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[1/20/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions

by on Jan.21, 2015 @ 2:02 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Fourth round draft pick Shunsuke Kasaya threw fifteen pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday. It was his third session in the last four days. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2015
  • Ren Kajiya threw thirty-seven pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • First round draft pick Sachiya Yamasaki threw twenty-four pitches, including six curves, to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday. It was the first time he had the catcher squat this year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2015 ... Yamasaki threw twenty pitches with the catcher standing and twenty-four with the catcher squatting. He was slated to throw forty pitches in total, but kept throwing because he was not satisfied. Source: Sports Hochi 1/20/2015
  • Ninth round draft pick Yu Suzuki threw about thirty pitches to a squatting catcher on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 1/20/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata left Japan out of Haneda Airport on Tuesday. He will be training with Total Workout's Kevin Yamazaki in Hawaii until the 30th. Source: Sponichi 1/20/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/20/2015
  • Fourth round draft pick Naoya Ishikawa and sixth round draft pick Shota Tatsuta tossed bullpen sessions to standing catchers at Kamagaya on Tuesday. Both threw about thirty pitches. Source: Daily Sports 1/20/2015
  • Hiroshi Urano threw about forty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Monday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/20/2015
  • Shohei Otani will be appearing on the cover of Tarzan magazine (February 12, issue 665). He will be the sixth baseball player to grace the cover, first since Kenji Jojima appeared on the March 10 issue in 2004. Source: Sponichi 1/20/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The 2014 draft class took physical fitness tests on Tuesday. Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka's back strength was recorded at 475 newton meters. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2015

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions will begin playing intra-squad games during the third block of spring camp (February 11). They are planning to schedule at least four games. Source: Sponichi 1/20/2015
  • First round draft pick Kona Takahashi threw thirty pitches, all fastballs, to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/20/2015

[1/19/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.20, 2015 @ 1:49 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Taiga Kasahara threw forty-five pitches in the bullpen on Monday, twenty to a squatting catcher. It was his third session in as many days. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/19/2015
  • Fifth round draft pick Yosuke Shimabukuro threw twenty-one pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on his day off on Sunday. It was his second session this year, first since the 15th. He returned to Tokyo on Monday for college examinations and will rejoin the team on the 22nd. Source: Sponichi 1/19/2015
  • Ayatsugu Yamashita has managed to drop his weight to eighty-eight kilograms, about four less than what he weighed last year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/19/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Fourth round draft pick Ban Takagi threw twenty-four pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Monday. It was his first session of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/19/2015
  • Takahiro Okada worked out with Ichiro Suzuki in Kobe on Monday. Okada has worked out with Ichiro in the past five other times (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2014). Source: Sports Hochi 1/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/19/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • First round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka threw twenty-five pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Sunday. He threw twenty fastballs, followed by four curves, and finished with one last fastball. Tanaka graded his session a sixty percent. Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2015

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions held a staff meeting at a hotel in Tokyo on Monday to discuss spring camp assignments. The 2014 draft class will begin the season at Ni-gun spring camp. Source: Nikkkan Sports 1/19/2015
  • Second round draft pick Yasuo Sano threw thirty pitches, all fastballs, to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Monday. It was his first session since November last year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/19/2015
  • Tatsuyuki Uemoto took a batted ball off his face while throwing baseballs to Kyohei Nagae during soft-toss batting practice on the 13th. He suffered a chipped tooth and required seven stitches to close a cut. He resumed practices on the 15th. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/19/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • The 2014 draft class visited the Nikka Whisky distillery in Sendai on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/19/2015
  • Takahito Otsuka threw thirty pitches to standing catcher in the bullpen on Monday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/19/2015
  • Senior Adviser Senichi Hoshino visited kobo Stadium on Monday and met members of the 2014 draft class. Team staff celebrated his sixty-eighth birthday a few days early by presenting Hoshino with flowers and three bottles of Dom Perignon. Source: Sports Hochi 1/19/2015
  • First round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku will be leaving the team for six days beginning on the 25th to take his high school final examinations. He will rejoin the team in Kumejima on the 31st. Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2015 ... Anraku has reserved places to practices, like Botchan Stadium, while he is away from the team. The Eagles are concerned about the downtime and are hoping it does not delay his training timetable. Source: Sports Hochi 1/19/2015

[1/19/2015] Hotto Motto Field Kobe: New big screen, naming rights extended

by on Jan.19, 2015 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes announced today that a new Daktronics big screen will be installed at Hotto Motto Kobe. Construction will begin on the 20th and should be finished in time for the Seibu series that begins on April 18.

Orix also announced that Plenus extended their naming right contract for the stadium for another four years, beginning on February 14, 2015. The deal is reportedly worth an estimated thirty-six million yen per year.

Source: official announcement (Orix), official announcement (Plenus), Nikkan Sports 1/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/19/2015, Sports Hochi 1/19/2015

[1/17/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Seibu Lions, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jan.18, 2015 @ 2:48 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kenji Otonari, Yuya Iida, and Masahiro Harimoto worked out in Uruma, Okinawa on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • First round draft pick Sachiya Yamasaki likes to take baths in the morning because it helps him loosen up before practices. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2015
  • The coaches and manager met at Hotto Motto Kobe on Saturday to discuss spring camp schedules. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2015
  • The players, staff, and front office personnel held a one-minute moment of silence at 12:00pm on Saturday in honor of the victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake. Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the earthquake. Source: Sports Hochi 1/17/2015, Daily Sports 1/17/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura, Shogo Akiyama, and Hideto Asamura will most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Nakamura and Akiyama had surgeries on their right elbows. They have resumed hitting practice. Asamura had surgery on his left shoulder. He has not resumed hitting practice, but has been taking fielding practice. Source: Daily Sports 1/17/2015
  • Hotaka Yamakaa weighed as much as 113 kilograms last season. He has managed to drop his weight to 103 kilgorams this off-season. Source: Sports Hochi 1/17/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

[1/16/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.17, 2015 @ 5:00 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Seiichi Uchikawa ordered two new types of bats that are the same basic shape and weight as the one he used last year, but one has a handle that is one millimeter thinner and the other is one millimeter thinner all around and an additional millimeter thinner in the handle. Uchikawa wants to feel more weight in the barrel. Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • First round draft pick Sachiya Yamasaki was slated to throw thirty pitches in the bullpen on Thursday but kept throwing until he hit forty because he was checking his fastball. Yamasaki could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Fifth round draft pick Hayao Segawa threw forty pitches, mostly fastballs, in the bullpen on Friday. It was his second session of the year, first since the 14th. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2015
  • Akihiro Hakumura threw about thirty pitches in the bullpen on Thursday. It was his second session in as many days (he threw fifty pitches on Wednesday). Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Sixth round draft pick Atsushi Miyazaki threw forty pitches, all fastballs, to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. Fourth round draft pick Kandai Terashima caught the session. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2015
  • The Marines announced three uniform number updates on Friday: Alfredo Despaigne's number will change from forty-nine to fifty-four. Dae-Eun Rhee's number will be thirty-eight, Kuan-Yu Chen's number will be forty-nine. Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

  • First round draft pick Kona Takahashi threw forty-one pitches, all fastballs, in the bullpen on Friday. It was his second session of the year, first since the 14th. Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takaaki Yokoyama, Ginji, Shintaro Masuda, Motohiro Shima, Shinichiro Koyama, Tetsuro Nishida, Taishi Nakagawa, Yusuke Nishimiya, and Yuri Furukawa worked out in Okinawa on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/16/2015
  • First round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku's lime green baseball glove has caught the attention of the media in Japan. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2015 ... Anraku asked Zett to include the color green. He also had the phrase "Kimi Life, Minna-no Tame-ni" stitched inside the glove. "Kimi Life" is the name of a Naoto Inti Raymi song. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/16/2015

[1/15/2015] Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.16, 2015 @ 2:25 am, under NPB
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Orix Buffaloes

  • Tatsuya Sato threw forty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. It was his first session of the year. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani threw forty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. Ryo Ishikawa caught the session and jokingly told reporters the last pitch Otani threw was 166km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015
  • Naoyuki Uwasawa threw fifty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Wednesday. It was his third session of the year. Uwasawa told reporters the sinker he has been working on is close to being game-ready. Source: Sports Hochi 1/15/2015
  • Takumi Oshima could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp because there are not enough catchers. Shota Ono is still having problems with his right elbow, Tomoya Ichikawa is coming off back surgery and will most likely start at Ni-gun spring camp, and Kensuke Kondo will probably see time at third base. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015
  • Yuki Saito has so far tossed three bullpen sessions this year, each thirty pitches or less. He is trying to pace himself more than last year. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015
  • The Ishikawa Million Stars (BC League) announced that they signed former Fighter Hitoshi Tadano (34) to a player/pitching coach contract. Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Kota Futaki threw forty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. It was his second session in as many days and second session of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/0215
  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka is planning to toss a bullpen some time before the end of the month. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015
  • Toshiaki Imae added Pilates to his training routine last fall (two or three times a week, ninety to 120 minutes per lesson). He is hoping it will help with his back problems by strengthening his core muscles. He has also replaced sweets and junk food with dried fruits. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015, Sanspo 1/15/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Chun-Lin Kuo tossed thirty-one pitches (all fastballs) to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. He threw from the set position at about sixty percent. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015
  • Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe does not think first round draft pick Kona Takahashi needs to throw anything other than the fastballs during his bullpen sessions right now. Source: Sports Hochi 1/15/2015, Sponichi 1/15/2015

Rakuten Eagles

[1/13/2015] Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.14, 2015 @ 2:14 am, under NPB
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Orix Buffaloes

  • Daiki Tomei threw about thirty pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday. This was his second session of the year (he tossed his first on the 10th). Source: Sponichi 1/13/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani told reporters on Monday he would not turn any members of the 2014 draft class away if they wanted to visit him in his room. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/13/2015, Sponichi 1/13/2015 ... Otani tossed 128 pitches during indoor batting practice to Ryo Watanabe on Tuesday. He told reporters it was like playing catch. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2015, Sports Hochi 1/13/2015
  • Some are taking exception to Sho Nakata's hair styles and the way he sometimes chews gum during games. Acting owner Hiroji Okoso spoke up during a fan event in Sapporo on Monday and said he was okay with players expressing their individuality through their hair styles. He also said opinions can change based on the things players say and do and their public persona. Source: Sports Hochi 1/13/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/13/2015
  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara currently weighs ninety-seven kilograms. He would like to get that down to between ninety-three and ninety-four. Arihara (right elbow) played catch at a distance of about thirty meters on Monday. Source: Sponichi 1/13/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines announced on Tuesday that they signed Chad Huffman (29) to a new contract for the 2015 season. The deal is worth an estimated twenty-six million yen. Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 1/13/2015
  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka is trying to get about nine hours of sleep a night. He usually averages about seven, but increased it to nine because of the higher levels of stress and fatigue. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • The media learned on Monday that fourth round draft pick Fernando Luciano had surgery on his left hand in December last year. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2015
  • First round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku completed 104 shuttle-runs on Monday (sixth out of nine). Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2015 ... Luciano completed eighty-eight (ninth out of nine, only player that failed to reach 100). Ikusei first round draft pick Takumaru Yaoita completed 126 (first out of nine). Source: Sports Hochi 1/13/2015, Sports Hochi 1/13/2015 ... Ikusei second round draft pick Hiroki Osakaya completed 114 (third out of nine). Source: Nikkan Sports 1/13/2015
  • Anraku on his shoulder and elbow: "My shoulder and elbow are a consumable commodity so I'd like to discuss how to proceed with the trainers. When I was in high school, a part of me threw a lot on purpose. I want to play for twenty more years, so I don't want to overdo it." Source: Nikkan Sports 1/13/2015 ... Otani does not like throwing bullpen sessions because there are no batters to face. His velocity tends to remain below 140km/h. His fastball also tend to stay below 150km/h during practice games. Source: Sponichi 1/13/2015

[1/12/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.13, 2015 @ 2:22 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Shingo Tatsumi (28) filed marriage papers with a twenty-nine-year-old woman from Wakayama on the 10th. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015
  • Shota Takeda, Ryo Hidaka, and Yujo Kitagata biked about forty kilometers on Sunday (twenty kilometers one way and roughly eight kilometers of hills). Takeda currently weighs ninety-four kilograms, four more than last season. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015 ... Takeda threw thirty pitches to a squatting catcher on the Saturday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/12/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • 3rd round draft pick Kodai Sano loves animals and kept a large number of them (an axolotl a parrot, a rabbit, and fish) when he was in high school. He hopes to "buld a zoo" once he is allowed to find his own place to live. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015 ... Sano is good at making balloon animals. Players drafted out of high school are usually required to live in the team dormitory for five years, unless they do well at Ichi-gun. Source: Sponichi 1/12/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Naoyuki Uwasawa threw seventy pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen at Kamagaya on Sunday. It was his second session this year and his first with a squatting catcher. Source: Sports Hochi 1/12/2015
  • Shohei Otani believes there is some value in trying to reach 170km/h. Source: Sanspo 1/12/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class started at kobo Stadium on Monday. Source: Sponichi 1/12/2015
  • Hiromoto Okubo is thinking about using Ginji as a back-up emergency catcher. Ginji was drafted as a catcher, but never caught any games at the Ichi-gun level. Source: Sports Hochi 1/12/2015

[1/11/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Jan.12, 2015 @ 1:44 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo is conducting in-depth checks on injury histories for every player in the organization. He feels injuries sustained during childhood can still cause problems during adulthood. Source: Sponichi 1/11/2015 ... Kudo is reviewing footage from last season. So far, he has watched about twenty games (no fast-forwarding). He is checking on Softbank players. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/11/2015
  • Fourth round draft pick Shunsuke Kasaya can solve a Rubik's Cube in about a minute and thirty seconds on average. His best time was a minute and ten seconds. Source: Sponichi 1/11/2015
  • Fifth round draft pick Yosuke Shimabukuro feels his pitching mechanics were at their best when he was in his second year of high school. He also got some ideas on what he needs to work on when he visited Winning Ball (training gym) in Kobe last year in September and December. Source: Sponichi 1/11/2015 ... Shimabukuro threw fifteen pitches to a standing catcher on Sunday. It was his first session at the Saitozaki training facilities. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/11/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class started at the Ni-gun facilities in Kobe on Sunday. Source: Daily Sports 1/11/2015 ... Second round draft pick Yuma Mune hurt his right knee in June last year and went through a partially modified training routine on Sunday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/11/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito threw twenty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Sunday. It was his second session this year. Source: Sponichi 1/11/2015
  • Shohei Otani could pitch in his first game/scrimmage on either February 9 (intra-squad game) or February 11 (practice game against Hanshin). Source: Sanspo 1/11/2015, Daily Sports 1/11/2015
  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara is taking things slow when playing catch because he is coming off right elbow problems. When playing catch on Saturday, he kept his distance at around twenty meters while others around stretched things out to about fifty. The Fighters do not want to rush Arihara and will probably assign him to Ni-gun spring camp. Hideki Kuriyama feels Arihara will be fine for the start of the regular season if he can pitch in one or two exhibition games in mid-March. Source: Sponichi 1/11/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka finished in second or better in seven (and first in three) running exercises on Saturday. He ran three round-trips between the poles (900 meters) in three minutes and thirty seconds (first place). He then ran two round-trips between the poles (600 meters) five times, finishing in second four times and in first during the last run (two minutes and twenty-one seconds). He did the fifty-meter shuttle run in fifty-five seconds (total distance 300 meters). Source: Sanspo 1/11/2015, Daily Sports 1/11/2015, Sponichi 1/11/2015

[1/10/2015] Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.11, 2015 @ 2:17 am, under NPB
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Orix Buffaloes

  • The 2014 draft class finished moving into the team dormitory in Kobe on Saturday. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class started at Kamagaya on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2015
  • Atsunori Inaba appeared on TBS's Job Tune Special on Saturday and said that he often took the first pitch during each of his at bats because he did not want to disappoint fants performing the Inaba Jump with a quick first-pitch out. Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka signed autographs for about sixty fans after practices on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2015

Seibu Lions

  • First round draft pick Kona Takahashi, second round draft pick Yasuo Sano, and fourth round draft pick Yusuke Tamamura signed autographs for about 100 fans after practices on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • The 2014 draft class moved into the team dormitory in Sendai on Saturday. Source: official announcement