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[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

[11/9/2014] Softbank Hawks 2015 Coaching Staff

by on Nov.09, 2014 @ 10:40 pm, under NPB
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Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 81 工藤 公康 Kudo, Kimiyasu 51
Pitching Coach 70 佐藤 義則 Sato, Yoshinori 60
Hitting Coach 71 藤井 康雄 Fujii, Yasuo 52
Hitting Coach 75 大道 典良 Omichi. Noriyoshi 45
Infield/Base Coach 88 鳥越 裕介 Torigoe, Yusuke 43
Battery Coach 85 的山 哲也 Matoyama, Tetsuya 44
Conditioning Coach 01 川村 隆史 Kawamura, Takashi 49
Conditioning Coach 06 鳥井田 淳 Toriida, Atsushi 39

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 80 水上 善雄 Mizukami, Yoshio 57
Pitching Coach 94 倉野 信次 Kurano, Shinji 40
Pitching Coach 82 田之上 慶三郎 Tanoue, Keisaburo 43
Hitting Coach 76 藤本 博史 Fujimoto, Hiroshi 51
Infield/Base Coach 83 鈴木 康友 Suzuki, Yasutomo 55
Outfield/Base Coach 87 井出 竜也 Ide, Tatsuya 43
Battery Coach 86 田村 藤夫 Tamura, Fujio 55
Conditioning Coach 02 山川 周一 Yamakawa, Shuichi 50

San-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 74 小川 史 Ogawa, Hiroshi 54
Pitching Coach 91 佐久本 昌広 Sakumoto, Masahiro 40
Infield/Base Coach 79 稲嶺 誉 Inamine, Homare 34
Outfield/Base Coach 93 村松 有人 Muramatsu, Arihito 41
Battery Coach 84 清水 将海 Shimizu, Masaumi 39
Rehab Manager 73 斉藤 学 Saito, Manabu 51

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Source: official announcementofficial announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2014

[11/8/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.09, 2014 @ 4:28 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Lucas Irvine (25) and Pete Parise (29) each got starts in Saturday's intra-squad game. Irvine started the game for the Whites and gave up two runs on three hits over an inning of work. He topped out at 145km/h. Parise started the game for the Reds and did not allow a run or a hit over an inning. He did walk two. Tryouts for Irvine and Parise are slated to continue through to the 13th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/8/2014
  • Alejandro Segovia (24) joined the Eagles for his tryout on Saturday. He swung the bat twenty-two times during batting practice and hit two over the fence. His tryout will run though to the 17th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/8/2014
  • The Reds beat the Whites 6-4 in a special seven inning intra-squad game on Friday. They will play a total five eight-on-eight intra-squad game until the 19th. The losing team will have to jog/run back to the team hotel after the game (five to six kilometer distance). Source: Sports Hochi 11/8/2014 ... Yasuhito Uchida entered the game on defense in the 4th and went 2-for-2 with two RBI for the Whites: RBI double to center off Yoshitaka Muto in his first at bat in the 5th inning and an RBI single to left in the 6th. Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2014, Sponichi 11/8/2014 ... Takaaki Yokoyama started the game for the Reds and tossed four shutout innings while allowing four hits. Kodai Hamaya started the game for the Whites and allowed six runs on eight hits over four innings of work. Source: Sanspo 11/8/2014 ... The Reds scored six runs on nine hits and the Whites four runs on ten hits. Source: Sponichi 11/8/2014
  • Ni-gun spring camp will most likely take place at two locations next year. Camp will begin in Kumejima, Okinawa as usual. After about three weeks, the team will head to Hyuga, Miyazaki and continue their training at Daiodani Sports Park. The change should allow the Ni-gun team to play more practice games during spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 11/8/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks announced on Saturday that they were parting ways with Ichi-gun pitching coach Shinichi Kato and San-gun conditioning coach Motozumi Kitsunai. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

[11/8/2014] Softbank Hawks: Fall camp roster

by on Nov.08, 2014 @ 8:44 pm, under NPB
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Fall camp will take place at Ikime-no Mori Sports Park in Miyazaki between November 11 and 22. Players will have the day off on the November 15 and 20.

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 岩嵜 翔 Iwasaki, Sho
P 東浜 巨 Higashihama, Nao
P 森 唯斗 Mori, Yuito
P 飯田 優也 Iida, Yuya
C 鶴岡 慎也 Tsuruoka, Shinya
C 高谷 裕亮 Takaya, Hiroaki
INF 金子 圭輔 Kaneko, Keisuke
INF 明石 健志 Akashi, Kenji
INF 本多 雄一 Honda, Yuichi
OF 江川 智晃 Egawa, Tomoaki

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Source: official announcement

[11/7/2014] Rumors: Hanshin, Hiroshima, Yakult, Softbank Orix

by on Nov.08, 2014 @ 4:06 am, under NPB
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Hiroyuki Nakajima

  • The Seibu Lions have spoken to Nakajima over the phone. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014 ... Team official Haruhiko Suzuki spoke to Nakajima over the phone for about twenty minutes. He may have offered the former Lion at least three years, an everyday spot at third base batting third, and the uniform number three. He may have also asked him to reach 2,000 hits while in a Seibu uniform. Nakajima is still interested in playing in the United States. Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2014 ... Nakajima may have been offered a three year deal worth over 800 million yen, the every day job at third batting third, the uniform number three, and a plan until retirement. The Lions are not interested in getting into a bidding war. Source: Sponichi 11/7/2014
  • The Lions are the only NPB team that can negotiate with Nakajima without having to worry about compensation. The Tigers may opt to wait until December to avoid the compensation penalty. Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2014

Yoshihisa Naruse

Keiji Obiki

  • Obiki on why he decided to exercise his FA option: "The front office tried really hard to get me to stay, but the coaches never said anything to me about next year. It would have been nice to talk to Hideki Kuriyama once..." Source: Sponichi 11/7/2014, Sports Hochi 11/7/2014

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Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • Eishin Soyogi (34) told reporters on Thursday that he still wanted more time to think about his options and that he would most likely speak to the Carp at least one more time. He does not want to have any regrets. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Yakult Swallows are looking into Kam Mickolio (30), in addition to Keiji Obiki and Yoshihisa Naruse. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014

Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

[11/7/2014] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.08, 2014 @ 3:57 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Yuki Yoshimura was re-examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on Thursday and diagnosed with a bone bruise in his left ring finger. He suffered the injury when he slid head-first into first base during Game 5 of the Nippon Series. The finger will need two to three weeks of rest. He will not participate in Miyazaki fall camp and will instead rehab at the Saitozaki facilities. He will also withdraw from the Samurai Japan vs Softbank-Nippon Ham game. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Ichiro Suzuki and Munenori Kawasaki worked out at Hoto Motto Kobe on Thursday. Source: Sponichi 11/7/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani and Sho Nakata ended their fall camp in Okinawa on Friday. They will join the Samurai Japan team in Fukuoka on Saturday. Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2014
  • Yuki Saito pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on Friday. He faced five hitters, threw nineteen pitches, and did not allow any could-be hits. He did hit Go Matsumoto. Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2014
  • Takumi Oshima went 1-for-1 (SF8, 1B9) during a batting practice scrimmage on Thursday. Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2014

[11/6/2014] Rumors: Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Softbank Hawks

by on Nov.07, 2014 @ 5:30 am, under NPB
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Kyuji Fujikawa

  • The Softbank Hawks are interested in Fujikawa (34). Fujikawa returned to Japan after the season but is currently back in the United States. He wants to continue playing in the US, but will also field offers from teams in Japan in case things do not pan out. Softbank could be seen as a flexible organization after they allowed Hideki Okajima to return to the Majors after one season. They could offer something similar to Fujikawa. Source: Sanspo 11/6/2014
  • The Hanshin Tigers are also interested in Fujikawa. Source: Sanspo 11/6/2014

Chihiro Kaneko

  • Kaneko and the Orix Buffaloes may have agreed to something on the side during contract negotiations last year that would allow him to go to the Majors via the posting system this off-season based on performance (like winning the Sawamura Award). Source: ZakZak 11/6/2014

Hiroki Kuroda

  • The Hiroshima Carp are expected to get in touch with Kuroda (39) at some point. Source: Sports Hochi 11/6/2014

Daisuke Matsuzaka

  • The Softbank Hawks could offer Matsuzaka (34) up to six years. Matsuzaka has indicated interest in recording 200 NPB + MLB victories and pitching into his forties. Source: ZakZak 11/6/2014
  • The Hawks could offer three or more years at over two billion yen total and the uniform number eighteen. Matsuzaka is reportedly working out with the Japanese baseball. He is also planning to conduct negotiations face-to-face and without an agent. Source: Sponichi 11/6/2014

Hiroyuki Nakajima

  • The Hanshin Tigers are not planning to rush their offer to Nakajima (32). They learned that he recently switched agents and they want to make sure their first offer is solid. Source: Sports Hochi 11/6/2014
  • The Tigers feel they have to up their ante now that Nakajima's new agent is Scott Boras. They do not want to get into a bidding war. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2014
  • The Tigers could offer a deal up to four years at 1.2 billion yen total. Source: Daily Sports 11/6/2014
  • If Takashi Toritani leaves the organization, the Tigers could also offer Nakajima short. Source: Sanspo 11/6/2014
  • Since the Seibu Lions are said to be preparing a three-year deal at 800 million yen, the Tigers feel they have to put together a package that is at least three years at 900 million yen. The Tigers are focused solely on Nakajima at the moment. Source: Sponichi 11/6/2014
  • The Lions are hoping to speak directly to Nakajima. They could speak to him over the phone within the next two to three days. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2014
  • The Chunichi Dragons are interested in Nakajima. Source: Daily Sports 11/6/2014

Keiji Obiki

  • Obiki (30) is planning to exercise his FA option. Yakult and Rakuten are among teams said to be interested. Source: Sports Hochi 11/6/2014
  • Obiki has a house in Tokyo and used to play at Jingu Stadium when he played college ball. The Yakult Swallows could be the front runners. Source: Sponichi 11/6/2014

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Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

Softbank Hawks

[11/6/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.07, 2014 @ 5:15 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui wants to strengthen his lower body this winter to help improve his balance on the mound. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2014
  • Hiromoto Okubo is thinking about making everyone report to the stadium even on their days off next year. He believes even just one full day off can increase the risk of injury. Source: Daily Sports 11/6/2014
  • The Eagles will be playing an eight-on-eight intra-squad game on Friday. Mitsutaka Goto will manage the Reds and Kazuya Fujita the Whites. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2014
  • The Eagles replaced their Scout and Development Department with a Development Department and a Scout Department. They also made a number of internal personnel changes. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Dae-Ho Lee left for Korea out of Fukuoka Airport on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2014
  • Shota Takeda would like to push his weight to 100 kilograms. He currently weighs ninety-two kilograms. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2014
  • The Hawks are planning to offer Keisaburo Tanoue (43) a job as Ni-gun pitching coach. Source: Sponichi 11/6/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on Thursday. He faced five hitters, threw sixteen pitches, and allowed one hit (a home run to Sho Nakata). Source: Sports Hochi 11/6/2014 ... The MLB baseball is giving Otani problems when throwing the slider. He could ditch the pitch if he is unable to get it working. Source: Sports Hochi 11/6/2014

[11/5/2014] Rakuten, Seibu, Lotte, Softbank, Orix, Nippon Ham

by on Nov.06, 2014 @ 5:32 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Lucas Irvine (25) and Pete Parise (29) are each scheduled to pitch an inning during an intra-squad game on the 7th. Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2014
  • Shinichiro Koyama, Koji Aoyama, Keiji Uezono, and Satoshi Nagai took extra fielding practice on Tuesday. They had to chase after a barrage of baseballs for about thirty minutes. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/5/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Hideto Asamura had his left shoulder cleaned out at a hospital in Chiba on Thursday. He will not attend fall camp in Miyazaki and will instead rehab in Tokorozawa. He should be fine for spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2014, Sponichi 11/5/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo may not be able to check on fall practices at YafuOku Dome because of his schedule (graduate school courses). Head coach Hiroshi Ogawa will take care of things while Kudo is unavailable. Source: Sponichi 11/5/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko threw about sixty pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday. It was his second session with an MLB baseball. Said Kaneko about the MLB baseball, "It isn't easy to throw. I haven't thrown it with hitters, so I don't know how things will go." Source: Sanspo 11/5/2014
  • Takuya Hara had surgery to clean out his right ankle. He will require about two months for a full recovery. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2014
  • Former Orix battery coach Kenji Furukubo (50) has joined the Hanwha Eagles' staff as a coach. Source: Blog 11/5/2014, Daily Sports 11/5/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani threw 103 pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday. He used the last twenty or so pitches to practice his change-up. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2014 ... Otani took twenty-five swings during live batting practice on Wednesday and hit five over the fence. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2014

[11/5/2014] Softbank Hawks to part ways with Oseguera, Barrios

by on Nov.05, 2014 @ 9:29 pm, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks announced that they are parting ways with Paul Oseguera (30) and Edison Barrios (26).

They also announced that the following coaches will not be returning next year:

  • Ishiwata, Shigeru (66) - Ni-gun manager
  • Kuo, Tai-Yuan (52) - Ichi-gun pitching coach
  • Tomashino, Seiji (50) - Ichi-gun outfield/base coach
  • Yamauchi, Takanori (58) - Farm chief pitching coach

Source: official announcement, official announcement