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[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

[10/4/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.05, 2014 @ 9:55 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

Softbank Hawks

  • Team owner Masayoshi Son believes the fans enjoy home runs and has apparently inquired if there was a way to increase output at YafuOku Dome. To that end, the Hawks are planning to shorten the distance to the gaps and drop the height of the fences. The slightly smaller field dimensions should help increase home run production and seating capacity at YafuOku Dome. There are also plans to switch all the lights to LED. Source: Sponichi 10/4/2014
  • Samurai Japan: Yuki Yanagita, Seiichi Uchikawa, Nobuhiro Matsuda, and Kenta Imamiya are candidates to make the team. Source: Daily Sports 10/5/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Hiroshi Moriwaki told reporters that all his players were special and indicated that helping them win titles was only natural. Orix walked Rakuten's Ginji five times on Saturday in an effort to give their own Yoshio Itoi a better shot at winning a batting title. Source: Sponichi 10/4/2014, Daily Sports 10/5/2014 ... Itoi did not play on Saturday and will most likely sit-out Monday's game. He currently leads the league in batting average. Rakuten's Ginji can overtake Itoi on Sunday by going 4-for-5 against Nippon Ham. Source: Sanspo 10/5/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

[10/4/2014] Seibu Lions Phoenix League Roster

by on Oct.04, 2014 @ 8:25 pm, under NPB
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Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
P 12 岩尾 利弘 Iwao, Toshihiro
P 13 西口 文也 Nishiguchi, Fumiya
P 15 大石 達也 Oishi, Tatsuya
P 23 平野 将光 Hirano, Masamitsu
P 28 藤原 良平 Fujiwara, Ryohei
P 29 小石 博孝 Koishi, Hirotaka
P 30 岡本 洋介 Okamoto, Yosuke
P 39 中郷 大樹 Nakago, Taiki
P 40 山口 嵩之 Yamaguchi, Takayuki
P 46 中崎 雄太 Nakazaki, Yuta
P 48 武隈 祥太 Takekuma, Shota
P 50 福倉 健太郎 Fukukura, Kentaro
P 57 松下 建太 Matsushita, Kenta
P 63 佐藤 勇 Sato, Isamu
P 68 宮田 和希 Miyata, Kazuki
P 71 Aiuchi, Makoto
P 121 前川 恭兵 Maegawa, Kyohei
C 10 森 友哉 Mori, Tomoya
C 37 岡田 雅利 Okada, Masatoshi
C 64 中田 祥多 Nakata, Shota
C 78 藤澤 亨明 Fujisawa, Komei
INF 2 金子 侑司 Kaneko, Yuji
INF 33 山川 穂高 Yamakawa, Hotaka
INF 56 金子 一輝 Kaneko, Kazuki
INF 59 永江 恭平 Nagae, Kyohei
INF 67 梅田 尚通 Umeda, Naomichi
INF 123 水口 大地 Mizuguchi, Daichi
OF 31 坂田 遼 Sakata, Ryo
OF 51 木村 文紀 Kimura, Fumikazu
OF 53 石川 貢 Ishikawa, Mitsugu
OF 58 熊代 聖人 Kumashiro, Masato
OF 61 田代 将太郎 Tashiro, Shotaro
OF 62 駒月 仁人 Komazuki, Hitoto
OF 65 斉藤 彰吾 Saito, Shogo

* Subject to change without notice.

Source: official announcement

[10/4/2014] Rumors: Chunichi, Yokohama, Seibu, Lotte, Softbank, Orix

by on Oct.04, 2014 @ 10:30 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • The media learned the Dragons are looking into Ginjiro Sumitami (27). They see him as the possible replacement for Motonobu Tanishige. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2014
  • They will also be looking into other players like Chihiro Kaneko (30) and Hiroyuki Nakajima (32). Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars may have offered Guillermo Moscoso (30) a two-year deal worth 160 million yen as season. He made eighty-five million yen this year. Source: Sports Hochi 10/2/2014
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka and Chihiro Kaneko may be among the possible free agents the Bay Stars will be checking. Source: Sanspo 10/3/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are reportedly close to finalizing a deal with Ernesto Mejia for the 2015 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines are planning to meet Yoshihisa Naruse within the next few days to talk about next season. Naruse earned his domestic FA option earlier this year. Source: Daily Sports 10/2/2014
  • Lotte is into Chunichi senryokugai Kohei Oda as a possible candidate to help fill an opening at catcher. They will also most likely check on other options like Ginjiro Sumitani and Toru Hosokawa. Source: Sports Hochi 10/2/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Chihiro Kaneko (30) and Ernesto Mejia (28) are on Softbank's radar, as are Munenori Kawasaki and Hiroyuki Nakajima. Source: Sports Hochi 10/3/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are planning to offer Wily Mo Pena (32) a contract for the 2015 season. Brandon Dickson (29), Esteban German (36), and Alessandro Maestri (29) will most likely return next year. They are undecided on Joey Butler (28) and Dan Runzler (29). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2014