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[1/21/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.22, 2016 @ 4:34 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Brandon Laird will be allowed to commute to Arizona spring camp from his home (about a thirty minute drive). Source: Sanspo 1/18/2016
  • Shohei Otani weighed 101 to 102 kilograms on January 17. He told reporters that he was going to begin losing weight so that he can make it to the first or second block of spring camp at ninety-seven kilograms. Source: Source: Chunichi Sports 1/18/2016, Daily Sports 1/18/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines are planning to unveil new alternate uniforms celebrating the organization's twenty-fifth year in Chiba on January 25. The new uniforms will be worn during All For Chiba home games at QVC Marine this year (twelve games). Source: Sponichi 1/19/2016
  • Third round draft pick Kakeru Narita is working on a screwball. Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2016

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions held a staff meeting on January 18 and decided to assign the entire 2015 draft class to group B (Ni-gun) spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/18/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye, 3rd round draft pick Eigoro Mogi, fifth round draft pick Ryota Ishibashi, and sixth round draft pick Yuichi Adachi will be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Sanpso 1/20/2016 ... Okoye is expected to make his "debut" during an intra-squad game on February 7. Source: Daily Sports 1/21/2016
  • Takahiro Kakizawa's registered position will change from outfield to infield. Source: official announcement
  • Kenta Kurihara will be moving to Sendai with his wife and youngest daughter. His two older daughters will remain in Hiroshima with Kurihara's wife's parents because of school. Source: Sponichi 1/20/2016

[1/17/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.18, 2016 @ 3:33 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Kensuke Kondo is planning to only pack a catcher's mitt for Arizona spring camp. His goal is to focus on being catcher. Source: Sponichi 1/17/2016
  • First round draft pick Kenta Uehara and second round draft pick Takayuki Kato will most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp in Arizona. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/16/2016

Seibu Lions

  • The 2015 draft class performed twenty meter shuttle runs on January 17. Sixth round draft pick Keisuke Honda finished in first place with 131. Source: Nikkan sports 1/17/2016
  • Chen-Chang Lee arrived in Japan on January 15. He worked out at Seibu 2 Stadium on January 16. He tossed four bullpen sessions while he was in Taiwan. He is at about seventy percent. Source: Sponichi 1/16/2016
  • Tomomi Takahashi is the top candidate to close games, but Norio Tanabe is worried about his health and is considering other options, like closer by committee. Lee is also a candidate to close games. Source: Daily Sports 1/17/2016, Sponichi 1/17/2016
  • Fumiya Nishiguchi will be a special pitching instructor for the CPBL's Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions from early March until late April. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/16/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes held a moment of silence at Hotto Motto Kobe on January 17 at 12:00pm in remembrance of those that lost their lives during the Hanshin/Awaji Earthquake in 1995. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2016, Sponichi 1/17/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • Chia Hao Sung arrived in Japan on January 14 and began his workouts at kobo Stadium on January 17. Source: Sponichi 1/17/2016
  • Toshiaki Imae will be using a slightly smaller glove (by about five millimeters) at kobo Stadium for better control on natural grass. Source: Sponichi 1/17/2016
  • Tetsuro Nishida has so far managed to increase his weight (from eighty-two to eighty-four) and drop his fat percentage (from thirteen to eleven). Source: Sports Hochi 1/17/2016
  • The 2015 draft class might have a chance to sit down with Masahiro Tanaka at Kobo Stadium sometime before the end of their training session in Sendai. The meeting could take place on January 22. Source: Sponichi 1/16/2016

[1/13/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.14, 2016 @ 3:36 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Nobuhiro Matsuda is planning to test a 900-gram bat during spring camp (his usual bat weighs 875 grams). Source: Nikkan Sports 1/13/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Dai-Kang Yoh returned to Japan on January 10. He worked out at the Kamagaya facilities on January 11. Source: Daily Sports 1/11/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Training camp for the 2015 draft class started on January 11 at QVC Marine Field. Source: Daily Sports 1/11/2016 ... Lotte will give members of the the 2015 draft class various lectures after practices each day between January 11 and 24. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/11/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are planning to use sixth round draft pick Toshitake Yokoo at second base. He has primarily been a third baseman up to now. Source: Sponichi 1/12/2016 ... The 2015 draft class met Ichiro Suzuki on January 13. Source: Sponichi 1/13/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • Rakuten staff visited Shiogama Shrine on January 13 to pray for a successful season. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2016
  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye gained eight kilograms since the day of the draft. He now weighs ninety-four kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 1/11/2016 ... The Eagles held a staff meeting on January 11. Okoye will most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Final assignments will be made during a second staff meeting on January 20. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2016 ... Players performed shuttle runs during 2015 draft class workouts on January 13. Third round draft pick Eigoro Mogi finished in first with 132. Okoya recorded 100. Second round draft pick Ryota Yoshimochi was unable to participate because he was not feeling well. Source: Sports Hochi 1/13/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/13/2016, Sponichi 1/13/2016

[1/10/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.11, 2016 @ 10:08 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Training camp for the 2015 draft class started at the Saitozaki facilities on January 9. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Training camp for the 2015 draft class started at the Ni-gun facilities in Kamagaya, Chiba on January 9. Source: Sponichi 1/9/2016
  • Hideki Kuriyama is not against fourth round draft pick Shota Hiranuma following into the footsteps of Shohei Otani (being a pitcher/position player), but would like the rookie to focus on making the active roster as an infielder. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/10/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The 2015 draft class moved into the team dormitory in Saitama on January 9. Training camp will begin on January 11. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2016

Seibu Lions

  • First round draft pick Shinsaburo Tawata and sixth round draft pick Keisuke Honda spent over thirty minutes signing autographs for fans after practices on January 10. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2016
  • Ernesto Mejia sent the Lions film of his workouts. Source: Sanspo 1/9/2016

Orix Buffaloes

  • The 2015 draft class moved into the team dormitory in Kobe on January 9. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2016 ... Training camp began on January 10 at Hotto Motto Field Kobe. Source: Sponichi 1/10/2016
  • First round draft pick Masataka Yoshida will be using New Balance's L2000SB2 cleats. Source: Sponichi 1/9/2016 ... Eighth round draft pick Ryuta Kadoya arrived at the team dormitory in a Mercedes Benz C180. He purchased the car to keep the pressure on himself. His father gave him a Rolex. Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2016, Sponichi 1/10/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • The 2015 draft class took physical fitness assessment tests at Sendai University on January 10. Source: Sponichi 1/10/2016
  • Workers started laying out the natural grass (Kentucky Bluegrass) at kobo Stadium on January 9. It will take about a week to install all of the natural grass and roughly two months for it to settle and take root. Hanshin Engei will be in charge of maintaining the soil. They are known for their work with Koshien Stadium. Source: Sponichi 1/9/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/9/2016, Daily Sports 1/10/2016

[1/8/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.09, 2016 @ 6:55 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The 2015 draft class moved in to the team dormitory on January 7. Source: official announcement ... The Fighters will hold a welcoming ceremony for the 2015 draft class at the Kamagaya facilities on January 17. Source: official announcement
  • Sho Nakata is interested in the Majors, but does not have the confidence to take the leap yet. Source: Daily Sports 1/8/2016
  • Hideki Kuriyama might have more than ten candidates for the starting rotation. He could go with a rotation that includes up to eight pitchers at the start of the season. Source: Sports Hochi 1/7/2016 ... For the rest of the season, Kuriyama wants five main pitchers for the rotation with three alternates. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2016
  • Shohei Otani on his dream of playing in the Majors, via ZakZak: "I wanted to go as soon as possible when I was in high school. It's been a battle every day since turning professional. You are never sure how today's performance will affect things tomorrow. This includes the regular season, but there just isn't a lot of time to think about it. Things may have been a little unclear before. My feelings grow strong every year, but at the same time, there's so much going on on a daily basis that it has become difficult to imagine a specific timeframe." On the posting system: "I think that's a little hard to think about at this point in time. When it comes to the posting system, it isn't just my decision. There are good and bad things to consider. It's a difficult situation. ... [The MLB] isn't a place you can go to because you want to. You have to show what you are capable of, what kind of pitcher you are, when you play the game. This is the same for every player. You have to get the people watching interested in you. I think it's the same thing with going to the MLB. It's necessary to get them to want you. You can't go just by showing up every day and I don't feel I'm at that level to go yet. I think I need more polish." On not being ready: "I'm not ready. Not at all. I have to improve all around. I'm not there physically. I also lack experience. Some of it is a matter of time, but there's still a lot I need to learn. I just have to keep practicing." Source: ZakZak 1/7/2016 ... Otani gained seven to eight kilograms during the off-season (about two months) and now weighs about 100 kilograms. He gained weight by eating six to seven meals a day. He is hoping to add two or three more kilograms before mid-January. From there he plans to cut back and trim down to ninety-eight or ninety-nine by mid-February. Source: Sponichi 1/7/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/7/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ayumu Ishikawa pushed his weight from eighty-two to eighty-seven kilograms during the off-season so far. He wants to start the season at around eighty-eight kilograms. Source: Sponichi 1/7/2016
  • First round draft pick Taiga Hirasawa weighed seventy-five kilograms last summer. He worked on his weight and is now eighty kilograms. Source: Sports Hochi 1/8/2016

Seibu Lions

  • Training camp for the 2015 draft class started at Seibu 2 Stadium on January 7. Source: Sponichi 1/7/2016

Orix Buffaloes

Rakuten Eagles

[1/6/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.07, 2016 @ 3:36 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Fourth round draft pick Kenta Chatani moved into the team dormitory on January 6. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani added seven to eight kilograms to his frame so far during the off-season and now weighs 100 kilograms. Source: Sanspo 1/6/2016, Sponichi 1/6/2016 ... If/When Otani heads to the United States, he would prefer playing for a team that wants him both as a pitcher and non-pitcher. In an interview posted by Nikkan Sports, he said he would be willing to accept less money for a chance to be a pitcher/non-pitcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2016

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • First round draft pick Shinsaburo Tawata, second round draft pick Seiji Kawagoe, sixth round draft pick Keisuke Honda, and ninth round draft pick Koki Fujita moved into the player dormitory on January 4. Third round draft pick Shogo Noda, fourth round draft pick Aito Otaki,seventh round draft pick Nien Ting Wu, eighth round draft pick Tsubasa Kokubo, and tenth round draft pick Naoaki Matsumoto moved in on January 5. Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

  • Orix will begin using tablets as a tool to provide players and coaches with various scouting information (advance reports, film, stats). Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2016
  • The Buffaloes hired Mitsunobu Takahashi to be an technical coach. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2016

Rakuten Eagles

  • First round draft pick Louis Okoye, second round draft pick Ryota Yoshimochi, third round draft pick Eigoro Mogi, fourth round draft pick Kengo Horiuchi, sixth round draft pick Yuichi Adachi, seventh round draft pick Itsuki Murabayashi, Ikusei first round draft pick Takumi Deguchi, and Ikusei second round draft pick Hiroki Yamada moved into the team dormitory on January 6. Source: official announcement
  • Ginji dropped five kilograms and currently weighs seventy-eight kilograms. Source: Sanspo 1/6/2016
  • Kazutomo Aihara has decided to switch over to a sidearm delivery. Source: Sponichi 1/5/2016
  • Tetsuro Nishida's registered name will be Tetsuro (哲朗) this year. Source: official announcement
  • Hirohito Shimai (25) filed marriage papers with a thirty-one-year-old woman from Tokushima in December 2015. Source: official announcement, Sports Hochi 1/5/2016, Sponichi 1/5/2016
  • Okoye has decided to use nubuck cleats. They are hard to keep clean (especially in white), but are about ten percent lighter than normal cleats. Source: Chunichi Sports 1/5/2016, Daily Sports 1/5/2016 ... Watari, Miyagi would like to make Okoye and Yoshimochi their strawberry ambassadors. Both players listed strawberries as their favorite food. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2016

[1/4/2016] Softbank Hawks: Yuki Yanagita 2015 home runs

by on Jan.05, 2016 @ 3:33 am, under NPB
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Nikkan Sports posted a few details about Yuki Yanagita's thirty-four home runs in 2015.

Yanagita, Yuki SOF LF
14 HR
(41.2%)
113.2 meters
CF
5 HR
(14.7%)
129.0 meters
RF
15 HR
(44.1%)
117.3 meters

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  • In the 1990s, forty-two percent of hitters with thirty or more home runs in a season were left-handed. Between 2000 and 2010, forty-three percent were left-hande. Since 2011, Yanagita and Shinnosuke Abe (thirty-two in 2013) were the only left-handed hitters to blast thirty or more home runs. The remaining seventeen hitters were right-handed.
  • Of the nineteen hitters that have hit thirty or more home runs in a season since 2011, Yanagita is the only one to hit more than forty percent the other way. Every other hitter pulled their home runs at least fifty-six percent of the time.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/3/2016

[1/4/2016] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.05, 2016 @ 3:17 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kenta Imamiya signed an adviser contract with Under Armor. He will be testing five to six Japanese cow hide gloves during spring camp (stiffer than regular cow hide). Source: Nikkan Sports 1/4/2015
  • Yuki Yanagita does not like batting clean-up. Kimiyasu Kudo is thinking about batting him either third or fifth, with Seiichi Uchikawa fourth. Source: Sanspo 1/1/2016 ... Fifth seems likely since he could help protect the third and fourth hitters. Source: Sponichi 1/2/2016
  • Nao Higashihama spent about two weeks training in Los Angeles by himself. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/1/2016
  • The Hawks are thinking about hanging a "floating big screen" (five meters x fifty meters) behind home plate at YafuOku Dome. They are also thinking about creating a new seating section that uses RECARO seats. Source: Daily Sports 1/1/2016

Nippon Ham Fighters

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ikusei first round draft pick Takamasa Oki (24) is planning to file marriage papers with a twenty-four-year-old woman living in Yokohama on January 7. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/4/2016

Seibu Lions

  • Four members of the 2015 draft class, including first round draft pick Shinsaburo Tawata and sixth round draft pick Keisuke Honda, moved into the player dormitory on January 4. Training camp for the 2015 draft class begins on January 7. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/4/2016, Sponichi 1/4/2016

Orix Buffaloes

Rakuten Eagles

  • Masataka Nashida is planning to reward Yuki Matsui, Tomohiro Anraku, and Takero Okajima with expensive watches if they meet certain goals: Matsui forty saves, Anraku five more wins than losses, and Okajima a batting average of at least .300 and at least ninety-nine runs. Source: Sports Hochi 1/3/2016, Daily Sports 1/3/2016, Sponichi 1/3/2016

[12/29/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Dec.30, 2015 @ 12:49 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • First round draft pick Junpei Takahashi will temporarily be assigned the room Shota Takeda used at the Saitozaki facilities between 2012 and 2015. Source: Chunichi Sports 12/28/2015
  • S. Takeda is planning to run five to fifteen kilometers a day in January (average of about ten kilometers a day). Source: Nikkan Sports 12/29/2015, Sponichi 12/29/2015
  • The clubhouse at the new Hawks Baseball Park Chikugo facilities will have 145 lockers (basic, nothing fancy), enough for every player, coach, and staff memeber in the organization. The facilities will be used primarily by Ni-gun and San-gun players, but will also be open to Ichi-gun players. It is over an hour away from YafuOku Dome, so three or four rooms will be made available for players that need a place to stay at the last minute. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/28/2015
  • Nobuhiro Matsuda was named a Shiga Sports Ambassador. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/29/2015, Profile

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • First round draft pick Kenta Uehara and second round draft pick Takayuki Kato could be assigned to Arizona spring camp. Hideki Kuriyama is curious to see if the pitchers can be used as either a starter or reliever in 2016. Source: Sponichi 12/27/2015
  • The Fighters are slated to play two intra-squad games and three practice games against KBO teams during Arizona spring camp next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/27/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Training camp for the 2015 draft class will begin on January 11 and end on January 23. The first day of camp will take place at QVC Marine at 11:11am. The remaining days will take place at Lotte Urawa Stadium at 10:00am. Rest days are scheduled on January 15 and 20. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/29/2015
  • Lotte has asked Cuba if Alfredo Despaigne can make the NPB his top priority next year (ideally, from the start of spring camp, or at the very latest, from the start of the regular season). He will be in the final year of a two-year deal next year. Source: Sponichi 12/27/2015

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are planning to have Fumiya Nishiguchi gain experience as a coach by sending him to other countries as a special instructor. His first two stops will be Korea and Taiwan. After that, he could head to the United States, the Dominican Republic, and Australia. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/27/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes closed out their year on December 29. Source: Daily Sports 12/29/2015
  • Junichi Fukura is planning to assign pitchers from the 2015 draft class to Ni-gun spring camp. He does not want players to push themselves too hard and get hurt. Players that do well will be given a chance at Ichi-gun spring camp. Non-pitchers from the 2015 draft class could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 12/29/2015, Daily Sports 12/29/2015
  • The Buffaloes hired former Lotte pitcher Noriyuki Kobayashi to be a batting practice pitcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/28/2015
  • Orix announced that Dennis Houlton will join their staff as a US-based West Coast scout, effective January 1, 2016. Greg LaRocca will be their US-based East Coast scout. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/28/2015, Nikkan Sports 12/29/2015

Rakuten Eagles

[12/26/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Dec.27, 2015 @ 2:57 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Nao Higashihama returned to Japan on December 25 after spending two weeks training in Los Angeles. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/25/2015
  • The media learned that Kodai Senga (22) filed marriage papers with a twenty-two-year-old woman from Hiroshima on December 14. Source: Daily Sports 12/26/2015
  • The Hawks announced that they added Kazuyuki Hoashi to their staff as a batting practice pitcher. San-gun infield/base coach Homare Inamine was reassigned to amateur scout. Source: official announcement
  • The Japan Professional Sports Association's 2015 Japan Pro Sports Outstanding Performance Award went to the Softbank Hawks. Source: Sponichi 12/25/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Pro scout Takaaki Taniyama and Ni-gun trainer Yoshio Kinoshita will not be returning to the Fighters next year. Source: Sanspo 12/26/2015
  • The Fighters had their last major meeting of the year on December 25. Source: Daily Sports 12/25/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines had their last major meeting of the year on December 25. Source: Sponichi 12/25/2015

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are currently thinking about starting the 2016 season with sixty-eight players on their seventy-man roster. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/26/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Team director Ryuzo Setoyama and conditioning director Watari Sumida visited the Dominican Republic last month to check on Tony Blanco. Source: Sponichi 12/25/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles are scheduled to play a practice game against the Hanwha Eagles during spring camp on February 14. Source: Sponichi 12/25/2015