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2/4/2012: Hideki Matsui, Junichi Tazawa, Takashi Saito

by on Feb.04, 2012 @ 2:05 pm, under MLB
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Via Nikkan Sports, the New York Daily News' Anthony Mccarron reports that Joe Girardi would like another left-handed bat and Hideki Matsui could be a candidate.  A snip:

Girardi acknowledged that the Yankees have considered several hitters, including free agents Johnny Damon, Raul Ibanez and Hideki Matsui as potential solutions. GM Brian Cashman has said several times this winter that the Yanks could use a surplus of starting pitchers – A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes and Freddy Garcia will all vie for the No. 5 slot – as a trade chip for a hitter, too.

"Johnny's been a great player for a long time," Girardi said when a reporter brought up Damon, a Yankee from 2006-09. "There have been a bunch of names that have been talked about and they're all good players. Ibanez's name has been brought up and he's had a great career, Matsui's name has been brought up and he's had a great career.

"Obviously, we know what Johnny and Matty have meant to this organization over the years and how they've been successful in New York. I'm curious to see how it's all going to shake out."

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Junichi Tazawa worked out with Takashi Saito in Kawasaki on Friday.

And Bobby Valentine has been quoted as saying, "[Tazawa] could help bullpen from opening day."

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Former Yomiuri Giant and Nippon Ham Fighters, Wirfin Obispo (27), has signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds.

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Update on Wirfin Obispo [11/19/2011]

by on Nov.19, 2011 @ 6:36 am, under MLB, NPB
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The following update on Wirfin Obispo comes courtesy of Storm Kirschenbaum, Metis Sports Management, LLC:

Obispo is considering his options in the United States.  He would like to sign a big league deal during the off-season and has workouts lined up with numerous teams in the MLB while he is home in the Dominican Republic.  He has not completely ruled out a return to Japan if he does not get a satisfactory offer in the United States.

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NPB Stats

Year Tm G W L Sv CG ShO BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
2007 YOM 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 1.0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.00
2009 YOM 14 6 1 0 1 0 233 58.2 44 7 11 4 48 0 0 16 16 2.45 0.94
2010 YOM 14 2 3 0 0 0 223 48.1 60 9 18 7 22 2 0 33 28 5.21 1.61
2011 HAM 2 0 0 0 0 0 10 1.0 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 6 6 54.00 7.00
Totals 32 8 4 0 1 0 471 109.0 109 17 33 11 71 2 0 55 50 4.13 1.30

Nippon Ham Fighters Spring Camp News and Notes: February 9, 2011

by on Feb.09, 2011 @ 9:15 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

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The Fighters have the day off today.

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Yesterday's intra-squad game:

Sho Nakata hit a 2-run double in the first off Tomoya Yagi (not an RBI double as I mentioned yesterday) and went 2-for-3 in the game.

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Nakata worked out on his day off today -- he spent about an hour taking BP in the cages.  Nakata also told reporters that he got a call from Tsuyoshi Nishioka on Tuesday night.

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Masataka Nashida held a lecture at the Nago police department today.

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Seems there's a lot more friction building up between Yu Darvish and Wirfin Obispo.  So much so that Nashida actually had to step in and try to mediate a truce of some sorts.  It might be worth watching how things develop between the two players moving forward.  From the sounds of it though, it seems like Darvish is starting to get a little tired of Obispo's games.

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Nippon Ham Fighters Spring Camp News and Notes: February 8, 2011

by on Feb.08, 2011 @ 9:46 pm, under NPB
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Today's intra-squad game:

The reds beat the whites, 5-4 (6 inning game).

Sho Nakata collected two hits for the whites -- an RBI double to left center in his first AB and a single to left off Wirfin Obispo in his next at bat.

Keisuke Itokazu, the starter for the whites, struggled with his control and hit both Kenshi Sugiya and Kenji Saito in a row.  He ended up allowing 2 runs over 2 innings of work.

Tomoya Yagi, started for the reds and gave up 3 runs in the first inning (he allow 5 consecutive hitters to reach base).

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The Fighters drew about 1,500 people today.

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Obispo playfully tried on Yu Darvish's chin hairs before warm-ups yesterday.  He also did a few things to surprise Darvish, like check out the intra-squad game and finish his trunk strengthening exercises early.

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Darvish threw 75 pitches in the bullpen yesterday.  For Darvish, it was a camp high so far.

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Nippon Ham Fighters Spring Camp News and Notes: February 7, 2011

by on Feb.07, 2011 @ 2:41 pm, under NPB
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Today's intra-squad game:

The whites beat the reds, 4-3 (6 inning game).

Hoffpauir started at first and batted 5th for the red team.  He hit a homer (to right) off Kazuhito Tadano in the 4th inning.  Kenta Matsusaka followed with another home run (to center).

Kenshi Sugiya hit a 2-run double in the 2nd inning with runners on first and third and 1 out for the white team.  The hit came off Masaru Nakamura.

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The Fighters drew about 900 fans today.

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Seems Yu Darvish might be feeling a little frustrated at the happy-go-luck attitude of Wirfin Obispo (and perhaps a little jealous, according to the title Nikkan Sports uses).  Darvish has already advised Obispo on his eating habits and on his tardiness to practices, but none of it seems to be sticking.

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Masataka Nashida told reporters yesterday that Micah Hoffpauir probably won't ever see a bunt sign during the season.  In other words, the team will likely leave it up to Hoffpauir to decide how to handle situations.

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Sho Nakata hit a double in his first at bat during situational BP yesterday.  But during his second at bat, with a runner on second and 1 out, he not only missed a sign, but he also grounded out to the pitcher.

Said Nakata, "Grounding out to the pitcher is the worst thing to do.  It made me realize how bad my team batting skills are."

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Nippon Ham Fighters Spring Camp News and Notes: February 6, 2011

by on Feb.06, 2011 @ 12:25 pm, under NPB
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Obispo made an appearance during BP today and threw 44 pitches to Shinya Tsuruoka and Shota Ono while surrendering 3 could-be hits.

Masataka Nashida appeared impressed with the outing and said, "He threw some pretty hard to hit pitches.  He's got more than enough to get batters out."

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Darvish wasn't scheduled to do anything throwing today.  But after some running on the secondary field, Darvish played catch with his left hand, at a distance of about 60 meters.

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Yu Darvish threw only 18 strikes during his 53-pitch bullpen session yesterday (he threw the session assuming there was a right-handed batter and worked on hitting the outside corners).

Said Darvish about his session, "I threw a couple of decent pitches so it was an ok session.  People around me are telling me that I'm [throwing] better than last year, so that makes me happy."

Incidentally, it seems Darvish is trying to make sure Wirfin Obispo stays in shape.  He told reporters yesterday that while Obispo was a nice guy, he also tended to slacked off when no one was looking.

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Sho Nakata hit two balls that were estimated to have traveled around 150 meters during BP yesterday.  The shots came off Yusuke Uemura (Nakata swung the bat 14 times against Uemura and hit 4 over the fence).

Said Nakata, "Distance doesn't matter.  I was just trying to be conscious of my swing and making sure to use all parts of the field."

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Nippon Ham Fighters, Obispo agree on 15M yen contract

by on Nov.10, 2010 @ 9:49 pm, under NPB
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The Nippon Ham Fighters and Wirfin Obispo agreed on a contract worth 15M yen today.  Obispo was also assigned the number 12.

Obispo went to the hospital today to get his left thumb checked out and was diagnosed with a fracture.  There's no need for surgery, but it seems he will require at least 3 weeks of rest before easing back into a practice schedule.

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Giants send Obispo packing to Hokkaido, get Sunaga and Konta

by on Nov.05, 2010 @ 5:14 pm, under NPB
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11/9/2010 10:48pm JST

The Giants held a press conference for Sunaga and Konta on Monday and assigned them the numbers 37 and 44, respectively.  As of yesterday, they were scheduled to join the rest of the Giants at Fall camp today.

The Fighters held their press conference for Obispo today.  No decision yet on what number he will be wearing.

11/6/2010 2:33pm JST

This is just the 6th time a foreign player was traded in the NPB and the first in 8 years.

The Giants are hoping Sunaga can compete for a job in the starting rotation.  As for Konta, it seems they wanted him for his speed and glove.

11/5/2010 5:14pm JST

The Yomiuri Giants and the Nippon Ham Fighters have apparently agreed on a trade that will send Wirfin Obispo to the Nippon Ham Fighters for Hideki Sunaga and Toshimasa Konta.

Wirfin Obispo

YR TM G W L Sv CG ShO BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
2007 YOM 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 1.0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.00
2009 YOM 14 6 1 0 1 0 233 58.2 44 7 11 4 48 0 0 16 16 2.45 0.94
2010 YOM 14 2 3 0 0 0 223 48.1 60 9 18 7 22 2 0 33 28 5.21 1.61
Totals 30 8 4 0 1 0 461 108.0 105 16 30 11 71 2 0 49 44 3.67 1.25

Hideki Sunaga

YR TM G W L Sv CG ShO BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
2004 HAM 5 0 2 0 0 0 68 12.2 21 3 10 0 8 1 0 13 13 9.24 2.45
2005 HAM 1 0 0 0 0 0 30 9.0 4 0 2 0 6 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.67
2006 HAM 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 6.0 4 1 2 0 3 0 0 1 1 1.50 1.00
2007 HAM 3 0 0 0 0 0 12 1.1 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 8 8 54.00 6.00
2009 HAM 9 0 1 0 0 0 83 18.0 20 6 8 3 7 0 0 17 17 8.50 1.56
2010 HAM 5 0 0 0 0 0 47 10.1 14 1 5 0 9 1 0 9 9 7.84 1.84
Totals 24 0 3 0 0 0 263 57.1 69 13 29 3 33 2 0 48 48 7.53 1.71

Toshimasa Konta

YR TM G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HBP SO GIDP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2003 HAM 2 5 5 1 2 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .400 .400 .800 1.200
2006 HAM 21 20 19 4 5 2 0 0 7 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 5 0 .263 .300 .368 .668
2007 HAM 94 59 57 14 14 2 1 0 18 5 7 1 1 0 1 0 17 0 .246 .259 .316 .574
2008 HAM 89 160 140 32 33 4 1 1 42 6 14 4 10 0 9 1 40 0 .236 .287 .300 .587
2009 HAM 56 75 65 11 15 2 1 0 19 4 2 1 5 1 4 0 22 0 .231 .271 .292 .568
2010 HAM 55 76 66 13 17 4 0 1 24 5 6 2 2 1 7 0 18 1 .258 .324 .364 .692
Totals 317 395 352 75 86 14 4 2 114 21 30 9 18 2 22 1 103 1 .244 .289 .324 .615
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Trio of Obispo, Romero, and Micheal secures a shutout

by on Aug.01, 2010 @ 10:03 am, under NPB
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Wirfin Obispo, Levi Romero, and Micheal Nakamura combined to shutout the Hiroshima Carp last night.  Sanspo is claiming that they became the first foreign trio in franchise history to toss a shutout.  I suppose that all depends on how you classify Nakamura -- he's half Japanese and half Australian.

Incidentally, that last foreign duo to combine for a shutout: Seth Greisinger and Marc Kroon back on 4/17/2008 (vs Chunichi).

In other news:

Greisinger threw 33 pitches in the bullpen yesterday in preparation for an upcoming start.  The Giants game against the Hanshin Tigers on 8/3 still seems most likely.

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