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[11/14/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.15, 2014 @ 2:27 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Players and coaches visited an elementary school near Muscat Stadium at 7:40am on Friday and spent about thirty minutes high-fiving students as they arrived. Everyone jogged the 3.5 kilometer distance back to the team hotel after the high-five session. Source: Sponichi 11/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Akira Nakamura had surgery on his left elbow. He will be discharged from the hospital on Saturday. He will most likely require two months for a full recovery. Source: Sponichi 11/14/2014
  • Yuya Iida was planning to throw fifty pitches in the bullpen on Friday, but ended up throwing 165. He worked on throwing the change-up after getting tips from pitching coach Yoshinori Sato. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014
  • Kimiyasu Kudo watched over fall camp workouts on Thursday for the first time since he took over as manager. He spent time checking on pitchers in the bullpen. He worked with Hiroki Yamada and offered the following advice: lower your center of gravity, distribute your weight evenly on the landing leg, show the catcher the button on your back pocket. Yamada ended up throwing 200 pitches in the bullpen in an effort to get the motion right. Source: Sponichi 11/14/2014 ... Kudo used a seat to help illustrate how low the body should be when shifting weight to the back leg -- the seat was placed behind Yamada and he was told to drop his weight as if he were going to sit. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014
  • Tryout: Yokohama senryokugai Yuji Kitagata only managed to throw seven of thirty-four pitches for strikes during a bullpen session on Thursday. Source: Sponichi 11/14/2014 ... Kitagata's tryout was scheduled to end on Friday, but was extended a few days. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata will be leading a team of players against the Ibaraki Golden Golds at Tsuchiura Baseball Stadium in Ibaraki on November 29th. Team Nakata is also scheduled to play a game against a group of rubber baseball players from Ibaraki on the folowing day. Baseball clinics will be held before each game. Source: Sports Hochi 11/14/2014, Sponichi 11/14/2014
  • Former Fighter Makoto Kaneko gave a lecture to players at the Ni-gun facilities in Kamagaya before practices on Friday. The lecture was for players drafted out of high school with five or fewer years of experience. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014
  • The Fighters held a press conference to introduce their newest members of the Ni-gun coaching staff: pitching coach Noriyuki Takahashi, hitting coach Noriyuki Shiroishi, and outfield/base coach Shinichi Kawana. Source: official announcement

[11/13/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks

by on Nov.14, 2014 @ 1:46 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Kazuya Fujita played in an intra-squad game on Thursday. He got the start at second and batted second for the Reds. He recorded a two-run double to center. Source: Sponichi 11/13/2014
  • Koji Yamasaki played in an intra-squad game on Wednesday and recorded a two-run single to right with the bases loaded and two out in his first at bat in the 5th inning. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2014
  • Takaaki Yokoyama has not allowed a run in two intra-squad appearances (four shutout innings on the 7th and three shutout innings on the 12th). Source: Sports Hochi 11/13/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Miguel Mejia (26) and Esmerling Vasquez (30) pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on Wednesday. Mejia faced eight hitters, allowed two hits, struck out two, and topped out at 152 km/h. Vasquez faced fourteen hitters, allowed two hits, walked three, and struck out four. Source: Sponichi 11/13/2014, Daily Sports 11/13/2014
  • The Lions will most likely go with five foreign players on their seventy-man roster. They currently have four and will continue looking at pitchers that can start. Source: Sports Hochi 11/13/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Ren Kajiya threw 146 pitches in the bulpen under the watchful eye of new pitching coach Yoshinori Sato on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2014
  • Former manager Koji Akiyama will be presented with an honor award from Kumamoto Prefecture. A presentation ceremony will take place on December 11. Source: Daily Sports 11/13/2014

[11/12/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Nov.13, 2014 @ 5:03 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Agustin Murillo (32) played in an intra-squad game on Wednesday. He got the start at third and batted fifth for the Reds. He recorded two hits (solo home run in his first at bat in the 2nd and a two-run hit in his at bat in the 5th), three RBI, and a stolen base. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2014
  • Hiromoto Okubo likes the potential Alejandro Segovia (24) has as a catcher (strong arm) and is not too concerned about the language barrier. Source: Sports Hochi 11/12/2014
  • Team president Yozo Tachibana is planning to attend the winter meetings in the United States. Source: Sponichi 11/12/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Mitsugu Ishikawa (23) is planning to file marriage papers with a twenty-three-year-old woman on January 16, 2015. Source: Sponichi 11/12/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines could give Chih-Sheng Lin (32) a tryout during fall camp on the 16th and 17th. Source: Sponichi 11/12/2014
  • Former Ichi-gun battery coach Takeshi Nakamura is expected to take a job as Ichi-gun battery coach with the KIA Tigers (KBO). Source: Sponichi 11/12/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes held a press conference to introduce Hirokazu Shiranita on Monday. Source: official announcement

[11/11/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Softbank Hawks

by on Nov.12, 2014 @ 3:57 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Jim Heuser (30) and Kenny Ray (39) joined the team in Kurashiki on Tuesday for the start of their tryouts. Their tryouts will run through to the 16th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014
  • The Eagles are thinking about creating a manual on player development to make sure all their coaches are on the same page. Hiromoto Okubo has been collecting information for the manual for about a year. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014
  • The team had the day off on Monday. Everyone (players, coaches, staff) helped pick up garbage in the Kurashiki Bikan area for about thirty minutes, beginning at 9:00am. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014, Sports Hochi 11/10/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuya Hasegawa worked out at the Saitozaki facilities on Sunday. He is currently rehabbing his right ankle. Surgery was an option, but there was concern it might lead to a loss of mobility. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014
  • The Hawks announced that Makoto Sasaki joined their staff as a San-gun hitting coach. Source: official announcement

[11/10/2014] Rumors: Yokohama, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Softbank

by on Nov.11, 2014 @ 5:07 am, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in Orix senryokugai Shun Tono (28) after watching him during the Twelve-team tryouts on Sunday. A number of other teams, including Hiroshima and Lotte, could also be interested in Tono. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Hiroshima Carp are interested in Tono, Nippon Ham senryokugai Shoma Sato (25), Yokohama senryokugai Futoshi Kobayashi (31), and Softbank senryokugai Shintaro Ejiri (37). They will probably keep it to one signing, if any. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014, Daily Sports 11/10/2014 ... Hiroshima signed Sato to a contract on Monday. A press conference will be held on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

Tono is not planning to attend the second tryout. He is currently only thinking about playing in the NPB next year. Source: Chunichi Sports 11/10/2014

Chunichi general manager Hiromitsu Ochiai is interested in Yokohama senryokugai Kuan-Yu Chen (24). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Dragons are planning to give former Softbank Hawk Kyohei Kamezawa (26) a tryout during fall camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines are interested in Orix senryokugai Tomoya Yagi and could give him a tryout. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014

The Softbank Hawks are going to give Yokohama senryokugai Yujo Kitagata (20) a tryout during fall camp, from the 11th until the 14th. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Orix Buffaloes are going to give Chunichi senryokugai Daisuke Tanaka a look during fall camp. Source: Daily Sports 11/10/2014

Yoshiyuki Kamei (32) was offered a multi-year deal but wants a one-year contract because he feels it will keep him motivated. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

Hiroshima's Eishin Soyogi (34) decided not to exercise his FA option after meeting with team officials for the fifth time on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014 ... Soyogi may have agreed to a one-year deal worth 100 million yen. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014 ... Hiroshima also posted an announcement of his decision. Source: official announcement

The Yomiuri Giants could meet Ryoji Aikawa (38) as early as the 13th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Giants are planning to sign Chunichi senryokugai Daiki Yoshikawa (22). Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014

The Hanshin Tigers could sweeten their offer to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) by diverting money they were planning to use for Naoki Miyanishi (three year, 500 million yen). Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014

The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Keiji Obiki (30). Source: Sanspo 11/10/2014

[11/10/2014] Rakuten Eagles re-sign five to Ikusei contracts

by on Nov.11, 2014 @ 12:57 am, under NPB
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Pos Name JPN Name ENG Uni (2015)
P 高堀 和也 Takahori, Kazuya 024
P 宮川 将 Miyagawa, Sho 121
INF 小斉 祐輔 Kosai, Yusuke 143
OF 島井 寛仁 Shimai, Hirohito 005
OF 柿澤 貴裕 Kakizawa, Takahiro 051

According to reports, Takahori signed for 8.7 million, Miyagawa for 9.7 million, Kosai for 10.8 million, Shimai for 7.8 million, and Kakizawa for 5.5 million.

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Source: official announcement, Sponichi 11/10/2014

[11/10/2014] Rakuten Eagles 2015 Coaching Staff

by on Nov.10, 2014 @ 3:01 pm, under NPB
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Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 95 大久保 博元 Okubo, Hiromoto 47
Head Coach 78 橋上 秀樹 Hashigami, Hideki 49
Hitting Coach 82 田代 富雄 Tashiro, Tomio 60
Hitting Coach 89 平石 洋介 Hiraishi, Yosuke 34
Pitching Coach 84 高村 祐 Takamura, Hiroshi 45
Pitching Coach (Bullpen) 85 吉田 修司 Yoshida, Shuji 47
Battery Coach 88 田口 昌徳 Taguchi, Masanori 44
Infield/Base Coach 73 永池 恭男 Nagaike, Yasuo 41
Outfield/Base Coach 71 笘篠 誠治 Tomashino, Seiji 50

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 75 酒井 勉 Sakai, Tsutomu 51
Chief Coach 80 仁村 徹 Nimura, Toru 52
Hitting Coach 96 河野 亮 Kawano, Ryo 43
Hitting Coach 93 草野 大輔 Kusano, Daisuke 37
Pitching Coach 86 杉山 賢人 Sugiyama, Kento 45
Battery Coach 79 大石 知宜 Oishi, Tomoyoshi 60
Infield/Base Coach 87 酒井 忠晴 Sakai, Tadaharu 44
Outfield/Base Coach 83 礒部 公一 Isobe, Koichi 40
Position Player Coach 76 米村 理 Yonemura, Osamu 55
Pitching Coach 72 森山 良二 Moriyama, Ryoji 51

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Source: official announcement

[11/9/2014] Rumors: Orix Buffaloes, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Nov.10, 2014 @ 4:55 am, under NPB
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Eiichi Koyano (34) is expected to make an official announcement about his FA option on the 11th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014

The Orix Buffaloes and Seibu Lions are interested in veteran Eiichi Koyano (34). Source: Sports Hochi 11/9/2014, Sports Hochi 11/9/2014

The Buffaloes are also interested in Keiji Obiki (30). Kila Ka'aihue (30) is no longer on their radar, but other foreign players with NPB experience, like Tony Blanco (33), are. Obiki may be their top priority. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014

The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Yokohama senryokugai Hitoshi Fujie (28) and Seibu senryokugai Koji Yamasaki (33). Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines liked what they saw out of Shun Tono during twelve-team tryouts on Sunday. There were five or six pitchers that drew their attention. They could go after a pitcher. Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014

Kentaro Nishimura and Yoshiyuki Kamei told reporters on Sunday that they are not planning to exercise their FA options. Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014

The Hanshin Tigers are interested in Yokohama senryokugai Travis Mikihisa Samura (21). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014

[11/9/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.10, 2014 @ 4:51 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Agustin Murillo (32) joined the Eagles for workouts at Muscat Stadium on Sunday. His tryouts will run through to the 16th. His wife is expecting their first child, a girl, in February. Source: Sports Hochi 11/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Yuri Furukawa pitched in an intra-squad game for the Reds on Saturday. He made an appearance in relief and gave up a run on two hits over four innings of work. He topped out at 146km/h. Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014
  • Intra-squad game losers are required to jog/run the distance back to the hotel from the stadium (about a six kilometer distance). Staff and players that also failed to pick the winning team before the start of the intra-squad game are also required to jog/run the distance back to the hotel. Hiromoto Okubo had to run back to the hotel after the first two intra-squad games because he picked the wrong team to win. Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2014
  • The Eagles held a baseball clinic for about 200 elementary school kids at Muscat Stadium on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Circle Laligurans representatives and Iswor Thapa visisted fall camp in Kurashiki on Sunday. Circle Laligurans is a nonprofit organization working to promote and support the growth of baseball in Nepal. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014, Laligurans

Seibu Lions

  • Tryouts: Miguel Mejia (26) and Esmerling Vasquez (30) pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on Saturday. Mejia topped out at 150km/h, faced four hitters, and did not allow any hits. Vasquez topped out at 151km/h, allowed one hit, and struck out four. Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2014 ... Vasquez faced eight hitters. He is slated to pitch in another scrimmage on the 12th. Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo participated in a youth baseball clinic in Rikuzentakata, Iwate on Sunday. About sixty elementary school kids attended the clinic. Source: Sports Hochi 11/9/2014 ... Kudo faced all sixty-two elementary school kids in a batting practice scrimmage during the clinic. He threw 180 pitches and struck out twenty-eight. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Softbank held a press conference on Sunday to introduce four new coaches: Ichi-gun pitching coach Yoshinori Sato, Ni-gun infield/base coach Yasutomo Suzuki, Ni-gun pitching coach Keisaburo Tanoue, and San-gun pitching coach Masahiro Sakumoto. Source: official announcement
  • The Hawks announced on Sunday that they were parting ways with amateur scout Masanori Taguchi. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters will be releasing a series of videos where players introduce highlights from the season. The first installment features Shota Ono and Shohei Otani. A second video will be uploaded later this month. Source: official announcement