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[11/9/2014] Senichi Hoshino to remain in Eagles organization as senior adviser

by on Nov.09, 2014 @ 10:51 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles announced today that Senichi Hoshino will remain in their organization as a senior adviser.

Source: official announcement

[UPDATE 11/10 @ 4:02am]

Hoshino may have signed a five-year deal worth a total 500 million yen. It apparently took him this long to sign because he wanted to wait for former coaches he worked with this season to find new jobs first (like Yoshinori Sato).

Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014

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[9/21/2014] Rakuten Eagles: Coaching Staff News and Notes

by on Sep.22, 2014 @ 4:49 am, under NPB
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Coaching staff news and notes for the Rakuten Eagles:

  • Hitting coach Tomio Tashiro plans to take responsibility for the team's sputtering offense this year by stepping down from his post after the season. Source: Sponichi 9/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014
  • Possible candidates for Ichi-gun manager, according to ZakZak: Ni-gun manager Hiromoto Okubo, Atsuya Furuta, pitching coach Yoshinori Sato, chief coach Toru Nimura, and Takeshi Yamasaki. Source: ZakZak 9/20/2014 ... Okubo may be the top internal candidate with Furuta the top external candidate. Source: Sports Hochi 9/19/2014 ... Team owner Hiroshi Mikitani told reporters everyone was a candidate, but Okubo may be the front-runner. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014 ... Mikitani reportedly told people close to him that he would like to give Okubo a chance to be a manager. Source: Sponichi 9/19/2014 ... According to Tokyo Sports, Okubo may not be a popular choice among current players and coaches. Source: Tokyo Sports 9/19/2014
  • The Eagles would like to be ready to make an announcement as soon as the regular season ends. Source: Sponichi 9/19/2014

News and notes on Senichi Hoshino:

  • Sixteen TV cameras and about 100 members of the media covered Hoshino's press conference at kobo Stadium on Thursday.
  • The Eagles will most likely offer Hoshino a position in the front office. Mikitani told reporters he imagined Hoshino in an advisory role.
  • Hoshino does not plan on managing again.
  • Hoshino may have agreed to a three-year deal before the start of the season, but it was more like a a one-year deal with two option years that would kick in if both sides were in agreement.
  • Hoshino considered retirement after winning the Nippon Series last year, but agreed to a new deal because he wanted to protect his coaching staff -- he was worried if he stepped down, many of the coaches would be out of a job, something he did not want, especially after winning a Nippon Series.

Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014, Sponichi 9/19/2014

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[9/18/2014] Rakuten Eagles: Senichi Hoshino to step down after the season

by on Sep.18, 2014 @ 3:10 pm, under NPB
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According two at least two reports, Senichi Hoshino is planning to step down as manager after the season. A press conference is scheduled for later today at 5:00pm.

Hoshino signed a three-year deal before the start of the season, but required surgery in May to treat ossification of the yellow ligament and a lumbar disc herniation. He returned to work on July 25, but with health concerns still an issue, he felt it best to step down.

Source: Daily Sports 9/18/2014, Asahi Shimbun 9/18/2014

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[7/12/2014] Mazda All-Star Series 2014: Senichi Hoshino to step down as Pacific League manager

by on Jul.12, 2014 @ 3:38 pm, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles' president Yozo Tachibana spoke to the media today and announced that Senichi Hoshino will not be able to manage the Pacific League during the upcoming All-Star Series.  He cited health issues as a reason.

Tachibana spoke to Hoshino over the phone in the morning and both sides decided it would be best for him to step down.  The NPB has already been notified.

"[Hoshino] tried his best to prepare himself for the All-Star Series, but he is still not ready.  We told the NPB he had to step down.  I am very sorry that this decision had to come just a week before [the series]," Tachibana said.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/12/2014

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[7/3/2014] Senichi Hoshino to manage Pacific League during All-Star Series

by on Jul.03, 2014 @ 3:08 pm, under NPB
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The Pacific League announced today that Senichi Hoshino will manage at the upcoming All-Star series.  Former Rakuten interim manager Yoshinori Sato was slated to step in, but plans changed when he was replaced by Hiromoto Okubo on Wednesday.

There was a case in the past where the manager from the team that placed second the previous season stepped in to manage the series, but none that involved the third place manager.  The PL did not want to set a new precedent and was more comfortable with the idea of working with the Rakuten Eagles.  When the Eagles named Sato their interim manager, the league agreed to let him to take on the reigns with Hoshino acting as a "general" manager.  But the decision was put on hold when Sato was replaced by Okubo on Wednesday.  The PL discussed options and decided to ask Hoshino to manage the series.

FYI: The PL most likely did not consider Okubo an option because of his status as an interim manager replacing another interim manager.  Okubo also told reporters on Wednesday that he did not want to manage the All-Star series and would turn the position down if asked.

Source: Sponichi 7/3/2014, Sponichi 7/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/3/2014

[UPDATE 7/4 @ 2:42am]

The Eagles reportedly received a strong request from the Pacific League for Hoshino to participate.  Both the organization and Hoshino agreed.

Source: Sponichi 7/3/2014

[6/30/2014] Rakuten Eagles Senichi Hoshino withdraws as manager from the All-Star Series

by on Jun.30, 2014 @ 4:52 pm, under NPB
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Rakuten's Senichi Hoshino has formally withdrawn as manager for the Pacific League team during the upcoming All-Star series.  Rakuten Interim manager Yoshinori Sato will step in for Hoshino.  Sato and Hoshino will work together on Manager Selections.

Hoshino is currently recovering from surgery to treat the ossification of thoracic yellow ligament and a herniated lumbar disc.  The procedures were conducted earlier this month after he announced a leave of absence on May 26.  Hoshino joins Toshiharu Ueda (Hankyu, 1978) as the only managers in NPB history to withdraw from the All-Star series.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/30/2014, NHK News 6/30/2014, Nikkan Sports 6/30/2014

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[6/17/2014] Rakuten Eagles: Senichi Hoshino has surgery to treat back conditions

by on Jun.17, 2014 @ 9:34 pm, under NPB
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Senichi Hoshino was diagnosed with a herniated lumbar disc and ossification of the yellow ligament in the thoracic spine.  He was hospitalized to prepare for a procedure to treat both conditions.  The Rakuten Eagles announced today that Hoshino's surgery ended in success and that he started his rehab.

Source: official announcement

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[6/9/2014] Injury Report: Dai-Kang Yoh suffers laceration on left knee

by on Jun.10, 2014 @ 12:49 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Kazunari Tsuruoka resumed outdoor batting practice at Naruohama on Sunday.  He swung the bat thirty-two times against Hirokazu Shiranita and recorded twelve could-be hits. Source: Sanspo 6/9/2014

Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions announced on Sunday that Cody Ransom will return to Japan on Monday.  He went back to the United States for additional tests on his left hand. Source: Sanpso 6/9/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Dai-Kang Yoh suffered a laceration on his left knee during Monday's game against Chunichi.  The incident occurred in the 5th inning when Keiij Obiki hit a grounder to third with the bases loaded and no out.  Yoh was on third and ran toward home plate.  As he attempted to slide into the plate, his leg came into contact with catcher Masato Matsui's cleats.  He was removed from the game as a precaution and taken to the hospital in Nagoya for treatment.  Eleven stitches were required to close the laceration. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/9/2014
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[5/29/2014] Injury Report: Kevin Youkilis (Rakuten), Daiki Tomei (Orix)

by on May.30, 2014 @ 3:29 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Senichi Hoshino will probably spend the next week to ten days preparing for his surgery.  He might be able to return to his duties about a month after the procedure.  The start of the second-half of the season (July 21) is a possibility.  His status for the All-Star game is up in the air.  Hoshino is no longer traveling with the team -- he moved to a separate location on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/29/2014, Sports Hochi 5/29/2014
  • Kevin Youkilis (left heel) attended an event for the Red Sox in Boston on the 28th.  A leg/foot specialist in California is currently providing Youkilis with treatment.  "The pain was so bad that I could not do anything for the team," said Youkilis.  "I'll be able to play once the pain goes away."  He also said he could not set a timetable at this point in time. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/29/2014 ... The Eagles received an update on Thursday that pointed to a possible return in about two months.  They also had a chance to speak to Youkilis and were able to confirm that he wanted to return to Japan. Source: Daily Sports 5/29/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenji Otonari (ossification of yellow ligament) pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hanshin on Thursday.  He entered the game in the 9th and did not allow a run or a hit over 0.2 innings of work.  He did walk two. Source: Sports Hochi 5/29/2014
  • Tadashi Settsu (right shoulder) could return to the active roster in time for a start against the Yomiuri Giants on June 4 at YafuOku Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/29/2014, Sponichi 5/29/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • 2nd round draft pick Daiki Tomei left Thursday's game against Chunichi after he took a ball hit by Yohei Oshima in the 6th inning off his right hand/wrist.  He got treatment off the field and returned to the mound, but was replaced after throwing one practice pitch.  Source: Daily Sports 5/29/2014, Sponichi 5/29/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/29/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Atsunori Inaba resumed outdoor batting practice on Wednesday.  He swung the bat for about ten minutes. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/29/2014