Welcome to Yakyubaka.com

Tag: Ryoji Aikawa

[10/19/2013] Rumors: Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers

by on Oct.20, 2013 @ 6:17 am, under NPB
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Yomiuri Giants

Tatsunori Hara could end up signing another two-year extension.

Source: Sponichi 10/19/2013

===

A gossip magazine apparently snapped a photo of Hayato Sakamoto taking two women home.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/19/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Hirokazu Ibata is fully prepared to see his 2014 salary drop and is not planning to say anything against it.  Ibata struggled at the start of the season and never recovered.  He also ended up having surgery on his right ankle and elbow.

Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2013

===

Tokyo Sports has heard that Hiromitsu Ochiai's contract with Chunichi is fairly low-priced without any incentives or bonuses.  And while his title is GM, it seems his role may be more along the lines of adviser.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/19/2013

Yakult Swallows

Ryoji Aikawa told reporters on Friday that he is not planning to exercise his FA option after having a talk with Junji Ogawa.

Source: Sanspo 10/19/2013

===

The media learned on Friday that Hajime Miki will be named Ni-gun INF/base-running coach.

Source: Sanspo 10/19/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Kan OtakeKatsuhiro Nagakawa, and Yoshiyuki Ishihara can all become free agents this winter.  The team is planning to ask all three to return next year.

Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2013

===

Kenta Kurihara will likely see a drop in salary.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2013

===

The Carp are planning to go with five foreign players on their roster next year.  Bryan Bullington and Kila Ka'aihue are expected to return. Hiroshima is also most likely ask Brad Eldred and Kam Mickolio back for the 2014 season.  In addition to these four, the Carp would like to find a pitcher that can strike hitters out.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2013

===

Hiroshima is not planning to sign Fred Lewis and Miguel Socolovich to contracts for the 2014 season.

Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2013

===

Hitting coach Hiromasa Arai will likely return in 2014.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Teams have until the end of November to submit their list of players they want to reserve.  The Tigers are planning to keep the lines of communication open with Randy Messenger as close to the deadline as possible.

Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2013

There may be some in the organization that are worried how things might change for Fujinami if Messenger ends up leaving -- the two were apparently somewhat close and Messenger may have provided Fujinami with a steady presence to look up to during the season.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/19/2013

===

The Tigers are interested in Brian Falkenborg.  If talks Seung Hwan Oh falls through, they could shift their attention to Falkenborg.

Source: Sanspo 10/19/2013, Nikkan Sports 10/19/2013

===

The Tigers are expected to announce the addition of Nobuhiro Takashiro as an INF/base-running coach (third base coach).

Source: Sanspo 10/20/2013

===

Hanshin is thinking about offering Hideo Furuya a job as Ni-gun head coach.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2013

[10/17/2013] Rumors: Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers

by on Oct.18, 2013 @ 1:02 am, under NPB
Tags: , , , , , ,

Chunichi Dragons

GM Hiromitsu Ochiai is ok with Kenichi Nakata exercising his FA option and returning to the team.

"We will not push him away just because he exercises the option.  We are not that inflexible.  We are going to give him an offer and if he, after comparing other offers, feels our's was the best, he can come back here," Ochiai said.

He added, "I do not know what other teams do or what the Dragons did before me.  That kind of rule (exercising FA option = no return) will not be enforced while I am here."

Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2013

The organization may have offered Nakata a four-deal in September.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/17/2013

===

The Dragons are looking into Yasuyuki Kataoka in case he decides to exercise his FA option.  Chunichi likes Kataoka because he can play both middle infield positions and could step in to replace one of their aging middle infielders (Hirokazu Ibata and Masahiro Araki).

Kataoka will most likely be a B-level free agent, which means any team that signs him will either have to give up money or money and a player as compensation.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/17/2013

===

The new front office is reportedly interested in bringing Kenshin Kawakami back next season.  Since the team senryokugai'ed him, they will not be able to sit down with him until after the first twelve-team tryout on November 10.

Source: Sponichi 10/17/2013

Yakult Swallows

Junji Ogawa wants Ryoji Aikawa to return next season and would like a chance to tell him just how important he is to the team.

Source: Sanspo 10/17/2013

===

Yasuhiro Ogawa will likely see his salary go up from twelve million to about forty-eight million yen.

Source: Sanspo 10/17/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Angels, Braves, Mariners, and Twins may all have an interest in Randy Messenger.  He might be able to secure an MLB contract worth over one billion yen over three years.  Messenger is hoping to have a better idea of where he will be playing in 2014 next month.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/17/2013

Some more Messenger quotes:

I think the timing is good in terms of my age.  I feel I have grown stronger over the last two years.  My shoulder and elbow feel fine.  I think this is a good chance for me to get a nice contract.  The Tigers have been good to me, but what kind of offer will they give me?  Will the terms be good?

I am interested in seeing what kind of offers, opportunities I might have in America.  Are there teams I want to play for?  Are they in areas I want to live in?  These are all important questions for me.  The number of years and the value of the contract is also important.

I am not planning to return to a relief role.

I would like Hanshin to know that they have a chance to wow me with an offer.

Of course, I am looking for a multi-year deal.  A one-year deal would not be good.

I do not have plans to play for any other Japanese team other than the Tigers.  I would like to return next year to help Hanshin win a championship, by working hard and being an anchor in the rotation.

Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2013

===

Blaine Bloyer wants to be a starter and plans to work on his conditioning during the off-season (high altitude training).

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/17/2013

===

INF/base-running coach Teruyoshi Kuji told reporters he will not be returning next season.  He has already informed the organization of his intentions.

Source: Sanspo 10/17/2013

[10/9/2013] Rumors: Yakult Swallows, Yokohama Bay Stars, Softbank Hawks

by on Oct.09, 2013 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
Tags: , , , , , , ,

Yakult Swallows

Ryoji Aikawa would like to stay with the Swallows, but only if they plan on using him.  Otherwise, he will seriously consider exercising his FA option.

Masanori Ishikawa and Takehiko Oshimoto can also become free agents at the end of the season and are expected to sit down with the Swallows before making any decisions.

Source: Sponichi 10/8/2013, Daily Sports 10/9/2013

According to Sanspo, Oshimoto is not planning to exercise his option and wants to remain with the team.

Source: Sanspo 10/9/2013

===

Shingo Takatsu could be named the next pitching coach.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars could offer Koji Yamamoto the Ichi-gun head coach job next season.  Takanori Suzuki will likely be brought in as batting coach.  Ni-gun pitching coach Katsunori Okamoto is expected to join Takeo Kawamura as Ichi-gun pitching coaches.  Hiromi Makihara could also be offered a position.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/9/2013

Softbank Hawks

Brian Falkenborg left for the US today.  Before leaving, he told reporters he hoped to return to Fukuoka next season, but was also open to playing for another team, if it came to that.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013

===

The Hawks are hoping to retain Katsuki Yamazaki's services.  They have reportedly offered him a multi-year deal and may be open to leaving their offer on the table while he exercises his FA option to check on interest with other teams.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013

===

Takanori Yamauchi is a candidate to become the next pitching coach for the Hawks.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013

[9/15/2013] Matt Murton, Ryoji Aikawa ejected from Saturday’s game, fined 150,000 yen

by on Sep.15, 2013 @ 5:24 pm, under NPB
Tags: , , ,

Ryoji Aikawa (Yakult) snapped when Matt Murton (Hanshin) slid hard into home plate in the 6th inning of Saturdays Hanshin-Yakult game.  Maybe it was because he remembered how his teammate Masahiko Tanaka suffered a fracture in his collar bone the last time Murton slid hard into home, or maybe it was dislocated shoulder he suffered himself when Tony Blanco (Yokohama) barreled over him in April.  Either way, he lunged toward Murton after the collision.

The two shoved each other violently a couple of times before Murton started backing up with his hands up in the air.  Ryota Arai (Hanshin) got in between the two before things could escalate.  Yuichi Matsumoto (Yakult) also noticed something amiss and quickly moved in to keep the two players apart.  Both benches immediately spilled out on to the field.

When the dust settled, the home plate umpire announced that he was ejecting both players for violent conduct.  Murton was surprised since he was trying to walk away from the scuffle.  The home plate umpire's explanation: "The ejection was not for the slide, it was for fighting back."

Junji Ogawa (Yakult manager) felt the hard slide was over-the-top and dangerous.  Murton felt his only option was to slide hard since Aikawa was standing right in front of home plate.  Aikawa later admitted it was a normal play and that he got caught up in the moment.  NPB Umpire Chief Osamu Ino did not think there was anything wrong with the play.

Both players were issued stern warnings and 150,000 yen fines by the commissioner's office today.  Murton was also given a one-game suspension since it was his second ejection of the season.

If you are in Japan, you can see replays here and here.  This one might work for people outside of Japan.

Note: Murton is the first Hanshin player to be ejected twice in one season since the start of the two-league format. ... The Tigers have apparently apologized to the Swallows. ... Aikawa was examined at a hospital.  There were no broken bones.

Source: Daily Sports 9/15/2013, Daily Sports 9/15/2013Daily Sports 9/15/2013, Sponichi 9/15/2013, Nikkan Sports 9/15/2013, Nikkan Sports 9/15/2013

UPDATE @ 8:17pm -

Murton spoke to reporters after pre-game workouts at Jingu today.  His comments:

I was not sure about getting tossed from the game, but the way I understand it, I was suspended because it was my second ejection.

This is a distraction for my team because I cannot play in a game that we need to win.  That makes this tough.

I did not do what I did because I do not like Aikawa.  I will not play half-heartedly so long as I am under contract with the Tigers.  I will play with everything I have, for the team and for the fans.

I would like everyone to understand that I do not try to hit everything hard.  If there was nothing blocking home, nothing would happen.  But if anyone, even my brother, is [covering home plate] then I will go in hard.  If you are on home plate, I will go in hard.  Aikawa did not let go of the ball either, so good on him.

Source: Daily Sports 9/15/2013

[5/22/2013] Injury Updates: Makita (Seibu), Aikawa, Barnette (Yakult), T. Arai (Hanshin)

by on May.23, 2013 @ 12:39 am, under NPB
Tags: , , , , , , ,

Seibu Lions

Kazuhisa Makita was helped off the field after he took a batted ball off his right leg in the 1st inning of Wednesday night's game against Hiroshima.  He was removed from the game after coaches watched him take his warm-ups before the 2nd inning.  He was later taken to a hospital in Tokorozawa where he was diagnosed with a bruise.  He is considered day-to-day (the team will wait for the swelling to go away before deciding on is next start).

Source: Sports Hochi 5/22/2013, Sponichi 5/22/2013

Yakult Swallows

Takeaki Tokuyama popped a blister on his right middle finger during his start against Nippon Ham on Wednesday.

Source: Sponichi 5/22/2013

===

Ryoji Aikawa could return to the active roster in time for the upcoming Softbank series at Jingu Stadium (May 25-26).  Aikawa dislocated his shoulder during a game against Yokohama on April 6.  He played in his first rehab game on the May 12.

Tony Barnette pitched in a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on Wednesday and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  This was his first rehab game since he suffered a strain in his right oblique.

Source: Sponichi 5/22/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Takahiro Arai was removed on defense in the 12th inning of Wednesday's game against Lotte after he hurt his right ankle while playing defense in the 11th -- Toshiaki Imae hit a ground ball to short and came into contact with Arai's right leg while running to first.  He received ice treatment after the game and was walking around on his own.  He told reporters that he was probably going to be ok.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/22/2013

Ryoji Aikawa (Yakult) to miss two months; Nobuhiko Matsunaka (Softbank) hurts right calf

by on Apr.06, 2013 @ 9:37 pm, under NPB
Tags: , , ,

Ryoji Aikawa (Yakult) took a hard hit at home plate as he tried to block a run from scoring in the 4th inning of today's game against Yokohama (Tony Blanco was the runner).  He was removed from the game on defense in the 6th inning.  He was later taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder.  He will require about two months for a full recovery.

Source: Sponichi 4/6/2013

===

Nobuhiko Matsunaka (Softbank) left today's game after he hurt his right calf while running the bases in the 4th inning.  He will likely be taken off the active roster and will have his leg examined early next week.

Source: Sponichi 4/6/2013

11/7/2012: Toshiaki Imae, Ryoji Aikawa, Kyuji Fujikawa, Kensuke Tanaka, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Nov.07, 2012 @ 10:18 pm, under MLB, NPB
Tags: , , , ,

Toshiaki Imae told reporters today that he does not plan on exercising his domestic FA option and will remain in Chiba for at least one more year.  With regards to what he plans for after 2013, he said, "I would like to hear what other teams have to say."  Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2012

===

Ryoji Aikawa has decided not to exercise his international FA option and will remain with the Swallows.  He has already informed team.  Aikawa re-earned his option this year with his injury exception days.  Source: Sanspo 11/7/2012

===

The Yokohama Bay Stars are planning to reach out to Daisuke Matsuzaka's agent, Scott Boras, within the next few days.  They could be preparing a multi-year deal worth over 600M yen and will be ready to leave it on the table until just before the start of the 2013 season.

Matsuzaka is currently working out in the US.  He told reporters at the end of the current season he never considered returning to Japan in 2013.  For now, he is looking for an MLB team that will use him on a regular basis over the course of a full season (money is secondary to playing time).

Source: Sponichi 11/7/2012

===

Hanshin Tigers owner Shinya Sakai on Kyuji Fujikawa: "After all, [Fujikawa] is in the US right now.  We understand he has those feelings."  This was the first time a top-ranking team official admitted that there was a good chance Fujikawa could be leaving for the US.  Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2012

===

Kensuke Tanaka (HAM) will most likely have to settle for a split contract, but that should not be a sticking point for him.  His agent is Alan Nero.  Source: Sponichi 11/7/2012, Sports Hochi 11/7/2012

The Colorado Rockies are reportedly interested in Tanaka.  Source: Sponichi 11/7/2012

Injury updates for Nakamura (YOK), Aikawa (YAK), Tanaka (YAK): 8/18/2012

by on Aug.18, 2012 @ 4:03 pm, under NPB
Tags: , , , ,

Yakult Swallows

Ryoji Aikawa was evaluated at the hospital and diagnosed with a fracture in his left second costal cartilage.  He will require about six weeks for a full recovery.  Source: Sports Hochi Twitter 8/18/2012

UPDATE @ 6:57pm - Aikawa suffered the injury while playing defense during Thursday's game against Hiroshima.  He was in the starting line-up on Friday, but left early.  Source: Sports Hochi 8/18/2012

===

Hiroyasu Tanaka felt discomfort in his right hand while playing defense in the 1st inning of Friday's game against the Hanshin Tigers.  He was later removed from the game (after the 3rd inning) and was taken to the hospital where they found no damage to the bones.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2012Sanspo 8/18/2012

Yokohama Bay Stars

Norihiro Nakamura was taken off the active roster today so that he can focus on rehabbing his right elbow.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/18/2012