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New Tournament with South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan

There is a new tournament in town. Nippon Professional Baseball announced a new three-way tournament between Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. The national teams from each country will compete with one another this November 16-19 at the Tokyo Dome.

The teams will play a round-robin before the top two teams facing off with one another  in the final. It is being called the Asia Championship.

Players eligible for the tournament will be those under 24 and it is limited to players in their third year or less. Each team can also add three players that are over aged. The NPB is looking to help the young talent leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Currently the tournament is scheduled to be held this year and in 2021 in conjunction with the KBO and CBPL.

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Japan: Carp Win on Walk-Off Dropped Infield Fly

You hear people say it almost daily in the game of baseball, but I’ve never seen this before. I’ve never even heard of it happening. But in a game between the Hiroshima Toyo Carp and the Yomiuri Giants the Carp won on a walk-off dropped infield fly rule.

So let me set up what happened. It was the bottom of the ninth with the game tied at 2. Giants reliever Scott Mathieson is on the hill when Carp infielder Tetsuya Kokubo at the plate.

That is former Major Leaguer Juan Francisco, who just recently came to Japan, at first base when the miscommunication occurs and the ball drops.

This is exactly why the infield fly rule is in place. Without it the Giants would have done simply as Francisco did and touch home and then throw to another bag for a double play. However, once the infield fly was in effect, although it doesn’t appear it was ever called, the force was no longer in effect.

It seems that the infield fly rule was only enacted on the play after the Hiroshima coaches argue the play. Then the umpires get the call correct. I don’t see the umpires in the field but the home plate umpire definitely has the call wrong as he rules the runner from third out at the plate. However, if you watch the end of the video when they show it again it appears the third base umpire, though late, does make the signal for the infield fly.

What a way to lose.

Hat Tip to Brian Moore for sharing the video.

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Japan: Yulieski Gourriel will return to Yokohama in 2015

Ben Badler of Baseball America has announced that Cuban star Yulieski Gourriel will return to Japan to play for the 2015 season. He will return to the Yokohama DeNA BayStars where he will play along side his younger brother Lourdes Gourriel.

Yulieski Gourriel is currently playing for the Vegueros de Pinar del Rio in the 2014 Caribbean Series. Gourriel and Pinar del Rio lost today in the first game of the tournament 2-1 to Mexico.

Gourriel joined the BayStars in the middle of last season in Japan and put up great numbers. In just 62 games he hit .305 with 11 home runs and 73 hits including 22 doubles.

You can read the full BA article here:

Yulieski, Lourdes Gourriel To Play In Japan


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Japan: NPB to Open 2014 Season in USA

Patrick Newman of NPBTracker.com pointed out that the NPB will open its 2014 season in the USA with one game in both Los Angeles and Anaheim.

This is an interesting development. It looks like the two teams will be the Hanshin Tigers and the Yomiuri Giants based on a translation of the Japanese article Newman linked to.

This would be the first time in Japanese baseball history that the league opened the season in the USA. Major League Baseball has opened its season in Japan several times as well as Mexico and Puerto Rico.

As we get more information, we will pass it along.


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Japan: League Leaders and Standings Updates

JAPAN – Over the weekend in the Central League, Yakult and Hiroshima split a series 1-1 to stay atop the league. In the Pacific League Sotbank and Nippon-Ham are tied atop the standings after Softbank took 2-of-3 from Nippon-Ham over the weekend.

Central League Leaders

Jun Hirose (Hiroshima) is leading the Central League in hitting at a clip of .389. He is 21 points ahead of Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (Yakult) at .368. Wladimir Balentien heads up the foreign players at a .333 clip which is good for 6th in the league.

Wladimir Balentien is also leading the league in home runs with 9. Terrmel Sledge (Yokohama) leads the league in RBI with 19.

On the pitching front in the Central League, Yoshinori Sato (Yakult – 3-1) is leading the starters in ERA at 1.29. Bryan Bullington (Hiroshima) leads the league with 4 wins and is 2nd in ERA at 1.80.

Dennis Sarfate (Hiroshima) leads the league in saves with 8. Shun Yamaguchi (Yokohama) is second in the league with 6, and he has posted a 0.00 ERA so far.

Pacific League Leaders

Seiichi Uchikawa (Softbank) is killing the league at a .411 clip to lead the league. Uchikawa’s teammate  Yuichi Honda is 2nd in the league at a .353 clip.

Micah Hoffpauir (Nippon-Ham) is leading the league in home runs with 7. Nobuhiro Matsuda (Softbank) is second with 6.

Tadahito Iguchi (Lotte) leads all of the NPB with 25 RBI.

On the pitching front, Yuki Karakawa (Lotte) leads the starters in ERA at 1.48. D. J. Houlton (Softbank) is second at 1.57.

Yuki Nishi (Orix) leads the league in wins with 4. Several others, including Karakawa and Houlton, are tied for 2nd with 3 wins.

Hisashi Takeda (Nippon-Ham) leads the league in saves with 9 while posting a 0.00 ERA. Three others are tied at 5 for 2nd place.

Yu Darvish Watch

Through 4 starts, Darvish is 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA. In 32 innings, Darvish has allowed 22 hits, 8 walks, only 1 home run, and 12 earned runs while striking out 34.


Central League Standings

Team Won Lost Tie
Yakult 12 07 03
Hiroshima 12 07 03
Yomiuri 09 10 01
Chunichi 09 11 01
Hanshin 09 12 01
Yokohama 09 13 01


Pacific League Standings

Team Won Lost Tie
Softbank 13 08 01
Nippon-Ham 13 08 01
Lotte 12 10 00
Rakuten 10 12 00
Seibu 08 12 01
ORIX 08 14 01


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