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[12/21/2014] Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.22, 2014 @ 3:39 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura (right elbow) took some batting practice on Saturday for the first time in two months. He hit thirty baseballs off a tee. Source: Sports Hochi 12/21/2014
  • Seibu is planning to replace the turf at Seibu Prince Dome next winter. It was last changed in 2008. Source: Sponichi 12/21/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines are thinking about registering Kuan-Yu Chen as Chen (not the kanji, but the katakana). Source: Nikkan Sports 12/21/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks will have at least eight pitchers fighting for spots in the starting rotation: Jason Standridge, Kenichi Nakata, Tadashi Settsu, Kenji Otonari, Shota Takeda, Kazuyuki Hoashi, Brian Wolfe, and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Source: Sanspo 12/21/2014
  • Kimiyasu Kudo is planning to let Matsuzaka handle his own schedule. He is also more than happy to provide advice if needed. Source: Sponichi 12/21/2014 ... Kudo does not think it is necessary for pitchers, especially veterans, to push themselves to the point where they are ready to toss bullpen sessions on the first day of spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 12/21/2014, Sanspo 12/21/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko received his Mercedes C180 during Sunday's 2014 Yanase Orix Buffaloes MVP Award ceremony. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/21/2014, Daily Sports 12/21/2014
  • Eiichi Koyano will most likely be at first or third. Second is also a possibility. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/21/2014
  • The media learned that Shuichi Furukawa (27) had filed marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman in December 2012. His wife gave birth to their first child, a boy, in September last year. Source: Sponichi 12/21/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Where Kensuke Tanaka plays could depend on Brandon Laird and Jeremy Hermida. First and third are possibilities. Source: Sponichi 12/21/2014
  • Hideki Kuriyama is curious to see how well Shohei Otani can handle making appearances as a pitcher and position player without any days of rest in between. He might test Otani during spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 12/21/2014, Sponichi 12/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/21/2014 ... Otani loves sweets and cannot imagine cutting them out of his diet entirely (especially things like chocolate and ice cream). He has switched over to Japanese sweets during the winter, but made an exception to Christmas cake. Source: Sports Hochi 12/21/2014, Sponichi 12/21/2014
  • Sho Nakata revealed his interest in playing in the Majors during a recording for a Fuji TV program on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/21/2014 ... The Mariners spoke to Nakata just before the 2007 draft, but were turned down. It was not until the World Baseball Classic last year that the slugger became interested in the Majors. Nakata has not yet informed Fighters. Source: Sanspo 12/21/2014

[12/20/2014] Seibu Lions, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.21, 2014 @ 2:08 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • The Lions have finished adding players from the foreign market for the time being. They will have six foreign players under contract in 2015: Ernesto Mejia (29), Miguel Mejia (26), Esmerling Vasquez (31), Chun-Lin Kuo (22), Wade LeBlanc (30), and Anthony Seratelli (31). Source: Sponichi 12/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/20/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Keith Werman spent time working with Nippon Ham this year. The Fighters are planning to put him in charge of international relations, effective January 1. He will be based out of San Diego and will work in cooperation with the Padres under the organization's partnership agreement. His job will include gathering information, handling negotiations, and being the Fighters' main contact in the United States. He will also assist Nippon Ham's two US-based scouts. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/20/2014

[12/19/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.20, 2014 @ 5:29 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Chun-Lin Kuo will join the 2014 draft class for rookie training camp in January. Source: Daily Sports 12/19/2014
  • Takayuki Kishi's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 2,860 grams, in Tokyo on the 17th. Source: Sanspo 12/19/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo would like to give every player two or three chances to play in pre-season games next year (intra-squad and exhibition). He plans to let the Ichi-gun pitching coach staff handle Ichi-gun pitchers during spring camp because he wants to watch over Ni-gun and San-gun pitchers. Source: Sanspo 12/19/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/19/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Masao Yamada will be stepping down as general manager and is expected to become an amateur scout adviser. Director Hiroshi Yoshimura will most likely take on the added role of interim general manager. Source: Sponichi 12/19/2014

[12/18/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.19, 2014 @ 2:56 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • Hideto Asamura wants to focus on second base and is willing to give up short. Source: Sponichi 12/18/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo is planning to add tire flipping to spring camp workouts next year. He feels it will be a good way to break up the monotony and make things fun for players. Source: Sponichi 12/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/18/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Former Hanshin Tiger Naohisa Sugiyama will join the staff as Hiroshi Moriwaki's media relations manager and personal assistant, effective January 1. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/18/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters held a press conference to announce that Masao Kida (46) will join their staff as an assistant general manager, effective January 1, 2015. Source: official announcement, Sponichi 12/18/2014
  • Yuji Arahari's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 2,982 grams, on December 17. Source: official announcement

[12/17/2014] Seibu Lions, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.18, 2014 @ 3:43 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura (right elbow) played catch at a distance of about fifteen meters on Tuesday. He threw the ball thirty times. Nakamura had his elbow cleaned out in October and resumed playing catch on Monday. Source: Sponichi 12/17/2014 ... Nakamura is planning to resume batting practice some time in January. Source: Daily Sports 12/17/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters will hold a press conference in Sapporo on Thursday to announce Masao Kida as their new assistant general manager. Source: Sponichi 12/17/2014

[12/15/2014] Seibu Lions: Seibu Dome to be renamed Seibu Prince Dome

by on Dec.15, 2014 @ 9:09 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced that Seibu Dome will be renamed Seibu Prince Dome. Prince Hotel purchased naming rights for the stadium from Seibu Group. The period will be for one year between March 1, 2015 and February 29, 2016. The contract will automatically renew after each year if it is not canceled.

Source: official announcement, official announcement

[12/12/2014] Rumors: Takashi Toritani, Kensuke Tanaka

by on Dec.13, 2014 @ 1:31 am, under NPB
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Scott Boras told reporters that there was always a chance Takashi Toritani (33) could return to the Hanshin Tigers next year. The agent also indicated a decision will most likely be made before the end of the year. Source: Sanspo 12/12/2014, Sanspo 12/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/12/2014

Kensuke Tanaka (33) was hoping to return to the United States next year, but did not receive any offers. A number of NPB teams have shown interest, but the infielder is expected to choose the Nippon Ham Fighters. Source: Nikkan Soprts 12/12/2014

The Seibu Lions could find themselves in a position where they might be interested in Yokohama senryokugai Norihiro Nakamura (41). Source: ZakZak 12/12/2014

[12/12/2014] Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks

by on Dec.13, 2014 @ 1:24 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • First round draft pick Kona Takahashi's full name will be registered with the NPB. His name will appear as K. Takahashi on his uniform. It could have been Ko Takahashi to avoid identification problems with Tomomi Takahashi, but it will be his full name because the team likes Kona and Kona wants people to know him by his full name. Source: Sports Hochi 12/12/2014, Sponichi 12/12/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuki Yoshimura told reporters on Wednesday (Thursday Japan time) that he suffered a fracture in his left ring finger when he slid head-first into first base during Game 5 of the Nippon Series. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/12/2014
  • Takeshi Hosoyamada's mother died of a subarachnoid hemorrhage at a hospital in Yokohama at 6:24pm on the 10th. She was fifty-six. Source: Sponichi 12/12/2014
  • The media learned Yuito Mori (22) is planning to file marriage papers on December 28 with a woman he went to high school with. The two already have a place together in Fukuoka. Source: Daily Sports 12/12/2014

[12/12/2014] Seibu Lions sign Wade LeBlanc, Anthony Seratelli

by on Dec.12, 2014 @ 4:44 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced today that they signed pitchers Wade LeBlanc (30) and Anthony Seratelli (31). They released the following comments from the players:

Wade LeBlanc

I am grateful for the opportunity to play for the Seibu Lions. I would like to promise the fans that I will do my absolute best to help this team win. Go Lions!

Anthony Seratelli

I'm excited about playing in Japan, where my grandmother is from. I am also looking forward to helping the team win for its fans. My motto is to go all out for the win. I am looking forward to meeting everyone.

Source: official announcement

[UPDATE @ 5:37pm]

Chunichi Sports is reporting that LeBlanc agreed to a deal worth about 120 million yen plus incentives and Seratelli a deal worth around seventy million yen plus incentives.

Source: Chunichi Sports 12/12/2014

[UPDATE 12/13 @ 4:51pm]

Sponichi and Nikkan Sports are reporting that LeBlanc agreed to a contract worth one million US dollars plus incentives and Seratelli to a contract worth 600,000 US dollars plus incentives. The Lions see LeBlanc as a candidate for the starting rotation and Seratelli as a top of the order hitter that can play both the infield and outfield.

Source: Sponichi 12/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/13/2014

[12/11/2014] Seibu Lions introduce 2014 Draft Class

by on Dec.11, 2014 @ 10:23 pm, under NPB
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Ord Name JPN Team DOB HT/WT POS T/B Level Uni Bonus Contract Date
1 Takahashi, Kona 高橋 光成 SEI 1997/02/03 188/90 P R/R Maebashi Ikuei High School 17 100,000,000
13,000,000 11/19
2 Sano, Yasuo 佐野 泰雄 SEI 1993/01/18 178/81 P L/L Heisei Kokusai University 34 70,000,000 12,000,000 11/13
3 Tonosaki, Shuta 外崎 修汰 SEI 1992/12/20 177/75 INF R/R Fuji University 44 50,000,000 12,000,000 11/25
4 Tamamura, Yusuke 玉村 祐典 SEI 1995/11/04 181/79 P R/R Tsuruga Kehi High School 38 30,000,000 6,000,000 11/07
5 Yamada, Haruka 山田 遥楓 SEI 1996/09/30 179/72 INF R/R Saga Koygo High School 52 25,000,000 6,000,000 11/07
I1 Togawa, Daisuke 戸川 大輔 SEI 1996/04/29 188/86 OF R/L Hokkai High School 122 3,500,000 3,000,000 11/10


Source: official announcement