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[10/31/2014] Rumors: Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Nov.01, 2014 @ 4:47 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takahiro Arai ended up missing the Nippon Series because of back problems. He finished out the final year of a three-year deal this season. His salary this season was an estimated 200 million yen. There is a good chance the Tigers will offer him something much lower. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014
  • The Tigers will most likely give Matt Murton a nice raise over the estimated 3.5 million US dollars he made this year. They could also offer him a multi-year deal. Hanshin is also negotiating with Mauro Gomez. He made an estimated 1.2 million US dollars this season. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Shogo Kimura met team official Kiyoaki Suzuki at Mazda Stadium on Thursday. Kimura is still not sure what he wants to do with his option. He is expected to finalize his decision next week. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014 ... Kimura was likely offered a raise over the thirty-one million yen he made this year. Source: Spoorts Hochi 10/31/2014
  • The Carp are not planning to offer Bryan Bullington (34) and Zach Phillips (28) contracts for the 2015 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014, Sponichi 10/31/2014 ... Hiroshima was discussing an extension with Bullington and planning to re-sign Phillips, but backed out of both after signing Mike Zagurski and Kris Johnson. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kenta Asakura (33) is not planning to exercise his FA option and will instead most likely sign a one-year deal. Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2014
  • Daisuke Yamai met general manager Hiromitsu Ochiai for contract negotiations on Friday. It was their second meeting since the end of the season. Yamai later told reporters he would be ready to talk about his FA option on November 5. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tatsuhiko Kinjo (38) has been offered a contract to stay, but still needs more time to think. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows are not planning to offer Chris Narveson (32) and Chris Carpenter (28) contracts for the 2015 season. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014

[10/31/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.01, 2014 @ 4:39 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) and Kan Otake (right shoulder) joined Ichi-gun fall practices at Giants Stadium on Friday. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014
  • The Giants will be running a charity auction to raise money for Tohoku earthquake victims. Thirty autographed Orange Uniforms will be on the block. The auction will begin on November 4 at 3:00pm and end on November 11 at 9:00pm. Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

  • Head coach Masahiro Kuroda (66) and general position player coach Haruki Yoshitake (53) will not be returning next year. Ni-gun manager Katsuo Hirata (52) is expected to replace Kuroda. Ni-gun chief/hitting coach Hideo Furuya (59) will likely become the new Ni-gun manager. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • Yoshinori Tateyama (38) has reportedly decided to retire. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to offer Atsushi Fujimoto (37) a job as Ni-gun infield/base coach. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige spent about two hours hitting grounders to Shuhei Takahashi and Hayato Mizowaki during fall camp at Nagoya Stadium on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda threw about thirty pitches in the bullpen using an MLB baseball in preparation for the Suzuki All-Star Series. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Satoshi Miyata, from Breathe, wants to write a song for Yuhei. The two were teammates at Tohoku High School. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014

[10/31/2014] Yakult Swallows name Junji Ogawa senior director

by on Oct.31, 2014 @ 11:29 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows announced today that Junji Ogawa will remain in the organization as a senior director, effective January 1, 2015.

"I would like to do what I can to help the team get stronger. I have experience managing at Ichi-gun and Ni-gun, so it will be a matter of how I balance what I know with what the players and coaches are thinking," said Ogawa.

The two sides will finalize a contract in November.

Source: official announcement, Sports Hochi 10/31/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014

[10/29/2014] Rumors: Takahiro Mahara (Orix), Eishin Soyogi (Hiroshima)

by on Oct.30, 2014 @ 2:34 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • Eishin Soyogi earned his domestic FA option this year. He met with team officials at Mazda Stadium on Tuesday for the second time this off-season. He was reportedly offered a one-year deal worth 110 million yen. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014 ... He may have been offered a two-year deal worth 200 million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/29/2014 ... Soyogi may have been offered a one-year deal and a multi-year. He still has things on his mind and would like to meet team officials at least one more time. He will most likely be an A rank player and will require compensation if signed by another team. Source: Daily Sports 10/29/2014

Yakult Swallows

Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • Ginjiro Sumitani told reporters he met with team officials on the 27th for the second time this off-season. He may have been offered a one-year deal instead of multiple years. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Takahiro Mahara has decided not to exercise his FA option and will remain with Orix. He met with the Buffaloes on Tuesday and agreed to sign a contract for the 2015 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/29/2014

[10/29/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.30, 2014 @ 2:26 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants announced that Tetsuya Yamaguchi (left elbow) is undergoing Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy. He is not expected to join the main team for some time as he gets treatment. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/29/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The media learned Takeru Imamura is having problems with his right shoulder. He was not included in the list of players attending fall camp. He has been told to rest his arm for about a month. Koichi Ogata told reporters Imamura first started feeling discomfort in his shoulder during the regular season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/29/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Chunichi fall camp started on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/29/2014
  • The Dragons could spend up to 500 million yen on new players next season. Head coach Shigekazu Mori left for the Dominican Republic to search for talent on Tuesday. They are looking for two starters and an outfielder. They will also most likely check on players in the United States and Cuba. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The media learned on Tuesday that Shingo Kawabata (27) was married to thirty-year-old talento Kyoka Mizuno. The two filed marriage papers on June 22. They are planning to hold a ceremony after the 2015 season. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014

[10/29/2014] Yakult Swallows 2015 Coaching Staff

by on Oct.29, 2014 @ 11:08 pm, under NPB
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Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 77 真中 満 Manaka, Mitsuru 43
Strategy/Infield/Base Coach 88 三木 肇 Miki, Hajime 37
Pitching Coach 99 高津 臣吾 Takatsu, Shingo 45
Pitchin Coach 84 伊藤 智仁 Ito, Tomohito 43
Chief Hitting Coach 74 杉村 繁 Suigumura, Shigeru 57
Hitting Coach 76 宮出 隆自 Miyade, Ryuji 37
Outfield/Base Coach 73 福地 寿樹 Fukuchi, Kazuki 38
Battery Coach 78 野村 克則 Nomura, Katsunori 41

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 92 伊東 昭光 Ito, Akimitsu 51
Chief Pitching Coach 86 成本 年秀 Narimoto, Toshihide 46
Pitching Coach 79 山部 太 Yamabe, Futoshi 43
Pitchin Coach 98 石井 弘寿 Ishii, Hirotoshi 37
General Position Player Coach 96 池山 隆寛 Ikeyama, Takahiro 48
Hitting Coach 83 斉藤 宜之 Saito, Takayuki 38
Infield/Base Coach 89 水谷 新太郎 Mizutani, Shintaro 60
Outfield/Base Coach 75 土橋 勝征 Dobashi, Katsuyuki 45
Battery Coach   未定 Undecided  
Hitting Advisor 81 伊勢 孝夫 Ise, Takao 69

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Source: official announcement

[10/27/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.28, 2014 @ 2:56 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shukan Post released an article about Hirokazu Sawamura and Hayato Sakamoto partying after their fourth and final Climax Series loss on October 27. Two Hanshin players, including Hayata Ito, were also mentioned in the article. Sawamura took to Twitter and denied the events. He pointed out that too many people believe what they read and hoped people would try to understand how hard players and teams worked, regardless of what was mentioned in the media. (Note: it seems he deleted his tweets since they are no longer available) Source: News Post Seven 10/27/2014, Daily Sports 10/27/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hisashi Takeuchi tossed thirty pitches in the bullpen on Sunday. He is working on staying back on his pitches while throwing. He had problems with his right shoulder and failed to make the active roster this year. He did succeed in dropping his weight from 100 kilograms to ninety-two. Source: Daily Sports 10/27/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Yakult Swallows

  • Yuhei wants to drop his fat content from ten percent to some where between seven and eight percent while maintaining his current weight of eighty-three kilograms. Source: Sponichi 10/27/2014
  • The Swallows announced that they signed Toshihide Narimoto, Shintaro Mizutani, and Takayuki Saito to coaching contracts for the 2015 season. Narimoto will be a Ni-gun chief pitching coach, Mizutani a Ni-gun infield/base coach, and Saito a Ni-gun hitting coach. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/27/2014

[10/26/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.27, 2014 @ 2:54 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kan Otake (right shoulder) pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on Sunday. He faced Fuminori Yokogawa and Chikara Yoshikawa eighteen times and allowed six could-be hits. He threw fifty-three pitches and topped out at 140km/h. This was his first appearance against live hitters since his injury. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2014 ... Or faced Yokogawa and Yoshikawa nineteen times and allowed seven could-be hits. Source: Sponichi 10/26/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) threw forty-five pitches in the bullpen on Sunday. It was his first session with a squatting catcher. Source: Sponichi 10/26/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Four Chunichi players, including Takuya Asao and Kazuki Yoshimi, signed autographs and took photos with about 600 fans after fall practices on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Junji Ogawa is hoping to gain some insight on how to improve his pitching mechanics and control from his Samurai Japan teammates, like Chihiro Kaneko and Shohei Otani. Source: Sanspo 10/26/2014

[10/25/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.26, 2014 @ 3:25 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Frederich Cepeda left for Cuba on Saturday. Before leaving, he said to reporters, "Nothing has been decided, but I would like to come back [to the Giants]." Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) tossed a bullpen session on Thursday. He threw forty-two pitches at fifty to sixty percent. He is scheduled to join Ichi-gun fall practices on the 27th. Source: Daily Sports 10/24/2014 ... The session on Thursday was Sugano's first since his right elbow injury. He threw to a standing catcher. Source: Sanspo 10/23/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuhei Matsuyama is planning to lose some weight this winter. He wants to push his weight down to under ninety kilograms for the first time since 2010. He currently weighs ninety-three kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 10/25/2014
  • The Carp offered Shinji Sasaoka a job as Ni-gun pitching coach. An announcement could be made some time next week. Source: Sports Hochi 10/25/2014, Sponichi 10/25/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige spent over an hour mixing with fans during fall practices at Nagoya Stadium on Saturday. He stood for photos with about 500 fans. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are planning to offer Tomochika Tsuboi a job as Ichi-gun hitting coach. They are also planning to offer Katsuya Udo (Tokushima Indigo Socks manager) and Naoya Shimada (batting practice pitcher) jobs as Ni-gun pitching coach. Source: Sports Hochi 10/25/2014

Yakult Swallows

[10/24/2014] Rumors: Chihiro Kaneko (Orix), Ginjiro Sumitani (Seibu)

by on Oct.25, 2014 @ 5:28 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

Yakult Swallows

  • Team officials met Ryoji Aikawa and Hiroyasu Tanaka at the Jingu clubhouse for contract negotiations on Friday and formally asked them to remain in the organization. Both asked for more time to consider their options. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/24/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Ginjiro Sumitani could make a decision on his FA option some time next week. He indicated on Friday that he already spoke to team officials and was planning to decide on what to do with his option after his second meeting. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/24/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko is expected to return to Japan in time for fall practices that begins on the 27th. The ace expressed an interest in the Majors before heading to the United States to watch a World Series games. Kaneko earned his domestic FA option this season and is slated to earn his international option next year. The Buffaloes would like Kaneko to return next season, but have not made a final decision on what to do. They are considering all options and will resume deliberations with Kaneko once he returns. Source: Sponichi 10/24/2014, Sports Hochi 10/24/2014 ... If the Buffaloes decide not to post Kaneko, he will most likely remain and hold on to his option. Source: Sanspo 10/24/2014