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[1/9/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters: Tomohiro Nioka announces decision to retire

by on Jan.09, 2014 @ 7:49 pm, under NPB
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Tomohiro Nioka held a press conference at Fighters Town Kamagaya today.

Quotes taken from various sources:

"I spent ten years with Kyojin and five years with Nippon Ham.  I was able to play for fulfilling fifteen years with support from many people.  I feel I have done everything I can."

"I was able to lead a fulfilling baseball career with support from a lot of people."

"The last few years, it was only about hitting.  Running, hitting, fielding, if I can not do all of it, then it means nothing [to me]."

"I have not made any decisions [about what to do next].  I would like to study more."

"I am interested in hitting.  I want to study more."

The Yomiuri Giants could reach out to Nioka about possible coaching opportunities in the future.  He could also be shipped off to the United States to gain some coaching experience in the minors.

Source: official announcementTokyo Sports 1/9/2014, Chunichi Sports 1/9/2014, Sports Hochi 1/9/2014, Sanspo 1/9/2014

[UPDATE 1/10 @ 4:20am]

Sponichi posted portions of Nioka's interaction with the media during his press conference:

What's going through your head right now?

I thought maybe I might want to play baseball more, but that did not really happen.  I no longer have to worry about my body when I wake up in the morning.

What was your reason for retiring?

I considered my performance from last season, but the last few years it was only about hitting, I did not play any defense and they sent in pinch-runners whenever I got a hit.  I started wondering if this was good enough for me.

You felt strongly about running, hitting, and fielding?

I had problems with the my legs, but it means nothing if there is no running, hitting, and fielding.  If I was going to play the game, I wanted to play it right.

What event during your career left the biggest mark on you?

My first trip to the plate after turning pro.  My first trip to the plate after joining a new team also left a lasting mark.  I had a hard time facing Hanshin's Shinobu Fukuhara because we had played baseball together when we were younger.  But I also wanted to do well against him.

Source: Sponichi 1/9/2014

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[10/3/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters Senryokugai: Tomohiro Nioka

by on Oct.03, 2013 @ 5:52 pm, under NPB
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The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they will not offer Tomohiro Nioka (37) a contract for the 2014 season.

The released the following statement from Nioka:

With things turning out as they have, I plan to listen to whatever offers other clubs might have.  However, I do have to consider my health and will need a little more time before I can decide whether or not I want to continue playing.  I want to thank the Fighters and the fans for all their support over the last five years.

Source: official announcement


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[10/1/2013] Soon to be Senryokugai: Shima (SEI), Nioka (HAM), Morimoto (YOK)

by on Oct.02, 2013 @ 12:41 am, under NPB
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The media learned on Monday that the Seibu Lions are not planning to offer Shigenobu Shima a contract for the 2014 season.

Shima appeared in just nine games this season as a pinch-hitter and went 1-for-7 with a walk.  Seibu is expected to meet with Shima to inform him of their decision over the next couple of days.

"I have not made made the active roster since the spring.  It feels as though they no longer need me.  I would like to continue playing if there are other opportunities," Shima said.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/1/2013, Daily Sports 10/1/2013, Nikkan Sports 10/1/2013


The Nippon Ham Fighters were expected to inform Tomohiro Nioka that they were not planning to sign him to a contract for the 2014 today, but no formal announcement was made.  A number of teams are reported to be interested in the veteran, but it is uncertain if he is still wants to continue playing.

The Fighters are planning to give Nioka one last at bat at Sapporo Dome before the end of the regular season.

Source: Sponichi 10/1/2013


The Yokohama Bay Stars are expected to inform Hichori Morimoto that he is not included in the organization's plans for the 2014 season.

Source: Sponichi 10/1/2013

[5/30/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on May.30, 2013 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB
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Tomohiro Nioka was taken off the active roster today out of concern for both his calves.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2013


Kenji Sato will take Nioka's spot on the active roster.  Kenshi Sugiya was also taken off the active roster today.  He will be replaced by Brian Wolfe.

Source: Sanspo 5/30/2013


Yuki Saito had been limited to throwing fastballs during his bullpen sessions.  Beginning today, he was allowed to slowly mix in off-speed pitches.  He also began throwing more -- he had been tossing about twenty pitches to a standing catcher and thirty to a squatting catcher three times a week; with the addition of off-speed pitches, he will be allowed to throw forty to fifty pitches.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2013


Up until Wednesday night's victory against Hiroshima, the Fighters were 0-10-1 in the last eleven games 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani played in.  For the season, with Otani playing, they are 3-14-1.

Source: Sanspo 5/30/2013


Team owner Hiroshi Kobayashi received a team update from Hideki Kuriyama when the two met before tonight's game against Hiroshima.

"I am not worried," said Kobayashi.  "The PL is very competitive.  There is still plenty of season left."

Source: Sanspo 5/29/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters: March 14, 2012

by on Mar.14, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Yuki Saito worked out at Kamagaya today with high socks.  He is scheduled to start Friday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.


Tomohiro Nioka had a pinch-hit at bat during a Kyoiku League game on Tuesday and collected a single to left.  Assuming his right calf is ok, he could be called up to Ichi-gun as early as Friday.


Tuesday's Kyoiku League game against Rakuten at Kamagaya: Atsunori Inaba started at first and batted third.  He went 0-for-1: HBP, fly out to right. [Sponichi]

====== UPDATE 3/15 @ 12:13am

Shota Ono returned to the starting line-up during Wednesday's game against the Chunichi Dragons.  It was his first game since injuring his left knee during a close play at home plate in a game against the Yakult Swallows on March 3.

Nippon Ham Fighters: March 13, 2012

by on Mar.13, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • Yuki Saito threw sixty-four pitches in the bullpen. (Nikkan Sports)


Today's Kyoiku League game against Rakuten at Kamagaya: Brian Wolfe started the game and allowed one run (unearned) on two hits over five innings of work. [Nikkan Sports]


4th round draft pick Kensuke Kondo could make it into the starting line-up at catcher for some exhibition games during the team's road trip to the Kanto region (beginning on March 16).


Tomohiro Nioka could play in Friday's (March 16) exhibition game against the Yokohama Bay Stars depending on how things go over the next couple of days.  Nioka has been practicing at Kamagaya since March 8 and is working his way back from right calf problems.


Toshimasa Konta is working his way back from right shoulder surgery in December.  He has already logged some playing time as a DH and took fielding practice for the first time on Sunday.

"Rehab is moving quicker than originally planned," said Konta. "All that is left is throwing.  It is ultimately up to the manager and coaches to decide on how they want to use me.  I will continue to do my best so that I am prepared to go whenever they need me."


7th round draft pick Takumi Oshima took batting practice on Monday by standing over home plate against a pitching machine that throws curves -- swinging and missing means getting hit by the baseball.


Sapporo's Toho subway line will be running a Fighters subway for three years, beginning March 19, 2012.

Tomohiro Nioka to get his right elbow cleaned out

by on Oct.13, 2010 @ 1:56 pm, under NPB
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It seems Tomohiro Nioka (HAM) will be getting surgery (cleaning) on his right elbow some time soon.  He'll probably be hospitalized for about a week and will need 2-3 months of rehab.

The elbow has been bothering Nioka ever since when he used to play for the Yomiuri Giants.  This season, the elbow pains got worse and Nioka needed shots in order to play.

In addition to the elbow pain, Nioka had a number of other ailments this season, including calf and hamstring problems in both legs, a sprained left middle finger, and a contusion on his right ring finger.  But he still managed to play in 103 games and provide the Fighters with some offense (26 R, 7 HR, 47 RBI, .672 OPS).