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[11/4/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Nov.05, 2015 @ 8:14 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo used a digital camera to record footage of Yosuke Shimabukuro tossing a bullpen session from five different angles on November 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shogo Yagi wants to add another pitch to his repertoire and is working on a knuckle-curve. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2015
  • Kensuke Kondo's uniform number will most likely change from 54 to 2. Shota Ono's uniform number is set to change from 2 to 27. Source: Sponichi 11/4/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Former Lotte Hiroyuki Kobayashi was named the new manager for the Musashi Heat Bears (BC League) on November 4. Kobayashi joined Musashi's staff as a pitching coach this past season and became interim manager on May 8. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015

Seibu Lions

Orix Buffaloes

  • Kochi fall camp practices on November 2 lasted about twelve hours (including breaks for rest) for some players. Source: Sponichi 11/3/2015
  • Shunta Goto is planning to change his registered name from Shunta to Goto next year. Source: Sports Hochi 11/4/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Tomohiro Anraku threw eighty-eight pitches in the bullpen on November 4. He has thrown a total 341 pitches during the first three days of spring camp. He celebrated his nineteenth birthday on November 4. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2015
  • Yuri Furukawa threw 150 pitches in the bullpen on November 2 and 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015
  • Masashi Kato threw 361 pitches over a period of two days. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2015
  • Takaaki Yokoyama threw 150 pitches on the first day of camp on November 2. He is working on a forkball. Source: Sports Hochi 11/3/2015
  • Pitching coach Tsuyoshi Yoda wants younger pitchers to throw 1,500 to 2,000 pitches during Kurashiki fall camp. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2015 ... Or over 100 pitches a day. Source: Chunichi Sports 11/4/2015

[11/3/2015] Softbank Hawks 2016 Coaching Staff

by on Nov.03, 2015 @ 6:52 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 52
Pitching Coach 70 佐藤 義則 Sato, Yoshinori 61
Pitching Coach 82 田之上 慶三郎 Tanoue, Keisaburo 44
Hitting Coach 71 藤井 康雄 Fujii, Yasuo 53
Hitting Coach 75 大道 典良 Omichi, Noriyoshi 46
Infield/Base Coach 88 鳥越 裕介 Torigoe, Yusuke 44
Outfield/Base Coach 78 飯田 哲也 Iida, Tetsuya 47
Battery Coach 84 清水 将海 Shimizu, Masaumi 40
Roving General Pitching Coach 94 倉野 信次 Kurano, Shinji 41
Roving General Position Player's Coach 72 関川 浩一 Sekikawa, Koichi 46

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 80 水上 善雄 Mizukami, Yoshio 58
Pitching Coach 99 入来 祐作 Iriki, Yusaku 43
Pitching Coach 98 高村 祐 Takamura, Hiroshi 46
Hitting Coach 76 藤本 博史 Fujimoto, Hiroshi 51
Infield/Base Coach 74 小川 史 Ogawa, Hiroshi 55
Outfield/Base Coach 87 井出 竜也 Ide, Tatsuya 44
Battery Coach 86 田村 藤夫 Tamura, Fujio 56

San-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 92 石渡 茂 Ishiwata, Shigeru 67
Pitching Coach 91 佐久本 昌広 Sakumoto, Masahiro 41
Hitting Coach 96 佐々木 誠 Sasaki, Makoto 50
Infield/Base Coach 83 鈴木 康友 Suzuki, Yasutomo 56
Outfield/Base Coach 93 村松 有人 Muramatsu, Arihito 42
Battery Coach 85 的山 哲也 Matoyama, Tetsuya 45
Rehab Coach 73 斉藤 学 Saito, Manabu 52


Source: official announcement, coaching additions: official announcementofficial announcement, coaching changes: official announcement

[11/3/2015] Dae-Ho Lee’s press conference on November 3

by on Nov.03, 2015 @ 4:35 pm, under NPB
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Dae-Ho Lee held a press conference at Banyantree Club & Spa in Seoul, Korea on November 3. WoW! Korea posted questions and answers from the press conference.

Why do you want to go to the Majors when you have 500 million yen guaranteed next year?

It is my dream to play in the Majors. I'm in my mid-thirties, it's only going to get more difficult if I don't do this now. I spoke a lot about it with my family. They trust me and so I made the decision.

Can you play third?

For me, first and designated hitter is the easiest, but if a teams wants me there, I will prepare myself based on what the organization wants and play third.

When did you tell [Softbank] that you wanted to play in the Majors?

From the minute I went to Japan, my thoughts were always headed toward the Majors. It's only been four days since the end of the season. Just before that, all I was thinking about was winning a championship. I still [wanted to play in the Majors], but my immediate concern was what was right in front of me. I spoke to my agent two days ago and that's when I made the decision.

Why did you pick your current agent?

MVP Sports Club is a famous agency. I met an agent in August. I wasn't thinking about it at the time, but you can't just let dreams sit. I think this was good.

If you go to America, how will you prepare yourself?

My batting average dropped quite a bit while I played in Japan. Pitchers throw a lot of off-speed pitches so I tried to be a lot more patient than when I played in Korea. Major League pitchers come right at you, and I'll be a rookie I think there will be a lot I have to learn, so I want to start over from scratch.

Byeong-Ho Park is also going, will that be a problem?

Byeong-Ho Park is Korea's best hitter. I think he is a good player. I don't see anything wrong by going at the same time. I think it will be great if things go well for the both of us. There's no reason why this would be bad for us.

Is there a team you would like to play for?

I have never thought about which team I want to play for. It has only been two days since I made the decision to go to the Majors. I think I have to ask players I know, like Shin-Soo Choo and Jung-ho Kang, for advice.

What about Softbank's contract?

I can't really go into the specifics. If I stay in Japan, I do not plan on signing with a team other than Softbank.

If you make it to the Majors, you might be able to see a lot more of Shin-Soo Choo.

I think Shin-Soo, with the language barrier, really had a hard time. I wil be going after a stop in Japan, so I think I will be able to use that experience to help me. I want to try the baseball I learned in Korea in the United States.

It seems [your wife gave birth to] a second child.

I heard the baby was laughing for three days after its birth.

You haven't had time to rest.

I haven't really had a good night's rest. I have another goal, to hit well during the Premier 12. Then I can rest.

Hikoki Kokubo mentioned you as the player he worried about the most.

There are many players better than me. If you're worried about me, then something is wrong.

What are you plans now?

I will join the national team after this interview. Once I put on the uniform, I can only think about baseball. I can focus on the game because I have a good agent.

Do you have something you'd like to say to Softbank?

I was very happy. Everyone in Fukuoka loves Softbank. I appreciated the coaches and players trying to talk to me in Korean. I picked Softbank because I wanted a championship. I'm lucky because it really came true.

What do you want to accomplish in the Majors?

I'll talk about that if I can get a contract.

Source: Wow!Korea

[11/2/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Nov.03, 2015 @ 2:57 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hideki Kuriyama is thinking about testing players at secondary positions during fall camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/29/2015
  • Yuki Saito had a chance to sit down and talk to Kuriyama for about ten minutes regarding his future on October 30. During their conversation, he made sure Kuriyama understood that he appreciated the time he spent being a reliever this season and that the experience made him realize again just how important starting was for him. Kuriyama does consider Saito a candidate for the starting rotation next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2015 .... Saito threw seventy pitches in the bullpen on October 31. It was his first session since the start of fall camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2015
  • Shohei Otani threw thirty-five pitches in the bullpen on October 29. Source: Sports Hochi 10/29/2015
  • Satoshi Nakajima was officially named a special assistant to the general manager on November 2. His first assignment will be to spend time as a visiting coach with the San Diego Padress next year. Source: official announcement
  • San Diego Padres minor league pitching instructor Eric Junge will be visiting the Fighters' fall camp during the third block that begins on November 6. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines announced on October 30 that Alfredo Despaigne will fly to Korea out of Narita Airport on November 2 for the Premier 12. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2015

Seibu Lions

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshio Itoi took eighty-nine swings during the first day of fall camp on November 1 and hit ten over the fence. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2015 ... Itoi went on a three-day fast for the first time in his life after the season ended. He lost about three kilograms. Source: Sponichi 11/2/2015
  • Osaka was accepting proposals for what to do with three unused plots of land inside Maishima Sports Island, in addition to proposals for how to make better use of Maishima Baseball Stadium. Orix apparently submitted a proposal to create a wide-range of baseball facilities for all age groups. Under the proposal, the company would purchase the stadium and borrow the land (two unused plots) from the city. The term for one of the unused plots of land and the land the stadium is standing on would be for fifty years beginning in April 2016. Source: Osaka's Request for Proposals, Proposals made to Osaka, Sponichi 10/29/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles announced that Ikusei catcher Tetsuya Yokoyama decided to retire. He will remain in the organization as a bullpen catcher. Source: official announcement ... Yokoyama started out as a bullpen catcher and then signed an Ikusei contract in June when Rakuten struggled with injuries and needed extra bodies. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2015

[11/2/2015] Softbank Hawks reach agreement with Robert Suarez

by on Nov.02, 2015 @ 4:22 pm, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-four-year-old pitcher Robert Suarez. A press conference is scheduled for November 3 at Ivy Stadium in Miyazaki.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated fifty million yen.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 11/2/2015, Chunichi Sports 11/2/2015

[UPDATE 11/3 @ 3:45pm]

Suarez was assigned the uniform number 90. He will join the team during fall camp after his press conference on November 3.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/3/2015

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[10/30/2015] Chunichi Dragons acquire Shota Oba in money trade with Softbank Hawks

by on Oct.30, 2015 @ 5:02 pm, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons and Softbank Hawks announced that they agreed to trade that will send Shota Oba (30) to Chunichi for money.

The Hawks released the following statement from Oba:

I am grateful to all the fans that cheered for me over the last eight years. I feel bad that I could not do better for those that supported me. I love Fukuoka and the Hawks, and I will do my best to show my appreciation by doing well with the Dragons. Thank you very much.

Source: official announcement (Chunichi), official announcement (Softbank)

[UPDATE 11/4 @ 9:43pm]

The Dragons held a press conference for Oba at Nagoya Stadium on November 4.

Source: official announcement

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NS: Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 5 – Tokyo Yakult Swallows 0 (October 29, 2015)

by on Oct.29, 2015 @ 11:42 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Softbank Hawks vs Yakult Swallows @ Jingu Stadium - 18:15
Possible Starters: Standridge, Jason (SOF) 10-7, 3.74 - Ishikawa, Masanori (YAK) 13-9, 3.31

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Softbank 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 5 10 0
Yakult 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1

Attendance: 31239 | Time: 3h36m | Softbank leads series, 4-1-0

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NS: Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 6 – Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4 (October 28, 2015)

by on Oct.28, 2015 @ 10:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Softbank Hawks vs Yakult Swallows @ Jingu Stadium - 18:15
Possible Starters: Settsu, Tadashi (SOF) 10-7, 3.22 - Tateyama, Shohei (YAK) 6-3, 2.89

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Softbank 1 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 6 1
Yakult 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 4 9 1

Attendance: 31288 | Time: 4h6m | Softbank leads series, 3-1-0

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NS: Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 4 – Tokyo Yakult Swallows 8 (October 27, 2015)

by on Oct.27, 2015 @ 11:13 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Softbank Hawks vs Yakult Swallows @ Jingu Stadium - 18:15
Possible Starters: Nakata, Kenichi (SOF) 9-7, 3.24 - Sugiura, Toshihiro (YAK) 1-3, 2.92

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

Attendance: 31037 | Time: 3h38m | Softbank leads series, 2-1-0

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