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[2/3/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Feb.04, 2016 @ 5:24 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Shota Takeda is not planing to throw anything other than fastballs during spring camp. Pitching coach Yoshinori Sato has told all young pitchers to focus only on their fastballs during the first two blocks of camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito could pitch three innings in a practice game against Lotte (KBO) on February 8 (US time). Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2016
  • The Royals, Athletics, and Padres watched Shohei Otani toss a bullpen session on February 1. Source: Sports Hochi 2/3/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Jason Standridge arrived in Japan on February 3. Source: Sponichi 2/3/2016
  • Daichi Suzuki and first round draft pick and first round draft pick Taiga Hirasawa got extra fielding practice on February 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2016
  • Hirasawa could get the start at short and bat lead-off for a practice game against Lamigo (CPBL) on February 13. Source: Sanspo 2/3/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • Takahiro Matsuba, Shunichi Sato, and Sachiya Yamasaki could pitch in an intra-squad game on February 9. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2016

[2/2/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.03, 2016 @ 5:55 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Yuichi Honda and Kenta Imamiya took about thirty minutes of extra fielding practice on February 2. Infield coach Yusuke Torigoe hit baseballs to the two players. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016, Sports Hochi 2/2/2016
  • Yuki Yanagita was hitting baseballs far enough to reach a road beyond the netting in left at the secondary stadium in Ikkimenomori Sports Park during soft-toss batting practice on February 1. At one point, a truck almost got into an accident when it ran over a ball he hit. For safety reasons, the Hawks decided to have him take batting practice at the main stadium with Group A, beginning on February 2. Source: Sponichi 2/2/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016
  • Seven coaches from the CPBL's Chinatrust Brothers visited Miyazaki camp on February 2. They will be in Miyazaki through to February 6. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines held a press conference for Yamaico Navarro on February 2. Source: official announcement ... Navarro will spend the next few days getting acclimated to Japan and will join the rest of the team for workouts on February 5. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016

Seibu Lions

  • Norio Tanabe left the team hotel at 7:50am on February 2 and walked/jogged the four kilometers to Nango Chuo Park in thirty-six minutes. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2016
  • Shogo Kimura (tryout) was given a uniform without a number. Source: Sponichi 2/2/2016
  • The Lions held a meeting on compliance and the use of social networks on February 1. Source: Sponichi 2/2/2016
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Miyazaki camp on February 2. Source: Tokyo Sports 2/2/2016
  • Former Lion Kazuhiro Kiyohara was arrested by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department on February 2 on suspicion of violating the Stimulant Drug Control Law (possession). Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Rauten Eagles Kumejima Cooperative presented the team with Kumejima specialties -- including liquor, prawns, tuna (about fifteen kilograms), and squid (roughly ten kilograms) -- on February 2. Source: Sponichi 2/2/2016

[2/1/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.02, 2016 @ 5:17 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Tsuyoshi Wada ran 2,650 meters during a mandatory twelve-minute run on February 1. Daisuke Matsuzaka ran 2,600 meters. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016
  • Dennis Sarfate is scheduled to arrive in Japan some time around February 10. Source: Sanspo 2/1/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ishigakijima spring camp started on February 1. A welcoming ceremony and workouts for Ichi-gun and Ni-gun players took place indoors because of the rain. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016
  • Daichi Suzuki will be captain for at least one more year. Source: Sponichi 2/1/2016
  • Yamaico Navarro arrived in Japan on February 1. He will join the team in Ishigakijima on February 2. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2016

Seibu Lions

  • A welcoming ceremony on February 1 took place inside Kuroshiro Dome because of rain. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • Workouts took place indoors on February 1 because of bad weather. Source: Sanspo 2/1/2016
  • The Buffaloes will not be naming a captain this year. However, due to problems with the team's order , Yoshio Itoi will be wearing a C on his uniform until a corrected version is sent to him. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016
  • Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Miyazaki camp on February 1. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Norimoto will get his fourth consecutive opening day start. Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2016, Nikkan Sports 2/1/2016
  • Ginji wore a t-shirt with the letters GNTM on the sleeve. There is a letter for every member of his family (himself, his wife, and his two sons). Source: Sponichi 2/1/2016
  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye got a haircut before the start of spring camp. Yuki Matsui recommended a place and payed for the cut in advance. Okoye sat in between Tetsuro Nishida and Takahiro Shimotsuma on the flight to Kumejima spring camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2016

[1/31/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.01, 2016 @ 4:06 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks participated in a championship parade in Miyazaki on January 31. About 50,000 fans were in attendance. The parade route was about 1.7 kilometers in length. Source: Sponichi 1/31/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Nippon Ham held a press conference for Chris Martin and Anthony Bass on January 31. Source: official announcement
  • The Fighters will open a Facebook page in traditional Chinese on February 1 at 13:00. Source: official announcement, Facebook
  • San Diego Padres bench coach Mark McGwire might make a special appearance at Arizona spring camp. The Fighters have a working agreement with the Padres. Source: Sponichi 1/31/2016

Seibu Lions

Orix Buffaoes

  • The Buffaloes arrived in Miyazaki on January 31. They also visited Oda Shrine to pray for a successful season. Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2016
  • Tenth round draft pick Yutaro Sugimoto worked out with Ichiro Suzki on January 30 (by request). Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles arrived in Kumejima on January 31. Source: Sports Hochi 1/31/2016
  • Motohiro Shima will maintain his role as captain. Takahiro Norimoto and Kazuya Fujita were named co-vice captains. Source: Sponichi 1/31/2016

[1/30/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.31, 2016 @ 7:20 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks visited Hakozaki Shrine in Fukuoka on January 30 to pray for a successful season. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2016
  • Rookie training camp ended on January 29. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2016
  • Rick VandenHurkRobert Suarez, and Barbaro Canizares  arrived in Japan on January 29. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2016
  • Softbank announced uniform sponsorship deals with two companies on Janaury 29: Showa Kensetsu, since 2011, right hip area; and Coca-Cola, left sleeve. Source: official announcement (Showa Kensetsu), official announcement (Coca-Cola)

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Takuya Nakashima signed a glove contract with Kubota Slugger. He has been using Kubota Slugger gloves since his third year in high school. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions held a press conference for Andy Van Hekken on January 28. Source: official announcement
  • Ernesto Mejia kept his weight at 110 kilograms this off-season. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2016
  • Seibu announced they signed a uniform sponsorship agreement with Limited Edition. Patches will area on the left hip area. Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

  • Tony Blanco arrived in Japan on January 28. He dropped five kilograms during the off-season. Source: Daily Sports 1/29/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles held a press conference for Japhet Amador, Jake Brigham, and Radhames Liz on January 29. Source: official announcement

[1/25/2016] Softbank Hawks, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.26, 2016 @ 8:40 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Yuki Yanagita likes to set reasonable goals one series at a time, like one home run per series or one stolen base per series. It was advice that former manager Koji Akiyama gave him last season. Source: Sponichi 1/24/2016, Sports Hochi 1/24/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Players, coaches, and staff visited Naritasan Shinjoji Temple in Chiba on January 25 to pray for a successful season. Source: Sports Hochi 1/25/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • Brian Bogusevic arrived in Japan on January 24. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2016
  • Erik Cordier and Brent Morel arrived in Japan on January 25. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/25/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/25/2016
  • Advanced Training camp in Miyazaki began on February 23. Fourteen players are participating in the camp that runs through to January 30. Players: Pitchers: Takahiro Matsuba, Kodai Sano, Shunichi Sato, Sachiya Yamasaki, Ban Takagi, Seiichi Sakayori, Koki Saito, Nobuyoshi Yamada, Shohei Tsukahara, Shota Morimoto, Satoshi Oyama, Ryo Toda. Catchers: Hikaru Ito, Kenya Wakatsuki. Source: Sports Hochi 1/22/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • Wataru Karashima gained about four kilograms since last year: from seventy-six to eighty. Source: Sponichi 1/24/2016
  • Yuki Matsui ordered cleats with fewer spikes (right foot, six spikes in front and three in the back to three spikes in front and three in the back) that should help improve his balance and motion when throwing the ball. Source: Sponichi 1/24/2016
  • Seventh round draft pick Itsuki Murabayashi gained three kilograms and increase his body fat from nine percent to eleven percent after moving into the team dormitory. He is trying to increase his weight from seventy-two to eighty kilograms. Source: Sports Hochi 1/24/2016
  • The Eagles had an estimated economic impact of about 20.6 billion yen in Miyagi in 2015, down about 600 million yen from the previous year. There was an increase in attendance in 2015, but merchandise sales were down. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2016
  • Rakuten is planning to start their home opener at 4:00pm because of the cold temperatures at night. It will be the first home opener to start during the twilight hours since a Kintetsu-Nishitetsu home opener started at 5:00pm on April 6, 1968. Source: Sponichi 1/25/2016

[1/23/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.24, 2016 @ 3:30 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Shota Takeda became the first player out of high school in franchise history to reach 70 million yen in his fifth year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2016 ... The previous record of 64.5 million yen was set by Kenji Jojima in his fifth year. Source: Sponichi 1/22/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata is currently training with Total Workout's Kevin Yamazaki in Hawaii. He is focusing on his lower body. Source: Sponichi 1/23/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Rookie training camp at Lotte Urawa ended on January 23. Source: Sponichi 1/23/2016
  • Kuan-Yu Chen arrived at Haneda Airport on January 22. Source: Sports Hochi 1/22/2016
  • Eisuke Tanaka would like to push his weight to eighty kilograms. He has so far gained two kilograms and currently weighs seventy-seven kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2016

Seibu Lions

  • Makoto weighed sixty-nine kilograms at the end of last year. He added six kilograms and now weighs seventy-five kilograms. Source: Sports Hochi 1/22/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiroaki Shimauchi increased his weight from seventy-eight to eighty-five kilograms in about two months. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2016
  • Former Rakuten Eagle Masahiro Tanaka met with the 2015 draft class before his workouts at kobo Stadium on January 22. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2016

[1/21/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.22, 2016 @ 4:34 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Brandon Laird will be allowed to commute to Arizona spring camp from his home (about a thirty minute drive). Source: Sanspo 1/18/2016
  • Shohei Otani weighed 101 to 102 kilograms on January 17. He told reporters that he was going to begin losing weight so that he can make it to the first or second block of spring camp at ninety-seven kilograms. Source: Source: Chunichi Sports 1/18/2016, Daily Sports 1/18/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines are planning to unveil new alternate uniforms celebrating the organization's twenty-fifth year in Chiba on January 25. The new uniforms will be worn during All For Chiba home games at QVC Marine this year (twelve games). Source: Sponichi 1/19/2016
  • Third round draft pick Kakeru Narita is working on a screwball. Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2016

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions held a staff meeting on January 18 and decided to assign the entire 2015 draft class to group B (Ni-gun) spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/18/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye, 3rd round draft pick Eigoro Mogi, fifth round draft pick Ryota Ishibashi, and sixth round draft pick Yuichi Adachi will be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Sanpso 1/20/2016 ... Okoye is expected to make his "debut" during an intra-squad game on February 7. Source: Daily Sports 1/21/2016
  • Takahiro Kakizawa's registered position will change from outfield to infield. Source: official announcement
  • Kenta Kurihara will be moving to Sendai with his wife and youngest daughter. His two older daughters will remain in Hiroshima with Kurihara's wife's parents because of school. Source: Sponichi 1/20/2016

[1/17/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.18, 2016 @ 3:33 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Kensuke Kondo is planning to only pack a catcher's mitt for Arizona spring camp. His goal is to focus on being catcher. Source: Sponichi 1/17/2016
  • First round draft pick Kenta Uehara and second round draft pick Takayuki Kato will most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp in Arizona. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/16/2016

Seibu Lions

  • The 2015 draft class performed twenty meter shuttle runs on January 17. Sixth round draft pick Keisuke Honda finished in first place with 131. Source: Nikkan sports 1/17/2016
  • Chen-Chang Lee arrived in Japan on January 15. He worked out at Seibu 2 Stadium on January 16. He tossed four bullpen sessions while he was in Taiwan. He is at about seventy percent. Source: Sponichi 1/16/2016
  • Tomomi Takahashi is the top candidate to close games, but Norio Tanabe is worried about his health and is considering other options, like closer by committee. Lee is also a candidate to close games. Source: Daily Sports 1/17/2016, Sponichi 1/17/2016
  • Fumiya Nishiguchi will be a special pitching instructor for the CPBL's Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions from early March until late April. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/16/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes held a moment of silence at Hotto Motto Kobe on January 17 at 12:00pm in remembrance of those that lost their lives during the Hanshin/Awaji Earthquake in 1995. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2016, Sponichi 1/17/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • Chia Hao Sung arrived in Japan on January 14 and began his workouts at kobo Stadium on January 17. Source: Sponichi 1/17/2016
  • Toshiaki Imae will be using a slightly smaller glove (by about five millimeters) at kobo Stadium for better control on natural grass. Source: Sponichi 1/17/2016
  • Tetsuro Nishida has so far managed to increase his weight (from eighty-two to eighty-four) and drop his fat percentage (from thirteen to eleven). Source: Sports Hochi 1/17/2016
  • The 2015 draft class might have a chance to sit down with Masahiro Tanaka at Kobo Stadium sometime before the end of their training session in Sendai. The meeting could take place on January 22. Source: Sponichi 1/16/2016

[1/13/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.14, 2016 @ 3:36 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Nobuhiro Matsuda is planning to test a 900-gram bat during spring camp (his usual bat weighs 875 grams). Source: Nikkan Sports 1/13/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Dai-Kang Yoh returned to Japan on January 10. He worked out at the Kamagaya facilities on January 11. Source: Daily Sports 1/11/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Training camp for the 2015 draft class started on January 11 at QVC Marine Field. Source: Daily Sports 1/11/2016 ... Lotte will give members of the the 2015 draft class various lectures after practices each day between January 11 and 24. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/11/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are planning to use sixth round draft pick Toshitake Yokoo at second base. He has primarily been a third baseman up to now. Source: Sponichi 1/12/2016 ... The 2015 draft class met Ichiro Suzuki on January 13. Source: Sponichi 1/13/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • Rakuten staff visited Shiogama Shrine on January 13 to pray for a successful season. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2016
  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye gained eight kilograms since the day of the draft. He now weighs ninety-four kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 1/11/2016 ... The Eagles held a staff meeting on January 11. Okoye will most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Final assignments will be made during a second staff meeting on January 20. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2016 ... Players performed shuttle runs during 2015 draft class workouts on January 13. Third round draft pick Eigoro Mogi finished in first with 132. Okoya recorded 100. Second round draft pick Ryota Yoshimochi was unable to participate because he was not feeling well. Source: Sports Hochi 1/13/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/13/2016, Sponichi 1/13/2016