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[3/25/2014] Baseball New Zealand adds Naoyuki Shimizu to coaching staff

by on Mar.25, 2014 @ 10:46 pm, under International
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Baseball New Zealand announced the addition of former Lotte and Yokohama pitcher Naoyuki Shimizu to their coaching staff.

From the IBAF:

Baseball New Zealand has announced the acquisition of Team Japan’s 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Naoyuki Shimizu, who will head to New Zealand next month to work full-time in the development/management of Baseball New Zealand’s National Team programme – which is ranked No. 28 at the world level and No. 2 within Oceania.

Source: IBAF 3/25/2014

From 3 News:

... Shimizu joins Baseball NZ as the representative supervising coach as well as assistant general manager of the NZ Baseball Federation.

His role will be to coach baseballers right through from the under-12 level to the national team.

Source: 3 News 3/25/2014

Baseball New Zealand posted a piece on Shimizu's visit to the country in January.  A snip:

New Zealand's baseball programme and its young ballplayers received a 'training treat' as 12-year Japan league veteran pitcher Naoyuki Shimizu visited the Major League Baseball "Training with the Pro's" camp and has expressed interest in returning often to help the sport flourish in the coming years.

... Baseball New Zealand hosted Shimizu during the Major League Baseball 'Training with the Pros', a week-long baseball camp for baseball players in Auckland from the ages of 5-18.

Source: Baseball New Zealand 1/22/2014

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Yokohama Senryokugai: Naoyuki Shimizu

by on Oct.10, 2012 @ 9:31 pm, under NPB
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The Bay Stars announced today that they informed Naoyuki Shimizu they will not be offering him to a contract for the 2013 season.

Yokohama released the following statement from Shimizu: "I am making good progress after left knee surgery and will continue to work hard because I would like to continue playing."

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2012

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Chiba Lotte Marines looking into former players Naoyuki Shimizu, Hiroyuki Kobayashi

by on Sep.21, 2012 @ 4:28 pm, under NPB
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According to Sponichi, the Chiba Lotte Marines are looking into a couple of former players: Naoyuki Shimizu (Yokohama; senryokugai on Thursday) and Hiroyuki Kobayashi (Hanshin; likely to become senryokugai)

Said Nobuhira Hayashi, director of team operations, "I have not received any internal updates ... They are our former aces.  [Shimizu] was once a player rep and [H. Kobayashi] did leave via a free agency, but we have no restrictions on reacquiring players. ... It hurts that they do not have recent performance stats.  For veteran players, it is not about three years down the road, but what they do for us next year."

Source: Sponichi 9/21/2012

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Yokohama Bay Stars likley to part with Niinuma, Fukuyama, Shimizu, Alvarado, Ruiz, Cramer

by on Sep.21, 2012 @ 4:18 pm, under NPB
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According to Sports Hochi, the Bay Stars will most likely part ways with Shinji Niinuma (33), Hiroyuki Fukuyama (23), and Naoyuki Shimizu (36).

  • Niinuma became replaceable after Shuto Takajo's promising performances.  The team still thinks highly of the veteran and may offer him some sort of a position within the organization.
  • The Bay Stars no longer feel Fukuyama has what it takes to be a pitcher and would rather see him become a position player.  They may bring him back next season if he agrees to a change in position.
  • As mentioned yesterday, Shimizu no longer fits into the team's plans.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/21/2012

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Sponichi is reporting that the Bay Stars will also part with Giancarlo Alvarado, Randy Ruiz, and Bobby Cramer.  Alex Ramirez will be in the second year of a two-year deal and both Brandon Mann and I-Cheng Wang will likely be given extensions.  Source: Sponichi 9/21/2012

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Yokohama Bay Stars Senryokugai: Naoyuki Shimizu

by on Sep.20, 2012 @ 12:48 pm, under NPB
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The media learned today that Naoyuki Shimizu was senryokugai'ed by the Bay Stars.

Shimizu had an operation on his left knee last season and had been doing rehab work with the hopes of returning this season.  He did manage to pitch in eight games at Ni-gun this year, but never managed to make it back to the active roster.

Shimizu would like to continue playing next year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2012

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2012 Ni-gun Stats

G W L SV CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
8 0 1 0 0 0 .000 61 14 14 1 5 0 2 7 1 0 7 7 4.50

Career Stats

Year Team G GS CG ShO W L Sv WPCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
2000 Lotte 27 16 1 0 3 6 0 .333 475 100.0 110 9 66 1 2 69 13 0 77 68 6.12 1.76
2001 Lotte 31 0 0 0 6 2 0 .750 191 43.1 43 6 20 1 2 30 0 0 20 18 3.74 1.45
2002 Lotte 31 29 2 1 14 11 0 .560 768 177.2 197 28 57 0 3 124 4 1 91 90 4.56 1.43
2003 Lotte 28 28 5 1 15 10 0 .600 850 204.1 200 14 53 0 6 147 9 0 86 71 3.13 1.24
2004 Lotte 23 23 5 2 10 11 0 .476 699 169.1 160 21 42 2 4 126 2 0 73 64 3.40 1.19
2005 Lotte 23 23 7 1 10 11 0 .476 687 164.1 170 27 37 1 5 99 4 0 77 70 3.83 1.26
2006 Lotte 25 25 6 1 10 8 0 .556 718 171.0 178 9 36 1 6 137 2 0 74 65 3.42 1.25
2007 Lotte 25 25 3 1 6 10 0 .375 657 145.0 189 15 39 4 6 101 1 0 86 77 4.78 1.57
2008 Lotte 25 24 7 2 13 9 0 .591 679 165.2 151 13 41 3 1 108 4 0 81 69 3.75 1.16
2009 Lotte 23 22 2 0 6 7 0 .462 638 144.2 177 14 42 0 1 88 5 0 75 71 4.42 1.51
2010 Yokohama 26 26 1 1 10 11 0 .476 699 155.0 203 26 39 1 8 105 1 0 98 93 5.40 1.56
2011 Yokohama 7 7 0 0 2 4 0 .333 172 37.0 47 4 14 0 1 20 1 0 23 19 4.62 1.65
Totals 294 248 39 10 105 100 0 .512 7233 1677.1 1825 186 486 14 45 1154 46 1 861 775 4.16 1.38

 

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Sports Hochi: Shuichi Murata to exercise FA option

by on Nov.21, 2011 @ 12:22 pm, under NPB
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Sports Hochi is reporting that 30-year-old Shuchi Murata is planning on exercising his FA option.  He is also quoted as saying, "I want to think of all 12 NPB teams being on on the same level.  I want to speak to any teams that [feel they] need me.  I would like to win a championship."

Naoyuki Shimizu most likely won't exercise his option and will remain with the team.  Takayuki Shinohara is also expected to stay put.

UPDATE @ 11:52pm - Sponichi is reporting that Murata could file for free agency as early as the 24th (a day after Yokohama's fan appreciation day).

UPDATE 11/22 @ 6:12pm - Sanspo is reporting Murata will file on the 25th.

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Yokohama Bay Stars: Naoyuki Shimizu has surgery on left knee

by on Sep.14, 2011 @ 4:26 pm, under NPB
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The media learned yesterday that Naoyuki Shimizu recently had surgery on his left knee and will require about 3 months until he's ready to start running again.  An unnamed team rep told reporters that he might, just barely, make it back in time for the start of the 2012 season.

Shimizu is in the final year of a 2-year deal and is looking to stay in Yokohama.

UPDATE @ 7:50pm - My apologies, I meant to say knee, not elbow...  And it was apparently surgery to get the knee cleaned out.

UPDATE @ 8:26pm - Shimizu was released from the hospital on the 12th and will require 5-6 months for a full recovery.

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Yokohama Bay Stars: Naoyuki Shimizu taken off active roster with knee pain

by on Aug.27, 2011 @ 2:51 am, under NPB
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Naoyuki Shimizu was taken off the active roster on Friday because of left knee pain.  Because the team is concerned that Shimizu may have suffered an injury to the cartilage in his knee joint, they plan on having him get his knee checked out sometime in September.  Surgery is a possibility.

UPDATE 8/27 @ 3:33pm - Shimizu is scheduled for an MRI on 9/16.  Shimizu is also having problems walking up and down stairs.

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YOK: Naoyuki Shimizu diagnosed with cartilage injury near left knee

by on Mar.01, 2011 @ 11:30 pm, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that Naoyuki Shimizu was examined at a hospital and diagnosed with a cartilage injury near his left knee.  He will require 10 days for a full recovery.  Shimizu started complaining of left knee pains on 2/24 and was not with the team at Ginowan, Okinawa.

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Yokohama Bay Stars Spring Camp News and Notes: February 19, 2011

by on Feb.19, 2011 @ 5:07 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Today's practice game against the Yakult Swallows:

The Swallows beat the Bay Stars, 3-1.

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo started at third and batted 5th.  He went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

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Naoyuki Shimizu took a day off from throwing today after tossing 201 pitches in the bullpen on the 16th and 80 pitches yesterday.

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Hichori Morimoto, Terrmel Sledge, and Shuichi Murata chatted yesterday morning about how they wanted everyone to play aggressively as a team, regardless of the outcome.  Morimoto also told reporters he plans on holding Sledge to his word about shaving his head if the team manages to sweep the Yomiuri Giants during their first 3-game series.

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Sledge took 30 swings of the bat during BP yesterday and hit 6 over the fence.

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