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[1/15/2015] Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.16, 2015 @ 2:25 am, under NPB
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Orix Buffaloes

  • Tatsuya Sato threw forty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. It was his first session of the year. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani threw forty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. Ryo Ishikawa caught the session and jokingly told reporters the last pitch Otani threw was 166km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015
  • Naoyuki Uwasawa threw fifty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Wednesday. It was his third session of the year. Uwasawa told reporters the sinker he has been working on is close to being game-ready. Source: Sports Hochi 1/15/2015
  • Takumi Oshima could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp because there are not enough catchers. Shota Ono is still having problems with his right elbow, Tomoya Ichikawa is coming off back surgery and will most likely start at Ni-gun spring camp, and Kensuke Kondo will probably see time at third base. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015
  • Yuki Saito has so far tossed three bullpen sessions this year, each thirty pitches or less. He is trying to pace himself more than last year. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015
  • The Ishikawa Million Stars (BC League) announced that they signed former Fighter Hitoshi Tadano (34) to a player/pitching coach contract. Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Kota Futaki threw forty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. It was his second session in as many days and second session of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/0215
  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka is planning to toss a bullpen some time before the end of the month. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015
  • Toshiaki Imae added Pilates to his training routine last fall (two or three times a week, ninety to 120 minutes per lesson). He is hoping it will help with his back problems by strengthening his core muscles. He has also replaced sweets and junk food with dried fruits. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015, Sanspo 1/15/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Chun-Lin Kuo tossed thirty-one pitches (all fastballs) to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. He threw from the set position at about sixty percent. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015
  • Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe does not think first round draft pick Kona Takahashi needs to throw anything other than the fastballs during his bullpen sessions right now. Source: Sports Hochi 1/15/2015, Sponichi 1/15/2015

Rakuten Eagles

[1/14/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.15, 2015 @ 3:10 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Ikusei eighth round draft pick Keigo Nakamura tossed a bullpen session with a squatting catcher on Wednesday. He also tossed a session on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/14/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Wednesday. It was his third session of the year. Source: Daily Sports 1/14/2015, Sports Hochi 1/14/2015
  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara played catch at a distance of about forty meters on Wednesday. He is still taking things slow because of the discomfort he felt in his right elbow. Source: Daily Sports 1/14/2015

Seibu Lions

  • First round draft pick Kona Takahashi threw thirty-three pitches, all fastballs, two a standing catch on Wednesday. It was his first session of the year (first since mid-December 2014). Source: Sports Hochi 1/14/2015
  • According to Sanspo, Takashi Toritani may have been interested in signing with the Lions when Hiroyuki Nakajima decided to head to the Majors. Toritani is from the Kanto area and went to high school in Saitama and college in Tokyo. He may have been open to the idea of playing closer to home, but Seibu never really checked. Source: Sanspo 1/14/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • First round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku could toss a bullpen session sometime after the 21st. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/14/2015

[1/13/2015] Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.14, 2015 @ 2:14 am, under NPB
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Orix Buffaloes

  • Daiki Tomei threw about thirty pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday. This was his second session of the year (he tossed his first on the 10th). Source: Sponichi 1/13/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani told reporters on Monday he would not turn any members of the 2014 draft class away if they wanted to visit him in his room. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/13/2015, Sponichi 1/13/2015 ... Otani tossed 128 pitches during indoor batting practice to Ryo Watanabe on Tuesday. He told reporters it was like playing catch. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2015, Sports Hochi 1/13/2015
  • Some are taking exception to Sho Nakata's hair styles and the way he sometimes chews gum during games. Acting owner Hiroji Okoso spoke up during a fan event in Sapporo on Monday and said he was okay with players expressing their individuality through their hair styles. He also said opinions can change based on the things players say and do and their public persona. Source: Sports Hochi 1/13/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/13/2015
  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara currently weighs ninety-seven kilograms. He would like to get that down to between ninety-three and ninety-four. Arihara (right elbow) played catch at a distance of about thirty meters on Monday. Source: Sponichi 1/13/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines announced on Tuesday that they signed Chad Huffman (29) to a new contract for the 2015 season. The deal is worth an estimated twenty-six million yen. Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 1/13/2015
  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka is trying to get about nine hours of sleep a night. He usually averages about seven, but increased it to nine because of the higher levels of stress and fatigue. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • The media learned on Monday that fourth round draft pick Fernando Luciano had surgery on his left hand in December last year. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2015
  • First round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku completed 104 shuttle-runs on Monday (sixth out of nine). Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2015 ... Luciano completed eighty-eight (ninth out of nine, only player that failed to reach 100). Ikusei first round draft pick Takumaru Yaoita completed 126 (first out of nine). Source: Sports Hochi 1/13/2015, Sports Hochi 1/13/2015 ... Ikusei second round draft pick Hiroki Osakaya completed 114 (third out of nine). Source: Nikkan Sports 1/13/2015
  • Anraku on his shoulder and elbow: "My shoulder and elbow are a consumable commodity so I'd like to discuss how to proceed with the trainers. When I was in high school, a part of me threw a lot on purpose. I want to play for twenty more years, so I don't want to overdo it." Source: Nikkan Sports 1/13/2015 ... Otani does not like throwing bullpen sessions because there are no batters to face. His velocity tends to remain below 140km/h. His fastball also tend to stay below 150km/h during practice games. Source: Sponichi 1/13/2015

[1/12/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.13, 2015 @ 2:22 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Shingo Tatsumi (28) filed marriage papers with a twenty-nine-year-old woman from Wakayama on the 10th. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015
  • Shota Takeda, Ryo Hidaka, and Yujo Kitagata biked about forty kilometers on Sunday (twenty kilometers one way and roughly eight kilometers of hills). Takeda currently weighs ninety-four kilograms, four more than last season. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015 ... Takeda threw thirty pitches to a squatting catcher on the Saturday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/12/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • 3rd round draft pick Kodai Sano loves animals and kept a large number of them (an axolotl a parrot, a rabbit, and fish) when he was in high school. He hopes to "buld a zoo" once he is allowed to find his own place to live. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015 ... Sano is good at making balloon animals. Players drafted out of high school are usually required to live in the team dormitory for five years, unless they do well at Ichi-gun. Source: Sponichi 1/12/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Naoyuki Uwasawa threw seventy pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen at Kamagaya on Sunday. It was his second session this year and his first with a squatting catcher. Source: Sports Hochi 1/12/2015
  • Shohei Otani believes there is some value in trying to reach 170km/h. Source: Sanspo 1/12/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class started at kobo Stadium on Monday. Source: Sponichi 1/12/2015
  • Hiromoto Okubo is thinking about using Ginji as a back-up emergency catcher. Ginji was drafted as a catcher, but never caught any games at the Ichi-gun level. Source: Sports Hochi 1/12/2015

[1/11/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Jan.12, 2015 @ 1:44 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo is conducting in-depth checks on injury histories for every player in the organization. He feels injuries sustained during childhood can still cause problems during adulthood. Source: Sponichi 1/11/2015 ... Kudo is reviewing footage from last season. So far, he has watched about twenty games (no fast-forwarding). He is checking on Softbank players. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/11/2015
  • Fourth round draft pick Shunsuke Kasaya can solve a Rubik's Cube in about a minute and thirty seconds on average. His best time was a minute and ten seconds. Source: Sponichi 1/11/2015
  • Fifth round draft pick Yosuke Shimabukuro feels his pitching mechanics were at their best when he was in his second year of high school. He also got some ideas on what he needs to work on when he visited Winning Ball (training gym) in Kobe last year in September and December. Source: Sponichi 1/11/2015 ... Shimabukuro threw fifteen pitches to a standing catcher on Sunday. It was his first session at the Saitozaki training facilities. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/11/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class started at the Ni-gun facilities in Kobe on Sunday. Source: Daily Sports 1/11/2015 ... Second round draft pick Yuma Mune hurt his right knee in June last year and went through a partially modified training routine on Sunday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/11/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito threw twenty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Sunday. It was his second session this year. Source: Sponichi 1/11/2015
  • Shohei Otani could pitch in his first game/scrimmage on either February 9 (intra-squad game) or February 11 (practice game against Hanshin). Source: Sanspo 1/11/2015, Daily Sports 1/11/2015
  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara is taking things slow when playing catch because he is coming off right elbow problems. When playing catch on Saturday, he kept his distance at around twenty meters while others around stretched things out to about fifty. The Fighters do not want to rush Arihara and will probably assign him to Ni-gun spring camp. Hideki Kuriyama feels Arihara will be fine for the start of the regular season if he can pitch in one or two exhibition games in mid-March. Source: Sponichi 1/11/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka finished in second or better in seven (and first in three) running exercises on Saturday. He ran three round-trips between the poles (900 meters) in three minutes and thirty seconds (first place). He then ran two round-trips between the poles (600 meters) five times, finishing in second four times and in first during the last run (two minutes and twenty-one seconds). He did the fifty-meter shuttle run in fifty-five seconds (total distance 300 meters). Source: Sanspo 1/11/2015, Daily Sports 1/11/2015, Sponichi 1/11/2015

[1/10/2015] Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.11, 2015 @ 2:17 am, under NPB
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Orix Buffaloes

  • The 2014 draft class finished moving into the team dormitory in Kobe on Saturday. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class started at Kamagaya on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2015
  • Atsunori Inaba appeared on TBS's Job Tune Special on Saturday and said that he often took the first pitch during each of his at bats because he did not want to disappoint fants performing the Inaba Jump with a quick first-pitch out. Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka signed autographs for about sixty fans after practices on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2015

Seibu Lions

  • First round draft pick Kona Takahashi, second round draft pick Yasuo Sano, and fourth round draft pick Yusuke Tamamura signed autographs for about 100 fans after practices on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • The 2014 draft class moved into the team dormitory in Sendai on Saturday. Source: official announcement

[1/9/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.10, 2015 @ 12:17 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class started on Friday at the Saitazaki facilities. Thirteen players, including eight Ikusei players, participated in the two-hours workouts. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015
  • The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Ni-gun facilities in Chikugo, Fukuoka took place on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Second round draft pick Yushi Shimizu moved into the team dormitory in Kamagaya on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/9/2015
  • Yuki Saito threw about twenty pitches, all fastballs, to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Friday. It was his first session of the year. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2015
  • Mitsuo Yoshikawa threw fifty-five pitches, including curves and sliders, in the bullpen on Friday. It was his third session since the start of the new year. Source: Sports Hochi 1/9/2015 ... Yoshikawa, Kensuke Tanaka, and Takuya Nakashima worked out in Miyakojima, Okinawa on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015
  • Shohei Otani tossed an unscheduled bullpen session on Thursday. He threw thirty-eight pitches, including fastballs, sliders, and curves, to a standing catcher. It was his first session since early-December last year. Ryo Watanabe caught the session and was impressed with Otani's velocity. Source: Chunichi Shimbun 1/9/2015 ... Otani threw all the pitches from the wind-up. It was the first time he used the wind-up since high school. Source: Sanspo 1/9/2015 ... Otani will most likely toss a number of bullpen sessions at Kamagaya until he heads to Okinawa on the 23rd. Daily Sports 1/9/2015 ... Otani hit about thirty softballs during soft-toss batting practice on Thursday. Source: Sponichi 1/9/2015
  • The Fighters announced that Kenso Takeda will become an adviser on February 1. He will then take over as the new team president when Toshikazu Tsuda steps down and becomes an adviser on March 16. Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class began on Friday at QVC Marine. Workouts started at 11:00am and ran for about two hours and forty minutes, no breaks. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015
  • Senryokugai Shota Koike retired and accepted a job in the organization as Ni-gun equipment handler. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015
  • Former Lotte Shunsuke Watanabe returned to Japan on Friday. He was playing winter ball in Venezuela and won MVP of the week during the final week of the season. He pitched in six games, all starts, and went 1-1 with a 2.91 ERA over 34.0 innings of work. Watanabe would like to play in the Majors this year. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2015, MLB.com Player Card

Seibu Lions

  • Atsushi Okamoto and Ryoma Nogami worked out in Yamaga, Kumamoto on Friday. Workouts started at 9:00am, lasted about six hours, and included running, running hills, trunk strengthening exercises, playing catch, and weight training. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015
  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class started at Seibu 2 Stadium on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015
  • First round draft pick Kona Takahashi and second round draft pick Yasuo Sano were scheduled to run a six kilometer course around Seibu Dome on Thursday, but they ended up running fifteen after they got lost. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo is thinking about canceling morning walks and exercises during spring camp to make sure players have a chance to sleep and eat breakfast. He is also thinking about giving players an hour for lunch, instead of the thirty they had been getting. Source: Sponichi 1/9/2015
  • Sho Miyagawa had surgery on his right elbow in October last year and is hoping to pitch in his first rehab scrimmage/game in June. Source: Sports Hochi 1/9/2015

[1/8/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.09, 2015 @ 1:34 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The 2014 draft class moved into the team dormitory in Fukuoka on Thursday. Source: Sanspo 1/8/2015
  • Nobuhiko Matsunaka and Nobuhiro Matsuda left Japan out of Fukuoka Airport on Thursday. They will be training in Guam. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2015
  • Tadashi Settsu could not meet with the Hawks in December for salary negotiations because he was on his honeymoon with his wife (they were married in 2013). Source: Sports Hochi 1/8/2015 ... Settsu is slated to earn his domestic FA option some time this season. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2015

Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara, third round draft pick Daiki Asama, and seventh round draft pick Yuto Takahama moved into the team dormitory in Kamagaya on Thursday. Source: Daily Sports 1/8/2015, Daily Sports 1/8/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ayumu Ishikawa developed a fever after he had four wisdom teeth removed in December. He was out for a few days and dropped about three kilograms. He managed to regain what he lost, plus a little more, and is currently between eighty-three and eighty-four kilograms. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2015
  • Former Lotte Hiroyuki Kobayashi will be a pitching coach for the Musashi Heat Bears (BC League) this year. Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

  • Fourth round draft pick Yusuke Tamamura moved into the team dormitory on Thursday. He was originally planning to move in two days earlier, but was out with a fever. Source: Sports Hochi 1/8/2015
  • Kazuki Miyata filed marriage papers with a woman on Thursday. Source: Sponichi 1/8/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Yasunori Kikuchi, Takahiro Shiomi, Kenji Tomura, and Kodai Hamaya left Japan on Thursday. The four will be spending some time training with Hisashi Iwakuma in Los Angeles. They are scheduled to return later this month. Source: Sponichi 1/8/2015
  • The Eagles are slated to play a practice game against the Hanshin Tigers on February 17. Senior Adviser Senichi Hoshino is expected to watch the game. Rakuten is also scheduled to play practice games against KBO teams on the 15th and 16th. Source: Sponichi 1/8/2015

[1/7/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.08, 2015 @ 2:47 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Akira Nakamura (left elbow) hit about thirty baseballs during workouts at the Saitozaki facilities on Wednesday. It was his first session hitting baseballs since his surgery in November. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015
  • Shingo Tatsumi (27) will file marriage papers with a twenty-nine-year-old woman from Wakayama on the 10th. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshio Itoi began workouts with eight other players at Hamamatsu Stadium on Wednesday. The other players: Hanshin's Ryota Imanari, Softbank's Yuki Yanagita and Taisei Makihara, Nippon Ham's Shingo Ishikawa and Yuji Arahari, Lotte's Takeshi Kanazawa, Rakuten's Keiji Oyama, and Yakult's Takahiro Imanami. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Fourth round draft pick Naoya Ishikawa moved into the team dormitory on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015
  • Naoki Miyanishi threw about ten pitches to a standing catcher on the 3rd. He does not plan on throwing full sessions until the third block of spring camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015
  • Hirotoshi Masui likes how he feels when he closes out games and prefers it over being a set-up man. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015
  • Sho Nakata purchased a Lamborghini this off-season. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • Second round draft pick Yasuo Sano was the first to move into the team dormitory on Monday; third round draft pick Shuta Tonosaki and Ikusei first round draft pick Daisuke Togawa moved in on Tuesday; first round draft pick Kona Takahashi and fifth round draft pick Haruka Yamada on Wednesday. Chun-Lin Kuo also moved in on Wednesday. Fourth round draft pick Yusuke Tamamura is not feeling well and will move in on another day. 2014 draft class training camp will begin on the 9th. Source: official announcement

Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo is planning to go with a six-man rotation this season after listening to suggestions made by the pitching coaches. He will be satisfied if starters can go at least five innings without giving up more than three runs. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015, Chunichi Shimbun 1/7/2015, Sports Hochi 1/7/2015 ... Okubo does not expect starters to throw 120 to 130 pitches just because they are getting six days of rest. He believes the bullpen will hold the key to the team's success. Source: Sponichi 1/7/2014

[1/6/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.06, 2015 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

  • Teppei is training with a special 850 gram jump rope -- three sets of 100 every day during off-season workouts. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2015
  • Senryokugai Masaki Ihara (28) retired and remained in the organization as a batting practice pitcher. Ihara decided to retire because he wanted to provide more stability for his family (wife and two sons). He considered attending a tryout, but Orix's job offer would no longer be on the table. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hideki Kuriyama will first look to Shohei Otani as a pitcher in 2015. After that, a designated hitter, and then an outfielder. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiroaki Shimauchi (24) filed marriage papers with a twentu-two-year-old woman on the 5th. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2015
  • Hiromoto Okubo is planning to assign first round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku to Ichi-gun spring camp, assuming he is physically capable. Anraku has managed to increase his weight from eighty-eight to ninety kilograms since the summer. He has also dropped his fat content from fifteen to twelve percent. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2015