Category: International

[11/25/2016] Kuriyama wants Otani to stick to one position during WBC

Hideki Kuriyama would like Shohei Otani to stick to one position during the World Baseball Classic. With pitch limits during the tournament, it makes little sense to let Otani bat for himself as the starting pitcher because he may not be able to pitch deep enough into games to make it worthwhile. Additionally, Kuriyama does not think he will be able to play defense. He plans to make his feelings known if/when Otani makes the final WBC roster.

Source: Daily Sports 11/25/2016, Nikkan Sports 11/25/2016

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[11/20/2016] Rules set for World Baseball Classic

Nikkan Sports is carrying an article about rules for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. The information comes from an Italian baseball/softball website.

  • tie-break rules will be used from the eleventh inning instead of the thirteenth inning.
  • each team can carry twenty-eight players on their main roster with thirteen or more pitchers and two or more catchers.
  • each team can carry ten alternate pitchers that can be used at any point during the tournament.
  • teams will have until February 6 to register players instead of January.
  • games will be called if one team has a lead of fifteen or more runs after five innings or ten or more runs after seven innings.
  • pitchers will be limited to sixty-five pitches during the First Round, eighty pitches during the Second Round, and ninety-five pitches during the Championship Round.
  • pitchers that throw fifty or more pitches in one outing will require four days of rest; pitchers that throw thirty or more pitches in one outing or that make appearances in consecutive days will require one day of rest.
  • after each game, two players will be selected for a drug test.
  • all sixteen participating countries will receive prize money with half going to the players.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2016

[UPDATE 11/24 @ 1:39am]

A preliminary roster of fifty players is due by December 1. It is uncertain if changes will be allowed. Samurai Japan is planning to include Koji Uehara, Kenta Maeda, Masahiro Tanaka, Yu Darvish, Junichi Tazawa, Hisashi Iwakuma, Norichika Aoki, Ichiro Suzuki, and Munenori Kawasaki in their preliminary roster.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/22/2016

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[11/15/2016] Samurai Japan News and Notes

Some Samurai Japan and WBC news and notes:

  • Samurai Japan is scheduled to play an exhibition game against a team of players from the CPBL that are not participating in the WBC at YafuOku Dome on February 28 and March 1.
  • Samurai Japan is also slated to play practice games against the Hanshin Tigers on March 3 and the Orix Buffaloes on March 5 at Kyocera Dome Osaka.
  • Samurai Japan will hold a mini-camp in Miyazaki at KIRISHIMA Sun Marine Stadium Miyazaki between February 23 and 26.

Source: Samurai Japan announcementNikkan Sports 11/15/2016, Daily Sports 11/15/2016

Samurai Japan announced on November 15 that they added JX Energy (JX Nippon Oil & Energy) to their list of Official Partners.

Source: Samurai Japan announcement

Current Partners

Diamond Partners

  • Mizuno
  • Nippon Tsuun
  • GungHo Online Entertainment (GungHo)

Official Partners

  • JTB Corporate Sales (JTB)
  • ANA
  • Rakuten Card
  • Meiji (SAVAS)
  • Asahi Beer (Asahi)
  • Nissan
  • Aoen Financial Service (Aeon Ginko)
  • NTT Plala (Hikari TV)
  • ENEOS

Official Suit Partner

  • Brooks Brothers

Official Ticketing Partner

  • Lawson Ticket
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[Samurai Japan Exhibition Series] Samurai Japan 12 – Netherlands 10 (November 13, 2016)

Samurai Japan vs Netherlands

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Samurai Japan 0 1 0 1 0 0 6 0 0 4 12 13 0
Netherlands 2 2 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 10 11 0

Attendance: 24888 | Time: 4h18m

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[11/13/2016] Shohei Otani hits one through the roof for a double

Shohei Otani drilled a ball high up into the air at Tokyo Dome during tonight’s exhibition game against the Netherlands. The ball disappeared in between the roof membranes and was ultimately ruled a double.

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[UPDATE 11/28 @ 9:55pm]

The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo announced today that the ball Otani hit will go on display at the museum beginning on November 29.

Source: HoF announcement

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[11/12/2016] Samurai Japan News and Notes

Samurai Japan news and notes:

  • Sho Nakata developed pain in his left wrist during the Mexico game on November 10. He left the last two games early because of the wrist (on defense in the fourth inning on November 11 and replaced by a pinch-runner in the fifth inning on November 12).
  • Adrian Gonzalez met Shohei Otani before November 10’s exhibition game and gave him a bag full of Dodgers merchandise.
  • Samurai Japan is considering invites to Koji Uehara, Masahiro Tanaka, Kenta Maeda, and Norichika Aoki.
  • The Netherlands played a practice game against a team of amateur players at Tokyo Dome on November 9 and won, 7-5. Down three runs in the seventh inning, they sent eleven batters to the plate and scored five runs on six hits.
  • Seibu is scheduled to play two practice games against WBC teams next year: Cuba on March 5 and China on March 6. Both games will start at 12:00 at Kyocera Dome.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/10/2016, Daily Sports 11/10/2016, Nikkan Sports 11/11/2016, Nikkan Sports 11/9/2016, Sports Hochi 11/9/2016, Sanspo 11/12/2016, Sponichi 11/12/2016, Sponichi 11/12/2016

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[Samurai Japan Exhibition Series] Netherlands 8 – Samurai Japan 9 (November 12, 2016)

Netherlands vs Samurai Japan

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Netherlands 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 8 13 2
Samurai Japan 1 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 1 1x 9 9 2

Attendance: 37101 | Time: 3h57m

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[11/11/2016] 2017 World Baseball Classic Pool B Schedule

Schedule

First Round – Pool B

Date Time Venue Match-up
03/07 Tue 19:00 Tokyo Dome Japan Cuba
03/08 Wed 12:00 Tokyo Dome Cuba China
03/08 Wed 19:00 Tokyo Dome Japan Australia
03/09 Thu 19:00 Tokyo Dome Australia China
03/10 Fri 12:00 Tokyo Dome Cuba Australia
03/10 Fri 19:00 Tokyo Dome Japan China
03/11 Sat 19:00 Tokyo Dome Play-off

Second Round (if Japan finishes the First Round in first place)

Date Time Venue Match-up
03/12 Sun 12:00 Tokyo Dome Pool B – 2nd Place Pool A – 1st Place
03/12 Sun 19:00 Tokyo Dome Japan Pool A – 2nd Place
03/13 Mon 19:00 Tokyo Dome Pool A – 1st Place Pool A – 2nd Place
03/14 Tue 19:00 Tokyo Dome Japan Pool B – 2nd Place
03/15 Wed 12:00 Tokyo Dome Pool B – 2nd Place Pool A – 2nd Place
03/15 Wed 19:00 Tokyo Dome Japan Pool A – 1st Place
03/16 Thu 19:00 Tokyo Dome Play-off

Second Round (if Japan finishes the First Round in second place or lower)

Date Time Venue Match-up
03/12 Sun 12:00 Tokyo Dome Pool B – 1st Place Pool A – 1st Place
03/12 Sun 19:00 Tokyo Dome Pool B – 2nd Place Pool A – 2nd Place
03/13 Mon 19:00 Tokyo Dome Pool A – 1st Place Pool A – 2nd Place
03/14 Tue 19:00 Tokyo Dome Pool B – 2nd Place Pool B – 1st Place
03/15 Wed 12:00 Tokyo Dome Pool B – 1st Place Pool A – 2nd Place
03/15 Wed 19:00 Tokyo Dome Pool B – 2nd Place Pool A – 1st Place
03/16 Thu 19:00 Tokyo Dome Play-off

Source: WBC2017, Nikkan Sports 11/11/2016, Daily Sports 11/11/2016

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[Samurai Japan Exhibition Series] Samurai Japan 11 – Mexico 4 (November 11, 2016)

Samurai Japan vs Mexico

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Samurai Japan 1 1 1 0 2 0 3 1 2 11 13 1
Mexico 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 4 8 0

Attendance: 27086 | Time: 3h35m

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[Samurai Japan Exhibition Series] Mexico 7 – Samurai Japan 3 (November 10, 2016)

Mexico vs Samurai Japan

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mexico 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 3 7 10 2
Samurai Japan 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 5 2

Attendance: 25414 | Time: 3h42m

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