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[1/25/2016] Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.26, 2016 @ 8:37 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryota Arai was able to leg press 616 kilograms (405 kilograms in weights, fifty kilograms in equipment, and two staff members weighing a total 161 kilograms) for fourteeen reps on January 23. His previous high was somewhere between 400 and 500 kilograms. He has so far added eight kilograms this off-season (from ninety-three last to season to 101 kilgorams). Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2016, Daily Sports 1/24/2016
  • Sixth round draft pick Yutaro Itayama vision was 0.6 when he played college ball. He recently got contact lenses that improved his sight to 1.5. (1.0 = 20/20 vision) Source: Sanspo 1/24/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • Shota Dobayashi is trying a heavier and longer bat: from 880 grams to 930 grams and 34 inches to 34.5 inches. It is the same model bat used by Takahiro Arai. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2016, Sponichi 1/25/2016

Chunichi Dragons

  • Drew Naylor arrived in Japan on January 24. He has already tossed three bullpen sessions. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2016 ... Naylor worked out five days a week during the off-season. He spent the first month working with weights, then focused on running. He dropped two kilograms (currently weighs 108) and also lowered his body fat. Source: Tokyo Sports 1/24/2016
  • Dayan Viciedo arrived in Japan on January 24. Source: Sports Hochi 1/24/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Alex Ramirez is not necessarily looking for a smart catcher that can hit. What he wants, at the very least, is a catcher that has good hands, can make the plays at home plate, and has a strong arm to gun out runners at second. The catcher does not have to worry about anything else, since the dugout will be making all the decisions. Source: Sponichi 1/24/2016

[1/23/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.24, 2016 @ 3:28 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

Yomiuri Giants

  • Second round draft pick Shinnosuke Shigenobu is planning to pack both an outfielder's glove and infielder's glove for spring camp. He will also have two bats: a practice-swing bat that weighs 600 grams and game-use bat that weighs 890 grams. Source: Sponichi 1/22/2016
  • Takayuki Terauchi's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy, at a Tokyo hospital on January 7. Source: Sanspo 1/23/2016
  • Tokyo Dome will undergo renovations over the next three years. The changes and improvements will cost about five billion yen. Renovations: new luxury leather seats behind home plate (January-March 2016); improved infield seats (first floor January-March 2016 and second floor January-March 2017); LED lighting for the arena area (outfield March 2016 and infield March 2017); improved speaker system (outfield March 2016 and infield March 2017); improved toilet seats (March 2016); upgrades to the surrounding areas (February 2016 - January 2019). Source: official announcement (PDF)

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ichi-gun coaches will be evaluating players from the first day of spring camp. Players that appear under prepared will be re-assigned to Kochi camp. Tomoaki Kanemoto expects every player to be fully prepared for spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/23/2016
  • Yamato is only thinking about second base. He plans to leave his outfielder's glove at home during spring camp. He also made changes to his bat: 84.5 centimeters (0.5 centimeters shorter) at 870 grams (twenty grams lighter). Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuji Ichioka started working on a curveball three years ago and a change-up two years ago. The two pitches could be ready for use this season. Source: Daily Sports 1/23/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takayuki Kajitani pushed his weight up to 88.5 kilograms. He is aiming to make spring camp at either 89 or 89.5 kilograms. He squatted 160 kilograms for eleven reps in front of reporters on January 22. Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2016, Daily Sports 1/22/2016 ... Kajitani's weight dropped to as low as seventy-eight kilograms last summer. Source: Daily Sports 1/23/2016
  • The media learned on January 22 that Shoichi Ino (29) married a twenty-six-year-old woman living in Kawasaki. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2016

[1/21/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.22, 2016 @ 4:33 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Mitsuru Manaka is hoping he can give first round draft pick Juri Hara a spot in the opening day starting rotation. Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2016
  • The Swallows decided to assign Wladimir Balentien to Ichi-gun spring camp after seeing footage of his workouts. Source: Sponichi 1/21/2016

Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe has so far dropped his weight from 103.8 to ninety-seven kilograms. He is fifteen percent ready for the season. He would like to be at fifty percent at the start of spring camp, sixty to seventy percent at the start of Okinawa camp, and eighty to ninety percent at the start of the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/21/2016
  • Abner Abreu worked out at Giants Stadium for the first time on January 20. Source: Daily Sports 1/20/2016
  • Garrett Jones registered name will be Garrett. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2016

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Ni-gun Tigers are scheduled to play eleven Western League home games at Koshien Stadium this season (up from last year's nine). Source: Sanspo 1/20/2016
  • Hiroya Shimamoto gained four kilograms and is currently seventy-six kilograms. Source: Sanspo 1/21/2016
  • The Tigers are planning to give Matt Hague a look at third early on during spring camp. Head coach Nobuhiro Takashiro is concerned about Hague's abilities at third, since he has spent more time at first. Left field could also be an option. Source: Sponichi 1/20/2016, Daily Sports 1/20/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • Team officials and staff visited Gokoku Shrine in Hiroshima on January 21 to pray for a successful season. Source: Daily Sports 1/21/2016
  • First round draft pick Akitake Okada could make his "debut" during an exhibition game against Yakult on February 20. Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2016 ... The 2015 draft class visited the Hiroshima Oral Health Center for tests on January 19. Source: Sponichi 1/20/2016

Chunichi Dragons

  • First round draft pick Shinnosuke Ogasawara could pitch in a practice game against the Yomiuri Giants on February 24. Source: Daily Sports 1/21/2016 ... Ogasawara has final exams between January 26 and 28. Source: Sponichi 1/21/2016
  • Hitoki Iwase has been making adjustments to his delivery since last fall. He is also trying to pick up a new pitch with downward movement. Source: Sponichi 1/19/2016
  • Kyohei Kamezawa (27) filed marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman earlier this month. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/18/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yoshitomo Tsutsugo is the first non-pitcher drafted out of high school in franchise history to reach 100 million yen within his first seven seasons in the NPB. The previous record of eight was set by Takanori Suzuki in 1998. Source: Sponichi 1/20/2016
  • Jose Lopez provided the Bay Stars with footage from his workouts. He is expected to arrive in Japan some time next week. Source: Sanspo 1/18/2016
  • Alex Ramirez would like to see the coaching staff checking players at all levels in the organization on a regular basis, not just players within their own levels -- Ichi-gun coaches should have opportunities to see Ni-gun players and Ni-gun coaches should have opportunities to see Ichi-gun players. Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2016

[1/21/2016] DeNA succeeds with tender offer for Yokohama Stadium

by on Jan.22, 2016 @ 3:10 am, under NPB
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The Yokohama DeNA Bay Stars announced on January 21 that they increased their shares in Yokohama Stadium Co. Ltd. from 400,000 (5.75 percent) to 5,350,000 (76.87%) through their tender offer. The 4,950,000 shares cost 7.425 billion yen. Yokohama Stadium Co. Ltd. will officially become a consolidated subsidiary of DeNA on January 28.

Source: official IR report (PDF), Daily Sports 1/21/2016, Sponichi 1/21/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/21/2016

[1/15/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.16, 2016 @ 2:47 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Fifth round draft pick Kotaro Yamasaki ran thirty meters in 3.94 seconds on January 14. He was the only member of the 2015 draft class to finish with a time under four seconds. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2016 ... Third round draft pick Keiji Takahashi finished in second with a time of 4.02 seconds. First round draft pick Juri Hara's time was 4.35 seconds. Source: Sanspo 1/15/2016

Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshinobu Takahashi is thinking about letting veteran players train at their own pace during spring camp. Source: Sponichi 1/15/2016
  • First round draft pick Toshiki Sakurai might be ready to toss a bullpen session on the first day of spring camp. Source: Sponichi 1/14/2016 ... The Giants are currently planning to assign Sakurai, second round draft pick Shinnosuke Shigenobu, and seventh round draft pick Kota Nakagawa to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Sponichi 1/14/2016 ... Players participated in a Yo-Yo Intermittent Test on January 14. Seventh round draft pick Kota Nakagawa finished in first with ninety-eight. Shigenobu finished in second with ninety-seven and Sakurai in eighth with seventy-seven. Source: Daily Sports 1/14/2016
  • Hideki Matsui will be a roving special instructor during spring camp (Ichi-gun, Ni-gun, and San-gun). Source: Sponichi 1/14/2016, Daily Sports 1/14/2016

Hanshin Tigers

  • Second round draft pick Seishiro Sakamoto's graduation thesis was on Jackie Robinson. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • General workouts began at the Ono training facilities on January 15. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2016
  • Pitching coach Tatsumi Une feels first round draft pick Akitake Okada can be effective is either a starter or reliever. With Daichi Osera heading back to the starting rotation this year, Okada could find a spot in the bullpen. Une is planning to use him as a starter at first, but could try him in the bullpen if the rotation is full or the bullpen needs arms. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2016
  • Yoshihiro Maru is making adjustments to his stance, like setting his hands at a higher position and using a higher leg kick. He is using more of a downward stroke, instead of an upward stroke. Source: Daily Sports 1/14/2016

Chunichi Dragons

  • General workouts at Nagoya Stadium will take place between January 15 and 25. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2016 ... Players ran five kilometers on January 15. Kodai Ishigaki finished in first. Source: Sanspo 1/16/2016
  • First round draft pick Shinnosuke Ogasawara decided to switch gloves after turning pro. He used to use a Tomoyuki Sugano model glove and is now using a modified Takashi Saito glove (special ordered to be about ten millimeters smaller). Source: Sanspo 1/15/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

[1/13/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.14, 2016 @ 3:30 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • The 2015 draft class ran three 1,000 meter races on January 10. Fifth round draft pick Kotaro Yamasaki finished in first in all three. Source: Sanspo 1/12/2016

Yomiuri Giants

  • Itaru Hashimoto added five kilograms and now weighs eighty kilograms. He changed his bat weight from 940 grams to 850 grams. Source: Sanspo 1/12/2016
  • Koji Uehara will not be able to visist spring camp this year due to schedule conflicts. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2016

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami gained three kilograms since the end of the season. He would like to make spring camp at ninety-six to ninety-seven kilograms. He currently weighs about ninety-five kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 1/11/2016
  • Yuya Ando will be assigned to Ni-gun spring camp in Aki. He requested the assignment because he is used to surroundings and facilities, having spent his last three spring camps in Aki. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2016
  • Second round draft pick Seishiro Sakamoto ran the 3,000 meter on January 11 with the best time: eleven minutes and twenty-one seconds. First round draft pick Shun Takayama finished in fifth (twelve minutes and eight seconds) and third round draft pick Daichi Takeyasu finished in sixth (twelve minutes and third seconds). Source: Daily Sports 1/11/2016 ... Takayama and Sakamoto were unavailable on January 13 because they were handing in their graduation theses. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2016
  • The same natural grass used at Koshien Stadium, perennial rye-grass, was installed at Ginoza Stadium in Okinawa (Ichi-gun spring camp facilities). Construction took two days, beginning on December 4, 2015. The field will be ready for spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2016
  • The Tigers are planning to have Yutaka Enatsu give Ni-gun players a lecture during spring camp on February 6. He will then spend three days, beginning on January 7, as a special instructor. Enatsu is also scheduled to visit Ichi-gun spring camp in Ginoza. Source: Sanspo 1/13/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • First round draft pick Akitake Okada, second round draft pick Hiroki Yokoyama, and sixth round draft pick Oscar Nakaoshi are currently slated to attend Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2016
  • Takahiro Arai participated in a Goma Fire Ritual at Saifukuji Temple in Kagoshima on January 12. He sat in front of flames for about 100 minutes. He has been participating in the ritual every off-season since 2004 (twelve years). Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2016, Daily Sports 1/13/2016
  • Kenta Maeda held a press conference at Madza Stadium on January 11 to formally announce his decision to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Japanese public. January 11 was the last day for fans to purchase Maeda merchandise at the stadium store. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2016 ... Hiroshima is not planning to save Maeda's number. They may offer it to a future draft pick that has potential to become the next staff ace. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2016

Chunichi Dragons

  • Training camp for the 2015 draft class at Nagoya Stadium ended on January 13. General training camp at Nagoya Stadium will begin on January 15. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/13/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The media learned on January 11 that fourth round draft pick Yasutaka Tobashira (25) filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old woman living in Kyoto in November 2015. Source: Sponichi 1/12/2016

[1/10/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.11, 2016 @ 2:53 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Training camp for the 2015 draft class started at Toda Stadium in Saitama on January 9. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2016
  • First round draft pick Juri Hara and fifth round draft pick Kotaro Yamasaki could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. There are currently two opening day starter candidates: Yasuhiro Ogawa and Masanori Ishikawa. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2016
  • Mitsuru Manaka is planning to use his everyday players, non-pitchers including Wladimir Balentien, in practice games as early as possible during spring camp. The first practice game is scheduled to take place on February 13 against Yokohama. Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2016, Sponichi 1/10/2016

Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants are planning to schedule Ni-gun vs San-gun games during spring camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2016
  • The 2015 draft class attended a lecture on what it means to be a Yomiuri Giant on January 9. The players were taught about the organization's history and tradition. Players were also warned about gambling and staying out of trouble involving money. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2016 ... The coaching staff does not want to give the 2015 draft class advice and suggestions until they have had enough time to evaluate them properly. They are also curious to see how far the players can go with what they currently have. They do not want to suffocate them with too many changes, at least not at first. Source: Sponichi 1/9/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/9/2016 ... Second round draft pick Shinnosuke Shigenobu led all players with thirty-seven sit-ups in thirty seconds. First round draft pick Toshiki Sakurai did thirty. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2016 ... The 2015 draft class ran a 3,000-meter race on January 10. Ikusei sixth round draft pick Atsuro Hashimoto finished with the best time: eleven minutes and forty-seven seconds. Shigenobu finished in second with a time of eleven minutes and fifty-five seconds. First round draft pick Toshiki Sakurai finished in fifth with a time of twelve minutes and twenty-nine seconds. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2016 ... Players signed autographs for fans after practices on January 10. Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2016
  • Bicycles were banned in 2013 when Taishi Ota was involved in an accident. The ban was lifted in December 2015 -- forty Bridgestone CYLVA bicycles arrived at the team dormitory on January 9. Source: DailySports 1/10/2016, Sponichi 1/10/2016

Hanshin Tigers

  • The media learned on January 8 that Matt Hague is scheduled to arrive in Japan on January 26. Marcos Mateo will arrive on January 27. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2016 ... Mauro Gomez is planning to arrive in Japan on January 27. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2016
  • Tomoaki Kanemoto is okay with younger players being a little crazy off-the-field (like missing curfews or oversleeping), so long as they keep it off the field, separate from work, and in moderation. Source: Sponichi 1/10/2016, Sanspo 1/10/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • The 2015 draft class moved into the team dormitory in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima on January 9. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2016 ... Training camp began at the Ono training facilities on January 10. Source: Sports Hochi 1/10/2016
  • Former scout Takao Murakami (Miyagawa) dies of heart failure on January 8. He was seventy-nine-years-old. Murakami set the NPB record for most pinch hits with 187. As a scout, he was in charge of players like Manabu Kitabeppu, Tomonori Maeda, and Tsunemi Tsuda. Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2016, Sponichi 1/10/2016

Chunichi Dragons

  • The 2015 draft class moved into the team dormitory in Nagoya on January 9. Training camp began on January 10 at Nagoya Stadium. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/10/2016 ... The players ran five kilometers on January 10. Ikusei fourth round draft pick Mikihiro Nishihama finished in first. He was followed by fourth round draft pick Hiroto Fuku, Ikusei fifth round draft pick Kaito Goya, sixth round draft pick Ryota Ishioka, Ikusei third round draft pick Takuya Mitsuma, Ikusei second round draft pick Shu Yoshida, Ikusei sixth round draft pick Masaru Watanabe, third round draft pick Takuya Kinoshita, first round draft pick Shinnosuke Ogasawara, second round draft pick Yu Sato, fifth round draft pick Toshiki Abe, and Ikusei first round draft pick Seiya Nakagawa. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2016
  • Yohei Oshima has so far added seven kilograms to his frame and weighs seventy-seven kilograms. He has spent a lot of time on weight training this off-season. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/9/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Training camp for the 2015 draft class began at the Ni-gun facilities in Yokosuke, Kanagawa on January 9. First round draft pick Shota Imanaga, second round draft pick Kento Kumabara, third round draft pick Tatsuhiro Shibata, and fourth round draft pick Yasutaka Tobashira could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2016 ... Imanaga finished a 3,000-meter race in first place (twelve minutes and seventeen second). Source: Sports Hochi 1/9/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/9/2016
  • DeNA's friendly takeover bid for Yokohama Stadium is expected to go through. Source: Sanspo 1/10/2016

[1/9/2016] Yokohama Bay Stars unveil 2016 road uniforms

by on Jan.10, 2016 @ 1:04 am, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars unveiled their 2016 road uniforms during a press conference on January 9. The new uniforms feature the word "Yokohama" across the front chest area, instead of "DeNA," as a sign of the organizations decision to strengthen its ties with the community. The blue stripes and gradation represent the blue skies and waters of Yokohama.

Alex Ramirez and Yasuaki Yamasaki were on hand at the press conference. Yamasaki modeled the uniform for the fans.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 1/9/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015

[1/8/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.09, 2016 @ 6:51 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • First round draft pick Juri Hara, second round draft pick Taishi Hirooka, third round draft pick Keiji Takahashi, fourth round draft pick Julius Higuma, and sixth round draft pick Daiki Watanabe moved into the team dormitory on January 7. Source: official announcement

Yomiuri Giants

  • Training camp for the 2015 draft class began on January 8 at Giants Stadium. Source: Daily Sports 1/8/2016
  • The Giants are planning to send their San-gun team to play around six games against amateur teams in Taiwan this summer (around June). This could become an annual event if things go well. Source: Sponichi 1/8/2016

Hanshin Tigers

  • Training camp for the 2015 draft class began on January 8 at Naruohama Stadium. Source: Sponichi 1/8/2016
  • The Tigers held a staff meeting at a hotel in Nishinomiya, Hyogo on January 7. Younger players will have fewer opportunities to win spots on the opening day active roster because there will be fewer practice games against other teams during spring camp. Intra-squad games will fill some of the gaps. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2016, Sponichi 1/7/2016
  • Taiga Egoshi successfully gained five to six kilgorams so far during the off-season. He now weighs around eigty-five kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2016
  • Masayuki Kakefu is planning to add a time slot to the Ni-gun spring camp training menu for weight training. Source: Sanspo 1/8/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • Sohachi Aniya will be a special pitching instructor during spring camp, between February 5 and 24. Source: Sponichi 1/7/2016
  • The Carp would like to put some of the posting money they received for Kenta Maeda back into the communities they are a part of (Hiroshima, Miyazaki, Okinawa). Source: Tokyo Sports 1/8/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/8/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The 2015 draft class moved into the team dormitory on January 8. Training camp for the 2015 draft class will begin on January 9. Source: Daily Sports 1/8/2016
  • Shun Yamaguchi weighs 102 kilograms. He is hoping to lose about four kilograms during the off-season. Source: Sponichi 1/8/2016
  • The Bay Stars will unveil their 2016 road uniforms at MARK IS Minatomirai on January 9, between 15:00 and 15:30. Source: official announcement

[1/6/2016] Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.07, 2016 @ 3:29 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

  • Fifth round draft pick Kotaro Yamasaki moved into the team dormitory on January 6. Source: official announcement
  • Masanori Ishikawa can throw nine different pitches: fastball, regular and fast sinker, slider, cutter, curve, forkball, shuto, and change-up. He is working on a tenth pitch. Source: Sanspo 1/5/2016

Yomiuri Giants

  • The fifteen members of the 2015 draft class moved into the team dormitory on January 6. Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

  • The six members of the 2015 draft class moved into the team dormitory on January 6. Source: official annoumcement

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons announced that they will hold a retirement game for Masahiro Yamamoto on March 5 at Nagoya Dome against Yakult (exhibition game). Source: Chunichi Sports 1/6/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/6/2016
  • Over twenty areas (like field seats, the dugout, outfield walls, and the mound) at Nagoya Dome are undergoing renovations. The total cost will be several hundreds of million of yen. A lot of the construction is complete, everything should be done before the start of the regular season. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/5/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Alex Ramirez has already told Shun Yamaguchi that he would like to name him the opening day starter. Source: Sponichi 1/5/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/5/2016
  • The Bay Stars are setting up a large common area ("living room") for team personnel at Yokohama Stadium. The room will be used for team meetings and various other team activities. Staff will also be able watch games on big screen televisions. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2016