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[10/22/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 10:41 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions announced on Tuesday that Takeya Nakamura and Shogo Akiyama had surgery to clean out their right elbows at a hospital in Yokohama. Both players are not expected to miss spring camp next year. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Naoki Miyanishi has a stress fracture in his left shin. He was taken off the active roster on September 30 with discomfort in his left shin. He was examined at a hospital, but never got the diagnosis because he thought it might put a damper on his motivation. He returned to the active roster on the 11th without knowing what was wrong with his shin. Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2014, Sponichi 10/22/2014
  • Michael Crotta left for the United States out of Shin Chitose Airport on Wednesday. He will most likely return next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2014
  • There is a good chance Shohei Otani will see a large increase in salary. He could join Daisuke Matsuzaka as the only pitchers out of high school to top the 100 million yen mark in their third year. Source: Sponichi 10/22/2014 ... Otani currently weighs ninety-three kilograms. He is hoping to push his weight to 100 kilograms. Source: Sports Hochi 10/23/2014
  • The Fighters believe forty-five-year-old catcher/battery coach Satoshi Nakajima still has something to contribute as a player. They have asked him to remain active. He will most likely comply. Nakajima has been a player/coach since 2007. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2014
  • Hideki Kuriyama visited the Tokyo Nippon Ham branch on Tuesday. He met team owner Hiroshi Kobayashi and provided him with a report on the 2014 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014

[10/21/2014] Seibu Lions: Uniform Number Assignments/Changes

by on Oct.22, 2014 @ 1:02 am, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced the following uniform number assignments/changes on Tuesday:

  • Ichi-gun Manager Norio Tanabe - 90
  • Ichi-gun Hitting coach Masahiro Abe - 76
  • Ichi-gun Pitching coach Yoshihiro Doi - 72
  • Ni-gun Pitching coach Shinji Mori - 89
  • Toshihiro Iwao - from 12 to 31
  • Ryo Sakata - from 31 to 88
  • Tatsuya Takeno - from 90 to 79

Source: official announcement

[10/20/2014] Free Agents and Rumors: Chun-Lin Kuo, Wily Mo Pena (Orix)

by on Oct.21, 2014 @ 10:06 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko told reporters that he had not thought about his FA option yet. He was more concerned about representing Japan at the Suzuki MLB All-Star Series in November. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014 ... The Buffaloes are willing to do their best to match whatever requests Kaneko might have. Source: Sports Hochi 10/21/2014
  • The Buffaloes are planning to offer Yoshitomo Tani a contract for the 2015 season. Tani is seventy-seven hits away from 2,000. The organization is ready to begin negotiations with Kaneko, Yoshihisa Hirano, Takahiro Mahara, and Tomotaka Sakaguchi. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014 ... The Buffaloes are okay with the four players exercising their FA options before deciding to stay. They also plan to be as flexible as possible with regards to requests they might have. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014, Sponichi 10/21/2014
  • Team official Ryuzo Setoyama on how negotiations are going with Wily Mo Pena: "They're seeking a contract for a top-level foreign player, but Pena did not really perform to expectations beginning in September. I think negotiations will not go the way they'd like them to go." Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014 ... Pena could be seeking a multi-year deal worth over 200 million yen a year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Luis Mendoza and Michael Crotta will most likely return next year. Juan Miranda is a question mark. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014 ... Nippon Ham will reportedly part ways with Miranda and Anthony Carter. Mendoza is in the middle of a two-year deal and the Fighters hold an option on Crotta for the 2015 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014
  • Nippon Ham would like Naoki Miyanishi to stay and might be willing to go three years on a contract depending on negotiations. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014 ... Miyanishi thinks staying with the Fighters might be his best option, but is fifty-fifty on the decision. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014
  • Kensuke Tanaka is on the radar. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014

[10/20/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.21, 2014 @ 9:51 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Norimoto threw about forty pitches in the bullpen on Monday. It was his first session since the regular season ended. He used a Rawlings baseball in preparation for the Suzuki All-Star Series in November. Source: Sports Hochi 10/21/2014
  • Early workouts during fall practice will begin on the 24th. Workouts will begin at 9:00am, about an hour before the start of regular practices. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014
  • Koji Aoyama would like to try closing games again next year. He spoke to Hiromoto Okubo during fall practices and will likely be used in relief. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014
  • Okubo wants players to exercise proper manners -- he expects them to come to full stops when greeting others, particularly those older than them. He believes good manners can lead to better general focus, more positive energy, and a pleasant atmosphere. Source: Sports Hochi 10/21/2014, Sanspo 10/21/2014 ... Okubo is thinking about setting up a relief rotation consisting of two groups of four relievers. Each group would swap out every two weeks to keep arms fresh. Source: Sponichi 10/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2014 ... Okubo ended closed-session practices after about ten minutes on Saturday because he wanted to give the 1,717 fans at the stadium more time to see players working out on the field. Closed-session practices were originally scheduled to last about an hour. Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2014
  • The media learned on Saturday that Hiroyuki Fukuyama had surgery to clean out his right elbow on the 9th. He began his rehab on the 18th. Assuming no setbacks, he could toss a bullpen session in December. Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2014
  • Senichi Hoshino is not planning to accept any honorary posts from Rakuten. He has been asked to stay by owner Hiroshi Mikitani, but without any details about his position. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014

Seibu Lions

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Lotte is planning to invite Teruyoshi Kuji to fall camp as a special instructor. Kuji was an infield/base coach with Hanshin up until last year. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014
  • The Marines posted footage taken from a camera that was strapped to Yoshifumi Okada's head while shagging fly balls at QVC Marine.

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani struck out twelve on Sunday and at twenty years and three months, became the second youngest pitcher to record double-digits strikeouts in a postseason game. Yu Darvish set the record with eleven strikeouts at twenty years and one month during the first game of the Second Stage of the 2006 Playoff. Source: Sanspo 10/20/2014, Sanspo 10/20/2014, Sponichi 10/20/2014 ... Otani became the eighth pitcher (tenth time) to strike out ten or more hitters during a Playoff/Climax Series game. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2014 ... Otani was not available to play on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014
  • The Fighters are planning to keep all of their Ichi-gun coaches. Source: Sports Hochi 10/21/2014, Daily Sports 10/21/2014

[10/18/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.19, 2014 @ 3:16 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • Hotaka Yamakawa hurt the back of his right thigh while running the bases in a game against Orix on the 16th. He returned to Saitama on Friday and will be examined at a hospital. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014, Daily Sports 10/18/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Players worked out with authorized CPBL baseballs on Saturday. They are scheduled to play three exhibition games against the Lamigo Monkeys later this month and into next. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

[10/16/2014] Rumors: Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi), Motohiro Shima (Rakuten), Yoshihisa Naruse (Lotte)

by on Oct.17, 2014 @ 2:43 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • The media learned that Daisuke Yamai met general manager Hiromitsu Ochiai at the Nagoya Stadium facilities on the first day of fall practices on the 9th. He was reportedly offered a multi-year deal with a large bump in salary. Yamai asked for some time to consider the offer. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Motohiro Shima apparently has a clause in his contract that gives him the right to exercise his FA option if he plays in a certain number of games. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/16/2014
  • Team owner Hiroshi Mikitani could get involved in talks with Senichi Hoshino. The Eagles would like to offer their former manager some sort of position in the front office, but Hoshino is balking because of how long it took management to hire his replacement. Source: Daily Sports 10/16/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Ginjiro Sumitani was fitted for his 2015 uniform on Thursday. He is still waiting to talk to the front office about next season. Source: Sanspo 10/16/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Team official Nobuhira Hayashi told reporters on Thursday that the organization met with Yoshihisa Naruse to discuss his future. Nothing was decided during the meeting. The two sides will meet again in about ten days. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Hiroki Kokubo signed a contract to be Samurai Japan manager through to 2017. However, he can break out of it to accept a managerial position in the NPB. Source: ZakZak 10/16/2014 ... Sadaharu Oh would like to see a former player step in as the next manager. Kimiyasu Kudo could be his top choice. Source: Daily Sports 10/16/2014, Sports Hochi 10/16/2014 ... Oh told reporters on Thursday he met Kudo in Tokyo on Wednesday for an unrelated matter. Source: Sanspo 10/16/2014 ... Sponichi believes that Oh may have offered the managerial position to Kudo on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are not planning to post Yoshio Itoi. "I have not heard anything about it from him and my assistant Shosaku Yokota has said nothing about it either. I know it's something he wants to do. I hear he is also studying English. But it is not something we expected and he is an important part of our team. He's only been here two years. We haven't even won anything. It's still too early," said team president Ryuzo Setoyama. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/16/2014
  • Orix is interested in Alfredo Despaigne and Yulieski Gourriel. Source: Sports Hochi 10/16/2014

[10/15/2014] Rumors: Ginjiro Sumitani (Seibu), Chihiro Kaneko and Yoshihisa Hirano (Orix)

by on Oct.16, 2014 @ 1:32 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are planning to meet Ginjiro Sumitani some time before the start of fall camp on November 6. Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2014

Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes could be preparing to offer Chihiro Kaneko a three-year deal worth as much as 1.5 billion yen (includes all performance bonuses). They may also offer Yoshihisa Hirano a three-year deal worth a maximum 1.2 billion yen (includes all performance bonuses). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014 ... Sanspo feels the deals for Kaneko and Hirano will be three years worth a base 1.2 billion yen and a total 1.0 billion yen, respectively. Source: Sanspo 10/15/2014
  • Yoshio Itoi is expected to approach management about the possibilty of posting him to the Majors during the off-seson. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014
  • The Buffaloes have an interest in possible free agents Naoki Miyanishi (29) and Masanori Hayashi (31). Source: Sports Hochi 10/15/2014 ... They may also be interested in Kila Ka'aihue. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/15/2014

[10/15/2014] Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes

by on Oct.16, 2014 @ 1:25 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Norio Tanabe visited Seibu Tetsudo headquarters in Tokorozawa, Saitama on Wednesday to provide team owner Takashi Goto with his report on the past season. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014 ... Tanabe will be in Miyazaki for four days, beginning on the 16th, checking on players participating in the Phoenix League. Source: Sanspo 10/15/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Players have off until the 26th. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014
  • Pitching prospects that can contribute right away will be the team's focus during the draft, especially since Chihiro Kaneko's fate is unknown. They may also check on pitching talent in Cuba. Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2014
  • Esteban German and Brandon Dickson will leave Japan on the 16th. Both players are in the middle of two-year deals and will be back next year. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014
  • All Ichi-gun coaches will most likely return next season. An announcement is expected within the next few days. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014
  • Shunta recorded a first-pitch lead-off home run during Tuesday's First Stage game against the Nippon Ham Fighters and became the seventh player to hit a lead-off home run during a Playoff/Climax Series game, first since Tsuyoshi Nishioka on October 13, 2013 (Central League First Stage, Game 2); the second player in franchise history to hit a lead-off home run during the Playoffs/Climax Series, first since Yutaka Fukumoto on October 19, 1973 (Pacific League Playoff, Game 1); the second player in Playoff/Climax Series history to hit a lead-off home run on the first pitch, first since Takumi Kuriyama on October 8, 2005 (Pacific League Playoff, Game 1). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014

[10/14/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes

by on Oct.15, 2014 @ 2:54 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • There were rumors the Eagles might try to offer Senichi Hoshino some sort of a position in the front office, but it seems he might be leaving the organization for good because he was not happy with how management was dragging things out with the hiring of his replacement. Source: Daily Sports 10/14/2014 ... Fall practices at kobo Stadium began on Tuesday. Hoshino made an appearance and addressed players on the field one last time. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/14/2014
  • The Eagles announced that they will not offer pitching coach Yoshinori Sato, infield/base coach Yasutomo Suzuki, and battery coach Takashi Miwa contracts for the 2015 season. Source: official announcement ... Sato and Suzuki are leaving because of the team's poor performance. Miwa has been offered a job in the front office. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/14/2014
  • Ni-gun chief pitching coach Tsutomu Sakai and Ni-gun pitching coach Hiroshi Takamura are expected to get promotions to Ichi-gun. Source: Sports Hochi 10/14/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Fall practices began at Seibu Dome on Tuesday. They are scheduled to end on November 4. Fall camp will take place in Nichinan, Miyazaki between November 6 and 20. Source: Daily Sports 10/14/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Keiichi Hirano was taken off the active roster on Tuesday with an injury to his right hamstring. Source: Sports Hochi 10/14/2014
  • There were no plans for Wily Mo Pena to leave Japan early. The Buffaloes are interested in signing Pena to a new contract and have already spoken to his agent once. Source: Daily Sports 10/14/2014
  • Monday's game was canceled because of Typhoon #19. The last domed stadium game that was canceled was between Lotte and Seibu at Seibu Dome on September 16, 2013 (typhoon). The last domed stadium postseason game that was canceled was between Chunichi and Seibu at Seibu Dome on October 20, 2004 (typhoon). Monday's cancellation at Kyocera Dome was the third in stadium history. The other two times: Orix vs Kintetsu on August 21, 2001 (typhoon); Seibu vs Kintetsu on September 7, 2004 (typhoon). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/14/2014