach Takuro Ishii presented Tanishige with flowers.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2015

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[7/28/2015] Chunichi Dragons: Motonobu Tanishige sets new NPB record with 3,018 games

by on Jul.28, 2015 @ 10:59 pm, under NPB
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Motonobu Tanishige played in his 3,018th games tonight and set a new NPB record. He started the day tied with Katsuya Nomura. Kazuhiro Wada presented Tanishige with flowers after the 5th inning.

Tanishige was drafted by Taiyo in the first round of the 1988 draft. He played in his first game on April 11, 1989. He signed with the Chunichi Dragons after the 2001 season.

Games Date Opponent Venue
1 04/11/1989 Hiroshima Yokohama Stadium
1,000 08/25/1998 Hanshin Koshien Stadium
1,500 08/01/2002 Yomiuri Tokyo Dome
2,000 07/26/2006 Hanshin Nagoya Dome
2,500 07/28/2010 Yomiuri Tokyo Dome
3,000 04/30/2015 Yomiuri Tokyo Dome
3,018 07/28/2015 Hanshin Nagoya Dome
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[6/14/2014] Injury Report: Tony Blanco (Yokohama), Yoshinori Sato (Yakult)

by on Jun.15, 2014 @ 2:36 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka will probably get to play in at least six Ni-gun rehab games.  He could return to the active roster when the regular season resumes on the 27th. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2014 ... Nishioka played in a Ni-gun game against Softbank on Saturday.  He was the starting designated hitter and batted lead-off.  He went 2-for-3: single to right, ground out to short, double to right. Source: Sports Hochi 6/14/2014, Daily Sports 6/14/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ren Nakata was hit by a baseball during pre-game practices on Saturday.  Nakata was working out in the outfield during batting practice when a batted ball struck him on the right side of the head after it glanced off the area near his left wrist. Daily Sports 6/14/2014 ... Nakata was taken to a hospital in Narashino, Chiba for an examination.  He never lost consciousness and had some swelling in the wrist.  He was diagnosed with a bruise and still made it back to the stadium in time for a relief appearance in the 8th. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 6/14/2014
  • Ryuhei Matsuyama was taken off the active roster on Saturday with an injury to his left anterior cruciate ligament. Source: Sports Hochi 6/14/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige felt pain in his left thigh as he ran out a grounder in the top of the 2nd inning of Saturday's game against Orix.  He was replaced on defense in the bottom half of the inning.  There are no plans to take him off the active roster at this point in time. Source: Sports Hochi 6/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 6/14/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco had to be replaced by a pinch-runner when he hurt the back of his left thigh while running the bases in the top of the 7th.  The Bay Stars might end up taking him off the active roster. ... Sho Aranami tweaked his right calf during pre-game workouts on Saturday.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sports Hochi 6/14/2014

Yakult Swallows

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[5/30/2014] Injury Report: Kevin Youkilis (Rakuten), Seiichi Uchikawa (Softbank)

by on May.31, 2014 @ 12:01 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Toshiya Sugiuchi worked out at Koshien Stadium on Friday.  He took a batted ball off the area above his left knee during his last start on the 26th.  He told reporters he was fine.  Sugiuchi is scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kam Mickolio pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Orix on Friday.  He entered the game in the 6th and gave up a run on two hits over an inning of work (1B9-WP-R, 1B9 one RBI, K, K, G6).  He also struck out two and walked none. Source: Daily Sports 5/30/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige tweaked his left leg during Monday's game against the Softbank Hawks.  He did not play on Wednesday and Thursday.  He worked out at Seibu Dome on Friday and told reporters he had not yet made a decision on his status. Source: Sports Hochi 5/30/2014
  • Takuya Asao (right elbow) pitched in a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on Thursday.  He entered the game in the 9th and did not allow a run or a hit over an inning of work.  He threw thirteen pitches and topped out at 144km/h.  The Dragons have decided to wait on Asao a little longer since he is not an immediate need. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Kevin Youkilis might be able to resume practices in about two months.  Youkilis was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in his left foot while he was in Japan. Tests in the United States came back with the same diagnosis. Source: Sponichi 5/30/2014 ... Youkilis told reporters in Boston that his doctors told him it might take three to six months for a full recovery. Source: Sports Hochi 5/30/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Seiichi Uchikawa began his rehab at the Saitozaki facilities on Friday.  His day lasted about six hours and included some walking, stretching, upper body strengthening exercises, and treatment for his right gluteus maximus. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2014, Sponichi 5/30/2014
  • Brian Wolfe left for the United States on Thursday.  He will be getting additional tests on his right elbow.  He would like to avoid surgery if possible.  He is planning to visit the hospital where he got Tommy John surgery in 2003. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2014
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[5/28/2014] Injury Report: Orlando Roman (Yakult), Hirokazu Sawamura (Yomiuri)

by on May.29, 2014 @ 4:50 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura (right shoulder) pitched in a Ni-gun game against Yakult on Wednesday.  He entered the game in the 6th and tossed three shutout innings while giving up four hits.  It was his second Ni-gun outing of the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/28/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shinobu Fukuhara (right adductor) pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Softbank on Tuesday.  He entered the game in the 6th and did not allow any runs.  He gave up a hit and struck out one. Source: Sanspo 5/28/2014
  • Tomoyuki Kubota (right elbow) pitched in a Ni-gun game against Softbank on Tuesday.  He entered the game in the 8th and got three hitters out on nine pitches.  He topped out at 145km/h.  It was his first game of the season. Source: Sponichi 5/28/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka took outdoor batting practice at Naruohama on Tuesday.  He took thirty-six swings from the left side.  He also took grounders outdoors at second for about fifteen minutes.  It was the first time Nishioka took batting and fielding practice outdoors at Naruohama since he suffered multiple injuries on a collision play while playing defense in a game against the Yomiuri Giants on March 30. Source: Sanspo 5/28/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kam Mickolio (left adductor) joined Ichi-gun workouts on Wednesday.  The Carp will decide when to call him up after they see him pitch at Ni-gun on May 30 and June 1. Source: Sanspo 5/28/2014, Daily Sports 5/28/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige tweaked his left thigh while running the bases during Monday's game against Softbank.  He was at Nagoya Stadium on Tuesday checking on player workouts.  He had a slight limp.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Daily Sports 5/28/2014
  • Takuya Asao (right elbow) is scheduled to pitch in another Ni-gun rehab game on the 29th against Hiroshima. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/28/2014
  • Kenshin Kawakami (back) is scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game against Softbank on the 30th.  He is expected to go three innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/28/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yuhei Nakamura was hit by a pitch in the 8th inning of Wednesday's game against Nipppon Ham and replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 9th.  He was taken to a hospital and diagnosed with a bruise on his right wrist.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sponichi 5/28/2014
  • Orlando Roman was examined at a hospital in Tatebayashi, Gunma on Wednesday and was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in his right elbow (変形性肘関節症).  This was a preexisting condition that got worse.  The Swallows do not know how long Roman will be out.  They will see how he responds after getting shots to deal with the inflammation. Source: Sanspo 5/28/2014, Daily Sports 5/28/2014
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa resumed playing catch on Tuesday for the first time since he suffered a fracture in his right hand on April 18.  He played catch at a distance of about thirty meters for roughly twenty minutes.  He hopes to play in a rehab game some time in July. Source: Sanspo 5/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/28/2014
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[5/26/2014] Injury Report: Yuichi Matsumoto (Yakult), Shota Takeda (Softbank)

by on May.27, 2014 @ 1:46 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Toshiya Sugiuchi took a ball hit by Kensuke Kondo off the area above his left knee/thigh while pitching with the bases loaded and two out in the 6th against the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday.  He had to be carried off the field.  He was seen walking around on his own after the game. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2014, Sponichi 5/26/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka worked out at the indoor training facilities at Koshien on Monday, next to the Ichi-gun team.  His schedule included playing catch at a distance of around fifty meters and taking batting practice (soft-toss and against a machine).  He was also seen chatting with some of his former Lotte teammates. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2014, Sponichi 5/26/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige pulled himself out of Monday's game against Softbank after he tweaked the back of his left thigh while running the bases in the 7th inning -- he was on second with two out and was thinking about scoring on a single to center by Yohei Oshima, but had to put on the breaks when he got the signal to stop at third base. Source: Sanspo 5/26/2014 ... Tanishige did not go to the hospital.  The injury does not appear to be serious.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2014, Sports Hochi 5/26/2014
  • Kenshin Kawakami (lower back) pitched in a batting practice scrimmage at Nagoya Stadium on Sunday.  He faced some Ikusei players and threw twenty pitches.  It was the first time he faced hitters since his injury. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yuichi Matsumoto was taken off the active roster on Monday with a strain in his right abdominal oblique muscle.  He will require about three to four weeks for a full recovery. Source: Sponichi 5/26/2014, Daily Sports 5/26/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Shota Takeda (right shoulder) pitched in a San-gun game against the Ehime Mandarin Pirates (Shikoku Island League) on Sunday.  He gave up two runs on three hits over two innings.  He threw thirty-seven pitches and topped out at 153km/h. It was his first game in about a six months. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Keiichi Hirano was removed from Monday's game against Yokohama after he took an HBP off his right calf during his at bat in the 3rd inning.  Hirano took an HBP off the same area on the 14th and had been close to a full recovery. Source: Daily Sports 5/26/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/26/2014
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[2/2/2014] Chunichi Dragons News and Notes

by on Feb.03, 2014 @ 4:03 am, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 2

  • 2nd round draft pick Katsuki Matayoshi - seventy-two pitches
  • Kenshin Kawakami - sixty-seven pitches

Source: Sanspo 2/2/2014, Sports Hochi 2/2/2014

February 1

  • Kenshin Kawakami - forty-five pitches

Source: Sports Hochi 2/2/2014

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The main stadium could not be used on Sunday because of rain.  The indoor training facilities and bullpens were open.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014

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2nd round draft pick Katsuki Matayoshi's bullpen session on Sunday was his second in as many days.

3rd round draft pick Iori Katsura and Motonobu Tanishige caught Matayoshi's session on Saturday.

Source: Sanpso 2/2/2014Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014

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Tanishige's first day of spring camp on Saturday started at 9:00am and ended at 5:45pm.  Workouts included base-running, playing catch, fielding practice, batting practice, and a three-kilometer run.  He also caught Matayoshi's bullpen session.

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2014

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Hiromitsu Ochiai watched workouts on Saturday but did not coach any players.  When reporters asked him for a comment about the first day of camp, he said, "All those kinds of questions should be directed to the manager."

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2014

Ochiai did speak to Kenshin Kawakami on Sunday after his bullpen session.

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2014

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[10/10/2013] Chunichi Dragons hold press conference for Motonobu Tanishige

by on Oct.10, 2013 @ 7:27 pm, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons held a press conference to introduce Motonobu Tanishige as their newest manager.

Sponichi has posted portions of the press conference:

How did you feel when they offered you the position?

I was a little surprised they picked me.  There was a small part of me that did think I might be asked as some point.  I felt if I [turned down the offer because I felt I could not do it], then [that mentality to seep into] everything else.

What about the difficulties of being a player/manager?

That is what everyone else thinks.  I have not tried it yet.  I think I will be able to say something about it once I have experienced it.

The new GM [Hiromitsu] Ochiai also recommended you.

We worked together for eight years.  I think he knows how I think and I feel I have at least a small understanding of Ochiai's thoughts on baseball.  I think based on that, I will be able to share my opinions with him.

What kind of team do you want to manager?

I want a team full of players that know what to do to win and know what kinds of things lead to losses.  If you can shutdown the opposition, you can win.  That is the kind of baseball I want to play.  As a player, I thought about winning a championship every year.  That will never change.

Source: Sponichi 10/10/2013

Other general notes:

  • There were some in the organization that were against bringing Ochiai back so soon, especially since they announced they were parting ways with him as a manager because of rising salary costs and declining attendance figures.  The organization was concerned that hiring him might be an admission of making a mistake.  To ensure things went smoothly, Chunichi also made a number of changes at the top, which included naming a new team president/acting owner.
  • Ochiai will be in charge of everything that has to do with player development and scouting.  He will not have any say in financial matters -- he will be given a budget and will have to work within that.
  • Team owner Bungo Shirai initially asked Ochiai if he was interested in becoming an adviser.  The latter countered by asking if he could be named general manager.
  • Ochiai recommended Tanishige for the manager's position.
  • Regarding the coach staff, Shigekazu Mori will likely return for a second stint as head coach.  Chunichi is also looking into former coach Hatsuhiko Tsuji, former Yokohama pitching coach Yui Tomori, and Takahiro Saeki.

Source: Sponichi 10/10/2013, Sponichi 10/10/2013, Sponichi 10/10/2013Sports Hochi 10/10/2013, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2013

UPDATE 10/11 @ 2:18am -

Ochiai will be in Nagoya on Friday to meet with team officials.  They are expected to talk about his role with the team in greater detail and finalize his contract.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2013

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[10/9/2013] Chunichi Dragons: Tanishige named player/manager, Ochiai general manager

by on Oct.09, 2013 @ 12:00 pm, under NPB
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The media learned today that the Chunichi Dragons have offered forty-two-year-old Motonobu Tanishige the open manager's job.  Additionally, the team has reportedly asked former manager Hiromitsu Ochiai (59) to re-join the organization as general manager.  Shigekazu Mori (58) will most likely return for a second go-around as head coach.

Tanishige is not expected to retire as a player and will become the first Chunichi player-manager since Akira Noguchi in 1955 and the first player-manager in the NPB since Yakult's Atsuya Furuta (2006-2007)

Source: Daily Sports 10/9/2013, Daily Sports 10/9/2013, Daily Sports 10/9/2013Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013, Asahi 10/9/2013, Chunichi Shimbun 10/9/2013

UPDATE @ 7:25pm -

A number of personnel changes were approved during a Chunichi Shimbun special stockholder's meeting early today.  Among them:

  • Takao Sasaki replaces Katsuhiko Sakai as new team representative and acting owner
  • Hiromitsu Ochiai - new general manager
  • Motonobu Tanishige - new player/manager

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013, Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013

UPDATE @ 8:54pm -

The Dragons will hold a press conference for Tanishige on Thursday.

Source: Daily Sports 10/9/2013

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