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[10/19/2014] Rumors: Jose Lopez, Chris Seddon (Yomiuri), Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi)

by on Oct.20, 2014 @ 6:23 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Jose Lopez and Scott Mathieson left Japan on the 19th. Lopez is a question mark for next season. He is interested in returning. Mathieson will be in the second year of a two-year deal in 2015. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Leslie Anderson might require left elbow surgery during the winter. There is a good chance the Giants will ask him back. Frederich Cepeda will most likely return. The Giants are expected to part ways with Chris Seddon. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Yoshiyuki Kamei and Kentaro Nishimura both earned domestic FA options this year. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • The Giants are planning to look into Chihiro Kaneko. Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2014 ... The Giants will be keeping an eye on Yulieski Gourriel and Alfredo Despaigne. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014 ... The Giants are not planning to offer Cepeda a contract for 2015 and are looking into Hiroyuki Nakajima. Source: Sanspo 10/19/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ni-gun manager Katsuo Hirata could be reassigned to Ichi-gun head coach. Ni-gun chief/hitting coach Hideo Furuya could take over as Ni-gun manager. Ichi-gun general coach Haruki Yoshitake could join the front office. Source: Sanspo 10/19/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Eishin Soyogi and Shogo Kimura earned their domestic FA options this year. They are expected to meet team officials on the 20th to discuss their options. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Kenta Maeda has not given up on his dream to play in the Majors and would like to head overseas sooner rather than later. This winter may not be in the cards. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai on his FA option: "There was a time when I wanted to know what kind of interest other teams had in me, but not anymore. More than that, I learned that I have a really strong bond with this team (Chunichi)." Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata would like to see Yulieski Gourriel return to the Bay Stars next season. Nakahata plans to work him harder if he does. "I treated him like a guest this year, things will be different next year. He doesn't really seem interested in defense. He doesn't like practicing, but he will have to if he does not want to become a distraction. I'll sit down and talk to him about it [if he comes back]." Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows would like Hiroyasu Tanaka and Ryoji Aikawa to return in 2015. They are expected to begin negotiations with the two players soon. Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2014

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Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are putting together a list of foreign player candidates in case negotiations with Wily Mo Pena fall through. Kila Ka'aihue is one of the candidates on the list. There may be other players with NPB experience on the list. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

[10/18/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.19, 2014 @ 3:18 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe went 2-for-16 during the Final Stage. He batted clean-up in all four games. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) worked out at Giants Stadium on Saturday. He did some long distance throwing and maxed out at about seventy meters. It was the longest distance he threw since he resumed throwing after his injury. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014 ... Sugano could throw pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen as early as the 21st. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda was a guest commentator on the broadcast for the Hanshin-Yomiuri Final Stage Climax Series game on Saturday. When asked about posting, he replied, "I'm not really sure, I need to talk things over with the team first. This is not something I alone can decide." Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Shuhei Takahashi had to field 200 grounders after a game of rock, scissor, paper with Motonobu Tanshige on the 17th. Tanishige spent about an hitting balls to Takahashi. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Fall practices under new manager Mitsuru Manaka started at Jingun Gaien on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2014
  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) participated in fall practices. After playing some catch, he threw fifty pitches in the bullpen. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014
  • There is a chance Wladimir Balentien will miss spring camp next year. Balentien had surgery on his left Achilles tendon earlier this month on the 1st and could require about six months for a full recovery. The Swallows will request his presence at spring camp if he is healthy enough, but will not force him to attend if he still needs time. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014

[10/17/2014] Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 2:36 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • New manager Koichi Ogata expressed interest in checking on available talent at the twelve team tryouts on November 9 and 20. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014
  • Ogata is planning to give Seiya Suzuki looks at short and third, beginning at fall camp. Ogata feels the outfield is a wasted position for Suzuki. He likes his arm strength and believes he has the ability to make accurate throws on deep plays at third and short. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto's right eye retinal detachment was not serious. He is currently recovering at a hospital in Nagoya. He will be released within the next few days and will require rest through to the end of the month to avoid recurrence. The detachment was discovered during an eye exam. Source: Sports Hochi 10/17/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows are planning to decrease the number of foreign players under contract from six to five next season (four at Ichi-gun and one at Ni-gun). Wladimir Balentien and Lastings Milledge are in the middle of multi-year deals and will return next year. There is a good chance Orlando Roman will also be back in 2015. Tony Barnette, Chris Narveson, and Chris Carpenter are question marks. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2014
  • Scout Takayuki Saito will be reassigned to Ni-gun hitting coach. The Swallows are expected to offer Toshihide Narimoto a job as Ni-gun pitching coach and Shintaro Muzitani a job as Ni-gun infield/base coach. Ichi-gun battery coach Kosei Ono will most likely join the front office. Source: Sports Hochi 10/17/2014

[10/16/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.17, 2014 @ 2:38 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Yuta Muto started a Phoenix League game against Nippon Ham on Thursday. He gave up three runs on four hits over five innings of work. He had a shutout going until he served up a three-run homer to Tatsuya Morimoto with two out in the 4th inning. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014
  • Takuya Asao worked out at Nagoya Stadium on Thursday. He wore black-rimmed glasses because his contacts were causing irritation. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014
  • Kazuhiro Wada (right hand) should be able to resume playing catch this month. He has started a physical training program to regain lost muscle in his right arm. He plans to work through to the end of the year. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014
  • The Dragons announced that Masahiro Yamamoto had surgery to treat a retinal detachment in his right eye on October 2. His recovery is going well. He should be able to start practices in November. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows are planning to offer Toshihide Narimoto a job as a Ni-gun pitching coach. Shintaro Muzitani could be offered a job as Ni-gun infield/base coach. Scout Takayuki Saito could be re-assigned to Ni-gun hitting caoch. Ni-gun manager Akimitsu Ito, Ni-gun hitting coach Takao Ise, and Ni-gun outfield/base coach Katsuyuki Dobashi will likely remain at their current position. Ni-gun hitting coach Takahiro Ikeyama could become Ni-gun general coach. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014

[10/15/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.16, 2014 @ 1:26 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Leandro Mella will return to the United States on the 16th. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014
  • Hitoki Iwase is not ready to call it quits, but is prepared to approach next season as if it might be his last -- if he cannot be a closer, he will either be fired or will quit. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014
  • Kazuki Yoshimi, Daisuke Yamai, and Iwase began their workouts at World Wing training facilities on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 10/15/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Fall practices began at Bay Stars Stadium in Yokosuka on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014
  • General manager Shigeru Takada met coaches at the Ni-gun facilities in Yokosuka on Tuesday. A number of changes were decided. Hitting/strategy coach Tatsuya Shindo will become head coach; Ni-gun manager Iwao Omura will be re-assigned to Ichi-gun hitting coach; and assistant general manager Daisuke Yamashita will take over as Ni-gun manager. Source: Sports Hochi 10/15/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) will not get to pitch during the Phoenix League. He is scheduled to participate in fall practices that begins at Jingu on the 18th. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014 ... Yoshinori could attend fall camp depending on his condition during fall practices. Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2014

[10/14/2014] Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.15, 2014 @ 2:56 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yuta Muto is planning to work on pitching from the wind-up. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014
  • Katsuki Matayoshi left for the Dominican Republic out of Chubu International Airport on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014
  • Kazuki Yoshimi (right elbow, right wrist) threw thirty pitches to a half-squatting catcher during workouts on Monday. He is hoping to close fall camp out by throwing to a squatting catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows would like to play up to four exhibition games against outside teams during fall camp in November. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/14/2014
  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) is tossing about two bullpen session a week. He is hoping to attend Ichi-gun fall camp. Source: Daily Sports 10/14/2014
  • The turf will be replaced at Jingu Stadium for the first time since 2008. The old turf will be used to replace the tattered turf in the indoor training facility. The mound will also be touched up. Total construction will cost an estimated 300 million yen. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014, Sanspo 10/14/2014

[10/12/2014] Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.13, 2014 @ 5:39 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Fall practices at Nagoya Stadium on Monday will not be open to the public due to poor weather conditions caused by Typhoon #19. Source: official announcement
  • Motonobu Tanishige spent roughly twenty minutes signing autographs for about 200 fans during fall practices at Nagoya Stadium on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yulieski Gourriel began his trip back to Cuba out of Haneda Airport on Sunday. Before leaving, he told reporters he did okay in Japan, but could probably do more next year since he should be able to play a full season. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014
  • The Bay Stars are the only NPB team without a Climax Series win. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014
  • Yokohama was not planning to offer Ni-gun coach Itaru Ninomiya a contract for 2015, but changed course and asked him to return. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Keiji Iwahashi was taken off the active roster on July 12 with pain in his left elbow. He ended up having surgery on the elbow on September 5. He will require about three months for a full recovery and should be able to resume throwing before the end of the year. He did some running outdoors on Saturday for the first time since his surgery. Source: Sanspo 10/12/2014
  • There will be no head coach next season. Mitsuru Manaka said during a radio interview that he will probably turn to Hajime Miki for support. Miki was a Ni-gun infield/base coach this year. He is expected to get a promotion to Ichi-gun strategy/infield/base coach during the off-season. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014
  • Orlando Roman returned to Puerto Rico on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014

[10/11/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.12, 2014 @ 5:38 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons announced that Katsuki Matayoshi will be attending the winter league in the Dominican Republic. He will be playing on Tigres del Licey. Source: official announcement ... One of Matayoshi's goals this off-season is to learn the shuto. Training coach/interpreter Watari Sumida and trainer Masanori Kanemura are expected to accompany Matayoshi to the Dominican Republic. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tomoya Mikami felt discomfort in his left eye and was examined at a hospital in Yokohama on September 28. He was diagnosed with pterygium and is expected to go under the knife within the next few days. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2014
  • The Bay Stars hold an option on Tony Blanco for the 2015 season. General manager Shigeru Takada hinted that they might let him go. "How many games did he miss this year? He suffered three or four muscle strains. You guys wouldn't be asking me [about him] if he was putting up numbers like he did in the past." He added, "He went home saying he was going to lose ten kilograms last year, but he didn't." Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2014
  • There is interest in Daisuke Yamai. Source: Sanspo 10/11/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Orlando Roman threw forty-five pitches in the bullpen after Thursday's Phoenix Laeague game was rained out. He returned to the United States on Saturday. He would like to play for Yakult next year. The organization is thinking about offering him a new contract. Source: Sanspo 10/11/2014
  • The media learned that Ni-gun manager Akimitsu Ito will return next year. Ito has a connection with new Ichi-gun manager Mitsuru Manaka: when Manaka was Ni-gun manager last year, Ito was the pitching coach. Source: Sponichi 10/10/2014
  • The Swallows could add a third pitching coach to their Ni-gun staff next year. Source: Sponichi 10/11/2014

[10/9/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.10, 2014 @ 5:50 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hisayoshi Chono does not have any interest in coaching because he feels he is not a good teacher. Source: ZakZak 10/9/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano got additional tests on his right elbow. There was no change in diagnosis. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014, Sponichi 10/9/2014
  • Yoshinobu Takahashi (right middle finger) will not be ready for the Climax Series. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Wednesday's Phoenix League game against Seibu: Ryoma Matsuda tossed a shutout inning in relief and struck out two. Of the fourteen pitches he threw, twelve were fastballs. He topped out at 149km/h. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014, Daily Sports 10/9/2014 ... Yuta Iwasada tossed a perfect inning in relief. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014 ... Ryota Arai got the start in right and batted clean-up. He recorded a double in the 5th inning. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014 ... Tsuyoshi Nishioka got the start at third and went 0-for-1 with a walk and a sac fly. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014
  • Atsushi Nomi suffered a cut on his left ring finger while pitching in a Phoenix League game against Yokohama on Tuesday. He did not appear to have any trouble throwing the ball during a game of catch on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014
  • Seung-Hwan Oh could be stretched to pitch up to two innings in all three First Stage games. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014
  • Team owner Shinya Sakai is scheduled to visit Koshien on Friday. He could offer Yutaka Wada an extension for the 2015 season on the same day. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014, Daily Sports 10/9/2014, Sponichi 10/9/2014, Sponichi 10/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014
  • Tickets to Game 1 and 2 of the First Stage of the Climax Series sold out at a little before 1:00pm on the day they became available on Wednesday (October 8). Tickets for Game 3 were sold out later in the day, some time after 6:00pm. Matt Murton is hoping to see a lot more yellow in the stands than red (there were a large number of Hiroshima fans last year). Source: Sponichi 10/9/2014
  • Tomoaki Kanemoto could join the staff as a hitting coach next year. Source: Sports Hochi 10/9/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Out of respect for Kenjiro Nomura, the front office does not plan on making any moves to find a new manager until the team's fate has been decided. They are fully prepared to attend the draft without a manager. Source: Sponichi 10/9/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • In addition to Ginjiro Sumitani, the Dragons could also be interested in Chihiro Kaneko. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014
  • Daisuke Yamai is still waiting to hear from Chunichi. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014
  • The Dragons held a press conference to introduce Masahiro Doi as a special coach that will be working with the team from fall practices to spring camp next year. They also introduced Akinori Otsuka as their new pitching coach. He was assigned the number seventy-four. Source: official announcement, Sanspo 10/9/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Fall practices will begin on the 18th at Jingu Gaien. Fall camp will begin in early-November in Matsuyama, Ehime. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014
  • When new manager Mitsuru Manaka was asked what he wanted to improve the team, he said pitchers. The Swallows will most likely go after pitchers during the draft and could also go after pitchers on the free agent market. There may be interest in Daisuke Yamai and Yoshihisa Naruse. Source: Sponichi 10/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014

[10/7/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.08, 2014 @ 11:26 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Head coach Shigekazu Mori would like Katsuki Matayoshi to work on a pitch with sinking action during the off-season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2014
  • Daniel Cabrera (33) would like to return to Chunichi next year, but will also consider offers from other NPB teams. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Masanori Hayashi is thinking about exercising his FA option. If he does, a number of teams, including Hanshin and Lotte, could be interested. Source: Sports Hochi 10/8/2014, Sponichi 10/8/2014
  • The Bay Stars are planning to make hitting coach/strategy coach Tetsuya Shindo their head coach next year. Ni-gun manager/hitting coach Iwao Omura could be promoted to Ichi-gun hitting coach. Source: Sports Hochi 10/8/2014 ... Ichi-gun hitting coach Masaaki Koike could be re-assigned to Ichi-gun outfield/base-running coach and assistant general manager Daisuke Yamashita could return as Ni-gun manager. The Bay Stars are expected offer Katsuya Udo a Ni-gun pitching coach job. Source: Sponichi 10/8/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Hiroyasu Tanaka (32) and Ryoji Aikawa (38) have been asked to return next season. Source: Sports Hochi 10/8/2014
  • The Swallows announced that Wladmir Balentien had surgery to remove spurs and fluid from his heel, in addition to cleaning out the area around his left Achillles tendon. He will likely require six months for a full recovery. Source: Sports Hochi 10/7/2014, Sponichi 10/7/2014
  • Since 1970, three players have hit grand slams on 3-0 pitches: Carmelo Martinez on April 16, 1992; Julio Zuleta on August 26, 2006; and Tetsuto Yamada on October 6, 2014. Yamada has 192 hits this year and is one hit away from tying Kensuke Tanaka's NPB record for hits in a single season by a second baseman. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2014 ... Ichiro Suzuki recorded 210 hits during the year he turned twenty-one. Yamada, with 192 hits in the year he turned twenty-two, is the only other player in NPB history to record 192 or more hits in the year they turned twenty-two or younger. Source: Sponichi 10/7/2014 ... Yamada picked up another hit on Tuesday and ended the year with 193 hits. That's third most in a season by a right-handed hitter in NPB history, behind Matt Murton's 214 in 2010 and Alex Ramirez's 204 in 2007. Source: Sponichi 10/7/2014
  • Five players with enough plate appearances to qualify for a hitting title finished with batting averages above .300: Yamada, Shingo Kawabata, Yuhei, Kazuhiro Hatakeyama, and Wladmir Balentien. They are the fourth Central League team to field five hitters with averages above .300 in one season since Hanshin in 2010. Source: Sponichi 10/8/2014