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[1/13/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.14, 2015 @ 2:22 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Kentaro Kuwahara threw about thirty pitches to a standing catcher at the Naruohama facilities on Monday. It was his first bullpen session of the year. Source: Sanspo 1/13/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Takahiro Arai will most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. However, Koichi Ogata has not yet decided whether or not to take him to Okinawa camp that begins on February 18. Ogata does not want Arai working himself too hard before the start of the season and does not expect him to do the same amount of training as the younger players on the team. He would like the veteran to pace himself and focus on things like fielding and footwork. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2015, Sponichi 1/13/2015 ... Arai participated in a Goma-gyo ceremony on Tuesday (the eleventh of his career). Source: Sponichi 1/13/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/13/2015
  • Pitching coach Tatsumi Une was impressed with the change-up sixth round draft pick Tetsuya Iida threw while playing catch on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Tatsuro Hamada is interested in playing in the Majors at some point in the future. He would like to get there by winning at least ten games in four consecutive seasons. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Daisuke Miura and Kazuki Mishima have been climbing Hakusan (elevation 288 meters) in Atsugi, Kanagawa as part of their warm-up routine. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2015 ... Shinano's (BC League) Hajime Isaka joined the two on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 1/13/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Kazuhiro Hatakeyama does not want to gain a lot of weight during the off-season due to the strain it places on his legs. He is trying to get by on just one meal a day (no breakfast or lunch). He has only gained about one kilogram. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2015 ... Hatakeyama currently weighs 104 kilograms and would like to lose one kilogram before the start of spring camp. Source: Sanpso 1/13/2015

[1/12/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.13, 2015 @ 2:27 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura is planning to toss bullpen sessions on consecutive days at some point before the start of spring camp to prepare for his new role out of the bullpen. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015
  • Former Yomiuri Giant Koji Uehara was a guest at a screening for Vancouver-no Asahi on Sunday. An actor from the film, Satoshi Tsumabuki, was at the event and asked Uehara a series of questions. "Do you want to spend the rest of your career in the Majors?" So long as I'm wanted. "Will you return to Japan to play?" I might consider it if there is no interest [in the United States]. "Actors are often asked if they want to become directors. I don't think that's possible for me, but have you ever thought about managing?" I would like to manage high school or college ball, but I never thought at the professional level. I want to manage at the amateur level. When reporters later approached Uehara and asked if he would play for the Giants if/when he returned, he replied, "That's kind of hard to say..." Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takumi Akiyama is working out with Yomiuri's Ryota Katsuki, Yokohama's Tateki Abe, Orix's Yoshihisa Hirano, Mamoru Kishida, and Motoki Higa, and Seibu's Tatsushi Masuda at the NTT Nishi Nihon facilities in Kyoto. Their workouts will run through to about the 20th. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015
  • Yamato told reporters on Sunday that Yutaka Wada called him and told him over the phone that he was going to be used in center this year. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015
  • Mauro Gomez should make the start of spring camp this year. He is slated to arrive in Japan in late-January. Gomez was given permission to start spring camp on February 6 because his wife's pregnancy. He ended up arriving in Japan on February 10 because of complications with his newborn daughter. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015
  • Shinobu Fukuhara and Minoru Iwata signed advisory contracts with Rawlings. Source: official announcement
  • Mondays's 3,000-meter run: second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki - 11:35; fifth round draft pick Kai Ueda - 12:50; third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi - 13:24; first round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama - 13:46; fifth round draft pick Koki Moriya - 14:06. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka should be okay to attend Ichi-gun spring camp. There is no need to rush him, but his rehab is going well and he should be able to handle the workout routine, though there might be some adjustments. He could play in scrimmages or rehab games some time in late-February. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015 ... Nishioka could play in a practice game against Orix on February 28. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • First round draft pick Takayoshi Noma likes to take a lot of soft-toss batting practice using various grips and swings during the pre-season. When he played college ball, he some times hit 2,000 baseballs a day. He hit 145 baseballs after general workouts on Sunday. Noma is planning to spend most of his batting practice time before spring camp with soft-toss because he believes it helps him build a strong foundation for the rest of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015, Daily Sports 1/12/2015
  • Sixth round draft pick Tetsuya Iida could toss a bullpen session on the 15th. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yudai Kawai has been training in Guam with Softbank's Kenichi Nakata and Lotte's Kento Yachi since the 9th. They are slated to return on the 21st. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki tossed twenty-five pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Monday. He threw at about seventy percent. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015 ... Yamasaki used to throw close to 200 pitches in the bullpen on January 6 when he played college ball. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Second round draft pick Ren Kazahari took things a little easy during practices on Monday because of general tightness in his right leg. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015
  • The 2014 draft class ran three 1,000-meter races, with five minutes of rest in between, during workouts on Sunday. Fifth round draft pick Yusaku Nakamoto recorded the best times in all three races: 3:30, 3:24, and 3:18. Source: Sponichi 1/12/2015, Sanspo 1/12/2015
  • Yoshinori Sato left for Okinawa out of Haneda Airport on Sunday. He is planning to toss bullpen sessions on one day of rest during his workouts before the start of spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015 ... Yoshinori will most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Sanspo 1/12/2015
  • The two through four slots in the batting order could go Shingo Kawabata, Wladimir Balentien, and Yuhei Takai. Keiji Obiki could bat sixth or seventh. Source: Sponichi 1/12/2015

[1/11/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.12, 2015 @ 1:46 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto ran the three kilometer on Saturday in twelve minutes and twenty-nine seconds, good for fourth out of eight players. Source: Sanspo 1/11/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami might not have a chance to toss a bullpen session before the start of spring camp once he begins workouts with Hiroshima's Kenta Maeda because the training facilities he will be using has no bullpen. Source: Sanspo 1/11/2015
  • Yutaka Wada would like to try giving Takashi Toritani another chance to bat lead-off this season. He tried it last season, but had to drop him to third when Tsuyoshi Nishioka got hurt. Kosuke Fukudome could bat third. Source: Sanspo 1/11/2015, Sponichi 1/11/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/11/2015
  • Nishioka will be competing with Hiroki Uemoto for the everyday job at second. Source: Sanspo 1/11/2015 ... Ryota Arai and Ryota Imanari will be competing for the job at third. The player that loses out at second could join the mix at third. Soure: ZakZak 1/11/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • Mitsuru Manaka is planning to assign the 2014 draft class to Ni-gun spring camp because he is worried about them working too hard. Players that appear ready for Ichi-gun spring camp could be called up some time around February 16. Source: Chunichi Sports 1/11/2015

[1/10/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.11, 2015 @ 2:25 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano, Ryuya Matsumoto, and Taishi Ota left Japan out of Narita Airport on Saturday. They will be training in Hawaii. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/10/2015
  • Ikusei second round draft pick Takuya Kawai finished a 3,000-meter run in first place with a time of eleven minutes and four seconds on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yutaka Wada told guests at a New Year's event on Friday that he planned to give Shintaro Fujinami a start during the opening series against the Chunichi Dragons (March 27-29). This will allow Wada to give Fujinami two starts against the Yomiuri Giants in April (April 3-5 and April 17-19). Source: Sanspo 1/10/2015 ... Wada is thinking about keeping Takashi Toritani as captain and using Tsuyoshi Nishioka at second. He is also open to the possibility of assigning second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Sponichi 1/10/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/10/2015
  • With Toritani returning, Nishioka would like to play second. Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2015, Sponichi 1/10/2015
  • Sanspo wonders if part of the reason why Toritani ended up staying with the Tigers had to do with his agent, Scott Boras. Or, if the fact that Toritani selected Boras signified a decision to think more about his future than about fulfilling a dream. Bottom line: if he really wanted to play in the United States, he could have. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2015 ... Toritani may have agreed to a five-year deal worth an estimated two billion yen. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class began at the Ni-gun facilities in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima on Saturday. Workouts started at 10:00am and lasted about six hours. Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class began at Nagoya Stadium on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2015
  • Top three finishers in Saturday's two-kilometer run: Ikusei second round draft pick Kodai Ishigaki, eighth round draft pick Masashi Yamamoto, and Ikusei third round draft pick Masaru Fujiyoshi. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class started at the Toda facilities in Saitama on Saturday. Ikusei first round draft pick Shogo Nakashima had problems with his left knee and was not a part of the main group. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2015
  • Second round draft pick Ren Kazahari was slated to move into the team dormitory on Thursday but could not because his flight was canceled due to bad weather. He arrived on Friday at around 1:00pm. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2015
  • Nobuyuki Okumura was training in Kumamoto when he received word that the Swallows selected him as part of their compensation for losing Ryoji Aikawa to the Yomiuri Giants. He had to travel about 1,200 kilometers on Friday to make Yakult's press conference in Kita Aoyama, Tokyo. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2015 ... Okumura left Kumamoto by plane at 7:40am and checked-in with the Giants one last time at around 11:00am. He was at the Yakult offices by 12:30pm and the press conference began at 1:00pm. Source: Sponichi 1/10/2015
  • Former Swallow Hiroki Sanada (30) will be a pitcher/coach for the Fukushima Hopes (BC League) this season. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2015

[1/9/2015] Yakult Swallows select Nobuyuki Okmura as part of compensation

by on Jan.09, 2015 @ 2:56 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows held a press conference today to announce that they selected infielder Nobuyuki Okmura (19) as part of their compensation for losing Ryoji Aikawa to the Yomiuri Giants via free agency. He was assigned the uniform number 56 and his salary in 2015 will be an estimated 5.6 million yen.

The Swallows did consider taking a pitcher or outfielder, but instead selected an infielder they feel might have a bright future.

Source: official announcement, Sports Hochi 1/9/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015, Sponichi 1/9/2015

[1/8/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.09, 2015 @ 1:40 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura returned to Japan on Thursday. He spent the last month training in Hawaii. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2015
  • Tetsuya Yamaguchi is about ninety-one kilograms. He is looking to drop five kilograms because he considers his ideal weight to be eighty-six. Source: Sponichi 1/8/2015
  • Senryokugai Kazuki Mori retired and started working for a security company this year. He plans to take college courses at night to earn a teaching degree. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama has not done any throwing since the 21U World Cup in November last year (about two months). Source: Sports Hochi 1/8/2015, Daily Sports 1/8/2015 ... Yokoyama wants to avoid getting hurt and does not plan on throwing a ball until he feels his body is ready. He does not mind starting out at Ni-gun spring camp, so long as he manages to make it to Ichi-gun for the start of the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2015
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka has not prepared an outfielder's glove because the Tigers have not approached him about playing the outfield. He is still only focused on playing either second or short. Source: Daily Sports 1/8/2015 ... "First, I am thinking about second base. I feel so strongly about playing second or short, I'm almost willing to do it in a back-up role. I have not prepared an outfielder's glove and I have no intention of doing so. I also have no intention of being a back-up player," said Nishioka to reporters on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2015 ... A slightly different quote on playing second: "When I joined Hanshin, they needed me at second, but I got hurt and [Hiroki] Uemoto stepped up and got the everyday job. When I was with Lotte, there were players like Makoto Kosaka, but when they got hurt, I won the job. Perhaps that kind of competition is good for the team. If I end up in the back-up role, then that's that. Of course, I don't intend to be a back-up player." Source: Sanspo 1/8/2015 ... Yutaka Wada would like to be the first person to talk to Nishioka about where he might be playing this season. Said Wada, "I'm sure he's already thinking about where he wants to play, but I have nothing to tell him at this point. But I things are going in a direction where that will change over the next few days and I'd like to be the first to tell him." Source: Sanspo 1/8/2015
  • Takashi Toritani could provide the Tigers with an answer some time early next week. Source: Sanspo 1/8/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • If Kenta Maeda gets the opening day start on March 27, Hiroki Kuroda could start the third game of the season on March 29. "I would [ideally] like to give [Hiroki Kuroda] a chance to make his first start at Mazda Stadium. There's the fans to consider. It might also make it easier for him to get into the season. The first step is really important. I want to help him get into a good rhythm," said pitching coach Tatsumi Une. Source: Daily Sports 1/8/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/8/2015, Sponichi 1/8/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows have informed the Yomiuri Giants about their compensation for losing Ryoji Aikawa. They have reportedly asked for a player and money. Source: Daily Sports 1/8/2015

[1/7/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.08, 2015 @ 2:50 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshiyuki Kamei, Fuminori Yokogawa, Itaru Hashimoto, and Ryusei Kitanosono left for Miyazaki out of Haneda Airport on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka began workouts with Naoto Nishida, Nippon Ham's Sho Nakata and Haruki Nishikawa, Softbank's Ryuma Kidokoro, and Lotte's Naoya Emura. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015 ... Nishioka had been working out in Los Angeles between the end of last year and the start of the new year. Source: Sponichi 1/7/2015
  • Yamato is preparing to play both the infield and outfield. He has also ordered infield and outfield gloves. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015
  • The five members of the 2014 draft class participated in their first practices at Naruohama on Wednesday. 2014 draft class training camp will begin on the 8th. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015
  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama moved into the team dormitory on Tuesday with only baseball equipment and clothes. He left everything else, including his car, to the Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Kashima baseball team. He also left the glove he used last year and purchased a new one. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Battery coach Mitsuo Tatsukawa's wife died of colon cancer on December 29, 2014. She was fifty-three. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Six members of the 2014 draft class -- first round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki, second round draft pick Kenta Ishida, fifth round draft pick Koki Yamashita, sixth round draft pick Hiroki Momose, seventh round draft pick Satoshi Iizuka, and Ikusei first round draft Toi Kamei -- moved into the team dormitory in Yokosuka on Wednesday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/7/2015, Daily Sports 1/7/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015
  • Shun Tono worked out with mixed martial artist Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015
  • Senryokugai Takuro Ito signed with the Gunma Diamond Pegasus (BC League). He hopes to make it back to the NPB. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yuichi Matsumoto and Shinichi Takeuchi left Japan out of Narita Airport on Wednesday. They will be training in Saipan. Source: Sponichi 1/7/2015
  • Third round draft pick Koji Yamakawa and seventh round draft pick Izumi Hara moved into the team dormitory in Toda, Saitama on Wednesday. Yamakawa moved in with a special order pillow and blanket that cost about 250,000 yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015, Sponichi 1/7/2015

[1/6/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.07, 2015 @ 12:00 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The eight members of the 2014 draft class moved into the team dormitory on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2015 ... First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto left his home in Gojo, Nara at 5:00am with his parents and grandmother and arrived at the dorm past noon. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2015
  • Shinosuke Abe, Hisayoshi Chono, and Hayato Sakamoto began their workouts at Paseo Stadium in Guam on the 6th. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2015
  • Shuichi Murata, Kazunari Sanematsu, and Masaki Sakaguchi left for Okinawa out of Haneda Airport on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/6/2015
  • Yuki Koyama, Yuya Kubo, Tetsuya Yamaguchi, Tetsuya Utsumi, Shoki Kasahara, Nobutaka Imamura, Ryosuke Miyaguni, and Hiroshima's Jumpei Ono left for Guam on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2015, official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • Koichi Ogata still considers Kenta Maeda the leading candidate for the opening day start. Hiroki Kuroda could join the mix, depending on feedback from the pitching coaches. Source: Daily Sports 1/6/2015
  • Takahiro Arai leg pressed 600 kilograms during workouts on Monday (one set of ten reps). Arai's dream scenario for 2015: hitting a home run while batting clean-up in a game Hiroki Kuroda started. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Takuya Asao will be training in Guam for about ten days. He will be working on his inner and trunk muscles. He will continue his off-season workouts in Tottori when he returns. Source: Daily Sports 1/6/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shun Yamaguchi left Japan out of Narita Airport on Monday to begin workouts with Chunichi's Takuya Asao in Guam. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryosuke Morioka dropped three kilograms in one month by cutting back on carbohydrates. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2015
  • Fourth round draft pick Tetsuya Terada got a tour of the dorm facilities in Toda on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2015
  • Fifth round draft pick Yusaku Nakamoto and Ikusei first round draft pick Shogo Nakashima moved into the team dormitory in Toda, Saitama on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2015

[1/5/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.05, 2015 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hayato Sakamoto and Hisayoshi Chono left for workouts in Guam out of Narita Airport on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/5/2015
  • Hirokazu Ibata and Nobuyuki Okumura will be working out in Kumamoto. They will train for six to seven hours a day until the 19th. Source: Sanspo 1/5/2015
  • Tomoyuki Sugano returned to Japan on Monday. He will be returning to Hawaii to continue his off-season training. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/5/2015
  • Former Giant Hideki Matsui neither denied or agreed to the idea of becoming manager of the team at some point in the future while fielding questions during the Tenth Hideki Matsui Youth Baseball Tournament Awards Ceremony on Sunday. "I might be manager by the time you turn pro. But that's something no one really knows," said Matsui. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/5/2015, Sponichi 1/5/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Minoru Iwata left for the United States out of Kansai International Airport on Sunday. He will be training in Arizona for about two weeks. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/5/2015
  • Fourth round draft pick Koki Moriya weighed seventy-eight kilograms during the Inter-city tournament last year and is currently eighty-five kilograms. His goal is some where between eighty-five and ninety kilograms. Source: Sanspo 1/5/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/5/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yuichi Hisamoto (left elbow) told fans during a talk event on Sunday that he should be ready for action around the end of August or early September. He will be limited to Ni-gun games since he signed an Ikusei contract. Source: Daily Sports 1/5/2015
  • Adviser Kenjiro Nomura is slated to attend Red Sox Spring Training as a visiting instructor for about two weeks in February. Source: Sponichi 1/5/2015
  • Senryokugai Mitsuhiro Nagakawa will be working for Logicom in Hiroshima. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/5/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Takuya Asao, Yuta Muto, and Soma Yamauchi left for workouts in Guam out of Chubu International Airport on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/5/2015
  • Chatan Village is spending over 200 million yen to renovate Chatan Stadium -- 190 million yen for a new scoreboard, 7.8 million to replace the field (new grass and dirt), and 3.5 million yen for a new outfield fence with rubber padding. Everything is expected to be ready for the start of spring camp. Source: Sanspo 1/5/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato threw thirty-seven pitches in the bullpen on Sunday. Sixteen were to a squatting catcher. He threw curves and sliders, in addition to the fastball. Source: Sanspo 1/5/2015
  • Senryokugai Takanori Sato will be attending a tryout with the Fukushima Hopes (BC League) in February. He was leaning toward retirement but his brother, Yoshinori, talked him out of it over the phone. Source: Sanspo 1/5/2015

[1/4/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.04, 2015 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe submitted an order of first baseman's mitts to Mizuno. He will be testing four with different webbings. Source: Sponichi 1/4/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • First round draft pick Takayoshi Noma used an eighty-four centimeter and an eighty-six centimeter bat when he played college ball. Both bats weighed over 900 grams. He narrowed it down to the eighty-six centimeter bat with modifications: a thinner handle, weighted toward the barrel, and about one centimeter shorter. He also plans to choke up on the bat a little. Source: Sponichi 1/4/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa (left flank) played catch at a distance of about forty meters on Saturday. He is slated to toss a bullpen session some time around the 20th. Source: Sponichi 1/4/2015
  • Yoshinori Sato tossed a bullpen session during workouts in Sendai on Sunday. He threw thirty-seven pitches to a squatting catcher. It was the third time he threw off a mound since the start of the new year. Source: Sponichi 1/4/2015