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[10/20/2014] Free Agents and Rumors: Masanori Hayashi (Yokohama), Yulieski Gourriel

by on Oct.21, 2014 @ 10:03 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers are interested in Motohiro Shima and Naoki Miyanishi. Source: Sanspo 10/20/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Eishin Soyogi and Shogo Kimura each met team official Kiyoaki Suzuki on Monday. It was their first meeting regarding the 2015 season. The two will likely be given offers during their second meeting some time next week. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014, Sports Hochi 10/21/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Veterans Daisuke Miura and Hitoshi Tamura met with team officials in Yokohama on Monday. Tatsuhiko Kinjo is also expected to meet team officials shortly. All three players have FA options. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014
  • The Bay Stars are planning to offer, or have already offered, Masanori Hayashi a three-year contract with a large bump in salary. They met the thirty-one-year-old pitcher for their first round of negotiations on Monday. Yokohama is not planning to keep their offer on the table if Hayasahi exercises his FA option. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014, Sponichi 10/21/2014
  • Yulieski Gourriel held a press conference in Cuba and said. "There are other goods teams like Yomiuri, but if I could pick, I would choose to return to DeNA. The manager, players, interpreter, and fans treated me well. The fans in Japan are the best." Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014

Yakult Swallows

[10/20/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.21, 2014 @ 9:58 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tatsunori Hara visited Yomiuri headquarters in Tokyo on Monday. He gave top advisor Tsuneo Watanabe and team owner Kojiro Shiraishi his report on the 2014 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014 ... Hara went through 113 different batting orders during the regular season. One of his goals during the off-season is to make sure he does not go through as many different orders next year. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano is not planning to slow his rehab program down just because the Giants failed to make the Nippon Series. He played catch at a distance of about fifty meters on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 10/20/2014, Sponichi 10/20/2014
  • Yoshinobu Takahashi (right middle finger) took outdoor batting practice at Giants Stadium on Sunday. He swung the bat forty times and hit two over the fence. It was his first outdoor session since he hurt his finger in September. Source: Sponichi 10/20/2014
  • Leslie Anderson is planning to get his left elbow cleaned out during the off-season. He will most likely require about two months for a full recovery. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Fall practices under new manager Koichi Ogata began at Mazda Stadium on Monday. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014 ... Ogata would like Rainel Rosario to attend fall camp. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014, Sponichi 10/20/2014
  • Ichi-gun infield/base coach Shinji Ko was named Ni-gun interim manager. His first day on the job will be Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014 ... Ko is planning to give Seiya Suzuki opportunities to play short. Since joining the group in Miyazaki after the Climax Series on the 15th, Suzuki has played the outfield and third. Ogata told reporters he wanted to give Suzuki looks at third and short. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are thinking about offering Meiji University coach Kosuke Matsuoka a coaching job next year. Source: Sanspo 10/21/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa tossed forty-two pitches in the bullpen on Monday. It was his first session since the end of the regular season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014
  • Yoshinori Sato will be attending fall camp for the first time in four years. He has already tossed two bullpen sessions during fall practices. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014 ... Yoshinori threw seventy-six pitches in the bullpen on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014
  • Shohei Tateyama (right elbow) appeared at a talk event in Tokyo on Sunday and told fans that he could be okay to begin pitching in exhibition games some time in late-March next year. He resumed playing catch on Saturday. He is slated to play catch outdoors on Tuesday for the first time since he had surgery on his right elbow back in April. Source: Sanspo 10/20/2014, Sponichi 10/20/2014

[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

Rakuten Eagles

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

[10/15/2014] 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] Rumors: Yoshihisa Naruse (Lotte), Hitoshi Tamura (Yokohama)

by on Oct.15, 2014 @ 3:02 am, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Hitoshi Tamura re-earned his FA option in August. He already spoke to the Bay Stars earlier this month and told them he was not planning to exercise the option. Tatsuhiko Kinjo also re-earned his option and will likely stay put. Masanori Hayashi is considering his options. Source: Sports Hochi 10/14/2014, Sponichi 10/14/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks could offer former Rakuten coaches Yoshinori Sato and Yasutomo Suzuki jobs on their coaching staff. Source: Daily Sports 10/14/2014
  • Atsuya Furuta and Kimiyasu Kudo could be among managerial candidates under consideration. Source: Sponichi 10/14/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko and Yoshihisa Hirano refrained from making any sort of real comment on their FA options after Tuesday's loss. Takahiro Mahara and Tomotaka Sakaguchi also have options and have yet to make decisions on what to do with them. The Buffaloes are plannning to ask all four to return next year. Source: Sponichi 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

[10/8/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Oct.09, 2014 @ 4:59 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Toshiya Sugiuchi, Hisayoshi Chono, Tetsuya Yamaguchi, and Scott Mathieson joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts at Giants Stadium on Wednesday. Tatsunori Hara spent some time working with Shinnosuke Abe behind closed doors. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Minoru Iwata will be available to pitch out of the bullpen during the First Stage of the Climax Series. Source: Sponichi 10/8/2014, Daily Sports 10/8/2014, Nikkan Sorts 10/8/2014
  • Ryota Imanari (right side) is expected to miss the First Stage of the Climax Series because he is still not fully ready. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2014
  • For the first time in franchise history, five players won one or more major titles: Matt Murton (batting average), Mauro Gomez (RBI), Randy Messenger (wins and strikeouts), Seung-Hwan Oh (saves), and Shinobu Fukuhara (hold points). The previous record of four was set in 2005: Makoto Imaoka (RBI), Norihiro Akahoshi (stolen bases) Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (wins), and Kyuji Fujikawa (hold points). This also marked the first time four foreign players from the same team won major titles in the same year. The previous high of three was set by Yomiuri in 2008: Alex Ramirez (RBI), Seth Greisinger (wins), and Marc Kroon (saves). At thirty-eight years of age, Fukuhara became the oldest player in the Central League to win his first major title. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuji Ichioka (right shoulder) pitched in a Phoenix League game against Lotte on Wednesday. He tossed a perfect shutout inning in relief. He topped out at 144km/h, threw fourteen pitches, and struck out one. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2014, Daily Sports 10/8/2014
  • The Carp will open Mazda Stadium to fans for a public viewing of the First Stage of the Climax Series. Admission will be free, but seating will be limited to 15,000. Source: official announcement

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige met with team owner Bungo Shirai in Nagoya on Wednesday to provide his report on the season. Source: Sponichi 10/8/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Guillermo Moscoso, Tony Blanco, and Aarom Baldiris left Japan out of Narita Airport on Wednesday. Blanco told reporters he plans to lose ten kilograms and play in the winter leagues in the Dominican Republic. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2014 ... The Bay Stars hold an option on Blanco for the 2015 season. He told reporters he was not thinking about playing in another country, was interested in retiring in Japan, and would be more than happy to return to Yokohama. Jorge Sosa is also interested in returning to Japan next year. Source: Sponichi 10/8/2014
  • Outfield/base-running coach Akihiko Horai will not be returning next year. Source: official announcement

[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

[10/7/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars sign Guillermo Moscoso to extension

by on Oct.07, 2014 @ 7:18 pm, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that Guillermo Moscoso (30) will return in 2015 after both sides agreed to a new deal.

According to Daily Sports, Moscoso agreed to a two-year deal with an estimated yearly salary of 120 million yen.

The Bay Stars released the following statement from Moscoso:

I feel very happy. I hope I can carry what I learned about players and stadiums this season, as well as my other experiences in Japan, into next season. I look forward to returning to the Yokohama DeNA Bay Stars.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 10/7/2014