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[1/12/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.13, 2015 @ 2:27 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura is planning to toss bullpen sessions on consecutive days at some point before the start of spring camp to prepare for his new role out of the bullpen. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015
  • Former Yomiuri Giant Koji Uehara was a guest at a screening for Vancouver-no Asahi on Sunday. An actor from the film, Satoshi Tsumabuki, was at the event and asked Uehara a series of questions. "Do you want to spend the rest of your career in the Majors?" So long as I'm wanted. "Will you return to Japan to play?" I might consider it if there is no interest [in the United States]. "Actors are often asked if they want to become directors. I don't think that's possible for me, but have you ever thought about managing?" I would like to manage high school or college ball, but I never thought at the professional level. I want to manage at the amateur level. When reporters later approached Uehara and asked if he would play for the Giants if/when he returned, he replied, "That's kind of hard to say..." Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takumi Akiyama is working out with Yomiuri's Ryota Katsuki, Yokohama's Tateki Abe, Orix's Yoshihisa Hirano, Mamoru Kishida, and Motoki Higa, and Seibu's Tatsushi Masuda at the NTT Nishi Nihon facilities in Kyoto. Their workouts will run through to about the 20th. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015
  • Yamato told reporters on Sunday that Yutaka Wada called him and told him over the phone that he was going to be used in center this year. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015
  • Mauro Gomez should make the start of spring camp this year. He is slated to arrive in Japan in late-January. Gomez was given permission to start spring camp on February 6 because his wife's pregnancy. He ended up arriving in Japan on February 10 because of complications with his newborn daughter. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015
  • Shinobu Fukuhara and Minoru Iwata signed advisory contracts with Rawlings. Source: official announcement
  • Mondays's 3,000-meter run: second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki - 11:35; fifth round draft pick Kai Ueda - 12:50; third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi - 13:24; first round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama - 13:46; fifth round draft pick Koki Moriya - 14:06. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka should be okay to attend Ichi-gun spring camp. There is no need to rush him, but his rehab is going well and he should be able to handle the workout routine, though there might be some adjustments. He could play in scrimmages or rehab games some time in late-February. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015 ... Nishioka could play in a practice game against Orix on February 28. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • First round draft pick Takayoshi Noma likes to take a lot of soft-toss batting practice using various grips and swings during the pre-season. When he played college ball, he some times hit 2,000 baseballs a day. He hit 145 baseballs after general workouts on Sunday. Noma is planning to spend most of his batting practice time before spring camp with soft-toss because he believes it helps him build a strong foundation for the rest of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015, Daily Sports 1/12/2015
  • Sixth round draft pick Tetsuya Iida could toss a bullpen session on the 15th. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yudai Kawai has been training in Guam with Softbank's Kenichi Nakata and Lotte's Kento Yachi since the 9th. They are slated to return on the 21st. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki tossed twenty-five pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Monday. He threw at about seventy percent. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015 ... Yamasaki used to throw close to 200 pitches in the bullpen on January 6 when he played college ball. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Second round draft pick Ren Kazahari took things a little easy during practices on Monday because of general tightness in his right leg. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015
  • The 2014 draft class ran three 1,000-meter races, with five minutes of rest in between, during workouts on Sunday. Fifth round draft pick Yusaku Nakamoto recorded the best times in all three races: 3:30, 3:24, and 3:18. Source: Sponichi 1/12/2015, Sanspo 1/12/2015
  • Yoshinori Sato left for Okinawa out of Haneda Airport on Sunday. He is planning to toss bullpen sessions on one day of rest during his workouts before the start of spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015 ... Yoshinori will most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Sanspo 1/12/2015
  • The two through four slots in the batting order could go Shingo Kawabata, Wladimir Balentien, and Yuhei Takai. Keiji Obiki could bat sixth or seventh. Source: Sponichi 1/12/2015

[1/11/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.12, 2015 @ 1:46 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto ran the three kilometer on Saturday in twelve minutes and twenty-nine seconds, good for fourth out of eight players. Source: Sanspo 1/11/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami might not have a chance to toss a bullpen session before the start of spring camp once he begins workouts with Hiroshima's Kenta Maeda because the training facilities he will be using has no bullpen. Source: Sanspo 1/11/2015
  • Yutaka Wada would like to try giving Takashi Toritani another chance to bat lead-off this season. He tried it last season, but had to drop him to third when Tsuyoshi Nishioka got hurt. Kosuke Fukudome could bat third. Source: Sanspo 1/11/2015, Sponichi 1/11/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/11/2015
  • Nishioka will be competing with Hiroki Uemoto for the everyday job at second. Source: Sanspo 1/11/2015 ... Ryota Arai and Ryota Imanari will be competing for the job at third. The player that loses out at second could join the mix at third. Soure: ZakZak 1/11/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • Mitsuru Manaka is planning to assign the 2014 draft class to Ni-gun spring camp because he is worried about them working too hard. Players that appear ready for Ichi-gun spring camp could be called up some time around February 16. Source: Chunichi Sports 1/11/2015

[1/9/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.10, 2015 @ 12:19 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshinobu Takahashi, Tomoya Inzen, Daisuke Nakai, Harutomo Tsuji, and Seibu's Ryota Wakiya left for Okinawa on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015
  • Shinnosuke Abe shaved portions of Ryosuke Miyaguni and Nobutaka Imamura's heads as a sign of how they need to step up for the team to move forward. Source: Sponichi 1/9/2015
  • Hirokazu Ibata, Chunichi's Shuhei Takahashi, and Yokohama's Shigeo Yanagida worked out for about six hours in Yamaga, Kumamoto on Friday -- weight training in the morning and practices on the field in the afternoon. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015

Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • The 2014 draft class (nine players including two Ikusei players) moved into the team dormitory in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima on Friday. Training camp for the 2014 draft class will begin on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 1/9/2015
  • Ryosuke Kikuchi, Yuichi Hisamoto, Takaya Toda, and Shohei Habu worked out in Izu, Shizuoka on Thursday. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The 2014 draft class (twelve players including three Ikusei players) moved into the team dormitory in Nagoya on Friday. Training camp for the 2014 draft class will start on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015, Sanspo 1/9/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class began on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015
  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamzsaki was the seventh player (out of a possible eight) to finish a 3,000 meter run on Friday. Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2015 ... Fifth round draft pick Koki Yamashita recorded the best time at twelve minutes and thirty-six seconds. Fourth round draft pick Motoharu Fukuchi finished the run in sixteen minutes and fifty-four seconds. Source: Sports Hochi 1/9/2015

[1/9/2015] Yokohama Bay Stars could be finalizing deal with Yoslan Herrera

by on Jan.09, 2015 @ 9:31 pm, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in thirty-three-year-old right-handed pitcher Yoslan Herrera. The Bay Stars see Herrera as a closing candidate.

The two sides may already be in the middle of negiations and could be at a point where they only have to work out the details. An announcement could be made soon.

Source: Nikkan Sportws 1/9/2015

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[1/8/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.09, 2015 @ 1:40 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura returned to Japan on Thursday. He spent the last month training in Hawaii. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2015
  • Tetsuya Yamaguchi is about ninety-one kilograms. He is looking to drop five kilograms because he considers his ideal weight to be eighty-six. Source: Sponichi 1/8/2015
  • Senryokugai Kazuki Mori retired and started working for a security company this year. He plans to take college courses at night to earn a teaching degree. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama has not done any throwing since the 21U World Cup in November last year (about two months). Source: Sports Hochi 1/8/2015, Daily Sports 1/8/2015 ... Yokoyama wants to avoid getting hurt and does not plan on throwing a ball until he feels his body is ready. He does not mind starting out at Ni-gun spring camp, so long as he manages to make it to Ichi-gun for the start of the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2015
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka has not prepared an outfielder's glove because the Tigers have not approached him about playing the outfield. He is still only focused on playing either second or short. Source: Daily Sports 1/8/2015 ... "First, I am thinking about second base. I feel so strongly about playing second or short, I'm almost willing to do it in a back-up role. I have not prepared an outfielder's glove and I have no intention of doing so. I also have no intention of being a back-up player," said Nishioka to reporters on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2015 ... A slightly different quote on playing second: "When I joined Hanshin, they needed me at second, but I got hurt and [Hiroki] Uemoto stepped up and got the everyday job. When I was with Lotte, there were players like Makoto Kosaka, but when they got hurt, I won the job. Perhaps that kind of competition is good for the team. If I end up in the back-up role, then that's that. Of course, I don't intend to be a back-up player." Source: Sanspo 1/8/2015 ... Yutaka Wada would like to be the first person to talk to Nishioka about where he might be playing this season. Said Wada, "I'm sure he's already thinking about where he wants to play, but I have nothing to tell him at this point. But I things are going in a direction where that will change over the next few days and I'd like to be the first to tell him." Source: Sanspo 1/8/2015
  • Takashi Toritani could provide the Tigers with an answer some time early next week. Source: Sanspo 1/8/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • If Kenta Maeda gets the opening day start on March 27, Hiroki Kuroda could start the third game of the season on March 29. "I would [ideally] like to give [Hiroki Kuroda] a chance to make his first start at Mazda Stadium. There's the fans to consider. It might also make it easier for him to get into the season. The first step is really important. I want to help him get into a good rhythm," said pitching coach Tatsumi Une. Source: Daily Sports 1/8/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/8/2015, Sponichi 1/8/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows have informed the Yomiuri Giants about their compensation for losing Ryoji Aikawa. They have reportedly asked for a player and money. Source: Daily Sports 1/8/2015

[1/7/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.08, 2015 @ 2:50 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshiyuki Kamei, Fuminori Yokogawa, Itaru Hashimoto, and Ryusei Kitanosono left for Miyazaki out of Haneda Airport on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka began workouts with Naoto Nishida, Nippon Ham's Sho Nakata and Haruki Nishikawa, Softbank's Ryuma Kidokoro, and Lotte's Naoya Emura. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015 ... Nishioka had been working out in Los Angeles between the end of last year and the start of the new year. Source: Sponichi 1/7/2015
  • Yamato is preparing to play both the infield and outfield. He has also ordered infield and outfield gloves. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015
  • The five members of the 2014 draft class participated in their first practices at Naruohama on Wednesday. 2014 draft class training camp will begin on the 8th. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015
  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama moved into the team dormitory on Tuesday with only baseball equipment and clothes. He left everything else, including his car, to the Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Kashima baseball team. He also left the glove he used last year and purchased a new one. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Battery coach Mitsuo Tatsukawa's wife died of colon cancer on December 29, 2014. She was fifty-three. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Six members of the 2014 draft class -- first round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki, second round draft pick Kenta Ishida, fifth round draft pick Koki Yamashita, sixth round draft pick Hiroki Momose, seventh round draft pick Satoshi Iizuka, and Ikusei first round draft Toi Kamei -- moved into the team dormitory in Yokosuka on Wednesday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/7/2015, Daily Sports 1/7/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015
  • Shun Tono worked out with mixed martial artist Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2015
  • Senryokugai Takuro Ito signed with the Gunma Diamond Pegasus (BC League). He hopes to make it back to the NPB. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yuichi Matsumoto and Shinichi Takeuchi left Japan out of Narita Airport on Wednesday. They will be training in Saipan. Source: Sponichi 1/7/2015
  • Third round draft pick Koji Yamakawa and seventh round draft pick Izumi Hara moved into the team dormitory in Toda, Saitama on Wednesday. Yamakawa moved in with a special order pillow and blanket that cost about 250,000 yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2015, Sponichi 1/7/2015

[1/6/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.07, 2015 @ 12:00 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The eight members of the 2014 draft class moved into the team dormitory on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2015 ... First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto left his home in Gojo, Nara at 5:00am with his parents and grandmother and arrived at the dorm past noon. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2015
  • Shinosuke Abe, Hisayoshi Chono, and Hayato Sakamoto began their workouts at Paseo Stadium in Guam on the 6th. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2015
  • Shuichi Murata, Kazunari Sanematsu, and Masaki Sakaguchi left for Okinawa out of Haneda Airport on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/6/2015
  • Yuki Koyama, Yuya Kubo, Tetsuya Yamaguchi, Tetsuya Utsumi, Shoki Kasahara, Nobutaka Imamura, Ryosuke Miyaguni, and Hiroshima's Jumpei Ono left for Guam on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2015, official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • Koichi Ogata still considers Kenta Maeda the leading candidate for the opening day start. Hiroki Kuroda could join the mix, depending on feedback from the pitching coaches. Source: Daily Sports 1/6/2015
  • Takahiro Arai leg pressed 600 kilograms during workouts on Monday (one set of ten reps). Arai's dream scenario for 2015: hitting a home run while batting clean-up in a game Hiroki Kuroda started. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Takuya Asao will be training in Guam for about ten days. He will be working on his inner and trunk muscles. He will continue his off-season workouts in Tottori when he returns. Source: Daily Sports 1/6/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shun Yamaguchi left Japan out of Narita Airport on Monday to begin workouts with Chunichi's Takuya Asao in Guam. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryosuke Morioka dropped three kilograms in one month by cutting back on carbohydrates. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2015
  • Fourth round draft pick Tetsuya Terada got a tour of the dorm facilities in Toda on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2015
  • Fifth round draft pick Yusaku Nakamoto and Ikusei first round draft pick Shogo Nakashima moved into the team dormitory in Toda, Saitama on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2015

[12/31/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.01, 2015 @ 12:58 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tatsunori Hara would like Yoshinobu Takahashi to keep his time as a player and as a coach separated. For example, he could be a coach during meetings, a player during general practices, and a coach during extended practices. At the very least, he would like to see Takahashi set a structured schedule. Hara feels mixing the two will only complicate things for the veteran. Source: Sponichi 12/31/2014
  • Yoshiyuki Kamei is planning to have different bats for practice and games next year. He will use a heavier bat during practice (about 920 grams, non-cupped) and a lighter bat during games (between 890 and 900 grams, cupped). Source: Sponichi 12/31/2014
  • Seiji Kobayashi signed an advisory contract with Zett. Kobayashi has been using Zett equipment since high school. Source: Sponichi 12/30/2014
  • Hirokazu Sawamura has been training in Hawaii since the 16th (he stayed back after the team's championship trip). He rented a condo with Nippon Ham's Yohei Kagiya and has plans to stay until mid-January. Source: Sponichi 12/30/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Yamato, and Hiroki Uemoto are all considered candidates at short if Takashi Toritani decides to leave for the Majors. Yamato might be the top option, but the Tigers might keep him in center and shift Nishioka to short. Uemoto could be the third option, if Nishioka and Yamato do not work out. Source: Sponichi 12/30/2014
  • Nippon Ham's Shota Ono is slated to earn his domestic FA option next season. If things do not work out with Ryutaro Umeno, the Tigers could be interested in Ono as an option. Source: Sports Hochi 12/30/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami's Sanspo Promise was at least ten victories, an ERA of 2.75 or lower, and a better batting average than Atsushi Nomi. Fujinami racked up eleven victories and bested Nomi's batting average, .173 to .132, but ended with an ERA of 3.53. He sent Sanspo an autographed t-shirt. Yutaka Wada promised a championship with eighty-six or move wins. The team finished in second with seventy-five victories. Wada sent Sanspo eleven autographed baseballs (one ball for every win the team was short). Source: Sanspo 12/31/2014
  • Mauro Gomez led all Tigers with thirty-six front page appearances on Nikkan Sports in 2014. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/31/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp met Hiroki Kuroda at the negotiating table three times before he agreed to return. The first meeting was exploratory and did not involve specifics. Hiroshima made Kuroda an offer during the second meeting on December 8. They continued to push during a third meeting on December 14. Kuroda returned to the United States on the 24th and made his decision two days later. The veteran was leaning toward staying in the Majors through the first two meetings, but had a change of heart after the third meeting. Source: Sponichi 12/29/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are planning to film another documentary next season. It will be the fourth in as many years since DeNA took over control of the team. Source: Sponichi 12/31/2014
  • Kohei Mantani (27) filed marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman from Osaka on the 23rd. Source: Sponichi 12/29/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • There is a good chance Wladimir Balentien (left Achilles) will not return to Japan until March. The Swallows are not planning to rush the slugger and might even start the season without him, if he is not ready. Source: Sanpso 12/30/2014, Sponichi 12/30/2014
  • Shingo Kawabata could bat second next season. Source: Sponichi 12/29/2014
  • Batting practice pitcher/chief advance scout Kenichi Oshio will take over as Advance Scout in Charge of Strategy in 2015. The position was created for Oshio, to recognize his added responsibilities. Source: Sponichi 12/31/2014

[12/27/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.28, 2014 @ 3:13 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants signed Ace to a three-year luggage supplier contract on the 25th. The team will be supplied with Zero Halliburton travel suitcases. A list of brands other teams are using: ProtecA - Yokohama, Softbank, Orix, Nippon Ham, Rakuten; Samsonite - Yakult, Lotte, Seibu. Source: Sanspo 12/26/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Takuya Asao's father died on the 22nd of lung cancer. He was seventy-seven. Source: Sanspo 12/27/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • A countdown timer on the official team site points to something new coming on January 26. Source: Sanspo 12/27/2014

[12/23/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.24, 2014 @ 1:35 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka resumed throwing baseballs and hitting off a tee on Tuesday for the first time since his elbow cleaning in November. He threw the ball about twenty times at a distance of roughly twenty meters at seventy percent strength. He took fifteen swings from both sides of the plate during soft-toss batting practice. Source: Sponichi 12/23/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/23/2014
  • Ginoza is thinking about selling the naming rights to Ginoza Stadium. Source: Daily Sports 12/23/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars documentary was released nationwide on the 6th. It was supposed to have a week-long run with an estimated attendance of around 7,000. Theaters in Yokohama decided to extend the run until the 29th because reception was better than expected at nearly 10,000. DeNA has released a documentary of the team's season each winter since taking over 2012. It is uncertain if they will continue with documentaries after this year. Source: Sanspo 12/23/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Shingo Kawabata and his sister, Yuki Kawabata, will be appearing together in SSK's product catalog. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/23/2014