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[11/25/2015] NPB 2015 Most Valuable Player Award: Yuki Yanagita (SOF), Tetsuto Yamada (YAK)

by on Nov.25, 2015 @ 7:07 pm, under NPB
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NPB 2015 Most Valuable Player Award

Pacific League

Yuki Yanagita (Softbank)

G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HP SO GDP AVG OBP SLG
138 605 502 110 182 31 1 34 317 99 32 8 0 1 88 14 101 9 .363 .469 .631

Central League

Tetsuto Yamada (Yakult)

G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HP SO GDP AVG OBP SLG
143 646 557 119 183 39 2 38 340 100 34 4 0 3 81 5 111 11 .329 .416 .610

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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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Yakult Swallows News and Notes: February 3, 2013

by on Feb.03, 2013 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice

Saturday

  • Shingo Kawabata: forty-two swings, twenty-eight could-be hits

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2013

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Tetsuto Yamada took extra fielding practice after general workouts on Friday, extra batting practice on Saturday, and extra fielding practice today.

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2013

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Shingo Kawabata made the following deal with his sister Yuki Kawabata (JWBL player): if she plays in every one of her games and he does not, then he will buy her anything she wants, including a car; if he plays in every game and she does not, then she owes him a free meal.

Kawabata ordered some 920 gram bats (up ten grams from last year).

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2013

Kawabata felt some tightness in his back today and got the day off.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2013, Daily Sports 2/3/2013

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Tsuyoshi Ueda used a bat that weighed 910 grams last season.  He is trying out an 870 gram bat for the upcoming season.

Source: Sponichi 2/3/2013

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Akinori Iwamura stayed back after general workouts today for extra batting practice for the third time in as many days.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2013

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Koji Yamamoto visited Swallows' camp in Urasoe today.

Samurai Japan candidates: Ryoji Aikawa

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2013

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Yakult Swallows: February 24, 2012

by on Feb.24, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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The Swallows worked out indoors today because of the rain.

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Masanori Ishikawa is scheduled to start Saturday's exhibition game against the Hanshin Tigers.

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Junji Ogawa hinted to reporters on Thursday that he can not afford to wait too long on Wladimir Balentien.  The Swallows currently have five foreign players which means Balentien could start the season at Ni-gun.

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Some batting numbers through Thursday:

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Yakult Swallows: February 23, 2012

by on Feb.23, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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The Ni-gun Swallows have the day off tomorrow.

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Today's practice game against Fujii Juko (Industrial League) was canceled due to rain.

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The team still has no timetable on when Kyohei Muranaka will pitch in a game.  Muranaka complained of tightness in his body during the previous block of spring camp and has been taking things slow since.

Muranaka did tell reporters on Wednesday that he planned to toss a bullpen session soon and that he was feeling ok.  Junji Ogawa was in no real rush and simply said he would be ok so long as Muranaka pitched in a game sometime during Urasoe camp.

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Through Wednesday, Tetsuto Yamada is 9-for-27 with six RBI over seven games.

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Yakult Swallows: February 9, 2012

by on Feb.09, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Wednesday

  • Lastings Milledge took thirty swings during BP and collected fifteen could-be hits. (Sanspo)

Thursday

  • Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi faced three batters during batting practice and threw threw sixty-eight pitches. (Sports Hochi)

Wednesday

  • Kyohei Muranaka threw sixty-one pitches in the bullpen.  He also sat the catcher down for the first time during spring camp. (Sports Hochi)
  • Katsuki Akagawa faced Tetsuto Yamada, Takahiro Araki, and Nariaki Kawasaki during batting practice and allowed seven could-be hits on seventy-two pitches.  He also allowed Kawasaki to take him deep twice. (Sponichi)

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Today was the last day of the second block of spring camp.  The team has the day off tomorrow.

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Tetsuto Yamada took an extra fifty minutes or so of extra fielding practice today.  Afterwards, he moved indoors and spent some time swinging the bat.

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Lastings Milledge made a couple of headlines on Wednesday because he looks like Tetsuro Degawa (comedian).

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Katsuki Akagawa is scheduled to start a practice game against Samsung on February 13.

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Yakult Swallows: February 5, 2012

by on Feb.05, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions
 

Sunday

  • Masanori Ishikawa threw 151 pitches. (Sanspo)
  • Kyohei Muranaka threw forty-seven pitches to a standing catcher.  THis was his first session since the start of spring camp. (Nikkan Sports)

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INF/base-running coach Noriyuki Shiroishi worked with Tetsuto Yamada on his footwork and throwing form at short during practices on his day off on Saturday.

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Special instructor Tsutomu Wakamatsu began working as a special instructor today.

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Masanori Ishikawa told reporters today that he does not plan on throwing another 150+ pitch bullpen session during spring camp.

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The Swallows decided to send Hitoshi Yamamoto to Ni-gun camp after he was diagnosed with right elbow inflammationTatsuo Kinoshita will be called up in his place.

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3rd round draft pick Wataru Hiyane can star in a Blue Seal Ice Cream TV/radio commercial if he can win a stolen base title.

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The Swallows have received five cheer-leading uniforms from students at Bunka Fashion College and will have fans determine which one is used in 2012.  Fans will be able to vote for their favorite designs between February 6 and February 13 at the official team site.  The new uniforms will be unveiled on March 22.

The cheer-leading team will also be bigger this season, from seven members to twelve.

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Yakult Swallows Spring Camp News and Notes: February 6, 2011

by on Feb.06, 2011 @ 3:02 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Masanori Ishikawa threw 158 pitches in the bullpen today.  Ishikawa actually had to cut the session short because of a blister on his right big toe.

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Yamada took 38 swings during BP today (Nikkan Sports mentions 44) and hit 5 over the fence.  Wakamatsu also gave Yamada tips on how to use his lower body more effectively.

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The Swallows (as a team) held a baseball clinic for 15 local little league teams today (about 300 people).

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Tsutomu Wakamatsu began his stint as a temporary batting coach at Urasoe today.

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The media learned yesterday that Tetsuto Yamada (1st round), Nariaki Kawasaki (6th round) and a number of other rookies will be joining the Ichi-gun group for practice today and on the 9th (Ni-gun day off).  They will also have a chance to play in the two intra-squad practice games scheduled on 2/11 and 2/12.  The Swallows are planning on promoting up to 4-5 players based on the results of the two games and some of the players could end up being in that group.

During BP yesterday, Yamada took 26 swings and hit 3 over the fence.

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Yuki Shichijo (2nd round) went site-seeing around Urasoe, Okinawa by himself on his day-off yesterday.  He visited a shrimp farm and also dropped by Blue Seal Ice Cream, where he got the owner to agree to add a Shichijo Parfait to the menu if he wins the RoY award this year.

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