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[11/23/2014] Rumors: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Andruw Jones, Wily Mo Pena

by on Nov.24, 2014 @ 5:45 am, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks and Daisuke Matsuzaka (34) may be close to finalizing a four-year deal worth an estimated 1.6 billion yen (not including incentives). The Hawks are planning to offer Matsuzaka the number eighteen. Matsuzaka will most likely leave his family behind in Boston during the season. Source: Sanspo 11/23/2014 ... Matsuzaka may be close to finalizing a three-year deal worth at least 1.2 million yen (including incentives). A deal could be reached in early December. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014 ... Matsuzaka may have decided to return to Japan because he wants to start. Source: Sports Hochi 11/23/2014

The Twins are interested in Wily Mo Pena (32), according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Mike Berardino. Source: Tweet 11/22/2014

The Rakuten Eagles are not sure what to do about Andruw Jones (37). Jones has hit fifty home runs in two years, but with a low batting average of .232. He would like to return next year, but the Eagles are looking at other options, like Pena and Tony Blanco. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014

Yokohama senryokugai Shugo Fujii (37) attended a batting practice pitcher tryout with the Yomiuri Giants on Saturday. He threw 122 pitches and faced a number of players, including Tomoya Inzen and Daisuke Nakai. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014 ... Fujii has also received a player contract offer from an independent league team. He is planning to make a decision about 2015 within the next few days. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014

Yohei Oshima (29) could go through salary arbitration with the Chunichi Dragons. If he does, he will become the eighth player in NPB history to go to arbitration, first since Hideaki Wakui in 2010; and the second player in franchise history to go to arbitration, first since Hiromitsu Ochiai in 1991. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014

[11/23/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.24, 2014 @ 5:28 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hisashi Iwakuma was a guest at fan appreciation day on Sunday. He presented Toshiya Nakashima (34) with flowers as part of his retirement ceremony. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Shota Takeda got tips on how to throw the sinker from Orix's Chihiro Kaneko during the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Shuichi Furukawa and Satoshi Oyama will try dropping their arm angles to see if they can find better success by throwing from the side. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata promised to give Shohei Otani a special prize if he won twelve games this season. Otani ended the season with eleven victories. Nakata raised the bar for 2014 and put the total at fifteen. Source: Daily Sports 11/23/2014 ... Nakata also made promises with Naoyuki Uwasawa (wallet) and Yuya Taniguchi (necklace). Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014
  • The 2014 draft class will most likely be assigned to Ni-gun spring camp. Source: Sanspo 11/23/2014

[11/22/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.23, 2014 @ 3:58 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo would prefer players not select ballads for their intro music. He thinks the slower music could put a damper on rallies. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014
  • The Eagles announced that Toshiya Nakashima (34) has decided to retire. A retirement ceremony will be held during fan appreciation day on the 23rd. Nakashima will remain in the organization as a junior coach for the organization's youth baseball clinics. Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Most of the players that attended Kamogawa fall camp will likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp next year. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014
  • Hero Interview Award: fans selected Hideaki Wakui's hero interview from September 28 as their favorite for September/October. Wakui's interview racked up 201 of 651 votes. Alfredo Despaigne's hero interview on September 23 came in second with 197 votes. Source: official announcement

Softbank Hawks

  • There will be a championship parade in Fukuoka for the Hawks on the 24th. Owner Masayoshi Son, chairman Sadaharu Oh, and Nobuhiro Matsuda will be riding in car one; Koji Akiyama, Seiichi Uchikawa, and Ryota Igarashi in car two; president Yoshimitsu Goto, Kenichi Nakata, and Fukuoka Chamber of Commerce chairman Norio Sueyoshi in car three; pitchers and catcher in bus one; infielders, outfielders, and Pepper in bus two; Ikusei players, executive committee members, and the father dog in the tour bus. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014
  • The Hawks announced that Shintaro Ejiri (37) has decided to retire. The Hawks will hold a retirement ceremony during fan appreciation day on the 24th. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Naoki Miyanishi was named the next team captain on Saturday. Source: official announcement
  • The Fighters have set up a strict three-year development program for Shohei Otani that kept him from being used as a position player during the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. The three-year development program is slated to end after the 2015 season, which leaves open the possibility of Otani participating in the 2015 Premier 12 and the 2017 World Baseball Classic as both a pitcher and position player. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014, Daily Sports 11/22/2014
  • Former Fighter Masaya Ozaki (30) has decided to retire. Ozaki attended the first twelve-team tryout on the 9th but did not receive any offers. He decided not to attend the second tryout on the 20th. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

[11/21/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.22, 2014 @ 4:02 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo is planning to ask players to submit their workouts plans for the off-season and provide the team with regular updates on their progress. Source: Sanspo 11/21/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Senior director Hisanobu Watanabe is planning to attend the winter meetings in San Diego early next month. Source: Sanspo 11/21/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Shohei Kato told reporters on Thursday that he probably swung the bat about 21,000 times during fall camp. Tsutomu Ito was not impressed. Said Ito, "It isn't the number, it's the quality. I think I saw 1,000 [good swings]." Source: Sanspo 11/21/2014

Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is planning to spend his winter working out at the Kamagaya facilities. Source: Sponichi 11/21/2014

[11/20/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.21, 2014 @ 1:44 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo is planning to give players an outline of the spring camp schedule for next year before the end of November. Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tatsuya Uchi had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow at a hospital in Kanagawa on Wednesday. He will require about five months for a full recovery. Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • YafuOku Dome will be upgraded with an LED lighting system during the off-season. Construction will begin on January 8. The system will be ready to use on February 28. Source: official announcement
  • Masato Yoshii will be juggling his duties as Ichi-gun pitching coach with his duties as a graduate school student at the University of Tsukuba. He might ask players to become subjects for his research work. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters are planning to open rooms 501 (previous tennant with Yuki Saito) and 502 (previous tennant was Sho Nakata) up to players from the 2014 draft class. Room 501 could go to first round draft pick Kohei Arihara. Room 502 could go to second round draft pick Yushi Shimizu. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2014
  • The Fighters announced the following uniform number changes: Haruki Nishikawa, from twenty-six to eight; and Masahiro Inui, from sixteen to thirty-two. Source: official announcement

[11/19/2014] Rumors: Chris Capuano, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Nov.20, 2014 @ 2:07 am, under NPB
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Chris Capuano (36) is open to playing in Japan after watching Hiroki Kuroda. Source: Sponichi 11/19/2014 ... Seibu Lions' executive Haruhiko Suzuki told reporters they were contacted by Capuano. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014

The Seibu Lions will wait for Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) to make the next move. They are not planning to make adjustments to their current offer, which is believed to be four years at over 400 million yen. They are also said to be prepared to give him the number three and the everyday job at third base, batting third. They expect to hear from Nakajima some time in December. Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2014 ... Scott Boras reportedly told the Hanshin Tigers during negotiations that he received good offers from other NPB teams. The Tigers are concerned their offer may no longer be enough and are making adjustments that they plan to submit later this week. This will most likely be their last/best offer. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014

The Tigers held a press conference on Wednesday to introduce Yuto Morikoshi (26). He was assigned the number 37. Source: official announcement

The Yokohama Bay Stars held a press conference on Wednesday for Shun Tono (28). He has been assigned the number 00. Source: official announcement

The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Kam Mickolio (30) and Tony Blanco (34). Source: Sponichi 11/19/2014

[11/19/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Nov.20, 2014 @ 1:58 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo is thinking about selecting players for the starting line-up and rotation based on their past track records during the spring, summer, and fall. For example, he might give players with strong summer performances in the past an edge during the summer months. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Shogo Akiyama's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy weighing 3,255 grams, at a hospital in Yokosuka, Kanagawa. Source: Sanspo 11/19/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The 2014 team calendar will be feature Yoshihisa Naruse for the month of June. Lotte placed orders for the calendar in October, before Naruse decided to exercise his FA option. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014

[11/18/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.19, 2014 @ 4:11 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Tadashi Ishimine took about ninety swings during soft-toss batting practice on Monday and hit thirty over the fence. Ishimine is the only left-handed hitting catcher on the team. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014
  • Hiromoto Okubo wants to give pitchers like Keiji Uezono, Kenji Tomura, and Yoshitaka Muto a serious chance to prove themselves during exhibition games next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014 ... Okubo has not decided on an opening day starter. Source: Sponichi 11/18/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Chunichi senryokugai Kento Yachi (26) and Yokohama senryokugai Kuan-Yu Chen (24) joined Kamogawa fall camp on Monday for tryouts. They each tossed three shutout innings during a batting practice scrimmage. Yachi topped out at 145km/h, Chen at 143km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/17/2014 ... Yachi gave up five hits over three inning and Chen one hit over three innings. Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Nao Higashihama threw about 110 pitches in the bullpen on Monday. He got pointers on how to throw a change-up from pitching coach Yoshinori Sato. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014
  • The Hawks announced that they added Tetsuya Iida (46) as an Ichi-gun outfield/base coach. He was assigned the number 78. Source: Sponichi 11/17/2014
  • The Hawks announced the addition of Masato Yoshii (49) as Ichi-gun pitching coach. He has been assigned the number 77. Source: Sponichi 11/18/2014
  • Kimiyasu Kudo received the Best Whisky Lover award during the Whisky Hills Awards 2014 ceremony. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Shingu Chamber of Commerce's Young Entrepreneurs Group, in cooperation with the Kumano Hayatama Shrine, has decided to give Shohei Otani the 2014 Hayatama Award. Past recipients include Marc Kroon (2006), Daisuke Matsuzaka (2007), and Kenta Maeda (2013). Source: Sponichi 11/18/2014
  • For those that care: former Fighter Yu Darvish (28) tweeted that he and wrestler Seiko Yamamoto (34) decided not to hide their relationship from the public. Source: Tweet via Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014

[11/16/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.17, 2014 @ 10:48 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui pitched in an intra-squad game on Sunday. He entered the game in the 6th and tossed two shutout innings while allowing three hits. He also struck out three. One of Matsui's problems this season was maintaining his composure on the mound with runners on base. He managed to make his way out of jams in the two innings he pitched: runners on first and third and no out in the 6th and a runner on third and one out in the 7th. Source: Sponichi 11/17/2014 ... Hiromoto Okubo is mulling over the idea of giving Matsui a look as closer. Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2014
  • Jim Heuser's (30) tryout ended on Sunday. He pitched in an intra-squad game on his last day and tossed two perfect innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/16/2014

Seibu Lions

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • Shota Oba returned to the Saitozaki facilities on Sunday and joined the rehab group for workouts because he suffered a strain in his right hamstring. He will be checked out at a hospital. Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2014
  • Yuya Iida threw sixty-five pitches in the bullpen on Sunday. Iida has been overhauling his mechanics with help from Ichi-gun pitching coach Yoshinori Sato. He told reporters changes in his delivery allowed him to throw the ball without getting tired. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/16/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Atsunori Inaba (42) will continue to wear the number forty-one during events that require him to wear a uniform. He will be a sports community officer. Makoto Kaneko (39) will be a special instructor in the organization. He is planning to study coaching abroad in the United States next year. Source: Sports Hochi 11/16/2014, Sponichi 11/16/2014