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[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

[11/8/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.09, 2014 @ 4:28 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Lucas Irvine (25) and Pete Parise (29) each got starts in Saturday's intra-squad game. Irvine started the game for the Whites and gave up two runs on three hits over an inning of work. He topped out at 145km/h. Parise started the game for the Reds and did not allow a run or a hit over an inning. He did walk two. Tryouts for Irvine and Parise are slated to continue through to the 13th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/8/2014
  • Alejandro Segovia (24) joined the Eagles for his tryout on Saturday. He swung the bat twenty-two times during batting practice and hit two over the fence. His tryout will run though to the 17th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/8/2014
  • The Reds beat the Whites 6-4 in a special seven inning intra-squad game on Friday. They will play a total five eight-on-eight intra-squad game until the 19th. The losing team will have to jog/run back to the team hotel after the game (five to six kilometer distance). Source: Sports Hochi 11/8/2014 ... Yasuhito Uchida entered the game on defense in the 4th and went 2-for-2 with two RBI for the Whites: RBI double to center off Yoshitaka Muto in his first at bat in the 5th inning and an RBI single to left in the 6th. Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2014, Sponichi 11/8/2014 ... Takaaki Yokoyama started the game for the Reds and tossed four shutout innings while allowing four hits. Kodai Hamaya started the game for the Whites and allowed six runs on eight hits over four innings of work. Source: Sanspo 11/8/2014 ... The Reds scored six runs on nine hits and the Whites four runs on ten hits. Source: Sponichi 11/8/2014
  • Ni-gun spring camp will most likely take place at two locations next year. Camp will begin in Kumejima, Okinawa as usual. After about three weeks, the team will head to Hyuga, Miyazaki and continue their training at Daiodani Sports Park. The change should allow the Ni-gun team to play more practice games during spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 11/8/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks announced on Saturday that they were parting ways with Ichi-gun pitching coach Shinichi Kato and San-gun conditioning coach Motozumi Kitsunai. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

[11/8/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters 2015 Coaching Staff

by on Nov.08, 2014 @ 6:55 pm, under NPB
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Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 80 栗山 英樹 Hideki, Kuriyama 53
Head Coach 81 阿井 英二郎 Ai, Eijiro 50
Strategy/Infield/Base Coach 90 白井 一幸 Shirai, Kazuyuki 53
Pitching Coach 84 厚澤 和幸 Atsuzawa, Kazuyki 42
Pitching Coach 87 黒木 知宏 Kuroki, Tomohiro 40
Catcher/Battery Coach 27 中嶋 聡 Nakajima, Satoshi 45
Hitting Coach 71 柏原 純一 Kashiwabara, Junichi 62
Hitting Coach 73 林 孝哉 Hayashi, Takaya 41
Outfield/Base Coach 76 紺田 敏正 Konta, Toshimasa 34

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 72 田中 幸雄 Tanaka, Yukio 46
General/Pitching Coach 89 伊藤 剛 Ito, Takeshi 37
Pitching Coach 74 高橋 憲幸 Takahashi, Noriyuki 43
Battery Coach 82 的場 直樹 Matoba, Naoki 37
Hitting Coach 79 城石 憲之 Shiroishi, Noriyuki 41
Hitting Coach 77 小田 智之 Oda, Tomoyuki 35
Infield Coach 85 小坂 誠 Kosaka, Makoto 41
Outfield/Base Coach 75 川名 慎一 Kawana, Shinichi 44
Training Coach   中垣 征一郎 Nakagaki, Seiichiro 44

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Source: official announcement

[11/7/2014] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.08, 2014 @ 3:57 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Yuki Yoshimura was re-examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on Thursday and diagnosed with a bone bruise in his left ring finger. He suffered the injury when he slid head-first into first base during Game 5 of the Nippon Series. The finger will need two to three weeks of rest. He will not participate in Miyazaki fall camp and will instead rehab at the Saitozaki facilities. He will also withdraw from the Samurai Japan vs Softbank-Nippon Ham game. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Ichiro Suzuki and Munenori Kawasaki worked out at Hoto Motto Kobe on Thursday. Source: Sponichi 11/7/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani and Sho Nakata ended their fall camp in Okinawa on Friday. They will join the Samurai Japan team in Fukuoka on Saturday. Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2014
  • Yuki Saito pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on Friday. He faced five hitters, threw nineteen pitches, and did not allow any could-be hits. He did hit Go Matsumoto. Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2014
  • Takumi Oshima went 1-for-1 (SF8, 1B9) during a batting practice scrimmage on Thursday. Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2014

[11/7/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters to part ways with Miranda, Carter; re-sign Crotta

by on Nov.07, 2014 @ 9:02 pm, under NPB
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The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they are parting ways with Juan Miranda (31) and Anthony Carter (28). Both players were placed on waivers.

The Fighters also announced that they finalized a contract with Michael Crotta (30) for the 2015 season that could be worth an estimated eighty million yen.

Source: official announcement (Miranda, Carter), official announcement (Crotta), Jiji Press 11/7/2014

[11/6/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.07, 2014 @ 5:15 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui wants to strengthen his lower body this winter to help improve his balance on the mound. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2014
  • Hiromoto Okubo is thinking about making everyone report to the stadium even on their days off next year. He believes even just one full day off can increase the risk of injury. Source: Daily Sports 11/6/2014
  • The Eagles will be playing an eight-on-eight intra-squad game on Friday. Mitsutaka Goto will manage the Reds and Kazuya Fujita the Whites. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2014
  • The Eagles replaced their Scout and Development Department with a Development Department and a Scout Department. They also made a number of internal personnel changes. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Dae-Ho Lee left for Korea out of Fukuoka Airport on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2014
  • Shota Takeda would like to push his weight to 100 kilograms. He currently weighs ninety-two kilograms. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2014
  • The Hawks are planning to offer Keisaburo Tanoue (43) a job as Ni-gun pitching coach. Source: Sponichi 11/6/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on Thursday. He faced five hitters, threw sixteen pitches, and allowed one hit (a home run to Sho Nakata). Source: Sports Hochi 11/6/2014 ... The MLB baseball is giving Otani problems when throwing the slider. He could ditch the pitch if he is unable to get it working. Source: Sports Hochi 11/6/2014

[11/5/2014] Rakuten, Seibu, Lotte, Softbank, Orix, Nippon Ham

by on Nov.06, 2014 @ 5:32 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Lucas Irvine (25) and Pete Parise (29) are each scheduled to pitch an inning during an intra-squad game on the 7th. Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2014
  • Shinichiro Koyama, Koji Aoyama, Keiji Uezono, and Satoshi Nagai took extra fielding practice on Tuesday. They had to chase after a barrage of baseballs for about thirty minutes. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/5/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Hideto Asamura had his left shoulder cleaned out at a hospital in Chiba on Thursday. He will not attend fall camp in Miyazaki and will instead rehab in Tokorozawa. He should be fine for spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2014, Sponichi 11/5/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo may not be able to check on fall practices at YafuOku Dome because of his schedule (graduate school courses). Head coach Hiroshi Ogawa will take care of things while Kudo is unavailable. Source: Sponichi 11/5/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko threw about sixty pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday. It was his second session with an MLB baseball. Said Kaneko about the MLB baseball, "It isn't easy to throw. I haven't thrown it with hitters, so I don't know how things will go." Source: Sanspo 11/5/2014
  • Takuya Hara had surgery to clean out his right ankle. He will require about two months for a full recovery. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2014
  • Former Orix battery coach Kenji Furukubo (50) has joined the Hanwha Eagles' staff as a coach. Source: Blog 11/5/2014, Daily Sports 11/5/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani threw 103 pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday. He used the last twenty or so pitches to practice his change-up. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2014 ... Otani took twenty-five swings during live batting practice on Wednesday and hit five over the fence. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2014