[12/4/2016] Kazuya Tsutsui, Travis Mikihisa Samura updates

Kazuya Tsutsui retired this year. He will remain with the Hanshin Tigers as an amateur scout.

Hanshin senryokugai Travis Mikihisa Samura has decided to continue his playing career with Okinawa Denryoku (Industrial League). He attended the twelve team tryouts in November, but did not receive any offers from NPB teams.

Source: Sponichi 12/4/2016, Sponichi 12/4/2016

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[12/4/2016] Yomiuri sends Koyama to Rakuten for Kakizawa

The Yomiuri Giants and Rakuten Eagles announced today that they agreed on a one-for-one player trade that will send twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Yuki Koyama up North for twenty-two-year-old infielder Takahiro Kakizawa.

Source: Yomiuri announcement, Rakuten announcement

[UPDATE 12/5 @ 5:53pm]

The Giants held a press conference for Kakizawa at the team offices in Otemachi on December 5. He was assigned the uniform number 59.

Source: Yomiuri announcement

[UPDATE 12/6 @ 6:04pm]

The Eagles held a press conference for Koyama at Kobo Stadium on December 6. He was assigned the uniform number 63.

Source: Daily Sports 12/6/2016

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[12/4/2016] Yomiuri Giants reach agreement with Casey McGehee

The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-four-year-old Casey McGehee. The Giants released the following comment from McGehee:

I am almost at a loss of words over the happiness I feel for the chance to be a part of the Yomiuri Giants. I look forward to meeting Takahashi-kantoku, my new teammates, and the passionate fans. I will give everything I have to help the team win a Central League pennant and a Nippon Series.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 1.7 million US dollars. He will be assigned the uniform number 33.

Source: Yomiuri announcement, Sanspo 12/4/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/4/2016, Sponichi 12/4/2016

[UPDATE 1/31 @ 7:09pm]

The Giants held a press conference for McGehee today.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/31/2017, Yomiuri 1/31/2017

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[12/3/2016] Japan Women’s Baseball League 2016 Titles and Awards

The Japan Women’s Baseball League held an awards ceremony at a hotel in Kyoto on December 3.

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2017 Chunichi Dragons Coaching Staff

Ichi-gun

Position  Name JPN Name ENG Age Uni
Manager 森 繁和 Mori, Shigekazu 62 80
Batting Coach 土井 正博 Doi, Masahiro 72 90
Batting Coach 波留 敏夫 Haru, Toshio 46 71
Pitching Coach 友利 結 Tomori, Yui 46 81
Pitching Coach 近藤 真市 Kondo, Shinichi 48 76
Battery Coach 田村 藤夫 Tamura, Fujio 57 72
Infield/Base Coach 森脇 浩司 Moriwaki, Hiroshi 56 85
Infield/Base Coach 奈良原 浩 Narahara, Hiroshi 48 83
Outfield/Base Coach 長嶋 清幸 Nagashima, Kiyoyuki 55 78
Conditioning Coach 勝崎 耕世 Katsuzaki, Kose 51 92
Conditioning Coach 宮前 岳巳 Miyamae, Takemi 48 93

Ni-gun

Position  Name JPN Name ENG Age Uni
Manager 小笠原 道大 Ogasawara, Michihiro 43 82
Batting Coach 加藤 秀司 Kato, Hideji 68 75
Batting Coach 高柳 秀樹 Takayanagi, Hideki 59 88
Batting Coach 嶋村 一輝 Shimamura, Ikki 35 79
Pitching Coach 高山 郁夫

Takayama, Ikuo

54 87
Pitching Coach 小笠原 孝 Ogasawara, Takashi 40 86
Pitching Coach 朝倉 健太 Asakura, Kenta 35 97
Position Player Coach 早川 和夫 Hayakawa, Kazuo 56 84
Battery Coach 小川 将俊 Ogawa, Masatoshi 37 73
Infield/Base Coach 渡辺 博幸 Watanabe, Hiroyuki 46 77
Outfield/Base Coach 英智

Kuramoto, Hidenori

40 89
Coach on assignment* 大塚 晶文 Otsuka, Akinori 44 74
Ikusei Coach 松岡 功祐 Matsuoka, Kosuke 73 96
Ikusei Coach 小山 良男 Koyama, Yoshio 36 98
Conditioning Coach 塚本 洋

Tsukamoto, Hiroshi

41 95

* Otsuka will be spend some time as a visiting instructor with the San Diego Padres Triple-A team.

Source: Sponichi 12/3/2016

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[12/3/2016] Updates on Shotaro Ide, Toshio Saito, Shinta Hifumi

Former Yokohama Bay Stars Shotaro Ide has decided to retire. He attended the twelve team tryouts in November and went 1-for-5. He was waiting for an offer, but did not receive one.

Toshio Saito was let go by the Orix Buffaloes after the season. He was also offered a job as advance scout by the Buffaloes. He would have to retire, but he is open to the idea.

Hanshin Tigers’ senryokugai Shinta Hifumi did not attend the twelve team tryouts in November because he already has plans to join the BC League’s Ishikawa Million Stars.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/3/2016, Sponichi 12/3/2016, Sponichi 12/3/2016

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[12/3/2016] Raul Valdes will be with Chunichi again in 2017

Chunichi Dragons’ official Kazuo Nishiyama accepted the Speed Up Award on behalf of Raul Valdes during the NPB Awards ceremony on November 28. After accepting the award, he said that Valdes will be back next year. The two sides most likely agreed to a one-year contract.

Source: Sponichi 12/3/2016

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[12/2/2016] 130 players became free agents on December 2

 The NPB posted reserved lists for all twelve NPB teams on December 2. Players that did not make the reserved lists (130 in all) automatically became free agents.

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[12/2/2016] Kaneko and Arakaki planning to retire

Softbank senryokugai Keisuke Kaneko (31) and Yakult senryokugai Nagisa Arakaki (36) are planning to retire because they have not received any offers to play in 2017. Both players attended the twelve team tryouts at Koshien Stadium last month in hopes of drumming up interest. Kaneko went 1-for-5. Arakaki topped out at 140km/h and retired the three batters he faced.

Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2016, Nikkan Sports 11/30/2016

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[12/2/2016] Iori Katsura has left knee surgery

The Chunichi Dragons announced on November 30 that Iori Katsura had surgery on his left knee (meniscus) at a hospital in Osaka on November 29. He will be able to resume walking in January and should be fully recovered in about four months.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/30/2016

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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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