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[9/26/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions

by on Sep.27, 2015 @ 11:44 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • On September 26, the Hawks became the fifth team in the NPB to reach 5,000 victories, behind Yomiuri, Hanshin, Chunichi, and Orix. The Hawks are 5,000-4,530-359 overall. Source: Sports Hochi 9/26/2015, Sanspo 9/26/2015
  • Dae-Ho Lee blasted his thirtieth home run of the season on September 26. The Hawks now have three players with thirty or more home runs: Yuki Yanagita (thirty-four), Nobuhiro Matsuda (thirty-four), and Lee. The Hawks carried three or more players with at least thirty home runs in 2001, 2004, and 2015. Source: Sponichi 9/26/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata pushed across his 100th RBI of the season on September 25. Nakata and Katsuo Osugi (1970-1972) are the only players in franchise history to record at least 100 RBI in two or more consecutive seasons.. Source: Sponichi 9/26/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2015

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are planning to add Fumiya Nishiguchi to the active roster for the team's last home game on September 28. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/26/2015

[9/24/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions

by on Sep.25, 2015 @ 8:47 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks gave the media a very early tour of their new farm facilities in Chikugo, Fukuoka on September 24. Construction is about sixty percent complete. The player dormitories should be ready by the end of spring camp next year. The main stadium by the end of March 2016. The secondary field should be finished by the end of June 2016, but will not be open for use until 2017. Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes announced on September 24 that Johermyn Chavez will be returning home. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/24/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • On September 23, at nineteen years and three months, Daiki Asama became the youngest player in franchise history to record a walk-off hit. The previous record of nineteen years and nine months was set by Hachiro Yamamoto in 1959. Source: Sports Hochi 9/23/2015, Daily Sports 9/24/2015 ... The NPB record of seventeen years and one month was set by Seizo Morimoto in 1943. Source: Sponichi 9/24/2015 ... Asama joined Kazuhiro Kiyohara (October 10, 1986) as the only players drafted out of high school to record a walk-off hit in their first year. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/24/2015
  • The Fighters have hit twelve walk-off home runs since their move to Sapporo. Brandon Laird's walk-off on September 22 was the first with the team trailing (the other eleven were all hit with the game tied). Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ayumu Ishikawa's next start will most likely come on September 28 against Seibu. Source: Sponichi 9/23/2015

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions will hold a retirement ceremony for Fumiya Nishiguchi on September 28 and for Hichori Morimoto on September 27. Source: Daily Sports 9/24/2015

[9/23/2015] Seibu Lions: Fumiya Nishiguchi announces retirement

by on Sep.23, 2015 @ 7:16 pm, under NPB
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Fumiya Nishiguchi held a press conference at the Seibu Lions' team offices in Tokorozawa, Saitama today to announce his decision to retire after the season.

A few notes taken from various sources:

  • Baseball was tough sport, but he still managed to enjoy pitching.
  • He struggled at Ichi-gun the last few years. He was prepared to retire around the summer and made his final decision in September.
  • When he spoke to team officials during the past winter, he said he wanted to try one more year and would quit if things didn't turn out well.
  • He never thought about extending his career by becoming a reliever because he considers himself a starter.
  • Spent his entire career in the Seibu organization because he like the facilities and felt comfortable there.
  • He is ready to pitch at Ichi-gun this season, if called.
  • There were three people he owes his career to: former manager Osamu Higashio, former pitching coach Shigekazu Mori, and former catcher Tsutomu Ito.
  • He wishes he could have completed at least one of the three failed no-hitters he tossed during his career (he carried two no-hitters into the 9th with two out and lost a perfect game in the 10th inning). At the time, he made himself feel better by saying that it was good he did not waste his luck on the no-hitters. Now he feels it might be okay if the fans enjoyed the games. But all the same, he still wishes he could have completed at least one.
  • He also wishes he could have recorded a victory during the Nippon Series.
  • He does not regret ending his career eighteen wins shy of 200.
  • He has not had a chance to think about what he wants to do after that baseball yet.
  • A game he cannot forget: a game against Orix at Green Stadium Kobe on April 14, 1996. He gave up a walk-off home run to Troy Neel in the 11th inning. He threw 177 pitches that game.

Source: official announcement, ZakZak 9/23/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/23/2015, Sports Hochi 9/23/2015, Daily Sports 9/23/2015, Sponichi 9/23/2015, Sanspo 9/23/2015

[UPDATE 9/28 @ 10:52pm]

Nishiguchi was added to the active roster on September 28. He made his last career appearance against Lotte at Seibu Dome on the same day. He entered the game in the 5th with none on and two out with Seibu down by a run. He walked the one hitter he faced. After the game, teammates tossed him into the air thirteen times.

Source: Sponichi 9/28/2015

[UPDATE 9/29 @ 5:33pm]

Nishiguchi was taken off the active roster on September 29.

[UPDATE 10/2 @ 9:30pm]

The Lions are thinking about offering Nishiguchi a job in the front office.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2015Nikkan Sports 10/2/2015

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[9/22/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions

by on Sep.23, 2015 @ 8:53 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

  • Ni-gun game against Hanshin on September 22: Kei Igawa entered the game in the 6th inning and pitched a shutout inning in relief. He faced three hitters (Ks, G4, F8), threw ten pitches, did not allow a hit, walked none, struck out one, and topped out at 145km/h. It was Igawa's first game since he gave up four earned runs on five hits over 0.1 innings against Ni-gun Softbank on August 15. Source: Sponichi 9/22/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Naoki Miyanishi appeared in his fiftieth game of the year on September 22 and became the sixth pitcher in NPB history to record at least eight consecutive seasons of fifty or more appearances. Yomiuri's Tetsuya Yamaguchi and Miyanishi are the only active players to have accomplished the feat. Source: Sports Hochi 9/22/2015, Daily Sports 9/22/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Fumiya Nishiguchi may have pitched in his last game on September 22. He got the start against Ni-gun Rakuten and gave up a run over three innings of work. He faced thirteen hitters, threw forty-eight pitches, gave up three hits, walked none, hit one, and struck out one. He was scheduled to pitch five innings, but left early because he developed a blister on his middle finger. Source: Tokyo Sports 9/22/2015, Sponichi 9/22/2015

[9/21/2015] Seibu Lions: Hichori Morimoto announces retirement

by on Sep.22, 2015 @ 6:30 am, under NPB
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Hichori Morimoto held a press conference at the Seibu Lions' offices in Tokorozawa, Saitama on September 21 to announce his decision to retire after the season.

A few notes taken from various sources:

  • He had a difficult childhood because of a hair loss disorder. Baseball turned his life around and gave him confidence. It is the most important thing in his life.
  • He thinks baseball is great sport because players are allowed to make a fair number of mistakes and fans still cheer.
  • Shinjo had a big influence on his career.
  • He started thinking now might be the time to retire after he struggled and failed to secure a spot on the active roster in August.
  • He was healthy this year and was trying his best, but still could not perform to his expectations.
  • He has lots of regrets, like not practicing more when he was younger, but is overall satisfied with how he was able to approach the game and have fun over the last few years.
  • He currently has no plans for what comes next.
  • Always the entertainer: he said that he wanted to bring eye drops to the press conference because he thought it might make for better photos if he cried, but he forgot the eye drops.
  • Memorable moments: winning a championship with Nippon Ham, winning an opening day game with Yokohama, hearing the cheering fans after he collected his first hit with Seibu.

Source: official announcement, Sports Hochi 9/21/2015, Sponichi 9/21/2015, Tokyo Sports 9/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/21/2015

[UPDATE 9/27 @ 11:03pm]

The Lions added Morimoto to the active roster on September 27. He was called into the Rakuten game as a defensive replacement in right in the top of the 8th inning. He grounded out to third with runners on first and second and two out in the bottom of the 8th. There was a retirement ceremony after the game. Naoto Watanabe, Kazuya Fujita, and former Nippon Ham teammate Atsunori Inaba presented him with flowers. He was tossed into the air by teammates ten times.

Source: Nikkan Spots 9/27/2015

[UPDATE 9/28 @ 5:40pm]

Morimoto was taken off the active roster on September 28.

The Pacific League's Youtube videos from the game:

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[9/21/2015] Softbank Hawks, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Sep.22, 2015 @ 5:30 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Jason Standridge picked up tenth victory of the year on September 21 and became the first foreign pitcher in franchise history to record at least ten victories in two or more consecutive seasons since Joe Stanka (three consecutive seasons, 1963-1965). Source: Nikkan Sports 9/21/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura was left out of the starting line-up on September 21 because of fatigue. He did not participate in pre-game practices but was available to play. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/21/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes were handed their nineteen shutout loss of the season on September 20. The last time they recorded nineteen shutout losses in one season was in 1963. Source: Sponichi 9/21/2015 ... The Buffaloes were shutout again on September 21.

Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui set a new NPB record by notching thirty saves in the season he turned twenty. The previous record of twenty-three was held by four pitchers: Hiroshi Ishige in 1993, Shun Yamaguchi in 2010, Yuji Nishino in 2014, and Yasuaki Yamasaki in 2015. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/21/2015

Saitama Seibu Lions 7 – Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 9 (September 20, 2015)

by on Sep.20, 2015 @ 7:58 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Seibu Lions vs Nippon Ham Fighters @ Sapporo Dome - 14:00
Starters: Kishi, Takayuki (SEI) 5-6, 2.74 - Mendoza, Luis (HAM) 10-7, 3.34

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seibu 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 7 6 1
Nippon Ham 0 0 0 0 0 7 2 0 X 9 9 0

Attendance: 32480 | Time: 3h31m | Nippon Ham leads series, 17-8-0

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