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[11/27/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.28, 2014 @ 3:33 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • New Ikusei signing Tomohiro Umetsu was assigned the number 139. Source: Sanspo 11/27/2014
  • The Eagles are thinking about building a museum/shop and gate near kobo Stadium. There are also plans to build a scoreboard near the gate. Total construction could cost about 500 million yen. Source: Sponichi 11/27/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsumoto had problems with his right elbow this summer. He is not playing catch at the moment and could go require surgery depending on the results of an upcoming medical examination. The Hawks are not planning to rush Matsumoto. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2014
  • The Hawks announced that Shuhei Fukuda's uniform number will change from 31 to 37. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • When school kids asked Shohei Otani if he wanted to play with the Majors, he replied, "I have dreamed about playing in the Majors. I'll grow in Japan and when I get to that point, I'll probably want to play at a higher level. That's when I want to go." Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2014

[11/26/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.27, 2014 @ 12:57 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions would like Takeya Nakamura to play third base if he is healthy. They are checking the overseas market for a third baseman, but may not have enough foreign player slots available. Source: Daily Sports 11/25/2014
  • Current team captain Takumi Kuriyama would like to see Hideto Asamura become the next team captain. Source: Sports Hochi 11/25/2014
  • Hotaka Yamakawa dropped about seven kilograms in a month and currently weighs 103 kilograms. Yamakawa hurt his left hamstring while running the bases during a Phoenix League game on October 16. He was sent back to Saitama the following day and decided to stop drinking soda (as much as 1.5 liters a day). Source: Sponichi 11/25/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuki Yanagita was given the 2014 Yanase MVP Award. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/25/2014
  • Yuya Hasegawa will have surgery on his right ankle in early December. He will require a month to two months for a full recovery. He should be fine by opening day. Source: Sponichi 11/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/26/2014
  • Softbank is planning to create a new seating section close to the outfield seats. The fences will move in a little to increase seating capacity and extra base hits. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani will be appearing in a parent company Nippon Ham television commercial that will be airing during the Ekiden on Nippon TV on January 2 and 3 next year. It took about six hours to film footage for the commercial at Sapporo Dome. Source: Sponichi 11/26/2014 ... Players at Otani's level general receive anywhere from fifty million to sixty million yen to appear in a commercial. Source: Sponichi 11/26/2014
  • Makoto Kaneko (39) will be a special instructor. He was assigned the number eighty-eight. Kaneko will travel with the team to Okinawa for spring camp in February next year. He will then head overseas to learn more about coaching and management with the Padres. Source: official announcement, Sponichi 11/25/2014

[11/24/2014] Rumors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Alfredo Despaigne, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 2:43 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers have made the best offer to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) so far, according to people close to the situation. Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

Leslie Anderson, Frederich Cepeda, Scott Mathieson, and Hector Mendoza will most likely return to the Yomiuri Giants next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014

Ryosuke Hirata (26) is not planning to accept the Chunichi Dragons' terms for 2015 until he is fully satisfied he is getting paid his fair share, even if it means negotiations run into next year. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines would like Alfredo Despaigne (28) to return to their team next year. They are planning to offer a salary of about 200 million yen plus permissions to skip spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014

The Softbank Hawks may be close to announcing an agreement with Daisuke Matsuzaka (34). Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

The Eiichi Koyano heading to the Orix Buffaloes, the Seibu Lions will most likely check the overseas market for third basemen, in addition to a starting pitcher. Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

The Orix Buffaloes are interested in Tony Blanco (34). Source: Sanspo 11/24/2014

[11/24/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 12:50 am, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Lotte senryokugai Takumi Kobe (29) has decided to retire. He attended the first twelve-team tryout on the 9th, but did not receive any offers. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks held a retirement ceremony for Shintaro Ejiri (37) during fan appreciation day on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014
  • About 350,000 people gathered along the 2.5 kilometer stretch of road covered by the Hawks' championship parade on Monday. Source: ZakZak 11/24/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes held a retirement ceremony for Masafumi Hirai (39) during fan appreciation day on Monday. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is slated to meet with the Fighters for contract negotiations on December 5. He made an estimated thirty million yen this season and could see his salary jump to 100 million yen based on his accomplishments. If he signs for 100 million yen, he will join Daisuke Matsuzaka as the only players out of high school to reach the mark in their third year. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014 ... Hideki Kuriyama would like to see Otani become a mix of Hideki Matsui and Nolan Ryan. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014, Daily Sports 11/24/2014
  • Hidekazu Kawano's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 2,950 grams, at 7:10pm on the 22nd.

[11/23/2014] Rumors: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Andruw Jones, Wily Mo Pena

by on Nov.24, 2014 @ 5:45 am, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks and Daisuke Matsuzaka (34) may be close to finalizing a four-year deal worth an estimated 1.6 billion yen (not including incentives). The Hawks are planning to offer Matsuzaka the number eighteen. Matsuzaka will most likely leave his family behind in Boston during the season. Source: Sanspo 11/23/2014 ... Matsuzaka may be close to finalizing a three-year deal worth at least 1.2 million yen (including incentives). A deal could be reached in early December. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014 ... Matsuzaka may have decided to return to Japan because he wants to start. Source: Sports Hochi 11/23/2014

The Twins are interested in Wily Mo Pena (32), according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Mike Berardino. Source: Tweet 11/22/2014

The Rakuten Eagles are not sure what to do about Andruw Jones (37). Jones has hit fifty home runs in two years, but with a low batting average of .232. He would like to return next year, but the Eagles are looking at other options, like Pena and Tony Blanco. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014

Yokohama senryokugai Shugo Fujii (37) attended a batting practice pitcher tryout with the Yomiuri Giants on Saturday. He threw 122 pitches and faced a number of players, including Tomoya Inzen and Daisuke Nakai. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014 ... Fujii has also received a player contract offer from an independent league team. He is planning to make a decision about 2015 within the next few days. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014

Yohei Oshima (29) could go through salary arbitration with the Chunichi Dragons. If he does, he will become the eighth player in NPB history to go to arbitration, first since Hideaki Wakui in 2010; and the second player in franchise history to go to arbitration, first since Hiromitsu Ochiai in 1991. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014

[11/23/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.24, 2014 @ 5:28 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hisashi Iwakuma was a guest at fan appreciation day on Sunday. He presented Toshiya Nakashima (34) with flowers as part of his retirement ceremony. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Shota Takeda got tips on how to throw the sinker from Orix's Chihiro Kaneko during the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Shuichi Furukawa and Satoshi Oyama will try dropping their arm angles to see if they can find better success by throwing from the side. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata promised to give Shohei Otani a special prize if he won twelve games this season. Otani ended the season with eleven victories. Nakata raised the bar for 2014 and put the total at fifteen. Source: Daily Sports 11/23/2014 ... Nakata also made promises with Naoyuki Uwasawa (wallet) and Yuya Taniguchi (necklace). Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014
  • The 2014 draft class will most likely be assigned to Ni-gun spring camp. Source: Sanspo 11/23/2014

[11/22/2014] Rumors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Bryan Bullington, Yohei Oshima

by on Nov.23, 2014 @ 4:16 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers likely sweetened their package to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) by adding a fourth year to their three-year offer and the uniform number six. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014

The Yomiuri Giants are close to finalizing contracts with Miles Mikolas (26) and Aaron Poreda (28). The only thing remaining is a standard drug test. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014

The Toyama Thunderbirds (BC League) are interested in Yokohama senryokugai Takuro Ito (21). Toyama will most likely make a move on Ito if he does not receive any offers from NPB teams. Source: Sports Hochi 11/22/2014

Shugo Fujii (37) has received some player contract offers (independent league and overseas leagues), but none from the NPB. He has also received an offer to become a batting practice pitcher for the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

The Seibu Lions are currently checking the overseas market for starting arms. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

The Softbank Hawks announced that they re-signed Daichiro Ito (21), Takeshi Hosoyamada (28), Naoki Shirane (21) and Koki Kanno (22) to Ikusei contracts. They also signed Yokohama senryokugai Yujo Kitagata (20) to an Ikusei contract. He was assigned the number 137. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014, Sports Hochi 11/22/2014

The Orix Buffaloes may be close to finalizing a contract with Bryan Bullington (34). An announcement could be made once Hiroshima removes him from their reserved list. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

Buffaloes' official Ryuzo Setoyama told reporters on Friday that they made a formal offer for Wily Mo Pena (32) about five days go. It was their first official offer. Source: Daily Sports 11/22/2014

Yohei Oshima was offered an estimated seventy-four million yen during contract negotiations with Chunichi on Saturday. He placed the offer on hold because he felt his performance this season was worth more than a 17.75 million yen raise, especially after he was penalized with a 56.25 million yen salary cut last year. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014 ... Ryosuke Hirata also decided not to sign after he was offered a twelve million yen raise. He felt his performance warranted a bigger raise. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

[11/22/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.23, 2014 @ 3:58 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo would prefer players not select ballads for their intro music. He thinks the slower music could put a damper on rallies. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014
  • The Eagles announced that Toshiya Nakashima (34) has decided to retire. A retirement ceremony will be held during fan appreciation day on the 23rd. Nakashima will remain in the organization as a junior coach for the organization's youth baseball clinics. Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Most of the players that attended Kamogawa fall camp will likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp next year. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014
  • Hero Interview Award: fans selected Hideaki Wakui's hero interview from September 28 as their favorite for September/October. Wakui's interview racked up 201 of 651 votes. Alfredo Despaigne's hero interview on September 23 came in second with 197 votes. Source: official announcement

Softbank Hawks

  • There will be a championship parade in Fukuoka for the Hawks on the 24th. Owner Masayoshi Son, chairman Sadaharu Oh, and Nobuhiro Matsuda will be riding in car one; Koji Akiyama, Seiichi Uchikawa, and Ryota Igarashi in car two; president Yoshimitsu Goto, Kenichi Nakata, and Fukuoka Chamber of Commerce chairman Norio Sueyoshi in car three; pitchers and catcher in bus one; infielders, outfielders, and Pepper in bus two; Ikusei players, executive committee members, and the father dog in the tour bus. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014
  • The Hawks announced that Shintaro Ejiri (37) has decided to retire. The Hawks will hold a retirement ceremony during fan appreciation day on the 24th. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Naoki Miyanishi was named the next team captain on Saturday. Source: official announcement
  • The Fighters have set up a strict three-year development program for Shohei Otani that kept him from being used as a position player during the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. The three-year development program is slated to end after the 2015 season, which leaves open the possibility of Otani participating in the 2015 Premier 12 and the 2017 World Baseball Classic as both a pitcher and position player. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014, Daily Sports 11/22/2014
  • Former Fighter Masaya Ozaki (30) has decided to retire. Ozaki attended the first twelve-team tryout on the 9th but did not receive any offers. He decided not to attend the second tryout on the 20th. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

[11/22/2014] Daisuke Matsuzaka turns down Yokohama, could be close to deal with Softbank

by on Nov.22, 2014 @ 10:28 pm, under NPB
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According to Sponichi, Daisuke Matsuzaka (34) may be close to agreeing on a deal with the Softbank Hawks.

Matsuzaka was said to have narrowed down his NPB options to two teams, the Softbank Hawks and Yokohama Bay Stars. The media learned on Friday that he recently turned down the Bay Stars. Yokohama president Jun Ikeda is quoted in a Jiji Press report as saying, "We did what we could. It's up for him to decide what to do."

Softbank may have offered Matsuzaka three or more years on their offer, along with the uniform number eighteen. He is currently in Boston and has already added NPB baseballs to his throwing program. He will most likely finalize his contract with the Hawks when he returns to Japan early next month.

Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014, Jiji Press 11/22/2014

[11/21/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.22, 2014 @ 4:02 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo is planning to ask players to submit their workouts plans for the off-season and provide the team with regular updates on their progress. Source: Sanspo 11/21/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Senior director Hisanobu Watanabe is planning to attend the winter meetings in San Diego early next month. Source: Sanspo 11/21/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Shohei Kato told reporters on Thursday that he probably swung the bat about 21,000 times during fall camp. Tsutomu Ito was not impressed. Said Ito, "It isn't the number, it's the quality. I think I saw 1,000 [good swings]." Source: Sanspo 11/21/2014

Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is planning to spend his winter working out at the Kamagaya facilities. Source: Sponichi 11/21/2014