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[12/6/2014] Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.07, 2014 @ 12:19 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Ryohei Fujiwara (28) filed marriage papers with a thirty-four-year-old woman from Saitama on Saturday. A ceremony is scheduled for the 13th. Source: Sponichi 12/6/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The city of Oita named Seiichi Uchikawa its first official sports ambassador. It is a three-year post. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2014
  • Takeshi Hosoyamada (28) filed marriage papers with a twenty-eight-year-old woman from Fukuoka on the 2nd. They held a ceremony in Yokohama on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2014, Sponichi 12/6/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes had seven scouts this season. They will be working with nine next year -- they added Etsuji Taniguchi and Kazuhiro Uemura. Source: Daily Sports 12/6/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata has spent about three million yen on prizes he has handed out to players that meet their season goals. He recently purchased a luxury sports car for about thirty-three million yen and later realized the low clearance of the vehicle was not suited to Sapporo weather. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2014

[12/4/2014] Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.05, 2014 @ 5:20 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • When Kazuhisa Makita met team officials for contract negotiations on Wednesday, he told them about his interest in the Majors (not immediate, but in the future). Source: Chunichi Sports 12/4/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks announced that Yuya Hasegawa had surgery on his right ankle at a hospital in Nara on Thursday. He will be discharged on the 7th and will need about two months for a full recovery. Source: Sports Hochi 12/4/2014
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka would like to head into the 2015 season at eighty-five to eighty-six kilograms. He pitched the last few season at around ninety-two kilograms. When he pitched for Boston, he tipped the scales at about ninety-five kilograms. The last time he was at eighty-five was in 2004. Source: Sponichi 12/4/2014
  • The Hawks announced that a redback spider was spotted and terminated near gate five at YafuOku Dome at around 5:00pm on December 2. Source: official announcement, Spoichi 12/4/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Former Orix pitching coach Motoyuki Akahori (44) will take over as manager for the Niigata Albirex Baseball Club (BC League). Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata hopes to continue rewarding younger players with prizes if they attain their personal season goals. He first started two years ago. This year Yuya Taniguchi, Naoyuki Uwasawa, and Shingo Ishikawa reached their goals. Taniguchi and Uwasawa each got necklaces worth over 600,000 yen and Ishikawa got a suitcase and a Boston bag. There are also penalties for players that fail. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/4/2014, Sponichi 12/4/2014

[12/3/2014] Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.04, 2014 @ 12:19 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • The Lions asked Tatsuya Oishi this summer if he was interested in becoming a position player. He declined because he wants to focus on pitching. Right shoulder problems kept him from pitching at Ichi-gun this year. Source: Sponichi 12/3/2014
  • Seibu senryokugai Masaru Misawa is going to try and pursue a career as a firefighter in Kagoshima. Source: Sports Hochi 12/1/2014

Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko (right elbow) was discharged from the hospital on November 30. He began his rehab on Monday. Source: Sponichi 12/2/2014
  • The media learned on Sunday that Motoki Higa (31) filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old woman from Osaka earlier this year in June. Source: Sponichi 12/1/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Tomoya Ichikawa had back surgery at a hospital in Tokushima on Wednesday. He will remain in the hospital for about ten days and will require roughly two and a half months for a full recovery. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/3/2014
  • Shohei Otani's parents handle of their son's earnings (salary and bonuses plus whatever else he might receive from winning awards). They give him 100,000 yen a month to cover his expenses. Otani uses less than 10,000 yen a month. His biggest expense is a business suit he purchases for 100,000 yen before the start of each season. He has so far managed to save about two million yen from left-over allowance money. Source: Sponichi 12/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2014
  • Nippon Ham senryokugai Kazuya Murata will join the BC League's Fukushima Hopes as a player/coach. Source: official announcement, Sponichi 12/3/2014

[11/29/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.30, 2014 @ 9:11 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Kazuo Matsui plans to focus only on playing the outfield next year (he is willing to play the infield in emergency situations). He will try to learn a few things about being an outfielder when he works out with Nippon Ham's Dai-Kang Yoh next month in Los Angeles. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/30/2014, Sponichi 11/30/2014
  • Senior adviser Senichi Hoshino thinks Takahiro Norimoto will want to play in the Majors at some point in the future. Source: Sponichi 11/30/2014

Seibu Lions

  • One of Takeya Nakamura's goals next year is the to make the opening day roster for the first time in three seasons. Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata could become a 200 million yen player this winter. If he does, he would be the first position player out of high school in franchise history to reach the milestone in his eighth year. Kensuke Tanaka set the original record by becoming a 200 million yen player in his twelfth year. Michihiro Ogasawara topped 200 million in his seventh year, but he joined the Fighters out of the Industrial League. Source: Sanspo 11/30/2014

[11/26/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.27, 2014 @ 12:57 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions would like Takeya Nakamura to play third base if he is healthy. They are checking the overseas market for a third baseman, but may not have enough foreign player slots available. Source: Daily Sports 11/25/2014
  • Current team captain Takumi Kuriyama would like to see Hideto Asamura become the next team captain. Source: Sports Hochi 11/25/2014
  • Hotaka Yamakawa dropped about seven kilograms in a month and currently weighs 103 kilograms. Yamakawa hurt his left hamstring while running the bases during a Phoenix League game on October 16. He was sent back to Saitama the following day and decided to stop drinking soda (as much as 1.5 liters a day). Source: Sponichi 11/25/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuki Yanagita was given the 2014 Yanase MVP Award. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/25/2014
  • Yuya Hasegawa will have surgery on his right ankle in early December. He will require a month to two months for a full recovery. He should be fine by opening day. Source: Sponichi 11/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/26/2014
  • Softbank is planning to create a new seating section close to the outfield seats. The fences will move in a little to increase seating capacity and extra base hits. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani will be appearing in a parent company Nippon Ham television commercial that will be airing during the Ekiden on Nippon TV on January 2 and 3 next year. It took about six hours to film footage for the commercial at Sapporo Dome. Source: Sponichi 11/26/2014 ... Players at Otani's level general receive anywhere from fifty million to sixty million yen to appear in a commercial. Source: Sponichi 11/26/2014
  • Makoto Kaneko (39) will be a special instructor. He was assigned the number eighty-eight. Kaneko will travel with the team to Okinawa for spring camp in February next year. He will then head overseas to learn more about coaching and management with the Padres. Source: official announcement, Sponichi 11/25/2014

[11/21/2014] Seibu Lions unveil new 2015 uniforms

by on Nov.22, 2014 @ 5:48 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions unveiled their 2015 home and road uniforms during a press conference at the team offices in Tokorozawa, Saitama earlier today. Takumi Kuriyama and Shogo Akiyama modeled the uniforms.

The uniforms will be worn by players during fan appreciation day on Sunday.

Source: official announcement, official uniform site

[11/21/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.22, 2014 @ 4:02 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo is planning to ask players to submit their workouts plans for the off-season and provide the team with regular updates on their progress. Source: Sanspo 11/21/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Senior director Hisanobu Watanabe is planning to attend the winter meetings in San Diego early next month. Source: Sanspo 11/21/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Shohei Kato told reporters on Thursday that he probably swung the bat about 21,000 times during fall camp. Tsutomu Ito was not impressed. Said Ito, "It isn't the number, it's the quality. I think I saw 1,000 [good swings]." Source: Sanspo 11/21/2014

Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is planning to spend his winter working out at the Kamagaya facilities. Source: Sponichi 11/21/2014

[11/19/2014] Rumors: Chris Capuano, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Nov.20, 2014 @ 2:07 am, under NPB
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Chris Capuano (36) is open to playing in Japan after watching Hiroki Kuroda. Source: Sponichi 11/19/2014 ... Seibu Lions' executive Haruhiko Suzuki told reporters they were contacted by Capuano. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014

The Seibu Lions will wait for Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) to make the next move. They are not planning to make adjustments to their current offer, which is believed to be four years at over 400 million yen. They are also said to be prepared to give him the number three and the everyday job at third base, batting third. They expect to hear from Nakajima some time in December. Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2014 ... Scott Boras reportedly told the Hanshin Tigers during negotiations that he received good offers from other NPB teams. The Tigers are concerned their offer may no longer be enough and are making adjustments that they plan to submit later this week. This will most likely be their last/best offer. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014

The Tigers held a press conference on Wednesday to introduce Yuto Morikoshi (26). He was assigned the number 37. Source: official announcement

The Yokohama Bay Stars held a press conference on Wednesday for Shun Tono (28). He has been assigned the number 00. Source: official announcement

The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Kam Mickolio (30) and Tony Blanco (34). Source: Sponichi 11/19/2014

[11/19/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Nov.20, 2014 @ 1:58 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo is thinking about selecting players for the starting line-up and rotation based on their past track records during the spring, summer, and fall. For example, he might give players with strong summer performances in the past an edge during the summer months. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Shogo Akiyama's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy weighing 3,255 grams, at a hospital in Yokosuka, Kanagawa. Source: Sanspo 11/19/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The 2014 team calendar will be feature Yoshihisa Naruse for the month of June. Lotte placed orders for the calendar in October, before Naruse decided to exercise his FA option. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014

[11/16/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.17, 2014 @ 10:48 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui pitched in an intra-squad game on Sunday. He entered the game in the 6th and tossed two shutout innings while allowing three hits. He also struck out three. One of Matsui's problems this season was maintaining his composure on the mound with runners on base. He managed to make his way out of jams in the two innings he pitched: runners on first and third and no out in the 6th and a runner on third and one out in the 7th. Source: Sponichi 11/17/2014 ... Hiromoto Okubo is mulling over the idea of giving Matsui a look as closer. Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2014
  • Jim Heuser's (30) tryout ended on Sunday. He pitched in an intra-squad game on his last day and tossed two perfect innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/16/2014

Seibu Lions

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • Shota Oba returned to the Saitozaki facilities on Sunday and joined the rehab group for workouts because he suffered a strain in his right hamstring. He will be checked out at a hospital. Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2014
  • Yuya Iida threw sixty-five pitches in the bullpen on Sunday. Iida has been overhauling his mechanics with help from Ichi-gun pitching coach Yoshinori Sato. He told reporters changes in his delivery allowed him to throw the ball without getting tired. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/16/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Atsunori Inaba (42) will continue to wear the number forty-one during events that require him to wear a uniform. He will be a sports community officer. Makoto Kaneko (39) will be a special instructor in the organization. He is planning to study coaching abroad in the United States next year. Source: Sports Hochi 11/16/2014, Sponichi 11/16/2014