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[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

[10/13/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.14, 2014 @ 12:59 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • Norio Tanabe is thinking about bringing early morning and evening practices back to fall camp this year. Source: Daily Sports 10/13/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Players ran three 2.7 kilometer stretches along a Makuhari beach during workouts on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014

[10/11/2014] Seibu Lions 2015 Coaching Staff

by on Oct.11, 2014 @ 9:31 pm, under NPB
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Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Position Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 田辺 徳雄 Tanabe, Norio 48
Head/Battery Coach 袴田 英利 Hakamada, Hidetoshi 59
Hitting Coach 宮地 克彦 Miyaji, Katsuhiko 43
Hitting Coach 阿部 真宏 Abe, Masahiro 36
Pitching Coach 横田 久則 Yokota, Hisanori 47
Pitching Coach 土肥 義弘 Doi, Yoshihiro 38
OF/Base Coach 河田 雄祐 Kawada, Yusuke 46
INF/Base Coach 奈良原 浩 Narahara, Hiroshi 46
Training Coach 坂元 忍 Sakamoto, Shinobu 39
Training Coach 中野 達也 Nakano, Tatsuya 31

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Position Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 潮崎 哲也 Shiozaki, Tetsuya 45
General Coach 高木 浩之 Takagi, Hiroyuki 41
OF/Base/Hitting Coach 嶋 重宣 Shima, Shigenobu 38
Pitching Coach 清川 栄治 Kiyokawa, Eiji 53
Pitching Coach 森 慎二 Mori, Shinji 40
Battery Coach 秋元 宏作 Akimoto, Kosaku 46
INF/Base Coach 黒田 哲史 Kuroda, Satoshi 39
Training Coach 里 隆文 Sato, Takafumi 32
Training Coach 黒川 春樹 Kurokawa, Haruki 32

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Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 10/11/2014

[10/9/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.10, 2014 @ 5:47 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Brian Falkenborg left Sendai out of Sendai Airport on Thursday. His status with the team for 2015 is still undecided. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014
  • Senichi Hoshino declined the doage during his retirement ceremony because he was not interested in getting one so cheap. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are planning to add Masahiro Abe to their coaching staff. Pitching coach Eiji Kiyokawa and hitting coach Hiroyuki Takagi will likely be reassigned to Ni-gun. Source: Sponichi 10/9/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Lotte plans to leave Tomoya Satozaki's twenty-two open until someone proves they deserve it. Source: Daily Sports 10/9/2014
  • Eiji Ochiai will most likely join the staff as an Ichi-gun pitching coach. Ni-gun pitching coach Masahide Kobayashi could be promoted to Ichi-gun coach in charge of the bullpen. Source: Sponichi 10/9/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • If Brandon Dickson gets the Game 2 start for the First Stage of the Climax Series and Orix advances to the next round, he could start Game 3 of the Final Stage of the Climax Series. Source: Daily Sports 10/9/2014
  • Probable starting rotation for the First Stage of the Climax Series: Chihiro Kaneko, Dickson, and Yuki Nishi. Source: Sports Hochi 10/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014
  • The Buffaloes held a press conference for Masafumi Hirai on Thursday. Hirai formally announced his retirement. Source: official announcement ... Orix is planning to make Hirai a Ni-gun pitching coach next year. Source: Sports Hochi 10/9/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani went 1-for-3 during an intra-squad game at Sapporo Dome on Wednesday: G4, 2B one RBI, F7. Source: Sports Hochi 10/9/2014 ... Otani will be used as a pitcher during the First Stage of the Climax Series. If the team makes the Final Stage, he will be used as a designated hitter. If he is feeling good, right field is also a possibility. Source: Sponichi 10/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014

[10/7/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.08, 2014 @ 11:21 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Yozo Tachibana told reporters on Tuesday that deciding on a manager was a top priority and that they were still in the middle of deliberations. Source: Sponichi 10/7/2014
  • Hitting coach Tomio Tashiro is a candidate for head coach and Ni-gun manager. Battery coach Takashi Miwa could be offered a job in the front office. Source: Sponichi 10/8/2014
  • The Eagles have set up a special site honoring Senichi Hoshino. ... Hoshino finished his managerial career 1,181-1,043-53 in 2,277 games.
  • Tony Blanco (33) is on the radar. Source: Daily Sports 10/8/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Ernesto Mejia will be returning to Venezuela on the 8th. Source: Sponichi 10/8/2014
  • Lions Thanks Festa 2014 will take place on November 23. Admission will be free. Additional details will be released at the official Lions' site as they become available. Source: official announcement
  • The Lions are planning to bring back the "Lions" lettering on the front of their home jerseys next year. They also plan to use "Saitama" on the front of their road jerseys. Source: Sponichi 10/8/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ichi-gun pitching coach Hidetaka Kawagoe will be working with pitchers during the Phoenix League. Depending on personnel changes, he could be re-assigned to Ni-gun pitching coach next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2014

Seibu Lions Senryokugai – October 7, 2014

by on Oct.08, 2014 @ 7:32 am, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced on Tuesday that they informed Hironori Matsunaga (30) on Monday that they were not going to offer him a contract for the 2015 season.

The Lions also announced that Fumiya Nishiguchi (40) will continue to play next season. Nishiguchi is eighteen wins away from 200 career victories.

Source: official announcementofficial announcement

[10/7/2014] Seibu Lions announce agreement with Ernesto Mejia for 2015 season

by on Oct.07, 2014 @ 10:12 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced today that they reached an agreement with Ernesto Mejia for the 2015 season. No other details have been released by the press at this time.

The following statement was provided to the media by Seibu:

I am honored for the chance to return to the Seibu Lions and to once again hear the warm support from fans. I am excited to again play with my wonderful teammates, coaches, and front office. Thank you, Lions.

Source: official announcement

[UPDATE 10/8 @ 11:09pm]

Mejia left Japan out of Narita Airport on Wednesday. He reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 180 million yen plus  incentives (up from the thirty-five million yen he made this year).

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2014, Sports Hochi 10/8/2014

[10/6/2014] Rakuten, Seibu, Lotte, Softbank, Orix, Nippon Ham

by on Oct.07, 2014 @ 4:28 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles had to reschedule Monday's game against the Orix Buffaloes at kobo Stadium because their flight from Sapporo was canceled due to Typhoon #18. Source: Sponichi 10/6/2014
  • Travel plans for Phoenix League players was pushed back a day to Monday because of Typhoon #18. Source: Sanspo 10/6/2014

Seibu Lions

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tatsuya Uchi (29) will have reconstructive surgery on his right elbow and right ankle before the end of the month. It will take about three months for a full recovery. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/6/2014 ... Uchi has had surgery on his right ankle in 2010, 2012, and 2013; and on his right elbow in 2011. Source: Sports Hochi 10/6/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks are planning to make Kenji Otonari their Game 1 starter for the Climax Series. Source: Sponichi 10/6/2014 ... Possible starting rotation for the Climax Series: Otonari, Shota Takeda, Tadashi Settsu, Kenichi Nakata, Jason Standridge, and Yuya Iida. Daily Sports 10/6/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Bs Fan-Festa 2014 will take place on November 24 at Kyocera Dome. Admission will be free. Additional details will be released as they become available. Source: official announcement
  • Yoshio Itoi will most likely miss the last game of the regular season on the 7th. The team wants to give Itoi rest because of his knee problems. Source: Sponichi 10/6/2014 ... Itoi was reportedly examined at a hospital on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 10/6/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is currently slated to start Game 1 of the First Stage of the Climax Series. Source: Sponichi 10/5/2014
  • Travel plans for Phoenix League players was pushed back a day to Monday because of Typhoon #18. Source: Sponichi 10/5/2014, Sanspo 10/6/2014
  • Atsunori Inaba was tossed into the air ten times by teammates during his retirement ceremony after Sunday's game against Rakuten. Source: Sponichi 10/5/2014