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NPB News and Notes from 11/3

by on Nov.02, 2008 @ 6:57 pm, under NPB

Nikkan Sports: The SK Wyverns from the Korea Baseball Organization, the Touitsu 7-Eleven Lions from the Chinese Professional Baseball League, and the Tenshin Lions from the China Baseball League are all advancing to the Asia Series.

Nikkan Sports: X-Rays of Michihiro Ogasawara's left hand revealed no structural damage. He is currently day-to-day.

Sports Hochi: A new independent baseball league in the Kansai region is holding a 3-day try-out. Among the 146 that qualified for the second round: 28-year-old Tomoko Maeda (one of the top softball players in Japan) and 16-year-old high school knuckleballer Eri Yoshida. Those that remain until the end will be eligible for the start-up draft on November 16th.

Sports Hochi: Akihiro Higashide will decide what he will be doing next season once the Nippon Series finishes. Some are expecting him to stay with the Carp, but obviously anything can still happen.

Sports Hochi: If Astunori Inaba is going to stay with the Fighters, he would like, at the very least, a 3-year deal. He currently needs 460 more hits to reach 2,000 and would like to reach that milestone in a Fighters' uniform.

Sports Hochi: Masahiko Morino doesn't appear interested in playing at the WBC. He has been dealing with injuries this season and would like to focus more on building up his body for the upcoming season instead of the WBC.

Sponichi: Bobby Valentine was a guest speaker at Chiba University of Commerce and called the Giants out on their greedy methodology for competing. The Giants are one of the richest teams in the NPB and can easily go out and nab a top-flight clean-up hitter (Alex Ramirez), an ace pitcher (Seth Greisinger), and one of the game's best closers (Marc Kroon), all in one off-season. Valentine also expressed his concern regarding players (specifically draft picks) being too picky about which teams they want to go.

Sponichi: Yokohama Bay Stars catcher, Ryoji Aikawa, appears to be leaning towards exercising his FA option and trying out for the Majors.

0 comments on “NPB News and Notes from 11/3

  1. knucklehead7

    About the last part in regards to Valentine, was that in reference to Hisayoshi Chono or to free agents?

  2. Gwynar

    Sorry, I thought I mentioned draft picks but I guess I didn’t.

    Yeah, I think he was more or less expressing some of his frustrations with the Chono situation.