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Yakult Senryokugai: Kato, Onodera, Ichiba, Watanabe, Kinoshita, Fukukawa

by on Oct.02, 2012 @ 5:03 pm, under NPB
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The Swallows announced today that they will not be signing the following seven players to contacts for the 2013 season:

Pos Player JPN Player ENG Age Status
P 加藤 幹典 Kato, Mikinori 27 Intention to Retire
P 小野寺 力 Onodera, Chikara 31 Intention to Retire
P 一場 靖弘 Ichiba, Yasuhiro 30 Would like to continue playing
P 渡辺 恒樹 Watanabe, Koki 34 Undecided
P 山岸  穣 Yamagishi, Minoru 30 Intention to Retire
P 木下 達生 Kinoshita, Tatsuo 25 Undecided
C 福川 将和 Fukukawa, Masakazu 35 Intention to Retire

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 10/2/2012

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UPDATE 10/3 @ 11:31am - Slightly different information on what a few of a the players are planning to do.  Onodera is looking to continue playing and  Kato is undecided.  Fukukawa is retiring and could be offered a job with the Swallows.  Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2012

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Yakult Swallows hold press conference for Mizuta, Shoda, Abe, and Kinoshita

by on Dec.01, 2011 @ 4:37 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows held a press conference today in order to introduce their newest additions: INF Keisuke Mizuta (31), LHP Itsuki Shoda (30), RHP Kenta Abe (27), and RHP Tatsuo Kinoshita (24).

Other information:

Keisuke Mizuta: uniform # -  54 / salary - 9M

Itsuki Shoda: uniform # - 61 / salary - 8M yen

Kenta Abe: uniform # - 58 / salary - 10M yen

Tatsuo Kinoshita: uniform # 62 / salary - 5M yen

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Yakult Swallows sign Tatsuo Kinoshita

by on Nov.25, 2011 @ 10:52 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows announced today that they agreed to basic terms with 23-year-old Tatsuo Kinoshita (Chunichi senryokugai).

2011 Season

Level Tm G W L SV HLD CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
Ichi-gun CHU 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 5 1.0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
Ni-gun CHU 19 4 0 0 - 1 1 1.000 253 60.2 59 2 16 0 4 44 4 0 22 19 2.82
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Chunichi Dragons Spring Camp News and Notes: February 13, 2011

by on Feb.13, 2011 @ 1:33 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Hitoki Iwase faced Hirokasu Ibata during a 1-on-1 match-up today and threw 52 pitches while giving up 4 could-be hits.

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Ikusei pitcher Tatsuo Kinoshita threw 150 pitches in the bullpen today.  Kinoshita started spring camp at Ni-gun but was called up to Ichi-gun camp on 2/8 (start of the second block of camp).  He also got a chance to toss situational BP on the 12th.

Kinoshita  - "There was a part of me that was really surprised when they called me up to Ichi-gun.  But I'm beginning to see things I need to work on and I've been able to throw the way I wanted to throw.  I just want to keep working hard."

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Joel Guzman could be the Dragons' new number 6 hitter -- batting behind the 3, 4, 5 of Masahiko Morino, Kazuhiro Wada, and Tony Blanco.

During situational BP yesterday, Guzman showed a side of him that was the complete opposite of what he showed the day before when he drilled a homer out of the stadium: in his first at bat, with a 2-2 count on him, Daisuke Yamai threw a pitch low and to the outside corner that Guzman served to the opposite field.

Guzman - "I have never once thought about pulling every pitch in order to hit home runs.  It's all about making contact with the pitch.  I'm always trying to keep my swing compact."

Yomiuri Giants' advance scout Koichi Misawa impression of Guzman - "He has power but he also not the type to go fishing when he's behind in the count.  Right now, I can spot any weaknesses.  He's a tough batter. ... I wouldn't want to see him batting 6th.  It's going to be a high-powered line-up."

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Yuta Muto (3rd round) faced 8 batters during situational BP yesterday and allowed two hits while holding Morino and Blanco and infield fly balls.

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Doala told reporters yesterday that he doesn't plan on letting Yuki Saito (HAM, 1st round) steal all the headlines.

"Saito may have been involved in most of the buzz during the first half of spring camp, but I've been popular longer than he has," said Doala.

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Chunichi Dragons News and Notes: January 5, 2011

by on Jan.05, 2011 @ 5:02 pm, under NPB
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Masahiko Morino left for Guam out of Chubu International Airport on Tuesday and will return to Japan on the 12th.  While Morino went to Guam with Akifumi Takahashi last year for his training, he decided to only take his trainer along with him this year (he wants to workout on his pace).  Seems Morino also left his bat behind, packing only some baseball and his glove.  Before leaving Morino told reporters that his goal for 2011 was to bat .300, hit 30 homers, and record 100 RBIs.

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Tatsuo Kinoshita apparently decided to use a softball for his training exercises.  While spending about 2 weeks in the Dominican Republic in December, Kinoshita saw that Dominican players were playing catch using a softball.

Said Kinoshita, "Over there, they [play catch] using a softball.  They do it so players can focus on strengthening their shoulders."

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Chunichi: Tatsuo Kinoshita to head to the Dominican Republic

by on Dec.01, 2010 @ 3:21 pm, under NPB
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Tatsuo Kinoshita signed an Ikusei deal with the Chunichi Dragons in November.  Now he wants to head to the Dominican Republic for three weeks of training (beginning on 12/3) at his own expense (about 300,000 yen).

Said Kinoshita, "If I'm going to do this, I may as well go all out.  I want to learn more about playing with a strong desire.  There are also a lot of pitchers that throw hard, plenty of things for me to learn. ... I'm not exactly sure how things will work out, but I'd like to try and practice [with a team].  I'd also like to play in some games if they'll let me.  I won't be bringing anything with me other than baseball equipment."

Kinoshita wanted to train in the Dominican Republic when he played for the Nippon Ham Fighters, but they denied him the opportunity.  The Dragons have a fairly strong ties to the Dominican Republic and Kinoshita plans on taking advantage of that.

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Chunichi Dragons News and Notes: November 14, 2010

by on Nov.14, 2010 @ 8:56 pm, under NPB
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Takahiro Saeki dropped by the Yokohama Bay Stars' Yokosuka training facilities on Saturday to look through his locker and prepare for his move to the Dragons.  Said Saeki about signing with the Dragons, "I'm happy to get a fresh start with a new team at this age.  I'm grateful to be able to play baseball.  The Dragons uniform is the same color blue as the Bay Stars.  I'm looking forward [to playing].

Saeki was set to spend one last day of practice at Yoksuka today before joining the Dragons for practice tomorrow.

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The Chunichi Dragons held a tryout for Tatsuo Kinoshita at Nagoya Stadium on Saturday.  After tossing 61 pitches in front of Hiromitsu Ochiai and the other coaches, Kinoshita took part in the Dragons' regular team practice (about 7 hours long).

Kinoshita has been a fan of the Dragons since the very start and actually cried when he was drafted by the Fighters in 2005.  Kinoshita is scheduled to stay with the team until the 19th.

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