Category: Samurai Japan

[4/5/2017] Samurai Japan to seek improvement hints from past managers

Samurai Japan committee members met in Tokyo earlier today to discuss plans moving forward. The committee is planning to ask past national team managers (last four World Baseball Classics and the Olympics between 1992 and 2008) for their opinions on what can be done to improve their current system. They are looking for ways to improve the internal organization so that they can provide future managers with better support.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/5/2017, Sanspo 4/5/2017

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[3/23/2017] Samurai Japan News and Notes

Preliminary talks regarding the next Samurai Japan manager will begin early next month. The NPB is not necessarily rushing the selection process. Possible candidates mentioned by the press include Tatsunori Hara, Kiyoshi Nakahata, Hideki Matsui, and Koji Akiyama.

Source: Daily Sports 3/23/2017, Sponichi 3/23/2017, Sanspo 3/23/2017, Sanspo 3/23/2017Nikkan Sports 3/23/2017, Jiji 3/23/2017

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World Baseball Classic: United States 2 – Japan 1 (March 22, 2017)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
United States 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 6 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 1

Attendance: 33,462 | Time: 3h12m

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WBC Practice: Japan 2 – Los Angeles 3 (March 20, 2017)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Japan 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 8 0
Los Angeles 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2x 3 8 0

Attendance: 6,873 | Time: 2h55m

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WBC Practice: Japan 4 – Chicago 6 (March 19, 2017)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Japan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 4 8 0
Chicago 1 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 x 6 9 0

Attendance: 14,204 | Time: 2h31m

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[3/17/2017] Samurai Japan News and Notes

Samurai Japan notes from March 17:

  • The team left for Arizona on a chartered flight on March 16, from Haneda Airport to Phoenix International Airport. The plane had the usual three sections (first, business, and economy). Seats were assigned based on position: coaches, players, and staff.
  • They are staying at a hotel in Phoenix.
  • Hidemasa Mizuhara, a chef from Sanuki No Sato in California, will prepare food (buffet style) for the team while they are in the United States. He prepared food for the Nippon Ham Fighters during their spring camp in Arizona the last two years.
  • Tatsunori Hara and Koji Yamamoto will be in Los Angeles for the WBC. They were asked to attend the games by NPB commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki.
  • They are scheduled to play two practice games: March 18 against the Cubs and March 19 against the Dodgers. Shintaro Fujinami and Shota Takeda could get the starts.
  • Kodai Senga and Tomoyuki Sugano are the top candidates for starts during the WBC.
  • Toshiya Okada missed the WBC Cuba game on March 14 because he was not feeling well.

Source: Daily Sports 3/17/2017, Daily Sports 3/17/2017Sports Hochi 3/17/2017, Sponichi 3/17/2017, Sponichi 3/17/2017, Sponichi 3/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/17/2017Sanspo 3/14/2017

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World Baseball Classic: Israel 3 – Japan 8 (March 15, 2017)

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

Attendance: 43,179 | Time: 3h28m

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World Baseball Classic: Cuba 5 – Japan 8 (March 14, 2017)

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

Attendance: 32,717 | Time: 4h46m

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World Baseball Classic: Japan 8 – Netherlands 6 (March 12, 2017)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Japan 0 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 15 0
Netherlands 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 12 0

Attendance: 44,326 | Time: 4h46m

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World Baseball Classic: China 1 – Japan 7 (March 10, 2017)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
China 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 3
Japan 1 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 x 7 8 0

Attendance: 40,053 | Time: 2h41m

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 26 16 9 1
Hanshin 23 13 10 0
Yomiuri 24 13 11 0
Yokohama 24 10 12 2
Chunichi 25 9 13 3
Yakult 24 9 15 0
G W L T
Rakuten 20 15 5 0
Orix 22 15 7 0
Seibu 22 11 10 1
Softbank 25 13 12 0
Lotte 23 7 15 1
Nippon Ham 24 6 18 0
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