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BC League: Soichi Fujita planning to retire after the season

by on Sep.14, 2012 @ 2:33 pm, under Independent
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Nikkan Sports is reporting that thirty-nine-year-old Soichi Fujita will be retiring after the current season.

Fujita was in the Softbank organization last year before signing with the Gunma DIamond Pegasus Baseball Club (BC League) as a pitcher/coach this year.  Although his numbers have not been altogether bad (28 G, 3-2, 28.1 IP, 128 BF, 443 NP, 33 H, 22 SO, 10 BB, 12 R, 8 ER, 2.54 ERA), he has struggled with injuries this year.  That was apparently a concern for him and likely became a factor in his decision.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/14/2012

Milestones from October 22, 2011

by on Oct.23, 2011 @ 1:33 am, under NPB
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Hisayoshi Chono (YOM) knocked out a pinch-hit walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 9th against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  Not only was it the first pinch-hit walk-off grand slam since Isao Hirono in 1971, it was also the Central League's 1,000th grand slam -- a Satoshi Sugiyama recorded the first CL grand slam on 4/9/2005; the PL is currently on 1,006; including the 82 grand slams during the one-league format, a total 2,088 grand slams have been hit in pro yakyu history.

Hirokazu Sawamura (YOM) became the first rookie pitcher in the CL to record 200 innings since Yutaka Enatsu tossed 230.1 innings in 1967.  Sawamura missed out on being the first rookie to record an ERA under 2 since Tsuneo Horiuchi registered a 1.39 ERA in 1966.

Shuichi Murata (YOK) became the 57th player in NPB history to reach the 250 homer milestone -- the homer came in the top of the 2nd off Sawamura (YOM).  Murata hit a second homer in his second at bat of the game for 20 on the year.

Shinji Ohara (YOK) appeared in his 71st game of the year and set a new record for appearances by a rookie (since the two league format began in 1950).

The Yokohama Bay Stars finished their 4th straight season with a winning percentage under .400.  The last team to do that: Kintetsu between 1057 and 1961.

Seiichi Uchikawa (SOF) became just the second player in NPB history win batting titles in both the CL and PL.

The Hawks became the first team in NPB history (since the two league format began in 1950) to have three players that played in every inning of every game: Munenori Kawasaki, Yuichi Honda, and Nobuhiro Matsuda.

Soichi Fujita (SOF) became the 36th player in NPB history to appear in 600 games over his career.

Softbank Hawks Spring Camp News and Notes: February 21, 2011

by on Feb.21, 2011 @ 3:31 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Today's intra-squad game:

Toshiya Sugiuchi started for the white team and pitched 2 shutout innings while giving up 1 hit.  He also struck out one.  Tsuyoshi Wada started for the red team and did not allow a run over an inning of work.  He gave up a 1 hit and struck out 2.

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Tadashi Settsu threw 91 pitches in the bullpen today.  He is currently scheduled to start Wednesday's practice game against the KIA Tigers.

Settsu - "My tempo was bad, I lacked consistency in my mechanics.  It was a bad session so I ended up throwing a little extra."

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Soichi Fujita could be added to the team's 70-man rosters as early as the 23rd.  Fujita joined the Ichi-gun group yesterday and will get a chance to pitch 1 inning during Wednesday's practice game.  Whether or not he makes the 70-man roster will depend on that outing.  Fujita has also already pitched well during two previous 1-inning outings during intra-squad games on the 16th and 19th.

The Hawks currently have 65 players on their 70-man roster.

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Munenori Kawasaki could end up playing in all 17 exhibition games the team has scheduled.  That would be fine for Kawasaki since he has already told reporters that he'd like to play as much as possible.

Softbank Hawks sign Soichi Fujita to Ikusei deal

by on Jan.24, 2011 @ 9:10 pm, under NPB
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1/29/2011 @ 3:23am

The Hawks held a press conference for Fujita on Friday at Yahoo Dome.

1/24/2011 @ 9:10pm

The Softbank Hawks announced today that they signed 38-year-old LHP Soichi Fujita to an Ikusei deal worth 6M yen plus incentives.  He was also assigned the number 136.

Career Stats

YR TM G W L Sv CG ShO BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BLK R ER ERA WHIP
1998 LOT 56 6 4 7 0 0 270 66.1 62 3 19 1 54 4 1 18 16 2.17 1.22
1999 LOT 65 3 1 0 0 0 249 61.1 57 5 13 1 57 0 1 23 22 3.23 1.14
2000 LOT 70 2 1 0 0 0 261 59.0 64 9 20 1 46 2 0 31 28 4.27 1.42
2001 LOT 60 0 1 0 0 0 132 30.2 36 3 6 0 24 0 0 17 16 4.70 1.37
2002 LOT 50 0 2 0 0 0 98 23.1 27 3 3 0 16 0 0 11 10 3.86 1.29
2003 LOT 28 0 1 0 0 0 84 18.2 23 3 7 2 17 0 0 11 9 4.34 1.61
2004 LOT 62 1 1 0 0 0 200 44.0 52 4 20 2 35 1 0 25 22 4.50 1.64
2005 LOT 45 1 4 0 0 0 154 38.2 27 2 13 1 31 1 0 12 11 2.56 1.03
2006 LOT 56 4 3 0 0 0 169 40.2 42 1 7 2 35 0 0 19 16 3.54 1.20
2007 LOT 31 1 2 1 0 0 76 15.2 28 2 2 1 12 1 0 23 22 12.64 1.91
2008 YOM 39 0 0 0 0 0 123 29.0 30 2 8 1 21 0 0 13 10 3.10 1.31
2009 YOM 19 1 0 0 0 0 72 17.1 20 1 1 0 10 0 0 5 4 2.08 1.21
Totals 581 19 20 8 0 0 1888 444.2 468 38 119 12 358 9 2 208 186 3.76 1.32

Softbank Hawks to sign Soichi Fujita to an Ikusei deal

by on Jan.18, 2011 @ 4:42 pm, under NPB
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1/19 @ 2:09pm

Fujita's Ikusei deal is worth 4.5M yen.

1/18 @ 4:42pm

The media learned on Monday that the Softbank Hawks are working on signing former Yomiuri Giant Soichi Fujita to an Ikusei contract.  An official announcement could be made within the next couple of days.

Career Stats

YR TM G W L Sv CG ShO BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BLK R ER ERA WHIP
1998 LOT 56 6 4 7 0 0 270 66.1 62 3 19 1 54 4 1 18 16 2.17 1.22
1999 LOT 65 3 1 0 0 0 249 61.1 57 5 13 1 57 0 1 23 22 3.23 1.14
2000 LOT 70 2 1 0 0 0 261 59.0 64 9 20 1 46 2 0 31 28 4.27 1.42
2001 LOT 60 0 1 0 0 0 132 30.2 36 3 6 0 24 0 0 17 16 4.70 1.37
2002 LOT 50 0 2 0 0 0 98 23.1 27 3 3 0 16 0 0 11 10 3.86 1.29
2003 LOT 28 0 1 0 0 0 84 18.2 23 3 7 2 17 0 0 11 9 4.34 1.61
2004 LOT 62 1 1 0 0 0 200 44.0 52 4 20 2 35 1 0 25 22 4.50 1.64
2005 LOT 45 1 4 0 0 0 154 38.2 27 2 13 1 31 1 0 12 11 2.56 1.03
2006 LOT 56 4 3 0 0 0 169 40.2 42 1 7 2 35 0 0 19 16 3.54 1.20
2007 LOT 31 1 2 1 0 0 76 15.2 28 2 2 1 12 1 0 23 22 12.64 1.91
2008 YOM 39 0 0 0 0 0 123 29.0 30 2 8 1 21 0 0 13 10 3.10 1.31
2009 YOM 19 1 0 0 0 0 72 17.1 20 1 1 0 10 0 0 5 4 2.08 1.21
Totals 581 19 20 8 0 0 1888 444.2 468 38 119 12 358 9 2 208 186 3.76 1.32

Chiba Lotte Marines hold tryouts for Fujita, Bayliss, and McCrory

by on Nov.18, 2010 @ 4:10 am, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines held tryouts for Soichi Fujita, Jonah Bayliss, and Bob McCrory on Wednesday (first day was actually on Tuesday).

It seems the three were supposed to pitch in a simulated game during practice on Wednesday, but the rain pushed that off to today.  The Marines are expected to decide on the fate of the three pitchers based on their performances during the simulated game.

Regarding McCrory, he tossed about 70 pitches in the bullpen (mostly fastballs) on Tuesday.  McCrory arrived in Japan on the Sunday and was apparently a little jet-lagged.  He still managed to top out at 148km/h.  The Marines apparently like McCrory because of his experience as a reliever.

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Lotte to give tryouts to Soichi Fujita, Jonah Bayliss, and Bob McCrory

Soichi Fujita’s tryout with the Chiba Lotte Marines begins

by on Nov.16, 2010 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
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Soichi Fujita's tryout with the Chiba Lotte Marines began with a bullpen session on Tuesday in which he threw all his pitches (fastball, slider, shuto, and change).  Fujita's tryout will continue tomorrow and will include things like fielding practice and an appearance during a simulated game.

Said Fujita, "It's where I got my start, so it would be nice if I could wear the uniform again."

Lotte to give tryouts to Soichi Fujita, Jonah Bayliss, and Bob McCrory

by on Nov.12, 2010 @ 4:10 am, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines announced on Thursday that they were going to give Yomiuri Giant senryokugai Soichi Fujita a tryout.  Fujita's tryout will take place over a 2-3 day period beginning on the 16th (during fall camp).

The Marines will also be giving tryouts to Jonah Bayliss and Bob McCrory.

Bayliss was drafted by the Royals in the 2002 draft and spent 5 seasons in their organization.  After that he spent time in the Pirates and Blue Jays organizations and then signed on with the Seibu Lions in 2009.

McCrory is a 28 year-old pitcher that has spent his entire career in the Baltimore organization and pitched all of 13 innings in the Majors (split between 2008 and 2009).

Jonah Bayliss

YR TM Lvl W L ERA G GS CG ShO GF Sv IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2010 TEX AAA 1 4 3.58 43 0 0 0 12 0 65 65.0 27 26 7 21 61 1.32
MLB Totals 5 4 6.75 61 0 0 0 23 0 64 71.0 49 48 11 33 54 1.63
MiLB Totals 35 44 4.14 292 65 2 1 114 41 646 606.0 340 297 65 276 560 1.36

NPB Stats

Year Team G W L SV CG SHO BF IP H HR BB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
2009 SEI 19 0 0 1 0 0 67 14.0 18 1 8 0 6 1 0 5 5 3.21
Totals 19 0 0 1 0 0 67 14.0 18 1 8 0 6 1 0 5 5 3.21

Bob McCrory

YR TM Lvl W L ERA G GS CG ShO GF Sv IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2010 BAL AA 3 4 4.88 19 0 0 0 8 2 27.0 25 19 15 1 17 23 1.52
MLB Totals 0 0 17.05 15 0 0 0 4 0 13.0 27 31 25 3 18 9 3.41
MiLB Totals 14 20 3.45 194 19 0 0 87 41 308.0 283 153 118 20 168 288 1.46