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[12/6/2014] Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.07, 2014 @ 12:19 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Ryohei Fujiwara (28) filed marriage papers with a thirty-four-year-old woman from Saitama on Saturday. A ceremony is scheduled for the 13th. Source: Sponichi 12/6/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The city of Oita named Seiichi Uchikawa its first official sports ambassador. It is a three-year post. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2014
  • Takeshi Hosoyamada (28) filed marriage papers with a twenty-eight-year-old woman from Fukuoka on the 2nd. They held a ceremony in Yokohama on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2014, Sponichi 12/6/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes had seven scouts this season. They will be working with nine next year -- they added Etsuji Taniguchi and Kazuhiro Uemura. Source: Daily Sports 12/6/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata has spent about three million yen on prizes he has handed out to players that meet their season goals. He recently purchased a luxury sports car for about thirty-three million yen and later realized the low clearance of the vehicle was not suited to Sapporo weather. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2014

[12/5/2014] Rumors: Hideki Okajima, Tony Blanco, Bryan Bullington

by on Dec.06, 2014 @ 6:49 am, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars could know more about where Yulieski Gourriel (30) is going to play next year within the next ten days or so. Source: Sponichi 12/5/2014

The Bay Stars are interested in Hideki Okajima (38). Source: Sponichi 12/5/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2014

The Orix Buffaloes are close to finalizing contracts with Tony Blanco (34) and Bryan Bullington (34). An announcement could be made shortly. Source: Sports Hochi 12/5/2014, Daily Sports 12/5/2014

The Softbank Hawks could be close to finalizing a two-year deal worth an estimated 400 million yen with Rick VandenHurk (29). An announcement could be made some time next week. Source: Sponichi 12/5/2014

It is uncertain when Kenta Maeda (26) will meet with the Hiroshima Carp to discuss his terms for 2015. Maeda has a full schedule and may not have time to meet team officials until after the new year. Source: Sports Hochi 12/5/2014

The Yakult Swallows held a press conference for Keiji Obiki on Friday. He was assigned the uniform number 2. He agreed to a three-year deal worth an estimated 300 million yen. Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 12/5/2014

Yohei Oshima met with Chunichi Dragons official again on Friday and was offered the same deal he received during his first meeting. He turned it down and said he wanted ninety million. During his press conference, he told reporters that while he felt negotiations were more open, he also felt he was not going to get any more than seventy-four million yen (initial offer). A third meeting will most likely take place before the end of the year, but neither side appears willing to budge. Source: Sports Hochi 12/5/2014, Daily Sports 12/5/2014, Sponichi 12/5/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2014 ... Oshima (and Ryosuke Hirata) have the support of the JPBPA. Source: Sponichi 12/4/2014

Kenji Akashi met with Softbank Hawks' officials on Friday to negotiate terms for the 2015 season. He held off on agreeing to a forty-five million yen contract (fifteen million raise) because he wanted more time to think. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/5/2014

Munenori Kawasaki (33) has reportedly decided to spend at least one more year playing in the United States. Source: Sanspo 12/5/2014

Shugo Fujii (37) visited the Yokohama Bay Stars to thank them for their support over the last three years and to let tell them he decided to retire. He is planning to take on a job as a batting practice pitcher for the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Daily Sports 12/5/2014

Yakult senryokugai Takehiko Oshimoto (32) has decided to retire. He attended the first twelve-team tryout on November 9 and received an offer from a team in Taiwan, but none from the NPB. Source: Sports Hochi 12/5/2014

[12/4/2014] Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.05, 2014 @ 5:20 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • When Kazuhisa Makita met team officials for contract negotiations on Wednesday, he told them about his interest in the Majors (not immediate, but in the future). Source: Chunichi Sports 12/4/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks announced that Yuya Hasegawa had surgery on his right ankle at a hospital in Nara on Thursday. He will be discharged on the 7th and will need about two months for a full recovery. Source: Sports Hochi 12/4/2014
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka would like to head into the 2015 season at eighty-five to eighty-six kilograms. He pitched the last few season at around ninety-two kilograms. When he pitched for Boston, he tipped the scales at about ninety-five kilograms. The last time he was at eighty-five was in 2004. Source: Sponichi 12/4/2014
  • The Hawks announced that a redback spider was spotted and terminated near gate five at YafuOku Dome at around 5:00pm on December 2. Source: official announcement, Spoichi 12/4/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Former Orix pitching coach Motoyuki Akahori (44) will take over as manager for the Niigata Albirex Baseball Club (BC League). Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata hopes to continue rewarding younger players with prizes if they attain their personal season goals. He first started two years ago. This year Yuya Taniguchi, Naoyuki Uwasawa, and Shingo Ishikawa reached their goals. Taniguchi and Uwasawa each got necklaces worth over 600,000 yen and Ishikawa got a suitcase and a Boston bag. There are also penalties for players that fail. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/4/2014, Sponichi 12/4/2014

[12/4/2014] Softbank Hawks come to terms with Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Dec.04, 2014 @ 11:23 pm, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks announced today that they came to terms with Daisuke Matsuzaka (34). The Hawks will introduce Matsuzaka at a press conference on Friday. He was assigned the number 18 and most likely agreed to a three-year deal worth an estimated 1.2 billion yen plus incentives.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 12/4/2014, Sponichi 12/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/4/2014

[UPDATE 12/5 @ 11:20pm]

The Hawks held a press conference for Matsuzaka earlier today.

"I felt challenged as a reliever, but it didn't mean anything to mean," said Matsuzaka about pitching out of the bullpen. He added, "I want to focus on starting so long as I have the desire to start."

When asked about his right elbow, he replied, "It's getting better every year. This year has been the best so far. I have no worries about throwing the ball."

Matsuzaka was also asked about his conditioning and his troubles during the second-half of seasons, to which he said, "It's only natural to think that based on my performances over the last few years. I hope those concerns will be gone around the time the 2015 season ends."

Source: Daily Sports 12/5/2014, ZakZak 12/5/2014, Sponichi 12/5/2014


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[12/3/2014] Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.04, 2014 @ 12:19 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • The Lions asked Tatsuya Oishi this summer if he was interested in becoming a position player. He declined because he wants to focus on pitching. Right shoulder problems kept him from pitching at Ichi-gun this year. Source: Sponichi 12/3/2014
  • Seibu senryokugai Masaru Misawa is going to try and pursue a career as a firefighter in Kagoshima. Source: Sports Hochi 12/1/2014

Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko (right elbow) was discharged from the hospital on November 30. He began his rehab on Monday. Source: Sponichi 12/2/2014
  • The media learned on Sunday that Motoki Higa (31) filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old woman from Osaka earlier this year in June. Source: Sponichi 12/1/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Tomoya Ichikawa had back surgery at a hospital in Tokushima on Wednesday. He will remain in the hospital for about ten days and will require roughly two and a half months for a full recovery. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/3/2014
  • Shohei Otani's parents handle of their son's earnings (salary and bonuses plus whatever else he might receive from winning awards). They give him 100,000 yen a month to cover his expenses. Otani uses less than 10,000 yen a month. His biggest expense is a business suit he purchases for 100,000 yen before the start of each season. He has so far managed to save about two million yen from left-over allowance money. Source: Sponichi 12/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2014
  • Nippon Ham senryokugai Kazuya Murata will join the BC League's Fukushima Hopes as a player/coach. Source: official announcement, Sponichi 12/3/2014

[12/2/2014] Softbank Hawks introduce 2014 Ikusei Draft Class

by on Dec.02, 2014 @ 6:49 pm, under NPB
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Ord Name JPN Team DOB HT/WT POS T/B Level Uni Bonus Contract Date
I1 Koyama, Kazuhiro 幸山 一大 SOF 1996/06/18 191/95 OF R/R Toyama Daiichi High School 124 3,000,000 2,700,000 11/17
I2 Saito, Seiya 齋藤 誠哉 SOF 1996/05/13 185/78 P L/L Iwata Higashi High School 126 3,000,000 2,700,000 11/13
I3 Yamashita, Amon 山下 亜文 SOF 1996/04/05 170/69 P L/L Komatsu Otani High School 128 3,000,000 2,700,000 11/18
I4 Horiuchi, Tamon 堀内 汰門 SOF 1996/09/16 175/75 C R/R Yamamura Kokusai High School 131      
I5 Kakinoki, Eiji 柿木 映二 SOF 1997/01/06 186/76 P R/L Yanagawa High School 133      
I6 Kaneko, Shota 金子 将太 SOF 1996/08/21 176/78 OF L/L Omama High School 134      
I7 Kono, Daiki 河野 大樹 SOF 1991/03/29 177/78 INF R/B Nomo Baseball Club 135 3,000,000 3,600,000 11/17
I8 Nakamura, Keigo 中村 恵吾 SOF 1989/03/23 182/72 P R/R Toyama Thunderbirds Baseball Club 136 3,000,000 3,600,000 11/18


Source: official announcement, Ustream

[12/1/2014] Softbank Hawks introduce 2014 Draft Class (non-Ikusei)

by on Dec.01, 2014 @ 9:47 pm, under NPB
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Ord Name JPN Team DOB HT/WT POS T/B Level Uni Bonus Contract Date
1 Matsumoto, Yuki 松本 裕樹 SOF 1996/04/14 183/83 P R/L Morioka Daigaku Fuzoku High School 66 80,000,000 8,000,000 11/26
2 Kurihara, Ryoya 栗原 陵矢 SOF 1996/07/04 178/74 C R/L Harue Kogyo High School 31 60,000,000 7,000,000 11/25
3 Furusawa, Shogo 古澤 勝吾 SOF 1996/09/05 178/80 INF R/R Kyushu KokusaiDaiFu High School 59 50,000,000 6,000,000 11/23
4 Kasaya, Shunsuke 笠谷 俊介 SOF 1997/03/17 174/68 P L/L Oita Shogyo High School 67 40,000,000 5,000,000 11/21
5 Shimabukuro, Yosuke 島袋 洋奨 SOF 1992/10/24 172/73 P L/L Chuo University 39 40,000,000 8,000,000 11/20


Source: official announcement, Ustream

[11/30/2014] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.01, 2014 @ 2:16 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks announced that Akira Nakamura's uniform number will change from 60 to 7. Source: official announcement
  • Sixteen players that have set goals for the 2015 season could have to put their money where their mouths are: their goals have been printed on t-shirts that fans can purchase for 3,000 yen. Fans can get 3,000 yen in dugout coupons if the players fail to meet their goals. There are reports that players might have to pay for the cost out of their own pockets. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/30/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata played in a friendly game against a team of players from Ibaraki on Sunday. He was the starting designated hitter and batted third. He also took the mound in the 6th and tossed a shutout inning in relief. He did not allow any hits, walked one, and topped out at 144km/h. Source: Sponichi 11/30/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/30/2014

[11/29/2014] Rumors: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Alfredo Despaigne, Tony Blanco

by on Nov.30, 2014 @ 9:17 am, under NPB
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Yokohama senryokugai Norihiro Nakamura (41) is still hoping to land a spot on an NPB team. He is giving himself until the end of the year. He is not interested in continuing his career by signing with an independent league team or going overseas. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/29/2014

Orix senryokugai players Ryuji Shoji and Hiroki Nishikawa are planning to pursue careers as police officers in Osaka. Source: Sponichi 11/30/2014

The Softbank Hawks are expected hold a press conference to introduce Daisuke Matsuzaka (34) on December 5. Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2014, Sponichi 11/29/2014

Only two of the nine foreign players the Rakuten Eagles had on the active roster this year will be returning next year: Rhiner Cruz and Zach Lutz. The other seven are Kevin Youkilis, John Bowker, Nick Evans, Travis Blackley, Loek Van Mil, Andruw Jones, and Brian Falkenborg. Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2014

The Orix Buffaloes reportedly left Wily Mo Pena (32), Joey Butler (28), and Dan Runzler (29) off their reserved list. Source: Sanspo 11/29/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines kept Alfredo Despaigne (28) on their reserved list as a sign to show how much they want him to return next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2014

The Eagles and Kazuo Matsui (39) agreed to a new two-year deal. Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2014

One of the reasons why the Yokohama Bay Stars decided not to exercise Tony Blanco's (34) option may have had something to do with his weight and three hamstring injuries this year. Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2014 ... The Orix Buffaloes could be the front runners to land Blanco. They could be preparing a two-year deal worth about 400 million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2014

[11/28/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.29, 2014 @ 2:51 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles announced that secondary Ni-gun spring camp will take place at Okuragahama Sogo Park in Hyuga, Miyazaki. Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuya Hasegawa will have surgery on his right ankle on December 4. He will most likely require two months for a full recovery. Source: Sponichi 11/28/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Hikaru Ito will become the next players chairman. He will take over the reigns from Tomotaka Sakaguchi. Source: Sponichi 11/28/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • When Masahiro Yamamoto asked Shohei Otani if he would continue to pitch and hit in the Majosr if given the opportunity, he replied, "If possible, yes." When asked if he had to pick, he said, "They saw me as a pitcher so there is a good chance it will be as pitcher." Source: Sanspo 11/28/2014