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Yesterday’s SBBL games at Hiratsuka canceled due to fear of radiation in rain

by on Apr.10, 2011 @ 11:23 am, under College
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The Tokyo Metropolitan Area University Baseball League canceled both its opening day games at Hiratsuka Stadium on Saturday out of concern that there might be radioactive materials in the rain.  It seems the league has already decided to immediately cancel games on days that it's raining.

The two canceled games have been re-scheduled to Monday.

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SBBL announces earlier start times for spring season games

by on Apr.04, 2011 @ 9:54 pm, under College
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The Tokyo Metropolitan Area University Baseball League (SBBL) announced today that spring season games will begin earlier than originally posted in a bid to avoid playing late into the day.

On days with 2 games (30 minutes earlier)*:

Game 1 will begin at 10:00
Game 2 will begin at 12:30

On days with 3 games (90 minutes earlier):

Game 1 will begin at 8:30
Game 2 will begin at 11:00
Game 3 will begin at 13:30

* the 2 games taking place on 4/9 at Hiratsuka will begin at 11:00 and 13:30.

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Captains of the Tokyo Big 6 to start a blog

by on Mar.20, 2010 @ 5:50 pm, under College
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The Tokyo Big 6 is apparently setting up a blog called "Tokyo Rocks" where each of the six captains from the league will write updates about their seasons.  It's apparently set to open on the 31st and will primarily be written for younger fans that haven't watched any baseball games.

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Hirokazu Sawamura made a relief appearance in an exhibition game against Tokyo Gas on Friday.  He tossed two shutout innings, starting in the 6th, and gave up 2 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 5.  He topped out at 148km/h.

Six scouts from the Yomiuri Giants, Nippon Ham Fighters, Softbank Hawks, and Chiba Lotte Marines were on hand to watch him pitch.

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Koharazawa’s hold an 8 hour practice session on his first day at the helm

by on Mar.18, 2010 @ 10:48 pm, under College, High School
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Josai University's (Tokyo Metropolitan Area University Baseball League) new manager, Shigeyori Koharazawa, held an 8 hour practice session on his first day at the job on Wednesday.

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Former high school baseball coach, Narumi Ogawa (60 years old), was arrested on an assault charge on Thursday. According to Sanpo, Ogawa allegedly struck a 41-year-old man on both the head and face, the latter causing a cut on the victim's lip, at a bar on the 16th at about 9:20pm. Ogawa has apparently admitted to police officers that he struck the victim on the head with his palm, but did not strike the victim on the face. He says he hit the victim because he was "growing tired of the his behavior."

If this were an isolated case, perhaps Ogawa would get the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately for him, he has a bit of a track record. In 1990, Ogawa stepped down as manager of Hiroshima Kogyo High School when reports of him beating players surfaced. And in 2003, he was dismissed from Kouyouhigashi High School for using physical punishiment on players. Ogawa was set to retire at the end of March.

As for his record as a manager, he did lead teams to the Koshien 7 times, and even advanced as far as the final four. He also coached former NPB / MLB player Shingo Takasu.

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More info from Waseda’s practice game on Tuesday; Spring Koshien practice begins

by on Mar.17, 2010 @ 2:21 pm, under College, High School
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Practice for the 82nd Spring Koshien kicked off today at Koshien Stadium.

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Tatsuya Ohishi threw 57 pitches during Tuesday's practice game against Ristumei.  He also topped out his at 150km/h.  His last pitch was clocked at 149km/h.

Yuki Saito topped out at 145km/h.  He threw a total 68 pitches, 21 of which were hit foul.  Of the 14 pitches he threw in the first inning, 10+ were fastballs.  He also worked in his new pitch, a cutter.  Saito faced a total 15 batters over 5 innings of work (he surrendered a single in the 2nd but picked him off).

A total 300 fans, including 25 scouts (4 from Lotte and 3 from Yomiuri), were at the practice game.

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The Japan Student Baseball Association has approved Josai University's (Tokyo Metropolitan Area University Baseball League) request to hire Shigeyori Koharazawa as their manager on Tuesday.  Under high school / university baseball rules, teams must seek permission from the Japan Student Baseball Association when hiring personnel with professional experience.

Koharazawa first day as manager of Josai begins on Wednesday.

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2010 Tokyo Metropolitan Area University Baseball Spring League Schedules

by on Mar.11, 2010 @ 8:57 pm, under College
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League 1

Wk Date Teams Start Venue
1 4/10 (Sat) Opening Ceremonies 11:00 Hiratsuka Stadium
4/10 (Sat) Tokai―Teikyo 12:00 Hiratsuka Stadium
Tsukuba―Josai 14:30 Hiratsuka Stadium
4/11 (Sun) Josai―Tsukuba 10:30 Hiratsuka Stadium
Teikyo―Tokai 13:00 Hiratsuka Stadium
4/12 (Mon) Extra Day Hiratsuka Stadium
2 4/16 (Fri) Nittai-Teikyo 10:30 Ohta Stadium
Musashi-Josai 13:00 Ohta Stadium
4/17 (Sat) Josai-Musashi 10:30 Ohta Stadium
Teikyo-Nittai 13:00 Ohta Stadium
4/18 (Sun) Extra Day Nittai Kenshidai Stadium
3 4/24 (Sat) Tokai-Musashi 10:00 Hiratsuka Stadium
Nittai-Tsukuba 12:30 Hiratsuka Stadium
Teikyo-Josai 15:00 Hiratsuka Stadium
4/25 (Sun) Josai-Teikyo 10:00 Hiratsuka Stadium
Musashi-Tokai 12:30 Hiratsuka Stadium
Tsukuba-Nittai 15:00 Hiratsuka Stadium
4/26 (Mon) Extra Day Hiratsuka Stadium
4 5/1 (Sat) Tokai-Tsukuba 10:30 Sagamihara Stadium
Nittai-Musashi 13:00 Sagamihara Stadium
5/2 (Sun) Musashi-Nittai 10:30 Sagamihara Stadium
Tsukuba-Tokai 13:00 Sagamihara Stadium
5/3 (Mon) Extra Day Sagamihara Stadium
5 5/8 (Sat) Tokai-Josai 10:30 Akishima Stadium
Tsukuba-Teikyo 13:00 Akishima Stadium
5/ 9 (Sun) Teikyo-Tsukuba 10:30 Akishima Stadium
Josai-Tokai 13:00 Akishima Stadium
5/10 (Mon) Extra Day Akishima Stadium
6 5/15 (Sat) Nittai-Josai 10:30 Hiratsuka Stadium
Musashi-Teikyo 13:00 Hiratsuka Stadium
5/16 (Sun) Teikyo-Musashi 10:30 Hiratsuka Stadium
Josai-Nittai 13:00 Hiratsuka Stadium
5/17 (Mon) Extra Day Hiratsuka Stadium
7 5/22 (Sat) Tokai-Nittai 10:30 Todoroki Stadium
Tsukuba-Musashi 13:00 Todoroki Stadium
5/23 (Sun) Musashi-Tsukuba 10:00 Todoroki Stadium
Nittai-Tokai 12:30 Todoroki Stadium
5/23 (Sun) Closing Ceremonies
(after second game)
Todoroki Stadium
5/24 (Mon) Extra Day Todoroki Stadium

League 2, Group A

Wk Date Teams Start Venue
1 4/10 (Sat) Opening Ceremonies 11:00 Hiratsuka Stadium
4/11 (Sun) Daito-Ashikaga Kogyo 10:30 Dokkyo Grounds
Sozo-Dokkyo 13:00 Dokkyo Grounds
4/12 (Mon) Dokkyo-Sozo 10:30 Dokkyo Grounds
Ashikaga Kogyo-Daito 13:00 Dokkyo Grounds
4/13 (Tues) Extra Day Dokkyo Grounds
2 4/17 (Sat) Daito-Dokkyo 10:30 Dokkyo Grounds
Tokyo Keizai-Ashikaga Kogyo 13:00 Dokkyo Grounds
4/18 (Sun) Ashikaga Kogyo-Tokyo Keizai 10:30 Dokkyo Grounds
Dokkyo-Daito 13:00 Dokkyo Grounds
4/19 (Mon) Extra Day Dokkyo Grounds
3 4/23 (Fri) Sozo-Tokyo Keizai 10:30 Koshigaya Stadium
Dokkyo-Ashikaga Kogyo 13:00 Koshigaya Stadium
4/24 (Sat) Ashikaga Kogyo-Dokkyo 10:30 Koshigaya Stadium
Tokyo Keizai-Sozo 13:00 Koshigaya Stadium
4/25 (Sun) Extra Day Dokkyo Grounds
4 5/1 (Sat) Daito-Tokyo Keizai 10:30 Sano Stadium
Sozo-Ashikaga Kogyo 13:00 Sano Stadium
5/2 (Sun) Ashikaga Kogyo-Sozo 10:30 Sano Stadium
Tokyo Keizai-Daito 13:00 Sano Stadium
5/3 (Mon) Extra Day Sano Stadium
5 5/8 (Sat) Daito-Sozo 10:30 Hanno Stadium
Dokkyo-Tokyo Keizai 13:00 Hanno Stadium
5/9 (Sun) Tokyo Keizai-Dokkyo 10:30 Hanno Stadium
Sozo-Daito 13:00 Hanno Stadium
5/10 (Mon) Extra Day Hanno Stadium
6 5/15 (Sat) Group A vs Group B First Teams 13:00
5/16 (Sun) Group A vs Group B First Teams 13:00
5/17 (Mon) Extra Day
7 5/23 (Sun) Closing Ceremonies
(after League 1 second game)
Todoroki Stadium

League 2, Group B

Wk Date Teams Start Venue
1 4/10 (Sat) Opening Ceremonies 11:00 Hiratsuka Stadium
4/11 (Sun) Meiji Gakuin-Seijo 10:30 Meiji Gakuin Grounds
Obirin-Meisei 13:00 Meiji Gakuin Grounds
4/12 (Mon) Meisei-Obirin 10:30 Meiji Gakuin Grounds
Seijo-Meiji Gakuin 13:00 Meiji Gakuin Grounds
4/13 (Tues) Extra Day Meiji Gakuin Grounds
2 4/17 (Sat) Meiji Gakuin-Meisei 10:30 Meiji Gakuin Grounds
Tamagawa-Seijo 13:00 Meiji Gakuin Grounds
4/18 (Sun) Seijo-Tamagawa 10:30 Meiji Gakuin Grounds
Meisei-Meiji Gakuin 13:00 Meiji Gakuin Grounds
4/19 (Mon) Extra Day Meiji Gakuin Grounds
3 4/23 (Fri) Obirin-Tamagawa 10:30) Todoroki Stadium
Meisei-Seijo 13:00) Todoroki Stadium
4/24 (Sat) Seijo-Meisei 10:30) Todoroki Stadium
Tamagawa-Obirin 13:00) Todoroki Stadium
4/25 (Sun) Extra Day Todoroki Stadium
4 5/1 (Sat) Meiji Gakuin-Tamagawa 10:30) Akishima Stadium
Obirin-Seijo 13:00) Akishima Stadium
5/2 (Sun) Seijo-Obirin 10:30) Akishima Stadium
Tamagawa-Meiji Gakuin 13:00) Akishima Stadium
5/ 3 (Mon) Extra Day Akishima Stadium
5 5/8 (Sat) Meiji Gakuin-Obirin 10:30 Meiji Gakuin Grounds
Meisei-Tamagawa 13:00 Meiji Gakuin Grounds
5/9 (Sun) Tamagawa-Meisei 10:30 Meiji Gakuin Grounds
Obirin-Meiji Gakuin 13:00 Meiji Gakuin Grounds
5/10 (Mon) Extra Day Meiji Gakuin Grounds
6 5/15 (Sat) Group A vs Group B First Teams 13:00
5/16 (Sun) Group A vs Group B First Teams 13:00
5/17 (Mon) Extra Day
7 5/23 (Sun) Closing Ceremonies
(after League 1 second game)
Todoroki Stadium
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JABA: All levels of amateur baseball to have counts called balls to strike

by on Feb.13, 2010 @ 8:53 am, under College, Other
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The Japan Amateur Baseball Association held a committee meeting on Friday and decided that all levels of amateur baseball (including soft baseball) will have counts called balls to strikes instead of strikes to balls.

The JABA also set up an investigative commission to do research into what it might take to change the licensing procedures for umps.

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To clarify, four organizations agreed to the adoption of the balls to strikes  count calls: the Japan High School Baseball Federation (JHBF), the All Japan University Baseball Federation (JUBF), the JABA, and the Japan Rubber Baseball Association.  The JHBF had already adopted the rule the JUBF just recently adopted the rule.

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Ashikaga Kogyo University is joining the Tokyo Metropolitan Area University Baseball League (SBBL) beginning this Spring (they will be in the second league).  They started things up on Friday at their indoor practice facilities in Tochigi with about 51 players (all freshmen that will begin attending Ashikaga this April).

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Josai University names new manager

by on Feb.09, 2010 @ 8:12 pm, under College
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Josai University (Tokyo Metropolitan Area University Baseball League) named Shigeyori Koharazawa as their new manager for the 2010 season on Monday.

Koharazawa is a Josai University alum and was drafted by the Yomiuri Giants back in 1991.  He was later traded to the Chibe Lotte Marines before retiring after the 1998 season.

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