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Yomiuri Senryokugai: Ten players including Hideki Asai and Yuki Kume

by on Oct.03, 2012 @ 4:35 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they informed the following ten players they will not be offered contracts for the 2013 season:

Pos Player JPN Player ENG Age
P 朝井 秀樹 Asai, Hideki 28
P 久米 勇紀 Kume, Yuki 27
P 土本 恭平 Tsuchimoto, Kyohei 26
P 宮本 武文 Miyamoto, Takefumi 22
P 古川 祐樹 Furukawa, Yuki 27
P 斎藤 圭祐 Saito, Keisuke 22
INF 円谷 英俊 Tsuburaya, Hidetoshi 28
INF 財前貴男 Zaizen, Takao 25
INF 伊集院峰弘 Ijuin, Takahiro 24
OF 小林高也 Kobayashi, Takaya 28

Source: official announcementNikkan Sports 10/2/2012

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Yomiuri Giants to release 7 players including Shinji Takahashi and Ryota Wakiya

by on Nov.21, 2011 @ 7:28 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they will be releasing the following seven players: Yuki Furukawa (26), Kyohei Tsuchimoto (26), Keisuke Saito (21), Ryota Wakiya (30), Hidetoshi Tsuburaya (27), Kazunao Yamamoto (25), and Shinji Takahashi (33).

UPDATE @ 7:45pm - Wakiya is expected to return to the Giants under an Ikusei contract.

UPDATE 11/22 @ 11:21pm - On why Wakiya was released in order to sign an Ikusei deal: he suffered a ligament injury in his right elbow that will most likely require surgery and a significant amount of time for a full recovery.

The other players (not including Takahashi and Wakiya) could also return to the team under Ikusei deals.

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Yuki Furukawa - 2011 Season

Pitcher G W L SV CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
Ni-gun 10 1 1 0 0 0 .500 33 7.0 7 0 4 0 0 3 0 0 8 7 9.00

Kyohei Tsuchimoto - 2011 Season

Did not pitch in any games

Keisuke Saito - 2011 Season

Did not pitch in any games

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Ryota Wakiya - 2011 Season

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 53 167 154 12 27 3 2 0 34 10 7 2 4 1 6 1 2 24 0 .175 .221 .215
Ni-gun 23 90 80 10 23 3 1 1 31 4 4 2 1 0 9 0 0 9 0 .288 .388 .360

Hidetoshi Tsuburaya - 2011 Season

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 13 20 17 1 2 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 5 0 .118 .176 .211
Ni-gun 40 111 96 12 27 4 1 1 36 8 1 1 7 1 6 0 1 18 1 .281 .375 .327

Kazunao Yamamoto - 2011 Season

Level G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HP SO GDP AVG SLG OBP
Ni-gun 116 393 360 31 101 18 2 9 150 45 8 4 13 4 14 0 2 68 6 .281 .417 .308

Shinji Takahashi - 2011 Season

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 27 49 44 1 8 2 0 0 10 3 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 8 0 .182 .227 .250
Ni-gun 28 67 60 3 19 4 0 2 29 15 1 0 0 2 5 1 0 8 1 .317 .483 .358
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Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: January 15, 2011

by on Jan.15, 2011 @ 9:32 pm, under NPB
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Hidetoshi Kiyotake returned to Japan on Friday after spending 5 days in the US.  Kiyotake (and 6 other members of the front office) spent some time in Florida with New York Yankees baseball executive, Damon Oppenheimer to discuss things like how to discover new talent.  The Yankees also told the Giants that each year, they start with a few thousand possible draft candidates and ultimately squeeze that down to about 150.

The Yomuri Giants apparently came away from the trip feeling that there were a number of changes they could make to help them with their program.

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Tetsuya Utsumi has been donating randoserus (children's backpack) to various childcare facilities since 2008 (one for every strikeout he records).  He told reporters on Friday that he'd like to try and donate 200 this season.  And he'll be turning to the fork he's trying to pick up to help him accomplish that feat.

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Hideki Sunaga tossed about 60 pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen today.  Sunaga has actually taken things a little slowly this winter -- when he was with the Nippon Ham Fighters, he used to toss bullpen session in December, but this winter, he spent most of his time in December running and didn't toss his first bullpen until 1/13.

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Yuki Furukawa worked out at Giants Stadium today (playing catch, throwing in the bullpen to a standing catcher, running).  Furukawa dropped his arm angle down last year, ended up hurting his shoulder, and failed to log any inning at the Ichi-gun level.  Furukawa told reporters today that he no longer cared about throwing from the side and just wanted to get back to the level he was at in 2009.

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Tetsuya Matsumoto is trying to improve his hitting (and strengthen his arms) by swinging the bat with one hand during soft toss BP.  On Friday, Matsumoto swung a 1.2kg training bat a total 240 times (120 with each hand).  After that, he swung the bat an additional 120 times (with both hands).

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Shinnosuke Abe has been working closely with the younger players in Guam: he gave hitting advice to Ikusei catcher Genki Kawano and hit a bunch of grounder to Daisuke Fujimura.

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Taishi Ota worked out for about 5 hours at Giants Stadium on Friday.

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Yomiuri Giants: Yuki Furukawa to get married

by on Nov.22, 2010 @ 12:09 pm, under NPB
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The media learned on Sunday that 25-year-old Yuki Furukawa will be getting married to a 26-year-old woman from Saitama named Hazuki Sugiwara (菅原はづき).  The two will be submitting marriage papers on 12/8.

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