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[3/23/2016] Seibu Lions 2016 Opening Day Roster

by on Mar.24, 2016 @ 11:21 am, under NPB, Roster Updates
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Uni Pos Name JPN Name ENG
12 P 郭 俊麟 Kuo, Chun-Lin
14 P 増田 達至 Masuda, Tatsushi
16 P 菊池 雄星 Kikuchi, Yusei
21 P 十亀 剣 Togame, Ken
30 P 岡本 洋介 Okamoto, Yosuke
35 P 牧田 和久 Makita, Kazuhisa
43 P 髙橋 朋己 Takahashi, Tomomi
47 P A.バンヘッケン Van Hekken, Andy
48 P 武隈 祥太 Takekuma, Shota
54 P C.C.リー Lee, Chen-Chang
10 C 森 友哉 Mori, Tomoya
27 C 炭谷 銀仁朗 Sumitani, Ginjiro
37 C 岡田 雅利 Okada, Masatoshi
49 C 上本 達之 Uemoto, Tatsuyuki
00 INF 水口 大地 Mizuguchi, Daichi
5 INF 鬼﨑 裕司 Onizaki, Yuji
8 INF 渡辺 直人 Watanabe, Naoto
32 INF 浅村 栄斗 Asamura, Hideto
33 INF 山川 穂高 Yamakawa, Hotaka
44 INF 外崎 修汰 Tonosaki, Shuta
60 INF 中村 剛也 Nakamura, Takeya
99 INF E.メヒア Mejia, Ernesto
1 OF 栗山 巧 Kuriyama, Takumi
55 OF 秋山 翔吾 Akiyama, Shogo
58 OF 熊代 聖人 Kumashiro, Masato
61 OF 田代 将太郎 Tashiro, Shotaro
88 OF 坂田 遼 Sakata, Ryo

27 players

[3/23/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.24, 2016 @ 3:25 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo is planning to use Seiichi Uchikawa at first base for the opening series. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/23/2016
  • Softbank is exploring different ways to sell tickets. They are going to use Yahoo Auction to sell ten seats a game: Coca Cola Seat A (two seats), Sanku Home Run Terrace Table Seat (four seats), Hawks Cheer Seat (two seats), and Recaro Stadium Seat tickets (two seats). They are planning to use a variable pricing system for a number of ticket types, like Mizuho Premium Seat A, A Reserved, Hawks Cheer Seat, after May. Source: official announcement
  • The Hawks signed a team sponsorship deal with Huawei Japan. The Huawei logo will appear on the right side of the team's player caps this season. Source: official announcement
  • The Ni-gun Hawks played their first game at their new home, Tama Home Stadium Chikugo, on March 19. They beat Hiroshima 2-1 in front of a full house (3,113). Source: Daily Sports 3/19/2016, Sponichi 3/19/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Rakuten on March 21. He gave up two runs on five hits and one walk over five innings of work. Source: Sports Hochi 3/21/2016, Daily Sports 3/21/2016
  • The Fighters welcomed a new mascot to their team: Frep the Fox. Source: official announcement
  • Hideki Kuriyama, Dai-kan Yoh, Kensuke Tanaka, Sho Nakata, and Haruki Nishikawa will once again be Akaihane Supporters this season. Kuriyama will donate 2,000 yen for every victory and 1,000 yen for every shutout vitory; Yoh, Tanaka, and Nishikawa will donate 2,000 yen for every hit and 1,000 yen for every stolen base; and Nakata will donate 2,000 yen for every hit and 1,000 yen for every home run. Source: official announcement (Nippon Ham), official announcement (Akaihane)

Seibu Lions

  • Takumi Kuriyama will donate 10,000 yen to an education fund for children affected by the Tohoku earthquake for every hit he records this season. He will also continue to support children with cancer and their families by inviting them to games and donating needed equipment to pediatric wards. Ginjiro Sumitani will donate 10,000 yen to a fund that helps children with incurable diseases for every game he starts as a catcher. Kuriyama and Sumitani will also invite children with disabilities and their families to home games. Shogo Akiyama will invite single-parent families to home games. Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 3/23/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes announced that they signed a helmet sponsorship with S. Rosso. The S. Rosso Growth Project logo (hair and scalp care) will appear on the right side of the team's batting helmets. Source: official announcement

Rakuten Eagles

[3/15/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes

by on Mar.16, 2016 @ 3:45 am, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hideki Kuriyama is thinking about using Shohei Otani as a position player three times a week. For example: if Otani gets a start on Saturday, he would rest on Sunday and Monday, play in games as a position player on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and rest on Friday. Source: Daily Sports 3/15/2016
  • Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Seibu on March 13. He tossed three perfect innings. Source: Sponichi 3/13/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • Tomoya Mori started in right and batted third in a Ni-gun game against Rakuten on March 15. He recorded three hits and two RBI (led off the fourth inning with a double to left, two-run single to left with the bases loaded and two out in the fifth inning, single to right with a runner on first and one out in the seventh inning). Source: Sports Hochi 3/15/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are planning to go with an opening day starting rotation with nothing by right-handed pitchers: Chihiro Kaneko, Brandon Dickson, Yuki Nishi, Daiki Tomei, and Taisuke Kondo. The top relievers in the bullpen will also be right-handed: Mamoru Kishida, Tatsuya Sato, Yoshihisa Hirano, and Erik Cordier. Source: Sports Hochi 3/15/2016

[3/12/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.13, 2016 @ 5:19 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks organization (about 300 people) held a moment of silence at YafuOku Dome for victims of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake on March 11. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/11/2016
  • Softbank developed a 3D hitting simulator with Sega that cost about 300 million yen. The system will be available at the new Baseball Park Chikugo facilities. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/12/2016, Sponichi 3/12/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Seibu on March 13 and pitch three innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/11/2016
  • Tomoya Ichikawa's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 2,834 grams, at a hospital in Yokohama on March 12. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/12/2016

Seibu Lions

  • Ni-gun manager Hisanori Yokota has the flu. Ni-gun non-pitchers/batting coach Hiroyuki Takagi will take over as interim manager between March 12 and 18. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/11/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles held a one-minute moment of silence for victims of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake before practices at Kusanagi Stadium on March 11. Source: Sponichi 3/11/2016

[3/10/2016] Softbank Hawks, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.11, 2016 @ 5:44 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on March 9. He tossed three innings, faced fifteen hitters (combination of Kentaro Enomoto and Taisei Makihara), threw sixty-two pitches, allowed four hits, walked one, struck out one, and topped out at 143km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/9/2016, Nikkan Sports 3/9/2016 ... Matsuzaka faced Makihara eight times and allowed three hits. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/10/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • First round draft pick Taiga Hirasawa might not make the opening day roster because of his glove (five errors in Ichi-gun practice/exhibition games) and bat (0-for-6 with four strikeouts in three exhibition games; 8-for-34 including practice/Kyoiku League games). Source: Daily Sports 3/10/2016, Sports Hochi 3/10/2016

Seibu Lions

  • Ken Togame is scheduled to start an exhibition game against Lotte at QVC Marines on March 11, Kazuhisa Makita against Orix at Seibu Prince Dome on March 12, Takayuki Kishi against Yomiuri at Seibu Prince Dome on March 13. Andy Van Hekken is set to start a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on March 12, Kona Takahashi against Nippon Ham on March 13. Source: Sanspo 3/9/2016
  • Norio Tanabe is planning to use Tomoya Mori as mostly a designated hitter again this season. Right field is also a possibility. Tanabe felt Mori would do better on offense if he did not have to worry about catching. Source: Daily Sports 3/9/2016, Sponichi 3/9/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshio Itoi could make the opening day starting line-up as the designated hitter out of concern for his left knee. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/10/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Norimoto's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 2,524 grams, at a hospital in Shiga on March 8. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/9/2016
  • The media learned on March 8 that infield/base coach Yasunaga Makishi has the flu. He is slated to return on March 12. Source: Sanspo 3/9/2016

[3/8/2016] Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.09, 2016 @ 2:32 am, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yamaico Navarro is set to practice with the Ichi-gun team between March 8 and 17. Source: Sanspo 3/8/2016 ... Navarro joined the Ichi-gun team on March 8 for the first time since February 21. He took fifty-one swings during batting practice and hit four over the fence: Source: Sponichi 3/8/2016

Seibu Lions

  • Norio Tanabe is planning to have Tomoya Mori focus on his hitting after March 9 by using him as a designated hitter. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/8/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • The flu is spreading at Ni-gun. The Buffaloes do not want Ichi-gun players mixing with Ni-gun players and plan to take all of them on their upcoming road trip. Source: Sponichi 3/8/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • If first round draft pick Louis Okoye wants to make the opening day roster, he will have to bat at least .250 in the team's remaining exhibition games (or record at least one hit per exhibition game). Source: Daily Sports 3/8/2016

[3/1/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.02, 2016 @ 3:33 am, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hirotoshi Masui will use AC/DC's Hells Bells as his intro music at Sapporo Dome this season. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2016
  • The Fighters will wear a special alternate uniform inspired by the new Hokkaido Shinkansen during their We Love Hokkaido Series in May. They will unveil the design by wearing the uniforms on March 26 against Lotte, the same day the Hokkaido Shinkansen is scheduled to begin services. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Lotte revealed the new big screens at QVC Marine to the media on March 1. Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2016
  • Alfredo Despaigne will spend the next few days working out on his own. He will most likely join the main team on March 8 when they play Nippon Ham at QVC Marine. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2016
  • Yamaico Navarro practiced at the indoor facilities at QVC Marine on March 1. It was his first practice session in nine days. He also had a chance to meet Despaigne. Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2016

Seibu Lions

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko could end up becoming the Buffaloes' Saturday starter up until the start of Inter-league play. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2016
  • Seventh round draft pick Kohei Suzuki will remain with the Ichi-gun team for a little while longer. Source: Sports Hochi 3/1/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye is planning to attend his high school graduation on March 8. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2016

[2/29/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes

by on Mar.01, 2016 @ 3:51 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks closed out Miyazaki camp on February 29. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/29/2016
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka will remain in Miyazaki until March 6. He is currently scheduled to pitch in a practice game against Doosan (KBO) on March 3. Source: Sponichi 2/29/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

Seibu Lions

  • Ken Togame pitched in a Ni-gun hitting scrimmage on February 29. He faced nine batters, did not give up any hits, struck out three, and topped 144km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/29/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes closed out Miyazaki camp on February 28. They drew 197,000 to spring camp this year, up from last year's 168,140. Source: Sports Hochi 2/28/2016

[2/22/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.23, 2016 @ 4:31 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Pitching coach Yoshinori Sato believes Robert Suarez might be more valuable as a starter. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura uses a 920 gram bat made of Aodamo. He is thinking about ordering a second bat that he can use when he is tired or when it is cold: about thirty grams lighter and made of White Ash. Source: Sports Hochi 2/21/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • Ichiro Suzuki apparently told Buffaloes' owner Yoshihiko Miyauchi that he wants to play until he is fifty-one (the same number as his uniform). Source: Sponichi 2/22/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye will remain with the Ichi-gun team after February 21. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2016
  • NPB commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki visited Nago camp on February 20 and met Masataka Nashida. Source: Sponichi 2/21/2016

[2/20/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.21, 2016 @ 3:09 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Robert Suarez joined Ichi-gun camp on February 20. He is scheduled to pitch an inning in relief in an intra-squad game on February 21. Source: Sponichi 2/20/2016
  • Kimiyasu Kudo is planning to go with Seiichi Uchikawa as his clean-up hitter for the second straight season. Source: Daily Sports 2/20/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

Seibu Lions

  • Only three teams have not started a left-handed pitcher on opening day since 2000: Seibu, Hiroshima, and Rakuten. If Yusei Kikuchi gets the opening day start as planned, he will become the first left-handed Seibu pitcher to start an opening day game since Kimiyasu Kudo in 1992. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/20/2016 ... Kikuchi will also become the first pitcher in franchise history to start an opening day game without ever winning ten or more games in a season since Mamoru Nagasaka in 1955. Source: Sports Hochi 2/20/2016, Sponichi 2/20/2016
  • Takayuki Kishi could start the road opener against Softbank at YafuOku Dome on February 29. Source: Sponichi 2/20/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • Erik Cordier is set to pitch in a practice game against Doosan (KBO) on February 25. Source: Daily Sports 2/20/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles could go with three foreign position players on the active roster. Source: Sponichi 2/20/2016