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[9/29/2013] Chiba Lotte Marines: Yasuhiko Yabuta to retire at the end of the season

by on Sep.29, 2013 @ 1:47 pm, under NPB
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Yasuhiko Yabuta announced his intentions to retire at the end of the season.  He is scheduled to hold a press conference on the 30th.

Yabuta quotes from Sports Hochi:

"I was rehabbing at Ni-gun, but I did not feel like things were getting any better.  I was a far off from my best and did not think I could be effective.  There was also my age.  I have no regrets."

"I had problems with my right shoulder when I was younger.  Back then, I could pitch through the pain, but now, the pain killers do not even work.  [Sometimes the pain is so bad] it wakes me up.  I have a hard time raising my hand or washing my body.  If not for the pain, I felt confident I could still pitch, but it is past that now."

Quote from Sponichi:

"I had problems with my shoulder this year and tried my best to get back to the mound at QVC Marine, but felt I reached my limit and decided to retire at the end of the season.  I have no regrets." 

Source: Sports Hochi 9/29/2013, Sponichi 9/29/2013, official announcement

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[9/25/2013] Chiba Lotte Marines: Yasuhiko Yabuta planning to retire at the end of the season

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[9/25/2013] Chiba Lotte Marines: Yasuhiko Yabuta planning to retire at the end of the season

by on Sep.25, 2013 @ 3:01 pm, under NPB
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According to Sponichi, forty-year-old Yasuhiko Yabuta is planning to retire at the end of the season.  An announcement could be made as early as today.

Yabuta entered the year as a candidate to close games for Lotte this season.  But he hurt his left ankle during spring camp and began the year at Ni-gun.  Neck and right should problems hindered his progress and sideline him after a Ni-gun game against Yakult on April 20.

The success of Naoya Masuda and other younger pitchers may have also played into Yabuta's decision.

Source: Sponichi 9/25/2013

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Chiba Lotte Marines News and Notes: February 15, 2013

by on Feb.15, 2013 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • Yasuhiko Yabuta: bullpen, ninety-one pitches

Source: Sports Hochi 2/15/2013


Yasuhiko Yabuta tossed a full bullpen session today.  He had to cut his last session on the 14th short (he threw just five pitches) because he felt discomfort in his right ankle.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/15/2013


A blow up Paegle punching bag was used in the bullpen today -- it was set up in the batter's box during Yoshihisa Naruse's session.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/15/2013

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The NPB after the big quake, Day 1 [March 12, 2011]

by on Mar.12, 2011 @ 3:32 pm, under NPB
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I'll keep this updated throughout the day.  I'm hoping that all players and team personnel have been able to contact their families by now.


Chunichi Dragons

Hiromitsu Ochiai is from Akita and told reporters that his parents were fine and that his family in Tokyo were fine as well.

Tony Blanco was about to take a shower after practice at Nagoya Stadium yesterday when the earthquake hit and rushed outside with just a towel wrapped around his waist.

Yomiuri Giants

Takanori Hoshi is from Miyagi and was able to contact his family.

Takahiro Suzuki is from Soma, Fukushima and learned from his younger brother that his family was safe.

A number of players, including Shun Tono and Shigeyuki Furuki were working out at Giants Stadium yesterday when the earthquake hit.  They all rushed out to the parking lot.  Cracks were found in a stairwell at the indoor facilities.

Yakult Swallows

Yoshinori Sato is from Sendai, Miyagi and used a phone in the press box yesterday because his mobile phone wouldn't dial out.  He was able to contact his family and was relieved to find them safe.

Kazuhiro Hatakeyama is from Hanamaki, Iwate and was able to contact his family.

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Kurihara (from Tendo, Yamagata) and Tsubasa Aizawa (Ibaraki) were all able to confirm the safety of their families.

GM Kiyoaki Suzuki told reporters yesterday that there will still some players that haven't been able to contact their families.

Yokohama Bay Stars

Shinji Niinuma is from Ishinomaki, Miyagi and hasn't been able to get in touch with his family.  He told reporters he keeps getting busy signals and is really concerned because his family lives near the water.

A number of players, including Daisuke Miura, Takehiro Ishikawa, Hichori Morimoto, Tomokazu Oka, and Niinuma, spent the night at Yokohama Stadium due to traffic conditions.

Softbank Hawks

Toru Hosokawa is from Aomori and was able to contact his family.

Tadashi Settsu was worried about his father that works in Sendai.

Yuki Shimooki is from Iwate and was able to contact his family and friends.

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi is from Iwate and couldn't contact his family and friends yesterday and was able to get in touch with his family.

Takayuki Kishi is from Sendai and was able to contact his parents and sister, but only by e-mail.

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yasuhiko Yabuta, Bill Murphy, Hayden Penn, and an interpreter were on their way back to Tokyo from Akashi, but had to spent the night at Nagoya.

QVC Marine Field appears to be ok, but there seems to be some problems with liquefaction in the parking lots.  The stadium was also apparently closed off to the general public out of concern of land subsidence.

Nippon Ham Fighters

The entire team had the day off yesterday and was staying at a hotel in Gifu (most players were in rooms on or above the 20th or 25th floor (accounts differ based on reports) of a 43 story building.  Atsunori Inaba was soaking in the tub in a hotel room on the 27th floor when the earth quake struck and told reporters he thought he was going to die.

The Fighters were worried about Yuki Saito (1st round) because he didn't reply back to e-mail messages that were sent out by the club's PR department.  It wasn't until 5 hours later that his reply made it back to the Fighters (he probably didn't get the message right away).

The Ni-gun team that was in Yokosuka for a Kyoiku League game against Yokohama, had to spend the night in the Yokohama Stadium player locker rooms because of traffic.  The team left Bay Stars Stadium in Yokosuka at 3:00pm and hit severe traffic.  At around 7:30pm, the team decided to head to Yokohama Stadium out of concern for the players and didn't arrive until 11:40pm.

Orix Buffaloes

Takashi Kamoshida is from Ibaraki and was able to contact his parents -- seems they had to spend the night in their car because their house was a mess.

Fumihiro Suzuki is from Fukushima and his parent's home suffered damage from the quake.  Suzuki couldn't contact his family, but his sister was able to get through and told him that everyone was safe (his mother mother and grandmother were at home but his father was away on a business trip).

Rakuten Eagles

Players like Masahiro Tanaka, Hisashi Iwakuma, Satoshi Nagai, Darrell Rasner, Kenta Satake, Shinya Okamoto were on a Shinkansen heading to Tokyo from Akashi.  They all had to spend the night in Nagoya.

About 80 players, coaches, and staff were at Kleenex Stadium when the earthquake hit and they all gathered in the parking lot outside.  There were some people with a few cuts and bruises, but no major injuries.  By around 7:30pm, all players were able to confirm that their families were safe.  The club was not able to check on the stadium for structural damage yesterday.

About 30-40 people camped out in tents that were set up on the field at Kleenex Stadium.

The Eagles will be giving their player the next two days (12th and 13th) to check on their families.

Kleenex Stadium will be open to people looking to recharge their mobile phones until 9pm today.  The stadium will be open again tomorrow between 9am and 9pm.  Bathrooms on the second floor concourse have also bee opened up.

During yesterday's exhibition games:

At Yokohama Stadium: the game was stopped at 14:47 and called 16 minutes later.  Fans, players, staff...  The field was opened up to everyone at 15:22 for their safety.  3,756 fans were in attendance.  It wasn't until about an hour later that players were able to go to the locker rooms.  FWIW: this was also the day the new turf at the stadium was unveiled.


由規、記者席から仙台の家族の無事確認 (Daily Sports)

佑ちゃん無事…発生から5時間後に確認 (Daily Sports)

稲葉、都内ホテルで「死ぬかと思った」 (Daily Sports)

マー君HPで「無事」名古屋で降車 (Daily Sports)

恐怖…悲鳴…横浜球場「助けて~」 (Daily Sports)

揺れるハマスタ…ナインもファンも避難 (Nikkan Sports)

オリ・鴨志田沈痛…茨城の実家に被害 (Daily Sports)

オリックス鈴木捕手、福島の実家が半壊 (Daily Sports)

ソフトB移動に影響、メールで安否確認 (Nikkan Sports)

西武菊池、岩手実家と連絡つかず「心配」 (Nikkan Sports)

マリン液状化…ロッテ堀氏の引退試合中止 (Nikkan Sports)

楽天家族優先、安否確認でオープン戦中止 (Nikkan Sports)

オリックス広報の実家被害に (Nikkan Sports)

広島栗原山形の家族とつながらない (Nikkan Sports)

ハム中田地震に恐怖「死ぬかと思った」 (Nikkan Sports)

Kスタ宮城グラウンドにテント張り市民避難 (Sanspo)

試合中止の2日間の行動を選手に一任 (Sanspo)

日本ハム2軍帰れずハマスタロッカー1泊 (Sanspo)

G・東野ヒヤリ、室内練習場階段にヒビ (Sanspo)

広島・栗原、会沢家族の無事を確認 (Daily Sports)

【中日】秋田出身・落合監督も絶句 (Nikkan Sports)

【西武】仙台出身の岸「試合どころじゃ」 (Nikkan Sports)

西武・岸と雄星、実家の無事を確認 (Sanspo)

Kスタ宮城で携帯電話充電できます (Daily Sports)

中日ブランコ シャワー中飛び出した (Nikkan Sports)

横浜・三浦帰宅できずハマスタで夜を明かす (Daily Sports)

巨人・鈴木、地元・福島の被害に言葉失う (Sanspo)

ロッテがOP戦中止、球場周辺で液状化現象 (Sanspo)

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Chiba Lotte Marines Spring Camp News and Notes: February 2, 2011

by on Feb.02, 2011 @ 3:56 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

=== 10:14pm

Yoshihisa Naruse threw 65 pitches in the bullpen today.  It was his second straight session in as many days and he could make it three with another session tomorrow.

Said Naruse, "I had a much better session today than yesterday.  I felt good today. ... Depending on how my body feels, I'd like to hold another bullpen session tomorrow."


Ishimine worked with batting coach Eiji Kanamori for about 1.5 hours today (teaching him theories on compact swings, or hitting the ball when it's closest to the body).

=== 3:56pm

Yasuhiko Yabuta tossed his second bullpen session in as many days today.  He threw a total 70 pitches.

Said Yabuta, "The catcher caught the ball in such a way to make my pitches sound good.  But it's just as always. ... Right now I need to get my mechanics down.  And I'll decide when to toss my next bullpen based on how I'm feeling."


All 21 position players ran a 3,000 meter during practice yesterday.  Shota Ishimine (1st round) came in first place.

Said Ishimine, "My strength are my legs.  And I can't slack off because I hate losing."


Takashi Ogino took some extra fielding at short yesterday.

Said Ogino, "I'm only at about 80% in terms of mobility.  But if I keep complaining about the pain I'll never improve.  I need to dig in and do my best."

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Chiba Lotte Marines: November 28, 2010

by on Nov.28, 2010 @ 10:18 pm, under NPB
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Yasuhiko Yabuta hopes to win a hold title next season.  Earlier today Yabuta worked with weights and threw into a net at Chiba Marine Stadium.

Said Yabuta, "I had an ERA in the 3's this year and would like to try and keep it in the 2 or 1 range.  I'd like another hold title."


Shoitsu Omatsu also worked out Chiba Marine Stadium today.  Omatsu worked with weights and did some running as part of his rehab (right hamstring).

Said Omatsu, "There were many things I wasn't happy about this season.  I'd like to stay in the middle of the order the entire season next year.  I'd also like to try batting clean-up."

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Chiba Lotte Marines nab Yasuhiko Yabuta

by on Nov.23, 2009 @ 6:02 pm, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they have signed Yasuhiko Yabuta to a 1 year deal worth 40M yen.

MLB Stats

2008 KC 1 3 4.78 31 0 0 0 0 1 37.2 41 21 20 6 0 17 25 1.54
2009 KC 2 1 13.50 12 0 0 0 0 1 14.0 29 21 21 3 0 7 9 2.57
Totals 3 4 7.14 43 0 0 0 0 2 51.2 70 42 41 9 0 24 34 1.82

NPB Stats

1996 Lotte 18 4 6 0 1 376 92.0 79 8 29 3 58 5 0 39 37 3.62
1997 Lotte 25 5 9 0 4 621 146.1 144 16 48 2 74 7 2 69 64 3.94
1998 Lotte 17 2 9 0 2 448 100.1 123 15 40 1 45 8 6 61 54 4.84
1999 Lotte 12 5 4 0 0 260 57.0 68 9 30 2 33 3 1 33 31 4.89
2000 Lotte 2 0 1 0 0 31 6.2 9 3 2 0 3 0 0 10 10 13.50
2001 Lotte 27 4 6 0 0 414 97.1 94 15 40 3 70 4 0 46 42 3.88
2002 Lotte 3 1 2 0 0 52 11.1 16 4 4 0 8 0 0 11 11 8.74
2003 Lotte 17 5 6 0 0 304 68.2 74 12 27 2 44 3 0 45 45 5.90
2004 Lotte 66 3 4 2 0 328 77.1 62 4 34 3 71 2 1 26 24 2.79
2005 Lotte 51 7 4 2 0 220 55.2 42 7 13 2 54 1 0 20 19 3.07
2006 Lotte 47 4 2 1 0 232 55.0 43 3 26 0 48 0 0 19 16 2.62
2007 Lotte 58 4 6 4 0 264 62.2 64 5 10 2 45 1 0 21 19 2.73
Totals 343 44 59 9 7 3550 830.1 818 101 303 20 553 34 10 400 372 4.03

=== UPDATE 11/28/2009 8:33pm JST

The Marines held a press conference for Yabuta today.

Yabuta signed a 1-year deal worth 50M yen.  He has not been assigned a uniform number yet.

=== UPDATE 12/4/2009 11:12pm JST

Yabuta's uniform number will be 49.

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