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[10/15/2014] Rumors: Ginjiro Sumitani (Seibu), Chihiro Kaneko and Yoshihisa Hirano (Orix)

by on Oct.16, 2014 @ 1:32 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are planning to meet Ginjiro Sumitani some time before the start of fall camp on November 6. Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2014

Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes could be preparing to offer Chihiro Kaneko a three-year deal worth as much as 1.5 billion yen (includes all performance bonuses). They may also offer Yoshihisa Hirano a three-year deal worth a maximum 1.2 billion yen (includes all performance bonuses). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014 ... Sanspo feels the deals for Kaneko and Hirano will be three years worth a base 1.2 billion yen and a total 1.0 billion yen, respectively. Source: Sanspo 10/15/2014
  • Yoshio Itoi is expected to approach management about the possibilty of posting him to the Majors during the off-seson. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014
  • The Buffaloes have an interest in possible free agents Naoki Miyanishi (29) and Masanori Hayashi (31). Source: Sports Hochi 10/15/2014 ... They may also be interested in Kila Ka'aihue. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/15/2014

[10/15/2014] Climax Series: Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.16, 2014 @ 1:29 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers set a postseason record by tossing twenty-seven consecutive scoreless innings.  The streak ended when Shinnosuke Abe hit a home run off Shintaro Fujinami in the 7th inning of Wednesday's Final Stage game against Yomiuri. The previous record of twenty-four was set by Yomiuri against Nankai during the 1951 Nippon Series twenty-six innings was set by Nishitetsu against Yomiuri during the 1958 Nippon Series. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014
  • Fujinami got the Final Stage Game 1 start and could potentially get the Game 6 start. Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2014
  • Since coming to Japan, Randy Messenger is 4-for-9 with eleven RBI in bases loaded situations. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014
  • Akira Iwamoto started a Phoenix League game against Rakuten on Tuesday and tossed five shutout innings while allowing three hits. Source: Sanspo 10/15/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Pitching coach Tai-Yuan Kuo and outfield/base coach Seiji Tomashino will likely step down after the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014
  • The Hawks had a two-year extension on the table when Koji Akiyama made the decision to retire. Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The first three starters of the Final Stage could be Hiroshi Urano, Masaru Nakamura, and Hiroshi Kisanuki. All three headed to Fukuoka after practices on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014
  • Shohei Otani became the second player in postseason history to make an appearance as a pitcher and position player in the same year: Climax Series First Stage Game 1 starting pitcher; Climax Series First Stage Game 3 starting designated hitter, batted fifth. The other was Nobuo Oshima for Chunichi during the 1954 Nippon Series: Game 3 starting pitcher, batted ninth; Game 4 pinch-hitter; Game 5 starting right fielder, batted fifth; Game 6 starting left fielder, batted fifth. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014 ... There is a good chance Otani will only be used as a position player during the Final Stage. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014
  • Fall camp will take place at Kunigami Stadium in Okinawa, from October 29 until November 8. Source: official announcement

CS: Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 2 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 3 (October 15, 2014)

by on Oct.15, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 18:00
Starters: Urano, Hiroshi (HAM) 7-4, 3.68 - Otonari, Kenji (SOF) 3-1, 1.64

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Ham 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 5 0
Softbank 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2X 3 9 0

Attendance: 28087 | Time: 3h19m | Softbank leads series, 1-0-0

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[10/14/2014] Rumors: Yoshihisa Naruse (Lotte), Hitoshi Tamura (Yokohama)

by on Oct.15, 2014 @ 3:02 am, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Hitoshi Tamura re-earned his FA option in August. He already spoke to the Bay Stars earlier this month and told them he was not planning to exercise the option. Tatsuhiko Kinjo also re-earned his option and will likely stay put. Masanori Hayashi is considering his options. Source: Sports Hochi 10/14/2014, Sponichi 10/14/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks could offer former Rakuten coaches Yoshinori Sato and Yasutomo Suzuki jobs on their coaching staff. Source: Daily Sports 10/14/2014
  • Atsuya Furuta and Kimiyasu Kudo could be among managerial candidates under consideration. Source: Sponichi 10/14/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko and Yoshihisa Hirano refrained from making any sort of real comment on their FA options after Tuesday's loss. Takahiro Mahara and Tomotaka Sakaguchi also have options and have yet to make decisions on what to do with them. The Buffaloes are plannning to ask all four to return next year. Source: Sponichi 10/14/2014

[10/14/2014] Climax Series: Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks

by on Oct.15, 2014 @ 2:58 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Players will be allowed to travel to Tokyo Dome from their homes during the Final Stage, should they so desire. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Pitching coach Takashi Yamaguchi told reporters he was not going to rule out using Seung-Hwan Oh in all six games of the Final Stage. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014
  • The first four starters for the Final Stage of the Climax Series will likely be Minoru Iwata, Randy Messenger, Shintaro Fujinami, and Atsushi Nomi. Source: Sports Hochi 10/14/2014
  • Suguru Iwazaki could get the Game 5 start. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014
  • Hanshin pitchers have combined to toss twenty-one consecutive scoreless innings so far in two Climax Series games. The postseason record of twenty-four consecutive scoreless innings was set by Yomiuri against Nankai during the 1951 Nippon Series: Hideo Fujimoto (Game 1, nine inning complete game shutout), Takehiko Bessho (Game 2, nine inning complete game shutout), and Kiyoshi Matsuda (Game 3, six shutout innings). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/14/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Softbank was having a hard time selling visiting team section tickets to the Final Stage of the Climax Series after Monday's game was postponed due to Typhoon #19. As of Monday, they still had about 10,000 total tickets for the first two games of the series. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014, Sponichi 10/14/2014

[10/14/2014] Softbank Hawks: Koji Akiyama to step down after the season

by on Oct.14, 2014 @ 1:00 pm, under NPB
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The media learned on Monday that Koji Akiyama is planning to step down after the season. Akiyama has already informed the Softbank Hawks of his intention to resign. The organization has been trying to get him to change his mind, but the pressure to do well after multiple high-profile free agent signings and the team's slow down at the end of the season may have wore him down. Family and health issues may have also factored into the decision.

A press conference is scheduled for later today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/14/2014, Sponichi 10/14/2014, Sponichi 10/14/2014

[UPDATE @ 10:06pm]

The Hawks formally announced that Akiyama will be stepping down after the season. They also posted footage from the press conference at Ustream.


Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Source: official announcement

[UPDATE 10/16 @ 1:57am]

Akiyama's wife fell sick three years ago. His wife's health factored into his decision not to manage at the 2013 World Baseball Classic and was likely one of the reasons why he decided to step down as manager of the Hawks. His daughter heading off to college this year also probably played a part.

Source: Sponichi 10/14/2014, ZakZak 10/14/2014

[10/13/2014] PL Climax Series: Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.14, 2014 @ 1:09 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani could make the First Stage Game 3 starting line-up as the designated hitter batting fifth. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014, Sponichi 10/13/2014 ... Otani took thirty-one swings during workouts on Monday and hit seven over the fence, including one that traveled an estimated 160 meters. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014
  • Naoki Miyanishi was not available to pitch on Sunday because of discomfort in his left shin. Source: Daily Sports 10/13/2014
  • Atsunori Inaba recorded an RBI during Sunday's game. At forty-two years and two months, he joined Hiromitsu Ochiai (forty-two years and ten months, Game 1 Nippon Series in 1996) and Shinjiro Hiyama (forty-four years and three months, Game 2 First Stage Climax Series in 2013) as the only players in NPB history over forty-two to record an RBI during the postseason. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014
  • The Fighters have been playing with an autographed Makoto Kaneko uniform in the dugout since Game 1. Dai-Kang Yoh wore the uniform during fielding practices before Kaneko's retirement game on the 1st. Source: Sanspo 10/13/2014

[10/12/2014] PL Climax Series: Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.13, 2014 @ 5:32 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks thought they played Saturday's intra-squad game without an audience, but later learned it was streamed over Ustream. The players and coaches were not notified ahead of time. Source: Daily Sports 10/12/2014, Sponichi 10/12/2014 ... Over 9,000 watched the stream. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014 ... Sunday's game was not streamed. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014
  • Saturday's intra-squad game: Kenji Otonari, Shota Takeda, and Tadashi Settsu each threw two shutout innings. Kenichi Nakata gave up a run on three hits over three innings of work. Source: Sports Hochi 10/12/2014 ... Yuya Hasegawa (right ankle) was the starting designated hitter and batted fifth. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI. He will most likely be used as a pinch-hitter during the Final Stage. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes announced that they could postpone Monday's game to Tuesday, depending on the severity of Typhoon #19. Tickets will still be good if Game 3 takes place on Tuesday. Source: official announcement
  • Sunday's game drew 36,012 fans and set a new high for an Orix game at Kyocera Dome since 2005. The previous high of 35,982 was set earlier this year on June 1. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • At twenty years and three months, Shohei Otani became the third youngest pitcher to record a Playoff/Climax Series win, behind Kimiyasu Kudo (nineteen years and five months) and Yu Darvish (twenty years and one month). Source: Sanspo 10/12/2014 ... Otani suffered a cut on his right ring finger while warming up in the bullpen before Saturday's game. Source: Daily Sports 10/12/2014 ... Otani could make it into Game 3 as a hitter. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014

[10/11/2014] PL Climax Series: Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.12, 2014 @ 5:35 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kenji Otonari pitched in an intra-squad game at YafuOku Dome on Saturday. He tossed two shutout innings in relief and gave up two hits. Source: Sports Hochi 10/11/2014, Sponichi 10/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2014
  • Jason Standridge could get the Game 5 Climax Series Final Stage start. He is slated to pitch about five innings during an intra-squad game on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2014
  • Yuya Iida could start Game 6 of the Final Stage. Nao Higashihama is also a possibility. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2014
  • The Hawks moved most of their players back to Fukuoka from Miyazaki because of poor weather due to Typhoon #19. They were going to have their Ichi-gun players stay sharp by participating in Phoenix League games over the weekend, but will instead have them play in intra-squad games at YafuOku Dome. Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2014 ... Ichi-gun players were scheduled to play in four Phoenix League games, but only managed one because of the weather. Source: Sports Hochi 10/10/2014
  • A parade to celebrate Softbank's first place finish is scheduled to take place on November 24. Source: Daily Sports 10/11/2014

Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hideki Kuriyama is planning to use Atsunori Inaba primarily as a bat off the bench during the postseason. Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2014
  • If the Fighters make it to the Final Stage of the Climax Series, Masaru Nakamura could get the Game 2 start. He was supposed to start a Phoenix League game on Thursday and pitch three to four innings, but was forced to instead toss about 100 pitches in the bullpen because the match-up was canceled due to rain. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2014
  • Shohei Otani made the cover of Aera. The last NPB player to make the cover was Masahiro Tanaka in 2011; the last Fighter to make the cover was Yu Darvish in 2007. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2014, Sponichi 10/10/2014 ... Otani threw about thirty pitches in the bullpen at Kyocera Dome on Friday. He also threw seventeen pitches off the mound on the field. Source: Sponichi 10/10/2014