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[12/26/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Dec.27, 2014 @ 3:51 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe struggled with neck pain this season. He visited a number of hospitals, but doctors were unable to find the cause. He was given injections to dull the pain until it got to the point where they had to advise him against it. The Giants are hoping the move to first will remove the strains of catching and allow him to recover as a productive offensive player. Source: Sponichi 12/26/2014
  • Yasunari Takagi will return to the team next season as a Ni-gun submanager. The Giants senryokugai'ed Takagi on October 1 and offered him the option of staying in the organization. Source: Sponichi 12/26/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers could leave Yamato in center and give Tsuyoshi Nishioka a try at short if Takashi Toritani decides to leave for the Majors. Source: Sports Hochi 12/26/2014
  • Tomoyuki Kubota (33) is slated to join the staff as a batting practice pitcher and Takeshi Hidaka (37) as a pro scout. The moves will be effective January 1, 2015. Source: Sponichi 12/26/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Araki hit about 500 baseballs against a pitching machine on Thursday. He hit around 10,000 baseballs during workouts this month. Source: Daily Sports 12/26/2014

[12/24/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.25, 2014 @ 2:58 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe will be registered as an infielder next year (from catcher). Soichiro Tateoka will be registered as an outfielder (from infielder). Source: Daily Sports 12/24/2014
  • Hisayoshi Chono was presented with the 2014 Yanase Giants MVP Award on Wednesday. He received a Mercedes Benz E250. Source: official announcement
  • Taishi Ota (24) filed marriage papers with a twenty-five-year-old woman from Gifu on the 24th. Source: Sponichi 12/24/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka is slated begin workouts with the Osaka Toin group on January 7, assuming no setbacks. The Tigers are hoping he will be able to make regular infield distance throws at ninety to 100 percent before the end of January. Source: Sponichi 12/24/2014
  • Hayata Ito has so far gained four kilograms this off-season through a weight training program. Source: Daily Sports 12/24/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows spent about fifteen million yen building a laundry center consisting of four washers and four dryers. They will handle cleaning for Ichi-gun and Ni-gun players and staff. They are expected to save about thirty million yen a year. The center will begin operations on January 7. Source: Sponichi 12/24/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/24/2014

[12/24/2014] Yomiuri Giants announce uniform number changes

by on Dec.24, 2014 @ 4:25 pm, under NPB
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Seventy-Man Roster

Name JPN Name ENG Old New
F.セペダ Cepeda, Frederich 23 5
大累 進 Orui, Susumu 39 60
土田 瑞起 Tsuchida, Mizuki 93 67

Ikusei Roster

Name JPN Name ENG Old New
成瀬 功亮 Naruse, Kosuke 020 012
田中 太一 Tanaka, Taichi 68 013

Coaching Staff

Name JPN Name ENG Old New
木村 龍治 Kimura, Ryuji 104 73
後藤 孝志 Goto, Koji 013 84

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Source: official announcement

[12/22/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Dec.23, 2014 @ 2:25 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hisayoshi Chono could start the year at Ni-gun spring camp next year, depending on his condition. He is currently rehabbing after right knee and right elbow surgery in early November. Source: Daily Sports 12/22/2014
  • Tomoya Inzen's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 2,868 grams, on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/22/2014
  • Former Giant Hideki Matsui will be appearing on a television program called Sawako-no Asa on the 27th. During the recording for the show on Sunday, he said he had no interest in commentary because for him, baseball was something to do, not talk about it. He also said that if he was going to return to the sport, it would be in a position on the field, like a coach or manager. However, he currently has no interest in returning to the game full-time. Source: Sponichi 12/22/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi is planning to sit down with Shintaro Fujinami to talk about his spring camp menu. "I was thinking about pushing things back with Fujinami and [Minoru] Iwata. They were on the Samurai Japan roster so they ended up pitching quite a bit. I'd like to discuss that with them before the start of spring camp," said Nakanishi. Fujinami has mentioned wanting to pitch more during spring camp. Nakanishi is concerned about the workload coming off a longer than usual season. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/22/2014
  • Ryota Arai had problems with his lower back this season. He has been working on keeping his weight down by cutting back on carbohydrates. He has so far lost about four kilograms and is at ninety-three. He has also been doing more core workouts and running. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/22/2014
  • Takashi Toritani may not have decided where he is going to play next season, but the Tigers have to begin making decisions about his merchandising opportunities if they want things to be ready by spring camp. They are planning to proceed under the assumption that he stays. Source: Sports Hochi 12/22/2014, Sanspo 12/22/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hirotaka Egusa's (34) wife, Yoshie Takeshita (36), is pregnant with the couple's first child. Source: Sponichi 12/22/2014

[12/22/2014] Yomiuri Giants unveil 2015 home and road uniforms

by on Dec.22, 2014 @ 9:31 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they reached a five-year partnership agreement with Under Armour. The deal will run from January 1, 2015 until December 31, 2019.

The Giants also unveiled their 2015 home and road uniforms. Tatsunori Hara, Yuki Koyama, Daisuke Fujimura, and Seiji Kobayashi modeled the uniforms for the press.Yomiuri Giants 2014 Uniforms===

Source: official announcement (image taken from official site)

[12/20/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.21, 2014 @ 2:11 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hayato Sakamoto agreed to a raise of forty million yen and will make an estimated 220 million next season. He joined Hideki Matsui as the only Yomiuri position player lifers out of high school in franchise history to top 200 million yen. Source: Sponichi 12/20/2014, Sanspo 12/20/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Bass is open to the idea of being a special instructor during spring camp. Source: Sponichi 12/20/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masato Kobayashi (34) retired after the season and will join the media relations staff. Source: Sponichi 12/20/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The turf at Jingu Stadium will be replaced during the off-season for the first time since 2008 (Hibrid Turf Exciting will be installed). Construction will be complete in January. The new turf will be unveiled to the general public during an exhibition game against Lotte on March 20. Source: official announcement, Sanspo 12/20/2014
  • The alternate Tokyo uniforms will most likely be used during home game against the Yomiuri Giants in April and August. The Giants could also wear their alternate Tokyo uniforms. Source: Sports Hochi 12/20/2014

[12/18/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.19, 2014 @ 3:08 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • In the trial between Hidetoshi Kiyotake and the Yomiuri Giants, the Tokyo District Court ruled against Kiyotake and ordered him to pay Yomiuri 1.6 million yen in damages. Kiyotake filed the original lawsuit in December 2011 after his termination following an internal scuffle over personnel changes. He sued Yomiuri for sixty-two million yen for an unfair dismissal and defamation. Yomiuri countered with a 100 million yen defamation lawsuit of their own. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/18/2014, Daily Sports 12/18/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yoshikazu Kura could become the first player in franchise history to play in a game as catcher after turning forty. Hiroshima has had ten players in their forties but none have been catchers. Kura will turn forty on July 27, 2015. Source: Daily Sports 12/18/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryo Akiyoshi's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy, on the 16th. Source: Sponichi 12/18/2014

[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] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Yakult, Rakuten, Lotte, Softbank

by on Dec.16, 2014 @ 2:36 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants returned to Japan on Monday from their championship trip to Hawaii. Soure: Nikkan Sports 12/15/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano will spend the next few weeks training in Arizona and Hawaii. He left for Arizona after the team's championship trip ended on the 14th and will spend some time there before returning to Hawaii with his family to bring in the new year. He will remain in Hawaii after his family leaves to continue his off-season workouts. He is not expected to return to Japan until some time in late January. Source: Chunichi Sports 12/15/2014, Sanpso 12/15/2014 ... The webbing of Sugano's new glove is apparently a mashup of the Batman and Superman logos. Source: Sanpso 12/15/2014

Hanshin Tigers

Yakult Swallows

  • The Hiroyasu Tanaka Cup Committee won naming rights to Otsukagaoka Chuo Park Baseball Stadium. The city of Kashiwa, Chiba agreed to a five-year deal worth 150,000 yen a year, effective from April 2015. The stadium will most likely be renamed to the Hiroyasu Tanaka Stadium during the duration of the agreement. An official announcement will be made in February. Source: Sanspo 12/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/15/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • First round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku has been tentatively assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp next year. The Eagles do not want to rush him, but do want to give him a chance to work out with other Ichi-gun players. Soruce: Sanspo 12/15/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tadahiro Ogino would like to keep his registered name as Tada Ogino since that is what he has used since he joined the NPB. He plans to file a request with the team in the new year. Source: Sanpso 12/15/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenta Imamiya will be switching to an eighty-six centimeter bat next season (about a centimeter longer than what he used this year). He decided to make the change after trying Ryosuke Kikuchi's (Hiroshima) bat during the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. Source: Daily Sports 12/15/2014

[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