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[11/23/2014] Yoshihisa Naruse decides to sign with the Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.23, 2014 @ 11:38 pm, under NPB
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Yoshihisa Naruse (29) contacted the Yakult Swallows and told them that he wanted to play for them next year.

"He contacted us to let us know he wanted to sign with us," said team official Masanori Matsu. He added, "We got good replies from the players we wanted: a starting pitcher and a player up the middle. I think we accomplished what we set out to do."

Naruse will most likely be assigned the number 17. Keiji Obiki (30) has also decided to sign with Yakult. He will most likely be assigned the number 2.

Source: Sanspo 11/23/2014, Sanpso 11/23/2014, Sports Hochi 11/23/2014, Daily Sports 11/23/2014, Sponichi 11/23/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014

[11/22/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.23, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hideki Matsui is still very much in the mix as a future managerial candidate. Tatsunori Hara will be in the final year of a two-year deal next season. The Giants have not ruled out another extension, but will also consider other options. Matsui will most likely be one of them. Yoshinobu Takahashi is also thought to be a future managerial candidate. Matsui is currently in Japan and may not return to the United States until January. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014, Daily Sports 11/22/2014, Sponichi 11/22/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers held a retirement ceremony for Tomoyuki Kubota (33) and Takeshi Hidaka (37) during fan appreciation day on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014
  • Yutaka Wada gave Ryutaro Umeno, Suguru Iwazaki, and Kazuyuki Kaneda the Manager's Selection Fresh Award. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014
  • Minoru Iwata was the recipient of the 2014 Yanase Hanshin Tigers MVP Award. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014 ... Iwata donated one million yen to the Type 1 Diabetes Research Fund. He has been donating 100K for each victory he records since 2009. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami got tips on how to throw the change-up from Orix's Chihiro Kaneko during the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. He also got pointers on how to throw the curve from Softbank's Shota Takeda. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014
  • Head coach Katsuo Hirata would like first round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama to work on polishing his forkball. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to invite former Tiger Yutaka Enatsu to spring camp as a special instructor. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Koichi Ogata is planning to run a tight ship during Ichi-gun spring camp next year and will demote any player he feels is unprepared, including on the first day. He expects everyone to be ready to go from day one. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014
  • Allen Kuri threw 109 pitches in the bullpen on Friday. He ended up throwing 2,026 pitches during fall camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014
  • Ogata is planning to recommend the organization sign Danilo DeJesus Araujo to a contract. DeJesus could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp next year. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Thirteen pitchers threw a total 14,447 pitches during fall camp, seven threw at least 1,000 pitches. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014

[11/21/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.22, 2014 @ 4:29 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tatsunori Hara would like pitching coach Kiyoshi Toyoda to work with Hirokazu Sawamura on his conversion from starter to reliever. Source: Sponichi 11/21/2014
  • Koshien police arrested a thirty-seven-year-old man on the 18th on suspicion of posting death-threats against people connected to the Yomiuri Giants at an online website on September 8. Security on the third base side at Koshien Stadium was beefed up during a Yomiuri three-game series that took place between September 9 and 11. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi believes Shintaro Fujinami needs to work on three things to become the staff ace: winning percentage (recording double-digit victories is not enough), performance against left-handed hitters (right-handed hitters batted .191, left-handed hitter .306), and innings pitched (he does not have to throw 200 innings, but any less than the 163 he threw this season will not be good enough). Source: Nikkan Sorts 11/21/2014
  • Masahiro Nakatani was Yutaka Wada's fielding MVP during fall camp -- he showed good defense and a strong outfield arm during fielding practices. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2014
  • Hiroya Shimamoto was added to the seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 126 to 69. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/21/2014
  • The Tigers are thinking about inviting their US-based scout Jeff Williams to spring camp next year as a special instructor. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2014
  • Yutaka Tamaki (28) will file marriage papers with a twenty-eight-year-old woman from Osaka. A ceremony and reception will be held in Osaka on December 14. Source: Sponichi 11/21/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Koichi Ogata spent about two hours hitting baseballs to pitchers positioned in the infield (from 1:30pm until 3:30pm). Yuki Mima will most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Masato Furuno threw 1,429 pitches during fall camp. Source: Sanpso 11/21/2014
  • Yoshinori Sato tossed 130 pitches in the bullpen on Thursday. It was his sixth session during fall camp. Including pitches he threw during games, Yoshinori tossed 634 pitches during fall camp. Source: Sanspo 11/21/2014

[11/20/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.21, 2014 @ 1:53 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tatsunori Hara is going to hold off on making a decision about whether or not Ren Wada should be converted to a catcher. Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Naomasa Yokowa was Yutaka Wada's fall camp MVP. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2014
  • Takashi Toritani will appear in the 2014 team calendar under the month of April. Takahiro Arai will appear in a group photo under the month of November. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Intra-squad game on Wednesday: Shoma Sato entered the game in the 5th and retired the side in order. He needed just four pitches to record three outs. Daily Sports 11/20/2014
  • Through Wednesday, Allen Kuri has thrown 1,777 pitches during fall camp. He threw sixty-one pitches during his intra-squad outing on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Takeaki Tokuyama is one of Mitsuru Manaka's fall camp MVPs. Tokuyama spent time working on keeping his pitches low and using the slide step during his bullpen sessions. He has thrown 1,050 pitches during fall camp. Source: Sanso 11/20/2014

[11/20/2014] Yakult Swallows: Swallows Crew Uniforms

by on Nov.20, 2014 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows unveiled a fourth uniform they will wear to six home games at Jingu Stadium during the 2015 season. Masanori Ishikawa and Yasuhiro Ogawa will model the uniform during fan appreciation day on November 23. Fans that sign up for Swallows Crew 2014 Fan Club memberships (excluding Right and Free levels) will receive a free replica of the uniform.

Schedule

  • April 17-19 vs Yokohama
  • June 5-7 vs Lotte

Source: official announcement

[11/20/2014] Keiji Obiki decides to sign with the Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.20, 2014 @ 6:20 pm, under NPB
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Keiji Obiki (30) contacted the Yakult Swallows earlier today to tell them that he has decided to sign with them.

"He contacted us to let us know he was going to sign with us. I'm relieved," said team official Masanori Matsui. He continued, "Our younger players up the middle are getting better, but this gives us more depth. Hopefully the competition will help push things in a positive direction."

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2014

[11/18/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Nov.19, 2014 @ 4:18 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tatsunori Hara is planning to use Kentaro Nishimura as a starter next season. Nishimura has not started a game since 2011. Source: Sanspo 11/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami is planning to rest his arm by shutting things down until the end of the winter. He will focus on general training in December. He might play some catch, but will not throw any bullpen sessions for the rest of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014, Daily Sports 11/18/2014, Sponichi 11/18/2014 ... Fujinami feels the number of bullpen sessions tossed is more important than the number of pitches tossed. Pitchers generally throw 100 to 200 pitches during spring camp bullpen sessions while Fujinami throws around thirty to forty pitches. Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Allen Kuri threw 131 pitches in the bullpen on Monday. He has now thrown 1,610 pitches since the start of fall camp. Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2014
  • Nine players, including Katsuhiro Nagakawa, Yoshiyuki Ishihara, Ren Nakata, Hirotaka Egusa, Ryuji Ichioka, Shota Nakazaki, Yusuke Nomura and Daichi Osera, will be getting rest at a hot spring facility in Yufu, Oita between the 17th and 21st. Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2014
  • Osera will be working out with Kenta Maeda in January. Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Takuya Asao threw about fifty pitches in the bullpen at Nagoya Stadium on Monday. The last nine pitches were with a squatting catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014 ... Motonobu Tanishige caught the first twenty pitches. Source: Sponichi 11/18/2014
  • Yuta Muto has been used primarily as a reliever, but general manager Hiromitsu Ochiai sees him as a future starter. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Keijiro Matsumoto and Kisho Kagami will be getting new uniform numbers. Matsumoto's number will change from 6 to 61, Kagami's from 21 to either 67 or 68. The number 6 will remain unused. The number 21 will most likely be assigned to 2nd round draft pick Kenta Ishida. Source: Sports Hochi 11/18/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows are planning to hold evening workouts on the 19th, for about two hours beginning at around 6:30pm, so younger players can work on their hitting and fielding just as the sun begins to set and the stadium lights turn on. Source: Sanspo 11/18/2014

[11/16/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama Yakult

by on Nov.17, 2014 @ 10:54 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Takehiro Donoue (29) took fielding practice at first and left on his last day of tryouts on Sunday. He also took twenty-six swings against a curveball pitching machine and hit five over the fence. Source: Sponichi 11/16/2014
  • Former Giant Hideki Matsui could reprise his role as a special instructor during spring camp next year. Source: Sanspo 11/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Daiki Enokida tossed two shutout outings in relief during an intra-squad game on Saturday. It was his first game since he played in an intra-sqad game on October 3. He did not participate in the Phoenix League and instead worked on overhauling his mechanics at the Naruohama facilities with former Ni-gun pitching coach Toshiro Yufune. Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2014
  • The Tigers are thinking about offering Yutaka Enatsu (66) a job as special instructor during spring camp next year. Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Daichi Osera closed out his fall camp in Nichinan on Sunday. The pitchers ran a 3.2 kilometer course. Osera finished in third. He will now head to Yufu, Oita on the 17th for the start of "rehab camp" (rest and rehab). Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2014
  • Koichi Ogata feels a number of players may have earned early tickets to Ichi-gun spring camp next year with their work during fall camp. He will be letting a handful of players know on the last day of camp (November 21). Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are planning to add Ikusei pitcher Junki Kishimoto (18) to their seventy-man roster. Source: Sports Hochi 11/16/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are planning to swap the dark blue in the home uniforms with a regular blue. They will begin wearing the new colors during spring camp next year. Source: Sports Hochi 11/16/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato started a practice game against a team of players from Shikoku on Sunday. He tossed two shutout inning and struck out five. He topped out at 148km/h. Source: Sports Hochi 11/16/2014, Sponichi 11/16/2014 ... Yoshinori retired the side in order in the 1st inning. He walked the first batter he faced in the 2nd, then struck out three in a row. Source: Sponichi 11/17/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Ueda manufactured a run in the 3rd inning of a practice game on Sunday. He reached base with a walk and stole second on the first pitch and third on the third pitch. He later came around to score on a wild pick-off throw to first. Source: Sponichi 11/17/2014

[11/15/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.16, 2014 @ 3:37 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kyosuke Takagi threw sixty-three pitches during a bullpen session at Giants Stadium on Saturday. Takagi got tips on how to throw the shuto from pitching coach Kazuya Tabata on Friday. He worked on throwing the pitch during his session on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014
  • Chunichi senryokugai Takehiro Donoue's tryout began on Saturday at Giants Stadium. He took sixty-seven swings during batting practice and hit five over the fence and recorded forty-one could-be hits. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014
  • The Giants and Tigers announced an Old Timers Charity Auction to raise money for Tohoku earthquake victims. Uniforms and baseballs autographed by players participating in Sunday's Hanshin-Yomiuri Old Timers Game will be on the block. Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

  • Intra-squad game on Saturday: Masahiro Nakatani got the start in center and batted third for the Reds. He recorded a run-scoring double in the 3rd with runners on first and second and two out. Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... Yamato got the start at short and batted lead-off. He went 1-for-4. Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... Ryoma Matsuda tossed a shutout inning in relief. Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014
  • Ryoma Matsuda is working on his change-up. Fall camp instructor Yutaka Ono was surprised to learn that Matsuda was using a similar grip to his and has been giving him advice on how to throw it. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014
  • The Tigers could move Tsuyoshi Nishioka to center and use Yamoto at short and Hiroki Uemoto at second. If they manage to sign Hiroyuki Nakajima, they can plug him in at third. Source: Sanspo 11/15/2014
  • Suguru Iwazaki returned to Osaka on Friday because of tightness in his left elbow. His workouts at Naruohama will focus on running. Source: Sanspo 11/15/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata spent forty minutes hitting baseballs to Toshiki Kurobane on Friday. He also spent thirty minutes hitting grounders to pitchers Kisho Kagami, Kenjiro Tanaka, Yuki Kuniyoshi, Atori Ota, and Yoshiki Sunada. Source: Sanspo 11/15/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Naomichi Nishiura and Takahiro Araki are in the mix for the everyday job at short. Both players recorded three hits during a practice game against a team of Shikoku Island League players on Friday. Assuming Keiji Obiki signs, he will also be in the mix at short. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014
  • Mitsuru Manaka wants the team to be aggressive in the early innings and is planning to stay away from the bunt. He will become more conservative as the game heads into the later innings. He also wants players to be aggressive on the base paths. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014

[11/12/2014] Rumors: Tadahiro Ogino, Shugo Fujii, Yujo Kitagata

by on Nov.13, 2014 @ 5:07 am, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants re-signed Taichi Tanaka (21) to an Ikusei contract worth 4.9 million yen (no change from 2014). His uniform number will change from 68 to 013. Source: Sanspo 11/12/2014

The Yakult Swallows are interested in Lotte senryokugai Tadahiro Ogino (32). Source: Sports Hochi 11/12/2014

The Hiroshima Carp will most likely assign Takahiro Arai (37) the number twenty-eight. Source: Sports Hochi 11/12/2014

The Hanshin Tigers signed Yokohama senryokugai Travis Mikihisa Samura (21) to an Ikusei contract. Source: official announcement

Yokohama senryokugai Shugo Fujii (37) is thinking about attending the twelve-team tryout at Giants Stadium on the 20th. Source: Sponichi 11/12/2014

Yokohama senryokugai Yujo Kitagata's (20) tryout with Softbank will run four days from the 11th until the 14th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2014