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BC League: Toyama Thunderbirds sign Naohisa Sugiyama

by on Jan.19, 2012 @ 8:52 pm, under Independent
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The Toyama Thunderbirds (BC League) announced today that Naohisa Sugiyama (31) joined the team as a player/coach.  He was also assigned the number 18.

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NPB Career Stats

Year Tm G W L Sv CG ShO BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
2003 HAN 3 0 2 0 0 0 48 11.2 12 1 3 0 8 1 0 10 10 7.71 1.29
2004 HAN 13 2 2 0 0 0 241 53.2 52 10 26 2 57 7 0 33 30 5.03 1.45
2005 HAN 23 9 6 0 1 1 568 134.2 131 12 39 11 103 9 0 51 44 2.94 1.26
2006 HAN 17 4 4 0 3 0 381 90.1 79 8 30 8 65 6 0 34 31 3.09 1.21
2007 HAN 20 4 5 0 1 1 371 84.0 101 4 19 10 51 3 0 45 43 4.61 1.43
2008 HAN 9 2 3 0 0 0 198 43.1 54 5 16 3 24 4 0 29 28 5.82 1.62
2009 HAN 2 0 1 0 0 0 23 5.0 8 2 1 1 1 0 0 3 3 5.40 1.80
2010 HAN 7 0 0 0 0 0 28 6.1 8 0 2 1 3 0 0 2 2 2.84 1.58
Totals 94 21 23 0 5 2 1858 429.0 445 42 136 36 312 30 0 207 191 4.01 1.35
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Naohisa Sugiyama could join BC League’s Toyama Thunderbirds Baseball Club

by on Dec.15, 2011 @ 10:52 am, under Independent
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Sanspo is reporting that Hanshin senryokugai Naohisa Sugiyama could end up signing with the BC League's Toyama Thunderbirds Baseball Club.

When reporters confronted Sugiyama at Naruohama on Wednesday, he neither confirmed nor denied the rumor.  When asked what his thoughts were on playing for an independent league team, he replied, "I would like to continue playing baseball."

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Senryokugai: Hanshin Tigers’ Kodai Sakurai

by on Oct.09, 2011 @ 7:13 am, under NPB
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Sanspo mentions that it learned on Saturday that the Hanshin Tigers will likely give Kodai Sakurai a senryokugai notice. The article explains that an unnamed source said the team didn't think Sakurai would be able to compete for an Ichi-gun spot based on his right elbow problems (no problems with throwing, but it's apparently affecting his swing).

Another Sanspo article notes that Ikuro Katsuragi, Naohisa Sugiyama, and Kenta Abe's things weren't packed into the truck bound for Miyazaki (Pheonix League). It might not mean anything, but Sakurai's things also weren't packed and that led to the discovery that the team might be planning on giving him a senryokugai notice.

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2011 Stats - Kodai Sakurai

Level G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HP SO GDP AVG SLG OBP
Ni-gun 62 162 138 11 28 6 0 4 46 11 2 1 0 0 22 0 2 35 4 .203 .333 .321

2011 Stats - Ikuro Katsuragi

Level G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HP SO GDP AVG SLG OBP
Ni-gun 74 114 93 5 15 3 0 0 18 2 0 0 0 0 21 0 0 18 2 .161 .194 .316

2011 Stats - Naohisa Sugiyama

Level G W L SV CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
Ni-gun 10 0 1 2 0 0 .000 65 14.2 20 1 4 0 0 7 1 0 8 8 4.91

2011 Stats - Kenta Abe

Level G W L SV CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
Ni-gun 28 0 1 2 0 0 .000 133 30.1 31 1 9 0 2 20 0 0 12 9 2.67
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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: December 11, 2010

by on Dec.11, 2010 @ 6:01 pm, under NPB
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Both Takumi Akiyama and Masashi Nohara will be working out with the Jojima Group in Sasebo, Nagasaki in January.  And while Kenji Jojima won't be a part of the group this time around (so that he can focus on his rehab), it seems he will be working out at a nearby gym.

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Tomoaki Kanemoto worked out at Naruohama on Friday.  Kanemoto did not step foot outdoors and spent about 3 hours working out indoors.

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Team owner Shinya Sakai's take on Takashi Toritani opting for a 1-year deal:

It's the FA option.  He's going to earn it next season, so of course he's going to take the 1-year deal. ... Of we'd love for him to stay with Hanshin for a long time.

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Naohisa Sugiyama (working his way back from right elbow surgery) started playing catch (about 10 minutes; distance of about 20 meters) at Naruohama on Friday.  Sugiyama told reporters he was able to throw without any discomfort and that he expects to be able to play catch regularly before the end of the year.  Sugiyama currently has his sights set on being ready to throw bullpens beginning on 2/1.

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Kyuji Fujikawa took part in a Christmas Gathering at a medical center in Osaka on Friday.  About 200 patients (including kids) took part in the event.  Fujikawa is thinking about setting up a way for kids to send him letters with requests to say certain things during his hero interviews next season.

"Please send me letters via the Tigers," said Fujikawa.  "If there's something you'd like me to say during the hero interview, just write it down and mail it to me.  If it's something I can do, I'll do it!"

Fujikawa apparently loves children and is trying to do as much as he can to help make some of their dreams come true.  Before a game against the Yokohama Bay Stars on 7/9, Fujikawa promised a kid he met through Make A Wish Foundation that he'd finish the game out by striking out the last batter of the game.  Fujikawa apparently entered the game and did just as he promised.

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Keiichi Hirano will be working out with Michihiro Ogasawara again this winter.  The theme of those workouts: don't run away from doing things you don't like; and value the importance of the basics.

On Friday, Hirano spent his time visiting a children's ward in a hospital in Ibaraki with Kazuya Tsutsui.

And speaking of Tsutsui, he's planning on analyzing Yu Darvish footage for hints on how to improve his own game.

Said Tsutsui, "I've watching footage of Darvish pitching.  He's really amazing -- his delivery doesn't change regardless of whether he's throwing a fastball or change-up."

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With the Tiger adding players like Robert Zarate and Marcos Vechionacci (both from Venezuela; Vechionacci still hasn't been formally signed) to the roster, it seems they've finally decided it might be worthwhile if their interpreters also learned how to speak Spanish.  As such, the team has apparently sent two of their interpreters to take about 80 hours worth of Spanish courses.

The Tigers also have had players like Esteban Yan (Dominican Republic; 2007), Aarom Baldiris (Venezuela; 2008-2009), and Alvis Ojeda (Venezuela; 2008) on their roster in recent years.

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Nikkan Sports is hosting a Takashi Toritani Christmas Special Talk event on 12/15 as part of their 60th anniversary celebration (Osaka offices).

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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: November 1, 2010

by on Nov.01, 2010 @ 11:24 am, under NPB
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Robert Zarate started working out at Naruohama on Sunday.  He threw 18 pitches in the outfield with a standing catcher, while also mixing in his fork, slider, and change.  Nikkan Sports also makes mention of a cutter, sinker, and shuto.  Nikkan Sports also mentions that Zarate threw 4 of 18 pitchers with a side-arm delivery.

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The club announced on Sunday that Naohisa Sugiyama had surgery on his right elbow on the 29th and that he was released from the hospital on the 30th and will rehab the elbow at Naruohama.

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The Tigers arrived in Aki, Kochi on Sunday for fall camp.  Seems they also brought the mannequin donning a Yomiuri Giants uniform to use in the bullpen during fall camp.

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