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[11/18/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.19, 2014 @ 4:11 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Tadashi Ishimine took about ninety swings during soft-toss batting practice on Monday and hit thirty over the fence. Ishimine is the only left-handed hitting catcher on the team. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014
  • Hiromoto Okubo wants to give pitchers like Keiji Uezono, Kenji Tomura, and Yoshitaka Muto a serious chance to prove themselves during exhibition games next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014 ... Okubo has not decided on an opening day starter. Source: Sponichi 11/18/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Chunichi senryokugai Kento Yachi (26) and Yokohama senryokugai Kuan-Yu Chen (24) joined Kamogawa fall camp on Monday for tryouts. They each tossed three shutout innings during a batting practice scrimmage. Yachi topped out at 145km/h, Chen at 143km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/17/2014 ... Yachi gave up five hits over three inning and Chen one hit over three innings. Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Nao Higashihama threw about 110 pitches in the bullpen on Monday. He got pointers on how to throw a change-up from pitching coach Yoshinori Sato. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014
  • The Hawks announced that they added Tetsuya Iida (46) as an Ichi-gun outfield/base coach. He was assigned the number 78. Source: Sponichi 11/17/2014
  • The Hawks announced the addition of Masato Yoshii (49) as Ichi-gun pitching coach. He has been assigned the number 77. Source: Sponichi 11/18/2014
  • Kimiyasu Kudo received the Best Whisky Lover award during the Whisky Hills Awards 2014 ceremony. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Shingu Chamber of Commerce's Young Entrepreneurs Group, in cooperation with the Kumano Hayatama Shrine, has decided to give Shohei Otani the 2014 Hayatama Award. Past recipients include Marc Kroon (2006), Daisuke Matsuzaka (2007), and Kenta Maeda (2013). Source: Sponichi 11/18/2014
  • For those that care: former Fighter Yu Darvish (28) tweeted that he and wrestler Seiko Yamamoto (34) decided not to hide their relationship from the public. Source: Tweet via Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014

[11/16/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.17, 2014 @ 10:48 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui pitched in an intra-squad game on Sunday. He entered the game in the 6th and tossed two shutout innings while allowing three hits. He also struck out three. One of Matsui's problems this season was maintaining his composure on the mound with runners on base. He managed to make his way out of jams in the two innings he pitched: runners on first and third and no out in the 6th and a runner on third and one out in the 7th. Source: Sponichi 11/17/2014 ... Hiromoto Okubo is mulling over the idea of giving Matsui a look as closer. Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2014
  • Jim Heuser's (30) tryout ended on Sunday. He pitched in an intra-squad game on his last day and tossed two perfect innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/16/2014

Seibu Lions

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • Shota Oba returned to the Saitozaki facilities on Sunday and joined the rehab group for workouts because he suffered a strain in his right hamstring. He will be checked out at a hospital. Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2014
  • Yuya Iida threw sixty-five pitches in the bullpen on Sunday. Iida has been overhauling his mechanics with help from Ichi-gun pitching coach Yoshinori Sato. He told reporters changes in his delivery allowed him to throw the ball without getting tired. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/16/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Atsunori Inaba (42) will continue to wear the number forty-one during events that require him to wear a uniform. He will be a sports community officer. Makoto Kaneko (39) will be a special instructor in the organization. He is planning to study coaching abroad in the United States next year. Source: Sports Hochi 11/16/2014, Sponichi 11/16/2014

[11/15/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.16, 2014 @ 3:35 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Senior adviser Senichi Hoshino visited fall camp in Kurashiki on Saturday. It was his first visit with the team since he took on his new position as senior adviser. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014
  • A number of the younger players, including Yuki Matsui, Yudai Mori, Takaaki Yokoyama, and Takumi Miyoshi, will be attending a secondary camp in Sendai after fall camp in Kurashiki ends on the 19th. Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014, Sponichi 11/15/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Yokohama senryokugai Yujo Kitagata's tryout was extended until the end of fall camp on the 22nd. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

[11/14/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.15, 2014 @ 2:27 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Players and coaches visited an elementary school near Muscat Stadium at 7:40am on Friday and spent about thirty minutes high-fiving students as they arrived. Everyone jogged the 3.5 kilometer distance back to the team hotel after the high-five session. Source: Sponichi 11/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Akira Nakamura had surgery on his left elbow. He will be discharged from the hospital on Saturday. He will most likely require two months for a full recovery. Source: Sponichi 11/14/2014
  • Yuya Iida was planning to throw fifty pitches in the bullpen on Friday, but ended up throwing 165. He worked on throwing the change-up after getting tips from pitching coach Yoshinori Sato. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014
  • Kimiyasu Kudo watched over fall camp workouts on Thursday for the first time since he took over as manager. He spent time checking on pitchers in the bullpen. He worked with Hiroki Yamada and offered the following advice: lower your center of gravity, distribute your weight evenly on the landing leg, show the catcher the button on your back pocket. Yamada ended up throwing 200 pitches in the bullpen in an effort to get the motion right. Source: Sponichi 11/14/2014 ... Kudo used a seat to help illustrate how low the body should be when shifting weight to the back leg -- the seat was placed behind Yamada and he was told to drop his weight as if he were going to sit. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014
  • Tryout: Yokohama senryokugai Yuji Kitagata only managed to throw seven of thirty-four pitches for strikes during a bullpen session on Thursday. Source: Sponichi 11/14/2014 ... Kitagata's tryout was scheduled to end on Friday, but was extended a few days. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata will be leading a team of players against the Ibaraki Golden Golds at Tsuchiura Baseball Stadium in Ibaraki on November 29th. Team Nakata is also scheduled to play a game against a group of rubber baseball players from Ibaraki on the folowing day. Baseball clinics will be held before each game. Source: Sports Hochi 11/14/2014, Sponichi 11/14/2014
  • Former Fighter Makoto Kaneko gave a lecture to players at the Ni-gun facilities in Kamagaya before practices on Friday. The lecture was for players drafted out of high school with five or fewer years of experience. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014
  • The Fighters held a press conference to introduce their newest members of the Ni-gun coaching staff: pitching coach Noriyuki Takahashi, hitting coach Noriyuki Shiroishi, and outfield/base coach Shinichi Kawana. Source: official announcement

[11/13/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks

by on Nov.14, 2014 @ 1:46 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Kazuya Fujita played in an intra-squad game on Thursday. He got the start at second and batted second for the Reds. He recorded a two-run double to center. Source: Sponichi 11/13/2014
  • Koji Yamasaki played in an intra-squad game on Wednesday and recorded a two-run single to right with the bases loaded and two out in his first at bat in the 5th inning. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2014
  • Takaaki Yokoyama has not allowed a run in two intra-squad appearances (four shutout innings on the 7th and three shutout innings on the 12th). Source: Sports Hochi 11/13/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Miguel Mejia (26) and Esmerling Vasquez (30) pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on Wednesday. Mejia faced eight hitters, allowed two hits, struck out two, and topped out at 152 km/h. Vasquez faced fourteen hitters, allowed two hits, walked three, and struck out four. Source: Sponichi 11/13/2014, Daily Sports 11/13/2014
  • The Lions will most likely go with five foreign players on their seventy-man roster. They currently have four and will continue looking at pitchers that can start. Source: Sports Hochi 11/13/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Ren Kajiya threw 146 pitches in the bulpen under the watchful eye of new pitching coach Yoshinori Sato on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2014
  • Former manager Koji Akiyama will be presented with an honor award from Kumamoto Prefecture. A presentation ceremony will take place on December 11. Source: Daily Sports 11/13/2014

[11/12/2014] Rumors: Tadahiro Ogino, Shugo Fujii, Yujo Kitagata

by on Nov.13, 2014 @ 5:07 am, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants re-signed Taichi Tanaka (21) to an Ikusei contract worth 4.9 million yen (no change from 2014). His uniform number will change from 68 to 013. Source: Sanspo 11/12/2014

The Yakult Swallows are interested in Lotte senryokugai Tadahiro Ogino (32). Source: Sports Hochi 11/12/2014

The Hiroshima Carp will most likely assign Takahiro Arai (37) the number twenty-eight. Source: Sports Hochi 11/12/2014

The Hanshin Tigers signed Yokohama senryokugai Travis Mikihisa Samura (21) to an Ikusei contract. Source: official announcement

Yokohama senryokugai Shugo Fujii (37) is thinking about attending the twelve-team tryout at Giants Stadium on the 20th. Source: Sponichi 11/12/2014

Yokohama senryokugai Yujo Kitagata's (20) tryout with Softbank will run four days from the 11th until the 14th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2014

[11/11/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Softbank Hawks

by on Nov.12, 2014 @ 3:57 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Jim Heuser (30) and Kenny Ray (39) joined the team in Kurashiki on Tuesday for the start of their tryouts. Their tryouts will run through to the 16th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014
  • The Eagles are thinking about creating a manual on player development to make sure all their coaches are on the same page. Hiromoto Okubo has been collecting information for the manual for about a year. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014
  • The team had the day off on Monday. Everyone (players, coaches, staff) helped pick up garbage in the Kurashiki Bikan area for about thirty minutes, beginning at 9:00am. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014, Sports Hochi 11/10/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuya Hasegawa worked out at the Saitozaki facilities on Sunday. He is currently rehabbing his right ankle. Surgery was an option, but there was concern it might lead to a loss of mobility. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014
  • The Hawks announced that Makoto Sasaki joined their staff as a San-gun hitting coach. Source: official announcement

[11/10/2014] Rumors: Yokohama, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Softbank

by on Nov.11, 2014 @ 5:07 am, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in Orix senryokugai Shun Tono (28) after watching him during the Twelve-team tryouts on Sunday. A number of other teams, including Hiroshima and Lotte, could also be interested in Tono. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Hiroshima Carp are interested in Tono, Nippon Ham senryokugai Shoma Sato (25), Yokohama senryokugai Futoshi Kobayashi (31), and Softbank senryokugai Shintaro Ejiri (37). They will probably keep it to one signing, if any. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014, Daily Sports 11/10/2014 ... Hiroshima signed Sato to a contract on Monday. A press conference will be held on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

Tono is not planning to attend the second tryout. He is currently only thinking about playing in the NPB next year. Source: Chunichi Sports 11/10/2014

Chunichi general manager Hiromitsu Ochiai is interested in Yokohama senryokugai Kuan-Yu Chen (24). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Dragons are planning to give former Softbank Hawk Kyohei Kamezawa (26) a tryout during fall camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines are interested in Orix senryokugai Tomoya Yagi and could give him a tryout. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014

The Softbank Hawks are going to give Yokohama senryokugai Yujo Kitagata (20) a tryout during fall camp, from the 11th until the 14th. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Orix Buffaloes are going to give Chunichi senryokugai Daisuke Tanaka a look during fall camp. Source: Daily Sports 11/10/2014

Yoshiyuki Kamei (32) was offered a multi-year deal but wants a one-year contract because he feels it will keep him motivated. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

Hiroshima's Eishin Soyogi (34) decided not to exercise his FA option after meeting with team officials for the fifth time on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014 ... Soyogi may have agreed to a one-year deal worth 100 million yen. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014 ... Hiroshima also posted an announcement of his decision. Source: official announcement

The Yomiuri Giants could meet Ryoji Aikawa (38) as early as the 13th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Giants are planning to sign Chunichi senryokugai Daiki Yoshikawa (22). Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014

The Hanshin Tigers could sweeten their offer to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) by diverting money they were planning to use for Naoki Miyanishi (three year, 500 million yen). Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014

The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Keiji Obiki (30). Source: Sanspo 11/10/2014

[11/9/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.10, 2014 @ 4:51 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Agustin Murillo (32) joined the Eagles for workouts at Muscat Stadium on Sunday. His tryouts will run through to the 16th. His wife is expecting their first child, a girl, in February. Source: Sports Hochi 11/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Yuri Furukawa pitched in an intra-squad game for the Reds on Saturday. He made an appearance in relief and gave up a run on two hits over four innings of work. He topped out at 146km/h. Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014
  • Intra-squad game losers are required to jog/run the distance back to the hotel from the stadium (about a six kilometer distance). Staff and players that also failed to pick the winning team before the start of the intra-squad game are also required to jog/run the distance back to the hotel. Hiromoto Okubo had to run back to the hotel after the first two intra-squad games because he picked the wrong team to win. Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2014
  • The Eagles held a baseball clinic for about 200 elementary school kids at Muscat Stadium on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Circle Laligurans representatives and Iswor Thapa visisted fall camp in Kurashiki on Sunday. Circle Laligurans is a nonprofit organization working to promote and support the growth of baseball in Nepal. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014, Laligurans

Seibu Lions

  • Tryouts: Miguel Mejia (26) and Esmerling Vasquez (30) pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on Saturday. Mejia topped out at 150km/h, faced four hitters, and did not allow any hits. Vasquez topped out at 151km/h, allowed one hit, and struck out four. Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2014 ... Vasquez faced eight hitters. He is slated to pitch in another scrimmage on the 12th. Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo participated in a youth baseball clinic in Rikuzentakata, Iwate on Sunday. About sixty elementary school kids attended the clinic. Source: Sports Hochi 11/9/2014 ... Kudo faced all sixty-two elementary school kids in a batting practice scrimmage during the clinic. He threw 180 pitches and struck out twenty-eight. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Softbank held a press conference on Sunday to introduce four new coaches: Ichi-gun pitching coach Yoshinori Sato, Ni-gun infield/base coach Yasutomo Suzuki, Ni-gun pitching coach Keisaburo Tanoue, and San-gun pitching coach Masahiro Sakumoto. Source: official announcement
  • The Hawks announced on Sunday that they were parting ways with amateur scout Masanori Taguchi. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters will be releasing a series of videos where players introduce highlights from the season. The first installment features Shota Ono and Shohei Otani. A second video will be uploaded later this month. Source: official announcement