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The NPB after the big quake, Day 110 [June 29, 2011]

by on Jun.29, 2011 @ 6:15 pm, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

The Swallows announced that they'll try to cut back on energy use by about 20-25% during games between 7/6 and 9/21 (32 night games in all).  They also plan to add another power generator that will produce enough electricity to power one of their banks of lights in the outfield; use more LED lights; and dim the scoreboard.

Softbank Hawks

Hiroki Kokubo (SOF) presented Motohiro Shima (RAK) with encouragement messages (not messages to the team, but to earthquake / tsunami survivors) that he collected during a charity event in Fukuoka on 3/26.  The messages were written by both players and fans that attended the event.

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77 staff members from the Hoshino Senichi Baseball Museum in Okayama met with Hoshino before tonight's game against the Softbank Hawks (at Kleenex Stadium) and presented him with 1.5M yen (to be donated to reconstruction efforts in northern Japan).  They also set up a temporary installation of Hoshino memorabilia.

UPDATE 6/30 @ 6:14am - It seems the 77 people were actually a mix of staff members from the museum and friends of Hoshino.  And for those wondering, it's no coincidence that it was 77 people (Hoshino wears the uniform number 77).

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Adachi High School (Fukushima) baseball players received encouragement letters from four former MLB players that included Ken Griffy Sr and Adrian Garrett.  The letters were collected by a former Adachi High School player, currently working in a Japanese restaurant in Ohio.  The letters were also photocopied and handed out at the Fukushima Tournament bracket selection meeting on 6/23.

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The NPB after the big quake, Day 108 [June 27, 2011]

by on Jun.27, 2011 @ 8:39 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

The Giants held a baseball clinic / meet and greet for about 300 school kids today at Koriyama Kaiseizan Baseball Stadium (part of a project to help rejuvenate northern Japan).  15 players, including Alex Ramirez, Hisayoshi Chono, Shinnosuke Abe, Michihiro Ogasawara, and Yoshinobu Takahashi, took part in the event.

UPDATE 6/28 @ 2:15pm - More on Koriyama Kaiseizan Baseball Stadium: The indoor bullpen was apparently a temporary relief shelter for about 900 people.  The dirt in the field was replaced in order to lessen radiation levels; and the seats and walkways were also scrubbed down.  The two games the Giants and Yakult Swallows will be playing over the next two days (6/28 and 6/29), along with the upcoming Fukushima Tournament (set to start on 7/13) are two of the mains reasons why so much work that was done on the stadium.

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The Giants and the operators of Tokyo Dome announced news goals for energy conservation on Friday (6/24).  During night home games between 7/1 and 9/22, the team and Dome operators will try to reduce energy use by 37-39% (from last year's numbers) and for all other games, 35-39%.  Both goals are actually down from much estimates made earlier on (anywhere from 37-50%).  A lot of this has to do with things like power generators breaking down and needing to use the air conditioning system more than they planned because they were told it would help control food poisoning problems.

The Giants also started a website called Tokyo Setsuden Dome 2011 (or Tokyo Energy Conservation Dome 2011) where fans can get the latest information about how the team is doing their part to help save energy, like with their 1M Uchiwa Giveaway (fans that were also printed in Fukushima).

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The NPB after the big quake, Day 81 [May 31, 2011]

by on May.31, 2011 @ 7:14 pm, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines plan on using power generators at QVC Marine Field during July, August, and September.  For now, they intend on putting on 600kW generator online to help offset energy consumption levels at the stadium (last summer, usage maxed out at 2,300kW).

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The Marines announced today that they'll be using a solar power system from Suntech Power Japan.  Once construction is complete (sometime in December), the system will provide 12-15% of the energy the club uses at it's practice facilities.  The club also has plans of adding solar generators to their stadium at some point in the future as well.

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The NPB after the big quake, Day 76 [May 26, 2011]

by on May.26, 2011 @ 11:12 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons announced that they will attempt to cut back on their electricity usage at Nagoya Dome by about 7% (or around 560kW), beginning in June.  Measures include opening the shutters in the ceiling during BP, using the air conditioning system more efficiently (like setting the thermostat at 28 degrees Celsius and no lower than that), and turning off some of the lights in the concourse areas.

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The NPB after the big quake, Day 75 [May 25, 2011]

by on May.25, 2011 @ 2:35 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons tested lighting conditions during practices at Nagoya Dome yesterday (they tried opening a portion of the shutters in the roof).  With the Hamaoka nuclear reactors coming offline, the Dragons are working on their energy conservation plans at the dome.

Hanshin Tigers

Takahiro Arai, Takashi Toritani, and 5 Ni-gun players (Masashi Nohara, Issei Morita, Masanori Fujihara, Ryunosuke Yokoyama, and Daiki Kiyohara) helped collect donations before tonight's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines.

Yomiuri Giants

Ni-gun INF / base-running coach Hiroshi Moriwaki donated 1M yen to relief efforts in northern Japan.

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Hayato Sakamoto helped design the Red Cross Charity Tote Bag.  Before today's game, he helped sell the bags by personally handing them to the first 150 customers.  Proceeds from the sales of the bag will be donated to relief efforts in northern Japan.

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles raised about 3.4M yen through their charity uniform auctions.  A total 10 game uniforms from 4/29 were auctioned off; Masahiro Tanaka's uniform went 803,000 yen.  The total amount will be donated to relief efforts in northern Japan.

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The NPB after the big quake, Day 72 [May 22, 2011]

by on May.22, 2011 @ 10:46 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

The Giants announced that the two generators at Tokyo Dome had to be turned on in order to help power the air conditioning units (to offset the warm outdoor temperatures) during today's game.  Total usage at Tokyo Dome during the game was ~3,390kW, about 26% less than at peak times (~4,600kW).

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows played their first night game of the season at Jingu Stadium today.  In order to help conserve energy, they had 22% of the 6 lights banks turned down (particularly those pointing to the outfield).  Ryoji Aikawa told reporters that he thought the light levels were fine while Norichika Aoki said the outfield felt a little dark.

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The NPB after the big quake, Day 63 [May 13, 2011]

by on May.13, 2011 @ 1:06 pm, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines played their first night game at QVC Marine Field today.  As part of the team's effort to conserve energy, 20% of the lights were left off during the game.

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The NPB announced that they will be holding an event in Sendai on the 16th called Kokoro-no Catch Ball (loosely translated as Playing Catch for the Heart and Soul).  Six players, including Motohiro Shima, Teppei, Tetsuya Utsumi, and Hayato Sakamoto, will attend and meet with elementary school kids from areas that were hit by the earthquake and tsunami.

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A number of former and current pro-yakyu players, like Sadaharu Oh, Senichi Hoshino, and Masahiro Tanaka, will be taking part in Tube's Restart Japan Northern Japan Earthquake Charity Song project.  Over 120 sports figures, celebrities, and singers will be taking part in the project.  The song, entitled Restart, is scheduled to hit store shelves on 6/8.

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The NPB after the big quake, Day 61 [May 11, 2011]

by on May.11, 2011 @ 10:18 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Two generators were set up outside of Tokyo Dome for use during night games (each capable of generating about 280kW).  Neither was needed on for tonight's game because the air conditioning system wasn't used as much due to the cool weather.

Daily Sports adds that according to the Giants, power usage for May games last season topped out at about 4,600kW; during the summer, usages peaked at about 6,000kW.

The Giants are also planning on renting out an additional three generators beginning in mid-June.

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The NPB after the big quake, Day 56 [May 6, 2011]

by on May.06, 2011 @ 11:28 pm, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

14,610 were in attendance for the Bay Stars first night game at Yokohama Stadium this year.  At the start of the game, 55% of their lights were turned; that was bumped up to 75% from the 3rd inning; and in the bottom of the 5th, the umps requested all lighting to be turned on because it was getting increasingly difficult to see the ball.  UPDATE 5/7 @ 1:26pm - The Bay Stars used about 8,000 kWh for their game yesterday, down from their May 2010 average of about 12,000 kWh.

Rakuten Eagles

15,704 fans attended the Eagles' first night game at Kleenex Stadium this year.  Rakuten managed about a 15% reduction in energy usage.

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The NPB after the big quake, Day 55 [May 5, 2011]

by on May.05, 2011 @ 10:03 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

The Giants decided to turn on extra ceiling lights today (20 lights behind and above the home plate area) after players struggled with pop flies during yesterday's game.  These lights are normally turned on during day games, but were left off this year in order to conserve energy.  UPDATE 5/6 @ 3:26pm - turning on the lights dropped conservation levels from 27% to 25%.

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