The Seibu Lions announced today that pitching coach Shinji Mori will be taking a leave of absence for health reasons. Ni-gun pitching coach Fumiya Nishiguchi will be called up to take his spot.
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/27/20170 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers are planning to build a new weight training room at the Naruohama facilities. The current structure was built in the fall of 2008. The Tigers want a new facility that would be over twice the size of the current facility. Construction will take place after the season. The new facility should be ready by the end of February 2018.
Players currently split their time between two weight rooms at Naruohama: the one mentioned above and the one located in the team dormitory. Coordinating schedules, keeping track of weight training programs, and organizing equipment between the two locations can be difficult. The Tigers are hoping one large facility will increase productivity and efficiency.
Source: Sanspo 6/27/20170 Comments
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The Nippon Ham Fighters removed Yohei Kagiya from their active roster today due to general fatigue. He currently leads his team with thirty-five appearances.
Source: Sanspo 6/25/20170 Comments
According to a report by Sanspo from this morning, the Hanshin Tigers may be thinking about acquiring a right-handed bat with pop that can also play some first. Among the names on their list of candidates are thirty-year-old Brandon Snyder, twenty-nine-year-old Jason Rogers, and twenty-eight-year-old Will Middlebrooks. Snyder may be at the top of their list.
Source: Sanspo 6/25/2017
[UPDATE 6/26 @ 11:06am]
Sports Hochi posted a report this morning that added twenty-seven-year-old O’Koyea Dickson to the mix, in addition to Snyder and Middlebrooks. Daily Sports simply mentions Snyder “and others.”
Nikkan Sports is running with a report that the Tigers are close to finalizing a deal with Rogers.
[UPDATE 6/26 @ 12:00pm]
Meanwhile, Sanspo mentions that the Tigers narrowed their choice down to Snyder. Discussions have already started and if things go smoothly, he could arrive in Japan in early July.
For those wondering, Sanspo’s report was filed at 5:04am and Nikkan Sports’ was filed at 9:26am.
Source: Sanspo 6/26/2017
[UPDATE 6/27 @ 3:15pm]
Daily Sports, Sponichi, and Sports Hochi are all reporting that the Tigers are trying to acquire Rogers.0 Comments
Ogasawara picked up a win against the Yomiuri Giants on June 24. It was the second time he recorded a victory against the Giants before the age of twenty (two wins, three games, two starts). He is the first pitcher to accomplish the feat since Yoshinori (2008-2009), the first pitcher in franchise history since Shinji Imanaka (1990), and the first pitcher to win two games without suffering any losses against the Giants since Yutaka Enatsu (1967).
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/25/20170 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters reached one million in attendance today. They reached the total in thirty-five home games, two fewer than last year.0 Comments
The Yakult Swallows signed thirty-four-year-old bullpen catcher Genki Nitta to an Ikusei contract. His uniform number will be 104. The Swallows decided to sign Nitta because they are running low on catchers at Ni-gun.
This is not the first time the Swallows signed someone on the staff to fill a hole in their farm system. In 2015, they signed batting practice pitcher/advance scout Kenta Abe to an Ikusei contract and used him as an outfielder.
Source: Daily Sports 6/24/20170 Comments
Carlos Rivero is apparently on his way to Japan. There was some internet chatter about the Hanshin Tigers possibly landing the twenty-nine-year-old, but Sanspo posted a report this morning that mentions the Yakult Swallows as an interested party with no mention of the Tigers.
Source: Sanspo 6/24/2017
[UPDATE 6/24 @ 4:04pm]
The Swallows are close to finalizing a contract with Rivero, according to newer reports from this afternoon.0 Comments
Winners of the 2017 NPB Inter-league Awards were released by the NPB today.
Most Valuable Player Award
Yuki Yanagita (Softbank)
16 G, .338 BA, 24 H (5th tie), 7 HR (2nd tie), 23 RBI (1st), .415 OBP, .565 RISP (1st tie)
He led all players with twenty-three RBI. This was the second time he won the award.
Nihon Seimei Award
Go Matsumoto (Nippon Ham)
17 G, .396 BA (2nd), 21 H, 0 HR, 5 RBI, .439 OBP (2nd), .462 (4th tie)
He started getting more regular playing time after he recorded a pinch-hit two-run double in the ninth inning of a game against Hanshin at Koshien Stadium on June 2.
Yoshihiro Maru (Hiroshima)
18 G, .411 BA (1st), 30 H (1st), 5 HR, 18 RBI (2nd), .469 OBP (1st), .565 RISP (1st tie)
He led the league in batting average, hits, and on base percentage.
Source: NPB 6/23/20170 Comments