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[12/19/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.20, 2014 @ 5:29 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • Chun-Lin Kuo will join the 2014 draft class for rookie training camp in January. Source: Daily Sports 12/19/2014
  • Takayuki Kishi's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 2,860 grams, in Tokyo on the 17th. Source: Sanspo 12/19/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo would like to give every player two or three chances to play in pre-season games next year (intra-squad and exhibition). He plans to let the Ichi-gun pitching coach staff handle Ichi-gun pitchers during spring camp because he wants to watch over Ni-gun and San-gun pitchers. Source: Sanspo 12/19/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/19/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Masao Yamada will be stepping down as general manager and is expected to become an amateur scout adviser. Director Hiroshi Yoshimura will most likely take on the added role of interim general manager. Source: Sponichi 12/19/2014

[12/18/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.19, 2014 @ 2:56 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • Hideto Asamura wants to focus on second base and is willing to give up short. Source: Sponichi 12/18/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo is planning to add tire flipping to spring camp workouts next year. He feels it will be a good way to break up the monotony and make things fun for players. Source: Sponichi 12/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/18/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Former Hanshin Tiger Naohisa Sugiyama will join the staff as Hiroshi Moriwaki's media relations manager and personal assistant, effective January 1. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/18/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters held a press conference to announce that Masao Kida (46) will join their staff as an assistant general manager, effective January 1, 2015. Source: official announcement, Sponichi 12/18/2014
  • Yuji Arahari's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 2,982 grams, on December 17. Source: official announcement

[12/17/2014] Seibu Lions, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.18, 2014 @ 3:43 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura (right elbow) played catch at a distance of about fifteen meters on Tuesday. He threw the ball thirty times. Nakamura had his elbow cleaned out in October and resumed playing catch on Monday. Source: Sponichi 12/17/2014 ... Nakamura is planning to resume batting practice some time in January. Source: Daily Sports 12/17/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters will hold a press conference in Sapporo on Thursday to announce Masao Kida as their new assistant general manager. Source: Sponichi 12/17/2014

[12/16/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.16, 2014 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Lotte has decided to take advantage of third round draft pick Kandai Terashima's good looks by putting his face on flags and face towels. The items will be available during the first sale of the year on January 4. The Marines decided to sell Terashima merchandise after receiving requests from female fans. He will be the first member of Lotte's 2014 draft class to get his own merchandise. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014, Daily Sports 12/16/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo is planning to hold study sessions for all coaches during spring camp next year. Topics could include injuries and rehab. Kudo wants coaches to understand proper training methods and rehab procedures because he does not believe trainers should be the only ones to have that information. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014
  • Shota Takeda wants to push his weight up to 100 kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 12/16/2014

Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani has been throwing baseballs from the wind-up since the start of the off-season. He threw about 100 while playing catch and roughly twenty while throwing into a net during workouts on Monday. Source: Sanspo 12/16/2014
  • Mitsuo Yoshikawa is planning to start a three-day fast on the 17th. Source: Sports Hochi 12/16/2014

[12/16/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters reach agreement with Kensuke Tanaka

by on Dec.16, 2014 @ 6:21 pm, under NPB
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The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-three-year-old infielder Kensuke Tanaka. He has been assigned his old uniform number 3. The media is reporting that the two sides agreed to a two-year deal that could be worth a total 300 million yen plus incentives.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 12/16/2014, Daily Sports 12/16/2014

[UPDATE 12/17 @ 12:13pm]

Tanaka likely agreed to a two-year deal with a club option. The two-year deal could be worth a total 300 million yen plus incentives. The third year could push the value of the total package to 850 million yen (maximum).

Source: Sponichi 12/17/2014

[12/13/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.14, 2014 @ 12:50 am, under NPB
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Pacific League

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara could make his "debut" during a spring camp intra-squad on February 15. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/13/2014

Central League

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami will most likely be allowed to work out with Kenta Maeda in January next year. Source: Sponichi 12/13/2014
  • Yutaka Wada is planning to sit down with players like Yamato and Tsuyoshi Nishioka to discuss possible position changes if Takashi Toritani decides to sign with an MLB team this off-season. Source: Sports Hochi 12/13/2014, Nikkan Soprts 12/13/2014
  • The Tigers are slated to play nine practice games during spring camp in February (seven at Okinawa). One of their games, on February 28, will be against the Orix Buffaloes. Source: Daily Sports 12/13/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Taketoshi Goto asked the Bay Stars if he could register his name as Gomez, a nickname he received when a teammate misheard his apology (gomensu). It might not be possible to make it his official NPB name, but Yokohama might be willing to use it on his uniform. Source: Sponichi 12/13/2014

General

  • The 2014 draft class rookie seminar will most likely take place on January 13 instead of early-March next year. Former Rakuten manager Senichi Hoshino took to the media this year during the pre-season and questioned why the seminar did not place in January or February when the schedule was still light. Source: Sponichi 12/10/2014, ZakZak 12/13/2014

[12/12/2014] Rumors: Takashi Toritani, Kensuke Tanaka

by on Dec.13, 2014 @ 1:31 am, under NPB
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Scott Boras told reporters that there was always a chance Takashi Toritani (33) could return to the Hanshin Tigers next year. The agent also indicated a decision will most likely be made before the end of the year. Source: Sanspo 12/12/2014, Sanspo 12/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/12/2014

Kensuke Tanaka (33) was hoping to return to the United States next year, but did not receive any offers. A number of NPB teams have shown interest, but the infielder is expected to choose the Nippon Ham Fighters. Source: Nikkan Soprts 12/12/2014

The Seibu Lions could find themselves in a position where they might be interested in Yokohama senryokugai Norihiro Nakamura (41). Source: ZakZak 12/12/2014

[12/12/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters announce agreement with Jeremy Hermida

by on Dec.12, 2014 @ 3:35 pm, under NPB
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The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-year-old pitcher Jeremy Hermida. The media is reporting that the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated sixty million yen. He was assigned the number 7.

The Fighters released the following comment from Hermida:

My wife and I are very excited to be a part of a Nippon Ham Fighters organization that has won four pennants in the last ten years. I've been interested in playing in Japan the last few years and now I have that chance. I've heard that Fighter fans are warm and enthusiastic. I'm really looking forward to playing in front of those great fans. I want to help the team reach its goal of winning a championship by doing my best at whatever position I'm assigned.

The Fighters also announced uniform number assignments for Victor Garate and Brandon Laird. Garate was assigned the number 42 and Laird the number 5.

Source: official announcement, official announcement, Doshin Web 12/12/2014, Sponichi 12/12/2014

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[12/11/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.12, 2014 @ 1:57 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles are planning to set up a multi-purpose room near the third base dugout at kobo Stadium. Senior adviser Senichi Hoshino will be able to use the room as needed. It will also double as a room for entertaining VIP guests. Source: Sanspo 12/11/2014, Sponichi 12/11/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Orix scout Shintaro Yoshida travels about 47,000 kilometers and spend roughly 1,812,000 yen on transportation every year. He always carries a scorebook, a radar gun, a stopwatch, a video camera, a notebook, sunglasses, and a seat cushion. His bag weighs about ten kilograms and also includes a latop and umbrella. Source: Sanspo 12/11/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters announced that they added Yakult senryokugai Takehiko Oshimoto to their staff as a batting practice pitcher. Source: official announcement

[12/10/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.11, 2014 @ 2:18 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Shintaro Masuda gained about seven kilograms last winter and is working to make sure that does not happen again this winter. He has managed to keep his weight at eighty-five kilograms so far. Source: Sponichi 12/10/2014
  • The media learned on Tuesday that Takaaki Yokoyama had a tonsillectomy. He has already been discharged from the hospital. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Hotaka Yamakawa will have a chance to work out with Norichika Aoki in Okinawa in January. Yamakawa is trying to get his weight down to 100 kilograms. He has so far dropped six kilograms and has three more to go. Source: Sponichi 12/10/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The media learned on Wednesday that former manager Koji Akiyama's wife, Chiaki Akiyama, died on Tuesday at the age of fifty-five. Chiaki had been battling an undisclosed illness since 2011. Akiyama was planning to attend the team's championship trip to Hawaii, but canceled to be with his wife. Source: Daily Sports 12/10/2014, Sponichi 12/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014

Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Mitsuo Yoshikawa is planning to fast for three to four days before the end of the year. It will be his first attempt. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014
  • Shohei Otani is hoping to get more playing time next year. Source: Sanspo 12/10/2014