International Sports Management
San Diego Sports Authority (SDSA)
Japan League Tryout 2015
- Chance to play in Japanese Baseball leagues -
SDSA is holding Japan League Tryout 2015 in Temecula California, on November 7th and 8th. Prospective invited Japanese teams scouts are from Japan Industrial league, BC League (Japan Indie League), and MLB and Japan Big League scouts are expected to come, too.
Japan League Tryout 2015
Date: Nov. 7th and 8th
Location: Linfield Christian HS (Temecula CA)
- Fee: $95.00/player (credit card payment)
- Online registration required
Since 2012, total of 39 players got offered by the Japan League teams thorough SDSA Japan League Tryouts.
Japanese Industrial League: Japanese major corporations own teams; TOSHIBA, Toyota, Honda, Hitachi, Panasonic, Mitsubishi, etc.
Japanese Indie League: There are two Indie League in Japan, including "BC League".
Japan Industrial League
The Japanese Industrial League, established in 1920, is operated by the Japanese Amateur Baseball Association throughout Japan. Although it is unaffiliated with the Nippon Professional Baseball league, it still manages to fund a full season of about 70-80 games including 2 big tournaments and about 10 smaller ones throughout the season, all made possible by the big Japanese companies who own the teams like Toyota, Honda, Toshiba, and many others. This leagues skill level is just as good if not better than the minor league system in NPB. To play in this league you must also work for the company of the team you play for. Which is quite the step up from the company softball leagues we often hear about, and is a little harder for foreigners to join, but not impossible. In fact, 5 players from the SDSA tryout in San Diego received an invite to test their luck in the Industrial Leagues preseason workout, where they will try to earn a roster spot on one of the teams for the 2015 season. If they're picked up, they will be signed to a contract for the next 10 months, and have a shot of making it to the Japanese Big Leagues if they do well this season. If signed, they will also be working for the company as well, and their schedules will include a balance of work and training at the business and on the field in their day to day activities.
Results of Japan League Tryout 2014
SDSA held 2 open tryouts for Japan Baseball leagues in Florida and California, and around 100 players attended the tryout.
Scouts and team representatives of Japanese teams visited this tryout to see players;
- 2 Japanese Big League Organization
- 1 Japanese Industrial League Organization
- 7 Japanese Indie league teams
Invited to the Japan Industrial League Organization's Spring Training held in Yokohama, Japan, Feb. 2015.
Contract Offered by Japanese Indie League Clubs
Brandon Boyle (Kagawa Olive Guyners)
Edward Brandsema (Tokushima Indigo Socks)
Terrence Buchanan (Ishikawa Million Stars)
Chih-Hsien Chiang (Kochi Fighting Dogs)
Jack Daru (Ishikawa Million Stars)
Tomo Delp (Tokushima Indigo Socks)
Kelvin Freeman (Fukushima Hopes)
Dae Yang Kim (Ehime Mandarin Pirates)
Joshua Lavender (Ehime Mandarin Pirates)
Charles Matsunami (Kochi Fighting Dogs)
K'shawn Smith (Ishikawa Million Stars)
3 SAMURAI San Diego players got playing contracts!
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.
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 Spring 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