SEI

[9/27/2016] Takayuki Kishi could exercise FA option

Takayuki Kishi has not mentioned anything to the media, but there is a chance he could exercise his option. He does enjoy playing for the Seibu Lions, but is also interested in finding out what kind of value he has on the free agent market.

If Kishi decides to exercise his option, a number of teams will most likely be interested, beginning with the Rakuten Eagles. The Eagles could have a slight advantage over other teams (not including Seibu) since they are located close to his home town in Sendai.

The Lions may have already approached Kishi with a multi-year extension.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/27/2016, Daily Sports 9/27/2016

[UPDATE @ 11:42pm]

Kishi has an international FA option and may have some interest in playing in the Majors.

Source: Sanspo 9/27/2016

[UPDATE 9/28 @ 2:09pm]

The Rakuten Eagles are very interested in Kishi and could offer him a sizable multi-year deal, if he decides to test the free agent market. Their offer could be bigger than his current deal with the Seibu Lions (three years, 1.2 billion yen).

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/28/2016

[UPDATE 9/29 @ 1:30pm]

The Lions may have offered Kishi a two-year deal worth around 500 million yen. They could keep their offer on the table even if he decides to exercise his option (something they usually do not do).

Source: Sports Hochi 9/29/2016

[UPDATE 10/12 @ 6:57am]

It might be down to two options for Kishi: return to Miyagi (Rakuten) or stay in Tokorozawa (Seibu). There are several problems with either option. Kishi has struggled with injuries the last few years and may be concerned about the cold weather in Miyagi. The Lions spent a lot on Ernesto Mejia and might not have quite as much left to spend on Kishi.

Heading overseas is also an option, but there might not be a lot of interest because of his injuries.

Source: ZakZak 10/11/2016

[UPDATE 10/30 @ 7:03pm]

Kishi is strongly considering exercising his free agent option. He may have already told the Lions about his desire to test the market. He is probably not interested in the international market.

Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2016, Nikkan Sports 10/30/2016, Nikkan Sports 10/30/2016, Sponichi 10/30/2016

[UPDATE 11/1 @ 5:06pm]

The Lions still have one last final meeting with Kishi. They plan to wait for a good reply, even if he decides to exercise his free agent option. They are not planning to make changes to their offer since they believe it is solid.

Source: Sponichi 11/1/2016

[UPDATE 11/2 @ 4:00pm]

Kishi told the media after practices at Seibu Prince Dome today that he wanted to test the free agent market. He is not necessarily looking to leave the team, but might if he gets a better offer.

Rakuten Eagles Vice Chairperson Senichi Hoshino seems ready to jump into negotiations as soon as Kishi officially becomes a free agent.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/2/2016, Nikkan Sports 11/2/2016Daily Sports 11/2/2016, Daily Sports 11/2/2016, Daily Sports 11/2/2016Sponichi 11/2/2016

[UPDATE 11/3 @ 12:19pm]

The Seibu Lions are not planning to get into a bidding war to keep Kishi. They feel they offered him a fair deal.

Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2016

The Rakuten Eagles might be preparing the uniform number 11 and a four-year deal that could be worth as much as 1.6 billion yen (total would include incentives and bonuses). The Seibu Lions’ offer is believed to about about 1.0 billion yen over four years.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/3/2016

[UPDATE 11/3 @ 10:00pm]

The Lions may have offered Kishi up to four years at about one billion yen (total).

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2016

[UPDATE 11/3 @ 10:30pm]

The Eagles might offer Kishi a three-year deal worth over 1.2 billion yen and the uniform number 11.

The Lions may have first offered a two-year deal. Their last offer may have been four years.

Source: Sponichi 11/3/2016, Sponichi 11/3/2016

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YOM

[9/26/2016] Shinnosuke Shigenobu hurts right knee

Shinnosuke Shigenobu hurt his right knee when he crashed into a fence while chasing down a ball in foul territory during a Ni-gun game against Lotte at Giants Stadium on September 25. He remained in the game until the end, but was seen leaving the stadium with crutches after the game.

Source: Sanspo 9/26/2016

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Victoria Series: Saitama Astraia, Hyogo Dione – September 24,25

September 24 at Awaji Sano Daiichi Baseball Stadium – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Saitama Astraia 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 6 3
Hyogo Dione 0 0 1 0 0 3 x 4 7 3

WP: Ayami Sato (16 G, 10-4)
LP: Yukari Isozaki (17 G, 7-8)

Game Time: 1h58m
Attendance: 682

Hero Interview

  • Ayami Sato = 32 BF, 99 NP, 87.0 IP, 6 H, 3 SO, 2 BB, 2 R, 0 ER. She tossed a complete game for his tenth victory of the year.
  • Rina Sakakibara = 3-for-3: 1B7, 1B8, 1B9. She recorded a modasho.
  • Tomomi Nakada = 1-for-2: SH5, F6, 3B9 two RBI. She gave her team a 3-2 lead with a two-run triple in the sixth inning.

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September 25 at Awaji Sano Daiichi Baseball Stadium – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Saitama Astraia 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 5 0
Hyogo Dione 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

WP: Mika Miyahara (20 G, 4-5)
LP: Shiho Murata (18 G, 3-2)

Game Time: 2h01m
Attendance: 857

Hero Interview

  • Mika Miyahara = 25 BF, 111 NP, 7.0 IP, 2 H, 4 SO, 2 BB, 1 WP, 0 R, 0 ER. She tossed a two-hit shutout.
  • Miwa Naraoka = 1-for-4: F7, F8, G1, 1B7 one RBI. She drove in the first run of the game in the seventh inning.

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CHU

[9/26/2016] Sports Hochi: Michihiro Ogasawara to be named next manager

According to Sports Hochi, the Chunichi Dragons have selected Michihiro Ogasawara to be their next manager. They could make an official announcement on September 29.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/26/2016

[UPDATE 9/27 @ 9:42pm]

Sports Hochi is also reporting that Interim Manager Shigekazu Mori will keep his job as head coach next year because of his experience and because of his knowledge of the team. He is also expected to continue his scouting trips to the Dominican Republic.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/2016

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[9/26/2016] Samurai Japan U23 coaching staff revealed

Samurai Japan revealed the coaching staff for the U23 team today.

  • Manager – Masaki Saito (Ni-gun Yomiuri manager)
  • Coach – Tsuyoshi Ando (Samurai Japan Amateur Team manager)
  • Coach – Akinori Otsuka (Ni-gun Chunichi pitching coach)
  • Coach – Takashi Miwa (Ni-gun Orix Ikusei coach)

The twenty-four man roster that will be competing at the U23 Baseball World Cup in Mexico later this year (October 28 – November 6) will be released in early-October. The team will be made up of pro and amateur players.

Source: Sponichi 9/26/2016

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LOT

[9/26/2016] Ayumu Ishikawa taken off active roster

Ayumu Ishikawa was taken off the active roster today because he is not scheduled to pitch again during the regular season. He will instead begin preparations for the Climax Series.

The coaching staff was planning to give Ishikawa another staff for a shot at tying Softbank’s Tsuyoshi Wada for the lead in wins, but he opted for extra rest and preparation time.

Source: Sponichi 9/26/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2016, Daily Sports 9/26/2016

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SOF

[9/26/2016] Yuki Yanagita making slow progress

Yuki Yanagita (right ring finger) worked out at the Chikugo facilities on September 26. He hit about fifteen baseballs and told reporters that he still felt some pain when he swung the bat at full strength.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/26/2016

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YAK

[9/26/2016] Ryosuke Morioka to retire

The Yakult Swallows announced today that thirty-two-year-old Ryosuke Morioka will be retiring.

Morioka was selected by the Chunichi Dragons in the first round of the 2002 draft. He was released in 2008 and picked up by Yakult after attending a tryout. He was the Swallows’ player representative chairman in 2014 and 2015.

Source: Yakult announcementSponichi 9/26/2016

[UPDATE 9/27 @ 4:16pm]

The Swallows are planning to hold a retirement ceremony for Morioka on September 28 against Yokohama at Jingu Stadium.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/27/2016

[UPDATE 9/29 @ 1:18am]

The Swallows tossed Morioka into the air ten times during his retirement celebration after Wednesday night’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.

Source: Sponichi 9/28/2016

[UPDATE 12/4 @ 11:34pm]

Morioka suddenly had a hard time throwing the ball in late-August. He even had difficulty playing a simple game of catch. It became one of the reasons why he decided to retire.

Source: Sponichi 12/4/2016

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[9/25/2016] Eastern/Western Leagues: 2016 Final Standings, Titles

Eastern League

Standings

  G W L T WPCT GB Slash HR SB ERA Sv SO BB
Yomiuri 121 70 47 4 .598 .256/.330/.371 77 81 2.85 27 821 342
Rakuten 113 62 48 3 .564 4.5 .257/.332/.388 88 108 3.26 35 828 301
Seibu 114 58 48 8 .547 6.5 .259/.336/.393 103 115 3.82 35 774 470
Lotte 118 61 52 5 .540 7.0 .270/.341/.397 94 79 4.04 28 819 422
Yokohama 124 52 68 4 .433 19.5 .240/.309/.348 74 74 3.82 31 895 438
Nippon Ham 120 49 67 4 .422 20.5 .254/.317/.371 90 36 3.88 31 896 372
Yakult 116 42 69 5 .378 25.0 .245/.324/.335 51 92 3.67 20 742 433

Titles

Leading Hitter .342* 井上 晴哉 Inoue, Seiya Lotte
Most Home Runs 22 山川 穂高 Yamakawa, Hotaka Seibu
Most RBI 74 岡本 和真 Okamoto, Kazuma Yomiuri
Most Stolen Bases 38 山崎 晃大朗 Yamasaki, Kotaro Yakult
Best OBP .389 中川 大志 Nakagawa, Taishi Rakuten
Best ERA 2.15 江柄子 裕樹 Egarashi, Yuki Yomiuri
Most Wins 10 イ・デウン Rhee, Dae-Eun Lotte
Most Saves 17 金森敬之 Kanamori, Takayuki Lotte
Best WPCT .818 江柄子 裕樹 Egarashi, Yuki Yomiuri

* Inoue is forty-five plate appearances short of qualifying, but won the hitting title because he still would have had the highest average even if he went hitless in the forty-five plate appearances.

Western League

Standings

  G W L T WPCT GB Slash HR SB ERA Sv SO BB
Softbank 120 72 42 6 .632 .270/.336/.401 80 108 3.02 31 815 369
Chunichi 111 61 43 7 .587 6.0 .269/.340/.374 46 66 3.40 31 779 295
Hanshin 118 57 54 7 .514 13.5 .261/.333/.383 79 83 3.56 21 828 367
Hiroshima 109 40 58 11 .408 24.0 .260/.321/.376 71 101 4.13 11 586 367
Orix 116 40 68 8 .370 29.0 .248/.320/.348 64 46 4.57 21 695 407

Titles

Leading Hitter .305 塚田 正義 Tsukada, Masayoshi Softbank
Most Home Runs 14 陽川 尚将 Yokawa, Naomasa Hanshin
  14 カニザレス Canizares, Barbaro Softbank
Most RBI 62 陽川 尚将 Yokawa, Naomasa Hanshin
Most Stolen Bases 23 釜元 豪 Kamamoto, Go Softbank
Best OBP .424 塚田 正義 Tsukada, Masayoshi Softbank
Best ERA 1.49 山田 大樹 Yamada, Hiroki Softbank
Most Wins 9 秋山 拓巳 Akiyama, Takumi Hanshin
  9 山田 大樹 Yamada, Hiroki Softbank
  9 笠原 大芽 Kasahara, Taiga Softbank
Most Saves 11 祖父江 大輔 Sobue, Daisuke Chunichi
  11 嘉弥真 新也 Kayama, Shinya Softbank
Best WPCT .900 山田 大樹 Yamada, Hiroki Softbank
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ORI

[9/25/2016] Yoshio Itoi, Hiroyuki Nakajima leave game early

Yoshio Itoi and Hiroyuki Nakajima left Sunday’s game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine early.

Itoi left the game on defense in the fifth inning because of tightness in his right thigh. Nakajima left on defense in the sixth because of cramps in his left calf.

Source: Sanspo 9/25/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
G W L T
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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