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[1/16/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.17, 2015 @ 5:00 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Seiichi Uchikawa ordered two new types of bats that are the same basic shape and weight as the one he used last year, but one has a handle that is one millimeter thinner and the other is one millimeter thinner all around and an additional millimeter thinner in the handle. Uchikawa wants to feel more weight in the barrel. Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • First round draft pick Sachiya Yamasaki was slated to throw thirty pitches in the bullpen on Thursday but kept throwing until he hit forty because he was checking his fastball. Yamasaki could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Fifth round draft pick Hayao Segawa threw forty pitches, mostly fastballs, in the bullpen on Friday. It was his second session of the year, first since the 14th. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2015
  • Akihiro Hakumura threw about thirty pitches in the bullpen on Thursday. It was his second session in as many days (he threw fifty pitches on Wednesday). Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Sixth round draft pick Atsushi Miyazaki threw forty pitches, all fastballs, to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. Fourth round draft pick Kandai Terashima caught the session. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2015
  • The Marines announced three uniform number updates on Friday: Alfredo Despaigne's number will change from forty-nine to fifty-four. Dae-Eun Rhee's number will be thirty-eight, Kuan-Yu Chen's number will be forty-nine. Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

  • First round draft pick Kona Takahashi threw forty-one pitches, all fastballs, in the bullpen on Friday. It was his second session of the year, first since the 14th. Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takaaki Yokoyama, Ginji, Shintaro Masuda, Motohiro Shima, Shinichiro Koyama, Tetsuro Nishida, Taishi Nakagawa, Yusuke Nishimiya, and Yuri Furukawa worked out in Okinawa on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/16/2015
  • First round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku's lime green baseball glove has caught the attention of the media in Japan. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2015 ... Anraku asked Zett to include the color green. He also had the phrase "Kimi Life, Minna-no Tame-ni" stitched inside the glove. "Kimi Life" is the name of a Naoto Inti Raymi song. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/16/2015

[1/15/2015] Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.16, 2015 @ 2:25 am, under NPB
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Orix Buffaloes

  • Tatsuya Sato threw forty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. It was his first session of the year. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani threw forty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. Ryo Ishikawa caught the session and jokingly told reporters the last pitch Otani threw was 166km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015
  • Naoyuki Uwasawa threw fifty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Wednesday. It was his third session of the year. Uwasawa told reporters the sinker he has been working on is close to being game-ready. Source: Sports Hochi 1/15/2015
  • Takumi Oshima could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp because there are not enough catchers. Shota Ono is still having problems with his right elbow, Tomoya Ichikawa is coming off back surgery and will most likely start at Ni-gun spring camp, and Kensuke Kondo will probably see time at third base. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015
  • Yuki Saito has so far tossed three bullpen sessions this year, each thirty pitches or less. He is trying to pace himself more than last year. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015
  • The Ishikawa Million Stars (BC League) announced that they signed former Fighter Hitoshi Tadano (34) to a player/pitching coach contract. Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Kota Futaki threw forty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. It was his second session in as many days and second session of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/0215
  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka is planning to toss a bullpen some time before the end of the month. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015
  • Toshiaki Imae added Pilates to his training routine last fall (two or three times a week, ninety to 120 minutes per lesson). He is hoping it will help with his back problems by strengthening his core muscles. He has also replaced sweets and junk food with dried fruits. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015, Sanspo 1/15/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Chun-Lin Kuo tossed thirty-one pitches (all fastballs) to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. He threw from the set position at about sixty percent. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015
  • Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe does not think first round draft pick Kona Takahashi needs to throw anything other than the fastballs during his bullpen sessions right now. Source: Sports Hochi 1/15/2015, Sponichi 1/15/2015

Rakuten Eagles

[1/14/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.15, 2015 @ 3:10 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Ikusei eighth round draft pick Keigo Nakamura tossed a bullpen session with a squatting catcher on Wednesday. He also tossed a session on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/14/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Wednesday. It was his third session of the year. Source: Daily Sports 1/14/2015, Sports Hochi 1/14/2015
  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara played catch at a distance of about forty meters on Wednesday. He is still taking things slow because of the discomfort he felt in his right elbow. Source: Daily Sports 1/14/2015

Seibu Lions

  • First round draft pick Kona Takahashi threw thirty-three pitches, all fastballs, two a standing catch on Wednesday. It was his first session of the year (first since mid-December 2014). Source: Sports Hochi 1/14/2015
  • According to Sanspo, Takashi Toritani may have been interested in signing with the Lions when Hiroyuki Nakajima decided to head to the Majors. Toritani is from the Kanto area and went to high school in Saitama and college in Tokyo. He may have been open to the idea of playing closer to home, but Seibu never really checked. Source: Sanspo 1/14/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • First round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku could toss a bullpen session sometime after the 21st. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/14/2015

[1/10/2015] Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.11, 2015 @ 2:17 am, under NPB
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Orix Buffaloes

  • The 2014 draft class finished moving into the team dormitory in Kobe on Saturday. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class started at Kamagaya on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2015
  • Atsunori Inaba appeared on TBS's Job Tune Special on Saturday and said that he often took the first pitch during each of his at bats because he did not want to disappoint fants performing the Inaba Jump with a quick first-pitch out. Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka signed autographs for about sixty fans after practices on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2015

Seibu Lions

  • First round draft pick Kona Takahashi, second round draft pick Yasuo Sano, and fourth round draft pick Yusuke Tamamura signed autographs for about 100 fans after practices on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • The 2014 draft class moved into the team dormitory in Sendai on Saturday. Source: official announcement

[1/9/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.10, 2015 @ 12:17 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class started on Friday at the Saitazaki facilities. Thirteen players, including eight Ikusei players, participated in the two-hours workouts. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015
  • The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Ni-gun facilities in Chikugo, Fukuoka took place on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Second round draft pick Yushi Shimizu moved into the team dormitory in Kamagaya on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/9/2015
  • Yuki Saito threw about twenty pitches, all fastballs, to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Friday. It was his first session of the year. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2015
  • Mitsuo Yoshikawa threw fifty-five pitches, including curves and sliders, in the bullpen on Friday. It was his third session since the start of the new year. Source: Sports Hochi 1/9/2015 ... Yoshikawa, Kensuke Tanaka, and Takuya Nakashima worked out in Miyakojima, Okinawa on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015
  • Shohei Otani tossed an unscheduled bullpen session on Thursday. He threw thirty-eight pitches, including fastballs, sliders, and curves, to a standing catcher. It was his first session since early-December last year. Ryo Watanabe caught the session and was impressed with Otani's velocity. Source: Chunichi Shimbun 1/9/2015 ... Otani threw all the pitches from the wind-up. It was the first time he used the wind-up since high school. Source: Sanspo 1/9/2015 ... Otani will most likely toss a number of bullpen sessions at Kamagaya until he heads to Okinawa on the 23rd. Daily Sports 1/9/2015 ... Otani hit about thirty softballs during soft-toss batting practice on Thursday. Source: Sponichi 1/9/2015
  • The Fighters announced that Kenso Takeda will become an adviser on February 1. He will then take over as the new team president when Toshikazu Tsuda steps down and becomes an adviser on March 16. Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class began on Friday at QVC Marine. Workouts started at 11:00am and ran for about two hours and forty minutes, no breaks. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015
  • Senryokugai Shota Koike retired and accepted a job in the organization as Ni-gun equipment handler. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015
  • Former Lotte Shunsuke Watanabe returned to Japan on Friday. He was playing winter ball in Venezuela and won MVP of the week during the final week of the season. He pitched in six games, all starts, and went 1-1 with a 2.91 ERA over 34.0 innings of work. Watanabe would like to play in the Majors this year. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2015, MLB.com Player Card

Seibu Lions

  • Atsushi Okamoto and Ryoma Nogami worked out in Yamaga, Kumamoto on Friday. Workouts started at 9:00am, lasted about six hours, and included running, running hills, trunk strengthening exercises, playing catch, and weight training. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015
  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class started at Seibu 2 Stadium on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015
  • First round draft pick Kona Takahashi and second round draft pick Yasuo Sano were scheduled to run a six kilometer course around Seibu Dome on Thursday, but they ended up running fifteen after they got lost. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo is thinking about canceling morning walks and exercises during spring camp to make sure players have a chance to sleep and eat breakfast. He is also thinking about giving players an hour for lunch, instead of the thirty they had been getting. Source: Sponichi 1/9/2015
  • Sho Miyagawa had surgery on his right elbow in October last year and is hoping to pitch in his first rehab scrimmage/game in June. Source: Sports Hochi 1/9/2015

[1/8/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.09, 2015 @ 1:34 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The 2014 draft class moved into the team dormitory in Fukuoka on Thursday. Source: Sanspo 1/8/2015
  • Nobuhiko Matsunaka and Nobuhiro Matsuda left Japan out of Fukuoka Airport on Thursday. They will be training in Guam. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2015
  • Tadashi Settsu could not meet with the Hawks in December for salary negotiations because he was on his honeymoon with his wife (they were married in 2013). Source: Sports Hochi 1/8/2015 ... Settsu is slated to earn his domestic FA option some time this season. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2015

Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara, third round draft pick Daiki Asama, and seventh round draft pick Yuto Takahama moved into the team dormitory in Kamagaya on Thursday. Source: Daily Sports 1/8/2015, Daily Sports 1/8/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ayumu Ishikawa developed a fever after he had four wisdom teeth removed in December. He was out for a few days and dropped about three kilograms. He managed to regain what he lost, plus a little more, and is currently between eighty-three and eighty-four kilograms. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2015
  • Former Lotte Hiroyuki Kobayashi will be a pitching coach for the Musashi Heat Bears (BC League) this year. Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

  • Fourth round draft pick Yusuke Tamamura moved into the team dormitory on Thursday. He was originally planning to move in two days earlier, but was out with a fever. Source: Sports Hochi 1/8/2015
  • Kazuki Miyata filed marriage papers with a woman on Thursday. Source: Sponichi 1/8/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Yasunori Kikuchi, Takahiro Shiomi, Kenji Tomura, and Kodai Hamaya left Japan on Thursday. The four will be spending some time training with Hisashi Iwakuma in Los Angeles. They are scheduled to return later this month. Source: Sponichi 1/8/2015
  • The Eagles are slated to play a practice game against the Hanshin Tigers on February 17. Senior Adviser Senichi Hoshino is expected to watch the game. Rakuten is also scheduled to play practice games against KBO teams on the 15th and 16th. Source: Sponichi 1/8/2015

[1/7/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.08, 2015 @ 2:47 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Akira Nakamura (left elbow) hit about thirty baseballs during workouts at the Saitozaki facilities on Wednesday. It was his first session hitting baseballs since his surgery in November. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015
  • Shingo Tatsumi (27) will file marriage papers with a twenty-nine-year-old woman from Wakayama on the 10th. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshio Itoi began workouts with eight other players at Hamamatsu Stadium on Wednesday. The other players: Hanshin's Ryota Imanari, Softbank's Yuki Yanagita and Taisei Makihara, Nippon Ham's Shingo Ishikawa and Yuji Arahari, Lotte's Takeshi Kanazawa, Rakuten's Keiji Oyama, and Yakult's Takahiro Imanami. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Fourth round draft pick Naoya Ishikawa moved into the team dormitory on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015
  • Naoki Miyanishi threw about ten pitches to a standing catcher on the 3rd. He does not plan on throwing full sessions until the third block of spring camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015
  • Hirotoshi Masui likes how he feels when he closes out games and prefers it over being a set-up man. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015
  • Sho Nakata purchased a Lamborghini this off-season. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • Second round draft pick Yasuo Sano was the first to move into the team dormitory on Monday; third round draft pick Shuta Tonosaki and Ikusei first round draft pick Daisuke Togawa moved in on Tuesday; first round draft pick Kona Takahashi and fifth round draft pick Haruka Yamada on Wednesday. Chun-Lin Kuo also moved in on Wednesday. Fourth round draft pick Yusuke Tamamura is not feeling well and will move in on another day. 2014 draft class training camp will begin on the 9th. Source: official announcement

Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo is planning to go with a six-man rotation this season after listening to suggestions made by the pitching coaches. He will be satisfied if starters can go at least five innings without giving up more than three runs. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015, Chunichi Shimbun 1/7/2015, Sports Hochi 1/7/2015 ... Okubo does not expect starters to throw 120 to 130 pitches just because they are getting six days of rest. He believes the bullpen will hold the key to the team's success. Source: Sponichi 1/7/2014

[1/6/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.06, 2015 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

  • Teppei is training with a special 850 gram jump rope -- three sets of 100 every day during off-season workouts. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2015
  • Senryokugai Masaki Ihara (28) retired and remained in the organization as a batting practice pitcher. Ihara decided to retire because he wanted to provide more stability for his family (wife and two sons). He considered attending a tryout, but Orix's job offer would no longer be on the table. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hideki Kuriyama will first look to Shohei Otani as a pitcher in 2015. After that, a designated hitter, and then an outfielder. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiroaki Shimauchi (24) filed marriage papers with a twentu-two-year-old woman on the 5th. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2015
  • Hiromoto Okubo is planning to assign first round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku to Ichi-gun spring camp, assuming he is physically capable. Anraku has managed to increase his weight from eighty-eight to ninety kilograms since the summer. He has also dropped his fat content from fifteen to twelve percent. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2015

[1/5/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.05, 2015 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Masahiko Morifuku and Daichi Hoshino left for workouts in Guam out of Fukuoka Airport on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/5/2015
  • The Hawks are planning to build a training pool at their new farm facilities in Chikugo, Fukuoka. The pool will most likely be from SwimEx and will carry a price tag of around twenty million yen. Other NPB teams like the Hanshin Tigers and Orix Buffaloes have found success with the pools. Source: Daily Sports 1/5/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Fifth round draft pick Hayao Segawa was out with the flu between December 30 and January 1. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/5/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Second round draft pick Yasuo Sano became the first member of the 2014 draft class to move into the team dormitory on Monday. He arrived at around 1:00pm. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/5/2015
  • Hideto Asamura weighed about ninety-five kilograms last year. He is currently at around eighty-eight kilograms. Source: Sports Hochi 1/5/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles announced that they signed Rhiner Cruz (28) to a contract for the 2015 season. The two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated fifty million yen. Source: official announcement, Sponichi 1/5/2015
  • First round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku tossed a bullpen session on Monday, his second in as many days. Source: Daily Sports 1/5/2015 ... Anraku threw eighteen pitches to a standing catcher on Monday. He threw about 100 on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/5/2015

[1/3/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions

by on Jan.03, 2015 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks will try to improve customer relations at YafuOku Dome by having their staff study how things are done at Tokyo Disney Resort. About 150 staff will be sent to Disney Resort for two days some time this month. Source: Sponichi 1/3/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Eiichi Koyano is open to playing second and the outfield. Source: Sponichi 1/3/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • Daichi Mizuguchi was listed at 171 centimeters when he was in high school. That was later changed to 168 centimeters when he started playing Independent League baseball in 2008. He was then selected by Seibu during the 2012 Ikusei Draft and was listed at 165. His listing this year will be 163. Source: Sports Hochi 1/3/2015