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[12/6/2014] Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.07, 2014 @ 12:19 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Ryohei Fujiwara (28) filed marriage papers with a thirty-four-year-old woman from Saitama on Saturday. A ceremony is scheduled for the 13th. Source: Sponichi 12/6/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The city of Oita named Seiichi Uchikawa its first official sports ambassador. It is a three-year post. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2014
  • Takeshi Hosoyamada (28) filed marriage papers with a twenty-eight-year-old woman from Fukuoka on the 2nd. They held a ceremony in Yokohama on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2014, Sponichi 12/6/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes had seven scouts this season. They will be working with nine next year -- they added Etsuji Taniguchi and Kazuhiro Uemura. Source: Daily Sports 12/6/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata has spent about three million yen on prizes he has handed out to players that meet their season goals. He recently purchased a luxury sports car for about thirty-three million yen and later realized the low clearance of the vehicle was not suited to Sapporo weather. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2014

[12/5/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters: Otani reaches 100 million yen in third year

by on Dec.05, 2014 @ 4:56 pm, under NPB
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Shohei Otani (20) met the Nippon Ham Fighters earlier today for contract negotiations and agreed to terms worth an estimated 100 million yen in 2015. He joined Daisuke Matsuzaka as the only players out of high school in NPB history to reach 100M yen in salary in their third year.

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Year Name KAN Name ENG Out Of Salary Progression
2007 マイケル中村 Nakamura, Micheal MLB 15M > 40M > 158M
2015 則本 昂大 Norimoto, Takahiro Uni 12M > 60M > 120M
2015 菅野 智之 Sugano, Tomoyuki Uni 15M > 70M > 110M
2000 高橋 由伸 Takahashi, Yoshinobu Uni 13M > 39M > 100M
2001 松坂 大輔 Matsuzaka, Daisuke HS 13M > 70M > 100M
2015 大谷 翔平 Otani, Shohei HS 15M > 30M > 100M

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Source: Sponichi 12/5/2014 (list), Sponichi 12/5/2014

[12/4/2014] Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.05, 2014 @ 5:20 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • When Kazuhisa Makita met team officials for contract negotiations on Wednesday, he told them about his interest in the Majors (not immediate, but in the future). Source: Chunichi Sports 12/4/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks announced that Yuya Hasegawa had surgery on his right ankle at a hospital in Nara on Thursday. He will be discharged on the 7th and will need about two months for a full recovery. Source: Sports Hochi 12/4/2014
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka would like to head into the 2015 season at eighty-five to eighty-six kilograms. He pitched the last few season at around ninety-two kilograms. When he pitched for Boston, he tipped the scales at about ninety-five kilograms. The last time he was at eighty-five was in 2004. Source: Sponichi 12/4/2014
  • The Hawks announced that a redback spider was spotted and terminated near gate five at YafuOku Dome at around 5:00pm on December 2. Source: official announcement, Spoichi 12/4/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Former Orix pitching coach Motoyuki Akahori (44) will take over as manager for the Niigata Albirex Baseball Club (BC League). Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata hopes to continue rewarding younger players with prizes if they attain their personal season goals. He first started two years ago. This year Yuya Taniguchi, Naoyuki Uwasawa, and Shingo Ishikawa reached their goals. Taniguchi and Uwasawa each got necklaces worth over 600,000 yen and Ishikawa got a suitcase and a Boston bag. There are also penalties for players that fail. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/4/2014, Sponichi 12/4/2014

[12/3/2014] Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.04, 2014 @ 12:19 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • The Lions asked Tatsuya Oishi this summer if he was interested in becoming a position player. He declined because he wants to focus on pitching. Right shoulder problems kept him from pitching at Ichi-gun this year. Source: Sponichi 12/3/2014
  • Seibu senryokugai Masaru Misawa is going to try and pursue a career as a firefighter in Kagoshima. Source: Sports Hochi 12/1/2014

Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko (right elbow) was discharged from the hospital on November 30. He began his rehab on Monday. Source: Sponichi 12/2/2014
  • The media learned on Sunday that Motoki Higa (31) filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old woman from Osaka earlier this year in June. Source: Sponichi 12/1/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Tomoya Ichikawa had back surgery at a hospital in Tokushima on Wednesday. He will remain in the hospital for about ten days and will require roughly two and a half months for a full recovery. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/3/2014
  • Shohei Otani's parents handle of their son's earnings (salary and bonuses plus whatever else he might receive from winning awards). They give him 100,000 yen a month to cover his expenses. Otani uses less than 10,000 yen a month. His biggest expense is a business suit he purchases for 100,000 yen before the start of each season. He has so far managed to save about two million yen from left-over allowance money. Source: Sponichi 12/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2014
  • Nippon Ham senryokugai Kazuya Murata will join the BC League's Fukushima Hopes as a player/coach. Source: official announcement, Sponichi 12/3/2014

[11/30/2014] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.01, 2014 @ 2:16 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks announced that Akira Nakamura's uniform number will change from 60 to 7. Source: official announcement
  • Sixteen players that have set goals for the 2015 season could have to put their money where their mouths are: their goals have been printed on t-shirts that fans can purchase for 3,000 yen. Fans can get 3,000 yen in dugout coupons if the players fail to meet their goals. There are reports that players might have to pay for the cost out of their own pockets. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/30/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata played in a friendly game against a team of players from Ibaraki on Sunday. He was the starting designated hitter and batted third. He also took the mound in the 6th and tossed a shutout inning in relief. He did not allow any hits, walked one, and topped out at 144km/h. Source: Sponichi 11/30/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/30/2014

[11/29/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.30, 2014 @ 9:11 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Kazuo Matsui plans to focus only on playing the outfield next year (he is willing to play the infield in emergency situations). He will try to learn a few things about being an outfielder when he works out with Nippon Ham's Dai-Kang Yoh next month in Los Angeles. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/30/2014, Sponichi 11/30/2014
  • Senior adviser Senichi Hoshino thinks Takahiro Norimoto will want to play in the Majors at some point in the future. Source: Sponichi 11/30/2014

Seibu Lions

  • One of Takeya Nakamura's goals next year is the to make the opening day roster for the first time in three seasons. Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata could become a 200 million yen player this winter. If he does, he would be the first position player out of high school in franchise history to reach the milestone in his eighth year. Kensuke Tanaka set the original record by becoming a 200 million yen player in his twelfth year. Michihiro Ogasawara topped 200 million in his seventh year, but he joined the Fighters out of the Industrial League. Source: Sanspo 11/30/2014

[11/28/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.29, 2014 @ 2:51 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles announced that secondary Ni-gun spring camp will take place at Okuragahama Sogo Park in Hyuga, Miyazaki. Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuya Hasegawa will have surgery on his right ankle on December 4. He will most likely require two months for a full recovery. Source: Sponichi 11/28/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Hikaru Ito will become the next players chairman. He will take over the reigns from Tomotaka Sakaguchi. Source: Sponichi 11/28/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • When Masahiro Yamamoto asked Shohei Otani if he would continue to pitch and hit in the Majosr if given the opportunity, he replied, "If possible, yes." When asked if he had to pick, he said, "They saw me as a pitcher so there is a good chance it will be as pitcher." Source: Sanspo 11/28/2014

[11/27/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.28, 2014 @ 3:33 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • New Ikusei signing Tomohiro Umetsu was assigned the number 139. Source: Sanspo 11/27/2014
  • The Eagles are thinking about building a museum/shop and gate near kobo Stadium. There are also plans to build a scoreboard near the gate. Total construction could cost about 500 million yen. Source: Sponichi 11/27/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsumoto had problems with his right elbow this summer. He is not playing catch at the moment and could go require surgery depending on the results of an upcoming medical examination. The Hawks are not planning to rush Matsumoto. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2014
  • The Hawks announced that Shuhei Fukuda's uniform number will change from 31 to 37. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • When school kids asked Shohei Otani if he wanted to play with the Majors, he replied, "I have dreamed about playing in the Majors. I'll grow in Japan and when I get to that point, I'll probably want to play at a higher level. That's when I want to go." Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2014

[11/26/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.27, 2014 @ 12:57 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions would like Takeya Nakamura to play third base if he is healthy. They are checking the overseas market for a third baseman, but may not have enough foreign player slots available. Source: Daily Sports 11/25/2014
  • Current team captain Takumi Kuriyama would like to see Hideto Asamura become the next team captain. Source: Sports Hochi 11/25/2014
  • Hotaka Yamakawa dropped about seven kilograms in a month and currently weighs 103 kilograms. Yamakawa hurt his left hamstring while running the bases during a Phoenix League game on October 16. He was sent back to Saitama the following day and decided to stop drinking soda (as much as 1.5 liters a day). Source: Sponichi 11/25/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuki Yanagita was given the 2014 Yanase MVP Award. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/25/2014
  • Yuya Hasegawa will have surgery on his right ankle in early December. He will require a month to two months for a full recovery. He should be fine by opening day. Source: Sponichi 11/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/26/2014
  • Softbank is planning to create a new seating section close to the outfield seats. The fences will move in a little to increase seating capacity and extra base hits. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani will be appearing in a parent company Nippon Ham television commercial that will be airing during the Ekiden on Nippon TV on January 2 and 3 next year. It took about six hours to film footage for the commercial at Sapporo Dome. Source: Sponichi 11/26/2014 ... Players at Otani's level general receive anywhere from fifty million to sixty million yen to appear in a commercial. Source: Sponichi 11/26/2014
  • Makoto Kaneko (39) will be a special instructor. He was assigned the number eighty-eight. Kaneko will travel with the team to Okinawa for spring camp in February next year. He will then head overseas to learn more about coaching and management with the Padres. Source: official announcement, Sponichi 11/25/2014

[11/24/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 12:50 am, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Lotte senryokugai Takumi Kobe (29) has decided to retire. He attended the first twelve-team tryout on the 9th, but did not receive any offers. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks held a retirement ceremony for Shintaro Ejiri (37) during fan appreciation day on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014
  • About 350,000 people gathered along the 2.5 kilometer stretch of road covered by the Hawks' championship parade on Monday. Source: ZakZak 11/24/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes held a retirement ceremony for Masafumi Hirai (39) during fan appreciation day on Monday. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is slated to meet with the Fighters for contract negotiations on December 5. He made an estimated thirty million yen this season and could see his salary jump to 100 million yen based on his accomplishments. If he signs for 100 million yen, he will join Daisuke Matsuzaka as the only players out of high school to reach the mark in their third year. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014 ... Hideki Kuriyama would like to see Otani become a mix of Hideki Matsui and Nolan Ryan. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014, Daily Sports 11/24/2014
  • Hidekazu Kawano's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 2,950 grams, at 7:10pm on the 22nd.