NTT Data developed a virtual reality baseball training simulator. The Rakuten Eagles will be the first to take advantage of the service next year. The simulator currently allows hitters to view different kinds of pitch types while standing in a virtual batter’s box. People interested in the technology will be able see it in action during a three-game series against Nippon Ham at kobo Stadium that begins on September 9.0 Comments
Morioka Daigaku Fuzoku
September 3 at Karatsu Baseball Stadium – 13:00
WP: Mika Konishi (22 G, 7-6)
LP: Mizuki Bando (14 G, 4-3)
Game Time: 1h54m
September 3 at Karatsu Baseball Stadium – 15:40
WP: Minako Uemura (17 G, 6-6)
LP: Mika Miyahara (17 G, 3-5)
Game Time: 1h42m
September 4 at Karatsu Baseball Stadium – 13:00
WP: Shiho Murata (16 G, 3-1)
LP: Yukari Isozaki (15 G, 6-7)
Game Time: –
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The Seibu Lions announced today that Ernesto Mejia will return to the United States to be with his expecting wife. He is currently scheduled to return to Japan on September 10.
Source: Sponichi 9/5/20160 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes announced today that Erik Cordier (30) will be returning to the United States on September 6.
The Buffaloes signed Cordier this year to fill their closer role, but he struggled to secure a regular spot in the bullpen. He developed pain in his right hip and was diagnosed with a sports hernia in his right groin. He still felt pain during a bullpen session on August 26 and decided to have surgery to treat the condition. He will most likely require two to three months for a full recovery. He is not expected to return to the Buffaloes next year.0 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines are scheduled to play two games against the Lamigo Monkeys from the Chinese Professional Baseball League during spring camp next year as part of the Asia Gateway Power Series 2017 in Ishigaki-jima.
The games will be played Ishigaki Chuo Sports Park Baseball Stadium on February 11 and 12, 2017.
The two teams played two games during spring camp this year and split the series.
Source: Lotte announcement0 Comments
Hiroki Uemoto hurt his right leg during Sunday’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Koshien Stadium.
The incident took place in the eighth inning. Uemoto had a lead off second base and slid back into the bag on a pick-off attempt. He was safe, but tweaked something in his right leg on the slide. He appeared to be in a fair amount of pain and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.
Tomoaki Kanemoto was asked about Uemoto during a post-game interview. He said it was a cramp and most likely not serious.0 Comments
Nippon Ham’s Brandon Laird went 5-for-5 and blasted three home runs with seven RBI during Saturday’s game against the Orix Buffaloes at Hotto Motto Kobe.
Laird became the fourth player in the NPB to hit three home runs in one game this season (Jose Lopez, Ernesto Mejia, and Garrett Jones); the eleventh player (accomplished sixteen times) in franchise history to hit three home runs in one game, first since Sho Nakata on May 3, 2013; and the sixth foreign player (accomplished ten times) in franchise history to hit three home runs in one game, first since Fernando Seguignol on June 19, 2007.
Laird also set career highs in home runs (thirty-five in one season), RBI (seven in one game), and hits (five in one game). The last player in franchise history to record seven RBI in one game was Atsunori Inaba on April 11, 2012.
Source: Sanspo 9/4/20160 Comments
Shohei Otani threw thirty-eight pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen before Sunday’s game against the Orix Buffaloes at Hotto Motto Kobe. He threw fastballs, curveballs, sliders, and forkballs during the session. Otani will most likely get a start on September 6 against Lotte at Asahikawa.0 Comments
Chiba Lotte Marines’ president Shinya Yamamuro is planning to offer Tsutomu Ito an extension for the 2017 season, but he will first have to get approval from acting owner Akio Shigemitsu. One of the requirements for an extension is a third place or better finish. Lotte is currently eight games in front of fourth place team Rakuten. If they finish in third, it will be the first time in thirty-one years the organization recorded third place or better finishes in two consecutive seasons (third place in 2015).
Ito finished a three-year contract last year and signed a one-year deal for the 2016 season.0 Comments