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[11/16/2013] Orix Buffaloes sign Kenichi Marumo and Ryo Sakikibara

by on Nov.16, 2013 @ 5:29 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes announced today that they signed former Yomiuri Ikusei player Kenichi Marumo (25) and former Nippon Ham Ryo Sakakibara (28).  Marumo will be added to the seventy-man roster.  Sakakibara will be an Ikusei player.

Source: official announcement

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[10/1/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters Senryokugai: Sakakibara, Itokazu, Wakatake, Uemura

by on Oct.01, 2013 @ 4:31 pm, under NPB
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The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they will not be signing Ryo Sakakibara (28), Keisaku Itokazu (28), Ryuji Wakatake (25), and Yusuke Uemura (25) to contracts for the 2014 season.  All four players have already been informed of the decision.

Source: official announcement

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[6/19/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Jun.19, 2013 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB
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Hideki Kuriyama pulled 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani after four innings on Tuesday night because he did not want the youngster to record a win in a game where he was not especially good.

"I wanted him to get a victory, but not like that.  Otani the player did a good job.  I am being a little hard on Otani the pitcher," said Kuriyama to reporters after the game.

Sports Hochi offers a slightly different quote from Kuriyama: "Otani the player did a good job, but I was a little hard on Otani the pitcher.  It was a demonic to pull him.  But I placed the team's victory ahead of him."

Source: Sanspo 6/19/2013Sports Hochi 6/19/2013

Otani could join the starting rotation as a five or six starter.

Source: Sanspo 6/19/2013

Otani is apparently fairly popular in Hiroshima -- all Otani merchandise sold out at Mazda Stadium and media presence was much larger than other road games (about eighty members of the media covered the Fighters, which is about twice normal, and eight TV cameras were spotted at the start of pre-game practices).

Source: Sanspo 6/19/2013

Sports Hochi asked thirty people in the Fighters' organization to select which position they felt Otani would ultimately end up playing regularly. Eighteen, including Sho Nakata and Masaru Takeda, selected pitcher; two, Dai-Kang Yoh and Hirotoshi Masui, picked position player; and ten, including Takumi Oshima, chose both.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/19/2013

Otani became the fifth player in NPB history (two-league format), first since Takao Kajimoto in 1963 (batted third), to start a game as a pitcher while hitting in the middle of the order (between three and five).

He also joined:

  • Junzo Sekine (1950) as the only two players to start a game as a pitcher and bat in the middle of the order (between three and five) in the same game in their rookie seasons.
  • Osamu Takechi (1950) as the only two players to start a game, bat in the middle of the order (between three and five), and collect at least one hit and one RBI, all in the same game.

Source: Sponichi 6/16/2013

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Ryo Sakakibara's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 2,968 grams, on Monday.

Source: Sanspo 6/19/2013

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The Weather Girls are scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on the 25th (vs Softbank at Tokyo Dome).

Source: official announcementNikkan Sports 6/19/2013

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Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes: January 9, 2011

by on Jan.09, 2011 @ 5:53 pm, under NPB
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Makoto Kaneko, Takayuki Kanamori, Yusuke Uemura, Naoto Inada (YOK) worked out in Kasugai, Yamanashi today (playing catch, taking fielding practice, BP).

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Yu Darvish began his 2-week training session in Miyazaki on Saturday.

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Ryo Sakakibara worked out at his Alma mater (Kansai Kokusai University) on Saturday.  His goal for the 2011 season: 50 games and an ERA in the 2s.

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Dai-Kang Yang (Yoh) worked out at Kamagaya on Saturday.  Yang (Yoh) recently had a chance to watch Andre Agassi play some tennis in Taiwan and was impressed at how well he moved to the sides.  In an effort to capture some side-to-side footwork goodness, Yang (Yoh) spent parts of his winter in Taiwan working out with Yen-Hsun Lu's (Twaian's top tennis player) trainers.

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Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes: December 13, 2010

by on Dec.13, 2010 @ 6:00 pm, under NPB
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Ryo Sakakibara and his wife Eri held a wedding ceremony in Nagoya on Sunday.  About 92 people attended, including teammates Eiichi Koyano and Naoki Miyanishi.  The two are scheduled to spend their honeymoon in Europe.

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Masao Kida's advice to Yoshinori Tateyama:

Japanese team personnel are very organized.  Don't take that same approach in the US otherwise you'll ned up stressing yourself out.  And don't let that get the better of you.

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Trey Hillman dropped by the Nippon Ham Fighters offices in Sapporo today.  Hillman apparently arrived in Japan on the 12th and will be returning to the US on the 20th.

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Nippon Ham Fighters: November 14, 2010

by on Nov.14, 2010 @ 8:03 pm, under NPB
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It seems Masataka Nashida may be looking to Ryo Sakakibara as a candidate to replacement for Yoshinori Tateyama in the bullpen (Tateyama is hoping to make his way to the Majors).

Said Nashida, "We need to figure out what we're going to do to fill the spot left by Tateyama.  We'll try pitchers a number of pitchers like Sakakibara and see where we are."

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A Fighters rep told reporters that Sho Nakata will likely see a pay raise this year when the team starts talking to its players at the end of the this month.

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