Category: International

[9/11/2017] Asia Professional Baseball Championship 2017

Additional details for the Asia Professional Baseball Championship 2017 were released today.

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[9/11/2017] Samurai Japan Top Team Coaching Staff

Coaching staff for the Samurai Japan Top Team

  • Head Coach – Makoto Kaneko (Nippon Ham Batting Coach)
  • Pitching Coach – Yoshinori Tateyama
  • Infield/Base Coach – Hirokazu Ibata (Yomiuri Infield/Base Coach)
  • Outfield/Base Coach – Masaji Shimizu
  • Battery Coach – Yoshinori Murata (Yomiuri Battery Coach)
  • Batting Coach – TBA

Source: Samurai Japan 9/11/2017

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[9/4/2017] NPB to host Premier12’s Super Round and Finals

The World Baseball Softball Confederation announced today that the NPB was awarded the hosting rights for the Super Round and Finals of the 2019 Premier12. The tournament will also serve as a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The Premier12 will take place at two venues in Japan: ZOZO Marine Stadium (Chiba Marine Stadium) and Tokyo Dome.

Source: WBSC 9/4/2017

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1st BFA Women’s Baseball Asian Cup Schedule And Results

1st BFA Women’s Baseball Asian Cup Schedule And Results

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Six teams. Single round robin. Win = three points, Loss = no points, Tie = one point.

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[8/31/2017] U-18 Samurai Japan: News and Notes from August 31

News and notes from August 31.

  • The missing luggage and equipment arrived before practices on August 30. [Nikkan Sports 8/31/2017, ZakZak 8/31/2017]
  • Morning workouts on August 30 took place at Baseball Central Stadium included infield drills, infield fielding practice, outfield fielding practice, as well as some situation hitting drills. [Tokyo Sports 8/31/2017]
  • Afternoon workouts on August 30 took place at a second field at Port Arthur Stadium.
    • During batting practice [Daily Sports 8/31/2017, Sanspo 8/31/2017]:
      • Hisanori Yasuda took twenty-two swings and hit eleven over the fence
      • Kotaro Kiyomiya took thirty-three swings and hit twenty-one over the fence
      • Shosei Nakamura took forty-two swings and hit twelve over the fence
      • The practice field was a bit smaller than usual. Players and staff waited for balls in the parking log beyond the outfield fence.
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[8/30/2017] U-18 Samurai Japan: News and Notes from August 30

News and notes from August 30.

  • Missing bats did not arrive in time for practices on August 29. Also missing: catcher gear and baseballs. Practices started thirty minutes later than initially planned. Workouts lasted about two hours and included catch, base running exercises, and fielding hand-throw grounders. Missing equipment and luggage is scheduled to arrive on August 30 at 2pm (local time). [Tokyo Sports 8/30/2017, Daily Sports 8/30/2017, Sponichi 8/30/2017]
  • The fire alarm in Shu Masuda and Kazuya Maruyama’s hotel room went off in the middle of the night. [Tokyo Sports 8/30/2017]
  • Three through five in the order could be: Shosei Nakamura, Kotaro Kiyomiya, and Hisanori Yasuda (in that order). [Daily Sports 8/30/2017]
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28th WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Schedule And Results

28th WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Schedule And Results

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Twelve teams. First round, two groups of six teams. Super Round, top three teams from each group in first round. Consolation Round, bottom three teams from each group in first round. Finals, first and second place teams from Super Round for Gold and third and fourth place teams from Super Round for Bronze.

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[8/30/2017] First BFA Women’s Baseball Asian Cup Samurai Japan Roster

The First BFA Women’s Baseball Asian Cup is slated to take place at Sai Tso Wan Baseball Field in Hong Kong between September 2 and 7. Teams from Japan, Chinese Taipei, Korea, Hong Kong, India, and Pakistan will be participating in the tournament. Below is the roster for Japan.

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[8/29/2017] U-18 Samurai Japan: News and Notes from August 29

News and notes from August 29:

  • Shosei Nakamura could see some time at first base. This would allow Mamoru Koeda to give Yuto Koga the start at catcher without losing Nakamura’s bat. If he gets the start at first, Kotaro Kiyomiya could move to designated hitter and Hisanori Yasuda to third. [Sponichi 8/29/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/29/2017]
  • The team arrived at Toronto Pearson International Aiport earlier today. They still had another domestic flight to Thunder Bay. [Tokyo Sports 8/29/2017]
  • When the team arrived at Thunder Bay, about twenty of their bags were missing, including suitcases belonging to Kento Kawabata, Fumimaru Taura, and five staff. All of their bats were also missing. Their plane from Toronto to Thunder Bay was apparently too small. They were not the only team with missing bags: the team from Taiwan was also missing some bags. [Daily Sports 8/29/2017]
  • The entire trip from Japan to Thunder Bay took close to twenty hours. [Nikkan Sports 8/29/2017]
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[8/28/2017] U-18 Samurai Japan: News and Notes from August 28

News and notes from August 28:

  • Tatsuya Shimizu could be used as a closer. [Sanspo 8/28/2017]
  • Other possible pitcher roles [Sponichi 8/28/2017]:
    • Starters: Kento Kawabata, Hikaru Yamashita, Soma Tokuyama, and Shunpei Isomura
    • Relievers: Fumimaru Taura and Ginji Miura
  • Kotaro Kiyomiya got the start at designated hitter during a practice game on August 27 and found it difficult because he spent too much time thinking in between at bats. He would prefer to defense to help him with his balance and rhythm. [Sanspo 8/28/2017, Tokyo Sports 8/28/2017]
  • The U-18 held a press conference at Haneda Aiport before leaving for Cananda. [Tokyo Sports 8/28/2017, Daily Sports 8/28/2017]
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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 140 86 50 4
Hanshin 135 73 59 3
Yokohama 135 68 63 4
Yomiuri 137 68 66 3
Chunichi 136 58 73 5
Yakult 137 44 91 2
G W L T
Softbank 136 91 45 0
Seibu 137 77 57 3
Rakuten 130 71 57 2
Orix 133 61 71 1
Nippon Ham 133 52 81 0
Lotte 135 49 85 1
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