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[11/27/2014] Rumors: Kam Mickolio, Wily Mo Pena, Yunielkis Gourriel

by on Nov.28, 2014 @ 3:39 am, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Kam Mickolio (30). They may be moving away from re-signing Brian Falkenborg (36). Source: Sponichi 11/27/2014

The Seibu Lions have been checking the overseas market for a third baseman. They have so far narrowed their list down to five or six candidates. Source: Sanspo 11/27/2014

The Orix Buffaloes will most likely part ways with Wily Mo Pena (32). There was reportedly over a 100 million yen difference between what Orix was offering and what Pena wanted. The slugger was also said to be looking for a multi-year deal. The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Pena. The Buffaloes are looking into Tony Blanco (34) as a possible replacement. They could offer him a two-year deal worth about 400 million yen. Source: Sponichi 11/27/2014, Sports Hochi 11/27/2014

The Hanshin Tigers' quartet of foreign players, Randy Messenger (33), Seung-Hwan Oh (32), Matt Murton (33), and Mauro Gomez (30), should all be signed to contracts for the 2015 season by some time around December 10. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars general manager Shigeru Takada spoke to reporters on Wednesday and said that he was informed negotiations with Cuban players will begin after the 9th. Yokohama will most likely prepare about 300 million yen for Yulieski Gourriel (30). Source: Sanspo 11/27/2014

The Bay Stars are looking into Gourriel's brother, Yunielkis Gourriel (22). Source: Sports Hochi 11/27/2014

Yomiuri's Tomoyuki Sugano agreed to a forty-million yen raise on Wednesday. His salary for the 2015 season will be an estimated 110 million yen. He joined Yoshinobu Takahashi, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Micheal Nakamura as the only players in NPB history to reach 100 million yen in their third year. Source: Sanspo 11/27/2014

Kentaro Nishimura signed a two-year contract with the Giants on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 11/27/2014

The Softbank Hawks re-signed Shoji Yoshimoto (21) to an Ikusei contract. His uniform number will change from 33 to 121. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2014

[11/26/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.27, 2014 @ 1:02 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Yamaguchi's left elbow has shown good improvement with PRP therapy. He could begin playing catch in December. Source: Sponichi 11/25/2014
  • Shinnosuke Abe was timing his pitches with his upper body, but decided to change things after watching Yasiel Puig during the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. "I think I'll try something like Puig next year," said Abe, referring to how still the outfielder keeps his upper body. He added, "I can use my legs to help with my timing." Source: Daily Sports 11/25/2014
  • Former Giant Yoshihito Ishii will be a coach for the Musashi Hear Bears (BC League) next year. Source: Sponichi 11/26/2014, official announcement (pdf)

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami was given the 2015 Miki House Sanspo MVP Award. Source: Sanspo 11/25/2014, Sanspo 11/25/2014
  • The Tigers gave Tomoyuki Kubota the 2014 Tadashi Wakabayashi Award for inviting youth baseball teams (over 7,000 kids) to games over six seasons. Source: official announcement

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yuichi Hisamoto had surgery to clean his left elbow. It will most likely take seven to eight months for a full recovery. Source: Sanspo 11/26/2014
  • Team owner Hajime Matsuda is planning to give Koichi Ogata five years as manager of the Carp. Ogata wants the team to succeed and is prepared to take responsibility by stepping down if performance is lacking. Source: Daily Sports 11/25/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kisho Kagami's uniform number will change from twenty-one to sixty-seven. Source: official announcement
  • Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Tomo Otosaka, and Hyuma Matsui will begin training in the United States on the 30th. Tsutsugo could replace Takehiro Ishikawa as the next team captain. Source: Sports Hochi 11/25/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada is slated to have a tonsillectomy in December. Source: Sponichi 11/25/2014
  • The Swallows announced that they hired Yuji Serizawa to be a Ni-gun battery coach. He was assigned the number ninety. Source: official announcement

[11/24/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 12:53 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Seung-Hwan Oh lived in a regular apartment complex this past season. He asked the Tigers if they could find a hotel that had rooms with kitchens for ext year. Oh likes cooking, but does not want to worry about having to keep things tidy. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014, Sanspo 11/24/2014
  • The Tigers invited Yutaka Enatsu to be a special instructor during Ichi-gun spring camp next year. Development coach Masayuki Kakefu was originally scheduled to spend most, if not all, of his time as a Ni-gun instructor, but will join Enatsu at Ichi-gun spring camp for the first two or three days. He will then head back to Ni-gun spring camp and then return to Ichi-gun spring camp for a few days in mid-February. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014, Sanspo 11/24/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shoichi Ino got tips on how to throw a change-up from Chihiro Kaneko during the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014
  • The Bay Stars are thinking about printing an inspirational phrase within the numbers on their uniforms next season. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Masato Furuno (28) married a thirty-four-year-old woman living in Saitama. They filed papers in Matsuyama, Ehime on November 4. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014

[11/23/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.24, 2014 @ 5:41 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants held retirement ceremonies for Yoshihito Ishii (36) and Yasunari Takagi (32) during fan appreciation day on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 11/23/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • 1st round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama and 2nd round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami hit into a triple play during Saturday's fan appreciation day intra-squad game. Source: Sanspo 11/23/2014
  • Yutaka Wada is thinking about changing the team slogan for the first time in three years. Source: Sanspo 11/23/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Jun Hirose told reporters on Saturday that he bumped into Hiroyuki Nakajima and Kyuji Fujikawa while he was working out in the United States. Source: Daily Sports 11/23/2014 ... Hirose was in Los Angeles working out at EXOS between October 28 and November 19. Source: Daily Sports 11/23/2014
  • The Carp unveiled their slogan for 2015: Joshodamashi Red Rising. Source: official announcement
  • The media learned on Sunday that Jumpei Ono (27) filed marriage papers with a twenty-eight-year-old woman from Tokyo on August 8. The two are currently living in Hiroshima. Source: Sports Hochi 11/23/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Hanshin senryokugai Yuji Yoshimi (36) will rejoin the Yokohama organization as a pitching coach. Toshio Fukazawa (31) signed on as a bullpen catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014

[11/22/2014] Daisuke Matsuzaka turns down Yokohama, could be close to deal with Softbank

by on Nov.22, 2014 @ 10:28 pm, under NPB
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According to Sponichi, Daisuke Matsuzaka (34) may be close to agreeing on a deal with the Softbank Hawks.

Matsuzaka was said to have narrowed down his NPB options to two teams, the Softbank Hawks and Yokohama Bay Stars. The media learned on Friday that he recently turned down the Bay Stars. Yokohama president Jun Ikeda is quoted in a Jiji Press report as saying, "We did what we could. It's up for him to decide what to do."

Softbank may have offered Matsuzaka three or more years on their offer, along with the uniform number eighteen. He is currently in Boston and has already added NPB baseballs to his throwing program. He will most likely finalize his contract with the Hawks when he returns to Japan early next month.

Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014, Jiji Press 11/22/2014

[11/21/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars introduce 2014 Draft Class

by on Nov.21, 2014 @ 10:27 pm, under NPB
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Ord Name JPN Team DOB HT/WT POS T/B Level Uni Bonus Contract Date
1 Yamasaki, Yasuaki 山﨑 康晃 YOK 1992/10/02 177/83 P R/R Asia University 19 100,000,000 15,000,000 11/07
2 Ishida, Kenta 石田 健大 YOK 1993/03/01 180/83 P L/L Hosei University 14 75,000,000 12,000,000 11/11
3 Kuramoto, Toshihiko 倉本 寿彦 YOK 1991/01/07 180/81 INF R/L Nippon Shinyaku 5 60,000,000 12,000,000 11/19
4 Fukuchi, Motoharu 福地 元春 YOK 1990/06/21 182/92 P L/L Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Yokohama 28 50,000,000 9,500,000 11/13
5 Yamashita, Koki 山下 幸輝 YOK 1993/01/31 173/72 INF R/L Kokugakuin High School 38 35,000,000 8,400,000 11/02
6 Momose, Hiroki 百瀬 大騎 YOK 1997/03/11 176/70 INF R/L Matsumoto Daiichi High School 64 23,000,000 5,000,000 11/10
7 Iizuka, Satoshi 飯塚 悟史 YOK 1996/10/11 186/83 P R/L Nihon Bunri High School 30 20,000,000 5,000,000 11/05
I1 Kamei, Toi 亀井 塔生 YOK 1997/02/09 180/75 C R/R Nissei High School 102 3,000,000 3,600,000 11/17

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Source: Daily Sports 11/21/2014

[11/19/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.20, 2014 @ 2:03 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Intra-squad game on Wednesday: Hiroya Shimamoto (Ikusei) tossed a shutout inning in relief. He allowed an infield hit and walked one. He got Naoto Nishida to hit into a double play with runners on first and second and one out. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014 ... Kentaro Kuwahara tossed two perfect innings in relief. Yuta Iwasada gave up two run in two innings as one of two starters. Kazuyuki Kaneda also recorded two shutout innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014 ... Naomasa Yokawa hit a home run to left in the 7th inning. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014
  • Rene Leveret (29) hit two home runs during a batting practice scrimmage on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014
  • Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi told reporters on Tuesday that 1st round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama will only be allowed to attend Ichi-gun spring camp after coaches have had a chance to check on his conditioning. He also has to clear tests on his shoulder, elbow, and back. He wants to avoid pushing the rookie too hard too quickly. Source: Sponichi 11/19/2014
  • Nakanishi is fine with Shintaro Fujinami taking things slow this winter after an extended season due to the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. He will not expect Fujinami to toss full bullpen sessions during the first block of spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Intra-squad game on Wednesday: Allen Kuri started the game for the Whites. He tossed four shutout innings and allowed three hits. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014
  • Intra-squad game on Tuesday: Danilo DeJesus Araujo gave up four runs on six hits over two innings of work. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014 ... Shota Dobayashi got the start at third and batted clean-up for the Reds. He recorded two hits and three RBI. He recorded a single to right in the 1st, a sac fly to right in the 2nd, and a two-run triple to right-center in the 6th. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014
  • Yuta Nakamura was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right medial malleolus. It could take about a month for a full recovery. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons announced that they came to terms with Tomoya Yagi and Kyohei Kamezawa on Tuesday. Yagi was assigned the number 58 and Kamezawa the number 53. Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shinji Ohara is having problems with his left shoulder. There is no timetable on when he might be able to resume throwing practices. There is a chance he will not be ready for opening day next year. Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2014

[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] Rumors: Tony Blanco, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Shun Tono

by on Nov.16, 2014 @ 3:42 am, under NPB
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The Cubs are not planning to resign Kyuji Fujikawa (33). Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

Shunsuke Watanabe (38) will be playing winter ball in Venezuela with Leones del Caracas. Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

Shugo Fujii is willing to sign an Ikusei contract, if it means he can continue playing. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014

Yokohama senryokugi Takuro Ito (21) is planning to attend the second twelve-team tryout on the 20th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars will most likely part ways with Tony Blanco (34). A number of Pacific League teams, including Rakuten and Orix, are interested in the slugger. Blanco apparently has a preference to play in the PL where he can be designated hitter. Yokohama could try to replace Blanco with Jose Lopez (31). Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014

Yokohama is planning to sign Shun Tono (28) and could hold a press conference to announce the addition some time next week. A number of teams reached out to Tono, including Hiroshima, but Yokohama came out on top because they were first to contact him. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... Yokohama announced on Saturday that they signed Tono. Source: official announcement

Takehiro Donoue's (22) tryout with the Yomiuri Giants will take place over the weekend (November 15, 16). Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

The Hanshin Tigers are aware that there is a chance Seung-Hwan Oh will not be back in 2016. They want to be prepared in case he decides to leave and are planning to begin a search for potential candidates to replace him during the 2015 season. Source: Sports Hochi 11/15/2014, Sponichi 11/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014

The Tigers may have offered Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) a four-year deal worth over one billion yen. They are considering other things to include in the package, like a chance to become a coach in the future. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... The Tigers are planning to send an official to the United States some time in or after December. Source: Sanspo 11/15/2014