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[10/29/2014] Rumors: Takahiro Mahara (Orix), Eishin Soyogi (Hiroshima)

by on Oct.30, 2014 @ 2:34 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • Eishin Soyogi earned his domestic FA option this year. He met with team officials at Mazda Stadium on Tuesday for the second time this off-season. He was reportedly offered a one-year deal worth 110 million yen. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014 ... He may have been offered a two-year deal worth 200 million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/29/2014 ... Soyogi may have been offered a one-year deal and a multi-year. He still has things on his mind and would like to meet team officials at least one more time. He will most likely be an A rank player and will require compensation if signed by another team. Source: Daily Sports 10/29/2014

Yakult Swallows

Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • Ginjiro Sumitani told reporters he met with team officials on the 27th for the second time this off-season. He may have been offered a one-year deal instead of multiple years. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Takahiro Mahara has decided not to exercise his FA option and will remain with Orix. He met with the Buffaloes on Tuesday and agreed to sign a contract for the 2015 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/29/2014

[10/29/2014] Orix Buffaloes: Fall camp roster

by on Oct.29, 2014 @ 10:44 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes will hold fall camp at Kochi Tobu Baseball Stadium in Kochi between November 1 and 20. Players will get the day off on November 4, 8, 12, and 16.

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 松葉 貴大 Matsuba, Takahiro
P 吉田 一将 Yoshida, Kazumasa
P 佐藤 達也 Sato, Tatsuya
P 平野 佳寿 Hirano, Yoshihisa
P 岸田 護 Kishida, Mamoru
P 西 勇輝 Nishi, Yuki
P 東明 大貴 Tomei, Daiki
P 比嘉 幹貴 Higa, Motoki
P 大山 暁史 Oyama, Satoshi
P 海田 智行 Kaida, Tomoyuki
P 榊原 諒 Sakakibara, Ryo
P 戸田 亮 Toda, Ryo
P 前田 祐二 Maeda, Yuji
P 森本 将太 Morimoto, Shota
P 古川 秀一 Furukawa, Shuichi
P 柴田 健斗 Shibata, Kento
C 伊藤 光 Ito, Hikaru
C 齋藤 俊雄 Saito, Toshio
C 山崎 勝己 Yamazaki, Katsuki
INF 安達 了一 Adachi, Ryoichi
INF 岩崎 恭平 Iwasaki, Kyohei
INF 縞田 拓弥 Shimada, Takuya
INF 小島 脩平 Kojima, Shuhei
INF 堤 裕貴 Tsutsumi, Yuki
INF 山本 和作 Yamamoto, Kazunao
OF 丸毛 謙一 Marumo, Kenichi
OF 後藤 駿太 Goto, Shunta
OF 川端 崇義 Kawabata, Takayoshi
OF T-岡田 Okada, Takahiro

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Source: official announcement

[10/28/2014] Orix Buffaloes: Chihiro Kaneko News and Notes

by on Oct.29, 2014 @ 3:42 am, under NPB
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Some notes on Chihiro Kaneko:

  • Kaneko watched Game 3 of the World Series with some one from Arn Tellem's office.
  • Some dates to keep in mind: players have seven business days from the day after the last game of the Nippon Series to file their FA options; the Suzuki MLB All-Star Series will take place between November 10 and 20; players can be posted any time between November 1 and February 1 of the following year.
  • Kaneko could be worth anywhere from seven to ten million US dollars a year.

Source: Sanspo 10/28/2014, Sanspo 10/28/2014

Some Kaneko quotes taken from various sources:

  • "I felt experiencing American baseball first hand would be important for me. The fans were more passionate than I expected. I always liked the atmosphere of the stadiums. My feelings for wanting to play over there did not change after watching a game."
  • "It is not like 100 percent of my thoughts are on positing right now."
  • "I have a chance to face hitters from [the Majors] during the Suzuki All-Star Series. I would like to think things through again once [the series] is over."
  • "When I think about my future, I want to consider everything because my options include domestic free agency and the Majors."
  • "I want to consider all of my options. I would like to try playing [in the Majors]."
  • "They may have said it might be a possibility depending on results during [negotiations] last year. These opportunities don't come every year."

Source: Sponichi 10/28/2014, Sports Hochi 10/28/2014

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Orix manager Hiroshi Moriwaki on where he thinks Kaneko will be next year:

We have never talked about the Majors. I believe he will be our opening day starter next year. I have no doubt about it, not even one percent.

It's important to respect [his desires] but I have not even one percent of a doubt. I feel he will be our opening day starter and he will try for [another] Sawamura Award and a championship.

Source: Sponichi 10/28/2014, Sanspo 10/28/2014

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Kaneko's interaction with the media.

Sponichi:

When did you start thinking about the Majors?

I never thought about it when I first turned pro, but with all the Japanese players going, I had more opportunities to watch games on TV. Reading articles about scouts coming to games also got me thinking about it.

How did your feelings for playing in the Majors increase?

In speaking to various people. I don't think opportunities like this come around every year. If there is a chance, then it means that becomes an option in my mind. There was no one thing that got me thinking about it, it just happened over time.

What about your love for Orix?

I only have love for Orix.

Source: Sponichi 10/28/2014

Sports Hochi:

What was your impression of the World Series?

I had an idea of it since I watched games on TV, but it exceeded by expectations. Things just sort of happened naturally, even without the fan cheers fans and instruments. I'm not a fan of either team, but I felt I had to stand when I saw other people get up (referring to standing ovations).

Did you tell the organization you were interested in the Majors during negotiations last year?

I never thought it would be a possibility when I turned pro, but I had more chances to watch [games] as more Japanese players when to the Majors. I also heard that scouts were coming during the season. I thought they were checking up on me.

Do you feel you can make it in the Majors? What about your love for the team?

I won't know unless I try. I only have love for Orix, since I've never played for another team.

What now?

I will have to be posted if I am to go. But that doesn't mean I'm thinking that 100 percent right now. As luck would have it, there is the Japan-US games so I'll be able to face [Major Leaguers]. I would like to think things through again once that's over.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/28/2014

[10/28/2014] Rumors: Takahiro Mahara (Orix), Naoki Miyanishi (Nippon Ham

by on Oct.29, 2014 @ 1:24 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Orix Buffaloes

  • Takahiro Mahara (32) could meet with team officials on Wednesday. He told reporters he was interested in testing the waters, but was more concerned about what was best for his family. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/28/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Naoki Miyanishi (29) has not decided what to do with his option, but did tell reporters on Monday that his chances for staying were better than fifty-fifty. Bottom line: he wants to feel needed and inspired. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/28/2014

Orix Buffaloes Senryokugai – October 28, 2014

by on Oct.28, 2014 @ 6:03 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes announced today that they were not going to offer the following players contracts for the 2015 season:

  • Tono, Shun P (28)
  • Yagi, Tomoya P (30)
  • Sato, Shunichi P (23)
  • Kondo, Kazuki P (31)
  • Yamada, Nobuyoshi P (23)
  • Sonobe, Satoshi INF (18)

The Buffaloes are planning to offer Sato, Kondo, Yamada, and Sonobe Ikusei contracts.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 10/28/2014

[10/27/2014] Rumors: Chihiro Kaneko (Orix), Yoshihisa Naruse (Lotte)

by on Oct.28, 2014 @ 3:00 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai worked out at Nagoya Stadium on Monday and told reporters he had nothing new to say regarding his domestic FA option. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/27/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takumi Kuriyama has reportedly decided not to exercise his FA option and will remain with the Lions. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/27/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Officials met Yoshihisa Naruse on Monday to continue negotiations on a new contract. No major progress was made. If Naruse decides to exercise his option, Lotte will most likely take their offer off the table. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/27/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko spoke to reporters at Hotto Motto Field Kobe on Monday and said asking the team to post him to the Majors was a possibility. He also said he was going to consider any and all options available to him. "I have always liked the atmosphere at American stadiums. I'll think about it once the [Suzuki All-Star Series] ends," said Kaneko. Source: Daily Sports 10/27/2014, Sponichi 10/27/2014 ... The Boston Red Sox are among MLB teams with interest in Kaneko. Source: Boston Glove 10/25/2014 via Sanspo 10/27/2014
  • Yoshihisa Hirano spoke to reporters on Monday and indicated that he met Orix for contract negotiations, was treated with sincerity, and felt needed. He also said there was a chance he might not exercise his option. Source: Sports Hochi 10/27/2014
  • Takahiro Mahara was unable to provide an update about his FA option when reporters approached him for comment on Monday. Source: Sports Hochi 10/27/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Naoki Miyanishi is slated to meet team officials for contract negotiations after the Nippon Series. Source: Sponichi 10/27/2014

[10/27/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.28, 2014 @ 2:54 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles announced that Taishi Nakagawa will be in Australia between October 29 and December 23 playing winter ball with the Perth Heat. Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshio Itoi hurt his left knee on September 9. The knee is still not fully healed because he continued to play on it. He is planning to sit down with the coaches to discuss whether or not he should participate in the upcoming Suzuki All-Star Series. Source: Sponichi 10/27/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani threw thirty-two pitches to a standing catcher and eleven pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Monday. It was his first session of the off-season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/27/2014
  • The Fighters announced that Shogo Akada is planning to retire. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/27/2014
  • Makoto Kaneko will hold lectures for young players that were drafted out of high school (up through their fifth year) during fall practices at the Ni-gun Kamagaya facilities in November. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/27/2014

[10/27/2014] Orix Buffaloes: Chihiro Kaneko earns first Sawamura Award

by on Oct.27, 2014 @ 7:43 pm, under NPB
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The Sawamura Award Selection Committee, made up of Tsuneo Horiuchi, Masaji Hiramatsu, Choji Murata, Manabu Kitabeppu (absent), and Kimiyasu Kudo, decided to give Chihiro Kaneko the 2014 Sawamura Award.

The Sawamura Award is presented to the best pitcher in the NPB that comes closest to fulfilling the following seven criteria:

  1. Twenty-five or more games (Kaneko = twenty-six)
  2. Ten or more complete games (Kaneko = four)
  3. Fifteen or more victories (Kaneko = sixteen)
  4. A winning percentage at or above .600 (Kaneko = .762)
  5. 200 or more innings (Kaneko = 191)
  6. 150 or more strikeouts (Kaneko = 199)
  7. An ERA at or below 2.50 (Kaneko = 1.98)

Kaneko fulfilled five of the seven criteria. The decision was unanimous.

Source: official announcement (NPB), official announcement (Orix), Yomiuri 10/27/2014, Jiji Press 10/27/2014

[UPDATE 10/28 @ 9:50pm]

The selection committee unanimously selected Kaneko not only for the season he had this year, but also for the season he had last year. They also considered going without a winner.

The committee questioned the criteria for selecting Sawamura Award winners. They are no longer certain if gauging performance based on the number of complete games is the best way to determine eligibility.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/28/2014, Daily Sports 10/28/2014

[10/25/2014] Rumors: Yoshihisa Naruse, Ginjiro Sumitani

by on Oct.26, 2014 @ 3:05 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are interested in Ginjiro Sumitani (27) as a potential replacement for Motonobu Tanishige. Source: Sports Hochi 10/25/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles have an interest in Yokohama senryokugai Hitoshi Fujie. Source: Sponichi 10/25/2014

Seibu Lions

  • There is a good chance Ginjiro Sumitani will exercise his FA option, even though he has mentioned his feelings about wanting to stay. Source: Sponichi 10/25/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are looking into Yoshihisa Naruse in case they need to find a replacement for Chihiro Kaneko. Source: Daily Sports 10/25/2014

Orix Buffaloes Senryokugai – October 25, 2014

by on Oct.25, 2014 @ 11:24 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes announced that they will not sign the following four players to contract for the 2015 season:

  • Takahashi, Shinji INF (36)
  • Shoji, Ryuji C (27)
  • Fukae, Masato OF (27)
  • Azuma, Hiroaki INF-Ikusei (22)

Takahashi is not ready to retire and is planning to attend the twelve team tryout on November 9. The other three players are undecided.

Source: Daily Sports 10/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/25/2014