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[11/12/2013] Hanshin Tigers: Yasutomo Kubo will exercise FA option

by on Nov.12, 2013 @ 10:24 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers announced today that thirty-three-year-old pitcher Yasutomo Kubo will exercise his FA option.

"He said that he wanted to test the market and submitted his FA paperwork," team director Eiichi Takano said.

Additionally, Shinobu Fukuhara (36) and Yuya Ando (35) have decided not to exercise their options.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2013

[5/15/2013] Injury Update: Fukuhara, Fukudome (HAN); Williams (SEI)

by on May.15, 2013 @ 6:01 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

Shinobu Fukuhara was taken off the active roster today because of tightness in his lower back.  The Tigers expect Fukuhara to return to the active roster in the minimum ten days.

Source: Daily Sports 5/15/2013


Kosuke Fukudome (left knee) may not be able to return to the active roster until, at the earliest, June.  His workouts on Tuesday included upper body and shoulder exercises and about twenty minutes of running in a therapy pool.  Fukudome will not be able to begin regular roadwork training until the pain in his left knee goes away.  Until then, he will have to continue pool therapy.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/15/2013, Daily Sports 5/15/2013

Seibu Lions

Randy Williams was taken off the active roster today with tightness in his left upper arm.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/15/2013

Hanshin Tigers: Hirano plans to exercise FA option; Fukuhara decides to stick around

by on Nov.10, 2012 @ 8:35 pm, under NPB
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The Tigers announced today that Keiichi Hirano will be exercising his domestic FA option.  He has not ruled out a return to organization.

Hanshin provided the following prepared statement from Hirano.

"I had a difficult time with this decision, but I have decided to use my FA option.  I would like to hear what other teams think, including Hanshin, and would like to play for a team that needs me the most."

The Tigers plan on continuing negotiations with Hirano, but a number of other teams, like the Yokohama Bay Stars, are expected to show some interest in the thirty-three-year-old.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2012, Sports Hochi 11/10/2012, Sponichi 11/10/2012, Daily Sports 11/10/2012


The Tigers also announced that Shinobu Fukuhara is not planning to exercise his international FA option and will return to the team next season. Source: Daily Sports 11/10/2012, Sports Hochi 11/10/2012, Sponichi 11/10/2012


Takashi Toritani (international FA option) has yet to make a decision.

Fukuhara unsure about FA option; unnamed MLB team may offer more than Hanshin Tigers

by on Nov.05, 2012 @ 4:55 pm, under NPB
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Shinobu Fukuhara (36) has yet to decide what he wants to do with his international FA option.  He has already sat down with the Tigers and they have asked him to return next season.  Fukuhara made 50M yen this year and may have been offered a 30M yen raise.  However, among the MLB teams interested in him, one is rumored to be preparing a deal worth 100M yen.

While the money on the MLB side might be tempting, Fukuhara may have more to gain over the long run by remaining with the Tigers (like a coaching position that comes after retirement).  However, playing in the Majors is something he has wanted to do since he first joined the organization.

Source: Sanspo 11/5/2012

Sanspo: Kyuji Fujikawa is planning to head to the US soon

by on Oct.18, 2012 @ 6:14 am, under NPB
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According to a report filed by Sanspo, Kyuji Fujikawa is planning to fly out to the US sometime in the not so distant future, most likely be to discuss conditions with agents Arn Tellem and Don Nomura and begin preliminary checks on possible MLB teams that might be interested in his services.

Over ten MLB teams could be interested in Fujikawa.  An unnamed MLB source has told reporters that he could get, at the very least, a two-year deal worth US$10M (~780M yen).

The Hanshin Tigers held a team/staff meeting at Koshien on Wednesday.  Even though core players like Takahiro Arai and Takashi Toritani were in attendance, Fujikawa was reportedly no where to be seen.

Source: Sanspo 10/18/2012


UPDATE @ 4:03pm - Nikkan Sports is also carrying a similar report about Fujikawa visiting the US in the near future -- he has already asked the Tigers and gotten their approval.  The Mariners, Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Orioles, Royals, Giants, Indians, Phillies, and Dodgers have all watched him pitch this season.  Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2012


In other Hanshin Tigers international FA related news...

Shinobu Fukuhara told reporters on Wednesday that he does not have any plans to meet the Hanshin Tigers any time soon and that he has not set any specific time limits on when he will make his decision.  Source: Sanspo 10/18/2012


When reporters asked Takashi Toritani if he had any comments about his future plans on Wednesday, he said he had nothing to say.  The Tigers plan to do what they can to keep him and Yutaka Wada may get involved if necessary.

"I am sure there are things [Toritani] is considering, especially since [FA options] are a right players win.  But I also want to tell him about our plans for this team.  I would like him to take that into consideration when he thinks about where he wants to play," said Wada.

Source: Sanspo 10/18/2012

9/29/2012: Hiroki Kuroda, Ichiro Suzuki, Koji Uehara

by on Sep.29, 2012 @ 6:06 pm, under MLB
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Games from September 28:

New York Yankees 11 - Toronto Blue Jays 4 [Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]
Ichiro Suzuki (NYY) started in right and batted second.  He went 2-for-5: ground out to second, ground out to third, ground out to second, RBI single to left, double (27) to left (stole third; run scored).  Ichiro was replaced on defense in the bottom of the 9th. [Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]

Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) started the game and gave up two runs (both earned) over 5.1 innings of work.  He got the win and is 15-11.  Final line: 5.1 IP, 98-61 NP-S, 26 BF, 10 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP. [Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]

LA Angels 7 - Texas Rangers 4
Koji Uehara (TEX) entered the game in the top of the 9th, with the Rangers down 7-4, and retired the side in order.  Final line: 1 IP, 11-9 NP-S, 3 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan SportsNikkan Sports, Daily Sports]

Houston Astros 7 - Milwaukee Brewers 6
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: fly out to center, ground out to short, pop out to second, walk, GIDP. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]


Yu Darvish (TEX) looked good during a bullpen session on Friday and was given the green light for his next start on September 30 vs the LA Angels.  Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2012


Six MLB teams, including the Red Sox, Nationals, and Rangers, are said to be interested in thirty-five-year-old Shinobu Fukuhara (Hanshin).  Source: Sponichi 9/29/2012

9/27/2012: Ichiro Suzuki, Norichika Aoki, Yoshinori Tateyama

by on Sep.27, 2012 @ 4:50 pm, under MLB
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Games from September 26:

New York Yankees 8 - Minnesota Twins 2
Ichiro Suzuki (NYY) started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-5: strikeout swinging, single to center (run scored), ground out to short, fly out to center, infield single, ground out to short.  Ichiro was removed from the game on defense in the bottom of the 9th.  He extended his hitting streak to ten games. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily SportsDaily Sports, Sponichi]

San Francisco Giants 6 - Arizona Diamondbacks 0
Takashi Saito (ARI) entered the game in the bottom of the 8th -- with runners on first and third, one out, and the Diamondbacks down 5-0 -- and allowed one of the inherited runners to score on a wild pitch before recording the final two outs of the inning.  Final line: 0.2 IP, 15-7 NP-S, 3 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 1 WP. [Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]

Oakland A's 9 - Texas Rangers 3
Yoshinori Tateyama (TEX) entered the game in the top of the 4th -- runners on first and third, two out, Rangers down 8-3, and retired all seven batters he faced in a row.  Final line: 2.1 IP, 32-21 NP-S, 7 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]

Milwaukee Brewers 8 - Cincinnati Reds 1
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted first.  He went 3-for-4: ground out to third, solo homer (10) to right, walk, double (35) to right (run scored), RBI double (36) to right. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, SponichiSponichi]


Yu Darvish's (TEX) next start could come on September 30 against the LA Angels, providing no additional problems with his neck.  Source: Nikkan Sports 9/27/2012


The Cleveland Indians are looking into Hanshin Tigers Shinobu Fukuhara -- he earned his international FA option in 2010.  Source: Sanspo 9/27/2012

Hanshin Tigers: Shinobu Fukuhara taken off active roster with back pain

by on Jun.30, 2012 @ 6:33 pm, under NPB
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Shinbou Fukuhara was taken off the active roster today after his back started acting up on him during his outing against the Yakult Swallows on Friday.

"Fukuhara has the day off today, he is traveling.  With regards to his condition, we are not looking into too much and we currently have no plans to send him to the hospital for an exam.  It probably is not a herniate disc since he is not feeling any of the associated numbness.  He has some trouble moving, but he can walk without any major problems," said chief trainer Tatsuzo Tsunekawa to reporters before today's game against the Yakult Swallows.

The Tigers called up Kazuhito Futagami to take Fukuhara spot on the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/30/2012Daily Sports 6/30/2012, Daily Sports 6/20/2012

Hanshin Tigers: February 13, 2012

by on Feb.13, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • Takahiro Arai took 106 swings during lunchtime BP and hit twelve over the fence. (Daily Sports)  Or 110 swings and hit fifteen over the fence during lunchtime BP. (Nikkan Sports)


  • Shinobu Fukuhara faced Craig Brazell and Matt Murton during batting practice and allowed ten could-be hits on thirty-nine pitches.  Yuya Ando faced Kenji Jojima and Shunsuke and allowed nine could-be hits on forty-eight pitches.  Shunsuke hit one over the fence. (Daily Sports)
  • Kyuji Fujikawa threw forty-two pitches and allowed three could-be hits during batting practice.  He faced batters like Keiichi Hirano, Kentaro Sekimoto, Takahiro Arai, and Takashi Toritani. (Daily Sports)
  • Hiroyuki Kobayashi faced Takashi Toritani, Keiichi Hirano, Kentaro Sekimoto, and Takahiro Arai and threw forty pitches, all fastballs.  This was his first batting practice since the start of spring camp. (Daily Sports)


The team worked on a tag up play today where runners on first and third with one out tagged up on fly balls hit to foul territory.


Tokyo Kokusai University baseball team manager Takeshi Koba visited Ginoza camp on Sunday.

Team owner Shinya Sakai also observed practices today (second straight day).


The Tigers drew 12,000 fan on Sunday.

Hanshin Tigers: Shinobu Fukuhara will not exercise FA option

by on Nov.28, 2011 @ 9:22 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers announced today that 34-year-old Shinobu Fukuhara will not exercise his FA option.

The also posted the following comment:

I decided not to exercise my FA option because I have not been able to put up satisfactory numbers in recent years and have only inconvenienced the team.  I hope to help the team win a championship next season by working hard.