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[12/21/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.22, 2014 @ 3:44 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami will most likely get a start during the opening season series (vs Chunichi at Kyocera Dome, March 27-29). That should line him up for two starts against the Yomiuri Giants in the following month (April 2-5, April 17-19). The first three pitchers in the rotation could be Randy Messenger, Atsushi Nomi, and Fujinami. Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi thinks it would be best to split Messenger and Fujinami, so the order could be Messenger, Nomi, and Fujinami, or Fujinami, Nomi, and Messenger. Plans will be finalized during spring camp. Source: Sanspo 12/21/2014 ... The second pitcher could also be Minoru Iwata. Source: Sponichi 12/21/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka could resume throwing practices (playing catch, throwing into a net) on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 12/21/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Daisuke Miura has recorded at least one hit in every season since 1993. Motonobu Tanishige holds the NPB record with at least one hit in twenty-six consecutive seasons (1989-2014). Source: Nikkan Sports 12/21/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada had a tonsillectomy on the 14th and was discharged from the hospital on the 19th. He will return to Osaka later this month and resume regular practices in January. Source: Sanspo 12/21/2014

[12/17/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.18, 2014 @ 3:48 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hideki Matsui and Derek Jeter will participate in the Tomodachi Charity Baseball Game on March 21, 2015 at Tokyo Dome. A number of events are scheduled for the day, including a baseball clinic, home run derby, charity auction, and youth baseball game. Source: Sponichi 12/17/2014
  • The Giants announced that Shugo Fujii will join their staff as a batting practice pitcher. He was assigned the number 221. Source: official announcement
  • The Giants were seeking thirty-three million yen in damages against Shukan Jitsuwa (weekly tabloid) for articles that claimed the organization was paying a portion of their players more than what was written in their contracts. The Tokyo District Court sided with the Giants but adjusted damages to 2.2 million. Source: Daily Sports 12/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka (right elbow) will most likely attend Ichi-gun spring camp next year. Source: Daily Sports 12/17/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami feels he would do a lot better if given the opportunity to pitch in more scrimmages and practice games during the pre-season. "To be honest, I wanted to throw more. I wanted to pitch into the seventh and eighth innings during exhibition games, instead of having five-inning or 100-pitch limits," said Fujinami. He added, "Ever since high school, I prepared myself by pitching a lot in games." Fujinami would rather pitch in scrimmages and games than toss bullpen sessions or batting practice. Source: Sanspo 12/17/2014, Daily Sports 12/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/17/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars apparently told Toshiki Kurobane that if he did not quit smoking, they would change his uniform number 9 back to 59. Yokohama first requested that he quit when they gave him the number 9 last winter, but Kurobane did not think it was a requirement. Source: Sponichi 12/17/2014 ... The Bay Stars have implemented a no smoking policy for players they have drafted, beginning in 2012. They have also banned somking on the field. Source: Sports Hochi 12/17/2014

[12/15/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars may be close to finalizing deals with Yulieski and Yunielkis Gourriel

by on Dec.15, 2014 @ 3:27 pm, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars may be close to finalizing an agreement with Yulieski Gourriel (30) for the 2015 season. "Discussions are going well. The biggest thing in our favor is his desire to return to our team," said general manager Shigeru Takada. Daily Sports is reporting a possible one-year deal, Sports Hochi and Sponichi a two-year deal worth as much as 700 million yen, and Nikkan Sports a one-year deal worth 500 million yen. Yokohama likely also offered the job at third base next year.

The Yomiuri Giants were also interested in Gourriel, but may have backed out when they learned he would not be able to attend spring camp from the first day.

The Bay Stars are also said to be working on a two-year deal with Yunielkis Gourriel (21).

Source: Chunichi Sports 12/15/2014, Tokyo Sports 12/15/2014, Daily Sports 12/15/2014, Daily Sports 12/15/2014, Sports Hochi 12/15/2014, Sponichi 12/15/2014

[UPDATE 12/16 @ 6:42pm]

The agreement with Gourriel will most likely be a one-year deal worth an estimated 500 million yen. He is expected to join the team in March after the season in Cuba ends. He is also slated to participate in the Pan American games in July and will miss close to a month. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014 ... The Bay Stars wanted to sign Gourriel to a multi-year contract, but had to settle for a one-year deal. Allowing him to miss spring camp and a part of the season for the Pan American games was reportedly part of the agreement. Source: Sports Hochi 12/16/2014 ... The one-year deal might be worth 300 million plus incentives. It may have also been less than what the Yomiuri Giants offered. Source: Daily Sports 12/16/2014 ... The one year deal might be worth a base 300 million that could max out to 500 million after bonuses and incentives. Yunielkis Gourriel's two-year deal could be worth an estimated fifty million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014

[12/14/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult, Rakuten, Softbank

by on Dec.15, 2014 @ 2:43 am, under NPB
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Central League

Yomiuri Giants

  • First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto has a shot at making Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Sponichi 12/14/2014, Daily Sports 12/14/2014 ... Second round draft pick Chiaki Tone, third round draft pick Hayato Takagi, and fourth round draft pick Daiki Tanaka could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp as well. Source: Sports Hochi 12/14/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka (right elbow) should be okay to hold his pre-season Toin workouts in January. He will also most likely head to Ichi-gun spring camp because of the warmer weather in Okinawa. Source: Daily Sports 12/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/14/2014
  • Kosuke Fukudome does not think there is a better center fielder in the NPB than Yamato and would like to see him stay put, instead of move to short. Source: Daily Sports 12/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/14/2014
  • Tomoyuki Kubota is slated to join the staff as a batting practice pitcher next season. Source: Sanpso 12/14/2014
  • The Tigers announced on Sunday that they finalized terms for the 2015 season with Randy Messenger (33). Messenger will be in the second year of a two-year deal next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/14/2014, Daily Sports 12/14/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons have not made official announcements about Raul Valdes and Ricardo Nanita because they are still in the process of finalizing terms with them. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/14/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Hisanori Takahashi's registered name this season was Hisanori. He is thinking about submitting a request to change it Hisa Takahashi next year. He was registered as Hisa Takahashi during the ten years he was with the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Sponichi 12/14/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Mitsuru Manaka has plans for a five-man rotation with a spot for a sixth man as needed. Yasuhiro Ogawa, Masanori Ishikawa, and Yoshihisa Naruse will most likely take the first three spots in the rotation. They could be followed by Taichi Ishiyama and Toshihiro Sugiura. The last spot could come down to pitchers like Ryosuke Yagi, Takeaki Tokuyama, Yoshinori Sato, and Shohei Tateyama. Source: Sponichi 12/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/14/2014

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Pacific League

Rakuten Eagles

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenichi Nakata has been messing around with a shuto for the last few years. He has not thrown it during games, but is thinking about using the pitch next season if it is good enough. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/14/2014
  • The Hawks returned to Japan on Sunday from their championship trip to Hawaii. About 200 fans greeted them at Fukuoka Airport. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/14/2014

[12/13/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.14, 2014 @ 12:50 am, under NPB
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Pacific League

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara could make his "debut" during a spring camp intra-squad on February 15. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/13/2014

Central League

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami will most likely be allowed to work out with Kenta Maeda in January next year. Source: Sponichi 12/13/2014
  • Yutaka Wada is planning to sit down with players like Yamato and Tsuyoshi Nishioka to discuss possible position changes if Takashi Toritani decides to sign with an MLB team this off-season. Source: Sports Hochi 12/13/2014, Nikkan Soprts 12/13/2014
  • The Tigers are slated to play nine practice games during spring camp in February (seven at Okinawa). One of their games, on February 28, will be against the Orix Buffaloes. Source: Daily Sports 12/13/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Taketoshi Goto asked the Bay Stars if he could register his name as Gomez, a nickname he received when a teammate misheard his apology (gomensu). It might not be possible to make it his official NPB name, but Yokohama might be willing to use it on his uniform. Source: Sponichi 12/13/2014

General

  • The 2014 draft class rookie seminar will most likely take place on January 13 instead of early-March next year. Former Rakuten manager Senichi Hoshino took to the media this year during the pre-season and questioned why the seminar did not place in January or February when the schedule was still light. Source: Sponichi 12/10/2014, ZakZak 12/13/2014

[12/12/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.13, 2014 @ 1:25 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Eighth round draft pick Masashi Yamamoto would like to register his full name with the NPB to avoid identification problems with Masahiro Yamamoto. Yamamoto could go with Masa Yamamoto, but does not want to step on Masahiro Yamamoto's toes, since the veteran is already registered as Masa Yamamoto (different Kanji, same reading). Source: Sports Hochi 12/12/2014, Sponichi 12/12/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

[12/10/2014] Rumors: Rick VandenHurk, Kyuji Fujikawa, Yulieski Gourriel

by on Dec.11, 2014 @ 2:50 am, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines received Yakult's list of protected players on the 9th. Lotte has until January 6, but will try to reach a decision before the end of the year. They are planning to select a player as part of their compensation for losing Yoshihisa Naruse. Source: Sports Hochi 12/10/2014

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Kyuji Fujikawa will most likely play in the United States next year. A source close to the situation told reporters that the pitcher did not have to consider returning to Japan because there was enough MLB interest. Source: Daily Sports 12/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014

The Softbank Hawks have reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with Rick VandenHurk (29). An announcement is expected within the next couple of days. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014

Yoshihisa Hirano (30) signed a three-year deal worth 900 million yen. At 300 million a year, he became the highest paid pitcher in franchise history. Hirano likes Orix and feels strongly about winning a championship with them and never considered playing for another team this year. He is slated to earn his international FA option after next season. He is planning to stay with Orix over the next three years, but was unwilling to commit to the organization for the rest of his career when asked by reporters on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 12/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014, Sports Hochi 12/10/2014, Sponichi 12/10/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars may have offered Yulieski Gourriel (30) a one-year deal worth about 350 million yen, in addition to a two-year deal worth as much as 700 million yen. A representative is currently in Cuba handling negotiations. Source: Sports Hochi 12/10/2014

The Yakult Swallows may have offered Yuhei (30) fifty-eight million for 2015 (a raise of about forty-five million). The outfielder placed the offer on hold because he was expecting more. Since this was his first full season at Ichi-gun, he had his management company rate his season. There was a gap between what Yakult offered and what his management company estimated. The Swallows sweetened their deal during the meeting, but have no plans to add to it. Source: Sports Hochi 12/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014

Ryosuke Hirata (26) met Chunichi Dragons' officials on Wednesday for about ninety minutes and agreed to a deal worth an estimated forty-seven million yen in 2015 (twelve million raise). The amount remained unchanged since the first round of negotiations, but time and a better understanding of the team's rating system was enough to get Hirata to sign. Source: Sports Hochi 12/10/2014, Daily Sports 12/10/2014, Sponichi 12/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014

Atori Ota (25) agreed to a deal worth an estimated 9.5 million yen (a salary cut of three million) on Wednesday. It was Ota's second meeting with Yokohama Bay Star officials. It was the same offer he received during his first meeting. Source: Sponichi 12/10/2014

[12/10/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.11, 2014 @ 2:20 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe is open to catching in emergency situations. Source: Sponichi 12/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014
  • The Giants will try to increase fan attendance to Ni-gun games by scheduling more events next year. Source: Daily Sports 12/10/2014
  • About 220 members of the organization (players, staff, family) left for a championship trip to Hawaii out of Narita Airport on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 12/10/2014 ... Hisayoshi Chono opted to skip the trip to spend time rehabbing his right knee and elbow. Source: Sponichi 12/10/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Atsushi Nomi recorded a winning record during the first-half of a full season just once in his career (8-4 in 2013). He did a lot of running that year and plans to work more of it into his routine in 2015 (particularly through to June). Nomi is not planning to throw the ball until the new year. Source: Sanspo 12/10/2014, Sponichi 12/10/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants to play second or short, but the Tigers could use him in the outfield or at third. Source: Sanspo 12/10/2014
  • The Tigers have given Shintaro Fujinami the green light to buy a car. Players drafted out of high school living in Kofuso (team dorm) generally are not allowed to own a car until after their third year, but officials made an exception for Fujinami because he is already at Ichi-gun and can benefit from having his own transportation. Source: Sanspo 12/10/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ryuya Ogawa will be in the Philippines on the 13th and 14th. He is slated to hold a baseball clinic on the 13th. Source: Sponichi 12/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014
  • Masato Matsui (27) will file marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman living in Miyazaki on Thursday. Source: Sanspo 12/10/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takayuki Kajitani will be moving from a 920 gram bat at 33.5 inches to a 910 gram bat at 34 inches. Source: Sports Hochi 12/10/2014