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[3/23/2016] Rakuten Eagles 2016 Opening Day Roster

by on Mar.24, 2016 @ 11:21 am, under NPB, Roster Updates
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Uni Pos Name JPN Name ENG
1 P 松井 裕樹 Matsui, Yuki
11 P 塩見 貴洋 Shiomi, Takahiro
14 P 則本 昂大 Norimoto, Takahiro
21 P 釜田 佳直 Kamata, Yoshinao
28 P 石橋 良太 Ishibashi, Ryota
41 P 青山 浩二 Aoyama, Koji
49 P R.リズ Liz, Radhames
52 P 加藤 正志 Kato, Masashi
54 P 横山 貴明 Yokoyama, Takaaki
64 P 福山 博之 Fukuyama, Hiroyuki
37 C 嶋 基宏 Shima, Motohiro
48 C 伊志嶺 忠 Ishimine, Tadashi
00 INF 阿部 俊人 Abe, Toshihito
4 INF 後藤 光尊 Goto, Mitsutaka
5 INF 茂木 栄五郎 Mogi, Eigoro
6 INF 藤田 一也 Fujita, Kazuya
8 INF 今江 敏晃 Imae, Toshiaki
33 INF 銀次 Akaminai, Ginji
40 INF Z.ウィーラー Wheeler, Zelous
55 INF 哲朗 Nishida, Tetsuro
3 OF J.ゴームズ Gomes, Jonny
7 OF 松井 稼頭央 Matsui, Kazuo
9 OF オコエ 瑠偉 Okoye, Louis
23 OF 聖澤 諒 Hijirisawa, Ryo
24 OF 福田 将儀 Fukuda, Masayoshi
27 OF 岡島 豪郎 Okajima, Takero
32 OF 枡田 慎太郎 Masuda, Shintaro

27 players

[3/23/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.24, 2016 @ 3:25 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo is planning to use Seiichi Uchikawa at first base for the opening series. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/23/2016
  • Softbank is exploring different ways to sell tickets. They are going to use Yahoo Auction to sell ten seats a game: Coca Cola Seat A (two seats), Sanku Home Run Terrace Table Seat (four seats), Hawks Cheer Seat (two seats), and Recaro Stadium Seat tickets (two seats). They are planning to use a variable pricing system for a number of ticket types, like Mizuho Premium Seat A, A Reserved, Hawks Cheer Seat, after May. Source: official announcement
  • The Hawks signed a team sponsorship deal with Huawei Japan. The Huawei logo will appear on the right side of the team's player caps this season. Source: official announcement
  • The Ni-gun Hawks played their first game at their new home, Tama Home Stadium Chikugo, on March 19. They beat Hiroshima 2-1 in front of a full house (3,113). Source: Daily Sports 3/19/2016, Sponichi 3/19/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Rakuten on March 21. He gave up two runs on five hits and one walk over five innings of work. Source: Sports Hochi 3/21/2016, Daily Sports 3/21/2016
  • The Fighters welcomed a new mascot to their team: Frep the Fox. Source: official announcement
  • Hideki Kuriyama, Dai-kan Yoh, Kensuke Tanaka, Sho Nakata, and Haruki Nishikawa will once again be Akaihane Supporters this season. Kuriyama will donate 2,000 yen for every victory and 1,000 yen for every shutout vitory; Yoh, Tanaka, and Nishikawa will donate 2,000 yen for every hit and 1,000 yen for every stolen base; and Nakata will donate 2,000 yen for every hit and 1,000 yen for every home run. Source: official announcement (Nippon Ham), official announcement (Akaihane)

Seibu Lions

  • Takumi Kuriyama will donate 10,000 yen to an education fund for children affected by the Tohoku earthquake for every hit he records this season. He will also continue to support children with cancer and their families by inviting them to games and donating needed equipment to pediatric wards. Ginjiro Sumitani will donate 10,000 yen to a fund that helps children with incurable diseases for every game he starts as a catcher. Kuriyama and Sumitani will also invite children with disabilities and their families to home games. Shogo Akiyama will invite single-parent families to home games. Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 3/23/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes announced that they signed a helmet sponsorship with S. Rosso. The S. Rosso Growth Project logo (hair and scalp care) will appear on the right side of the team's batting helmets. Source: official announcement

Rakuten Eagles

[3/18/2016] Softbank Hawks, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.19, 2016 @ 6:57 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks prayed for a successful season at Taka-kanzeon Daibosatsu outside of YafuOku Dome. Source: Daily Sports 3/18/2016
  • The San-gun Hawks will play four games against BC League teams in July -- vs Fukui on July 27 and 28, vs Ishikawa on July 30, and vs Toyama on July 31. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/18/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines announced on March 18 that they sold out of opening day tickets. On-the-day tickets will not be available. Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

Rakuten Eagles

  • Third round draft pick Eigoro Mogi hit home runs in back-to-back at bats against Orix on March 16 -- he hit a solo home run to left in the second and a solo home run to right in the fourth. He joined Kyosuke Sasaki (March 29, 1972), Yoshito Oda (March 15, 1973), Yoshihiro Suzuki (March 11, 1989), and Shinji Shimoyama (February 23, 2003) as the only players since the start of the draft to hit two home runs in one exhibition game during their first year in the NPB. Mogi and Sasaki are the only players to hit the home runs in back-to-back at bats in the same game. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/17/2016, Sponichi 3/17/2016
  • The Eagles unveiled the renovations they made at kobo Stadium on March 18 --  the natural grass, an improved scoreboard, new seating areas, and Rakuten Yama Park (minus the Ferris wheel). Source: official announcement

[3/12/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.13, 2016 @ 5:19 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks organization (about 300 people) held a moment of silence at YafuOku Dome for victims of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake on March 11. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/11/2016
  • Softbank developed a 3D hitting simulator with Sega that cost about 300 million yen. The system will be available at the new Baseball Park Chikugo facilities. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/12/2016, Sponichi 3/12/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Seibu on March 13 and pitch three innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/11/2016
  • Tomoya Ichikawa's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 2,834 grams, at a hospital in Yokohama on March 12. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/12/2016

Seibu Lions

  • Ni-gun manager Hisanori Yokota has the flu. Ni-gun non-pitchers/batting coach Hiroyuki Takagi will take over as interim manager between March 12 and 18. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/11/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles held a one-minute moment of silence for victims of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake before practices at Kusanagi Stadium on March 11. Source: Sponichi 3/11/2016

[3/10/2016] Softbank Hawks, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.11, 2016 @ 5:44 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on March 9. He tossed three innings, faced fifteen hitters (combination of Kentaro Enomoto and Taisei Makihara), threw sixty-two pitches, allowed four hits, walked one, struck out one, and topped out at 143km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/9/2016, Nikkan Sports 3/9/2016 ... Matsuzaka faced Makihara eight times and allowed three hits. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/10/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • First round draft pick Taiga Hirasawa might not make the opening day roster because of his glove (five errors in Ichi-gun practice/exhibition games) and bat (0-for-6 with four strikeouts in three exhibition games; 8-for-34 including practice/Kyoiku League games). Source: Daily Sports 3/10/2016, Sports Hochi 3/10/2016

Seibu Lions

  • Ken Togame is scheduled to start an exhibition game against Lotte at QVC Marines on March 11, Kazuhisa Makita against Orix at Seibu Prince Dome on March 12, Takayuki Kishi against Yomiuri at Seibu Prince Dome on March 13. Andy Van Hekken is set to start a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on March 12, Kona Takahashi against Nippon Ham on March 13. Source: Sanspo 3/9/2016
  • Norio Tanabe is planning to use Tomoya Mori as mostly a designated hitter again this season. Right field is also a possibility. Tanabe felt Mori would do better on offense if he did not have to worry about catching. Source: Daily Sports 3/9/2016, Sponichi 3/9/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshio Itoi could make the opening day starting line-up as the designated hitter out of concern for his left knee. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/10/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Norimoto's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 2,524 grams, at a hospital in Shiga on March 8. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/9/2016
  • The media learned on March 8 that infield/base coach Yasunaga Makishi has the flu. He is slated to return on March 12. Source: Sanspo 3/9/2016

[3/8/2016] Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.09, 2016 @ 2:32 am, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yamaico Navarro is set to practice with the Ichi-gun team between March 8 and 17. Source: Sanspo 3/8/2016 ... Navarro joined the Ichi-gun team on March 8 for the first time since February 21. He took fifty-one swings during batting practice and hit four over the fence: Source: Sponichi 3/8/2016

Seibu Lions

  • Norio Tanabe is planning to have Tomoya Mori focus on his hitting after March 9 by using him as a designated hitter. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/8/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • The flu is spreading at Ni-gun. The Buffaloes do not want Ichi-gun players mixing with Ni-gun players and plan to take all of them on their upcoming road trip. Source: Sponichi 3/8/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • If first round draft pick Louis Okoye wants to make the opening day roster, he will have to bat at least .250 in the team's remaining exhibition games (or record at least one hit per exhibition game). Source: Daily Sports 3/8/2016

[3/4/2016] Softbank Hawks, Chiba Lotte Marines, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.05, 2016 @ 3:19 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Probable opening day starting rotation: Rakuten series (three games) at kobo Stadium: Tadashi Settsu, Rick Vanden Hurk, Shota Takeda. Seibu series (two games) at YafuOku Dome: Tsuyoshi Wada, Kodai Senga. Source: Sponichi 3/4/2016
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka started a practice game against Doosan on March 3 and did not allow a run or hit over two innings of work. This was his first game since he pitched in a Ni-gun game against Orix on May 20, 2015. Source: Chunichi Sports 3/3/2016 ... Inning breakdown First inning: G6, F7, G4. Second inning: G5, G4, Kl. He topped out at 141km/h. Source: Sports Hochi 3/3/2016 ... He threw twenty pitches -- focus on the slider, plus one shuto and two cutters. He also threw fifty-seven pitches (all fastballs) in the bullpen after the outing. Source: Sponichi 3/4/2016 ... He threw ten pitches in the first inning and ten pitches in the second inning. He threw eight fastballs. Source: Chunichi Sports 3/4/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yamaico Navarro worked out at Lotte Urawa Stadium on March 3. He took thirty-three swings during batting practice and hit ten over the fence. It was the first time he took outdoor batting practice in eleven days. Source: Sponichi 3/4/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The media learned on March 3 that former Eagle Hitoshi Fujie reached an agreement with the Atlantic League's Lancaster Barnstormers. Source: Sponichi 3/4/2016

[3/1/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.02, 2016 @ 3:33 am, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hirotoshi Masui will use AC/DC's Hells Bells as his intro music at Sapporo Dome this season. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2016
  • The Fighters will wear a special alternate uniform inspired by the new Hokkaido Shinkansen during their We Love Hokkaido Series in May. They will unveil the design by wearing the uniforms on March 26 against Lotte, the same day the Hokkaido Shinkansen is scheduled to begin services. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Lotte revealed the new big screens at QVC Marine to the media on March 1. Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2016
  • Alfredo Despaigne will spend the next few days working out on his own. He will most likely join the main team on March 8 when they play Nippon Ham at QVC Marine. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2016
  • Yamaico Navarro practiced at the indoor facilities at QVC Marine on March 1. It was his first practice session in nine days. He also had a chance to meet Despaigne. Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2016

Seibu Lions

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko could end up becoming the Buffaloes' Saturday starter up until the start of Inter-league play. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2016
  • Seventh round draft pick Kohei Suzuki will remain with the Ichi-gun team for a little while longer. Source: Sports Hochi 3/1/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye is planning to attend his high school graduation on March 8. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2016

[2/27/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.28, 2016 @ 3:06 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

Chiba Lotte Marines

Rakuten Eagles

  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye wants to attend his high school graduation on March 8, but also does not want to leave the team. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2016 ... Okoye is currently scheduled to be with the Ichi-gun team for four games in Kurashiki between March 3 and 6. The Eagles will be in Shizuoka for four days beginning on March 10. He will most likely be with the team in Shizuoka. Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2016
  • Kazuya Fujita's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 2,984 grams, at a hospital in Sendai on February 25. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2016
  • Masataka Nashida is a grandfather: his eldest son's wife gave birth to a girl on February 26 at 12:05am at a hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Source: Sports Hochi 2/26/2016, Daily Sports 2/26/2016

[2/25/2016] Chiba Lotte Marines, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.26, 2016 @ 4:57 am, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • First round draft pick Taiga Hirasawa will return to Sendai on February 26 for his high school graduation on February 28. When he returns to the team on February 29, he will join the Ni-gun team and participate in the Kyoiku League. He could then return to Ichi-gun for an exhibition game against Nippon Ham at QVC Marine on March 8. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2016
  • Former Lotte Shunsuke Watanabe tossed two perfect innings in relief for Kazusa Magic during a practice game against JR Kyushu on February 25. Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles set a new franchise record by selling out tickets to their home opener on March 25 in three hours and twelve minutes. The previous record of three hours and twenty minutes was set last year. Source: Sponichi 2/25/2016