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[2/13/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.14, 2016 @ 3:52 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Yuki Yanagita is not expected to participate in Samurai Japan's two-game series against Tawain next month because he had right elbow surgery last November and is still recovering/rehabbing. Source: Sports Hochi 2/12/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/12/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Former Fighter Yu Darvish had dinner with a number of players, including Shohei Otani and Sho Nakata. Source: Daily Sports 2/13/2016
  • Otani is not expected to partipcate in the Samurai Japan series against Taiwan in March so that he can focus on the upcoming season. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/13/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

Orix Buffaloes

Rakuten Eagles

  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye has decided to try a lighter and slightly longer bat, from between 900 and 910 grams to 880 grams and 33.5 inches to 34.0 inches. Source: Daily Sports 2/13/2016
  • Owner Hiroshi Mikitani and Senichi Hoshino visited Kin camp on February 13. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/13/2016, Sponichi 2/13/2016

[2/11/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.12, 2016 @ 4:40 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

Seibu Lions

  • Kona Takahashi and Isamu Sato are set to start an intra-squad game on February 14. Source: Sponichi 2/11/2016
  • The installation of new turf (Mizuno's MS Craft Baseball Turf) at Seibu Prince Dome is nearly complete. Construction began on December 15, 2015. The field should be ready for practices beginning on March 1. Source: Sanspo 2/10/2016
  • Fumiya Nishiguchi will be a special pitching instructor for the Hanwha Eagles (KBO) between February 23 and March 3. He is also scheduled to be a special instructor for the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions (CPBL) from early March until late April. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/10/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • Takahiro Matsuba is scheduled to start a practice game against Hiroshima on February 14. Shunichi Sato and Sachiya Yamasaki are also scheduled to make appearances in the game (three innings each). Source: Sponichi 2/11/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles ended Kumejima camp on February 11. The Ichi-gun team will travel to Kin, Okinawa on February 12. The second leg of Ichi-gun camp begins on February 13. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/11/2016
  • Hirohito Shimai and Hiroaki Shimauchi ran thirty meters in 4.0 seconds on February 9. Second round draft pick Ryota Yoshimochi finished with the second best time: 4.06 seconds. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/10/2016
  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye told reporters on February 10 that he has already received twenty to thirty Valentine's Day chocolates. Source: Sports Hochi 2/11/2016

[2/9/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.10, 2016 @ 2:45 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Shota Takeda and Rick van den Hurk are candidates for the opening day start. Source: Daily Sports 2/8/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/8/2016
  • The Hawks have introduced a new video replay system for use during practices. Pitchers can use the system in the bullpen to check on their mechanics after each throw. When the system is on the field, hitters can use it to check on their swings. Source: Sports Hochi 2/9/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters are planning to talk to Shohei Otani after they learned some of the autographs he signed during spring camp were being auctioned off at e-bay. Source: Sanspo 2/9/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yamaico Navarro could be a candidate to bat clean-up. He might get his first look during a practice game against Lamigo (CPBL) on February 13. Source: Daily Sports 2/8/2016
  • Kota Futaki is scheduled to start the practice game against Lamigo on February 13. Source: Sponichi 2/8/2016
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Ishigaki camp on February 8. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/8/2016

Seibu Lions

Rakuten Eagles

  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye, second round draft pick Ryota Yoshimochi, third round draft pick Eigoro Mogi, and fifth round draft pick Ryota Ishibashi will remain with the Ichi-gun team for Kin spring camp. Sixth round draft pick Yuichi Adachi could also remain with the Ichi-gun team depending on his condition. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2016

[2/7/2016] Softbank Hawks, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.08, 2016 @ 4:53 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Potential infield: Seiichi Uchikawa at first, Yuichi Honda at second, Nobuhiro Matsuda at third, and Kenta Imamiya at short. Barbaro Canizares is also an option at first. Source: Sponichi 2/7/2016
  • NPB commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki visited Miyazaki spring camp on February 6. Source: Sponichi 2/6/2016
  • Hideo Nomo also visited Miyazaki spring camp on February 6. Source: Sanspo 2/6/2016

Seibu Lions

  • Pitching coach Yoshihiro Doi reported to Nango camp on February 5 after recovering from the flu. Source: Sanspo 2/6/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • Hisashi Yamada will be a special spring camp instructor between February 6 and 9. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles held a moment of silence before practices on February 7 for the victims of the earthquake in Taiwan on February 6. Source: Sponichi 2/7/2016
  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye swung the bat about 500 times during practices on February 6: eighty swings hitting off a tee, fifteen swings during a batting practice scrimmage, 155 swings against a pitching machine, and about 250 more swings hitting off a tee. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/7/2016 ... Over 600 swings including swing practices during night workouts on February 6. Source: Sponichi 2/7/2016
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Kumejima camp on February 7. Source: Sports Hochi 2/7/2016

[2/5/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.06, 2016 @ 3:48 am, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters had the day off on February 5.
  • Shohei Otani could make it into an intra-squad game as a position player on February 6. Source: Daily Sports 2/4/2016 ... Otani is set to start a practice game against Lotte (KBO) on February 10 and pitch two innings. Source: Sponichi 2/5/2016
  • San Diego Padres' senior adviser Trevor Hoffman spoke to members of the pitching staff on February 4. Source: Daily Sports 2/5/2016
  • The Fighters watched the Houston Rockets play the Phoenix Suns on February 4 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. Source: Daily Sports 2/5/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines had the day off on February 5.
  • The Marines held a press conference for Jason Standridge on February 5. Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes had the day off on February 5.
  • The Buffaloes are planning to call up first round draft pick Masataka Yoshida to Ichi-gun camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2016
  • The Miami Marlins visited Miyazaki camp on February 3. David Samson was impressed with Yutaro Sugimoto's strong arm and body size. Source: Sports Hochi 2/4/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/4/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles had the day off on February 5.
  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye is set to get the start in center and bat lead-off in an intra-squad game on February 7. Source: Sports Hochi 2/5/2016, Daily Sports 2/5/2016

[2/2/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.03, 2016 @ 5:55 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Yuichi Honda and Kenta Imamiya took about thirty minutes of extra fielding practice on February 2. Infield coach Yusuke Torigoe hit baseballs to the two players. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016, Sports Hochi 2/2/2016
  • Yuki Yanagita was hitting baseballs far enough to reach a road beyond the netting in left at the secondary stadium in Ikkimenomori Sports Park during soft-toss batting practice on February 1. At one point, a truck almost got into an accident when it ran over a ball he hit. For safety reasons, the Hawks decided to have him take batting practice at the main stadium with Group A, beginning on February 2. Source: Sponichi 2/2/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016
  • Seven coaches from the CPBL's Chinatrust Brothers visited Miyazaki camp on February 2. They will be in Miyazaki through to February 6. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines held a press conference for Yamaico Navarro on February 2. Source: official announcement ... Navarro will spend the next few days getting acclimated to Japan and will join the rest of the team for workouts on February 5. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016

Seibu Lions

  • Norio Tanabe left the team hotel at 7:50am on February 2 and walked/jogged the four kilometers to Nango Chuo Park in thirty-six minutes. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016
  • Shogo Kimura (tryout) was given a uniform without a number. Source: Sponichi 2/2/2016
  • The Lions held a meeting on compliance and the use of social networks on February 1. Source: Sponichi 2/2/2016
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Miyazaki camp on February 2. Source: Tokyo Sports 2/2/2016
  • Former Lion Kazuhiro Kiyohara was arrested by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department on February 2 on suspicion of violating the Stimulant Drug Control Law (possession). Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Rauten Eagles Kumejima Cooperative presented the team with Kumejima specialties -- including liquor, prawns, tuna (about fifteen kilograms), and squid (roughly ten kilograms) -- on February 2. Source: Sponichi 2/2/2016

[2/1/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.02, 2016 @ 5:17 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Tsuyoshi Wada ran 2,650 meters during a mandatory twelve-minute run on February 1. Daisuke Matsuzaka ran 2,600 meters. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016
  • Dennis Sarfate is scheduled to arrive in Japan some time around February 10. Source: Sanspo 2/1/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ishigakijima spring camp started on February 1. A welcoming ceremony and workouts for Ichi-gun and Ni-gun players took place indoors because of the rain. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016
  • Daichi Suzuki will be captain for at least one more year. Source: Sponichi 2/1/2016
  • Yamaico Navarro arrived in Japan on February 1. He will join the team in Ishigakijima on February 2. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2016

Seibu Lions

  • A welcoming ceremony on February 1 took place inside Kuroshiro Dome because of rain. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • Workouts took place indoors on February 1 because of bad weather. Source: Sanspo 2/1/2016
  • The Buffaloes will not be naming a captain this year. However, due to problems with the team's order , Yoshio Itoi will be wearing a C on his uniform until a corrected version is sent to him. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Miyazaki camp on February 1. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Norimoto will get his fourth consecutive opening day start. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/1/2016
  • Ginji wore a t-shirt with the letters GNTM on the sleeve. There is a letter for every member of his family (himself, his wife, and his two sons). Source: Sponichi 2/1/2016
  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye got a haircut before the start of spring camp. Yuki Matsui recommended a place and payed for the cut in advance. Okoye sat in between Tetsuro Nishida and Takahiro Shimotsuma on the flight to Kumejima spring camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2016

[1/31/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.01, 2016 @ 4:06 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks participated in a championship parade in Miyazaki on January 31. About 50,000 fans were in attendance. The parade route was about 1.7 kilometers in length. Source: Sponichi 1/31/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Nippon Ham held a press conference for Chris Martin and Anthony Bass on January 31. Source: official announcement
  • The Fighters will open a Facebook page in traditional Chinese on February 1 at 13:00. Source: official announcement, Facebook
  • San Diego Padres bench coach Mark McGwire might make a special appearance at Arizona spring camp. The Fighters have a working agreement with the Padres. Source: Sponichi 1/31/2016

Seibu Lions

Orix Buffaoes

  • The Buffaloes arrived in Miyazaki on January 31. They also visited Oda Shrine to pray for a successful season. Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2016
  • Tenth round draft pick Yutaro Sugimoto worked out with Ichiro Suzki on January 30 (by request). Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles arrived in Kumejima on January 31. Source: Sports Hochi 1/31/2016
  • Motohiro Shima will maintain his role as captain. Takahiro Norimoto and Kazuya Fujita were named co-vice captains. Source: Sponichi 1/31/2016

[1/30/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.31, 2016 @ 7:20 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks visited Hakozaki Shrine in Fukuoka on January 30 to pray for a successful season. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2016
  • Rookie training camp ended on January 29. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2016
  • Rick VandenHurkRobert Suarez, and Barbaro Canizares  arrived in Japan on January 29. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2016
  • Softbank announced uniform sponsorship deals with two companies on Janaury 29: Showa Kensetsu, since 2011, right hip area; and Coca-Cola, left sleeve. Source: official announcement (Showa Kensetsu), official announcement (Coca-Cola)

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Takuya Nakashima signed a glove contract with Kubota Slugger. He has been using Kubota Slugger gloves since his third year in high school. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions held a press conference for Andy Van Hekken on January 28. Source: official announcement
  • Ernesto Mejia kept his weight at 110 kilograms this off-season. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2016
  • Seibu announced they signed a uniform sponsorship agreement with Limited Edition. Patches will area on the left hip area. Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

  • Tony Blanco arrived in Japan on January 28. He dropped five kilograms during the off-season. Source: Daily Sports 1/29/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles held a press conference for Japhet Amador, Jake Brigham, and Radhames Liz on January 29. Source: official announcement

[1/28/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.29, 2016 @ 5:57 am, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

Orix Buffaloes

  • Brandon Dickson arrived in Japan on January 28. He arrived a day late because of a domestic flight delay in the United States. Source: Daily Sports 1/28/2016

Rakuten Eagles