Category: Amateur

[1/18/2017] 29th Universiade Preliminary Roster

The Japan University Baseball Federation (JUBF) released a preliminary roster of thirty-two players earlier today. The JUBF is hoping to select a final roster of twenty-two players after a training camp in March.

Source: Sanspo 1/18/2017

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[1/11/2017] 89th Spring Koshien Steering Committee Meeting

A steering committee meeting for the 89th Spring Koshien was held in Osaka earlier today. Among things that were discussed/decided/confirmed:

  • Gen Hoshino’s Koi will be this year’s opening procession song.
  • There are 128 candidate schools for the tournament (119 regular, nine twenty-five century).
  • The list of participating schools (twenty-nine regular, three twenty-first century) will be unveiled on January 27 (Fri).
  • Brackets selections will start at 9:00am on March 10 (Fri).
  • Female managers (assistants) will be allowed to participate in practices if they abide by certain rules. Specifics still need to be worked out, but will likely include things like wearing a helmet and being limited to areas covered by artificial turf.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/11/2017, Sanspo 1/11/2017, Tokyo Sports 1/11/2017, Mainichi 1/11/2017

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[12/16/2016] Japan Amateur Baseball Association 2017 Tournaments

The Japan Amateur Baseball Association released their 2017 schedule of major tournaments. Below are the three biggest tournaments. Additional tournaments are listed in the source link.

Tournament Date Venue Teams
88th Inter-City Tournament 12 days beginning on 07/14 Tokyo Dome 32
42nd All Japan Club Baseball Tournament 4 days beginning on 09/01 Seibu Prince Dome 16
43rd Industrial League Championships 11 days between 10/30 and 11/13 Kyocera Dome Osaka 32

Source: JABA schedule

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[12/16/2016] Japan Student Baseball Association Punishments

The Japan Student Baseball Association met on December 16 to determine punishments for the following cases:

High School

Game Suspensions

兵庫工(兵庫)
Hyogo Kogyo (Hyogo)
窃盗と盗品授受
Stealing, giving/receiving stolen goods
12月14日から3カ月
Three months beginning on December 14
小出(新潟)
Koide (Niigata)
部員の部内外いじめ
Bullying
11月7日から1カ月
One month beginning on November 7
関商工(岐阜)
Seki Shoko (Gifu)
部員の部内暴力
Internal violence
12月14日から1カ月
One month beginning on December 14
上越総合技術(新潟)
Joetsu Sogo Gijutsu (Niigata)

部員の部内暴力
Internal violence

12月1日から1カ月
One month beginning on December 1

Suspensions

梼原(高知)の部長
Yusuhara (Kochi) director
部外暴力
External violence
10月30日から1カ月
One month beginning on October 30
新津南(新潟)の部長
Niitsu Minami (Niigata) director
部外暴力と報告遅れ
External violence, delayed report
11月22日から2カ月
Two months beginning on November 22
県柏(千葉)の監督
Kashiwa (Chiba) manager
部内暴力と報告遅れ
Internal violence, delayed report
11月22日から6カ月
Six months beginning on November 22
県柏(千葉)の部長
Kashiwa (Chiba) director
報告遅れ
Delayed report
11月22日から1カ月
One month beginning on Novembe 22
岡崎商(愛知)の部長
Okazaki Shogyo (Aichi) director
部内暴力と暴言
Internal violence, verbal abuse
11月17日から3カ月
Three months beginning on November 17
倉敷(岡山)の部長と監督
Kurashiki (Okayama) director and manager
不祥事の隠蔽
Concealed misconducts
11月16日から6カ月
Six months beginning on November 16

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Source: Jiji Press 12/16/2016

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[12/16/2016] 89th Summer Koshien: 21st Century Candidate Schools

The Japan High School Baseball Federation released a list of nine 21st Century candidate schools earlier today. Three schools will be selected by a committee on January 27, 2017. The selected schools will be able to participate in the 89th Spring Koshien next year.

Source: JHBF announcement

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[12/8/2016] 2017 College schedule for major tournaments

The Japan Student Baseball Association and All Japan University Baseball Federation held a meeting in Tokyo on December 7 to discuss the 2017 schedule. Among issues that were decided/confirmed:

  • The University Baseball Championship Series usually takes places once every two years. Based on the current  schedule, the next two series would have taken place in 2018 and 2020. To avoid the Tokyo Olympics in 2010, the series will be moved up a year. The next series is set to start on July 12, 2017. Five games are currently on the schedule. There will be a number of locations, including Massachusetts.
  • The preliminary roster for the next Universiade will be trimmed down after a second mini camp in March next year.
  • The Japan National Collegiate Baseball Championship will take place over a seven-day period beginning on June 5 at Jingu Stadium and Tokyo Dome.
  • The Meiji Jingu Tournament will take place over a six-day period beginning on November 10 at Jingu Stadium.

Source: Sponichi 12/8/2016, Yomiuri 12/7/2016

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[12/8/2016] 2016 JABA Awards

Best Nine

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Team Age Times
P 佐竹 功年 Satake, Katsutoshi Toyota Jidosha 33 2
C 山内 佑規 Yamauchi, Yuki Tokyo Gas 28 1
1B 佐藤 二朗 Sato, Tsugio Yamaha 36 2
2B 田中 俊太 Tanaka, Shunta Hitachi Seisakusho 23 1
3B 南 善規 Minami, Yoshiki Toho Gas 32 1
SS 源田 壮亮 Genda, Sosuke Toyota Jidosha 23 1
OF 多木 裕史 Taki, Hiroshi Toyota Jidosha 26 1
OF 矢幡 勇人 Yahata, Hayato Yamaha 26 1
OF 菅野 剛士 Sugano, Tsuyoshi Hitachi Seisakusho 23 1
DH 林 稔幸 Hayashi, Toshiyuki Fuji Jukogyo 36 3

Individual Titles

Award Name JPN Name ENG Team Age Notes
Leading Hitter 東向 誠 Higashimukai, Makoto JR Kyushu 27 .457 (13 G, 21-for-46)
Most Runs Batted In 関本 憲太郎 Sekimoto, Kentaro Nippon Tsuun 27 12 RBI (21 G)
Most Home Runs None
Most Wins 佐竹 功年 Satake, Katsutoshi Toyota Jidosha 33 8-0 (9 G)
Best ERA 佐竹 功年 Satake, Katsutoshi Toyota Jidosha 33 0.81 (9 G, 67 IP, 7 R, 6 ER)
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[11/16/2016] 47th Meiji Jingu Baseball Tournament: College Finals

Day 6

College Division

Game 1 (Finals)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
桜美林大
Obirin
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
明治大
Meiji
0 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 x 5 7 0

Meiji won its sixth Meiji Jingu Baseball Tournament (first in five years)

official box score

Chihaya Sasaki (Obirin) gave up three earned runs on five hits over five innings. He faced twenty-six, threw 100 pitches, walked/hit six, and struck out three.

Yuya Yanagi (Meiji) started the game and gave up two earned runs on five hits over four innings. He faced seventeen hitters, threw sixty-three pitches, did not walk a batter, and struck out three.

Tomoya Hoshi (Meiji) pitched five shutout innings in relief. He faced seventeen hitters, threw sixty-six pitches, gave up two hits, walked/hit one, and struck out five. He went 1-for-2 at the plate and hit a solo home run in the eighth.

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[11/15/2016] 47th Meiji Jingu Baseball Tournament: Day 5

Day 5

College Division

Game 1

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
明治大
Meiji
1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 0
上武大
Jobu
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1

official box score

Yuya Yanagi (Meiji) started the game and tossed seven shutout innings. He faced twenty-seven hitters, threw 113 pitches, allowed five hits, walked/hit two, and struck out six. He went 1-for-3 at the plate. He hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning.

Tomoya Hoshi (Meiji) recorded two shutout innings in relief. He faced six hitters, threw twenty-three pitches, did not allow any hits or walks, and struck out three.

Game 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
桜美林大
Obirin
0 2 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 7 11 0
日本大
Nihon
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 4 7 2

official box score

Yota Kyoda (Nihon) got the start at short and batted third. He went 0-for-3 with two RBI (sac fly to right in the sixth and a run scored on a ground out to second in the eighth).

Tatsuki Ohira (大平 達樹) was the starting catcher for Obirin and batted fifth. He went 2-for-5 with an RBI. He hit a solo home run in the second inning.

Kobayashi (小林 颯) started in center and batted seventh. He went 1-for-2 and hit a solo home run in the second inning.

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[11/15/2016] 47th Meiji Jingu Baseball Tournament: High School Finals

Day 5

High School Division

Game 1 (Finals)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
履正社高
Riseisha
0 1 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 11 13 1
早稲田実業
Waseda Jitsugyo
1 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 14 0

Riseisha won its first Meiji Jingu Baseball Tournament

official box score

Yu Takeda (Riseisha) entered the game partway through the third inning. He did not allow any earned runs over 6.1 innings of work. He faced twenty-seven hitters, threw 106 pitches, gave up six hits, walked/hit five, and struck out seven.

Hisanori Yasuga (Riseisha) got the start at third and batted third. He went 2-for-4 with four RBI. He hit a three-run home run in the third inning.

Yu Katayama (片山 悠) was the starting catcher for Riseisha and batted seventh. He went 2-for-5 with four RBI. He hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning.

Kotaro Kiyomiya (Waseda) started at first and batted third. He went 2-for-3: HR9 one RBI, 1B9 one RBI, BB, HBP, F2.

Daiju Nomura (Waseda) got the start at third and batted fourth. He hit a two-run double to center in the third inning.

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The winner of the High School division will head to Taiwan on December 23 to play a few exhibition games against local teams. Riseisha may not have enough players for the overseas series because of the timing (off-season). Additional players, most likely pitchers, will be selected from other teams to fill the gaps in the roster.

Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2016

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