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[12/4/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.05, 2014 @ 5:22 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shunichi Murata is planning to use a bat that weighs about 920 grams next year, down from the 950 he used this season. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/4/2014 ... Murata became the first Giant to win Golden Gloves at third base in two consecutive seasons (2013, 2014) since Tatsunori Hara in 1987 and 1988. Source: Sanspo 12/4/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers are thinking about going with a harder mound at Koshien next year. They are planning to ask pitchers for feedback after having them test harder mounds during spring camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/4/2014
  • The village of Ginoza is spending about 500 million yen to renovate the facilities at Ginoza Stadium. The parking lot, infield stands, outfield stands, and the padding for the outfield wall are being upgraded/replaced. The price tag also includes the scoreboard that was added in the spring. Source: Sanspo 12/4/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

[12/3/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.04, 2014 @ 12:24 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Seiji Kobayashi wants to push his weight to eighty kilograms this off-season. He played at seventy-four kilograms this year. Source: Sanspo 12/3/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano left Japan out of Haneda Airport for the United States on Tuesday. He will be spending some time training in Arizona. Source: Daily Sports 12/2/2014
  • The Giants are planning to go back to having "Tokyo" across the front chest area of their road uniforms next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/2/2014

Hanshin Tigers

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons worked with three advance scouts this season. They plan to add two more next season and assign one Central League team to each. Source: Daily Sports 12/3/2014
  • Naomichi Donoue's uniform number will change from 1 to 63. Donoue's brother wore the number 63 until he was senryokugai'ed this year. Source: Sanspo 12/2/2014 ... Donoue selected the number. The number 1 will most likely go to third round draft pick Shota Tomonaga. Source: Daily Sports 12/2/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars announced that Shoichi Ino was involved in a minor car accident. The incident took place at around 14:50 on Tuesday in Chiba. Ino was not paying enough attention to a traffic light and crashed into a car in front of his. There were no major injuries. Authorities were contacted and insurance information was exchanged. Source: Daily Sports 12/3/2014, Daily Sports 12/3/2014
  • Takehiro Ishikawa's captaincy will end after three years. Ishikawa told reporters on Monday he would like to see either Yoshitomo Tsutsugo or Takayuki Kajitani to step in after him. Source: Sanspo 12/2/2014
  • Yuki Kuniyoshi (23) filed marriage papers with twenty-three-year-old talento Sachi Kiriyama earlier this year March 14. Source: Sponichi 12/2/2014, Sports Hochi 12/2/2014

[12/1/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.02, 2014 @ 12:23 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshinobu Takahashi is hoping to join Haruyasu Nakajima (1949), Sadaharu Oh (1980), and Hiromitsu Ochiai (1994-1996) as the only players in franchise history to make the opening day lineup during or after the season they turned forty. Takahashi will turn forty on April 3 next year. Source: Sponichi 12/1/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shoya Yamamoto, Kazuo Ito, and Takumi Akiyama will be moving out of the team dormitory and into their own places this off-season. Source: Sponichi 12/1/2014
  • Yuta Iwasada will be signing with Dome Corporation, Under Armour's representative in Japan. He will have a chance to train at the same gym Yu Darvish uses during the off-season. Source: Sanspo 12/1/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to focus their attention on infielders and catchers for the next draft. Source: Daily Sports 12/1/2014
  • Former Tigers' head coach Masahiro Kuroda joined Sanspo as a baseball analyst. Source: Sanspo 12/1/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yoshitomo Tsutsugo left Japan on Sunday out of Narita Airport to train in the United States. He will be working out in Los Angeles for about three weeks. Source: Sponichi 12/1/2014
  • Shoichi Ino will have a tonsillectomy on December 10. Source: Nikkan Soprts 12/1/2014

General

  • Carp Joshi (referring to female Carp fans) and Legend (referring to over forty athletes Noriaki Kasai, Isao Aoki, and Masahiro Yamamoto) made U-CANs top ten Buzz Words/Phrases in 2014. Source: official announcement

[11/30/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Dec.01, 2014 @ 2:18 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Utsumi is donating 144 school backpacks (randoseru), one for every inning he pitched this season, to youth facilities this year. Utsumi has donated 959 school backpacks since 2009. Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yutaka Enatsu will be a special spring camp instructor between February 1 and 7. Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2014
  • Randy Messenger could get the opening day start on March 27 against Chunichi at Kyocera Dome. Shintaro Fujinami could start the first game of the second series of the season on March 31 against Yakult at Jingu Stadium. He could also get the home opener on April 7. Source: Sanspo 11/30/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Tsubasa Aizawa will be working out in Guam with Eishin Soyogi and Tetsuya Kokubo in January next year. Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2014
  • Koichi Ogata would like to sit down with Takahiro Arai before the end of the year to get a better feel for what the veteran is thinking. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/30/2014 ... Arai would like a chance to compete for the everyday job at third. Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2014

[11/29/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Nov.30, 2014 @ 9:13 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshinobu Takahashi and former Giant Koji Uehara held a baseball clinic and talk session in Ishinomaki, Miyagi for about 150 youths on Saturday. Source: Sanspo 11/30/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez is planning to play winter ball. The Tigers could ask him to keep an eye out on players he thinks might find success in Japan. Source: Sports Hochi 11/29/2014, Sanspo 11/29/2014
  • Yutaka Wada is thinking about giving Tsuyoshi Nishioka a look in the outfield next year. Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2014, Sponichi 11/29/2014
  • Pitchers struggled at Mazda Stadium this year. The Tigers are planning to have some of the mounds at Okinawa spring camp rebuilt with the same materials used at Mazda Stadium. Source: Sanspo 11/29/2014
  • The Tigers Old Timers organization recognized Tomoyuki Kubota's accomplishments during his active career by presenting him with a special achievement award on Saturday. Source: Sanspo 11/30/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp could give Deunte Heath a look in the closer role next year. They could also go with four set-up men. Source: Sponichi 11/29/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Sobue (27) filed marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman from Toyohashi, Aichi on August 10. They are not planning to hold a ceremony. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2014
  • Shuhei Takahashi's uniform number will change from nine to three next year. Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • Yuhei will spend some time training at the Weider Training Lab in Tokyo this winter. Source: Sponichi 11/30/2014

[11/28/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.29, 2014 @ 2:53 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kan Otake is hoping to lose about five kilograms during the off-season. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/28/2014
  • Yokohama senryokugai Shugo Fujii is planning to retire. He is expected to accept a job as pitching coach for the Giants. Source: Sanspo 11/28/2014
  • Former Giant Masumi Kuwata's son, Masaki Kuwata, was drafted by the Niigata Albirex Baseball Club (BC League) on Friday. Source: official announcement
  • Former Giant Alex Ramirez's son, Yonder Ramirez, was drafted by the Gunma Diamond Pegasus Baseball Club (BC League) on Friday. Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani did not attend a team golf cup tournament on Thursday, most likely because he was busy preparing for next year. Source: Sanspo 11/28/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Players and staff attended a one-hour lecture given by mental training consultant Kyoko Imai on Thursday. Source: Sanspo 11/28/2014

[11/26/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.27, 2014 @ 1:02 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Yamaguchi's left elbow has shown good improvement with PRP therapy. He could begin playing catch in December. Source: Sponichi 11/25/2014
  • Shinnosuke Abe was timing his pitches with his upper body, but decided to change things after watching Yasiel Puig during the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. "I think I'll try something like Puig next year," said Abe, referring to how still the outfielder keeps his upper body. He added, "I can use my legs to help with my timing." Source: Daily Sports 11/25/2014
  • Former Giant Yoshihito Ishii will be a coach for the Musashi Hear Bears (BC League) next year. Source: Sponichi 11/26/2014, official announcement (pdf)

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami was given the 2015 Miki House Sanspo MVP Award. Source: Sanspo 11/25/2014, Sanspo 11/25/2014
  • The Tigers gave Tomoyuki Kubota the 2014 Tadashi Wakabayashi Award for inviting youth baseball teams (over 7,000 kids) to games over six seasons. Source: official announcement

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yuichi Hisamoto had surgery to clean his left elbow. It will most likely take seven to eight months for a full recovery. Source: Sanspo 11/26/2014
  • Team owner Hajime Matsuda is planning to give Koichi Ogata five years as manager of the Carp. Ogata wants the team to succeed and is prepared to take responsibility by stepping down if performance is lacking. Source: Daily Sports 11/25/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kisho Kagami's uniform number will change from twenty-one to sixty-seven. Source: official announcement
  • Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Tomo Otosaka, and Hyuma Matsui will begin training in the United States on the 30th. Tsutsugo could replace Takehiro Ishikawa as the next team captain. Source: Sports Hochi 11/25/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada is slated to have a tonsillectomy in December. Source: Sponichi 11/25/2014
  • The Swallows announced that they hired Yuji Serizawa to be a Ni-gun battery coach. He was assigned the number ninety. Source: official announcement

[11/25/2014] Yomiuri Giants finalize contracts with Poreda, Mikolas

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 7:01 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they finalized contracts with pitchers Aaron Poreda (28) and Miles Mikolas (26). Poreda was assigned the number forty-nine and Mikolas the number thirty-nine. The two players are slated to arive in Japan some time in late-January.

According to media reports, both players agreed to one-year deals: Poreda for about sixty-five million yen (550,000 US dollars) and Mikolas for about eighty-three million yen (700,000 US dollars).

Source: official announcement, Yomiuri Online 11/25/2014, Sanspo 11/25/2014, Daily Sports 11/25/2014

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[11/24/2014] Rumors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Alfredo Despaigne, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 2:43 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers have made the best offer to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) so far, according to people close to the situation. Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

Leslie Anderson, Frederich Cepeda, Scott Mathieson, and Hector Mendoza will most likely return to the Yomiuri Giants next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014

Ryosuke Hirata (26) is not planning to accept the Chunichi Dragons' terms for 2015 until he is fully satisfied he is getting paid his fair share, even if it means negotiations run into next year. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines would like Alfredo Despaigne (28) to return to their team next year. They are planning to offer a salary of about 200 million yen plus permissions to skip spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014

The Softbank Hawks may be close to announcing an agreement with Daisuke Matsuzaka (34). Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

The Eiichi Koyano heading to the Orix Buffaloes, the Seibu Lions will most likely check the overseas market for third basemen, in addition to a starting pitcher. Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

The Orix Buffaloes are interested in Tony Blanco (34). Source: Sanspo 11/24/2014

[11/24/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 12:53 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Seung-Hwan Oh lived in a regular apartment complex this past season. He asked the Tigers if they could find a hotel that had rooms with kitchens for ext year. Oh likes cooking, but does not want to worry about having to keep things tidy. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014, Sanspo 11/24/2014
  • The Tigers invited Yutaka Enatsu to be a special instructor during Ichi-gun spring camp next year. Development coach Masayuki Kakefu was originally scheduled to spend most, if not all, of his time as a Ni-gun instructor, but will join Enatsu at Ichi-gun spring camp for the first two or three days. He will then head back to Ni-gun spring camp and then return to Ichi-gun spring camp for a few days in mid-February. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014, Sanspo 11/24/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shoichi Ino got tips on how to throw a change-up from Chihiro Kaneko during the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014
  • The Bay Stars are thinking about printing an inspirational phrase within the numbers on their uniforms next season. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Masato Furuno (28) married a thirty-four-year-old woman living in Saitama. They filed papers in Matsuyama, Ehime on November 4. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014