Results tagged ‘ Japan ’

3/11 Fukudome family OK after quake

Kosuke Fukudome said he’s been in touch with his brother in Japan following the earthquake that struck on Friday and all is well. Fukudome hasn’t been able to communicate directly with his parents, but his brother told him they are OK, too. They do not live close to where the earthquake hit. Fukudome’s wife and son are already in Chicago. Interpreter Hiro Aoyama was able to make contact with his family as well, and everyone is fine following the 8.6 quake, which hit the east coast of Honshu.

— Carrie Muskat

3/3 Hoffpauir update

Former Cubs first baseman Micah Hoffpauir has hit three home runs in four Spring Training games for the Nippon Ham Fighters. This is Hoffpauir’s first season in Japan.

— Carrie Muskat

11/19 Hoffpauir eager to play in Japan

Micah Hoffpauir was shopping in a Dallas mall on Friday and added one more item to his holiday shopping list: some Japanese language tapes to help him adjust to his new team, the Nippon Ham Fighters. Hoffpauir, who has played his entire professional career with the Cubs, cleared unconditional release waivers on Friday and the rights to his contract were sold to the Japanese team. Those language tapes will help.

The Cubs are without a first baseman after trading Derrek Lee in August and letting free agent Xavier Nady go but Hoffpauir didn’t get a sense that he was their guy.

“I didn’t know what the Cubs were going to do,” Hoffpauir said. “Obviously, I thought they’d sign somebody and I’d be stuck in the same situation I was in the past. That’s not what we wanted. We wanted some sort of stability and that’s one of the main reasons we decided to do it.”

By “we,” Hoffpauir is including his wife Tiffany and soon to be 2-year-old daughter Addyson, who both had a vote. Hoffpauir plans on getting to Tokyo by Jan. 26 to get over jet lag before Spring Training begins Feb. 1.

“We’re definitely looking forward to the opportunity, no doubt,” Hoffpauir said. “It’ll be a neat experience.”

— Carrie Muskat

11/19 Roster moves

The Cubs selected the contracts of four players and added them to the 40-man roster: right-handed pitchers Chris Archer and Kyle Smit from Double-A Tennessee, outfielder Brandon Guyer from Tennessee; and right-handed pitcher Alberto Cabrera from Class A Daytona.  Archer was Chicago’s 2010 Minor League Pitcher of the Year and Guyer was Chicago’s 2010 Minor League Player of the Year.
Additionally, infielder Micah Hoffpauir has cleared unconditional release waivers and the rights to his contract were sold to the Nippon-Ham Fighters of Japan’s Pacific League. More on Hoffpauir in a few minutes.

— Carrie Muskat

11/17 Hoffpauir to Japan

The Cubs’ top priority this offseason is to acquire a first baseman but Jim Hendry will leave the general manager meetings in Orlando with nobody there on the depth chart because Micah Hoffpauir is going to play in Japan. An official announcement was expected Friday. Sources say Hoffpauir has agreed to a one-year deal with the Nippon Ham Fighters. In 162 games with the Cubs over three seasons, he batted .251.

— Carrie Muskat