Category: Samurai Japan

[5/23/2017] Next Samurai Japan manager term to end after 2020 Olympics

The Committee to Improve Samurai Japan held a meeting in Tokyo on May 22 and confirmed that the term for the next Samurai Japan manager will end with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Depending on the outcome of the Olympics, the manager might be asked to stay on until the end of the 2021 World Baseball Classic.

Source: Daily Sports 5/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/23/2017

The Samurai Japan top team could head overseas in 2018 to play “road” exhibition games in preparation for the Premier 12 in 2019, the Olympics in 2020, and the World Baseball Classic  in 2021. Europe and the United States are possibilities.

Source: Sponichi 5/23/2017

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[5/18/2017] NPB Enterprise signs Asics to Diamond Partner Agreement

NPB Enterprise (Samurai Japan) announced today that they signed Asics to a Diamond Partner agreement.

Source: NPB Enterprise 5/18/2017

Partner List

Diamond Partners

  • Nippon Express
  • GungHo
  • Asics

Official Partners

  • JTB
  • ANA
  • Rakuten Card
  • SAVAS
  • 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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[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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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hanshin 45 27 18 0
Hiroshima 48 28 19 1
Yomiuri 46 23 23 0
Yokohama 47 21 24 2
Chunichi 48 19 26 3
Yakult 46 19 27 0
G W L T
Rakuten 41 29 12 0
Softbank 48 29 19 0
Seibu 44 25 18 1
Nippon Ham 45 19 26 0
Orix 45 18 27 0
Lotte 47 14 32 1
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