The NPB and the Baseball Federation of Japan will be holding an Umpire School in Ishinomaki between November 25 (Sat) and 26 (Sun). Eighty spots available. The fee will be 6,000 yen for no accommodations and 15,000 yen for accommodations. Anyone over eighteen can apply. Registration will be open until noon October 10 (Tue). People residing in or near the Ishinomaki area will have higher priority.
Note: this is not a replacement for the NBP Umpire School that usually takes place in December.
Source: NPB 9/4/20170 Comments
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Former Hiroshima Carp manager Kenjiro Nomura will begin attending Hiroshima University’s Graduate School of Education in April. He will be enrolled in a doctoral program in Health and Sports Sciences.
Source: Nikkan Sports 3/31/20170 Comments
Thirty-one-year-old Kensuke Uchimura has not yet officially retired from baseball. He was released by the Yokohama Bay Stars last year and tried to find a new home by attending the twelve team tryouts in November, but did not receive any offers from NPB teams. He did receive an offer from JFAM Corporation and began working for them in January this year. He is also playing shortstop for the company team, REVENGE99.
Source: Sponichi 3/27/20170 Comments
Forty-one-year-old Kenshin Kawakami has decided to retire. He has not played for a team since he left the Chunichi Dragons in 2015. He was attempting to make a comeback from reconstructive surgery on his right shoulder, but things did not work out as planned for the forty-one-year-old pitcher.
Kawakami was drafted by the Chunichi in 1997. He exercised his international free agent option in 2008 and spent three seasons with the Atlanta Braves. He returned to the Dragons in 2012 and remained in the organization until his departure in October 2015.
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Kawakami is slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a Hiroshima vs Chunichi game at Nagoya Dome on April 5.0 Comments
Yoshihiro Ito got into Nippon Taiiku University’s graduate program. He is planning to study coaching while working on a teaching license and master’s degree.
Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/20170 Comments
Former Softbank Hawk Dae-Ho Lee has decided to return to the Lotte Giants with a four-year contract worth an estimated fifteen billion won (or about 1.5 billion yen). Lee started his professional career with the Lotte Giants in 2001. He spent four years in the NPB (Orix between 2012 and 2013 and Softbank between 2014 and 2015) before signing with the Seattle Mariners in 2016.
Source: Sponichi 1/25/20170 Comments
The media learned today that former Chunichi Dragon Ricardo Nanita had Tommy John surgery on January 12. He is hoping to recover in time to play winter ball later this year with his eye on a possible return to the NPB in 2018.
Nanita signed with Chunichi in December 2014. Injuries limited him to fifty-two games in 2015 (lower back, left elbow). He played in ninety-two games in 2016 and recorded a twenty game hitting streak between April and May. He was let go after the season.
Source: Sports Hochi 1/24/20170 Comments
|Required Votes (75%)||250|
|Name JPN||Name ENG||Votes||Percentage|
|伊東 勤||Ito, Tsutomu||265||79.6%|
|立浪 和義||Tatsunami, Kazuyoshi||217||65.2%|
|高津 臣吾||Takatsu, Shingo||158||47.4%|
|佐藤 義則||Sato, Yoshinori||155||46.5%|
|川相 昌弘||Kawai, Masahiro||133||39.9%|
|野村 謙二郎||Nomura, Kenjiro||132||39.6%|
|桑田 真澄||Kuwata, Masumi||114||34.2%|
|田口 壮||Taguchi, So||65||19.5%|
|佐々岡 真司||Sasaoka, Shinji||51||15.3%|
|松永 浩美||Matsunaga, Hiromi||38||11.4%|
|赤星 憲広||Akahoshi, Norihiro||29||8.7%|
|斉藤 和巳||Saito, Kazumi||18||5.4%|
|小林 雅英||Kobayashi, Masahide||9||2.7%|
|豊田 清||Toyoda, Kiyoshi||2||0.6%|
|佐伯 貴弘||Saeki, Takahiro||1||0.3%|
|Required Votes (75%)||84|
|Name JPN||Name ENG||Votes|
|星野 仙一||Hoshino, Senichi||88|
|平松 政次||Hiramatsu, Masaji||84|
|原 辰徳||Hara, Tatsunori||62|
|権藤 博||Gondo, Hiroshi||59|
|土橋 正幸||Dobashi, Masayuki||30|
|田淵 幸一||Tabuchi, Koichi||29|
|大沢 啓二||Osawa, Keiji||26|
|長池 徳士||Nagaike, Tokuji||15|
|新井 宏昌||Arai, Hiromasa||11|
|中畑 清||Nakahata, Kiyoshi||11|
|岡田 彰布||Okada, Akinobu||8|
|郭 源治||Kaku, Genji||5|
|山下 大輔||Yamashita, Daisuke||3|
|Required Votes (75%)||11|
|Name JPN||Name ENG||Votes|
|郷司 裕||Goshi, Hiroshi||12|
|鈴木 美嶺||Suzuki, Mirei||12|
|脇村 春夫||Wakimura, Haruo||7|
|瀧 正男||Taki, Masao||4|
|岡田 功||Okada, Isao||2|
|谷村 友一||Tanimura, Tomoichi||2|
|神田 順治||Kanda, Junji||1|
|前田 祐吉||Maeda, Yukichi||1|
|石井 連藏||Ishii, Renzo||0|
|松原 徹||Matsubara, Toru||0|
The Japan Baseball Rules Committee met in Tokyo on January 11 to discuss rule changes. Among the changes: