[7/1/2016] Fresh All-Star Game 2016 Rosters

Western League

  Name JPN Name ENG Team Uni Drafted
Manager
  水上 善雄 Mizukami, Yoshio Softbank 80  
Coaches
  水本 勝己 Mizumoto, Katsumi Hiroshima 89  
  掛布 雅之 Kakefu, Masayuki Hanshin 31  
Pitchers
髙橋 純平 Takahashi, Jumpei Softbank 47 ’15 (1)
  松本 裕樹 Matsumoto, Yuki Softbank 66 ’14 (1)
  塹江 敦哉 Horie, Atsuya Hiroshima 36 ’14 (3)
藤井 皓哉 Fujii, Koya Hiroshima 41 ’14 (4)
守屋 功輝 Moriya, Koki Hanshin 43 ’14 (4)
青柳 晃洋 Aoyagi, Koyo Hanshin 50 ’15 (5)
  野村 亮介 Nomura, Ryosuke Chunichi 20 ’14 (1)
  山﨑 福也 Yamasaki, Sachiya Orix 17 ’14 (1)
塚田 貴之 Tsukada, Takayuki Orix 91 ’15-I (1)
Catchers
  張本 優大 Harimoto, Masahiro Softbank 141 ’13-I (4)
坂本 誠志郎 Sakamoto, Seishiro Hanshin 12 ’15 (2)
木下 拓哉 Kinoshita, Takuya Chunichi 35 ’15 (3)
Infielders
  桒原 樹 Kuwahara, Tatsuki Hiroshima 45 ’14 (5)
西川 龍馬 Nishikawa, Ryoma Hiroshima 63 ’15 (5)
  石川 駿 Ishikawa, Shun Chunichi 9 ’14 (4)
大城 滉二 Oshiro, Koji Orix 10 ’15 (3)
奥浪 鏡 Okunami, Kyo Orix 61 ’13 (6)
Outfielders
  上林 誠知 Uebayashi, Seiji Softbank 51 ’13 (4)
  真砂 勇介 Masago, Yusuke Softbank 64 ’12 (4)
板山 祐太郎 Itayama, Yutaro Hanshin 63 ’15 (6)
  友永 翔太 Tomonaga, Shota Chunichi 1 ’14 (3)

Eastern League

  Name JPN Name ENG Team Uni Drafted
Manager
  斎藤 雅樹 Saito, Masaki Yomiuri 77  
Coaches
  二宮 至 Ninomiya, Itaru Yokohama 72  
  横田 久則 Yokota, Hisanori Seibu 83  
Pitchers
長谷川 潤 Hasegawa, Jun Yomiuri 96 ’15-I (8)
  飯塚 悟史 Iizuka, Satoshi Yokohama 30 ’14 (7)
多和田 真三郎 Tawata, Shinsaburo Seibu 18 ’15 (1)
  佐藤 勇 Sato, Isamu Seibu 63 ’12 (5)
  安樂 智大 Anraku, Tomohiro Rakuten 20 ’14 (1)
上原 健太 Uehara, Kenta Nippon Ham 20 ’15 (1)
  中島 彰吾 Nakashima, Shogo Yakult 71 ’14-I (1)
Catchers
柿沼 友哉 Kakinuma, Tomoya Lotte 122 ’15-I (2)
  清水 優心 Shimizu, Yushi Nippon Ham 10 ’14 (2)
Infielders
  岡本 和真 Okamoto, Kazuma Yomiuri 38 ’14 (1)
*☆ 柴田 竜拓 Shibata, Tatsuhiro Yokohama 31 ’15 (3)
  山下 幸輝 Yamashita, Koki Yokohama 38 ’14 (5)
*☆ 呉 念庭 Wu, Nien Ting Seibu 39 ’15 (7)
平沢 大河 Hirasawa, Taiga Lotte 13 ’15 (1)
  柿澤 貴裕 Kakizawa, Takahiro Rakuten 051 ’12 (6)
廣岡 大志 Hirooka, Taishi Yakult 36 ’15 (2)
Outfielders
重信 慎之介 Shigenobu, Shinnosuke Yomiuri 43 ’15 (2)
  肘井 竜蔵 Hijii, Ryuzo Lotte 69 ’13-I (1)
オコエ 瑠偉 Okoye, Louis Rakuten 9 ’15 (1)
  宇佐美 塁大 Usami, Ruita Nippon Ham 50 ’12 (4)
山崎 晃大朗 Yamasaki, Kotaro Yakult 31 ’15 (5)

Notes

* = rookie
☆ = has a connection to Okayama Prefecture

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[6/30/2016] Mazda All-Star Game 2016: Pre-game Ceremony Information

The NPB released a number of new details for Mazda All-Star Game 2016.

Game 1, July 15 (Fri) – YafuOku Dome at 19:00

  • National Anthem: fumika
  • Ceremonial First Pitch: Softbank Hawks Junior Team
  • All-Star Induction: Masaki Saito, Kimiyasu Kudo, Kihachi Enomoto

Game 2, July 16 (Sat) – Yokohama Stadium at 18:30

  • National Anthem: Yu Takahashi
  • Ceremonial First Pitch: Yokohama Bay Stars Junior Team
  • Other: Catch Ball Classic, Dream Kids Challenge

Other events that will take place at both stadiums

  • Home Run Derby (thirty minutes)
    • Game 1 – 17:55-18:25
    • Game 2 – 17:30-18:00
  • Twelve Team Mascot Performances
  • Green Baseball Project

Source: NPB announcement

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[6/30/2016] Masanori Ishikawa tosses three shutout innings in Ni-gun start

Masanori Ishikawa (left calf) started in a Ni-gun rehab game against Seibu on June 30. He tossed three shutout innings and gave up one hit. He threw fifty-two pitches, faced thirteen hitters, walked two, hit one, and struck out two.

Source: Sanspo 6/30/2016

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[6/30/2016] Jose Lopez could make it back to the active roster ahead of schedule

Jose Lopez (left big toe) is making smooth progress in his rehab. He resumed taking live batting practice on June 25 and could be ready to play in a Ni-gun game before the end of the week.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/30/2016, Sports Hochi 6/30/2016

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[6/30/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka tosses forty pitches in the bullpen

Daisuke Matsuzaka (right hand, right shoulder) threw forty pitches, including off-speed pitches, to a squatting catcher during a bullpen session on June 30. He is working his way to two to three sessions a week.

Source: Sponichi 6/30/2016, Tokyo Sports 6/30/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/30/2016

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[6/30/2016] Chihiro Kaneko tosses five shutout innings in rehab start

Chihiro Kaneko (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun rehab game against Chunichi on June 30. He tossed five shutout innings, allowed two hits, threw sixty-one pitches, and topped out at 145km/h. He could return to the active roster in time for a three-game Softbank series that begins on July 5.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/30/2016, Sponichi 6/30/2016

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[6/30/2016] Daisuke Miura will most likely get an Ichi-gun start before the All-Star break

Alex Ramirez would like to give Daisuke Miura a start before the All-Star break. Sanspo believes Miura could get a start on June 11.

Source: Daily Sports 6/30/2016, Sponichi 6/30/2016, Sanspo 6/30/2016

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[6/30/2016] Mazda All-Star Game 2016, Player Vote Results

Player voting results were revealed by the NPB today.

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[6/30/2016] Hiroki Kuroda drives in three with a double

Hiroki Kuroda drove in three runs with a double (bases loaded and two out in the sixth inning) during a game against the Yakult Swallows at Mazda Stadium on June 29.

A few notes about the hit:

  • It was Kuroda’s first hit of the year (first hit since August 4, 2015, or fifty hitless plate appearances, to be exact).
  • He now has eighteen RBI in his NPB career (three in his MLB career).
  • It was the first multi-RBI game of his career (including MLB).
  • He joined Tadashi Wakabayshi (forty-two years, July 26, 1950) and Masahiro Yamamoto (forty-one years, August 12, 2006) as the only players in NPB history to record three RBI in one game during the year they turned forty-one or older. Wakayabashi and Kuroda are the only two players that recorded all three RBI in one at bat (fourth inning, no out, bases loaded).

Source: Sponichi 6/30/2016

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[6/30/2016] NPB considers reviewing the collision rules mid-season

The media learned that the NPB is thinking about reviewing the collision rules during the current season. The issue will be discussed during an upcoming executive committee meeting on July 4. If the NPB, twelve teams, and the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association (JPBPA) agree on changes, rules could be updated for the second-half of the season.

The NPB believes including a collision clause could help alleviate some of the issues with the current rules. The new clause would exclude any plays that did not involve an actual collision. Players could still be given warnings depending on how plays unfolded. Of the four times out calls were reversed due to the collision rules this season, three would not apply under the new clause.

There is concern that changes to the rules mid-season could result in more confusion, but the NPB feels they need to do something based on the number of complaints teams have files so far this year. However, not everyone is necessarily in a rush to change the rules now and are willing to wait until the end of the season to make changes, as was initially promised by the NPB during spring camp.

Four out calls that were reversed due to the collision rules:

  • May 16 – Nippon Ham vs Seibu – Kona Takahashi entered the lane while trying to cover home plate
  • May 16 – Yomiuri vs Hanshin – Fumiuya Haraguchi entered the lane while catching the throw to home
  • June 12 – Yokohama vs Orix – Katsuki Yamazaki blocked the lane
  • June 14 – Seibu vs Hiroshima – Tatsuyuki Uemoto entered the lane while catching the throw to home

Source: Daily Sports 6/30/2016, Daily Sports 6/30/2016Sanspo 6/30/2016, Sanspo 6/30/2016Sanspo 6/30/2016, Sponichi 6/30/2016, Sponichi 6/30/2016, Sponichi 6/30/2016Nikkan Sports 6/30/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/30/2016Sports Hochi 6/30/2016

[UPDATE 7/2 @ 5:10am]

The changes the NPB is considering for the collision rule will not be quite as straightforward as the media initially thought. The changes would not only rule out plays that do not involve collisions, but would also take intent and timing into account for plays that do involve a collision. Under the proposed changes, none of the four plays (instead of three) listed above would have been reversed.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/1/2016, Sponichi 7/1/2016, Nikkan Sports 7/1/2016

[UPDATE 7/3 @ 6:12pm]

The NPB and JPBPA met in Tokyo on July 1 and discussed the possibility of making changes to the collision rules mid-season. Opinions among teams appear to be split. Some are suggesting that the new rules be applied starting with the upcoming All-Star series.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/2/2016, Sanspo 7/2/2016

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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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