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Title: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on July 03, 2018, 09:29:26 PM
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Team Information
City: Tokyo, Japan
Conference: Coastal
Division: Pacific
Team Owner: Miyamoto Catsumoto
Team Secretary: Samantha Rai

Official Colors:

Big Stone (#181C43)
Silver Sand
(#BABCBD)



Season Results:
2013: 37-18 [1st Place in Pacific Division]
2014: 31-23 [1st Place in Pacific Division]
2015: 39-15 [1st Place in Pacific Division]
2016: 39-15 [1st Place in Pacific Division]
2017: 25-29 [4th Place in Pacific Division]

Playoff Appearances:
2013: Premier Cup Champions
2014: Coastal Championship Series
2015: Premier Cup Champions
2016: Premier Cup Champions





RETIRED NUMBERS:
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Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on September 10, 2018, 09:56:18 PM
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The best of the PBL deserves the best GM. It's an honor to say that best GM is Kirk. We will remain the best.   
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on October 03, 2018, 11:55:33 AM
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GM Kirk, I present you our active roster and stats.   
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on November 16, 2018, 11:46:15 PM
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It is with great honor that you receive this.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on November 18, 2018, 02:20:17 AM
It's a great honour to be a part of this team and I am keen to get to work. I thank you for the off-season reports, they will be a great help. I'm a little disappointed to see the lack of local talent on the team and the scarcety of Japanese players in the league as a whole. I believe that having a local hero would be great for this franchise. Is there anything we can do to tap into the local baseball system and try to find players worthy of being Samurai Cats?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on November 18, 2018, 08:52:11 AM
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Not much is known why that is. Rumors of an international pool of players being able to be bid on in the future has consistently been swirling around the league. Perhaps it may come into fruition, perhaps not. It may just be the Japanese professional players prefer to stay local rather then all the traveling that is required in the PBL. Maybe in the future we can set-up a camp of sorts to try and gauge their interest. That's a possibility, I suppose.   
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on November 21, 2018, 09:37:54 PM
That is something we'll look in to in due course. Right now, I think I'd better speak to our coaches. Can you ask Ricardo Beuno to see me, please?
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Mr. Beuno, could you give me your assessment of our coaches and the areas you think we need to strengthen? I have my own ideas, but I think it's important to make sure we're on the same page.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on November 22, 2018, 01:15:37 PM
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Kirk, pleasure. As much as I like the guy, I like winning more, so Paulson has to go I think. Bonilla is probably the best hitting coach in baseball and as long as we can hang on to him, we'll be one of the best hitting team in the league, especially with this lineup. We're really one starting pitcher away from making another championship run I think. 

   
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on November 22, 2018, 08:35:00 PM
Replacing Paulson with the salay we have available might be tough, but I'll get on it. Are there any coaches you have knowledge of or would like me to talk to?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on November 23, 2018, 04:28:29 PM
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A guy I worked with before the PBL days was Melvin Lara. He works well with all types of pitchers and comes with a decent reputation. Unless you want to target a more specific type of pitching coach.

   
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on November 23, 2018, 10:58:50 PM
I think an all-round coach is the right way to go at the moment, so I'll get on with it and we'll speak again soon.
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Ms. Rai, we're going to let Coach Paulson go but I'd prefer to do it face to face. Can you ask him to see me.
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Coach Paulson, we are going to replace you as Pitching Coach. The organisation would like to thank you for your hard work with the team up to this point, but as a new GM I'd like to bring in someone new to help elevate our pitching. I'm sorry for the bad news and wish you luck in your future career.
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That's the least pleasant part of the job. Ms. Rai, can you get hold of Melvin Lara for me please?

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Mr. Lara, I'm GM Kirk from the Tokyo Samurai Cats. We are looking for a new pitching coach and Ricardo Beuno suggested your name to me. Could you tell me what you've been up to since the two of you last worked together and a little bit about how you can help our pitching staff?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on November 23, 2018, 11:34:27 PM
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Did some coaching in the minor league system when it was around, worked in Dublin for the London affiliate. After the PBL ended the league, I went back to Peru to do some coaching. I am able to work all pitching type pitchers, rather then focus on any one area. I think I can just get better results out of the staff.

   
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on November 23, 2018, 11:53:20 PM
I prefer to have a versatile bullpen rather than one type, so a coach who can work with everyone suits me just fine. We have $1.5MM available for a pitching coach, so I'd like to offer you a contract for 2 years, $1.5MM.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on November 23, 2018, 11:55:37 PM
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It'll be an honor to help get this team another championship. Deal!

   
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on December 01, 2018, 07:50:33 AM
Welcome to Tokyo. I'd better let you get settled as things are a little different in this part of the world.
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Mr. Beuno, is Mike Anderson a pitcher we can use or someone who needs to be replaced? The pitcher market is pretty much a barren wasteland out there.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on December 01, 2018, 12:00:57 PM
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I don't think he needs to be replaced, but we could use an upgrade over him. Our offense is could enough to overcome most subpar pitching.

Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on December 01, 2018, 10:25:32 PM
In that case, I think we're better off just keeping our eyes open for young talent to come in later rather than making any moves to bring someone in now. I like what I've heard of DeVoe and I think I'll replace Britt with Little, from our reserves. Britt needs to be shaken out of his slump and Little seems to have the tools to make an impact as a situational pitcher with upside. There's one guy in FA I like, but I'm not going to tear up the roster to get him, so you can start planning for the season with the players we already have.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on December 06, 2018, 11:47:23 AM
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Looking forward to rebound from that disaster of last season.

Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on December 07, 2018, 10:35:53 PM
Me, too.
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Ms. Rai, can you contact Tim Payne's agent for me? I saw on ESPN that Albuquerque agreed a deal with him but no confrimation in the league office. Let the agent know that we are still interested and willing to up our offer for him to play with a winner instead of a team that apparently doesn't actually want him.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on December 07, 2018, 11:13:38 PM
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I thought you were messing with me, but I looked at my paperwork and you're right. We'd come to Tokyo if you can come to terms on a $3MM deal for Tim, years are up to you. 

Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on December 08, 2018, 02:26:54 AM
Absolutely, we can do that. I'll go with two years, but I'm sure we'll be extending that once he's found his feet in the league. Thank you.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on December 08, 2018, 10:58:14 AM
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I like your style.

Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on December 09, 2018, 04:26:17 AM
Couldn't let a player with Payne's talent slip through my fingers. It's been a pleasure, Mr. Johnson.
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Mr. Beuno, I think our roster is set. Palmeri might take Jordon's spot depending on how they do in camp, unless I can move something around to get them both in the rotation this season. Before I lock in our plans for training camp, I'd like to know how you like to set up your batting order. I'm thinking Chris Beauchemin takes over at DH, unless you think Nate Perrone has a better bat to use there.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on December 09, 2018, 11:20:52 AM
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Yeah, I think Perrone is the better bat in there right now. Beauchemin has some developing to do before he should get any kind of consistent playing time. As for the lineup, I'd set it like this:

1. Joaquin Rodriguez - CF
2. Guan-xiu Dung - 2B
3. Mike O'Brien - RF
4. Chris Westfall - 1B
5. Daniel Sanchez - 3B
6. Tito Rodriguez - LF
7. Nate Perrone - DH
8. Ricardo Murillo - C
9. Willie Garcia - SS

Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on December 23, 2018, 11:15:40 PM
Which players are the most vocal leaders and which show leadership by example (a strong work ethic)?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on December 24, 2018, 12:27:32 PM
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I'd say our top 3 vocal leaders would be Garcia, O'Brien, and Dung. As for work ethic, guys like O'Brien, Upchurch, and Dillon are tops... also really like our rookie Tito's work ethic.
 

Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on January 06, 2019, 11:35:53 PM
Here's the information you need for camp. Good luck.

TEAM CAPTAINS
1. OF Mike O'Brien
2. 2B Guan-xiu Dung
3. SP Isaiah Upchurch



MASTER DEPTH CHART

Catcher- Ricardo Murillo
1B- Chris Westfall
2B- Guan-Xiu Dung
3B- Daniel Sanchez
SS- Willie Garcia
LF- Tito Rodriguez
CF- Joaquin Rodriguez
RF- Mike O'Brien
BENCH- 2B Chris Beauchemin
BENCH- 3B Jerry Lamas
BENCH- OF Nate Perrone
BENCH- OF Aaron Dillon
BENCH- C Tim Payne


SP1- Isaiah Upchurch
SP2- Mike Anderson
SP3- Josh DeVoe
SET-UP- Chris O'Kelley
CLOSER- Mike Campbell
BENCH- RP John Little
BENCH- RP Nick Jordon



PROBABLE BATTING LINE-UP & PITCHING ROTATION 

vs. RHP
1. Joaquin Rodriguez
2. Guan-xiu Dung
3. Mike O'Brien
4. Chris Westfall
5. Daniel Sanchez
6. Tito Rodriguez
7. Nate Perrone
8. Ricardo Murillo
9. Willie Garcia


vs. LHP
Manager’s decision

Starting Pitcher Rotation
1- Isaiah Upchurch
2- Mike Anderson
3- Josh DeVoe



TRAINING
(Up to 6 Players)
(Hitter Trainable Traits: Approach, Power, Patience, Baserunning, Fielding)
(Pitcher Trainable Traits: Stamina, Stuff, Movement, Control, Specific Pitch [Fastball, Curveball, Changeup, etc], Fielding)

Tim Payne - Approach
Willie Garcia - Patience
Chris Beauchemin – Approach
Tito Rodriguez - Patience
Josh DeVoe - Stuff
Steve Palmeri - Control



PROMOTIONAL CALENDAR 

(Austin) (Cowboy Night)
Over-the-top Samurai Cat branded cowboy merchandise will be sold in the club shop and each fan will get a team branded surgical mask that’s designed to look like an outlaw’s bandana..

(San Diego) (SD Bento Boxes)
Tokyo welcomes San Diego with a selection of special bento boxes themed on San Diego’s star players’ favourite foods. The special bento boxes will be available at all concession stands and will come with a baseball card that details the player’s profile for each box.

(Brooklyn) (Thuder Sticks)
Nobody in baseball makes noise like the Japanese fans do, and this series will be even louder with Samurai Cats branded thunder sticks handed out at the first game. 

(Virginia Beach) (Beach Night)
The beach is coming to Tokyo, so the first 15,000 will get Samurai Cats beach towels to celebrate the occasion. I wonder if they might swing them overhead as a sign of encouragement for the team?

(Boise) (Ultraman Night)
Ultraman will be a guest mascot for the game and will wear the full team uniform. First 10k fans get Ultraman bobbleheads.

(Golden State) (Hello Kitty Night)
All young fans and 5,000 random 18+ ticket holders will get a special Hello Kitty doll wearing the Samurai Cats uniform and caps.

(New Orleans) (Cajun Bento)
Cajun Style Bento Boxes will be available for fans at all concession stores at the stadium.

(Omaha) (King of the Pitchers)
First 15,000 fans will get a Godzilla figurine wearing Samurai Cats uniform. Godzilla spits out small baseballs whenever you push a button on his back. Also available in stores.

(Thunder Bay) (Pokémon Go Night)
Discounts at all stores and concession stands in the stadium for any fans who come to the final series of the season dressed in their favourite Pokemon cosplay outfits. The stadium will have Pokémon Go hotspots around the concourse and a select number of fans will be allowed onto the field to catch Pokémon after the final game.


WALK-UP MUSIC

1. (Guan-xiu Dung) - (Nan Er Dang Zi Qiang) – (Jackie Chan) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gk4YP5BoBOs)
2. (Mike O'Brien) – (Turning Japanese) – (The Vapors) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWWwM2wwMww)
3. (Mike Campbell) – (Mr. Roboto) – (Styx) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIro5YYtteQ)
4. Daniel Sanchez – (Tokyo Drift) – (Teriyaki Boyz) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuJDhFRDx9M)
5. Chris Westfall – (Ultraman No Uta) – (Misuzu Jidou) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8laeC3awrI)
6. Isaiah Upchurch – (PonPonPon) – (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzC4hFK5P3g&list=PLDAO5lp2rLHELpsPCPaHPtHH-OuovG7c4) -  144million views!
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on January 08, 2019, 08:59:54 PM
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It is with great honor, I present you this team sheet. The way of the Cat will once again top the PBL.   

Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on January 09, 2019, 11:03:18 AM
TRAINING CAMP

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THE FLOOR IS OPEN FOR YOUR OPENING STATEMENTS
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on January 10, 2019, 12:45:55 AM
Welcome to a new season of Tokyo baseball. I was delighted to get the job here and find so many of the essential pieces for a championship team waiting for me. We've made some small changes here and there to improve our pitching but I think you can expect the same, exciting brand of baseball the fans have come to know and love. The goal this season is to get back on our perch as the best team in the PBL and I think we've made a good start to that in our taining camp. We've got elite coaching and players on the team, but we know that we're still going to have to work harder than everyone else if we want to match or exceed our goals. There's no space on this team for slackers and players who thought they could coast along on this franchise's past successes will find out very quickly that I don't tollerate that attitude. Hard work is the difference between a good franchise and a great one, and we expect nothing less than greatness. I'm excited to get going.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on January 10, 2019, 02:22:09 PM
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It's time to get back to the top, what do you say?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on January 10, 2019, 08:21:45 PM
Absolutely, and hopefully with some style. I have a couple of questions coming out of camp: What was Tim Payne's problem with the extra training? I was shocked to see that a rookie didn't get anything from a great coach. Also, who looks sharper between Palmeri and Jordon?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on January 14, 2019, 11:31:59 AM
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I wouldn't hang your hat on the results of the training so much as you could chalk it up as just a bad roll of the dice. As for Palmeri and Jordon, I still like Jordon more because of his veteran presence on the mound. No doubt Palmeri is good enough to be on the main roster though, but then you'd have to wiggle around the finance part. 
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on January 15, 2019, 12:12:09 AM
I'd like to see both in preseason, so you can switch them up a bit every few games. I'd like to have a look at one as a starer as well in a game or two, if you and Coach Lara think one can handle the increased workload.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on January 15, 2019, 12:58:33 PM
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No better time to see then in spring training. Just make sure you let me know the specifics in your lock in and I’ll make it happen.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on January 16, 2019, 08:42:57 PM
SPRING TRAINING CHANGES:

Day 3, 6, 10, & 12

Substitute

Palmeri for Jordon

Day 4, Jordon is starting pitcher

Day 8 Palmeri is starting pitcher

Other substitutions and line up changes - Managers Decision



LOCK IN FOR SPRING TRAINING
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on January 26, 2019, 09:05:16 PM
POST SPRING TRAINING

1. Talk about how you feel spring training went. Who impressed you the most? Who did you feel under-performed?

It was a spring of two halves. The first half went pretty well and the second was a long way below what I expect from this team. Palmeri impressed me but we will need to see big improvements in our pitching during the season. I gave some clear instructions before spring training that were completely ignored, so that didn't impress me.

2. Are you going to make any roster changes before the first series of the season?

Probably, but I will have to have a deeper look at the stats and talk to my coaches before we make any concrete decisions on that.
 
3. As the season gets underway, where do you project this team to finish in the standings?

I project us to finish top of the standings. That's why I'm here. We will need to tighten up on a few aspects of our game to achieve that, but we have some of the best coaches in the league to get the best out of the team.

4. Talk about your first opponent and the key to beating them in the three-game series. 

We have a long trip to Albuquerque to start us off. They have one or two players who can hurt you but I think we have a deeper lineup, so we should be able to play more consistantly through the series. That will be the key to this and most weeks in the season.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on January 26, 2019, 09:08:57 PM
"What's your plan to slow down the 3-time Premier Player of the Year, Fernando Tafolla?"
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on January 26, 2019, 09:46:13 PM
What are they going to do about Mike O'Brien or Daniel Sanchez or Guan-Xiu Dung? They have more players to worry about than we do, so I'm not concerned about Fernando Tafolla.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on January 27, 2019, 10:24:25 AM
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The American media out here hates how successful our franchise has been. 
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on January 28, 2019, 04:47:09 AM
I'm expecting to give them reason to hate us even more this season. Unless you spotted something I missed, I don't think our batting lineup needs to change much. We might tweak the order down the line, but I'd like to see some real games before I decide on that. Pitching is still an issue for us. I'll speak to Coach Lara in more detail about that, but Palmeri looked ready to me. As for this game, how do you suggest we deal with Tafolla? Walk him and take his threat away?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on January 28, 2019, 08:50:57 PM
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I think we try and make him get on the hard way. Where he is most dangerous is his speed on the basepaths. I don't think we need to treat him any different. 
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on January 30, 2019, 02:17:37 AM
Alright, let's do that. I'm not going to make any batting changes, so we'll lock in for the first series pretty quick after I've spoken to Coach Lara. Send him in to see me, please.
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Coach Lara, how do you rate the pitching over spring training? What changes would you suggest?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on January 30, 2019, 10:19:20 PM
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We will need Upchurch to pitch better and it will be up and down season for DeVoe. But Anderson looked solid, though I wouldn't bank on seeing those exact numbers.

   
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on February 01, 2019, 12:11:33 AM
Palmeri or Jordon? I'm leaning Palmeri after spring training, but you know much more about pitching than I do.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on February 01, 2019, 12:55:51 AM
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Slight lean for Palmeri. But I do worry that the stage might be too big for him. Only one way to find out though. 

   
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on February 01, 2019, 10:10:55 AM
Hearing that, it might be better leaving things as they are for now and easing him in once he's more settled and confident in Tokyo. Thanks for the advice. Please send Coach Bonilla to see me.
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Coach, I'd like to know which players impressed you the most with their work with the bat during preseason and which ones you'd like to see more effort from.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on February 01, 2019, 08:00:15 PM
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I think our top bats didn't really take spring training all that serious. I was happy with Tito and Perrone's work though. If they add to the lineup like they did in spring training, we're going to produce a lot of runs.

   
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on February 01, 2019, 09:20:10 PM
The big bats had better snap to quickly, as we can't give up any ground early on. I'll keep my eye on it, but I suspect they'll have their heads right by the opening pitch. I won't take up any more of your time. Thank you. I'll come down to training with you to say a few words before we set off for our first game.
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Lads, the league hates how successful we've been. Let's make them hate us more. We've got the talent, we've got the coaching. Let's kick some ass.
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No changes from Training Camp lock in.

Lock in
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on February 06, 2019, 11:47:56 PM
WEEK ONE

1. Talk about opening week. What did you take away from it?

I took away that we can win a game in whatever way we need to. We came out on top in a pitcher's duel and we blew them away with our bats in game 3. Game 2 was a tight one with some exceptional pitching from both sides, but I'm confident we'll come out on top in those situations more often than not once we hit our stride. We have a deep roster with exceptional talents and I think we're looking good at the moment. I can't wait to get back home to our passionate fans in Tokyo now.

2. Any news stories stick out to you this week?

It's not often that you see a player hitting .700 over 3 games, but I think it's just that Cruz was a very good player on a hot streak. We get a chance to see him up close and to slow him down this week. I'm excited.
 
3. Do you think there is PEDs in the game right now?

You don't watch much HIFL, do you? I've lost all interest in talking about PEDs. Next question.

4. Talk about your opponent this week. What will you have to improve to take the series?

Austin had a great week at the plate against Viginia Beach, but their pitching looks vulnerable. I don't think that we have to improve on any one thing, but we have to keep our performance level up and stay consistent. We've already seen matchups that looked close get blown up in the third game, so we have to be sure to keep our concentration up and play our best in every moment. As I said earlier, slowing Cruz down will be important but so will hurting them with our own weapons. I think it's going to be a great week and one we'll be happy with once it's done.


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Post by: GM Jon on February 08, 2019, 11:24:12 AM
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That was a satisfying series. Our pitching looked on point and our bats were doing some damage.
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Post by: GM Kirk on February 09, 2019, 08:47:41 PM
I liked what I saw. Do you feel any need to shuffle things around, or are you happy with the way things are set? Obviously everything was firing in game 3, but maybe a tweak or two could give us a pop in those tight battles?
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Post by: GM Jon on February 09, 2019, 11:07:01 PM
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Unless you feel the need to make a tweak, I'm fine with the way things are currently set-up.
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Post by: GM Kirk on February 10, 2019, 11:32:41 PM
I'm in and out of hospitals at the moment, so I won't tweak anything this week. Let the lads know I'll speak to some of them after this series.


No Changes.


Lock in
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Post by: GM Kirk on February 18, 2019, 09:42:43 PM
WEEK TWO

1. Talk about the last series. What was the highlight of the weekend for you?

I guess that puts an end to those rumours about Cruz. I couldn't be happier for the team and the fans after we managed to sweep our first home series of the season. We had some highlights in each game to get the fans excited.. well, even more excited than they normally are. Rodriguez's HR in the first game, 14 hits in the second game with two HRs and DeVoe's commanding pitching in game 3. DeVoe has made a big step up this season and the kid looks like he's taken it in his stride so far. Overall, a very pleasing series and start to the season.

2. Talk about the incoming draft class, do you feel it's too early for players to have to choose this soon into the season on college or the pros?

It's disappointing to see the league is still ignoring Japanese talent and that speaks volumes about their attitude towards the baseball being played over here. As for the timing, it's better to make a decision like that early to give yourself the chance to fully prepare for your future.
 
3. How do you feel about the potential changes the league is looking into?

What changes? Until I know what they are, I can't really have an opinion on them. Are they opening camps in Japan to provide a route into the league for local players? That would be good.

4. Talk about any other news that sticks out to you?

Altamirano is having a hot start to the year and I'm happy to see it. We knew he was one hell of a talent, but we needed help in other areas and I still think that was the right decision. I look forward to see him growing in the league and hopefully I'll get a chance to bring him back to Tokyo at some point in the future.

5. Talk about your opponent this week. What will be the key to victory?

Another long journey, this time to Jacksonville. I really wish the league had set up longer home and road stands for us considering the logistics involved, and I'm sure GM Dazz agrees with that, but it couldn't be clearer that they want foreign money but not foreign success. We'll just have to keep ramming our success down their throats. Jacksonville have had a rough start to the season but you can never take any games for granted. We'll have to play just as well in this series as we have up to this point. Keeping our edge and making sure we don't let complacency slip into our game are going to be key for us.
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Post by: GM Jon on February 19, 2019, 12:08:16 PM
“Do you think it’s the league not doing enough for Japanese players? Do you think it’s an international player as well? Or could it be the players would rather play close to home?”
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Post by: GM Kirk on February 19, 2019, 07:09:19 PM
I think the league needs to do more for all international players. Japan has had a thriving baseball culture for decades, so it's the obvious first step for expanding the talent pool, but I used to play baseball in the UK and I know there'd passion for the sport there as well. It's no accident that the league has teams in both of those countries. As for playing close to home, that might be something we look into ourselves if the league won't step up.
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Post by: GM Kirk on February 19, 2019, 07:11:30 PM
I'll clarify that I mean that we'll look to attract local talent to come to us directly. It wasn't s threat to leave the league, before you all start writing that.
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Post by: GM Jon on February 20, 2019, 10:09:56 AM
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If DeVoe keeps pitching like he has, they might as well start carving our name on the trophy for a fourth time.
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Post by: GM Kirk on February 23, 2019, 09:18:41 PM
He's taken to the role even quicker than I had anticipated. We'll have to keep this pace up all year, considering how good a couple of the other teams are looking. Next up we have a series that could trip us up if we're not careful. I can't imagine Jacksonville are as bad as they've looked, are they?
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Post by: GM Jon on February 24, 2019, 04:00:55 PM
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Not sure what's going on in Jacksonville. Still a very talented team that is probably due to bust out. 
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Post by: GM Kirk on February 26, 2019, 08:38:10 PM
Let's make sure they don't bust out this week. Remind the lads that Jacksonville have been our closest competition since the league began and they have our trophy. Their current record counts for nothing if we don't take then seriously. I'll let you get to it. Send DeVoe to see me.
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Mr. DeVoe, congratulations on a hot start to the season. You've been very impressive so far and we're going to frighten a lot of teams as long as you keep playing like that.
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Post by: GM Jon on March 01, 2019, 10:55:51 AM
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It feels good to be able to finally contribute to this great franchise. I'm feeling great on the mound!
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Post by: GM Kirk on March 01, 2019, 10:20:23 PM
That's just what I like to hear. We're going to need more of the same from you this week to knock off the reigning champs and their defence before it even gets started. I know you can do it.
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Post by: GM Kirk on March 20, 2019, 01:23:44 AM
WEEK THREE

1. Why did you win or lose your last series?


I'm concerned that it might be the travel that we have to do each week. It's a huge disadvantage to have to fly thousands of miles every week to hop from Japan to America and back again. It would have been much better to have had longer home and road stands, but it is how it is and we have to find a way to cope. I don't mean to take anything away from Jacksonville, who were due to break out against someone, but you can see how much sharper we were in game 3 when the jetlag wore off.

2. Talk about at least one piece of news. 

Chris Westfall had a fantastic series and performances like that will make sure we win a lot more games than we lose. We're delighted with how he's playing and proud to have him on the team. He's a class act.
 
3. What changes would you like to see happen in the league? Anything you plan on bringing to the table during winter meetings in the offseason?

I'd like to see more consideration for non-US teams and non-US talent. I mentioned that last week and I hope the league is willing to do more to make this wonderful sport and truly global game.

4. Talk about your opponent this week. What will be the key to victory?

San Diego have some incredibly talented players on their roster that you have to contain, but I think we can get at their pitching. It'll be exciting for the fans to see one of their own when Tokujiro Maeda steps to the plate and I'm sure they'll give him a wonderful reception... and an even better one when he leaves defeated. The key is going to be consitency. We've played well so far and we should have enough about us to sweep this series and keep ourselves right near the top of the league.

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Post by: GM Jon on March 22, 2019, 12:24:21 PM
“Will you be doing anything special for the arrival of Tokujiro Maeda when he returns to his home soil?”
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Post by: GM Kirk on March 22, 2019, 09:27:09 PM
No. He's not our player. I'm sure the fans might make up some banners and we'll do.something for him when he decides to swap San Diego for Tokyo permanently, but we won't spend money to celebrate a rival player.
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Post by: GM Jon on March 23, 2019, 11:59:51 AM
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We hit the ball well, but our pitching just didn't have it this series. 
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Post by: GM Kirk on March 25, 2019, 09:26:25 PM
I wasn't happy about that, but I think we need to judge these guys on their work over the whole season rather than one series. Hopefully it was just a blip and we'll see normal service resume in Tokyo. I don't want to panic and rip things up after one lost series, so unless you have any changes you want to make I think we just keep on doing what we're doing.
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Post by: GM Jon on March 25, 2019, 09:54:56 PM
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One bad week shouldn't force us into any changes and I think we matchup well against San Diego. Even if our pitching doesn't return to what we'd like it to be, I feel our bats can tee off on their pitching.
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Post by: GM Kirk on March 26, 2019, 09:40:20 PM
My thoughts exactly. I'll let you get back to practice. Send Chris Westfall to see me, please.
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Chris, fantastic play this week. It looks like you're really enjoying your baseball at the moment. I'm just sorry we couldn't get the three wins your play deserved. Another week and a another set of pitchers for you to send home crying to their mothers. How are you feeling so far?
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Post by: GM Jon on March 27, 2019, 08:18:28 PM
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After missing the playoffs last season, we're ready to get back into position to put another ring on the finger. It's fun hitting in our potent lineup!
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Post by: GM Kirk on March 28, 2019, 03:13:36 AM
It's fun watching as well. Let's kick some more ass this week.
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Post by: GM Kirk on April 17, 2019, 08:20:15 PM
WEEK FOUR

1. Discuss the latest series. Did anything surprise you?

I was surprised that we didn't sweep the series, but I don't think the way we played was particularly surprising. I learned a thing or two from the experience that I think will help us in the rest of the season.

2. Talk about at least one piece of news. 

Maeda getting traded was a huge shock. If I'd known he was available for that price, or any price, I would have put an offer in for him. The guy is one of the top players in the league and he was sold for peanuts. Just mind blowing.
 
3. Which player on another team has impressed you the most?

Maeda. We saw him up close this week and he was just as good as advertised. The guy gave up a big chunk of his downtime for the fans in Tokyo, rival fans, and he then balled out. He's a true pro and a gentleman and raises the profile of Japanese athletes. He's everything you want in a player and would be a great fit here, if Talon is ever stupid enough to trade him.

4. Talk about your opponent this week. Which player will be the key to win the series?


London are on fire and their pitching is the key to that team. I don't think any one player will be key to victory because it will be up to all our bats to get after their pitching and be the first ones to make them uncomfortable.

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Post by: GM Jon on April 18, 2019, 08:28:34 PM
"Are you saying GM Gooch didn't approach you about acquiring Maeda?"
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Post by: GM Kirk on April 19, 2019, 07:20:26 AM
No, he did not. I would have made an offer if I'd known of Maeda's availability as having a hometown hero on the squad would be huge for the team and the league's profile. I thought he was one of the league's untouchables, to be honest.
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Post by: GM Jon on April 19, 2019, 01:00:08 PM
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Another strong week, but I can’t help but feel pissed that we didn’t know about Maeda. 
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Post by: GM Kirk on April 21, 2019, 03:59:21 AM
I should have asked about him while he was here, but I just didn't expect him to be a realistic target. Maybe I can get him from Talon at a future date. As for our play so far, I think it's clear that Little has been brought up too soon. We could swap him for Palmeri, but then we'd have to send Payne to the reserves for one of our spare catchers. How involved is Payne in the games and do you prefer Barton or Fisher?
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Post by: GM Jon on April 21, 2019, 10:52:40 AM

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I agree, I think it's time to bring Palmeri in and bring a boost to the pen. Little has potential, but he's struggling in there at times. As for Payne, yeah, he can go down. He's another who has potential, but isn't ready for consistent playing time. 
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Post by: GM Kirk on April 24, 2019, 07:32:01 PM
That's what we'll do, then. I talk to the guys we moved down after the series in London, but we'd better get on the plane now.
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Starting Lineups

vs. RHP
1. Joaquin Rodriguez
2. Guan-xiu Dung
3. Mike O'Brien
4. Chris Westfall
5. Daniel Sanchez
6. Tito Rodriguez
7. Nate Perrone
8. Ricardo Murillo
9. Willie Garcia


vs. LHP
Manager’s decision

Starting Pitcher Rotation
1- Isaiah Upchurch
2- Mike Anderson
3- Josh DeVoe

Fisher takes Payne's place on the bench and Palmeri takes Little's place on the pitching staff.

Lock in
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Post by: GM Kirk on May 17, 2019, 07:07:48 AM
WEEK FIVE

1. Discuss the latest series. What was one thing you loved and one thing you hated?

I loved taking London's pitching apart in games 2 and 3. I didn't love getting shut out in game 1. London's ace is no joke and they will go far carried by that arm. Fortunately, we have a deeper squad and a more rounded team that was able to take the series. I'd really like us to sweep another one soon, though.

2. Talk about at least one piece of news.   

The punishments handed out for the brawl earlier in the season were well deserved. This isn't ice hockey and that sort of behavior needs to be stamped out. If a guy flips a bat on you, strike him out. If a guy throws at you, hit his next one out of the park. Winning is the best way to fight back.
 
3. With all-star voting underway, what is one name that surprises you towards the top and what is one name you feel is not getting enough love?

Altamirano is a surprise. We knew how good his bat is when we agreed to trade him, but he's really shone more than I expected in a starting role and deserves the votes.

I'm surprised our pitchers aren't on the list. DeVoe has won all of his games so far. Not sure what else he can do to prove himself as a top talent.

4. Talk about your opponent this week. What player on the opposing team do you have to worry about the most?

Brooklyn don't play with honour. They've got a GM and manager who encourage their players to target the opposition and try to hurt them. We have to make sure we don't sink into the gutter with them. If we play honest, professional baseball we will send them home with their tails between their legs. Their GM can forget the welcome ceremony and box we usually provide for honoured guests. He can sit with the Tokyo fans and find out what they think of his words and actions.

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Post by: GM Jon on May 17, 2019, 11:29:01 PM
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The boss loves it when we beat the distant neighbors overseas. We took their best punch and came back with the knockout. I really like what we have going right now.
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Post by: GM Kirk on May 18, 2019, 12:11:55 AM
As do I. I think we'd have swept the series against any other pitcher and I was pretty happy with how we played overall. This week, I really do want a sweep. I'm tempted to encourage the guys to flip their bats at every hit, but I think it would be best to rise above Brooklyn's outdated view of how to play the game and just beat them cleanly. We can show them what a modern baseball team looks like. Happy with that, or do you think a little fire would be beneficial?
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Post by: GM Jon on May 19, 2019, 02:58:18 PM
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We don't need to belittle our own values. Let Brooklyn do what they want, we'll point to the scoreboard at the end of the game.
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Post by: GM Kirk on May 22, 2019, 12:47:52 AM
Sounds good to me. Let the lads know that I'm proud of their efforts so far and to keep it up. I don't see the need to get in the way right now, but I'll start having meetings with the other coaches and some of the players from next week. Let's focus on sweeping Brooklyn and sending them home with some humility.

Starting Lineups

vs. RHP
1. Joaquin Rodriguez
2. Guan-xiu Dung
3. Mike O'Brien
4. Chris Westfall
5. Daniel Sanchez
6. Tito Rodriguez
7. Nate Perrone
8. Ricardo Murillo
9. Willie Garcia


vs. LHP
Manager’s decision

Starting Pitcher Rotation
1- Isaiah Upchurch
2- Mike Anderson
3- Josh DeVoe

Lock in
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Post by: GM Kirk on May 27, 2019, 11:05:23 AM
WEEK SIX

1. Discuss the latest series. Was it how you expected it to go?

Our bats seemed a little sluggish in the first game but, other than that, the series was how I expected it to go. I think it's clear that the amount of travel we do each week is producing slow starts, but our guys really get going once they shake off the jetlag. It was a good effort throughout the whole series and a win for clean baseball over that ancient brand that Brooklyn play.

2. Talk about at least one piece of news.  

I was surprised to see the news about Lamas. He hasn't said anything to me about retiring and the coaches haven't mentioned it, so we'll have to find out if you lot had the inside track on that story or if someone pulled it out of their ass. If it's true, we'll make sure to send him off with another championship.
 
3. Who are cheering for to win the College World Series?

As far as I'm aware, there aren't any Japanese schools involved so I don't have a dog in the fight. We'll be interested in individuals rather than teams in that competition.

4. Talk about your opponent this week. What will you need to improve upon to take the series?

Virginia Beach are a top team with fantastic pitching. We've got to really attack their ace in the first game to have a hotter start to the series than we have recently, but I'm confident that we can win overall. Sweeping them would really lay down a marker, but it will be incredibly tough to do. It's an exciting game and one that pundits will be pouring over for weeks to come. I can't wait.

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Post by: GM Jon on May 27, 2019, 12:35:53 PM
"Do you feel the hit by pitch on Mike O'Brien was done intentionally by Ethan Thompson?"
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Post by: GM Kirk on May 27, 2019, 09:03:09 PM
Did you watch their press conferences lately? I'd say it was intentional, for sure. We responded the way a team should, by kicking their ass in the final scores. Victory tastes doubly sweet against bad losers.
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Post by: GM Jon on May 28, 2019, 12:32:50 AM
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It was satisfying sending those punks from Brooklyn back with a broom up there ass.
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Post by: GM Kirk on May 29, 2019, 11:03:21 PM
It absolutely was. Now we get to take down a clear rival in the playoff hunt. They've managed to sign some top talent during the season, but I don't see that we need to change anything to face them. Our bats are on fire and our pitching is holding its own. Just need to play mistake free baseball and let the crowd carry us to victory. Do you see anything I've overlooked?
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Post by: GM Jon on May 30, 2019, 12:50:18 AM
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We still have the superior bats in the league and even though they upgraded on the mound, we will be more than a handful for them. As long as their bats don't suddenly wake up, I don't see why we couldn't pull off the sweep.
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Post by: GM Kirk on June 01, 2019, 08:36:20 PM
Sound good. I'll let you get back to the lads. Send Jerry Lamas to see me, please.
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Jerry, I saw in the press that you're planning to retire at the end of the season. Is that true?
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Post by: GM Jon on June 02, 2019, 11:44:29 AM
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It is true boss. Sorry I didn't come to you first, but the press was there and it was something I needed to get off my chest with how I was feeling. I've appreciated everything this franchise has done for me and would love nothing more then to add one more ring to this finger.
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Post by: GM Kirk on June 03, 2019, 01:10:28 AM
That's fine, I understand. I get things off my chest in front of the press all of the time. You can be sure that we appreciate all the effort you've given us through the years and that we'll being trying our hardest to send you off with another ring. Thanks for your hard work and professionalism.
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Post by: GM Kirk on June 03, 2019, 09:16:00 AM
Starting Lineups

vs. RHP
1. Joaquin Rodriguez
2. Guan-xiu Dung
3. Mike O'Brien
4. Chris Westfall
5. Daniel Sanchez
6. Tito Rodriguez
7. Nate Perrone
8. Ricardo Murillo
9. Willie Garcia


vs. LHP
Manager’s decision

Starting Pitcher Rotation
1- Isaiah Upchurch
2- Mike Anderson
3- Josh DeVoe

Lock in
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on June 17, 2019, 02:16:35 AM
WEEK SEVEN

1. Discuss the latest series.

We got off to a good start, but then we dropped a couple of close games. Virginia Beach are a good team and well managed by their GM. They've made some big move to improve themselves and they will be a match for anyone. We need to find a way to consistently come out on top against teams of that quality if we want another championship, though.

2. Talk about at least one piece of news.   
 
I was happy to see the rave reveiws of the fan events that we had going during the last series. The fans are the lifeblood of the league and the fans in Tokyo are as passionate as they come. It was great to see them interacting with the players from both teams and really elevated the experience for everyone. We look forward to the next one and we'll be happy to work with Virginia Beach to make it a yearly tradition when our teams face off against each other.

3. With the creativity some teams have explored such as starting your ace in Game 3 and using an "opener" approach. If you've used one of those strategies, will you continue them? If you haven't, will you start? Why and why not? 

No. The traditional approach became tradition for a reason. I think we have the right pitchers in the right spots and we are just going to trust them to do the jobs they are paid for. If you're messing around with things like that, it's because you have a problem that you're trying to cover up.

4. Talk about your opponent this week. Which one of the games is the most important to win for your team?

Chicago are having a rocky season so far, so this is a good chance to get back on track after losing our last two games. We need to make sure to win game 1 to give them that sinking feeling and impose our dominance. We're the better team this season and we need to show that right from the first pitch.
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Post by: GM Jon on June 17, 2019, 09:50:28 PM
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Would love to run that back again, they wouldn't beat us the next time.
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Post by: GM Kirk on June 17, 2019, 10:47:50 PM
I'm sure we'll get the chance when the playoffs roll round. Is there anything we can do with the batting order to help us get over the line in these tight games, or are we set up in our optimal lineup already?
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Post by: GM Jon on June 17, 2019, 11:59:17 PM
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I think it's time to replace Perrone with Dillon and have Dillon and Garcia swap spots in the lineup. Other than that, our hitting does get stumped at times against the best pitchers. But I am quite confident, they will win more battles then they'll lose.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on June 18, 2019, 06:15:13 AM
What do you think of this nonsense with Chicago's pitching? My instinct is to just trust DeVoe and our  bats to take care of game 3 and accept the gifts Chicago are handing us in the other two games.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on June 19, 2019, 11:28:00 PM
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We are the standard. We don't change for other teams, they have to change for us. 
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on June 20, 2019, 09:04:32 PM
I agree with that. I'll let you get to practice. Send O'Brien to see me, please.
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Mike, great season so far. You're really leading by example. How are you and the rest of the lads feeling after that last series?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on June 20, 2019, 10:49:57 PM
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Oh boy, man just super blessed to play this beautiful game. All the guys, man so great to be able to share the field with them. God is good.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Kirk on June 21, 2019, 03:49:34 AM
That's cool. Good luck with the season.
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I resign as I have decided to retire from being a GM. 
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on June 22, 2019, 09:14:46 PM
AUTO LOCKED FOR THIS WEEK
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on July 03, 2019, 10:38:44 AM
GM GOOCH WALKS INTO HIS NEW PRESS ROOM AND SMILES AT THE PRESS

I want to express my gratitude to the ownership here in Tokyo for extending an offer to me. I already feel valued and appreciated and look forward to many years of success in Tokyo.

1. Discuss the latest series.

I'm still getting my office unpacked. I'm catching up as quickly as possible on this storied franchise and look forward to sharing more of my thoughts on games next week.

2. Talk about at least one piece of news.   
 
I'd say my jump to the Samurai Cats has made a big impact on me personally and hopefully, in the future, in a positive way for this franchise. I look forward to working hard and continuing on the tradition of winning.

3. Will you be a buyer, seller or stay put as trade deadline approaches?

Odds are we will be staying put. I won't turn down an offer too good to refuse, but I'm not looking to make drastic changes.

4. Talk about your upcoming series.

We host a very strong Boise team. GM Gates is a talented GM. He's doing good things there in Boise. I think we can take this series from a Boise team that may be showing a little overconfidence. The higher you climb on your own pedestal, the further you fall. If we play the type of ball that Tokyo is known for, we should do very, very well.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on July 03, 2019, 05:59:30 PM
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GM Gooch, welcome to our Tokyo family.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on July 04, 2019, 11:14:25 AM
Thank you for the warm words. I'm excited to be here.

I'll spend the week getting to know our team a lot better statistically, but I know we are on a crunch to get started this week.

Are there any changes to the line-up that you think would be good going forward or do you want to stick with what my predecessor had in place?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on July 04, 2019, 11:24:57 AM
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I did make one change after GM Kirk resigned and that was starting Aaron Dillon over Nate Perrone against RHP. But if you want to move back to Perrone in the lineup against both RHP and LHP, I'm quite okay with that. 
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on July 04, 2019, 11:26:49 AM
I trust your judgment. Let's stick with what you changed.

Would you be opposed to me putting all game day decisions into your hands as I get acclimated?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on July 04, 2019, 12:04:15 PM
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Not at all, let me know if you have any questions I can answer.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on July 05, 2019, 01:48:52 PM
Will do. I look forward to working closely with you. Let's pick up some wins.
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Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on July 12, 2019, 01:15:55 PM
WEEK NINE

1. Discuss the latest series.

I'll eat crow when I need to and GM Gate's Elk team came to play. It's not fun losing our first series with me here, but that's what baseball do sometimes. I'm sure we will continue to play top level baseball. We are sitting at a good record and will continue to press forward.

2. Talk about at least two pieces of news.

I'm proud of the Coastal conference's domination. The All-Star game and the Home Run derby nods going to us is nice. Chris Westfall had a great weekend. Two run homer in the game and 10 homers in the Derby. Batted 1.000 in the game with one being the aforementioned home run. Proud of that guy.

3. Who do you think got an All-Star game snub?

I think Joaquin Rodriguez could've made the cut. He's batting almost .300 and has driven in 20 runs. I think he deserved some love.

4. What was your favorite part of All-Star weekend?

Seeing so many Samurai Cats out there representing the Coastal conference. It was nice seeing some of my old Devil Dog players out there, too. The All-Star weekend is a lot of fun.

5. How would you grade yourself at the midseason point?

That's hard. I made a move that I felt would pay off in San Diego and met immediate resistance and I don't think the relationship would ever recover. I'm excited to be here in Tokyo and want to do a good job. 

6. Who is your midseason MVP?

Westfall is killing it this year in just about every way for Tokyo. We have a lot of great players working together as a team. But I like what our 1st basemen is doing.

7. Talk about your Week 10 opponent.

We are going to Indianapolis this week. GM Franchise has them ready to peak at the right time after an impressive series last week. They are a fiery team and they get on base well. Their pitching is pretty good, but I believe our bats are going to show lively. They have momentum going their way as they feel like they could still be a playoff contender, I'd like for us to win decisively. I'd like to see us get a clean sweep, but I believe we will win the series.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on July 13, 2019, 01:07:10 PM
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Tough series loss to a good Boise team, but we should be able to handle business against the Aeros. 
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on July 17, 2019, 11:26:17 AM
I believe we will. I don't see a need to change anything this week. I'm excited to see us get some momentum this week. Thanks for all you do, Coach.
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Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on July 17, 2019, 12:18:53 PM
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Aw, konnichiwa GM Gooch-san. I have nothing I wish to speak to you about. You know the expectation of the Samurai-Cat and know you will bring great honor to our great franchise.   
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on July 17, 2019, 12:32:46 PM
That is my hope and my desire. Thank you, sir.
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Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on July 26, 2019, 12:03:42 AM
THE MEDIA GROWS IMPATIENT
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on July 27, 2019, 02:19:48 AM
THE MEDIA LEAVES, YOUR REPUTATION IN JAPAN STARTS DECREASING QUICKLY




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Not the best thing to ignore the media, ends up causing unwanted questions to our players and becomes a distraction to our goals. 
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on July 28, 2019, 12:55:22 PM
My apologies, coach. It won't happen again.

Speaking of players. I'm a bit concerned with our short stop. His batting average is really lagging behind everyone else. Is he great in the field or do you think we need to be looking for an upgrade in the draft or free agency?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on July 28, 2019, 01:25:39 PM
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An upgrade would be great, either in the draft or find a way to bring Tokjiro home.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on July 28, 2019, 03:12:16 PM
I'll keep that in mind with our scouting and keep my ear open in trade talks.

Is there anything we can do to work with him now. Is he just in a slump or is it a "get what you get and don't throw a fit" type thing? Could sitting him a few games or calling anyone up be of help?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on July 28, 2019, 03:30:58 PM
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We could try and give him a series off, but our only option at short would be to call up Kevin Anderson from the reserve roster.

Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on July 28, 2019, 03:50:00 PM
Is there anything you particularly like about Kevin Anderson or would this be rearranging the furniture?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on July 28, 2019, 03:52:14 PM
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He's our third round pick from this past draft, haven't really seen him play enough to gather much information.

Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on July 28, 2019, 04:16:17 PM
Gotcha. I'll just keep things as they are and hope he comes out of it. Since I have been somewhat absent lately, I want to talk to the team and express my dedication and apologize for my lack of presence. I'm all in for this team and look forward to helping us continue to build in a great way.

I appreciate all of your efforts.
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GOOCH GOES TO THE LOCKER ROOM AND ADDRESSES THE TEAM
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Gentlemen, I want to give you my sincerest of apologies for my lack of presence lately. I want to commit to you that I will be more active and vocal so you can keep your focus on the great game of baseball and not having to talk to the press and answer questions you shouldn't have to.

I want to reiterate that I am committed to Tokyo and I want to do everything I can to be what this team needs. I believe in you and I believe we have something special here.

Again, I apologize and I will strive to allow you guys to do what you do best, and that's play winning baseball.
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Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on July 30, 2019, 05:04:30 PM
Discuss the latest series. What went right, what went wrong?

To take a series over a top franchise in the PBL is huge. To do so in such close games let's me see the resolve of this team. They are gutsy. They play without fear. When this group says they leave it all on the field, they mean it. We played great baseball. Hard to find a lot wrong when you are playing a great franchise and win two out of three. I'm very pleased.

Was the cycle by Alex Morales the most impressive thing this season thus far?

This has been an exciting season and Alex Morales hitting for the cycle is exciting to say the least. It's never fun to be on the opposite side of it, but you have to tip your hat to a young man who has worked hard at his craft. 

Talk about at least one other piece of news.

It's a shame to see GM Gravedigger scrutinized so harshly. Life under a microscope isn't enjoyable. His franchise is better with him than they are without him. GM Gravedigger is a great GM and nitpicking every decision he makes will ensure that he will go to another franchise and win with them. Gravedigger is a winner.

Talk about your Week 12 opponent.

We play Mexico City this week. GM Pancho made a bold move and landed a great player in Cruz. GM Pancho is fair in his assessments in dealing with other GMs and with dealing with his talent. Cruz is batting over 400. Their 3rd basemen, Scherman, is having a great year as well. He's dangerous when he has players on base. I believe we take this series, if not sweep this series. I think some big wins this week puts us in an even better position as the playoffs are looming.

Some in the media may want my assessment of GM Pancho's comments about me a few weeks ago, and even this week. GM Pancho is a friend of mine and the things he has said in public, he would have no problem saying to me in private. He has given his honest assessment of me as a GM. Those sort of things make me better because I know the type of GM that Pancho is. It's one thing when a GM who has barely won anything tastes victory and runs his mouth, it's another when it's a proven winner. What Pancho said wasn't trash talk, that's how he sees it. His words motivate me to do better. There is no need for a phone call. I already have his words printed on my wall. I want to be the best I can be. I know, in a way, that Pancho does care for me professionally. There are some GMs he would never throw lines out about, because it would be a waste of his time. I think, perhaps, deep down he wants to see me succeed. We have a great staff, great players, and a great fanbase that I don't want to let down either.

Pancho, I plan on succeeding. Thank you for pushing me to do better. To keep my eye on the prize. Your motivation is going to help me reach for heights I've never reached before. Thank you.

I'm looking forward to a fun series in Mexico City, and bringing back some victories.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on August 01, 2019, 12:52:01 AM
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A huge series win against the best team in the PBL. That's what we needed and we delivered.

Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on August 01, 2019, 09:37:58 AM
I absolutely agree. That was big time.

We've one one out of the past 3 series. This one was a huge series to win. I'm wondering if this is an uptick in our momentum. Do you think we are moving in an optimal direction. So much of baseball is momentum. I want us to be peaking at the right time.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on August 01, 2019, 10:13:21 PM
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We’re in a good spot, other teams are getting hurt and it’s only a matter of time before we show our league dominance and get ourselves into a healthier playoff position.

Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on August 04, 2019, 12:48:21 PM
That's great to hear.

Do I need to do anything about Nick Jordon? I'm looking on our injury report and see he's out for a long time. Is there a way we can make sure he doesn't go in under any circumstances? I can't put him on the DL b/c we don't have any cap space. I just don't want him to even accidentally go in and end up getting hurt worse.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on August 04, 2019, 01:01:11 PM
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We need to send him to the DL, because we'll need to feel that RP spot with Little from our reserve roster. You'll have to move some pieces down and call up some guys to make the money work. We could go into each week with Jordon on the active roster, but we'd be relying on only three bullpen arms if we did. Your call on that boss.

Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on August 04, 2019, 01:21:37 PM
What would you think of me doing the following:

Put Nick Jordon on DL, so we are eating that $3mm.

Send 2B Chris Beauchemin, C Tim Payne and OF Aaron Dillon down.

Call up RP Steve Palmeri, SS Kevin Anderson, C Bill Fisher, and OF Josh Arbogast.

This should balance out our books, get Anderson up like we talked about and get a fresh arm in the bullpen. Do you see any problems? 

Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on August 04, 2019, 01:25:35 PM
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Tim Payne is already on the reserve roster and Steve Palmeri and Bill Fisher is already on our main roster.

Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on August 04, 2019, 01:33:30 PM
You are correct. I'm looking at an old team sheet. Let me find my updated sheet.

GOOCH FINDS THE UPDATED SHEET AND TOSSES THE OTHER IN THE TRASH

Here we are, sorry about that, Coach.

I'm wanting to call up SS Kevin Anderson and RP John Little?

I can either send 2B Chris Beauchemin down or OF Aaron Dillon. Who would you rather keep on the main roster?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on August 04, 2019, 01:38:07 PM
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Dillon.

Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on August 04, 2019, 01:40:57 PM
Alright, I'll send Beauchemin down and call up Anderson and Little.

In the lock in do I need to specify anything in particular about these guys? I would eventually like to see Kevin Anderson getting some opportunities, but I'd like for you to get eyes on him in practice before we make any changes.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on August 04, 2019, 01:46:12 PM
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Only have to post nay lineup changes or starting rotation changes. I can handle the rest.

Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on August 04, 2019, 01:48:06 PM
Sounds good. Thanks, Coach. Let's beat the breaks off of them this week. I don't want Pancho's team gelling against us.
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Kevin Anderson is on the bench and will play back-up to Willie Garcia.

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Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on August 04, 2019, 01:53:38 PM
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Just to be clear, you want John Little to start?

Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on August 04, 2019, 01:55:49 PM
Sorry for the bad terminology. He will be in relief.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on August 12, 2019, 11:34:25 PM

1. Discuss the latest series. What needs to improve, if anything?

That's not the outcome that we wanted or needed. We had a really good first game and in the wheels came off. If we are going to make a run in the playoffs we have to play consistent, playoff caliber baseball. We can't have series like this. Hats off to Pancho. It's amazing that the team is come together so quickly after behind the scenes rumors was that he alienated his team. Gravedigger is raked through the coals but some GMs get a pass from the press. This past allows a GM to focus on their team. The stress has not being hounded is good for GMs. This week proves it.

2. What are your thoughts on the league punishments thus far? Fair or unfair?

I think they have been fair. There have to be appropriate consequences to rules being broken.


3. Talk about at least one piece of news.

I saw that our train wreck of the game made the news. I think little could bring something to this team. He needs to get his emotions in check and get pitches over the plate. I'm proud that our team back him up, but I would rather be given the opportunity to back  him up for good play in a press conference. I hope the suspension will give him some time to think and we will see an improved, focused player upon his return.

4. Talk about your Week 13 opponent.

New Orleans is a tough franchise. We are going to have to play consistent baseball if we are going to win this series. If we are going to make a run the playoffs we need to get used to playing consistent baseball. That's what I want from my players is consistent, high level baseball.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on August 14, 2019, 12:55:53 PM
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Think you were a little hard on Little, boss. Tough series loss though, rare occurrence where our bats were quiet in those last two games.

Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on August 15, 2019, 06:16:42 PM
I thought I was being encouraging. He has the backing of his teammates (by their actions) and I'm pulling for him too. He can use these few games to get his head on straight.  I want to be able to brag on him. I just can't do it right now. I mean, 7 relief appearances this year and notched no saves. 9.00 ERA. Intentional throw or not, we weren't looking great having him come out if he's going to continue to post those numbers, I hoped that a slight request for improvement would be encouraging.

I'm still new to baseball, how could I address a player in a press conference to get a better return? I want to be a motivator. I want to be an encourager. I want to do my part in  helping get the best out of guys.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on August 17, 2019, 02:40:44 PM
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He isn't a closing pitcher, so saves are not something you can really measure him by. He hasn't had great success on the mound, but he has had some nice moments to go along with some bad. It's his first time pitching at this level, so ups and downs are expected. As for how you can better address a player... I'm not sure boss, other wise I'd be a GM.

Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on August 17, 2019, 06:20:44 PM
Okay. I'll talk to him after he returns from suspension.

Let's pick up a series win this week.

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Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on September 17, 2019, 06:10:51 PM
Discuss the latest series. What was your favorite moment of the series?

We played good baseball, but we came up short. In baseball, teams slump, It happens. unfortunately this slump is happening as I have taken the helm here. I want to do whatever I can to help. The highlight would be O'Brien's great play. I was glad to see him recognized this player of the week. He deserved it.

2. Do you think PBL.com had the award winners right?

I think it's still too early in the season to give out season finale awards. But based off of statistics, I would say there's a good chance that a samurai cat deserves placement. I am proud of our hard work. It is going to pay off.

3. Talk about at least one other piece of news.

Tokyo has a history of winning. The only change that has happened has been GM Kirk leaving and me coming in. It just coincides with a slump that we are going to get through. I believe in this team. I believe we're going to make a good playoff run. Having the players defend me, makes me respect and even more. I also understand that I left a bad taste in fan's mouths When I was too hard on Little a few weeks back. I would like to publicly apologize to him right now. I was hoping my words would be motivating, but behind closed doors I found out that they weren't. I'm normally a positive guy, I thought I'd said the right thing but I didn't. For that I'm sorry. I believe in this team in every player on this team. When I took this team over I had quite a few trade offers, but I didn't take any of them. I wanted to keep this team intact because I believe we have a great chance to win.

I want our fans to be patient as we come out of this slump. I believe we're going to come out of it at the right time and play optimum baseball. I believe this Tokyo team Is as good as advertised, and we are going to be playing even better into the playoffs.

4. Talk about your Week 14 opponent.

We play in Omaha team that is wanting to make a run for the playoffs. I'm hoping that this is the series that everything comes together and we start picking up wins again. We have everything in place. We have a very good staff. We've got good bats, we've got good fielding, we've got good pitching. I believe everything is going to come together at the right time. I believe this is a great week first to start seeing some victories.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on September 17, 2019, 09:18:10 PM
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Don't pay no mind to the media talk, you have the support of everyone in the franchise. Winning cures everything.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on September 20, 2019, 01:00:29 AM
I appreciate you and the players having my back. I hope that the feeling is mutual. I would try to do something for the team, but the cupboard was left bare when it comes to bonus money. Do you think a night off might help the boys or do we need to play through this?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on September 20, 2019, 01:32:44 AM
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I fear the only cure is to win baseball games.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on September 20, 2019, 02:17:32 AM
Alright then, let's keep playing and we can get out of this slump. Thank you for all you do, Coach.
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Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on September 23, 2019, 09:57:11 AM
1. Discuss the latest series. Did any player suprise your team or the opponents team?

3 games and the difference in each game was 1 run in each. You can't pin the blame on anyone. Baseball is a team sport and we win together and lose together. I thought we played improved baseball. Palmeri pitched lights out the last 4 innings of game 1. I was really impressed. Sanchez' 3 hits and 3 RBI's were huge for us too. O'Brien's triple and home run were both inspiring as well. O'Kelley, who we will talk about later, had a great two innings at the end of the 2nd game. Anderson put up a lot of good strikes, too. DeVoe and Campbell were a great one/two punch for us in game 3. Rodriguez's big play brought in two runs. I'm proud of that. While it stings to lose another series, it was nice to pick up a hard fought win against an Omaha team that is playing much better than their record.

2. Talk about at least one piece of news.
Seeing Chris O'Kelley in the news is important for our franchise. He should be a first ballot Hall of Famer. His stats speak for themselves. I really hope our team will rally for guys like Lamas and O'Kelley so we can give them one last great hurrah. I look forward to talking to him this week.

3. Talk about your Week 15 opponent.

Thunder Bay is coming to Tokyo. We are going to be ready to play good, clean baseball. Thunder Bay is playing great baseball right now. They are at the top of the Badland Division over in the Heartland conference. They are a good team on the road and they are on a 3 game win streak. I believe we can snap that streak and show the world that Tokyo is still a top flight team here in the PBL. I see it coming back together this week. I can feel it.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on September 23, 2019, 01:27:45 PM
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Well said, that was a frustrating series that we needed to have. It just seems like everyone keeps giving us their "A" game.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on September 23, 2019, 01:37:14 PM
I'm still proud of our team, but you're correct. Guys are just playing lights out against us.

The news has hit that we are losing two Tokyo legends in Lamas and O'Kelley. I don't want guys to think that the system is about to get changed. Therefore, I'd like to go ahead and talk to you about a new contract. I want you here. I want to continue to build on the great legacy you've had here in Tokyo. I don't want to change things up, I want to do my part to improve. Bring in the type of players you need for us to win. Would you be interested in resigning with us? I think that could potentially loosen some guys up a bit knowing that (outside of the guys retiring) that this isn't the end of the the current Tokyo run. We're going to keep building. I'm not blowing anything up. But, I'd like to have you on board for seasons to come. Does that interest you?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on September 23, 2019, 01:43:25 PM
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No other place I'd want to roam the dugout. What's the offer?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on September 23, 2019, 03:26:23 PM
You are making $5mm now and I believe you deserve a raise, but if I do, it means we have to pay another coach less because of how the cap is situated currently. I feel like the key to our success in the future is with you as our manager. Would you be willing to stay for another 3 years at $6mm?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on September 23, 2019, 06:54:14 PM
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That's a deal.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on September 25, 2019, 12:37:23 PM
Fantastic! I'll get that to the league office. I'm planning on talking to Chris O'Kelley and then I'll send the information in for the game. Glad to have you on board for the next few seasons.
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Chris, I wanted to thank you for your efforts here in Tokyo. I know this is a decision that you aren't making lightly. Outside of finishing this season strong (with hopefully a playoff run), what do you have planned next?

Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on September 25, 2019, 12:50:09 PM
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Head back der my swamp in Louisiana and do a lot of fishin' and skrimpin'.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on September 25, 2019, 12:52:09 PM
As a southern gentlemen myself, that sounds wonderful. You have any desire to stay associated with baseball?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on September 25, 2019, 12:58:42 PM
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Havint gave merch thot toit.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on September 25, 2019, 01:00:48 PM
Okay. Let's talk later this season. Thank you for all you're doing for our team. We just resigned Coach Beuno! Looking forward to us having a strong run!
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Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on October 01, 2019, 03:59:45 PM

1. Discuss the latest series. What player on your team is your unsung hero?

We didn't get the job done at home. That first game it didn't click, but the next two did, we just didn't win the 3rd. We are still in the playoff hunt. I think we can still make a run and get in. I think this team can do it. I'd say that Perrone's big solo home run in the 10th was fantastic. He made the most of his time out there. I dig it. O'Brien had some great games, but he's not an unsung hero, but he does deserve praise.

2. Talk about at least one piece of news.

Word has gotten out that GM Gravedigger is no longer with his team. That's unfortunate. I hope the fans there are happy. A very talented GM is now going to go win somewhere else. If a town is known for being hard on GMs, good luck in getting a championship winner. Who wants to go somewhere that they are criticized for every misstep? Been there. Done that. Digger is going to land on his feet.

3. Talk about your Week 16 opponent.

We are going to Boise to play a very tough Elk team. If we are going to win we need our bats to consistently stay awake and our pitching to be solid. I believe that we are in line for a series win. We've been working too hard not to. I'm excited that we resigned Coach Bueno to continue to lead this team. We are going to continue to build on a great foundation.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on October 01, 2019, 04:56:10 PM
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Seems like we just can't catch a damn break. We're not playing bad, but we're not winning enough either. Still alive for a playoff position, but this series is must win.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on October 01, 2019, 06:09:03 PM
Is there absolutely anything that you can think of that we could alter with the players we have that could put us in a better position to win?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on October 01, 2019, 10:25:21 PM
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We just need better pitching, it's costing us wins. But nothing we can fix now.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on October 02, 2019, 01:42:26 PM
Right. I think it will all click soon. We are still in the hunt.

When it comes to pitching, is it players who aren't delivering or is it a problem with the pitching coach?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on October 02, 2019, 06:22:14 PM
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I think the prior management just put a bigger emphasis on developing hitters and drafting hitting prospects. Our pitchers are not bad, but our best one is a number two in most rotations. We just did to do a better job investing in arms for the future, because before we know it, our elite hitters are not going to be there anymore. I still think it may even be worth trading one of our hitters for some pitching prospects in the offseason. Just an idea.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on October 02, 2019, 06:37:07 PM
I will keep that in mind.

What I'm about to say is just for my records and not mailing in this season, I'm just getting ready for scouting time. I believe we can still make the playoffs and I'm invested in that.

This offseason, I want to improve our pitching and our SS position. I believe those are two of our biggest weaknesses. Do you agree?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on October 02, 2019, 07:47:24 PM
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Without a doubt.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on October 02, 2019, 09:09:13 PM
I look forward to finishing this season strong getting back on track and having a playoff run. Thanks for your insight, Coach.
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Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on October 10, 2019, 02:46:08 PM
1. Discuss the latest series.

That's what I'm talking about. We played great baseball and won a series against a very strong team. We fought hard and won. I love it. When I took the job in Tokyo, I had quite a few trade offers, I turned them down. I know this team is special. I didn't make any changes for that reason. I'm looking forward to our guys banding together and finishing this season strong and making noise in the playoffs.

2. What record are you most looking forward to seeing broken (if any)?

Jesse Schmitz has been electric and every facet of Ricky Cruz's game has been fun to watch. Fans have a lot to be excited about. I like good baseball.

3b. (For Contending Teams) What is it going to take to finish the season off strong and capture one of the playoff positions?


To play ball like we did this week. I loved it. I knew they had it in them.

4. Talk about your Week 17 opponent.

We go to San Diego. I know they are a talented team. I believe if we play like we did this week, we could not only win the series, but sweep the series. I believe we are hitting our stride at the right time and I'm excited to see what we do next.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on October 10, 2019, 02:55:49 PM
"Are you excited or nervous to be playing against the team you once GM'd for earlier this season?"
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on October 10, 2019, 03:04:32 PM
I'm excited. I liked San Diego. The owner and I had a different opinion on team decisions. I don't hold anything against the great fans of San Diego, my former players, or former management. I hold no resentment because I'm extremely happy in Tokyo. We have players who are playing hard. We have a great coaching staff. I have an owner that has been a great encouragement to me. I'm excited to be back. I hope my return is well received, but even if it's not, I hope we pick up 3 wins.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on October 10, 2019, 04:19:50 PM
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That was a great job this weekend and we'll need more of the same the rest of the way out. We're not out of this thing yet.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on October 10, 2019, 04:35:22 PM
I absolutely agree. I liked what I saw too.

Do you see anything that could use some tweaking as we go into the final stretch?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on October 10, 2019, 08:06:10 PM
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Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on October 10, 2019, 08:35:02 PM
Then let's go to San Diego and get a clean sweep! Thanks, Coach!
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Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on October 17, 2019, 10:57:01 AM
1. Discuss the latest series.
It was great to pick up a sweep and to do so in convincing fashion. We are on a 4 game win streak heading into a heated playoff race. I loved what our guys did this week. The pitching and fielding were good and the bats were alive. Personally it was nice to be back in San Diego, I felt the reception was pretty good. I wasn't in San Diego for a long time, but the fans that I interacted with were kind. It was a great couple of days personally and professionally. I'm proud of this team.

2. As you head into the final week of the regular season. What is your own biggest personal takeaway from the season?

Baseball has a rhythm to it. If something throws that off kilter, it can cause a skid. Tokyo has played remarkably well for a team that has battled some injuries and had a turnover at the General Manager position. I have goals I want to attain next year for this team, but my main focus right now is that we make the playoffs and make some noise. 

3. Talk about your Week 18 opponent. Who is the one player you know is going to show up for your club this week.

We an ever tough Golden State Bayhawks team. As has been seen, we are playing great baseball at the perfect time to play great baseball. If we do what we've done the past few games, we can compete and beat anyone in the PBL.

If I had to pick one player for this week, I know for a fact that Mike O'Brien is going to show up.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on October 17, 2019, 12:50:38 PM
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Great series against San Diego and now with a little help from Virginia Beach, we can can make the postseason!
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on October 17, 2019, 05:17:55 PM
That's what I'm talking about!

I feel like we are firing at the right time. Are there anythings that we could do that might help us further get to optimal baseball?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on October 18, 2019, 11:20:07 AM
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Did you have something in mind?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on October 18, 2019, 12:26:25 PM
Nah, Coach. If I'm going to ask a question, I need to have a solution. I should ask better questions.

Do you like the order of our pitching line-up? Who do you think matches up the best against the Golden State?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on October 18, 2019, 12:40:08 PM
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I think swapping DeVoe and Anderson in the rotation would be good.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on October 18, 2019, 01:39:07 PM
Let's do that then. Thank you for all you do. I'm excited for this week. I think we are going to show people that our place is in the playoffs.
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Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on October 21, 2019, 02:33:03 PM

1. Discuss the season. What went right? What went wrong? Have you learned anything that will help going into next season?

Consistency was our issue. When things clicked, everything went right. When things didn't, everything went wrong. Have I learned anything? I've learned we have a hungry team. We were playing great baseball to end this season. We just took a series from the #2 ranked team in our conference and they weren't sitting their players. They wanted that top seed. We messed that up for them. This team is a championship team, just mid-season inconsistency stole that. I believe we will make some noise next year and will be in the playoffs.

2. Who was your team's MVP and why?

Dung, O'Brien, and Westfall were stellar this season. When they were up to bat, you knew magic could happen. Just with those three guys we combined for 136 RBIs and 57 home runs. Electric. 


3. Which player dissappointed you the most and why?

I was disappointed with Willie Garcia's bat, particularly. Tokyo is actively looking to improve at short stop. If he rises to the occasion and wins his job, that would be wonderful. I believe he has talent, but that is a position I believe we need to improve in.

4. How would you grade the job you did this season?

I would say a C, being average. I couldn't pull the team out of that mid-season slump. We pulled out of it, but just a bit too late. I believe that it would have come down to Tampa Bay and us in the Coastal Conference finals and whoever won that would win it all. I have some plans for next season and I didn't want to get started working on them yet, but I will.

5. Who is your pick to lift the Premier Cup?

I believe that the Virginia Beach Tide is going to hoist the trophy and I don't know if they'll take a loss their entire playoff run. Their GM has that team firing at the perfect time. The playoffs are going to be exciting. Next year, we will be in the playoff mix.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on October 21, 2019, 09:03:08 PM
THE MEDIA LOOK CONFUSED

"Could you elaborate on why it would be Tampa Bay against you?"
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on October 21, 2019, 09:11:42 PM
I said Tampa Bay? No wonder yall were looking at me funny. Haha. Yeah, don't know where that came from. Virginia Beach is who I meant. My apologies to Virginia Beach fans.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on October 21, 2019, 09:14:30 PM
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We fell just short, but we will return to glory next season.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on October 21, 2019, 09:21:23 PM
I agree. We were playing great baseball.

Are you ready to talk business for next season?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on October 21, 2019, 09:28:54 PM
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We have some decisions to make, we have the ability to cut any player with no penalty and can rebuild the roster how we want, but we don't want to go to stir crazy. Just cut the players you feel are being paid more then they are worth.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on October 25, 2019, 04:01:15 PM
I don't want a lot of movement. I'll just cut the guys who don't really have promise.

I'm looking over notes that the previous GM left me and he said that Bill Fisher was having some work ethic issues. Do you know if he got his butt in gear or should I talk to him to see if he's committed to getting better?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on October 25, 2019, 05:49:58 PM
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Tough to say, he didn't get much playing time throughout the season.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on October 27, 2019, 10:59:11 PM
I'm a work ethic guy, so I'm not happy hearing that he is lacking in that department.

Can you tell me who some of the guys are that bust their butt to get better?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on October 28, 2019, 07:50:15 PM
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Dillon, Murillo, Upchurch, Palmeri, Tito, and O'Brien I'd say.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on October 29, 2019, 11:53:02 AM
Thank you for that. I have some high hopes for Dillon next year for sure.

Are there any guys who have bad attitudes? If we get in a slump bad attitudes can be a problem. I'm not saying I want to cut anyone just because of that. I just want to know who to keep my eye on and try to surround them with guys with good attitudes.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on October 30, 2019, 03:28:03 PM
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Guys that just don't have the best of attitudes... O'Kelley, Anderson, and Fisher.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on October 30, 2019, 03:40:12 PM
Thanks, Coach. If I cut anyone it will be as well planned as I can. Let me talk to a few players and such and then we'll be ready to enjoy (hopefully) the last break we have for a while this time of year. Next year, I believe we will be in the thick of the playoff hunt.
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Bill. My records indicate we picked you up early in the S5 draft from high school. High school to the pros is a big jump. How do you feel you are acclimating to the pros?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on October 31, 2019, 12:30:19 AM
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Not getting any playing time to acclumate to tell you the truth.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on October 31, 2019, 11:45:28 AM
I can understand and appreciate that. The problem that I'm running in to is there is a perception that you got drafted and didn't show up motivated to improve your craft. I have watched your film from high school. I love how athletic you are. I'd like to be able to invest in you long term and I would like for you to invest in us long term as well. What are you wanting to do to improve as a player? What motivates you?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on November 01, 2019, 10:29:05 AM
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Playing time motivates me.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on November 01, 2019, 03:37:08 PM
I see. Thank you for coming in.
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Coach Bonilla, thank you for coming in. I wanted to let you know that I fully intend to bring you back. We have not received word from the league yet about how PR money will work next year. Once I get that, I want you to know I want you to continue to make Tokyo your home. I didn't want to part for vacation without me letting you know my intentions.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on November 02, 2019, 04:12:36 PM
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Look forward to hearing back when you find out. 
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on November 03, 2019, 02:45:10 PM
Okay, Coach. I just got a confirmation message that I was looking for.

I'd like to offer you 3 years at $4mm. Would that keep you with Tokyo for the foreseeable future?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on November 03, 2019, 02:47:33 PM
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I accept that offer, but if I do get a Manager offer in offseason, I will heavily consider taking it.   
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on November 03, 2019, 03:57:00 PM
I totally understand. I'm glad to have you with us for now.
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Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on November 03, 2019, 04:02:58 PM
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We can do that sir, but you may want to talk to Mr. Catsumoto first. 
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on November 03, 2019, 04:22:47 PM
Yes, that's a great idea. Would he prefer if I called him or went to his office?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on November 03, 2019, 04:40:50 PM
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Whatever you feel is more honorable, I suppose.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on November 03, 2019, 05:07:16 PM
I will go to his office....

GOOCH GETS UP AND WALKS DOWN THE HALLWAY, HE WALKS UP THE STAIRS, WALKS DOWN THE HALLWAY AND POLITELY AND RESPECTFULLY KNOCKS ON THE DOOR
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Post by: GM Jon on November 03, 2019, 06:21:29 PM
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Aw, entah.   
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Post by: GM Gooch on November 03, 2019, 08:17:50 PM
GOOCH OPENS THE HEAVY OAK DOOR AND ENTERS INTO THE OFFICE. THE LARGE MAN GIVES A HUMBLE AND HONORABLE BOW OF RESPECT

Thank you for seeing me Mr. Catsumoto.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on November 03, 2019, 08:24:04 PM
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Aw yes, GM Gooch-san. It was a end that was not expected this season, but you and the team showed signs of life that brought back the honor in the Samurai Cats name. You know the expectations we have for this franchise and I know you will help add another cup into our trophy case.   
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on November 04, 2019, 09:16:47 AM
That is the plan. I am already in talks to make moves to help our franchise while keeping our team very strong. Thank you for your patience this season. I am ready to work tirelessly to add that trophy to our trophy case.

GOOCH BOWS AGAIN WITH MUCH HUMILITY
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Post by: GM Jon on November 04, 2019, 10:19:06 AM
MR. CATSUMOTO RETURNS THE BOW
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Post by: GM Gooch on November 07, 2019, 09:21:19 PM
GM GOOCH LEAVES SMILING AND HEADS BACK TO HIS OFFICE. HE CLICKS HIS HEALS ONCE IN THE HALLWAY. GOOCH PASSES THE TROPHY CASE AND LOOKS AT THE SPOT HE WANTS THEIR NEXT TROPHY TO GO. HE HEADS TO HIS OFFICE AND SITS BEHIND HIS DESK.
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Please call Coach Bueno for me.
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Coach, I'm in talks to improve our pitching, but I need your feedback about some of our young guys. How have the reserve men progressed this season? Any promise coming through for next year? Not looking at cuts, this info will help with my decisions.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on November 07, 2019, 09:25:53 PM
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I think they progressed quite well, Payne, Beauchemin, Nesmith, and Arbogast could be solid contributors next season.
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Post by: GM Gooch on November 15, 2019, 02:21:03 PM
I like the sound of that.

As you probably saw on the news, Coach Bonilla just signed on as the manager in New Orleans. I plan on talking to him before he cleans out his office.

I plan on holding interviews today. Are there any guys that you just do not want me to talk to? I want to get someone who is going to compliment our team and knowing who I should avoid would be a good step in the right direction.
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Post by: GM Jon on November 15, 2019, 11:17:12 PM
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Can't say I know much about any of the coaches out in the market, I trust you'll bring someone who can fill the void Bonilla left. 
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on November 15, 2019, 11:20:27 PM
I will do my absolute best.
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If Coach Bonilla is still around, cleaning out his office, I'd like to speak to him.
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Coach, thank you for your hard work with our franchise. GM Gravedigger was wise to give you this opportunity. I believe you are going to do a great job. We will miss you here, but I am happy for you. GM Gravedigger is a good GM who got a bad wrap last year. He is going to be trying his hardest, just like you will. Good luck in New Orleans.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on November 18, 2019, 11:12:16 AM
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Thank you, we'll try not to beat you too badly in the Premier Cup.
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Post by: GM Gooch on November 18, 2019, 11:16:27 AM
I love it. Best wishes to you, Coach. I was proud to have you here and know you will do a great job. Send my regards to GM Digger. Good guy.
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Ariel, we need to hire a hitting coach. Will you call Ralph Vander Laan?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on November 19, 2019, 01:12:48 AM
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Ralph here.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on November 19, 2019, 02:13:57 AM
Hey Ralph. We are looking for a hitting coach here in Tokyo. Tell me about yourself a bit. Where have you been coaching? What are you most proud of in your time as a coach?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on November 19, 2019, 12:36:36 PM
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Been part of the rebuild of THE Ohio State University baseball program as the skipper here. I guess I'm most proud of helping make the Buckeyes into one of the better teams in the Big 10.
 
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Post by: GM Gooch on November 19, 2019, 06:39:16 PM
Sounds like you are doing a good job developing your players. Would you say that is a strength?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on November 19, 2019, 08:56:29 PM
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I'd like to think that is every coach in this game's strength, if not, we wouldn't be very good at our job.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on November 19, 2019, 09:05:48 PM
Well, it's my job to find people who are good at their job.

Tell me about what sets you apart from other coaches, specifically in hitting.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on November 19, 2019, 09:34:56 PM
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I teach the underrated art of patience at the plate. To me a walk is as good as a hit and just teaching players to be selective at the plate and wait for a pitch they like.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on November 19, 2019, 10:40:26 PM
I like that. I like that a lot.

How would a 3 year deal worth $1.5mm work to come to Tokyo as our hitting coach?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on November 19, 2019, 10:52:58 PM
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I look forward to joining this storied franchise and taking the next step in my coaching career.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on November 19, 2019, 10:56:41 PM
I am excited about it, too. I think you will be a good fit here.
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Will you please get me in touch with the representative of our draft pick Nate Hoppe?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on November 20, 2019, 01:00:43 AM
YOU GET A BLANK STARE FROM MS. RAI.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on November 20, 2019, 01:23:04 AM
Ms. Rai, did I say something wrong? Don't I need to speak to Nate Hoppe's agent?
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Post by: GM Gooch on November 20, 2019, 10:21:45 AM
...oh yeah, I got an updated draft list that now has who the agents are for each player. I found it. Could you get me in touch with Ka$h. Thanks.
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Hello Ka$h, I'm glad to have drafted Nate here. I believe his abilities will be a nice addition to our franchise. The going rate seems to be 3 years at $3.5mm.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on November 24, 2019, 08:55:19 PM
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You best recognize, bruh. We'll deal on that.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on November 25, 2019, 11:12:32 AM
I absolutely recognize. I'm looking forward to him developing and excelling in our system.
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Please get me in touch with agent, Vivian Hall.
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Hello Ms. Hall, I just drafted your client Eddie Hulme to play here in Tokyo. Per the rookie wage scale, I'd like to pick up Eddie for a 3 year deal worth $1.5mm. Is he looking forward to growing in our system?
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Post by: GM Jon on November 25, 2019, 08:35:05 PM
DEAL
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Post by: GM Gooch on December 07, 2019, 12:21:17 AM
Excellent.
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Please get me in touch with Zazoo Shazam.
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Mr. Shazam, I am interested in bringing in your client (RP)  Dave Guajardo on a 3 year deal for $500k. I believe he could add some quality depth to our bullpen. Would he like to be a part of a team wanting to make a run at the championship?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on December 07, 2019, 01:34:42 AM
IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR PITCH FOR A PLAYER THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN SIGNED, YOU HEAR THE SWEET SOUND OF A DIAL TONE.
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on December 07, 2019, 03:58:25 PM
Ugh, that's no fun. Oh well.

Will you get me in touch with Burt Macklin? I feel certain his client hasn't been signed.
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Mr. Macklin, I am interested in bringing on (RP) John Rubio to Tokyo. How would 2 years at $250k sound? 
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on December 07, 2019, 04:05:47 PM
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We agree to that deal!
 
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Post by: GM Gooch on December 07, 2019, 04:34:13 PM
Could we do the same deal for your client (SP) Kris Muir?
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on December 07, 2019, 04:36:18 PM
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Let me check.... ummmm yeah!
 
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on December 08, 2019, 04:13:39 PM
Great! Thank you!
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Could you get me in touch with Chaz Mitchell?
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Hey Chaz, I'm looking to bring in your client, 1B John Barnes. Would a 1 year deal at $250k bring him in?
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Post by: GM Jon on December 08, 2019, 07:35:08 PM
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ALRIGHT!
 
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on December 08, 2019, 09:24:01 PM
While I have you, I'd like to keep Josh DeVoe here in Tokyo for longer term and help develop him. Could we extend his deal for 3 years and give him an immediate raise to $3.5mm a year?
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Post by: GM Jon on December 08, 2019, 09:29:12 PM
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After the season DeVoe had winning 11 games, we'd be looking for a $5MM deal for 3 seasons.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Gooch on January 02, 2020, 10:48:57 AM
He is well worth that money, and more, but due to our cap, I won't be able to provide that. I imagine he is going to have a great year and will be making more than that with us in the future. I am sorry I cannot resign him at this time.
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We are ready to lock in...



TEAM CAPTAINS
Guan-xiu Dung
Tito Rodriguez
Willie Garcia



MASTER DEPTH CHART

Catcher- Gary DuShane
1B- Chris Westfall
2B- Guan-xiu Dung
3B- Daniel Sanchez
SS- Willie Garcia
LF- Tito Rodriguez
CF- Joaquin Rodriguez
RF- Mario Castillo
DH- Koichi Homma
BENCH-SS - Kevin Anderson
BENCH-C - Tim Payne
BENCH-2B - Chris Beauchemin
BENCH-DH/OF - Nate Perrone
BENCH-1B - John Barnes
BENCH-OF - Josh Arbogast
BENCH-SS - Nate Hoppe

*FOR BENCH POSITIONS, PUT PLAYERS ACTUAL POSITION DOWN*

SP1-Mike Anderson
SP2-Steve Simpson
SP3-Josh DeVoe
SET-UP-Mike Campbell
CLOSER-Josh Peterson
SP-Kris Muir
RP-Josh Gaston
RP-John Rubio
RP-John Little
RP-Pat Compton

*RESERVE ROSTER PLAYERS*

RESERVE- - OF/LF - Aaron Dillon
RESERVE-[/B - 1B - Ben Sisson
RESERVE- - 3B - Matt Nesmith
RESERVE- - LF - Eddie Hulme




PROBABLE BATTING LINE-UP & PITCHING ROTATION

vs. RHP
Mario Castillo
Tito Rodriguez
Chris Westfall
Guan-xiu Dung
Gary DuShane
Koichi Homma
Joaquin Rodriguez
Willie Garcia
Daniel Sanchez


vs. LHP
Same

Starting Pitcher Rotation
Mike Anderson
Josh Devoe
Steve Simpson



TRAINING

1. Josh DeVoe - Stuff
2. Steve Simpson - Control
3. Tito Rodriguez - Approach
4. Koichi Homma - Power
5. Nate Hoppe - Fielding
6. Mario Castillo - Fielding

PROMOTIONAL CALENDAR

(Series Opponent) (Name of Promotional Event)
DESCRIPTION OF PROMOTIONAL EVENT

(Opening Home Game, Opening Series) - Sony Game Night

After our first home game, fans are encouraged to stay as Sony will fill the baseball field with gaming systems, TVs, and gaming chairs. Season Ticket Holders will get the first shot at the on field gaming systems, those who aren’t able to make it on the field will be given complementary Sony Playstation Vitas to enjoy in the stands. There will be a wide variety of games offered, the main being a “PBL: The Greatest Game” tournament. The finalists will play on the big screen in the Sony Dome. Security will be present.

(First Home Series After All-Star Break) - Honoring Tokyo

The Tokyo Franchise will honor every All-Star from the past and present each game. There will be specialized Bobblehead dolls for every all-star. There will also be All-Star game like festivities. Game one will involve a double header where earlier in the day an all-star game of Japanese collegiate athletes will get to play baseball. This will let fans cheer on their local college heroes and also give Tokyo Samurai Cats some extra time to scout local players. A lot of natural and cultivated talent for the game has grown down the years. So much so that the Japanese can field players that were every bit as competent as their North American counterparts. Game two will have a home run derby with Japanese collegiate players (winner's prize (TBD) will be in accordance with NCAA/Collegiate regulations so player will not lose eligibility). Game three will give honor to the Tokyo All-Stars. Special plaques will be given to honor them.

(Final Game of Final Series of the season) - Screaming Balloon Night

As a way to say goodbye to the regular season and hello to the postseason, fans are provided screaming navy balloon screamers. After the final out of the game, fans are encouraged to blow up their balloons and after a short countdown they are released.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD2-nGHtZ4k

PLAYER PR

Guan-xiu Dung - Honor Warrior - $500k

NBHD (one of the OGs of Japanese streetwear) crosses over with tattoo artist Eiji Fujisawa to create a new, limited edition shirt for each home series that Tokyo plays this year. They will only be on sale beginning the opening game and until the next opening game at home. Fujisawa is the heart of Japanese tattoo culture and his iconic brand with captivating and exciting designs will look great on NBHD shirts. Bearing his name and “Honor Warrior”, each design will also show up for the same time period on billboards and electronic billboards around Tokyo. You want the shirt? You’ll have to come to a game to buy one. That’s how you can honor the “Honor Warrior”

Tito Rodriguez - The Futureshock - $1mm

The Tokyo Samurai Cats partner with Tokyo amusement park Yomuiruland as they rebrand their “Standing and Loop Coaster” to “The Futureshock”. Tito’s face will be emblazoned in the new logo for this unique standing and loop coaster. Hoodies with the logo will be sold at Yomiruland and the Sony Dome. Tito Rodriguez is heralded as a future All-Star and this campaign will help endear him to the Japanese people as he will be a big part of Tokyo baseball for a long time.

Chris Westfall - The Showcase - $1mm

Chris Westfall is the face of Sony’s “PBL: The Greatest Game” video game. He’s on the cover of the game and there is a playable story mode that you go through playing as Christ Westfall. Special Edition games are available at the Sony Sonydome. If you defeat the story mode with Tokyo winning the championship and with Westfall as MVP you are given a unique code to insert into the Sony website and you get an early release of the PS5 and $50,000 (Ą5,433,375) worth of credits for the Playstation Network.


WALK-UP MUSIC

1. Mario Castillo - Mario Bros. (Remix) - Chill Trap - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfD-B94kcQU
2. Tito Rodriguez - Rip it up - Capital Kings - https://youtu.be/lNzrWNjEQjk
3. Chris Westfall - Undefeated - Tauren Wells - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erFT6nmvMm0
4. Guan-xiu Dung - Icon - Jaden Smith - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmc8q2dcIMs
5. Gary DuShane - Put Me On - B.O.B. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eny_Bdy9aJ0
6. Koichi Homma - Rain Maker V2 - Yonosuke Kitamura - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xE-bMo7fOo
7. Joaquin Rodriguez - Redbone (Official Audio) - Childish Gambino - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp7eSUU9oy8
8. Willie Garcia - Alligator Sky - Owl City ft. B.O.B. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDe0WJaGoDs
9. Daniel Sanchez - It Lives, It Breaths - Elevated - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvIO7UKWhhk


LOCK IN
Title: Re: TEAM: TOKYO SAMURAI CATS
Post by: GM Jon on January 12, 2020, 12:14:21 AM
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I know with all the honor in my heart, the year of the Cat returns.