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[2/9/2014] Yomiuri Giants News and Notes

by on Feb.10, 2014 @ 4:34 am, under NPB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Leslie Anderson 2/8 14 Faced Tetsuya Yamaguchi; collected three could-be hits.  Sponichi 2/9/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Tetsuya Utsumi BP 2/9 44 Faced Kenji Yano and Masaki Sakaguchi.  Sanspo 2/9/2014
Nobutaka Imamura BP 2/8 45 Faced Yoshiyuki Kamei (22 pitches, 4 could-be hits) and Hayato Sakamoto (23 pitches, 2 could-be hits).  Daily Sports 2/9/2014
Toshiya Sugiuchi Bullpen 2/8 82 Sanspo 2/9/2014


Hideki Matsui took batting practice in public on Sunday.  Shinnosuke Abe threw twenty-nine pitches; 1st round draft pick Seiji Kobayashi was the catcher.  Matsui took twenty-two swings and hit five over the fence (5th pitch/4th swing, 10th pitch/8th swing, 14th pitch/12th swing, 18th pitch/15th swing, 29th pitch/22nd swing).

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/9/2014

Matsui threw 827 batting practice pitches over the first seven days of camp (excluding a day off).

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2014


Tomoyuki Sugano canceled a bullpen session on the 8th because of tightness in his back.  It does not appear to be serious.

Sugano played catch on Sunday and told reporters he was fine.  He is hoping to either toss batting practice or pitch in an intra-squad game on the 13th.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2014, Sponichi 2/9/2014, Sponichi 2/9/2014


Nobutaka Imamura will be sent down to Ni-gun camp because of tightness in his left shoulder.  Ryota Katsuki will be called up to take Imamura's place.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2014

2013 Tokyo Dome MVP Award goes to Kentaro Nishimura

by on Oct.23, 2013 @ 7:07 pm, under NPB
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Tokyo Dome announced today that Kentaro Nishimura was the recipient of their 2013 Tokyo Dome MVP.  The Special Tokyo Dome MVP Award went to rookie Tomoyuki Sugano.

The Giants played sixty-four games at Tokyo Dome this year.  Nishimura appeared in thirty-three Tokyo Dome games and went 4-1 with seventeen saves and a 0.52 ERA over 34.2 innings of work.  Sugano pitched in twelve games and went 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA over 82.2 innings.

Source: official announcement, official announcement

[10/18/2013] Yomiuri Giants sweep Hiroshima Carp, will advance to Nippon Series

by on Oct.19, 2013 @ 12:29 am, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants swept the Hiroshima Carp three games to none and will advance to the Nippon Series for the second year in a row.  Hiroshima took the early lead in two of the three games, but failed to hold on to any of them in losing three straight to the Giants.

Tatsunori Hara was tossed into the air ten times before the entire team took their walk around the field.  Tomoyuki Sugano was selected Climax Series MVP.

The media learned that Hara was formally offered an extension by team owner Kojiro Shiraishi after the game and accepted.  Terms will be decided at a later date

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2013

[9/23/2013] Yomiuri Giants News and Notes

by on Sep.23, 2013 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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The Giants would like to sign Scott Mathieson and Jose Lopez to extensions for the 2014 season.  The team will make decisions on John Bowker and Dennis Houlton after the post-season.  Things may not be looking good for Manny Acosta.

Source: Sponichi 9/23/2013


Tatsunori Hara will most likely return next season as manager.  He is currently in the final year of a two-year deal.

Source: Daily Sports 9/23/2013

Nikkan Sports reports that the Giants are preparing to offer Hara a two-year extension.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2013


Of the sixty-nine players on the seventy-man roster, only four have not been called up to Ichi-gun this season (through Sunday): Tomoya IchikawaKo TakahashiHarutomo Tsuji, and Fuminori Yokogawa.

Source: Sanspo 9/23/2013


Thirty-nine-year-old Michihiro Ogasawara and forty-year-old Yoshitomo Tani would like to continue playing next year.  The two have not spent much time at Ichi-gun this season and may no longer be a part of the team's future plans.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2013


Mathieson extended his scoreless appearances streak to twenty-three games on Sunday and tied the CL record Tony Barnette set in 2011 for foreign pitchers.

Kentaro Nishimura is the fifth player in NPB history to save forty or more games in a season.  The other four: Hitoki Iwase (2005-2007, 2009-2010), Kyuji Fujikawa (2007, 2011), Kazuhiro Sasaki (1998), Marc Kroon (2008).

Source: Sponichi 9/23/2013

Nishimura picked up another save today and tied Kroon for most saves by a Yomiuri pitcher in one season.

Source: Daily Sports 9/23/2013

Mathieson' scoreless appearances streak ended today.


At nineteen years and six months, Nobutaka Imamura is the third youngest left-handed pitcher in franchise history to record a victory.  The other two: Tetsuhara Kawakami (eighteen years and one month in 1938) and Hiroshi Nakao (nineteen years and three months in 1939).

Source: Daily Sports 9/23/2013


Tomoyuki Sugano is the seventh rookie in franchise history to win thirteen or more games.  The other six: Eiji Sawamura (fourteen in 1936), Motoshi Fujita (seventeen in 1957), Ritsuo Horimoto (twenty-nine in 1960), Kunio Jonouchi (twenty-four in 1962), Tsuneo Horiuchi (sixteen in 1966), and Koji Uehara (twenty in 1999).

Source: Sanspo 9/23/2013


Last season, Shinnosuke Abe blew up a photo of him committing an error that led to a loss and stuck it on a clubhouse wall to punish himself.  The section has since grown with photos of other players in similar situations.

Source: Sponichi 9/23/2013

Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: March 25, 2013

by on Mar.25, 2013 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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Hayato Sakamoto ended workouts early today after he started feeling tightness in his lower back during warm-ups.  It does not appear to be serious.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013


The opening day starting rotation will likely be: Ryosuke Miyaguni, 1st round draft pick Tomoyuki SuganoTetsuya UtsumiHirokazu SawamuraToshiya Sugiuchi, and Dennis Houlton.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013


Hisayoshi Chono showed up for early batting practice on Sunday and also worked with Tatsunori Hara on his swing.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013


Taishi Ota and Itaru Hashimoto will likely make the opening day Ichi-gun roster.  Shigeyuki FurukiYoshitomo Tani, and Satoshi Fukuda will likely begin the year at Ni-gun.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013Sponichi 3/25/2013


Former chief trainer Hirohisa Hagiwara died of lung cancer at 8:56am on Saturday.  He was sixty-eight.  Hagiwara was a part of the organization between 1978 and 2005.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013

Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: March 21, 2013

by on Mar.22, 2013 @ 1:16 am, under NPB
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Shuichi Murata did not play in Thursday's exhibition game against Yokohama because he was not feeling well (fever).  His flu test came back negative.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/21/2013


Ryosuke Miyaguni will likely get the opening day start.  If he does, at twenty years and eleven months, he will be the second youngest pitcher in franchise history to start the first game of the year.  The youngest: Masumi Kuwata in 1988 at twenty years and zero months.

Source: Daily Sports 3/21/2013Sanspo 3/21/2013


1st round draft pick Tomoyuki Sugano is scheduled to start an exhibition game against Rakuten on the 23rd.  Assuming the same pitching schedule, he could make his first regular season start on the 30th against Hiroshima.

If Sugano makes the start, he will become the first rookie pitcher in franchise history since the introduction of the draft in 1965 to make their first start within the team's first two games of the season.  Koji Uehara (1999), Hiroshi Kisanuki (2003), and Hirokazu Sawamura (2011) hold the current record with starts within the team's first three games of the season.

Before 1965: Yoshiaki Ito (1959) and Kunio Jonouchi (1962) both got opening day starts in their first years.

Source: Sponichi 3/21/2013


Kyosuke Takagi will begin the year as a reliever.

Source: Sanspo 3/21/2013


Hayato Sakamoto and Shinnosuke Abe worked out at Giants Stadium on Thursday for the first time since returning from the WBC.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/21/2013Nikkan Sports 3/21/2013


Toshiya Sugiuchi threw sixty-one pitches in the bullpen at Giants Stadium on Thursday.  He could pitch in an exhibition game against Rakuten on either the 23rd or 24th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/21/2013


Hirokazu Sawamura threw thirty-seven pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen at Giants Stadium on Thursday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/21/2013


Kabuki actor Tojuro Sakata will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on the 29th.  Ski jumper Sara Takanashi will throw out the first pitch on the 30th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/21/2013

Tomoyuki Sugano could head overseas if he is selected by a team he does not want to join

by on Oct.16, 2012 @ 7:54 pm, under College
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Tomoyuki Sugano held a press conference at the Tokai University grounds in Hiratsuka today and spoke to reporters about his current feelings on the upcoming draft.

Some quotes...

Sugano on the possibility of being selected by a team other than the team he wants to sign with:

"I can only pray that does not happen."

Sugano on his year away from organized baseball:

"It felt short.  I was able to get things done. ... My end goal is not [draft day].  There is a lot to come after that.  I need to do what is necessary to make sure the path I selected ends up being the right one."

Tokai manager Hitoki Yokoi on what Sugano might do if selected by a team other than Yomiuri:

"[Sugano] will probably head overseas, maybe enroll in a study abroad program.  I do not think he will be in Japan."

Source: Sponichi 10/16/2012, Daily Sports 10/16/2012

And Nippon Ham Fighters' GM Masao Yamada told reporters today that the organization will not select Sugano again because:

"We like to select the best overall player [with out first pick].  If you consider the year he spent away from baseball, he can not be the best player available."

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2012


UPDATE 10/17 @ 2:51am - Sanspo has posted the Q&A from the press conference:

What are you current thoughts?

The only thing I can do is do what I can and wait.

How was this past year?

It felt short.  There were times it felt long, but all kinds of people helped me through it.  The 25th is not my final goal.  There is a lot to do after that.  However, I do think that day will be very important.

Did you experience any difficulties?

It was the first time I was in a place where I did not have any real peers.  I could not really speak up about it at the time, but I think that may have been a difficult adjustment.

Did you experience any growth?

I was able to see baseball from all kinds of different perspectives.  I was able to think about pitching and organize my thoughts on what baseball is.

Has you view of life changed?

I wanted to make something of my time so I tried to pass things I noticed to the younger players.  It made me think about wanting to become a coach at some point in the future.

Do you feel you made the right decision?

I struggled when making up my mind and was not sure what the right decision was back then.  I need to move forward in such a way that makes the path I took the right choice.

Do you still feel the same way about the team you would like to sign with?


What will you do if you are selected by some other team?

I can only pray that does not happen.

Source: Sanspo 10/16/2012

Tomoyuki Sugano will not be considered for Asian Baseball Championship

by on Feb.24, 2012 @ 2:12 pm, under College, Industrial, International
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Masayuki Naito, Baseball Federation of Japan' Secretary General, told reporters on Thursday that they will not consider players that do not belong on University or Industrial League teams for the national team that will be competing at the Asian Baseball Championships.  Since Tomoyuki Sugano does not officially belong to either, it most likely means he will be skipped over.

Tomoyuki Sugano News and Notes: January 8, 2012

by on Jan.08, 2012 @ 5:13 pm, under College

Sponichi has posted the following comments from Tomoyuki Sugano:

How did you spend the New Year?

I did some things like light running to stay in shape.

Do you feel worried about not being able to play in any games?

I can not really say until I experience, but I am not feeling too worried right now.  I pitched a lot the last four years.  I do not think I will lose the feel for pitching over a 10-month period.

The other two from [last year's] Big Three, Takahiro Fujioka and Yusuke Nomura, all turned pro.

I would like to see them succeed.  I want to join them as soon as possible.  I will do my best to make sure there is not much of a difference between our [skill levels] when I turn pro.


Tokai University manager Hitoki Yokoi plans to provide Sugano with whatever support he can, like taking him to spring camp in Okinawa, allowing him to pitch during situational BP and intra-squad games, and whenever else possible.  There is also chance he might be selected to play in the World University Baseball Championship in July and the Asian Baseball Championship in August, but that will largely depend on whether or not the amateur organizations are ok with giving a player that passed on the draft a chance to play on the international stage.

And Hideki Kuriyama told reporters on Saturday that he still wanted Sugano to join the Nippon Ham Fighters, but that if things did not work out, he wished him a long and prosperous career.  The Fighters have until 3/31 to negotiate with Sugano.