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[10/31/2014] Rumors: Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Nov.01, 2014 @ 4:47 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takahiro Arai ended up missing the Nippon Series because of back problems. He finished out the final year of a three-year deal this season. His salary this season was an estimated 200 million yen. There is a good chance the Tigers will offer him something much lower. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014
  • The Tigers will most likely give Matt Murton a nice raise over the estimated 3.5 million US dollars he made this year. They could also offer him a multi-year deal. Hanshin is also negotiating with Mauro Gomez. He made an estimated 1.2 million US dollars this season. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Shogo Kimura met team official Kiyoaki Suzuki at Mazda Stadium on Thursday. Kimura is still not sure what he wants to do with his option. He is expected to finalize his decision next week. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014 ... Kimura was likely offered a raise over the thirty-one million yen he made this year. Source: Spoorts Hochi 10/31/2014
  • The Carp are not planning to offer Bryan Bullington (34) and Zach Phillips (28) contracts for the 2015 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014, Sponichi 10/31/2014 ... Hiroshima was discussing an extension with Bullington and planning to re-sign Phillips, but backed out of both after signing Mike Zagurski and Kris Johnson. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kenta Asakura (33) is not planning to exercise his FA option and will instead most likely sign a one-year deal. Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2014
  • Daisuke Yamai met general manager Hiromitsu Ochiai for contract negotiations on Friday. It was their second meeting since the end of the season. Yamai later told reporters he would be ready to talk about his FA option on November 5. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tatsuhiko Kinjo (38) has been offered a contract to stay, but still needs more time to think. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows are not planning to offer Chris Narveson (32) and Chris Carpenter (28) contracts for the 2015 season. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014

[10/31/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.01, 2014 @ 4:39 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) and Kan Otake (right shoulder) joined Ichi-gun fall practices at Giants Stadium on Friday. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014
  • The Giants will be running a charity auction to raise money for Tohoku earthquake victims. Thirty autographed Orange Uniforms will be on the block. The auction will begin on November 4 at 3:00pm and end on November 11 at 9:00pm. Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

  • Head coach Masahiro Kuroda (66) and general position player coach Haruki Yoshitake (53) will not be returning next year. Ni-gun manager Katsuo Hirata (52) is expected to replace Kuroda. Ni-gun chief/hitting coach Hideo Furuya (59) will likely become the new Ni-gun manager. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • Yoshinori Tateyama (38) has reportedly decided to retire. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to offer Atsushi Fujimoto (37) a job as Ni-gun infield/base coach. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige spent about two hours hitting grounders to Shuhei Takahashi and Hayato Mizowaki during fall camp at Nagoya Stadium on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda threw about thirty pitches in the bullpen using an MLB baseball in preparation for the Suzuki All-Star Series. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Satoshi Miyata, from Breathe, wants to write a song for Yuhei. The two were teammates at Tohoku High School. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014

[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

[10/29/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.30, 2014 @ 2:26 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants announced that Tetsuya Yamaguchi (left elbow) is undergoing Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy. He is not expected to join the main team for some time as he gets treatment. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/29/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The media learned Takeru Imamura is having problems with his right shoulder. He was not included in the list of players attending fall camp. He has been told to rest his arm for about a month. Koichi Ogata told reporters Imamura first started feeling discomfort in his shoulder during the regular season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/29/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Chunichi fall camp started on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/29/2014
  • The Dragons could spend up to 500 million yen on new players next season. Head coach Shigekazu Mori left for the Dominican Republic to search for talent on Tuesday. They are looking for two starters and an outfielder. They will also most likely check on players in the United States and Cuba. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The media learned on Tuesday that Shingo Kawabata (27) was married to thirty-year-old talento Kyoka Mizuno. The two filed marriage papers on June 22. They are planning to hold a ceremony after the 2015 season. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014

[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

[10/27/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.28, 2014 @ 2:56 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shukan Post released an article about Hirokazu Sawamura and Hayato Sakamoto partying after their fourth and final Climax Series loss on October 27. Two Hanshin players, including Hayata Ito, were also mentioned in the article. Sawamura took to Twitter and denied the events. He pointed out that too many people believe what they read and hoped people would try to understand how hard players and teams worked, regardless of what was mentioned in the media. (Note: it seems he deleted his tweets since they are no longer available) Source: News Post Seven 10/27/2014, Daily Sports 10/27/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hisashi Takeuchi tossed thirty pitches in the bullpen on Sunday. He is working on staying back on his pitches while throwing. He had problems with his right shoulder and failed to make the active roster this year. He did succeed in dropping his weight from 100 kilograms to ninety-two. Source: Daily Sports 10/27/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Yakult Swallows

  • Yuhei wants to drop his fat content from ten percent to some where between seven and eight percent while maintaining his current weight of eighty-three kilograms. Source: Sponichi 10/27/2014
  • The Swallows announced that they signed Toshihide Narimoto, Shintaro Mizutani, and Takayuki Saito to coaching contracts for the 2015 season. Narimoto will be a Ni-gun chief pitching coach, Mizutani a Ni-gun infield/base coach, and Saito a Ni-gun hitting coach. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/27/2014

[10/26/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.27, 2014 @ 2:54 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kan Otake (right shoulder) pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on Sunday. He faced Fuminori Yokogawa and Chikara Yoshikawa eighteen times and allowed six could-be hits. He threw fifty-three pitches and topped out at 140km/h. This was his first appearance against live hitters since his injury. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2014 ... Or faced Yokogawa and Yoshikawa nineteen times and allowed seven could-be hits. Source: Sponichi 10/26/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) threw forty-five pitches in the bullpen on Sunday. It was his first session with a squatting catcher. Source: Sponichi 10/26/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Four Chunichi players, including Takuya Asao and Kazuki Yoshimi, signed autographs and took photos with about 600 fans after fall practices on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Junji Ogawa is hoping to gain some insight on how to improve his pitching mechanics and control from his Samurai Japan teammates, like Chihiro Kaneko and Shohei Otani. 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

[10/25/2014] Yomiuri Giants 2015 Coaching Staff

by on Oct.25, 2014 @ 4:41 pm, under NPB
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Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Position Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 原 辰徳 Hara, Tatsunori 56
Head Coach 川相 昌弘 Kawai, Masahiro 50
General Coach 村田 真一 Murata, Shinichi 50
Pitching Coach 斎藤 雅樹 Saito, Masaki 49
Pitching Coach 田畑 一也 Tabata, Kazuya 45
Pitching Coach 豊田 清 Toyoda, Kiyoshi 43
Hitting Coach 清水 隆行 Shimizu, Takayuki 41
Player/Hitting Coach 高橋 由伸 Takahashi, Yoshinobu 39
Infield/Base Coach 勝呂 壽統 Suguro, Hironori 51
Outfield/Base Coach 大西 崇之 Onishi, Takayuki 43
Battery Coach 秦 真司 Hata, Shinji 52
Training Coach 白坂 契 Shirasaka, Hisashi 53
Training Coach 内藤 重人 Naito, Shigeto 48

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Position Name JPN Name ENG Age
Manager 岡崎 郁 Okazaki, Kaoru 53
Pitching/General Coach 尾花 高夫 Obana, Takao 57
Pitching Coach 阿波野 秀幸 Awano, Hideyuki 50
Pitching Coach 木村 龍治 Kimura, Ryuji 44
Hitting Coach 内田 順三 Uchida, Junzo 67
Hitting Coach 江藤 智 Eto, Akira 44
Infield/Base Coach 後藤 孝志 Goto, Koji 45
Outfield/Base Coach 小関 竜也 Ozeki, Tatsuya 38
Battery Coach 吉原 孝介 Yoshihara, Kosuke 45
Ikusei Coach 福王 昭仁 Fukuo, Akihito 50
Training Coach 伊藤 博 Ito, Hiroshi 48
Training Coach 会田 有志 Aida, Yushi 30

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Source: official announcement

Yomiuri Giants Senryokugai – October 25, 2014

by on Oct.25, 2014 @ 4:26 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants announced that they were not going to offer the following players new contracts for the 2015 seasons:

  • Hoshino, Masumi P (30)
  • Ino, Suguru C (31)
  • Ishii, Yoshihito INF (36)
  • Kajimae, Ryuichi OF (29)

The Giants also announced that they released Taichi Nakata (21). They are expected to re-sign him to an Ikusei contract.

Source: official announcement, official announcement