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The NPB after the big quake, Day 81 [May 31, 2011]

by on May.31, 2011 @ 7:14 pm, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines plan on using power generators at QVC Marine Field during July, August, and September.  For now, they intend on putting on 600kW generator online to help offset energy consumption levels at the stadium (last summer, usage maxed out at 2,300kW).

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The Marines announced today that they'll be using a solar power system from Suntech Power Japan.  Once construction is complete (sometime in December), the system will provide 12-15% of the energy the club uses at it's practice facilities.  The club also has plans of adding solar generators to their stadium at some point in the future as well.

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The NPB after the big quake, Day 63 [May 13, 2011]

by on May.13, 2011 @ 1:06 pm, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines played their first night game at QVC Marine Field today.  As part of the team's effort to conserve energy, 20% of the lights were left off during the game.

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The NPB announced that they will be holding an event in Sendai on the 16th called Kokoro-no Catch Ball (loosely translated as Playing Catch for the Heart and Soul).  Six players, including Motohiro Shima, Teppei, Tetsuya Utsumi, and Hayato Sakamoto, will attend and meet with elementary school kids from areas that were hit by the earthquake and tsunami.

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A number of former and current pro-yakyu players, like Sadaharu Oh, Senichi Hoshino, and Masahiro Tanaka, will be taking part in Tube's Restart Japan Northern Japan Earthquake Charity Song project.  Over 120 sports figures, celebrities, and singers will be taking part in the project.  The song, entitled Restart, is scheduled to hit store shelves on 6/8.

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The NPB after the big quake, Day 52 [May 2, 2011]

by on May.02, 2011 @ 5:59 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons announced that they'll invite about 50 elementary school kids (and their families), currently taking refuge in Nagoya, to a game on 5/22 (vs Rakuten at Nagoya Dome).  The kids will also be given presents from the players.

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows will be adding a new item to their menu tomorrow: the Aoki Norichika Mo-dasho Sukiyaku lunch box.  And while a portion of the proceeds usually goes to Aoki, they will instead go towards relief efforts in northern Japan.

Stadium Updates

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is calling on everyone to reduce energy use by at least 15% during the upcoming summer months.  The following are the goals teams in the Kanto / Tohoku regions have for energy reduction.

Yomiuri Giants

Peak use is anywhere from 4,600 - 6,300 kW during the summer months.  The team is hoping to cut back 40-50%.  They'll do this with the use of generators: for night home games beginning on the 11th, the team will have two generators; by June they'll have a total 5 generators.  They also plan on using fewer lights.  So far, through testing, the club is expecting about a drop of 40% in energy use over the course of the season.

Yakult Swallows

Yakult's goal is to use 30% less energy during home games at Jingu Stadium.

Yokohama Bay Stars

There are currently no plans for a reduction in the amount of lights they'll be using out safety concerns, but they will do other things (like adjusting the opening / closing times for games) in order to hit their goal of 25% reduction.

Seibu Lions

The Lions announced their plans for conserving energy at Seibu Dome this season.  They include things like using only 33% of the light banks during day games and 66% during night games; and cutting back on energy use for their big screen (75% of normal use), lights in the bathrooms, and lights inside and outside of the stadium.  The Lions hope to save as much as 25% on electricity with these measures.

The team also ran earthquake drills today with about 150 staff members.

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines are hoping to reduce energy use by about 30%.  They'll do this by cutting back 20% on lighting.  They are also thinking about using 2 generators to help off-set some of the use (during the summer months).

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles are looking at about 15% reduction.

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The NPB after the big quake, Day 51 [May 1, 2011]

by on May.01, 2011 @ 9:42 am, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

The coaches checked on the lighting levels at QVC Marine Field today -- the lights were turned down 20% and the coaches checked on the visibility of the baseball.  OF / base-running coach Masafumi Yamamori told reporters that they were able to see the baseball without any problems (even in the rain).

The Marines are scheduled to play their first night game at QVC Marine Field on 5/10 (vs Seibu).

Rakuten Eagles

Before yesterday's game against the Orix Buffaloes, Takeshi Yamasaki promised about 20 kids from Minamisanriku (an area that was struck pretty hard by the March 11 earthquakes) that he would hit a homer for them during the game.  Senichi Hoshino jokingly chimed in and said that Yamasaki would hit three.  Yamasaki did manage to hit a homer during the game and called out to the kids during his hero interview after the game: "I'm sorry it was only one homer, but I did come through with my promise.  Things will continue to be difficult, so please, do what you can to help out the people around you.  I'm counting on you!"

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All three game balls from Eagles' openers this season were put up for display at Kleenex Stadium yesterday.

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Chiba Lotte Marines looking into a generator to help with night games

by on Apr.12, 2011 @ 8:50 pm, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines owner Akio Shigemitsu told reporters today that the team was thinking about getting a power generator for use during night games beginning in mid-May.

Marines' president Ryuzo Setoyama added that there were still a number of issues that needed to be worked out and that they were still in the process of talking things out with the city of Chiba.

Assuming no energy issues, the club is scheduled to play their first night game on 5/10 (vs Seibu).

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News and Notes on Stadium Problems: March 27, 2011

by on Mar.27, 2011 @ 3:17 pm, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

After informing reporters the team set aside 200 portable toilets in case the plumbing at QVC Marine Field wasn't ready by 4/12, the club reconsidered and said that they won't be using portable toilets because they realized there were people in northern Japan that needed them more.  Regarding what the club will do now if the plumbing isn't ready by 4/12, they said they would leave that in the hands of Chiba prefecture and Chiba city.

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News and Notes on Stadium Problems: March 26, 2011

by on Mar.26, 2011 @ 11:53 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

Tadashi Suzuki (president / owner) plans on sitting down with the Tokyo Big 6 and Tohto University Baseball League to see if they can work something out.  The Swallows would like to try and play as many day games as Jingu Stadium as possible.

FYI: historically speaking, the university leagues have first option rights on stadium usage, as provided by the owners, Meiji Jingu.

Chiba Lotte Marines

Since there are sewage problems in the areas surrounding QVC Marine Field, the club has set aside 200 portable toilets in case repairs to the plumbing can't finished by 4/12.  The toilets will apparently cost about 4M yen.

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News and Notes on Stadium Problems: March 25, 2011

by on Mar.25, 2011 @ 3:09 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

With the delay in the season, the Giants will have to re-schedule two series at Tokyo Dome in the month of April: 4/15 - 4/17 (Hiroshima) and 4/22 - 4/24 (Chunichi).  The Giants are currently checking to see if they can swap home dates with their respective opponentsRefunds for tickets that have already been purchased will be available between 4/1 and 5/9.

Incidentally, this means all events scheduled at Tokyo Dome in March and April have also been canceled.

Yakult Swallows

Yokohama Stadium could become a temporary alternate home stadium for the Yakult Swallows.  QVC Marine Field is also a possibility.

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars are currently tweaking their schedule so that they can play all their games at Yokohama Stadium during the day.  That includes working out travel plans between road and home games, like between their night game at Nagoya Dome on the 28th and their day game at Yokohama Stadium on the 29th (the team is going to see if Chunichi game start the game a little earlier).

As for the night games scheduled at Yokohama Stadium between 4/12 - 4/14 (Chunichi) and 4/19 - 4/21 (Hiroshima), these games will begin at 2pm.

Chiba Lotte Marines

Akira Ishikawa (operations director) told reporters today that QVC Marine Field should be ready for the start of the regular season.

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Chiba Marine Stadium’s new name: QVC Marine Field

by on Dec.27, 2010 @ 6:40 pm, under NPB
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The city of Chiba announced today that Chiba Marine Stadium's new name next season will be QVC Marine Field.

QVC Japan won negotiation rights to name Chiba Marine Stadium and the city held a press conference today to announce that they agreed to basic terms on a 10-year deal worth 275M yen / year.

The new name will take effect beginning in March, 2011.

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