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Yomiuri Giants: March 21, 2012

by on Mar.21, 2012 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Wednesday

  • Hiroki Sanada threw 36 pitches in the bullpen, with a focus on fastballs. (Nikkan Sports)

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The Giants introduced their new arrivals before their game against the Yakult Swallows: Toshiya Sugiuchi, Shuichi MurataTakayuki Takaguchi, John Bowker, D.J. Houlton, and 4th round draft pick Kyosuke Takagi.

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Yoshihito Ishii was taking things slow since he started feeling lower back pains during an exhibition game against the Softbank Hawks on March 9.  He joined the Ni-gun team today for general practices today and told reporters that he no longer felt any pain.

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Assuming no problems, Yuya Kubo's next outing could come against the Yokohama Bay Stars on March 24.

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Yomiuri Giants: March 14, 2012

by on Mar.14, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Wednesday

  • Shun Tono threw fifty-one pitches in the bullpen. (Nikkan Sports)
  • Yuya Kubo threw sixty-one pitches in the bullpen. (Nikkan Sports)

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The Giants decided to demote Daisuke Fujimura and Tetsuya Matsumoto due to their struggles at the plate.

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Yuya Kubo tossed a bullpen session at Giants Stadium today and could pitch in a Challenge Match game on March 20.

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Shun Tono tossed a bullpen session today for the first time since he felt some tightness in his right shoulder during his last start against the Hiroshima Carp on March 6.  Tono told reporters he felt a little tightness after the session, but no pain.

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Yoshihito Ishii is currently working his way back from lower back pains at Ni-gun.  He kept his workouts light at Giants Stadium today and told reporters that he was feeling much better and a little more rested.

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Scott Mathieson worked out for about two hours at Giants Stadium today (running, bullpen).  Mathieson will most likely 

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D.J. Houlton's next start will likely be against the Seibu Lions at Seibu Dome on March 17.

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The Giants would ideally like to go with a five-man rotation pitching on five days of rest up until the start of Inter-league play instead of a six-man rotation pitching on six days of rest.  In other words, have their best pitchers start as many games as possible to put their team as many games above 500 as possible before the start of Inter-league play.

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Yomiuri Giants add Jin Nakatani, Yoshihito Ishii, and Takaya Kobayashi

by on Dec.06, 2011 @ 5:05 pm, under NPB
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According to Sponichi, the Yomiuri Giants are close to finalizing contracts with former Rakuten Eagle Jin Nakatani (32) and former Seibu Lion Yoshihito Ishii (33).

The Giants see Nakatani as a possible replacement for the departing Kazunari Tsuruoka.  Regarding Ishii, they like that he can play first and third and feel he can provide the team with a left-handed presence off the bench.

UPDATE @ 5:28pm - Daily Sports is reporting the Giants held a press conference to introduce Nakatani and Ishii today.  Nakatani was assigned the number 58, Ishii the number 33.

UPDATE @ 9:21pm - The Giants also signed former Chunichi Dragon Ikusei Takaya Kobayashi (27) to an Ikusei deal today.

The Giants have posted an announcement on all three deals at their official website.

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2011 Season - Jin Nakatani

Level G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HP SO GDP AVG SLG OBP
Ichi-gun 11 23 22 1 2 0 0 1 5 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 9 0 .091 .227 .091
Ni-gun 27 58 41 5 12 1 0 0 13 7 1 0 11 2 3 0 1 11 0 .293 .317 .340

2011 Season - Yoshihito Ishii

Level G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HP SO GDP AVG SLG OBP
Ichi-gun 12 20 19 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 0 .105 .105 .150
Ni-gun 79 286 233 31 74 10 2 3 97 22 3 0 1 2 48 1 2 31 3 .318 .416 .435
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Senryokugai: Seibu Lions’ G.G. Sato and Yoshihito Ishii

by on Oct.07, 2011 @ 10:57 am, under NPB
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The media learned on Thursday that G.G. Sato (33) and Yoshihito Ishii (33) were likely no longer a part of the team's plans in 2012.  All healthy Ni-gun players are scheduled to participate in the Phoenix League that begins on the 10th, but neither player will be going.

Formal notices haven't been given but are expected as early as the 9th.  Both are hoping to continue playing next season.

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G.G. Sato - 2011 Season

Level G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HP SO GDP AVG OBP SLG
Ni-gun 60 164 141 18 35 7 1 4 56 15 0 0 0 0 23 0 0 41 5 .248 .354 .397

Yoshihito Ishii - 2011 Season

Level G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HP SO GDP AVG OBP SLG
Ichi-gun 12 20 19 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 0 .105 .150 .105
Ni-gun 79 286 233 31 74 10 2 3 97 22 3 0 1 2 48 1 2 31 3 .318 .435 .416
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Seibu Lions: Takeyama Nakamura aiming for 40 HR / 100 RBI season

by on Jan.04, 2011 @ 5:56 pm, under NPB
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Takeya Nakamura told fans at a talk event on Monday that his goal for 2011 was to hit at least 40 homers and collect at least 100 RBIs.  Nakamura added that he usually didn't like to set goals because he felt he might slack off once he reached his goal.  He continued by saying that this year was different because he wanted to apply pressure on himself by setting the 40 homer / 100 RBI goal.

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Yoshihito Ishii purchased about 700,000 yen worth of training equipment for his home this winter.  Said Ishii, "I want to strengthen my shoulders in order to help improve my defense in the outfield."

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Seibu Lions News and Notes: December 12, 2010

by on Dec.13, 2010 @ 10:04 pm, under NPB
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Yoshihito Ishii is scheduled to meet with the Lions' front office for a third round of salary negotiations on the 22nd.  He told reporters yesterday that he was ready to wait thing out, if necessary.

Said Ishii, "I rather not have [negotiations] spill into the new year, and I did have a chance to tell them everything on my mind, now it's a question of how they react."

He then added, "In my 14 year pro, this was the first time I place an offer on hold.  I'd like for them to take that into consideration too."

Ishii also participated in a Christmas event for 220 adults and children with disabilities on Saturday.

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Hideaki Wakui is apparently in the middle of move.

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Shogo Saito took part in a baseball clinic for kids on Saturday that lasted about 2 hours.  Seems Saito has received a number of offers to attend clinics this winter and still has about 3 more to go to.

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Ryoma Nogami was a little disappointed that Team Darvish was going on a temporary break this year due to various issues like player injuries and Yu Darvish working through some private issues.

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Seibu Lions receive 28-man protected list from Softbank Hawks

by on Dec.10, 2010 @ 11:15 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions received the Softbank Hawks' list of 28 protected players today.  The Lions will now look through the list to see which players are available and decide on whether or not they'll go for 100% money compensation or player plus money compensation for losing Toru Hosokawa.

In other team news related news:

Yoshihito Ishii met with the Seibu Lions again today (2nd round of meetings) and was offered 55M yen, the same amount as he was offered the first time around.  And just as the first time, he put the offer on hold again.

During his press conference after his meeting with the team, Ishii said that he was told the club wouldn't budge from the 55M yen offer regardless of how many times he might put their offer on hold.  Ishii apparently wasn't satisfied with that response and questioned why players even bothered with negotiations if that were really the case.

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Seibu Lions News and Notes: December 8, 2010

by on Dec.08, 2010 @ 9:32 pm, under NPB
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Kazuyuki Hoashi met with the Seibu Lions today and put their offer on hold.  While the offered amount isn't known, it is estimated to be around 110M yen (up from the 86M yen he made this past season).

Said Hoashi, "In terms of money, I'm more or less satisfied, although I'd like just a bit more.  As the chief player rep, a number of people/players have approached me with problems that I'd now like to bring up [with the front office."

Hoashi was hoping he'd have more time to speak to the front office today, but Hisashi Takayama's negotiations ran over 2 hours and apparently cut into his time.

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Yoshihito Ishii met with the Seibu Lions on Tuesday and was offered the same salary he made this past season (55M yen).  Ishii was disappointed with the offer and put it on hold.  Ishii lost playing time after Jose Fernandez joined the team and was used primarily as a player off the bench in the second half.

The Lions are likely arguing that Ishii didn't do enough during the season to warrant a raise while Ishii probably feels he did enough (he still managed to put up respectable numbers despite playing in fewer games) to earn one.  At this point, it seems like there's a fairly wide divide between the two sides.

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Tomoki Hoshino, Yoshihito Ishii to stay with Seibu Lions

by on Nov.16, 2010 @ 4:35 pm, under NPB
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Yoshihito Ishii met with the Seibu Lions at Seibu Dome earlier today and decided he won't be exercising his international FA option.  Ishii is in the process of learning how to play the OF in the hopes of improving his chances of securing a starting job.

Tomoki Hoshino also announced that he won't exercise his domestic FA option.

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Yoshihito Ishii not impressed with Lions offer?

by on Nov.05, 2010 @ 8:37 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions met with Yoshihito Ishii earlier today at Seibu Dome.  Seems the Lions presented an offer that didn't really impress Ishii.

"Today I listened to what they had to say and will think about it," said Ishii.  "We only talked about the offer they presented.  And it wasn't that good...  It's difficult [for me to say I'll stay at this point].  I'd like to return home and think about this."

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