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[12/14/2015] 2016 Fresh All-Star Game to take place on July 24, and other news

by on Dec.14, 2015 @ 11:22 pm, under College, High School, International, NPB
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The NPB announced that the 2016 Fresh All-Star Game will take place at Muscat Stadium in Kurashiki, Okayama on July 24, 2016. The 2015 Fresh All-Star Game was scheduled to take place at Muscat Stadium this year, but it was canceled due to bad worth caused by a typhoon.

The 2015 Premier 12 is expected to finish in the black by about 120 million yen.

The NPB decided on a number of preventative measures to educate players about damaging activities. Workshops will be held at all spring camp locations in February; teams will educate players and staff on damaging activities using posters and pamphlets; and the NPB commissioner will announce that transfer of money between players dealing with baseball and gambling with large amounts of money will not be allowed. A committee made up of disciplinary representatives from each of the twelve NPB teams will also be established to discuss and exchange opinions.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/14/2015, Daily Sports 12/14/2015, Sponichi 12/14/2015

[UPDATE 12/17 @ 1:29am]

Recap of preventative measures:

  1. workshops for all players during Ni-gun spring camp
  2. educational tools to help educate players -- informative posters and pamphlets about damaging activities
  3. commissioner's statement that money exchanges connected to baseball between players and gambling with large amounts of money is prohibited.
  4. all teams must be involved.
  5. information and opinions can be exchanged and shared through a committee

Source: Sponichi 12/15/2015, Daily Sports 12/15/2015

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The Student Baseball Coaching License progam took place at Waseda University in Shinjuku, Tokyo over the weekend (December 12, 13). The two-day program was attended by 119 former professional players. Another session will be held in Osaka next weekend (December 19, 20).

Among the attendees:

Takao Ise
Shoji Sadaoka
Sadaaki Yoshimura
Ryuzo Yamasaki
Tadashi Matsumoto
Hiromi Matsunaga
Takashi Ide
Hiroshi Yagi
Tetsuro Kawajiri
Masahito Kohiyama
Susumu Otomo
Tadahiro Ogino
Seisuke Toyoda
Hiroaki Matsuura

Source: Daily Sports 12/12/2015, Daily Sports 12/13/2015, Nikkan Sports 12/13/2015, Sanspo 12/14/2015

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[11/21/2015] Premier 12 All-World Team, Titles, Awards

by on Nov.21, 2015 @ 11:44 pm, under NPB
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Premier 12 All-World Team

Position Name Country
Starter OTANI Shohei Japan
Reliever MOLLEKEN Dustin Canada
Catcher SOSA Humberto Mexico
First Basemen NAKATA Sho Japan
Second Baseman FRAZIER Adam Timothy USA
Third Baseman HWANG Jaegyun Korea
Shortstop DAAL Carlton A. Netherlands
Outfield ODUBER Randolph F.J. Netherlands
Outfield MCBRIDE Matt USA
Outfield KIM Hyunsoo Korea
Designated Hitter LEE Dae ho Korea

Titles/Awards

Category Name Country
Leading Hitter .563 (9-for-16) MCBRIDE Matt USA
Earned Run Average 0.00 OTANI Shohei Japan
Winning Percentage 1.000 LEROUX Chris Canada
Runs Batted In 13 NAKATA Sho Japan
Home Runs 4 LIN Chih-Sheng Chinese Taipei
Stolen Bases 3 ODUBER Randolph F.J. Netherlands
Runs Scored 8 O'NEILL Tyler Canada
Outstanding Defensive Player   SAKAMOTO Hayato Japan
Most Valuable Player   KIM Hyunsoo Korea
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[11/18/2015] Samurai Japan News and Notes: Premier 12 and more

by on Nov.19, 2015 @ 1:47 am, under Samurai Japan
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Samurai Japan updates:

  • Shota Takeda and Tomoyuki Sugano are candidates to start the possible Finals game on November 21. Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2015 ... Sugano threw twenty-eight pitches in the bullpen on November 17 and made adjustments to his pitches on the outside corner against left-handed hitters. Source: Sports Hochi 11/18/2015
  • Shohei Otani threw thirty-two pitches in the bullpen on November 17. Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2015
  • Hiroki Kokubo will set the starting line-up against Korea on November 19 based on Takeya Nakamura's condition (right hamstring). If the slugger can play, he will most likely bat clean-up. Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2015 ... If Nakamura is not able to play, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo could bat fourth again, with Sho Nakata in the five hole. Source: Sponichi 11/18/2015
  • All non-pitchers, other than the three catchers on the roster, got the day off on November 17. Source: Sponichi 11/18/2015

Other Samurai Japan news:

  • The U-15 Asia Challenge Match 2015 is scheduled to take place at Botchan Stadium in Matsuyama between November 21 and 23. Three teams will be competing in the tournament: Japan, Chinese Taipei, and a team from Matsuyama. Sadaaki Yoshimura was named manager of the U-15 on November 12. Rosters were unveiled on November 18. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/12/2015, Sponichi 11/18/2015
  • The top Samurai Japan team could play another exhibition series in March 2016 (there are ongoing talks with Taiwan). If they do, they might turn to younger prospects to fill the roster, like Soka University's Seigi Tanaka and Rakuten's first round draft pick Louis Okoye. Source: Sports 11/18/2015

[UPDATE @ 4:32pm]

Samurai Japan updates:

  • For tonight's game against Korea: Takahiro Norimoto could relieve Shohei Otani. Hiroki Kokubo is expected to use Yuki Matsui as closer. Source: Sponichi 11/19/2015
  • It will either be Shota Takeda or Tomoyuki Sugano for the the possible Finals game start on Novemer 21. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2015, Sponichi 11/19/2015
  • The Hublot Aerofusion Premier 12 will be presented to the Hublot Player of the Day during the Semifinals and to the winner of the MVP. Source: PR Times, Sponichi 11/19/2015
  • According to Tokyo Sports, if Samurai Japan wins the tournament, the one million dollar prize money will be used as follows: half will go to the NPB and the other half to the players. The money going to the players will be used to purchase thirty-five championship rings (twenty-eight players, one manager, six coaches) at about one million yen a piece. Anything left over will be handed out to players based on performance. Source: Tokyo Sports 11/19/2015
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[11/17/2015] Samurai Japan News and Notes for the Premier 12

by on Nov.17, 2015 @ 9:33 am, under Samurai Japan
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[11/15/2015] Samurai Japan News and Notes for the Premier 12

by on Nov.16, 2015 @ 9:38 am, under Samurai Japan
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Samurai Japan updates:

  • Kenta Maeda is set to start the quarterfinals game on November 16 on four days of rest. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2015 ... Shohei Otani could start the Semifinals game with Maeda returning to the mound the Finals game on November 21. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2015
  • Maeda threw about thirty pitches in the bullpen on November 14. Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2015
  • Otani threw twenty-six pitches in the bullpen on November 14. Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2015
  • Samurai Japan is thinking about giving players a championship ring if they manage to win the Premier 12. Money from winning the tournament would be used to help pay for the rings. Source: Sports Hochi 11/10/2015
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