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[11/18/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.19, 2014 @ 4:11 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Tadashi Ishimine took about ninety swings during soft-toss batting practice on Monday and hit thirty over the fence. Ishimine is the only left-handed hitting catcher on the team. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014
  • Hiromoto Okubo wants to give pitchers like Keiji Uezono, Kenji Tomura, and Yoshitaka Muto a serious chance to prove themselves during exhibition games next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014 ... Okubo has not decided on an opening day starter. Source: Sponichi 11/18/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Chunichi senryokugai Kento Yachi (26) and Yokohama senryokugai Kuan-Yu Chen (24) joined Kamogawa fall camp on Monday for tryouts. They each tossed three shutout innings during a batting practice scrimmage. Yachi topped out at 145km/h, Chen at 143km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/17/2014 ... Yachi gave up five hits over three inning and Chen one hit over three innings. Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Nao Higashihama threw about 110 pitches in the bullpen on Monday. He got pointers on how to throw a change-up from pitching coach Yoshinori Sato. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014
  • The Hawks announced that they added Tetsuya Iida (46) as an Ichi-gun outfield/base coach. He was assigned the number 78. Source: Sponichi 11/17/2014
  • The Hawks announced the addition of Masato Yoshii (49) as Ichi-gun pitching coach. He has been assigned the number 77. Source: Sponichi 11/18/2014
  • Kimiyasu Kudo received the Best Whisky Lover award during the Whisky Hills Awards 2014 ceremony. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Shingu Chamber of Commerce's Young Entrepreneurs Group, in cooperation with the Kumano Hayatama Shrine, has decided to give Shohei Otani the 2014 Hayatama Award. Past recipients include Marc Kroon (2006), Daisuke Matsuzaka (2007), and Kenta Maeda (2013). Source: Sponichi 11/18/2014
  • For those that care: former Fighter Yu Darvish (28) tweeted that he and wrestler Seiko Yamamoto (34) decided not to hide their relationship from the public. Source: Tweet via Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014

[11/18/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters finalize deal with Brandon Laird

by on Nov.18, 2014 @ 3:14 pm, under NPB
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The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they came to terms with twenty-seven-year-old infielder Brandon Laird.

The Fighters posted the following statement from Laird:

"I am happy to join the Nippon Ham Fighters organization. I hear that the Fighters are making good progress under Hideki Kuriyama. I am looking forward to playing for a budding team. I wish I could put on the Fighters' uniform now and head to the Sapporo Dome field where all the great fans are. I am willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win a championship."

Source: official announcement

[UPDATE @ 6:49pm]

According to at least two reports, Laird agreed to a one-year deal worth sixty million yen plus incentives.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/18/2014, Sanspo 11/18/2014


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[11/16/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.17, 2014 @ 10:48 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui pitched in an intra-squad game on Sunday. He entered the game in the 6th and tossed two shutout innings while allowing three hits. He also struck out three. One of Matsui's problems this season was maintaining his composure on the mound with runners on base. He managed to make his way out of jams in the two innings he pitched: runners on first and third and no out in the 6th and a runner on third and one out in the 7th. Source: Sponichi 11/17/2014 ... Hiromoto Okubo is mulling over the idea of giving Matsui a look as closer. Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2014
  • Jim Heuser's (30) tryout ended on Sunday. He pitched in an intra-squad game on his last day and tossed two perfect innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/16/2014

Seibu Lions

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • Shota Oba returned to the Saitozaki facilities on Sunday and joined the rehab group for workouts because he suffered a strain in his right hamstring. He will be checked out at a hospital. Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2014
  • Yuya Iida threw sixty-five pitches in the bullpen on Sunday. Iida has been overhauling his mechanics with help from Ichi-gun pitching coach Yoshinori Sato. He told reporters changes in his delivery allowed him to throw the ball without getting tired. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/16/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Atsunori Inaba (42) will continue to wear the number forty-one during events that require him to wear a uniform. He will be a sports community officer. Makoto Kaneko (39) will be a special instructor in the organization. He is planning to study coaching abroad in the United States next year. Source: Sports Hochi 11/16/2014, Sponichi 11/16/2014

[11/15/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.16, 2014 @ 3:35 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Senior adviser Senichi Hoshino visited fall camp in Kurashiki on Saturday. It was his first visit with the team since he took on his new position as senior adviser. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014
  • A number of the younger players, including Yuki Matsui, Yudai Mori, Takaaki Yokoyama, and Takumi Miyoshi, will be attending a secondary camp in Sendai after fall camp in Kurashiki ends on the 19th. Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014, Sponichi 11/15/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Yokohama senryokugai Yujo Kitagata's tryout was extended until the end of fall camp on the 22nd. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

[11/14/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.15, 2014 @ 2:27 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Players and coaches visited an elementary school near Muscat Stadium at 7:40am on Friday and spent about thirty minutes high-fiving students as they arrived. Everyone jogged the 3.5 kilometer distance back to the team hotel after the high-five session. Source: Sponichi 11/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Akira Nakamura had surgery on his left elbow. He will be discharged from the hospital on Saturday. He will most likely require two months for a full recovery. Source: Sponichi 11/14/2014
  • Yuya Iida was planning to throw fifty pitches in the bullpen on Friday, but ended up throwing 165. He worked on throwing the change-up after getting tips from pitching coach Yoshinori Sato. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014
  • Kimiyasu Kudo watched over fall camp workouts on Thursday for the first time since he took over as manager. He spent time checking on pitchers in the bullpen. He worked with Hiroki Yamada and offered the following advice: lower your center of gravity, distribute your weight evenly on the landing leg, show the catcher the button on your back pocket. Yamada ended up throwing 200 pitches in the bullpen in an effort to get the motion right. Source: Sponichi 11/14/2014 ... Kudo used a seat to help illustrate how low the body should be when shifting weight to the back leg -- the seat was placed behind Yamada and he was told to drop his weight as if he were going to sit. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014
  • Tryout: Yokohama senryokugai Yuji Kitagata only managed to throw seven of thirty-four pitches for strikes during a bullpen session on Thursday. Source: Sponichi 11/14/2014 ... Kitagata's tryout was scheduled to end on Friday, but was extended a few days. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata will be leading a team of players against the Ibaraki Golden Golds at Tsuchiura Baseball Stadium in Ibaraki on November 29th. Team Nakata is also scheduled to play a game against a group of rubber baseball players from Ibaraki on the folowing day. Baseball clinics will be held before each game. Source: Sports Hochi 11/14/2014, Sponichi 11/14/2014
  • Former Fighter Makoto Kaneko gave a lecture to players at the Ni-gun facilities in Kamagaya before practices on Friday. The lecture was for players drafted out of high school with five or fewer years of experience. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014
  • The Fighters held a press conference to introduce their newest members of the Ni-gun coaching staff: pitching coach Noriyuki Takahashi, hitting coach Noriyuki Shiroishi, and outfield/base coach Shinichi Kawana. Source: official announcement

[11/12/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters close to finalizing deal with Brandon Laird

by on Nov.13, 2014 @ 4:40 am, under NPB
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According to Nikkan Sports, the Nippon Ham Fighters are close to finalizing a deal with twenty-seven-year-old infielder Brandon Laird. An announcement could be made within the next few days.  The Fighters could see Laird as someone that might be able to fill the openings left by the likely departures of Eiichi Koyano and Keiji Obiki.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2014


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[11/9/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.10, 2014 @ 4:51 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Agustin Murillo (32) joined the Eagles for workouts at Muscat Stadium on Sunday. His tryouts will run through to the 16th. His wife is expecting their first child, a girl, in February. Source: Sports Hochi 11/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Yuri Furukawa pitched in an intra-squad game for the Reds on Saturday. He made an appearance in relief and gave up a run on two hits over four innings of work. He topped out at 146km/h. Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014
  • Intra-squad game losers are required to jog/run the distance back to the hotel from the stadium (about a six kilometer distance). Staff and players that also failed to pick the winning team before the start of the intra-squad game are also required to jog/run the distance back to the hotel. Hiromoto Okubo had to run back to the hotel after the first two intra-squad games because he picked the wrong team to win. Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2014
  • The Eagles held a baseball clinic for about 200 elementary school kids at Muscat Stadium on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Circle Laligurans representatives and Iswor Thapa visisted fall camp in Kurashiki on Sunday. Circle Laligurans is a nonprofit organization working to promote and support the growth of baseball in Nepal. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014, Laligurans

Seibu Lions

  • Tryouts: Miguel Mejia (26) and Esmerling Vasquez (30) pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on Saturday. Mejia topped out at 150km/h, faced four hitters, and did not allow any hits. Vasquez topped out at 151km/h, allowed one hit, and struck out four. Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2014 ... Vasquez faced eight hitters. He is slated to pitch in another scrimmage on the 12th. Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo participated in a youth baseball clinic in Rikuzentakata, Iwate on Sunday. About sixty elementary school kids attended the clinic. Source: Sports Hochi 11/9/2014 ... Kudo faced all sixty-two elementary school kids in a batting practice scrimmage during the clinic. He threw 180 pitches and struck out twenty-eight. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Softbank held a press conference on Sunday to introduce four new coaches: Ichi-gun pitching coach Yoshinori Sato, Ni-gun infield/base coach Yasutomo Suzuki, Ni-gun pitching coach Keisaburo Tanoue, and San-gun pitching coach Masahiro Sakumoto. Source: official announcement
  • The Hawks announced on Sunday that they were parting ways with amateur scout Masanori Taguchi. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters will be releasing a series of videos where players introduce highlights from the season. The first installment features Shota Ono and Shohei Otani. A second video will be uploaded later this month. Source: official announcement

[11/8/2014] Rumors: Eiichi Koyano, Naoki Miyanishi, Kam Mickolio

by on Nov.09, 2014 @ 4:36 am, under NPB
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Eiichi Koyano (34) is planning to exercise his FA option. Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2014 ... A number of teams, including Orix, could be interested. Source: Sponichi 11/8/2014, Sponichi 11/8/2014

Naoki Miyanishi (29) met with team officials for contract negotiations on Saturday. He decided not to exercise his FA option and instead signed a two-year deal that will pay 180 million yen plus twenty million yen in incentives in 2015. There is also an option for a third year that will become guaranteed if he pitches in fifty or more games in each of the next two seasons. He held a press conference at the team offices to announce his decision. Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 11/8/2014, Sponichi 11/8/2014

Keiji Obiki (30) started thinking about free agency after the last game of the Final Stage of the Climax Series. After the game, players called to the manager's room and were given encouraging words with plans for the 2015 season. Obiki was expecting to hear something similar, but only got a "good job." Source: ZakZak 11/8/2014

The Hiroshima Carp notified Kam Mickolio's (30) agent that they will not be offering a contract for the 2015 season. One team official told reporters while they were confident Mickolio could protect three-run leads, they were concerned about his ability to protect one-run leads. They also added that their pitching staff was close to being filled out. A number of NPB teams, including Yokohama and Yakult, could be interested. Source: Sports Hochi 11/8/2014

The Yomiuri Giants are expected to resume contract discussions with Yoshiyuki Kamei and Kentaro Nishimura on the 9th. Source: Sponichi 11/8/2014

The Giants are said to be interested in Chunichi senryokugai Daiki Yoshikawa (22). Source: Sponichi 11/8/2014

The Yakult Swallows are interested in both Kam Mickolio (30) and Bryan Bullington (34). Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2014

Hanshin Tigers' manager Yutaka Wada is prepared to get directly involved in negotiations with Takashi Toritani (33). Source: Sports Hochi 11/8/2014, Daily Sports 11/8/2014