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[10/3/2013] Hiroshima Carp: Tomonori Maeda’s retirement ceremony

by on Oct.04, 2013 @ 2:12 am, under NPB
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Tomonori Maeda's retirement ceremony took place after Thursday's game against the Chunichi Dragons.

Maeda's retirement speech, as posted by Daily Sports:

Thank you for your warm cheers over the last twenty-four years.

My career was full of injuries, but beginning with the owner, the managers, the staff, and various personnel, everyone helped me, kept me going, supported me, and got me through to where I am now.

I am proud of spending my entire career in Hiroshima, with the Hiroshima Carp.

I also want to thank my parents and family for supporting me through everything.

The Carp managed to finish in the top three for the first time in sixteen years.

I think we were able to come this far because the manager, the coaches, and staff did a good job guiding the young players and veterans.

I was frustrated that I could not be a part of this, but I retire today with the hopes that this is a turning point, that the Carp will become strong and have a bright future.

I want to thank [Morimichi] Takagi and the Chunichi Dragons for today as well.

I look forward to seeing them bounce back next season and watching them play as the Dragons should.

And finally, I would like to say one more time, to all the fans that cheered for me over the years and to everyone that supported, thank you.

Thank you for everything.

Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2013

A few other notes:

  • Tickets to the game were sold out.  Announced attendance was 32,217, a high for 2013.
  • About 1,500 people showed up to watch the game on the big screen at Motomachi Kuredo. 
  • Maeda's parents, wife, and children were at the game.  His two sons participated in the ceremonial first pitch -- his eldest son, Hiroyoshi (12), got behind the plate as catcher and his second second, Akihiro (10), threw the first pitch.
  • Maeda made it into the game as a pinch-hitter in the 8th and grounded out to the pitcher in his last official at bat.  He remained in the game and took over in right in the 9th.  It was the first time he played defense in a game since July 25, 2008 (vs Yokohama).
  • Maeda tossed into the air once, for his uniform number, in two different sittings.

Source: official announcementMotomachi Kurodo announcement, Daily Sports 10/3/2013, Daily Sports 10/3/2013, Daily Sports 10/4/2013

[9/27/2013] Hiroshima Carp: Tomonori Maeda will retire at the end of the season

by on Sep.27, 2013 @ 3:47 pm, under NPB
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Tomonori Maeda will be retiring at the end of the season.  He made his announcement during a press conference at Mazda Stadium earlier today.

"This year will be the end of a twenty-four year career in baseball.  This may not be the best way to put it, but I feel like it has finally come to a close.  I feel relieved now that I no longer have to deal things like pressure," Maeda said.

Maeda suffered a fracture in his left ulna when he was hit by a pitch during a game against Yakult at Jingu on April 23.  He had been rehabbing ever since, but over time felt his desire wane.  It was then that he decided to retire.

A retirement ceremony will take place on October 3 (vs Chunichi at Mazda).

Source: official announcementNikkan Sports 9/27/2013, Daily Sports 9/27/2013

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[8/22/2013] Injury Updates: T. Maeda (HIR), Nakata (HAM), Makida (RAK)

by on Aug.23, 2013 @ 12:15 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

Tomonori Maeda (left wrist) was examined at a hospital in Hiroshima on Tuesday and given the green light to begin regular practices.  He could return to the active roster some time in September.

Source: Sanspo 8/22/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters announced on Thursday that Sho Nakata was re-examined at a hospital in Sapporo and diagnosed with a fissure fracture in the fifth metacarpal of his left hand.  He will require about four weeks for a full recovery -- he will have to keep it immobile for three weeks and will rest at home until the swelling goes away.

Source: Daily Sports 8/22/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Akihisa Makida was taken off the active roster on the 19th with pain in his left side.

Source: Daily Sports 8/22/2013, Nikkan Sports 8/22/2013

[7/21/2013] Injury Updates: T. Maeda (HIR), Fukudome, Yamato (HAN), Nakamura (SEI), Satozaki (LOT)

by on Jul.21, 2013 @ 6:30 pm, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

The Carp initially thought Tomonori Maeda (left wrist) might be able to return to the active roster some time after the All-Star break in July, but it now seems he will not be able to make it back until some time in September.

According to the team trainer, the team learned that Maeda resumed taking soft-toss batting practice using both hands after they were told his left wrist was at about ninety percent during an evaluation at a hospital on the 16th.

Source: Sponichi 7/21/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Kosuke Fukudome (left knee) worked out in right during situational fielding practice at Naruohama on Saturday.  He could begin participating in situational batting practice sessions on Monday.  He will be cleared to play in rehab games once he is able to run the bases (including sliding).

Source: Daily Sports 7/21/2013

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Yamato took batting practice on Saturday, during workouts at Koshien, for the first time since he suffered a bruise on his right middle finger against Yomiuri on the 16th.  He is hoping to return to the starting line-up on the 24th (vs Yakult).

Source: Sanspo 7/21/2013, Sponichi 7/21/2013

Seibu Lions

Takeya Nakamura (left knee) collected two hits during Ichi-gun situational batting practice today: single to right off Hirotaka Koishi and a single to left off Yosuke Okamoto.  This was the first time Nakamura took situational batting practice since he had surgery on his left knee.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/21/2013, Sponichi 7/21/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Tomoya Satozaki (third rib, left side) could return to the active roster some time in early August.

Source: Sponichi 7/21/2013

[4/24/2013] Injury Report: Makida (Rakuten), T. Sato (Orix), K. Maeda, T. Maeda (Hiroshima)

by on Apr.24, 2013 @ 9:14 pm, under NPB
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Akihisa Makida (Rakuten) was taken off the active roster today with a rupture in a tendon in his left wrist (左橈側手根伸筋腱部分/left radial carpal extensor tendon). He will require three to four weeks for a full recovery.  He does not plan on having surgery at this point in time.

Makida suffered the injury when swinging the bat during a game against Lotte on the 21st.  He was examined at a hospital on Tuesday.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/24/2013

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The Buffaloes took Tatsuya Sato off the active roster today with pain in his lower back.  He started feeling pain in his back during an outing against Softbank on the 20th and was later examined at a hospital in Kobe.  No serious issues were discovered.  He is not expected to miss an extended amount of time.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/24/2013

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Kenta Maeda (Hiroshima) started playing catch today.  Maeda spoke to reporters and said that the tightness he was feeling in his right arm was mostly gone and that he should be able to return to the active roster within ten days.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/24/2013

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Tomonori Maeda (Hiroshima) decided to undergo surgery after he was diagnosed with a fracture in his left wrist.  He will most likely miss two to three months.

Source: Sponichi 4/24/2013

Yakult Swallow Masaya Emura threw the pitch that hit Maeda and fractured his wrist.  Emura and pitching coach Daisuke Araki met Kenjiro Nomura at Jingu Gaien and apologized for the incident.

Source: Daily Sports 4/24/2013, Nikkan Sports 4/24/2013

Hiroshima Carp: February 24, 2012

by on Feb.24, 2012 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp received twenty kilograms of bare oysters and 100 oysters in shells from the Hiroshima Fishery Cooperative today.

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Tomonori Maeda took about 400 pitches against the pitching machine during extra batting practice today.  The session lasted about an hour.  Maeda also moved up about a meter in the cages at one point because he felt the machine was throwing too slow.

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Kenjiro Nomura spent about forty-five minutes working with Shota Dobayashi and Yoshitaka Isomura on their hitting after general practices today.  Nomura also tossed pitches to the two players.

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Eishin Soyogi began rehab workouts on his left knee on Thursday.  Soyogi started feeling discomfort in the knee after sliding in an intra-squad game on February 19.  As a precaution, he skipped batting practice on Wednesday and got his knee examined at a hospital in Nichinan where he was diagnosed with a contusion on his left knee.

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1st round draft pick Yusuke Nomura threw the fork during his bullpen session on Thursday for the first time during spring camp.  The Carp also decided to have him pitch situational batting practice on Saturday.

Hiroshima Carp: February 17, 2012

by on Feb.17, 2012 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Thursday

  • Takahiro Iwamoto took 145 swings during extra batting practice and hit one over the fence. (Sponichi)
  • Tomonori Maeda took 135 swings during lunchtime batting practice and collected fifty-nine could-be hits. (Daily Sports)

Friday

  • 1st round draft pick Yusuke Nomura threw 112 pitches in the bullpen.  It was his second session in as many days. (Sports Hochi)

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Members of the organization, including Kenjiro Nomura, Ni-gun manager Junzo Uchida, Hiroshima players' rep chairman Akihiro Higashide, and GM Kiyoaki Suzuki, visited Udo Jingu Shrine today and prayed for a successful season.

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With an umpire calling balls and strikes, 1st round draft pick Yusuke Nomura worked on hitting the corners of strike zone during his bullpen session today.

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Masafumi Suenaga joined the Ichi-gun team for practice today.

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Yuki Saito and Takeru Imamura filed their taxes online today (part of a PR event for Japan's e-Tax system).

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Batting coach Itsuki Asai was not happy about how much heavier Takahiro Iwamoto looked during practices on Thursday.  Iwamoto told reporters he is currently at ninety-eight to ninety-nine kilograms (although it apparently seems like he is a lot heavier than that), which is about three to four kilograms heavier than his ideal weight.

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Shota Nakazaki's next start will be against the Yomiuri Giants on Saturday.

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Tomonori Maeda's (40) first day of workouts at Ichi-gun camp on Thursday included fielding practice, lunchtime batting practice, and extra indoor batting practice against a pitching machine for about an hour and a half.  The coaches have allowed Maeda to set his own training schedule.

Hiroshima Carp: January 15, 2012

by on Jan.15, 2012 @ 8:09 pm, under NPB
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Tomonori Maeda (40) worked out for about six hours on Saturday.  His workouts included soft toss BP and fielding practice.

Team owner Hajima Matsuda also spoke to Maeda for about five minutes and reportedly told him to aim for six more homers -- he is five homers from 300 but has only hit six since 2008.

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Team owner Matsuda watched the 2011 draft class working out at the Ono training facilities on Saturday and told reporters he was impressed with 1st round draft pick Yusuke Nomura.  When Nomura was asked what he though, he replied, "It seems a lot of people talk about how close I am to being ready, but I have never thought that myself.  I think I am still at about 40%. ... My delivery and my mechanics are still incomplete.  And of the 60% or so that remains, about 30-40% is strengthening my body.  Once my body is set, the rest will fall into place."

When asked to compare pitching to something, he said, "A tree. ... Trees with many branches and leaves have thick trunks.  Strong trunks mean good balance.  And if the branches grow, they can bend more and provide an increase in power. ... Big trees have good roots.  And that is why it is important to strengthen the lower body."

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A group of players, including Kenta MaedaAkihiro HigashideEishin Soyogi, and Takeru Imamura, took off for Okinawa on Friday.

Hiroshima Carp: January 12, 2012

by on Jan.12, 2012 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB
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Training camp for the 2011 draft class started at the Ono training facilities today.  Workouts lasted about four hours and included running and playing catch.

The players also had a chance to meet veteran Tomonori Maeda.

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Yuya Fukui's workouts this month have started at 10am and ended at 4pm.  He has also already tossed BP (while mixing in off-speed pitches) to Yasuyuki Kataoka (SEI).  Fukui will continue his practices at the Tokyo Gas training facilities until 1/21 before heading to Okinawa on 1/24.

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Tomonori Maeda worked out for about five hours at the Ono training facilities in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima on Wednesday.  His workouts included playing catch, soft toss BP, and fielding practice.

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Kenta Maeda's new wife has a license as a Dietary Life Advisor and has been giving Maeda tips on what kinds of foods to eat.