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[11/11/2014] Rumors: Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Nov.12, 2014 @ 4:17 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers are prepared to carry negotiations with Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) into the new year. Source: Sanspo 11/11/2014, Daily Sports 11/11/2014 ... The Seibu Lions are going to let team official Haruhiko Suzuki handle negotiations with Nakajima. Suzuki was Ni-gun manager when Nakajima first joined the organization in 2001. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014

The Chunichi Dragons are planning to sign Orix senryokugai Tomoya Yagi (31). Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2014

Former Softbank Hawk Kyohei Kamezawa (26) joined Chunichi fall camp at Nagoya Stadium for the start of his tryout on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars will most likely sign Orix senryokugai Shun Tono (28). Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014 ... Tono may have been offered a deal worth twelve million yen. An announcement of a deal could be made within the next couple of days. Source: Sports Hochi 11/11/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they are going to give Chunichi senryokugai Kento Yachi (26) and Yokohama senryokugai Kuan-Yu Chen (24) tryouts during Kamogawa fall camp. Their tryouts will take place on the 16th and 17th. Source: Sports Hochi 11/11/2014

The Seibu Lions re-signed Ryo Hayashizaki to an Ikusei contract and assigned him the number 120. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014 ... Hayashizaki dislocated his left shoulder during a game against Lotte on April 17 and had surgery to treat it in October. He is currently rehabbing the shoulder. Source: Sports Hochi 11/11/2014

[11/9/2014] Rumors: Orix Buffaloes, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Nov.10, 2014 @ 4:55 am, under NPB
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Eiichi Koyano (34) is expected to make an official announcement about his FA option on the 11th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014

The Orix Buffaloes and Seibu Lions are interested in veteran Eiichi Koyano (34). Source: Sports Hochi 11/9/2014, Sports Hochi 11/9/2014

The Buffaloes are also interested in Keiji Obiki (30). Kila Ka'aihue (30) is no longer on their radar, but other foreign players with NPB experience, like Tony Blanco (33), are. Obiki may be their top priority. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014

The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Yokohama senryokugai Hitoshi Fujie (28) and Seibu senryokugai Koji Yamasaki (33). Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines liked what they saw out of Shun Tono during twelve-team tryouts on Sunday. There were five or six pitchers that drew their attention. They could go after a pitcher. Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014

Kentaro Nishimura and Yoshiyuki Kamei told reporters on Sunday that they are not planning to exercise their FA options. Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014

The Hanshin Tigers are interested in Yokohama senryokugai Travis Mikihisa Samura (21). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014

[11/9/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.10, 2014 @ 4:51 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Agustin Murillo (32) joined the Eagles for workouts at Muscat Stadium on Sunday. His tryouts will run through to the 16th. His wife is expecting their first child, a girl, in February. Source: Sports Hochi 11/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Yuri Furukawa pitched in an intra-squad game for the Reds on Saturday. He made an appearance in relief and gave up a run on two hits over four innings of work. He topped out at 146km/h. Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014
  • Intra-squad game losers are required to jog/run the distance back to the hotel from the stadium (about a six kilometer distance). Staff and players that also failed to pick the winning team before the start of the intra-squad game are also required to jog/run the distance back to the hotel. Hiromoto Okubo had to run back to the hotel after the first two intra-squad games because he picked the wrong team to win. Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2014
  • The Eagles held a baseball clinic for about 200 elementary school kids at Muscat Stadium on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Circle Laligurans representatives and Iswor Thapa visisted fall camp in Kurashiki on Sunday. Circle Laligurans is a nonprofit organization working to promote and support the growth of baseball in Nepal. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014, Laligurans

Seibu Lions

  • Tryouts: Miguel Mejia (26) and Esmerling Vasquez (30) pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on Saturday. Mejia topped out at 150km/h, faced four hitters, and did not allow any hits. Vasquez topped out at 151km/h, allowed one hit, and struck out four. Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2014 ... Vasquez faced eight hitters. He is slated to pitch in another scrimmage on the 12th. Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo participated in a youth baseball clinic in Rikuzentakata, Iwate on Sunday. About sixty elementary school kids attended the clinic. Source: Sports Hochi 11/9/2014 ... Kudo faced all sixty-two elementary school kids in a batting practice scrimmage during the clinic. He threw 180 pitches and struck out twenty-eight. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Softbank held a press conference on Sunday to introduce four new coaches: Ichi-gun pitching coach Yoshinori Sato, Ni-gun infield/base coach Yasutomo Suzuki, Ni-gun pitching coach Keisaburo Tanoue, and San-gun pitching coach Masahiro Sakumoto. Source: official announcement
  • The Hawks announced on Sunday that they were parting ways with amateur scout Masanori Taguchi. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters will be releasing a series of videos where players introduce highlights from the season. The first installment features Shota Ono and Shohei Otani. A second video will be uploaded later this month. Source: official announcement

[11/5/2014] Rakuten, Seibu, Lotte, Softbank, Orix, Nippon Ham

by on Nov.06, 2014 @ 5:32 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Lucas Irvine (25) and Pete Parise (29) are each scheduled to pitch an inning during an intra-squad game on the 7th. Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2014
  • Shinichiro Koyama, Koji Aoyama, Keiji Uezono, and Satoshi Nagai took extra fielding practice on Tuesday. They had to chase after a barrage of baseballs for about thirty minutes. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/5/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Hideto Asamura had his left shoulder cleaned out at a hospital in Chiba on Thursday. He will not attend fall camp in Miyazaki and will instead rehab in Tokorozawa. He should be fine for spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2014, Sponichi 11/5/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo may not be able to check on fall practices at YafuOku Dome because of his schedule (graduate school courses). Head coach Hiroshi Ogawa will take care of things while Kudo is unavailable. Source: Sponichi 11/5/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko threw about sixty pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday. It was his second session with an MLB baseball. Said Kaneko about the MLB baseball, "It isn't easy to throw. I haven't thrown it with hitters, so I don't know how things will go." Source: Sanspo 11/5/2014
  • Takuya Hara had surgery to clean out his right ankle. He will require about two months for a full recovery. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2014
  • Former Orix battery coach Kenji Furukubo (50) has joined the Hanwha Eagles' staff as a coach. Source: Blog 11/5/2014, Daily Sports 11/5/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani threw 103 pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday. He used the last twenty or so pitches to practice his change-up. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2014 ... Otani took twenty-five swings during live batting practice on Wednesday and hit five over the fence. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2014

[11/4/2014] Rumors: Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.04, 2014 @ 12:42 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions could offer Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) a three-year deal worth 800 million yen. Source: Sanspo 11/3/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Keiji Obiki (30) is planning to exercise his FA option. The Yakult Swallows are said to be interested. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2014
  • Naoki Miyanishi (29) may be picking from two options: staying with the Fighters or exercising his FA option to sign with the Hanshin Tigers. Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2014
  • Eiichi Koyano (34) is thinking about exercising his FA option. He likes playing for the Fighters, but is interested in testing the waters. He also understands that his playing time with the Fighters might become more limited with the development of younger players. Source: Sports Hochi 11/3/2014

[11/3/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.04, 2014 @ 12:36 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Jim Heuser (30) will join the Eagles in Kurashiki on Tuesday for a tryout. Daily Sports 11/3/2014
  • Tadashi Ishimine, Rintaro Kitagawa, and Yasuhito Uchida swung at baseballs at a rate of about one every two seconds for sixteen minutes straight on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Kentaro Fukukura, Isamu Sato, Kazuki Miyata, Makoto Aiuchi, and Komei Fujisawa will play winter ball in Australia with the Melbourne Aces. Miyata, Makoto, and Fujisawa will leave on the 4th. Fukukura and Sato will leave on the 24th. Miyata and Fujisawa are scheduled to return to Japan on the 25th. Source: official announcement
  • Hideto Asamura will not attend fall camp because of pain in his left shoulder. He hurt the shoulder while sliding head-first into first during a game agianst Softbank on September 20. He has been examined at a hospital. It could take about two months for a full recovery. Assuming no set backs, he should be fine for spring camp next year. Source: Sports Hochi 11/3/2014 ... Left shoulder surgery is a possibility. Source: Sanspo 11/3/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuki Yoshimura may have to bow out of the Suzuki All-Star Series because of an injury to his left hand. Yoshimura jammed his left middle and ring fingers while sliding head-first into first base during the Nippon Series. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2014 ... Yoshimura was examined at a hospital on the 1st and was told he would require two weeks for a full recovery. Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2014
  • Tetsuya Iida (46) is a candidate for the open Ichi-gun outfield/base coach job. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko tossed a bullpen session on Sunday in preparation for the Suzuki All-Star Series. He threw thirty-one pitches. It was his first session the end of the regular season. He used an MLB baseball. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2014, Sports Hochi 11/3/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Ni-gun general coach Takeshi Ito will become a Ni-gun general/pitching coach in 2015. The Fighters are also planning to add Noriyuki Takahashi (43) as a Ni-gun pitching coach. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2014

[11/2/2014] Rumors: Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.03, 2014 @ 2:43 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • The Lions could get in touch with Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) on the 5th. Source: Daily Sports 11/2/2014 ... Seibu realizes it could take time for Nakajima to decide where he is going to play next year. They are willing to give it until the end of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are waiting to hear back on their one-year offer to Wily Mo Pena (32). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Naoki Miyanishi (29) may have been offered a contract with at least two years on it. Source: Daily Sports 11/2/2014

[11/2/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.03, 2014 @ 2:37 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Norimoto tossed a bullpen session on the first day of fall camp on Sunday. He threw eighty pitches to a squatting catcher. He used an MLB baseball in preparation for the Suzuki All-Star Series. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2014
  • Hiromoto Okubo does not think he deserves to use (or needs) a manager's room and feels it could be put to better use as a place where the team can go over strategies (aka, a war room). He also said would use the room where centipedes come out for his changing room (the same room he used when he was interim manager). Source: Sponichi 11/2/2014, Sanspo 11/2/2014 ... Okubo wants to push his players hard during fall camp, but not to the point where they get hurt. "There is something wrong with being okay with players getting hurt during the fall. I want to aim for zero injuries. Some pro yakyu common practices make no sense," said Okubo. He also said, "I want them to tell me if they feel pain. I want them to try, but they can stop if it's too much for them." Source: Daily Sports 11/2/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Miguel Mejia (26) and Esmerling Vasquez (30) will participate in Miyazaki fall camp that begins on the 6th. Coaches will check on their bullpen sessions and performances during batting practice scrimmages. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines salvaged the final game of a three-game set against the Lamigo Monkeys by the score of 11-5. Lamigo won the series, 2-1. Source: Sanspo 11/2/2014
  • Yuta Omine started Saturday's game against the Lamigo Monkeys. Daichi Suzuki recorded a sac hit in the 1st and Naoya Emura gave Lotte a two-run lead with an RBI single to left in the 2nd. Yuta Yoshida drove in two runs in the 9th, but it was not enough. Lotte dropped the game, 5-4. Source: Sponichi 11/2/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks are planning to offer Masato Yoshii (49) and Masahiro Sakumoto (40) jobs on the coaching staff. Source: Daily Sports 11/2/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Haruki Nishikawa is getting some work at third and Takuya Nakashima some work at short. Kensuke Tanaka could play second, third, or the outfield. The Fighters are also looking for two foreign players that can play first or the outfield, since they need room for Shohei Otani to DH. Sho Nakata could also see some playing time at first. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2014
  • Otani threw fifty-two pitches in the bullpen on Saturday (fifteen where forkballs). It was his second session during fall camp. He used an MLB baseball during the session in preparation for the Suzuki All-Star Series. Source: Sponichi 11/2/2014

[11/1/2014] Rumors: Rakuten, Seibu, Lotte, Orix, Nippon Ham

by on Nov.02, 2014 @ 3:49 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • The terms on Motohiro Shima's four-year contract are not set in stone and are subject to discussion after each season. Source: Daily Sports 11/1/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Ginjiro Sumitani (27) will return next year because he wants to try and win a championship with Seibu as their catcher. Source: Daily Sports 11/1/2014 ... Sumitani will most likely sign a one-year deal. Source: Sports Hochi 11/1/2014 ... The Lions posted an announcement of Sumitani's decision at their official site. Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yoshihisa Naruse (29) is planning to exercise his FA option. Source: Daily Sports 11/1/2014 ... Naruse held a press conference at QVC Marine on Saturday to announce his decision to exercise his option. He will submit the necessary paperwork on Tuesday. A number of teams, including the Hanshin Tigers, Yakult Swallows, and Orix Buffaloes, are said to be interested in the lefty. Source: Daily Sports 11/1/2014

Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Masaru Takeda (36) is not planning to exercise his FA option. He told reporters on Friday he would talk more about it during his press conference on November 6. Source: Daily Sports 11/1/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/1/2014
  • The Fighters could offer Naoki Miyanishi (29) a multi-year deal to keep him from leaving. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2014

[11/1/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.02, 2014 @ 3:43 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles announced two additions to the coaching staff: Shuji Yoshida (47) as Ichi-gun pitching coach (bullpen) and Kento Sugiyama (45) as Ni-gun pitching coach. Source: official announcement
  • Rakuten is planning to offer Masanori Taguchi (44) a job as Ichi-gun battery coach. Source: Sponichi 11/1/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are planning to split players into smaller groups during fall camp. Each group will be made up of players with similar qualities that will be competing for spots to Ichi-gun spring camp next year. Source: Daily Sports 11/1/2014
  • The Lions are planning to give Miguel Mejia (26) and Esmerling Vasquez (30) tryouts during fall camp. They arrived in Japan on Saturday and will join the team at Seibu 2 Stadium on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines dropped their second game against the Lamigo Monkeys on Saturday, 5-4. Source: Sports Hochi 11/1/2014
  • Yuki Karakawa started Friday's game and gave up a run over six innings of work. Takayuki Kanamori entered the game in the 8th and surrendered a solo home run. Ryoji Katsuki relieved Kanamori and allowed two runs to score in the 9th. The offense recorded nine hits, but could not score a run. Source: Sponichi 11/1/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Dennis Sarfate returned to the United States out of Fukuoka Airport on Saturday. Before leaving, he told reporters he wanted to end his career with the Hawks. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito and Shohei Otani tossed bullpen sessions on Saturday. Otani tested his forkball with an MLB baseball. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2014
  • Otani took forty-seven swings during batting practice on Friday and hit five over the fence. Source: Sponichi 11/1/2014
  • Tomoya Ichikawa may opt for surgery to treat a hernia. If he has the operation, he might miss the start of spring camp, but should be okay for the start of the regular season. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2014