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[2/5/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.06, 2016 @ 3:48 am, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters had the day off on February 5.
  • Shohei Otani could make it into an intra-squad game as a position player on February 6. Source: Daily Sports 2/4/2016 ... Otani is set to start a practice game against Lotte (KBO) on February 10 and pitch two innings. Source: Sponichi 2/5/2016
  • San Diego Padres' senior adviser Trevor Hoffman spoke to members of the pitching staff on February 4. Source: Daily Sports 2/5/2016
  • The Fighters watched the Houston Rockets play the Phoenix Suns on February 4 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. Source: Daily Sports 2/5/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines had the day off on February 5.
  • The Marines held a press conference for Jason Standridge on February 5. Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes had the day off on February 5.
  • The Buffaloes are planning to call up first round draft pick Masataka Yoshida to Ichi-gun camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2016
  • The Miami Marlins visited Miyazaki camp on February 3. David Samson was impressed with Yutaro Sugimoto's strong arm and body size. Source: Sports Hochi 2/4/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/4/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles had the day off on February 5.
  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye is set to get the start in center and bat lead-off in an intra-squad game on February 7. Source: Sports Hochi 2/5/2016, Daily Sports 2/5/2016

[2/3/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Feb.04, 2016 @ 5:24 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Shota Takeda is not planing to throw anything other than fastballs during spring camp. Pitching coach Yoshinori Sato has told all young pitchers to focus only on their fastballs during the first two blocks of camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito could pitch three innings in a practice game against Lotte (KBO) on February 8 (US time). Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2016
  • The Royals, Athletics, and Padres watched Shohei Otani toss a bullpen session on February 1. Source: Sports Hochi 2/3/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Jason Standridge arrived in Japan on February 3. Source: Sponichi 2/3/2016
  • Daichi Suzuki and first round draft pick and first round draft pick Taiga Hirasawa got extra fielding practice on February 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2016
  • Hirasawa could get the start at short and bat lead-off for a practice game against Lamigo (CPBL) on February 13. Source: Sanspo 2/3/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • Takahiro Matsuba, Shunichi Sato, and Sachiya Yamasaki could pitch in an intra-squad game on February 9. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2016

[2/2/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.03, 2016 @ 5:55 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Yuichi Honda and Kenta Imamiya took about thirty minutes of extra fielding practice on February 2. Infield coach Yusuke Torigoe hit baseballs to the two players. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016, Sports Hochi 2/2/2016
  • Yuki Yanagita was hitting baseballs far enough to reach a road beyond the netting in left at the secondary stadium in Ikkimenomori Sports Park during soft-toss batting practice on February 1. At one point, a truck almost got into an accident when it ran over a ball he hit. For safety reasons, the Hawks decided to have him take batting practice at the main stadium with Group A, beginning on February 2. Source: Sponichi 2/2/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016
  • Seven coaches from the CPBL's Chinatrust Brothers visited Miyazaki camp on February 2. They will be in Miyazaki through to February 6. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines held a press conference for Yamaico Navarro on February 2. Source: official announcement ... Navarro will spend the next few days getting acclimated to Japan and will join the rest of the team for workouts on February 5. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016

Seibu Lions

  • Norio Tanabe left the team hotel at 7:50am on February 2 and walked/jogged the four kilometers to Nango Chuo Park in thirty-six minutes. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016
  • Shogo Kimura (tryout) was given a uniform without a number. Source: Sponichi 2/2/2016
  • The Lions held a meeting on compliance and the use of social networks on February 1. Source: Sponichi 2/2/2016
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Miyazaki camp on February 2. Source: Tokyo Sports 2/2/2016
  • Former Lion Kazuhiro Kiyohara was arrested by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department on February 2 on suspicion of violating the Stimulant Drug Control Law (possession). Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Rauten Eagles Kumejima Cooperative presented the team with Kumejima specialties -- including liquor, prawns, tuna (about fifteen kilograms), and squid (roughly ten kilograms) -- on February 2. Source: Sponichi 2/2/2016

[2/1/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.02, 2016 @ 5:17 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Tsuyoshi Wada ran 2,650 meters during a mandatory twelve-minute run on February 1. Daisuke Matsuzaka ran 2,600 meters. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016
  • Dennis Sarfate is scheduled to arrive in Japan some time around February 10. Source: Sanspo 2/1/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ishigakijima spring camp started on February 1. A welcoming ceremony and workouts for Ichi-gun and Ni-gun players took place indoors because of the rain. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016
  • Daichi Suzuki will be captain for at least one more year. Source: Sponichi 2/1/2016
  • Yamaico Navarro arrived in Japan on February 1. He will join the team in Ishigakijima on February 2. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2016

Seibu Lions

  • A welcoming ceremony on February 1 took place inside Kuroshiro Dome because of rain. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • Workouts took place indoors on February 1 because of bad weather. Source: Sanspo 2/1/2016
  • The Buffaloes will not be naming a captain this year. However, due to problems with the team's order , Yoshio Itoi will be wearing a C on his uniform until a corrected version is sent to him. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Miyazaki camp on February 1. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Norimoto will get his fourth consecutive opening day start. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/1/2016
  • Ginji wore a t-shirt with the letters GNTM on the sleeve. There is a letter for every member of his family (himself, his wife, and his two sons). Source: Sponichi 2/1/2016
  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye got a haircut before the start of spring camp. Yuki Matsui recommended a place and payed for the cut in advance. Okoye sat in between Tetsuro Nishida and Takahiro Shimotsuma on the flight to Kumejima spring camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2016

[1/31/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.01, 2016 @ 4:06 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks participated in a championship parade in Miyazaki on January 31. About 50,000 fans were in attendance. The parade route was about 1.7 kilometers in length. Source: Sponichi 1/31/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Nippon Ham held a press conference for Chris Martin and Anthony Bass on January 31. Source: official announcement
  • The Fighters will open a Facebook page in traditional Chinese on February 1 at 13:00. Source: official announcement, Facebook
  • San Diego Padres bench coach Mark McGwire might make a special appearance at Arizona spring camp. The Fighters have a working agreement with the Padres. Source: Sponichi 1/31/2016

Seibu Lions

Orix Buffaoes

  • The Buffaloes arrived in Miyazaki on January 31. They also visited Oda Shrine to pray for a successful season. Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2016
  • Tenth round draft pick Yutaro Sugimoto worked out with Ichiro Suzki on January 30 (by request). Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles arrived in Kumejima on January 31. Source: Sports Hochi 1/31/2016
  • Motohiro Shima will maintain his role as captain. Takahiro Norimoto and Kazuya Fujita were named co-vice captains. Source: Sponichi 1/31/2016

[1/30/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.31, 2016 @ 7:20 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks visited Hakozaki Shrine in Fukuoka on January 30 to pray for a successful season. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2016
  • Rookie training camp ended on January 29. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2016
  • Rick VandenHurkRobert Suarez, and Barbaro Canizares  arrived in Japan on January 29. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2016
  • Softbank announced uniform sponsorship deals with two companies on Janaury 29: Showa Kensetsu, since 2011, right hip area; and Coca-Cola, left sleeve. Source: official announcement (Showa Kensetsu), official announcement (Coca-Cola)

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Takuya Nakashima signed a glove contract with Kubota Slugger. He has been using Kubota Slugger gloves since his third year in high school. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions held a press conference for Andy Van Hekken on January 28. Source: official announcement
  • Ernesto Mejia kept his weight at 110 kilograms this off-season. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2016
  • Seibu announced they signed a uniform sponsorship agreement with Limited Edition. Patches will area on the left hip area. Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

  • Tony Blanco arrived in Japan on January 28. He dropped five kilograms during the off-season. Source: Daily Sports 1/29/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles held a press conference for Japhet Amador, Jake Brigham, and Radhames Liz on January 29. Source: official announcement

[1/28/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.29, 2016 @ 5:57 am, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

Orix Buffaloes

  • Brandon Dickson arrived in Japan on January 28. He arrived a day late because of a domestic flight delay in the United States. Source: Daily Sports 1/28/2016

Rakuten Eagles

[1/27/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.28, 2016 @ 1:01 am, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

  • A number of players might catch a Phoenix Suns game on February 4 and a Arizona Coyotes game on February 10. Source: Sponichi 1/26/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes held a press conference to introduce Brian Bogusevic, Brent Morel, and Erik Cordier on January 26. Source: official announcement
  • Takahiro Okada will be assigned to Ni-gun spring camp because he is not one hundred percent healthy and not ready to take on a full day of Ichi-gun workouts. Third round draft pick Koji Oshiro will be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2016
  • Hiroyuki Nakajima, Morel, Takuya Shimada, seventh round draft pick Kohei Suzuki, and Oshiro will be among players getting a look at short during spring camp. Source: Sponichi 1/27/2016, Sanspo 1/27/2016
  • Senryokugai Teppei was hoping to receive an offer from an NPB team, but never did. He decided it was time to move on and retire on January 26. Source: Sponichi 1/27/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/27/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • Japhet Amador, Radhames Liz, Jake Brigham, Kam Mickolio, and Zelous Wheeler arrived in Japan on January 27. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2016, Sponichi 1/27/2016
  • Yudai Mori gained six kilograms since the end of last season. He currently weighs eighty-two kilograms. Source: Sponichi 1/27/2016

[1/23/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.24, 2016 @ 3:30 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Shota Takeda became the first player out of high school in franchise history to reach 70 million yen in his fifth year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2016 ... The previous record of 64.5 million yen was set by Kenji Jojima in his fifth year. Source: Sponichi 1/22/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata is currently training with Total Workout's Kevin Yamazaki in Hawaii. He is focusing on his lower body. Source: Sponichi 1/23/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Rookie training camp at Lotte Urawa ended on January 23. Source: Sponichi 1/23/2016
  • Kuan-Yu Chen arrived at Haneda Airport on January 22. Source: Sports Hochi 1/22/2016
  • Eisuke Tanaka would like to push his weight to eighty kilograms. He has so far gained two kilograms and currently weighs seventy-seven kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2016

Seibu Lions

  • Makoto weighed sixty-nine kilograms at the end of last year. He added six kilograms and now weighs seventy-five kilograms. Source: Sports Hochi 1/22/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiroaki Shimauchi increased his weight from seventy-eight to eighty-five kilograms in about two months. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2016
  • Former Rakuten Eagle Masahiro Tanaka met with the 2015 draft class before his workouts at kobo Stadium on January 22. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2016

[1/21/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.22, 2016 @ 4:34 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Brandon Laird will be allowed to commute to Arizona spring camp from his home (about a thirty minute drive). Source: Sanspo 1/18/2016
  • Shohei Otani weighed 101 to 102 kilograms on January 17. He told reporters that he was going to begin losing weight so that he can make it to the first or second block of spring camp at ninety-seven kilograms. Source: Source: Chunichi Sports 1/18/2016, Daily Sports 1/18/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines are planning to unveil new alternate uniforms celebrating the organization's twenty-fifth year in Chiba on January 25. The new uniforms will be worn during All For Chiba home games at QVC Marine this year (twelve games). Source: Sponichi 1/19/2016
  • Third round draft pick Kakeru Narita is working on a screwball. Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2016

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions held a staff meeting on January 18 and decided to assign the entire 2015 draft class to group B (Ni-gun) spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/18/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye, 3rd round draft pick Eigoro Mogi, fifth round draft pick Ryota Ishibashi, and sixth round draft pick Yuichi Adachi will be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Sanpso 1/20/2016 ... Okoye is expected to make his "debut" during an intra-squad game on February 7. Source: Daily Sports 1/21/2016
  • Takahiro Kakizawa's registered position will change from outfield to infield. Source: official announcement
  • Kenta Kurihara will be moving to Sendai with his wife and youngest daughter. His two older daughters will remain in Hiroshima with Kurihara's wife's parents because of school. Source: Sponichi 1/20/2016