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[12/4/2014] Rumors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Seung-Hwan Oh

by on Dec.05, 2014 @ 5:25 am, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes held a press conference to introduce Eiichi Koyano on Thursday. He was assigned the number thirty-one. Source: official announcement

Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) returned to Japan on Wednesday. He is expected to meet teams interested in his services, like Hanshin, Seibu, and Chunichi. Source: Chunichi Sports 12/4/2014 ... The Orix Buffaloes could offer a four-year deal worth about 1.4 billion yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/4/2014 ... The Seibu Lions got a phone call from Nakajima's agent on Thursday. Their offer was turned down. Source: Sports Hochi 12/4/2014, Sponichi 12/4/2014

According to Sports Hochi, Seung-Hwan Oh could be more interested in returning to the Samsung Lions (KBO) after the 2015 season than heading to the Majors. Source: Sports Hochi 12/4/2014

The Tigers are close to finalizing new contracts with Mauro Gomez (30) and Matt Murton (33). Source: Sanspo 12/4/2014

Takahiro Norimoto (23) turned down a three-year offer worth about 360 million yen from the Rakuten Eagles for a one-year deal at an estimated 120 million yen. Norimoto is not interested in the Majors at this point in time. His long-term goal is to become the best pitcher in the NPB. Source: Chunichi Sports 12/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/4/2014 ... Norimoto joined Yoshinobu Takahashi (2000, 110 million), Daisuke Matsuzaka (2001, 100 million), Micheal Nakamura (2007, 158 million yen), and Tomoyuki Sugano (2015, 110 million) as the only players in NPB history to reach 100 million yen in their third year. Source: Sanspo 12/4/2014

Nippon Ham's Sho Nakata (25) agreed to contract worth 200 million yen in 2015 on Wednesday and became the first position player out of high school in franchise history to reach 200 million in his eighth year. Source: Daily Sports 12/4/2014, Sanspo 12/4/2014

Takayuki Makka (23) will be playing for Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Kazusa Magic (Industrial League) next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/4/2014

Yohei Oshima (29) is planning to return to the negotiationg table with data on how much other players made after having the same kind of season he had this year. Source: Daily Sports 12/4/2014

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[12/3/2014] Rumors: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Brad Eldred, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Dec.04, 2014 @ 12:31 am, under NPB
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Daisuke Matsuzaka (34) returned to Japan on Wednesday. The Softbank Hawks are expected to hold a press conference to introduce Matsuzaka as their newest addition as early as the 5th. Source: Sponichi 12/3/2014

The Hiroshima Carp re-signed Brad Eldred (34) to a new one-year deal worth an estimated 915,000 US dollars plus incentives (up from 500,000 US dollars this season). Source: Sanspo 12/2/2014, Sponichi 12/2/2014

The Orix Buffaloes are not planning to pursue Hiroyuki Nakajima (32). They are interested in Tony Blanco (34) and Bryan Bullington (34). Source: Daily Sports 12/2/2014 ... Sports Hochi is reporting that the Buffaloes shifted their attention to Nakajima after they learned Munenori Kawasaki (33) still wants to play in the Majors. They could be preparing a four-year package worth an estimated 1.5 billion yen. Source: Sports Hochi 12/3/2014

The Hanshin Tigers told reporters they opted not to improve their offer to Nakajima when recently contacted by his agent. They do not plan on changing their offer at this point in time. Source: Sanspo 12/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2014

The Tigers could visit Cuba in January next year to check on talent. They are looking for a fifth foreign player as insurance. They are also checking players in the Dominican Republic. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/3/2014

The Rakuten Eagles could offer Takahiro Norimoto a three-year deal worth over 300 million during contract negotiations on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 12/3/2014 ... Norimoto agreed to a salary of 120 million yen, up sixty million from this season. He became the fifth player in NPB history to reach 100 million yen in his third season. Source: Daily Sports 12/3/2014, Sports Hochi 12/3/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars officially announced on Tuesday that they were parting ways with Tony Blanco (34). Source: official announcement

The Yakult Swallows are not planning to sign Chris Narveson (32) to a contract for the 2015 season. They already signed Tony Barnette (31) and Orlando Roman (36) to one-year contracts. Chris Carpenter (28) is still a question mark. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/3/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they came to terms with Chunichi senryokugai Kento Yachi (26). He was assigned the number fifty-eight. The two sides agreed to a contact worth an estimated five million yen. Source: official announcement, Sponichi 12/3/2014

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[6/27/2014] 2014 Inter-league MVP: Yoshiyuki Kamei (Yomiuri)

by on Jun.27, 2014 @ 4:00 pm, under NPB
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The NPB announced that the 2014 Inter-league MVP was Yomiuri's Yoshiyuki Kamei.  The Nihon Semei Awards went to Yakult's Tetsuto Yamada and Rakuten's Takahiro Norimoto.

Most Valuable Player
Yoshiyuki Kamei - Yomiuri Giants
16 G, 21-for-59, 3 HR, 10 RBI, .356 BA, .441 OBP
Reason: He recorded a game-deciding home run in the 12th inning of a game against Orix on the day he was added to the active roster (May 31).  He continue to come up with big hits to help his team win.

Nihon Seimei Award
Tetsuto Yamada - Yakult Swallows
24 G, 37-for-93, 4 HR, 15 RBI, .378 BA
Reason: He recorded at least one hit in twenty of the twenty-four Inter-league games he played.  He notched twelve multi-hit games.  He became the youngest Inter-league batting champion.

Nihon Seimei Award
Takahiro Norimoto - Rakuten Eagles
6 G, 4-1, 5 CG, 4 ShO, 52.0 IP, 47 SO, 4 ER, 0.69 ERA
Reason: He led the league in wins, complete games, and earned run average during Inter-league play.  He was second in strikeouts.  The four shutout victories set a new Inter-league record.

MVP: a productive player selected from the first place team
Nihon Seimei Award: one player from each league that attracted the spotlight

Source: official announcement

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[2/11/2014] Rakuten Eagles News and Notes

by on Feb.12, 2014 @ 4:05 am, under NPB
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Name Date Swings Notes
  2/11 39 One over the fence; outdoors.  Sponichi 2/11/2014
Kevin Youkilis 2/10 46 About twenty could-be hits; indoors.  Sanspo 2/11/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Takahiro Norimoto Bullpen 2/11 133 Including curves.  Sponichi 2/11/2014
Yuki Matsui Bullpen 2/10 69 Fastballs and sliders; third session in as many days.  Daily Sports 2/11/2014
Koji Aoyama Bullpen 2/10 100 Including ten forkballs.  Sports Hochi 2/11/2014


Quick Notes

  • Kevin Youkilis might get an at bat during Wednesday's intra-squad game.  Source: Sponichi 2/11/2014
  • Takahiro Norimoto might pitch in a game some time on or after the 15th.  Source: Sponichi 2/11/2014
  • Norihito Kaneto has thrown nearly 700 pitches during camp, through to the 10th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/11/2014


1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui might end up staying behind in Kumejima to continue his workouts at Ni-gun camp when the team leaves for Okinawa.  The move would not be considered a "demotion" because the plan was always for him to start things out at Ni-gun.  However, if he makes progress with his balance issues and shows more consistency, he could be called up in March during the exhibition game season.

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/11/2014

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[12/12/2013] Masahiro Tanaka, Shinnsouke Abe to receive 2013 Hochi Pro Sports Award

by on Dec.13, 2013 @ 2:15 am, under NPB
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The winners of the 2013 Hochi Pro Sports Award were released on Thursday.  Masahiro Tanaka (first time) and Shinnosuke Abe (third time) were selected for the baseball division.  Takahiro Norimoto was selected for the Fresh Award.  An awards ceremony will take place in Tokyo on the 26th.

Source: 2013 Hochi Pro Sports Award

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[11/25/2013] Rookie of the Year: Yasuhiro Ogawa (YAK), Takahiro Norimoto (RAK)

by on Nov.25, 2013 @ 5:24 pm, under NPB
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The Central and Pacific Leagues announced the winners of the 2013 Rookie of the Year Awards.

Yasuhiro Ogawa

2.93 26 16 4 0 0 4 3 .800 722 178.0 155 9 45 1 2 135 2 0 63 58

Takahiro Norimoto

3.34 27 15 8 0 0 3 0 .652 695 170.0 142 14 51 1 6 134 4 0 65 63


The Central League also decided to give special Rookie of the Year considerations to Tomoyuki Sugano and Shintaro Fujinami.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/25/2013


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[11/4/2013] Rakuten Eagles: Tanaka, Norimoto, Mima not expected to make Asia Series roster

by on Nov.04, 2013 @ 5:51 pm, under NPB
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The Eagles are not planning to include Masahiro Tanaka, Takahiro Norimoto, and Manabu Mima on the roster competing at the Asia Series.  Other players that will likely be left off the roster: Kazuo Matsui and the foreign players, including Andruw Jones and Casey McGehee.  The Eagles are expected to compete with a roster made up mostly of younger players.

Source: Sanspo 11/4/2013

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Rakuten Eagles News and Notes: March 27, 2013

by on Mar.27, 2013 @ 11:48 pm, under NPB
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2nd round draft pick Takahiro NorimotoBrandon Duckworth, and Manabu Mima, will likely start the opening series (vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome, March 29-31).  They will probably be followed by Masahiro TanakaKenji Tomura, and Yoshinao Kamata in the second series (vs Orix at Kleenex Stadium, April 2-4).

Source: Sponichi 3/27/2013


Tanaka is slated to start the home opener on April 2 against Orix.

Source: Sanspo 3/27/2013

Tanaka signed a spokesmodel agreement with bedding company Tokyo Nishikawa.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/27/2013


Mima threw about eighty pitches in the bullpen today.  His first regular season start will likely come on the 31st against Softbank at YafuOku Dome.

Source: Sanspo 3/27/2013


Ichi-gun pitching coach Ryoji Moriyama was diagnosed with the flu.  Ni-gun chief pitching coach Tsutomu Sakai will take over as Ichi-gun pitching coach until Moriyama is ready to return.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/27/2013


The Eagles will be teaching a course on Practical Theory in Sports Management at Tohoku University, beginning in April.

Source: Sanspo 3/27/2013

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