International Sports Management
San Diego Sports Authority (SDSA)
Japan/U.S. pro tryout Oct. 31- Nov. 2!
SDSA is hosting another tryout for Japan/U.S. Leagues!
SDSA will be holding a 3 day tryout for those who are looking to play at the next level. Players attending will have the chance to be seen by scouts from teams in both Japan and the United States. Teams such as the Tohoku Ratuken Golden Eagles(Japan Big League team Masahiro Tanaka played on), Shikoku Island League plus (Independent League in Japan), BC League (another Japanese Independent League) and MLB teams like(but may not include depending on availability of scouts) the Boston Red Sox, Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays, and the San Diego Padres are the teams looking to attend.
Tryout will be held at the Barona Stars field in east county San Diego. There will be 150 tryout spots available, and players must pay $150 to participate. First day of tryout will consist of various workouts such as the 60 yard dash, bullpens for pitchers, batting practice, and fielding practice. All players will then get the opportunity to prove themselves in a scrimmage on November 1st and 2nd.
San Diego Japan Tryout 2014
Date: Oct. 31st (Fri) - Nov. 2nd (SUN)
Location: Barona Baseball Field
Players: 150 Limited Spots for Tryout Attendees
Scouts: Shikoku Island League plus (JAPAN Independent League), BC League (JAPAN Independent League)
Special Invited Scouts:
Tohoku Rakuten Goden Eagles* (JAPAN Big League Organization)
*A NY Yankee RHP, Masahiro Tanaka, pitched for Rakuten 2007-2013.
Yu Aoyagi (Manager, San Diego Sports Authority)
SAMURAI bid farewell to Coach Yoshihiro Doi
After a successful season with the SAMURAI, Yoshihiro Doi has returned to Japan to continue working as a TV Analyst specializing in baseball. He will also make a guest appearance for the Kasukabe Kyoei High School baseball team (the High School Yoshihiro attended and played for back in the day and was runner-up in the National Championship for all of Japan) as they fight to win the top level High school tournament to become Japan's number one High School baseball team. So far, won their regional tournament where 162 teams compete to make it to the National Tournament. The Kasukabe Kyoei team will make their first appearance in the National tournament starting August 9th, 2014. The SAMURAI are thankful for the help Coach Yoshihiro has offered them this season, and wish the Kasukabe Kyoei High School team the best of luck in their endeavours. The SAMURAI appreciate the help of SDSA and its management for organizing the season and providing an effective coaching staff for this season.
SAMURAI San Diego pitcher offered contract to play in Japan
RHP Torin Shaikh, 4 year player at Westmont College while studying Biochemistry/Genetics, and 2014 SAMURAI San Diego ace, was offered a contract to play ball in Japanese Independent League. Torin had a great season with the SAMURAI San Diego, throwing up some great numbers and quality starts all season long. He will be flying to Japan in August to begin training with the Shinano Grand Serows( Japanese BC Indie League team).
SAMURAI San Diego Outfielder, Shota Nagatomi, Joins Japan Independent League
Shota, SAMURAI San Diego outfielder who attended Merced College, will be joining fellow teammate Torin in Japan to train for a spot in the lineup for the Shinano Grand Serows. Shota was a consistently strong player both defensively and offensively for the SAMURAI San Diego's 2014 season.
SAMURAI San Diego Update...
With only 3 games left in the season, the SAMURAI San Diego are looking to finish strong. So far this season, the SAMURAI San Diego's record is 12-4-1, the tie being the result of an extra innings game that ran out of light. In the last eight games the SAMURAI San Diego have won six and lost two, in this span they've scored 72 runs, and given up 30. This is the result of good defense, strong/clutch offense (most runs being scored with two outs), and a solid pitching staff. As the season goes on, the team continues to build strength and momentum offensively, and the pitching is giving up fewer extra base hits and walks, which ultimately means lower runs scored against. A lot of the pitchers success is due to the return of pitching coach and former Japanese Big League pitcher, Yoshihiro Doi. Who's been working with the staff on any mechanical, and mental questions they have when taking the mound. Since Coach Yoshihiro has taken over the pitching rotation, the SAMURAI San Diego have continued to improve in all aspects of the game. To see more SAMURAI San Diego news, please check out our website at SAMURAISANDIEGO.com
Players Interview -Challenging in Japan-
Danny Fernando Cruz Ayala
Tokushima Indigo Socks, Shikoku Island League plus (JAPAN)
RHP, 6'0", 195lbs
Attended Californai Tryout, 2013 fall
Season 2014: Tokushima Indigo Socks, Shikoku Island League plus
8games, 5W-1L, 58.1 innings, 40K, ERA: 1.39 (League top)
(as of 6/11/14)
Ehime Mandarine Pirates, Shikoku Island League plus (JAPAN)
Infielder, 5'10", 200lbs
Faulkner University- Joliet Slammers (Frontier League)
Attended Shikoku WinterLeague 2013 fall
Season 2014: Ehime Mandarine Pirates, Shikoku Island League plus
26games, AVG.351, AB:94, 33hits, 2HR, 20RBI
(as of 6/3/14)
Kagawa Olive Guyners, Shikoku Island League plus (JAPAN)
RHP, 6'3", 190lbs
American Association, Shimpson University
Attended California Tryout 2013 fall
Season 2014: Kagawa Olive Guyners, Shikoku Island League plus
17games, 2W-0L, 19.1innings, 20Hits, 23K, 7BB, ERA: 3.72
(as of 5/28/14)
Michael Joyce joined Shinano Grandserows! (06/04/14)
(attended San Diego Tryout, January in 2014)
Shinano Grandserows, BC League (a Japanese Independent Baseball League) annouced that they signed LHP, Michael Joyce.
Joyce pitched in American Association in 2013, and attended San Diego Tryout, January in 2014.
Shinano Grandserows has a former Padre relief pitcher, Mr. Aki Otsuka as the head coach.
San Diego Tryout 2014 -for playing in Japan-
A Japanese independent professional baseball league “Shikoku Island League plus” and San Diego Sports Authority held a tryout in San Diego, January 2014.
Players got offered by Japanese Pro Ball organizations and affiliated summer league teams;
- Hinshaw, Jordan
- Inoue, Yusuke
- Jones, Blaine
- Joyce, Michael
- McClendon, Tony R.
- Mulholland, Dillon
- Reinking, Kevin
- Tsukada, Kohei
- White, Devin Marcus
- Yoo, Stephen
Shikoku Island League plus (Japanese Independent Baseball League)
Since 2005 Teams: 4
Season: April - September
Regular Season Games:
80 games total per a team and potential playoff games.
Inter League Games:
Games Series with Japan Big League affiliated teams.
Shikoku Island League plus and collegiate summer league baseball clubs, San Diego Mavericks and SAMURAI San Diego announced on their partnership. (02/28/2014)
California Tryout 2013 -for Japan Pro League-
- Japan Shikoku Winter League 2013
- California Tryout 2013, Fresno
Players drafted Japanese Professional Teams
Players got drafted by Japanese Pro Ball teams
- Colby, Zak (Ehime Mandarin Pirates)
- Cruz Ayala, Danny Fernando (Tokushima Indigo Socks)
- DeMar, Adrian Jerome (Kagawa Olive Guyners)
- Goodgion, Luke (Shinano Grandserows)
- Marks, Troy (Kochi Fighting Dogs)
- Murphy, Brian (Shinano Grandserows)
- Nading, Charles (Ishikawa Million Starts)
- Sunderland, Alex (Kagawa Olive Guyners)
- Wilhite, Mitchell (Ehime Mandarin Pirates)
- Wilson, Joe (Tokushima Indigo Socks)
- Riley, Nick (SAMURAI San Diego)