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[12/8/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes

by on Dec.09, 2014 @ 1:24 am, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ayumu Ishikawa is working on a new sinker that is about ten kilometers slower than the sinker he currently throws. This will give him a curve at around 110km/h, a sinker at 120, and a sinker and slider at 130. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2014, Sponichi 12/7/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Players and staff left for their championship trip to Hawaii out of Fukuoka Airport on Monday. They are slated to return on the 14th. Source: Sports Hochi 12/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/8/2014
  • The Hawks announced that they hired Yusaku Iriki (42) as a San-gun pitching coach. He was assigned the number 99. Source: official announcement
  • The Hawks hired Kenta Hagiwara (34) as their new scout in charge of Latin America. Hagiwara was an interpreter with Nippon Ham before working with teams that played winter ball in places like the Dominican Republic and Venzuela. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2014, official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

  • Orix (Hankyu) has played 9,919 games. Assuming no rain outs, they should reach 10,000 on July 10 against Rakuten at kobo Stadium. Source: Sponichi 12/8/2014
  • The Buffaloes are estimating Hiroyuki Nakajima will help increase the female fan base by 500 to 1,000 per game next season. The organization is planning to increase and improve women's bathrooms at Kyocera Dome to account for the potential increase. Source: Sports Hochi 12/8/2014

[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

[12/6/2014] Orix Buffaloes add Bullington, Blanco; Dickson, Maestri, German to return

by on Dec.06, 2014 @ 8:15 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes announced that they reached agreements with Bryan Bullington (34) and Tony Blanco (34). Bullington was assigned the number 27, Blanco the number 42.

The Buffaloes also finalized terms with Brandon Dickson (30), Alessandro Maestri (29), and Esteban German (36).

The media is reporting that Bullington agreed to a one-year deal worth 150 million yen and Blanco a two-year deal worth 500 million yen. Maestri signed a one-year deal worth thirty million yen. German and Dickson will be in the final years of two-year deals -- German's deal is worth 100 million yen and Dickson's sixty million yen.

Source: official announcement, official announcement, Daily Sports 12/6/2014, Sponichi 12/6/2014, Daily Sports 12/7/2014

[12/5/2014] Rumors: Hideki Okajima, Tony Blanco, Bryan Bullington

by on Dec.06, 2014 @ 6:49 am, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars could know more about where Yulieski Gourriel (30) is going to play next year within the next ten days or so. Source: Sponichi 12/5/2014

The Bay Stars are interested in Hideki Okajima (38). Source: Sponichi 12/5/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2014

The Orix Buffaloes are close to finalizing contracts with Tony Blanco (34) and Bryan Bullington (34). An announcement could be made shortly. Source: Sports Hochi 12/5/2014, Daily Sports 12/5/2014

The Softbank Hawks could be close to finalizing a two-year deal worth an estimated 400 million yen with Rick VandenHurk (29). An announcement could be made some time next week. Source: Sponichi 12/5/2014

It is uncertain when Kenta Maeda (26) will meet with the Hiroshima Carp to discuss his terms for 2015. Maeda has a full schedule and may not have time to meet team officials until after the new year. Source: Sports Hochi 12/5/2014

The Yakult Swallows held a press conference for Keiji Obiki on Friday. He was assigned the uniform number 2. He agreed to a three-year deal worth an estimated 300 million yen. Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 12/5/2014

Yohei Oshima met with Chunichi Dragons official again on Friday and was offered the same deal he received during his first meeting. He turned it down and said he wanted ninety million. During his press conference, he told reporters that while he felt negotiations were more open, he also felt he was not going to get any more than seventy-four million yen (initial offer). A third meeting will most likely take place before the end of the year, but neither side appears willing to budge. Source: Sports Hochi 12/5/2014, Daily Sports 12/5/2014, Sponichi 12/5/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2014 ... Oshima (and Ryosuke Hirata) have the support of the JPBPA. Source: Sponichi 12/4/2014

Kenji Akashi met with Softbank Hawks' officials on Friday to negotiate terms for the 2015 season. He held off on agreeing to a forty-five million yen contract (fifteen million raise) because he wanted more time to think. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/5/2014

Munenori Kawasaki (33) has reportedly decided to spend at least one more year playing in the United States. Source: Sanspo 12/5/2014

Shugo Fujii (37) visited the Yokohama Bay Stars to thank them for their support over the last three years and to let tell them he decided to retire. He is planning to take on a job as a batting practice pitcher for the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Daily Sports 12/5/2014

Yakult senryokugai Takehiko Oshimoto (32) has decided to retire. He attended the first twelve-team tryout on November 9 and received an offer from a team in Taiwan, but none from the NPB. Source: Sports Hochi 12/5/2014

[12/5/2014] Orix Buffaloes come to terms with Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Dec.05, 2014 @ 2:17 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes have announced that they came to terms with Hiroyuki Nakajima (32). He was assigned the uniform number 1.

According to CBS Sports, Nakajima agreed to a three-year deal worth twelve million US dollars (about 1.4 billion yen).

Source: official announcement, CBS Sports 12/4/2014, Sponichi 12/4/2014

[UPDATE @ 9:20pm]

The Buffaloes held a press conference for Nakajima a little earlier today.

Source: official announcement

[UPDATE @ 11:47pm]

A few notes:

  • The Hanshin Tigers were informed by e-mail that Nakajima was not going to sign with them on Thursday night. They were disappointed, but also did not want to get involved in a bidding war to land him. Source: Daily Sports 12/5/2014
  • It likely came down to the Tigers and Buffaloes at the end. Hanshin's last offer was rumored to be three years at 900 million yen. The Buffaloes went higher. Source: Sponichi 12/5/2014
  • A team official told reporters that Nakajima agreed to a three-year deal worth 1.2 billion yen. Source: Sponichi 12/5/2014

Sponichi has posted a portion of his press conference:

What made you decide to return Japan?

I did want to play in the United States, but I'd be in a situation where I wouldn't how I'd be spending my year just to make it to the Majors. I felt I couldn't afford to waste any more time.

You had a number of offers on the table and decided to come here.

They were close to winning a championship and they asked me to help them. Orix has changed. I'd like to do what I can to help.

How were your two years in the States?

It went by so quickly. I got hurt so things didn't really go according to the way I hoped, but there were a lot of positives too.

How do you feel about your hitting?

I want to drive in a lot of runs. Hitting for average is important, as is driving the ball. I want to be able to get the kind of hit that's needed.

You'll be playing close to home.

There were a lot of people that helped me out over the years. I'd like to take things one at a time.

Source: 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] Rumors: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Brad Eldred, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Dec.04, 2014 @ 12:31 am, under NPB
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Daisuke Matsuzaka (34) returned to Japan on Wednesday. The Softbank Hawks are expected to hold a press conference to introduce Matsuzaka as their newest addition as early as the 5th. Source: Sponichi 12/3/2014

The Hiroshima Carp re-signed Brad Eldred (34) to a new one-year deal worth an estimated 915,000 US dollars plus incentives (up from 500,000 US dollars this season). Source: Sanspo 12/2/2014, Sponichi 12/2/2014

The Orix Buffaloes are not planning to pursue Hiroyuki Nakajima (32). They are interested in Tony Blanco (34) and Bryan Bullington (34). Source: Daily Sports 12/2/2014 ... Sports Hochi is reporting that the Buffaloes shifted their attention to Nakajima after they learned Munenori Kawasaki (33) still wants to play in the Majors. They could be preparing a four-year package worth an estimated 1.5 billion yen. Source: Sports Hochi 12/3/2014

The Hanshin Tigers told reporters they opted not to improve their offer to Nakajima when recently contacted by his agent. They do not plan on changing their offer at this point in time. Source: Sanspo 12/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2014

The Tigers could visit Cuba in January next year to check on talent. They are looking for a fifth foreign player as insurance. They are also checking players in the Dominican Republic. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/3/2014

The Rakuten Eagles could offer Takahiro Norimoto a three-year deal worth over 300 million during contract negotiations on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 12/3/2014 ... Norimoto agreed to a salary of 120 million yen, up sixty million from this season. He became the fifth player in NPB history to reach 100 million yen in his third season. Source: Daily Sports 12/3/2014, Sports Hochi 12/3/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars officially announced on Tuesday that they were parting ways with Tony Blanco (34). Source: official announcement

The Yakult Swallows are not planning to sign Chris Narveson (32) to a contract for the 2015 season. They already signed Tony Barnette (31) and Orlando Roman (36) to one-year contracts. Chris Carpenter (28) is still a question mark. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/3/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they came to terms with Chunichi senryokugai Kento Yachi (26). He was assigned the number fifty-eight. The two sides agreed to a contact worth an estimated five million yen. Source: official announcement, Sponichi 12/3/2014

[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

[11/29/2014] Rumors: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Alfredo Despaigne, Tony Blanco

by on Nov.30, 2014 @ 9:17 am, under NPB
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Yokohama senryokugai Norihiro Nakamura (41) is still hoping to land a spot on an NPB team. He is giving himself until the end of the year. He is not interested in continuing his career by signing with an independent league team or going overseas. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/29/2014

Orix senryokugai players Ryuji Shoji and Hiroki Nishikawa are planning to pursue careers as police officers in Osaka. Source: Sponichi 11/30/2014

The Softbank Hawks are expected hold a press conference to introduce Daisuke Matsuzaka (34) on December 5. Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2014, Sponichi 11/29/2014

Only two of the nine foreign players the Rakuten Eagles had on the active roster this year will be returning next year: Rhiner Cruz and Zach Lutz. The other seven are Kevin Youkilis, John Bowker, Nick Evans, Travis Blackley, Loek Van Mil, Andruw Jones, and Brian Falkenborg. Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2014

The Orix Buffaloes reportedly left Wily Mo Pena (32), Joey Butler (28), and Dan Runzler (29) off their reserved list. Source: Sanspo 11/29/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines kept Alfredo Despaigne (28) on their reserved list as a sign to show how much they want him to return next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2014

The Eagles and Kazuo Matsui (39) agreed to a new two-year deal. Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2014

One of the reasons why the Yokohama Bay Stars decided not to exercise Tony Blanco's (34) option may have had something to do with his weight and three hamstring injuries this year. Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2014 ... The Orix Buffaloes could be the front runners to land Blanco. They could be preparing a two-year deal worth about 400 million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2014

[11/29/2014] Orix Buffaloes: Chihiro Kaneko has surgery to clean out elbow

by on Nov.30, 2014 @ 12:03 am, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes announced that Chihiro Kaneko had surgery to clean out his right elbow at a hospital in Kobe on Saturday. He will most likely require three months for a full recovery.

According to a report by Sponichi, Kaneko could end up staying with Orix after they promised to provide him with whatever support he needed.

Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/29/2014, Sponichi 11/29/2014, Sponichi 11/29/2014