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[10/31/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars 2015 Coaching Staff

by on Oct.31, 2014 @ 6:27 pm, under NPB
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Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 70 中畑 清 Nakahata, Kiyoshi 60
Head Coach 78 進藤 達哉 Shindo, Tatsuya 44
Hitting Coach 90 大村 巌 Omura, Iwao 45
Hitting Coach 77 坪井 智哉 Tsuboi, Tomochika 40
Pitching Coach 75 川村 丈夫 Kawamura, Takeo 42
Pitching Coach 76 篠原 貴行 Shinohara, Takayuki 38
Infield/Base Coach 83 馬場 敏史 Baba, Toshifumi 49
Outfield/Base Coach 71 小池 正晃 Koike, Masaaki 34
Battery Coach 79 新沼 慎二 Niinuma, Shinji 35

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Position Uni Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 88 山下 大輔 Yamashita, Daisuke 62
General/Outfield/Base Coach 72 二宮 至 Ninomiya, Itaru 61
Hitting Coach 87 高須 洋介 Takasu, Yosuke 38
Hitting/Ikusei Coach 84 嶋村 一輝 Shimamura, Ikki 33
Pitching Coach 81 島田 直也 Shimada, Naoya 44
Pitching/Ikusei Coach 86 有働 克也 Udo, Katsuya 45
Infield/Base Coach 82 万永 貴司 Manei, Takashi 42
Battery Coach 85 山下 和彦 Yamashita, Kazuhiko 52
Battery Coach Assitant/Ikusei Coach 89 藤田 和男 Fujita, Kazuo 34

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Source: official announcement

[10/31/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars: Fall camp roster

by on Oct.31, 2014 @ 2:45 pm, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars will hold fall camp in Amamioshima, Kagoshima between November 6 and 19. Rosters for fall camp were released today.

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 小林 寛 Kobayashi, Hiroshi
P 柿田 裕太 Kakita, Yuta
P 三嶋 一輝 Mishima, Kazuki
P 加賀美 希昇 Kagami, Kisho
P 平田 真吾 Hirata, Shingo
P 三上 朋也 Mikami, Tomoya
P 田中 健二朗 Tanaka, Kenjiro
P 大田 阿斗里 Ota, Atori
P 国吉 佑樹 Kuniyoshi, Yuki
P 砂田 毅樹 Sunada, Yoshiki
C 黒羽根 利規 Kurobane, Toshiki
C 嶺井 博希 Minei, Hiroki
C 西森 将司 Nishimori, Masashi
INF 山崎 憲晴 Yamazaki, Noriharu
INF 石川 雄洋 Ishikawa, Takehiro
INF 筒香 嘉智 Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo
INF 白崎 浩之 Shirasaki, Hiroyuki
INF 飛雄馬 Matsui, Hyuma
INF 加藤 政義 Kato, Masayoshi
OF 梶谷 隆幸 Kajitani, Takayuki
OF 松本 啓二朗 Matsumoto, Keijiro
OF 赤堀 大智 Akahori, Daichi
OF 乙坂 智 Otosaka, Tomo
OF 桑原 将志 Kuwahara, Masayuki
OF 関根 大気 Sekine, Taiki

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Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014, official announcement

[10/30/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Oct.31, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Chunichi Dragons

  • The first day of fall camp at Nagoya Stadium lasted about eight hours -- the day started at 10:00am and ended after 6:00pm. Source: Sponichi 10/30/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Takeru Imamura started feeling discomfort in his right shoulder in June. He aggravated the shoulder while pitching in the Phoenix League (3 G, 14.0 IP, 8 R) and was shut down. He will continue to get rest in November and will work his way back in December and January. The injury does not appear to be serious. Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2014
  • Takashi Uemoto (24) and Tomohiro Abe (25) have filed marriage papers. Uemoto with twenty-five-year-old reporter Emi Nakahara and Abe with a thirty-two-year-old woman from Fukuoka. Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2014
  • Former Carp Katsumi Hirosawa is struggling with Meniere's disease again. Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are planning to name bullpen catcher/Ni-gun equipment manager Kazuo Fujita (34) their new Ni-gun Ikusei coach. Fujita played high school ball at Imabari Nishi, college ball at Doshisha University, and then spent nine years playing for Nihon Seimei. He retired in 2010 without ever having played professionally and joined the Yokohama organization as a bullpen catcher in 2012. Source: Sponichi 10/30/2014

[10/28/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Oct.29, 2014 @ 1:22 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) and Kan Otake (right shoulder) are slated to join the Ichi-gun team for workouts on the 31st. Source: Sanspo 10/28/2014
  • The Giants are planning to move Shinnosuke Abe (35) to first base next year. Abe and Tatsunori Hara discussed the move and agreed on the conversion. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/28/2014, Sponichi 10/28/2014
  • Yoshihito Ishii (36) is planning to retire. The Giants informed Ishii that they were not going to offer him a contract for the 2015 season on the 25th. "I would be lying if I said I felt satisfied. I'm just short of 1,000 games. But this is something I needed to decide. There was a part of me that enjoyed teaching other players and seeing them succeed." Source: Nikkan Sports 10/28/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige told reporters they are planning to play three practices games during fall camp. Source: Sponichi 10/28/2014 ... The practice games will be played on November 4, 11, and 13. They will be against other baseball teams in the area. Source: Sports Hochi 10/28/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are planning to offer Yosuke Takasu a job as Ni-gun hitting coach. There is a good chance Tomochika Tsuboi will be named an Ichi-gun hitting coach. Yokohama is expected to make an announcement about their 2015 coaching staff in early November. Source: Sponchi 10/28/2014

[10/26/2014] Rumors: Chihiro Kaneko, Masanori Hayashi

by on Oct.27, 2014 @ 2:59 am, under NPB
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Chihiro Kaneko:

  • Kaneko watched Game 3 of the World Series. He showed up at the stadium wearing a hat and black-rimmed glasses. He watched the pre-game ceremonies and stayed until the end. He did not speak to the media.
  • If Kaneko gets posted, there is a good chance his agent in the United States will be Arn Tellem.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2014, Sponichi 10/26/2014

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Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Masanori Hayashi is still not sure what he wants to do with his FA option. He was offered what may have been a three-year deal during talks with the organization on the 20th. The Bay Stars are not planning to keep their offer on the table if Hayashi decides to exercise the option to test the waters. Source: Sponichi 10/26/2014

Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • Ginjiro Sumitani was a commentator on Bunka Hoso's radio broadcast of the Nippon Series on Sunday. When commenting the series after the game, he said, "That atmosphere is amazing. It made me want to be on that field. I feel stronger about making sure the Nippon Series takes place at Seibu Dome next year." Source: Sanspo 10/26/2014

[10/25/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.26, 2014 @ 3:25 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Frederich Cepeda left for Cuba on Saturday. Before leaving, he said to reporters, "Nothing has been decided, but I would like to come back [to the Giants]." Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) tossed a bullpen session on Thursday. He threw forty-two pitches at fifty to sixty percent. He is scheduled to join Ichi-gun fall practices on the 27th. Source: Daily Sports 10/24/2014 ... The session on Thursday was Sugano's first since his right elbow injury. He threw to a standing catcher. Source: Sanspo 10/23/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuhei Matsuyama is planning to lose some weight this winter. He wants to push his weight down to under ninety kilograms for the first time since 2010. He currently weighs ninety-three kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 10/25/2014
  • The Carp offered Shinji Sasaoka a job as Ni-gun pitching coach. An announcement could be made some time next week. Source: Sports Hochi 10/25/2014, Sponichi 10/25/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige spent over an hour mixing with fans during fall practices at Nagoya Stadium on Saturday. He stood for photos with about 500 fans. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are planning to offer Tomochika Tsuboi a job as Ichi-gun hitting coach. They are also planning to offer Katsuya Udo (Tokushima Indigo Socks manager) and Naoya Shimada (batting practice pitcher) jobs as Ni-gun pitching coach. Source: Sports Hochi 10/25/2014

Yakult Swallows

[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