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Ryan Speier, Romulo Sanchez will not be returning to the Rakuten Eagles in 2012

by on Nov.22, 2011 @ 3:43 pm, under NPB
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The Eagles announced today that they will not be signing 32-year-old Ryan Speier and 27-year-old Romulo Sanchez to contract extensions for the 2012 season.

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Ryan Speier - 2011 Season

Level G W L SV HLD CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
Ichi-gun 30 1 4 8 3 0 0 .200 123 29.1 29 3 7 1 3 27 0 0 16 15 4.60
Ni-gun 12 1 1 0 - 0 0 .500 60 12.1 15 0 5 0 2 10 0 0 6 6 4.38

Romulo Sanchez - 2011 Season

Level G W L SV HLD CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
Ichi-gun 15 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 77 16.1 21 1 7 1 2 19 3 0 9 9 4.96
Ni-gun 27 1 2 12 - 0 0 .333 114 28.2 22 1 6 0 1 38 3 0 6 6 1.88

Rakuten Eagles decide to sign 31-year-old Ryan Speier

by on Feb.16, 2011 @ 8:00 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they decided to sign 31-year-old RHP Ryan Speier to a contract worth 30M yen (that includes a signing bonus).  They also gave him the number 64.

Speier caught the eye of the Eagles' coaches with 2 shutout innings of work during an intra-squad game on the 12th.

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Rakuten Eagles to give Ryan Speier a tryout during spring camp

Rakuten Eagles Spring Camp News and Notes: February 13, 2011

by on Feb.13, 2011 @ 6:46 am, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Today's intra-squad game:

The whites beat the reds, 2-0 (7 innings).

Yesterday's intra-squad game:

Ryo Hijirisawa and Kensuke Uchimura both stole 3 bases a piece.

Taishi Nakagawa started at third and batted 7th; he went 3-for-3 with a homer and 4 RBI.

Tetsuro Nishida started at short and batted 9th; he went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and a stolen base.

Ryan Speier entered the game in the 4th and tossed 2 shutout innings.

===== 2/13 @ 9:06pm

Senichi Hoshino apparently wasn't too pleased at how today's practice game ended.  After the game, he rounded up the players and said, "Hits and home runs are hard to come by.  You need to think what about what kinds of things you can do to annoy the opponent."

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Masahiro Tanaka threw 207 pitches in the bullpen today.  He also had someone stand in the left batter's box.  This was Tanaka's first ever 200+ pitch bullpen session and it comes just a couple days after tossing 120 pitches (2/11).   And it seems Tanaka started to feel a little fatigue after he threw around 130 pitches.

===== 2/13 @ 6:46am

The Eagles drew 950 fans yesterday.

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Katsuya Nomura was all over the place yesterday -- he arrived in Kumejima at 10:30am and met with Senichi Hoshino and team president Hiroshi Mikitani for about 30 minutes; after that he visited the bullpen to watch the pitchers and spent some time talking to Motohiro Shima; he then visited the Ni-gun grounds for about an hour (he wanted to check on players like Takeshi Yamasaki) and ate lunch at the Ni-gun facilities while speaking to a number of players; he finished by returning to the Ichi-gun grounds to watch the intra-squd game.