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[1/29/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.30, 2015 @ 2:11 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Rick VandenHurk arrived at Fukuoka Airport on Thursday. He visited the Saitozaki facilities and did some light workouts. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015, Sponichi 1/29/2015
  • The Hawks are not planning to hire extra security guards to keep an eye on Daisuke Matsuzaka during spring camp. They may have someone on staff check in to make sure he is not being overrun by fans. There are also no plans to assign him a personal media relations assistant. Source: Sports Hochi 1/29/2015 ... Matsuzaka worked out at the Saitozaki facilities on Thursday. After running, he played some catch (about forty throws) and threw sliders, change-ups, and curves. He is not planning to toss a bullpen session on the first day of spring camp. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Kenta Imamiya is trying to use more of his lower body when swinging the bat. He switched over to a slightly longer bat -- from 33.5 inches to thirty-four inches. Imamiya is hoping to add a little more pop to his swing (not necessarily home runs). He is also working on going to the opposite field on inside pitches. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015
  • Kodai Senga threw ninety pitches, including the slider, curve, and forkball, to a squatting catcher on Wednesday. He told reporters his shoulder was still at about sixty percent. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Nao Higashihama and fifth round draft pick Yosuke Shimabukuro tossed bullpen sessions at the same time on Wednesday. Higashihama threw twenty pitches, all fastballs, to a squatting catcher. Shimabukuro fifty-three pitches to a standing catcher. Both players are from Okinawa. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes held a press conference for Tony Blanco and Bryan Bullington on Thursday. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class ended on Thursday. First round draft pick Kohei Arihara graded his performance at fifty or sixty percent. Source: Sports Hochi 1/29/2015 ... Arihara (right elbow) might not toss a bullpen session until some time during the second block of spring camp (begins on February 6). Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Naoyuki Uwasawa missed practices on Wednesday because of a swollen and inflamed right leg. He was treated at a hospital. The cause may have been a bite from a bug. It will most likely take two to three days for the leg to feel better. If it gets infected, it could take a week or two. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Shohei Otani is thinking about re-visiting the change-up. He threw it a few times a game during his first year, but moved away from it last year because he felt he did not need it (he was also able to turn to the forkball). Now in his third year, he thinks it might be good to bring it back. He threw twenty-five pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Wednesday. He threw from the set position and mixed in sliders, curves, and three change-ups. Source: Sports Hochi 1/29/2015, Sponichi 1/29/2015 ... Otani threw fifteen fastballs, three curves, four sliders, and three change-ups. Source: Sanspo 1/29/2015
  • Yuya Ishii's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy weighing 3,184 grams, on Thursday. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • Norio Tanabe will allow players to decide how to wear their uniforms. Source: Sports Hochi 1/29/2015, Sponichi 1/29/2015
  • There will be early and evening practices during spring camp. Some everyday players will also be assigned individual block practices. Source: Sports Hochi 1/29/2015
  • Tomoya Mori is trying to get a drivers license. He has taken and failed the test three times so far. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles held a press conference for Gaby Sanchez and Kam Mickolio on Thursday. Source: official tweet
  • Zelous Wheeler and Kenny Ray arrived in Japan on Thursday. Source: official tweet
  • First round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku will be sharing rooms with Takahiro Norimoto during spring camp. Norimoto was spring camp roommates with Yuki Matsui last year. Source: Sponichi 1/29/2015
  • Sixth round draft pick Masashi Kato told reporters on Wednesday that he recorded the worst number for hamstring strength in team history when the 2014 draft class took their physical fitness tests on the 24th. Source: Sports Hochi 1/29/2015
  • Ikusei first round draft pick Takumaru Yaoita weighed seventy-eight kilograms before he moved in the team dormitory on the 11th. He now weighs eighty-one kilograms. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015

General

  • Ichiro Suzuki may have considered a return to Japan, but only if he received no offers from the Majors. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • JSports will carry home games for Hiroshima, Chunichi, Orix, and Rakuten this year. Their coverage will begin on February 1. Source: official announcement

[1/28/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.29, 2015 @ 1:53 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Nao Higashihama threw twenty pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 1/28/2015
  • Seiichi Uchikawa worked out at World Wing in Tottori for the first time on Tuesday. Ichiro Suzuki recommended the facilities when the two met in Novemer last year. Source: Sports Hochi 1/28/2015, Daily Sports 1/28/2015
  • Shinya Kayama got tips on how to throw the forkball from Hanshin's Atsushi Nomi. Kayama threw forty-seven pitches, including five forkballs, in the bullpen on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Esteban German's arrival was pushed back until Thursday because of flight delays caused by snow storms on the east coast of the United States. Source: Sponichi 1/28/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani threw twenty-five pitches, including the curve, slider, and change, to a squatting catcher on Wednesday. He also took fifty-two swings during batting practice and hit one over the fence. Source: Sports Hochi 1/28/2015 ... Otani threw to a squatting catcher on Wednesday for the first time this year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2015
  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara can throw up to eighty meters now, but his right elbow is still not 100 percent. Source: Sports 1/28/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

Rakuten Eagles

  • Kam Mickolio, Gaby Sanchez, and Jim Heuser arrived at Sendai Airport on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 1/28/2015
  • First round pick Tomohiro Anraku, third round draft pick Masayoshi Fukuda, and fourth round draft pick Fernando Luciano are not with the team right because because of school-related events. Second round draft pick Fumiya Ono threw about thirty pitches to a standing catcher on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2015 ... Fukuda left the team on the 27th, Luciano on the 28th. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2015
  • Sixth round draft pick Masashi Kato threw fifty-two pitches in the bullpen on the last day of rookie training camp on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 1/28/2015
  • Satoshi Nagai worked out in Hawaii for two weeks earlier this month. He dropped three kilograms and currently weighs seventy-six kilograms. He threw about fifty pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday. He is working on a slurve. Source: Sports Hochi 1/28/2015

[1/27/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.28, 2015 @ 3:26 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Nobuhiro Matsuda threw thirty-four pitches off the bullpen mound on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015
  • Yuki Yanagita gave his mother the Mercedes Benz E250 he got for winning the Yanase Softbank Hawks MVP Award. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Takahiro Matsuba threw forty-five pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015
  • Kazumasa Yoshida signed an athlete contract with Nike. Source: Ram Sports Inc ... Yoshida threw about forty pitches in the bullpen on Monday. Source: Sponichi 1/27/2015
  • Hirotoshi Kitagawa will be running a new section at the Orix site called Pei's Time. He will provide news and information about the team from his point of view. The new section will open at 10:00am on February 1. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani will most likely be used as a hitter if he participates in the Samurai Japan international series on March 10 and 11 because he is currently slated to pitch in an exhibition game against Lotte on March 12. Otani might also be limited to being a designated hitter and playing only on the 10th because of rest issues. Source: Sponichi 1/27/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • Ernesto Mejia, Wade LeBlanc, Anthony Seratelli, Esmerling Vásquez, and Miguel Mejia arrived in Japan on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Alejandro Segovia arrived in Japan on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015
  • Yuki Matsui threw thirty-four pitches, including the slider, change, and splitter, to a squatting catcher on Tuesday. It was the first time he threw to a squatting catcher this year. He also threw four splitters, a pitch he learned more about while working out with Masahiro Tanaka earlier this month. Source: Daily Sports 1/27/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015
  • Wataru Karashima threw about thirty pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/27/2015
  • Second round draft pick Fumiya Ono threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher on Monday. He threw at sixty to seventy percent. Tadashi Ishimine caught the session. Source: Sports Hochi 1/27/2015

[1/26/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.27, 2015 @ 3:34 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Hayato Terahara threw thirty-nine pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Monday. Source: Sanspo 1/26/2015
  • Shota Oba threw about 200 baseballs into a net on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/26/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • All six pitchers selected in the 2014 draft tossed bullpen sessions on the last day of rookie training camp on Moday. First round draft pick Sachiya Yamasaki threw about seventy pitches. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/26/2015
  • The Buffaloes will be giving Francisco Caraballo a tryout during spring camp between February 1 and 12. Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 1/26/2015
  • Chihiro Kaneko's rehab (right elbow) has been going well. Kaneko played catch at a distance of about forty meters on Sunday. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015, Sports Hochi 1/26/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/26/2015
  • Hiroshi Moriwaki is planning to check on Hiroyuki Nakajima's mobility and range during the first block of spring camp to get a better feel for where he fits in the infield. If Nakajima can play short, Moriwaki could put Eiichi Koyano at third and Takahiro Okada at first. Source: Sponichi 1/26/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Naoyuki Uwasawa threw forty-five pitches to a squatting catcher on Monday. This was his third session in as many days. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/26/2015
  • The Fighters held a staff meeting on Monday to discuss player assignments. Shohei Otani and Yuki Saito were confirmed for Ichi-gun camp. 1st round draft pick Kohei Arihara is currently slated to start the year at Ni-gun spring camp. A complete list of assignements will be released on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015
  • Otani took fifty-five swings during batting practice on Monday and hit two over the fence. Source: Sports Hochi 1/26/2015 ... Otani could pitch in an intra-squad game on February 9. He could then pitch on seven days of rest until opening day. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/26/2015
  • Kensuke Tanaka has his eyes set on the job at second base. Source: Sports Hochi 1/26/2015, Sponichi 1/26/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines announced that Tomoya Satozaki will remain in the organization as a special adviser. Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura took live batting practice on Sunday for the first time since he had surgery on his right elbow in October last year. He took about twenty easy swings. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Second round draft pick Fumiya Ono threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher on Monday. It was his first session of the year. Source: Sports Hochi 1/26/2015
  • Takahiro Norimoto threw eighteen pitches, including curves, to a squatting catcher on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015
  • Miyagi Prefecture announced on Monday that the Eagles economic impact for the 2014 season was estimated at about 21.2 billion yen, more than the 18.7 billion for the 2013 season. Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2015

[1/25/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.26, 2015 @ 2:40 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes held a meeting on Sunday to discuss spring camp assignments. Hiroyuki Nakajima, Eiichi Koyano, first round draft pick Sachiya Yamasaki, fourth round draft pick Ban Takagi, seventh round draft pick Masahiro Nishino, and eighth round draft pick Yuya Oda will be assigned to Ichi-gun camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/25/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani threw thirty-two pitches, including curves and sliders, to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Sunday. It was his first session in Okinawa. He also took forty-three swings during batting practice and hit five over the fence. Source: Sports Hochi 1/25/2015, Sponichi 1/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/25/2015
  • Yuki Saito could pitch in his first game of the year on February 8 (intra-squad game). Source: Nikkan Sports 1/25/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka thew thirty-nine pitches, all fastballs, to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Saturday. He worked quickly with only brief pauses in between each pitch (as little as nine seconds). Source: Sports Hochi 1/25/2015 ... Tanaka threw about forty on Friday. Source: Sanspo 1/25/2015

Seibu Lions

  • First round draft pick Kona Takahashi could make his debut during a practice game against Ni-gun Hanshin on February 18. Source: Sanspo 1/25/2015 ... Takahashi threw thirty-one pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Sunday. It was his first session with a squatting catcher. Source: Sports Hochi 1/25/2015, Sponichi 1/25/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Yusuke Nishimiya threw fifty-three pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Sunday. It was his third session in as many days. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/25/2015
  • The 2014 draft class took a battery of physical fitness tests at Sendai University on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 1/25/2015

[1/24/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.25, 2015 @ 6:07 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Yuki Yanagita was the recipient of the 2014 Yanase Softbank Hawks MVP award. The award came with a Mercedes Benz E250. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Alessandro Maestri arrived at Kansai Airport on Saturday. He will continue his off-season training in Kobe. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani took sixty-six swings during outdoor batting practice on Saturday and hit twelve over the fence. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015
  • Naoki Miyanishi tossed a bullpen session on Saturday to a standing catcher at about seventy percent. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015
  • Kenshi Sugiya was told to be ready to play second base this year, but packed six different kinds of gloves (infield and outfield) just in case. Source: Sports Hochi 1/24/2015
  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara (right elbow) was playing catch at a distance of about thirty meters on the 10th. He managed to stretch out to between sixty and seventy meters on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015
  • Nago Stadium is using dirt from Turface Athletics. Source: Sponichi 1/24/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Dae-Eun Rhee arrived at Haneda Airport on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015
  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka threw thirty-nine pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Saturday. It was his third session of the year and second in as many days. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015 ... Trainers gave Tanaka an A rating in cardiorespiratory endurance, flexibility, agility, speed, and power; and a B rating in muscle endurance. Source: Sponichi 1/24/2015
  • Third round draft pick Daiki Iwashita threw fifty-five pitches in the bullpen on Saturday. It was his second session of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015
  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class ended on Saturday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/24/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Yusei Kikuchi was able to increase his full squats by thirty to 200 kilograms and his deadlifts by 100 to 300 kilograms. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015 ... Kikuchi weighed seventy-eight kilograms when he first joined the Lions. He reached 100 kilograms this year. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • According to Nikkan Sports, first round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku was slated to throw upwards of thirty pitches in the bullpen on Friday, but stopped after twenty because he was having a bad session. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015 ... The bullpen session was Anraku's first since January 5. All twenty pitches were fastballs. Anraku had a good feel for only two or three. Source: Sports Hochi 1/24/2015

Other

  • Former Kintetsu Buffalo Takashi Imoto died of pancreatic cancer at a hospital in Matsudo, Chiba at 11:18pm on the 21st. He was sixty-four. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015

[1/23/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.24, 2015 @ 3:48 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks held a staff meeting at YafuOku Dome on Friday. Kimiyasu Kudo wants to help improve the team's overall level of play by giving young players a chance. Kudo is also planning ask players to exercise moderation with hair styles and facial hair and to refrain from spitting during games and using discouraging words/phrases. Source: Sponichi 1/23/2015
  • Mu-Young Kim threw thirty pitches to a squatting catcher on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • Akira Niho threw thirty-one pitches in the bullpen on Friday. It was his first session of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • Kentaro Inomoto will be registered as an infielder instead of catcher. Masayoshi Tsukada, Seiji Uebayashi, and Hayao Miyazaki will be registered as outfielders instead of infielders. Source: Sanspo 1/23/2015
  • Maximum capacity at YafuOku Dome will drop by sixty-one to 38,500 this season due to some changes in the seating sections. Source: Sanspo 1/23/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Second round draft pick Yuma Mune will head to spring camp with the same kind of bat Ichiro Suzuki uses. Mune is a big Ichiro fan. Source: Sponichi 1/23/2015
  • The Buffaloes signed Yusuke Kawasaki and Masaki Ihara to assistant staff contracts. They will be working as batting practice pitchers/scouts. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • Yusei Kikuchi threw about thirty pitches to a squatting catcher on Friday. Source: Daily Sports 1/23/2015 ... Kikuchi managed to pushed his weight to 100 kilograms. Source: Sponichi 1/23/2015
  • When Takayuki Kishi was asked if he was interested in playing in the Majors in the future during a press conference on Thursday, he replied, "Not at this moment." Source: Sponichi 1/23/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • First round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku threw twenty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/23/2015
  • Fifth round draft pick Takahiro Irino threw seventy-five pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. He is planning to throw to a squatting catcher on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/23/2015

[1/22/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.23, 2015 @ 2:04 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kenichi Nakata threw thirty-two pitches to a standing catcher on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015
  • Yuya Hasegawa had surgery on his right ankle in December last year. He worked out at the Saitozaki facilities on Thursday. He is back to the point where he can field grounders and take batting practice against a pitching machine. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015
  • Yuki Yanagita weighed ninety-one kilograms at the end of the 2014 season. He currently weighs 97.5 kilograms. Source: Sports Hochi 1/22/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Second round draft pick Yuma Mune, seventh round draft pick Masahiro Nishino, and eighth round draft pick Yuya Oda had a chance to take batting practice in front of Ichiro Suzuki on Wednesday. Ichiro let them use his bat and batting gloves. Oda was also able to play catch with the veteran. Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2015, Sponichi 1/22/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani and Naoyuki Uwasawa left Kamagaya for Okinawa on Thursday morning. They left a day earlier than previously reported. Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015
  • Fifth round draft pick Hayao Segawa could get a look as a starting pitcher because they could use a left-handed starter. Hideki Kuriyama confirmed the possibility when he said to reporters, "He was a starter. It's easier to go from rotation to bullpen than the other way around." Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Sixth round draft pick Atsushi Miyazaki threw forty-two pitches to a half-squatting catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. This was his fourth session of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015
  • Tadahito Iguchi is slated to attend SoxFest as a member of the 2005 World Series Championship White Sox team. Source: official announcement, Sanspo 1/22/2015
  • Former Marine Shunsuke Watanabe (38) re-signed with the Lancaster Barnstormers. Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

  • Ryoma Nogami has had problems with his left knee and turned to Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy this off-season. Source: Sponichi 1/22/2015
  • Takayuki Kishi signed a management agreement with Yoshimoto Creative Agency. Source: official announcement

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles are not planning to draw any distinct lines between Ichi-gun and Ni-gun players during the first thirteen days of spring camp. Groups will be set based on need: players that need work (like more running, more throwing, more swinging) will be sent to Nakazato camp and players that show improvement will be sent to Kumejima camp. The lines will become distinct when camp moves to Kin. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015

[1/21/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.22, 2015 @ 1:31 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka has kept a low profile during the off-season so far. He turned down national media requests and only agreed to work with local television companies -- one interview per company and with the understanding the footage would be limited to the Fukuoka area. Matsuzaka does not want to be bothered by the media, but was only willing to speak to local media out of respect and appreciation for the fans. Source: ZakZak 1/21/2015
  • The Hawks will be using the Sports Coaching Cam to help break down player movements. The camera is capable of recording at speeds up to 600 frames per second. Source: Daily Sports 1/21/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • The 2014 draft class had a chance to meet Ichiro Suzuki on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/21/2015
  • The Buffaloes are planning to give Francisco Caraballo (31) another look during spring camp. Caraballo first joined Orix partway through the season in 2010 and was released in 2011. He played for the Gunma Diamond Pegasus the last two seasons and blasted fifty-seven home runs and drove in 150 RBI in 135 games. Source: Sponichi 1/21/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Seventh round draft pick Naoto Wakimoto recorded the best numbers for leg strength (290 newton meters) and velocity off bat (152km/h) during Tuesday's physical fitness tests. Source: Sponichi 1/21/2015
  • Takahiro Fujioka added more weights to his training routine in December last year. He also changed his diet by eating less fatty meats and more vegetables -- he ended last season at ninety-three kilograms and currently weighs eighty-eight. Source: Daily Sports 1/21/2015

Seibu Lions

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles announced that Kazuo Matsui will be registered as an outfielder this year. They also announced that Yasuhito Uchida will be registered as an infielder. Source: Sponichi 1/21/2015
  • First round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku was assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp during a staff meeting on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/21/2015
  • Hiromoto Okubo wants to do more running on the base paths. "Players need to get on base to run, so that come first. If players can't do that, then they need to hit .300. And if that's not possible, twenty home runs. That's probably the way it will be," said Okubo. He would like to see players like Matsui, Ryo Hijirisawa, and Makoto Moriyama leading the charge. Source: Daily Sports 1/21/2015

[1/20/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions

by on Jan.21, 2015 @ 2:02 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Fourth round draft pick Shunsuke Kasaya threw fifteen pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday. It was his third session in the last four days. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2015
  • Ren Kajiya threw thirty-seven pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • First round draft pick Sachiya Yamasaki threw twenty-four pitches, including six curves, to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday. It was the first time he had the catcher squat this year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2015 ... Yamasaki threw twenty pitches with the catcher standing and twenty-four with the catcher squatting. He was slated to throw forty pitches in total, but kept throwing because he was not satisfied. Source: Sports Hochi 1/20/2015
  • Ninth round draft pick Yu Suzuki threw about thirty pitches to a squatting catcher on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 1/20/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata left Japan out of Haneda Airport on Tuesday. He will be training with Total Workout's Kevin Yamazaki in Hawaii until the 30th. Source: Sponichi 1/20/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/20/2015
  • Fourth round draft pick Naoya Ishikawa and sixth round draft pick Shota Tatsuta tossed bullpen sessions to standing catchers at Kamagaya on Tuesday. Both threw about thirty pitches. Source: Daily Sports 1/20/2015
  • Hiroshi Urano threw about forty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Monday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/20/2015
  • Shohei Otani will be appearing on the cover of Tarzan magazine (February 12, issue 665). He will be the sixth baseball player to grace the cover, first since Kenji Jojima appeared on the March 10 issue in 2004. Source: Sponichi 1/20/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The 2014 draft class took physical fitness tests on Tuesday. Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka's back strength was recorded at 475 newton meters. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2015

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions will begin playing intra-squad games during the third block of spring camp (February 11). They are planning to schedule at least four games. Source: Sponichi 1/20/2015
  • First round draft pick Kona Takahashi threw thirty pitches, all fastballs, to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/20/2015