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[3/23/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters 2016 Opening Day Roster

by on Mar.24, 2016 @ 11:19 am, under NPB, Roster Updates
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Uni Pos Name JPN Name ENG
11 P 大谷 翔平 Otani, Shohei
14 P 加藤 貴之 Kato, Takayuki
15 P L.メンドーサ Mendoza, Luis
19 P 増井 浩俊 Masui, Hirotoshi
22 P 藤岡 好明 Fujioka, Yoshiaki
29 P 井口 和朋 Iguchi, Kazutomo
30 P 鍵谷 陽平 Kagiya, Yohei
39 P 高梨 裕稔 Takanashi, Hirotoshi
48 P 谷元 圭介 Tanimoto, Keisuke
55 P C.マーティン Martin, Chris
8 C 近藤 健介 Kondo, Kensuke
27 C 大野 奨太 Ono, Shota
56 C 市川 友也 Ichikawa, Tomoya
66 C 大嶋 匠 Oshima, Takumi
68 C 石川 亮 Ishikawa, Ryo
2 INF 杉谷 拳士 Sugiya, Kenshi
3 INF 田中 賢介 Tanaka, Kensuke
4 INF 飯山 裕志 Iiyama, Yuji
5 INF B.レアード Laird, Brandon
6 INF 中田 翔 Nakata, Sho
7 INF 西川 遥輝 Nishikawa, Haruki
9 INF 中島 卓也 Nakashima, Takuya
58 INF 横尾 俊建 Yokoo, Toshitake
1 OF 陽 岱鋼 Yoh, Daikan
49 OF 石川 慎吾 Ishikawa, Shingo
64 OF 谷口 雄也 Taniguchi, Yuya

26 players

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[3/23/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.24, 2016 @ 3:25 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo is planning to use Seiichi Uchikawa at first base for the opening series. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/23/2016
  • Softbank is exploring different ways to sell tickets. They are going to use Yahoo Auction to sell ten seats a game: Coca Cola Seat A (two seats), Sanku Home Run Terrace Table Seat (four seats), Hawks Cheer Seat (two seats), and Recaro Stadium Seat tickets (two seats). They are planning to use a variable pricing system for a number of ticket types, like Mizuho Premium Seat A, A Reserved, Hawks Cheer Seat, after May. Source: official announcement
  • The Hawks signed a team sponsorship deal with Huawei Japan. The Huawei logo will appear on the right side of the team's player caps this season. Source: official announcement
  • The Ni-gun Hawks played their first game at their new home, Tama Home Stadium Chikugo, on March 19. They beat Hiroshima 2-1 in front of a full house (3,113). Source: Daily Sports 3/19/2016, Sponichi 3/19/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Rakuten on March 21. He gave up two runs on five hits and one walk over five innings of work. Source: Sports Hochi 3/21/2016, Daily Sports 3/21/2016
  • The Fighters welcomed a new mascot to their team: Frep the Fox. Source: official announcement
  • Hideki Kuriyama, Dai-kan Yoh, Kensuke Tanaka, Sho Nakata, and Haruki Nishikawa will once again be Akaihane Supporters this season. Kuriyama will donate 2,000 yen for every victory and 1,000 yen for every shutout vitory; Yoh, Tanaka, and Nishikawa will donate 2,000 yen for every hit and 1,000 yen for every stolen base; and Nakata will donate 2,000 yen for every hit and 1,000 yen for every home run. Source: official announcement (Nippon Ham), official announcement (Akaihane)

Seibu Lions

  • Takumi Kuriyama will donate 10,000 yen to an education fund for children affected by the Tohoku earthquake for every hit he records this season. He will also continue to support children with cancer and their families by inviting them to games and donating needed equipment to pediatric wards. Ginjiro Sumitani will donate 10,000 yen to a fund that helps children with incurable diseases for every game he starts as a catcher. Kuriyama and Sumitani will also invite children with disabilities and their families to home games. Shogo Akiyama will invite single-parent families to home games. Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 3/23/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes announced that they signed a helmet sponsorship with S. Rosso. The S. Rosso Growth Project logo (hair and scalp care) will appear on the right side of the team's batting helmets. Source: official announcement

Rakuten Eagles

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[3/16/2016] Nippon Ham’s Takuya Nakashima works out an eighteen pitch walk

by on Mar.17, 2016 @ 6:58 am, under NPB
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Nippon Ham's Takuya Nakashima led off the seventh inning of an exhibition game against Hiroshima on March 16 with an eighteen pitch walk. Hirotaka Egusa was on the mound for Hiroshima. Nakashima led the league last season in pitches per plate appearance (4.32).

Pitches Pitch Type Velocity Result Count
1 Fastball 136km/h Strike Looking 0-1
2 Slider -km/h Foul 0-2
3 Fastball 133km/h Ball 1-2
4 Slider -km/h Ball 2-2
5 Fastball -km/h Foul 2-2
6 Fastball 133km/h Foul 2-2
7 Fastball -km/h Foul 2-2
8 Cutter 130km/h Foul 2-2
9 Fastball -km/h Ball 3-2
10 Fastball 140km/h Foul 3-2
11 Fastball 136km/h Foul 3-2
12 Fastball 133km/h Foul 3-2
13 Fastball 135km/h Foul 3-2
14 Fastball -km/h Foul 3-2
15 Fastball 141km/h Foul 3-2
16 Fastball 140km/h Foul 3-2
17 Fastball -km/h Foul 3-2
18 Fastball 141km/h 四球 4-2

(pitch data taken from Yahoo Japan)

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[3/15/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes

by on Mar.16, 2016 @ 3:45 am, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hideki Kuriyama is thinking about using Shohei Otani as a position player three times a week. For example: if Otani gets a start on Saturday, he would rest on Sunday and Monday, play in games as a position player on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and rest on Friday. Source: Daily Sports 3/15/2016
  • Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Seibu on March 13. He tossed three perfect innings. Source: Sponichi 3/13/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • Tomoya Mori started in right and batted third in a Ni-gun game against Rakuten on March 15. He recorded three hits and two RBI (led off the fourth inning with a double to left, two-run single to left with the bases loaded and two out in the fifth inning, single to right with a runner on first and one out in the seventh inning). Source: Sports Hochi 3/15/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are planning to go with an opening day starting rotation with nothing by right-handed pitchers: Chihiro Kaneko, Brandon Dickson, Yuki Nishi, Daiki Tomei, and Taisuke Kondo. The top relievers in the bullpen will also be right-handed: Mamoru Kishida, Tatsuya Sato, Yoshihisa Hirano, and Erik Cordier. Source: Sports Hochi 3/15/2016
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[3/12/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.13, 2016 @ 5:19 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks organization (about 300 people) held a moment of silence at YafuOku Dome for victims of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake on March 11. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/11/2016
  • Softbank developed a 3D hitting simulator with Sega that cost about 300 million yen. The system will be available at the new Baseball Park Chikugo facilities. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/12/2016, Sponichi 3/12/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Seibu on March 13 and pitch three innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/11/2016
  • Tomoya Ichikawa's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 2,834 grams, at a hospital in Yokohama on March 12. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/12/2016

Seibu Lions

  • Ni-gun manager Hisanori Yokota has the flu. Ni-gun non-pitchers/batting coach Hiroyuki Takagi will take over as interim manager between March 12 and 18. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/11/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles held a one-minute moment of silence for victims of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake before practices at Kusanagi Stadium on March 11. Source: Sponichi 3/11/2016
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[3/7/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Mar.08, 2016 @ 6:07 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo would like to ideally see the starting rotation complete about forty games this season. Starters recorded ten complete games last year. Source: Daily Sports 3/7/2016
  • Softbank's mascot for Hawks' Baseball Park Chikugo will be named Hinamaru. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito and Masaru Takeda will be sent down to Ni-gun for adjustments and playing time. Source: Sponichi 3/6/2016 ... The two will work out at starting pitchers. They will be competing for spots in the back-end of the rotation (fifth and sixth slots). Source: Sports Hochi 3/7/2016 ... Saito could also find a spot on the opening day roster as a reliever. Source: Daily Sports 3/6/2016
  • Possible starting pitchers for the opening series against Lotte: Shohei Otani, Luis Mendoza, Kohei Arihara. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/5/2016
  • Fighters' old timers will be playing a friendly game agianst a team from West Africa on July 17. Nippon Ham has been promoting baseball in Africa by donating baseball equipment through the Society of Friends of Baseball in Burkina Faso since 2013. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/7/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Probable opening day starting rotation pitchers include Hideaki Wakui, Ayumu Ishikawa, Jason Standridge, and Yuta Omine. Source: Sponichi 3/6/2016 ... Kota Futaki is a candidate for the rotation. Source: Sponichi 3/7/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • The opening day starting rotation will most likely include: Chihiro Kaneko, Yuki Nishi, Brandon Dickson and Daiki Tomei. Taisuke Kondo is a strong candidate for the fifth slot. Source: Daily Sports 3/7/2016, Sanspo 3/7/2016
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[3/3/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters: We Love Hokkaido Uniform

by on Mar.03, 2016 @ 11:36 pm, under NPB
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The Fighters unveiled an alternate uniform inspired by the Hokkaido Shinkansen earlier today. The team will wear the uniform during their We Love Hokkaido Series this year in May. They will also wear the uniform on March 26 as part of a promotional campaign -- the new line officially begins operations on the same day.

Schedule

  • March 26 against Lotte at QVC Marine
  • May 3-5 against Softbank at Sapporo Dome
  • May 6-8 against Seibu at Seibu Prince Dome
  • May 10-11 against Orix at Tokyo Dome
  • May 13-15 against Seibu at Sapporo Dome
  • May 17-19 against Softbank at Kitakyushu Stadium/YafuOku Dome
  • May 21-22 against Rakuten at Sapporo Dome
  • May 24, 26 against Lotte at Sapporo Dome/Hakodate Chiyodai Stadium

Source: official announcement

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[3/1/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.02, 2016 @ 3:33 am, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hirotoshi Masui will use AC/DC's Hells Bells as his intro music at Sapporo Dome this season. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2016
  • The Fighters will wear a special alternate uniform inspired by the new Hokkaido Shinkansen during their We Love Hokkaido Series in May. They will unveil the design by wearing the uniforms on March 26 against Lotte, the same day the Hokkaido Shinkansen is scheduled to begin services. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Lotte revealed the new big screens at QVC Marine to the media on March 1. Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2016
  • Alfredo Despaigne will spend the next few days working out on his own. He will most likely join the main team on March 8 when they play Nippon Ham at QVC Marine. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2016
  • Yamaico Navarro practiced at the indoor facilities at QVC Marine on March 1. It was his first practice session in nine days. He also had a chance to meet Despaigne. Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2016

Seibu Lions

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko could end up becoming the Buffaloes' Saturday starter up until the start of Inter-league play. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2016
  • Seventh round draft pick Kohei Suzuki will remain with the Ichi-gun team for a little while longer. Source: Sports Hochi 3/1/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye is planning to attend his high school graduation on March 8. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2016
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[2/29/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes

by on Mar.01, 2016 @ 3:51 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks closed out Miyazaki camp on February 29. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/29/2016
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka will remain in Miyazaki until March 6. He is currently scheduled to pitch in a practice game against Doosan (KBO) on March 3. Source: Sponichi 2/29/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

Seibu Lions

  • Ken Togame pitched in a Ni-gun hitting scrimmage on February 29. He faced nine batters, did not give up any hits, struck out three, and topped 144km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/29/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes closed out Miyazaki camp on February 28. They drew 197,000 to spring camp this year, up from last year's 168,140. Source: Sports Hochi 2/28/2016
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[2/27/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.28, 2016 @ 3:06 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

Chiba Lotte Marines

Rakuten Eagles

  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye wants to attend his high school graduation on March 8, but also does not want to leave the team. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2016 ... Okoye is currently scheduled to be with the Ichi-gun team for four games in Kurashiki between March 3 and 6. The Eagles will be in Shizuoka for four days beginning on March 10. He will most likely be with the team in Shizuoka. Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2016
  • Kazuya Fujita's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 2,984 grams, at a hospital in Sendai on February 25. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2016
  • Masataka Nashida is a grandfather: his eldest son's wife gave birth to a girl on February 26 at 12:05am at a hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Source: Sports Hochi 2/26/2016, Daily Sports 2/26/2016
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